Friday, June 26


Daily News Stuff 25 June 2020

The Kafka Goes On Edition

Tech News

  • AMD has succeeded in its ambitious 25x20 goal.  (AnandTech)

    In 2014 they promised to deliver 25x the power efficiency by 2020; their latest mobile parts deliver 31.77x.

    The power numbers are slightly odd but not irrelevant.  Ryzen 4000 APUs deliver 5x the performance of 2014 Kaveri with better than 6x the idle power efficiency, which means much bettter battery life if you're not running the CPU flat out all the time.  And we do see both of those in this year's Ryzen laptops - amazing performance and excellent battery life.

    Whether it's 31.77x times for real use is a bit harder to determine, but since they are the best laptop CPUs you can get, slightly beside the point.

  • A Ryzen-powered NUC that doesn't look like poop?  (Tom's Hardware)

    Unfortunately based on a Ryzen 3000 APU and not the far superior Ryzen 4000.  And it's not available.  At all.  They're planning an Indiegogo campaign but that hasn't even launched yet.

  • Amazon has announced Honeycode, a tool for creating unusable mobile apps without coding.  (Tech Crunch)

    Of course, it ties you permanently into the AWS stack and costs...  $10 to $20 per month per user.

  • Surprise!  TikTok is spyware.

  • Wirecard lost $2 billion. (Deutsche Welle)

    No, expenses didn't exceed revenues, and they didn't have a big write-down on assets.  They lost it the way you'd lose a quarter down a storm drain.

  • Perl 7 is coming.  (Perl)

    Like the PHP guys, they're pretending that 6 never happened and the last few years were all a bad dream.

  • GitHub has rolled out a new UI design, aimed at people who don't use GitHub and never will.  (ZDNet)

    This is a very common failing.  UI design is reviewed and it is found that people who don't use the application and aren't part of the target audience don't like it.  So the UI is changed to reach a broader audience - while making things objectively worse for existing users.

  • Apple's move to Arm has been in the works for some time.  (PC Gamer)

    A former Intel engineer has gone on record to say that bugs in Skylake drove Apple away.

    Skylake came out five years ago.

    The timeline works.  That's about how long it would take to prepare properly for such a transition.

Disclaimer: Or two weeks, whichever comes first.

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1 Wow, it's almost like a moral lesson! If bad Intel QA causes Apple to switch, what does bad Apple QA cause?


Posted by: J Greely at Friday, June 26 2020 01:03 AM (ZlYZd)

what does bad Apple QA cause?

Credit card debt.

Posted by: normal at Friday, June 26 2020 01:16 AM (LADmw)

3 Best comment on the Honeycode post: "VB6 is dead. Long live VB6."

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, June 26 2020 03:18 AM (Iwkd4)

4 So, I just logged in to Facebook and got a notice--just now--that a post of mine from April 10th--that's two and a half months ago, for those of you from Rio Linda--had been removed for violating their community blah blah blah. Why? Because someone's a moron and doesn't understand that "researchers cured Wuhan Flu in test subjects by playing Nickelback songs at them until the virus died" is parody. Seriously, the post was removed for providing misinformation about the virus that could be dangerous to people. Frankly, Nickelback should sue FB over that for defamation. Obviously I disputed the decision but they warned me that they're low on reviewers right now so it may take them until after they're broken up by regulators to review the decision.

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, June 26 2020 04:22 AM (Iwkd4)

5 Sorry, Rick C, but it's definitely dangerous misinformation.  Nickleback only kills the host, leaving the virus in control, much like happened in Godzilla vs. King Kong, except without the electricity or the giant ape.

Posted by: normal at Friday, June 26 2020 06:55 AM (obo9H)

6 Regarding the Tik Tok story, I gather that the word "Surprise!" has a different meaning in Australian than it does in standard English. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Friday, June 26 2020 02:21 PM (5iiQK)

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Apple pies are delicious. But never mind apple pies. What colour is a green orange?

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