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Daily News Stuff 29 August 2020

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Tech News

  • The Eiyuden Kickstarter is coming down to the wire.

    With just over an hour to go, will they be able to make it to their...  Hang on...  45th stretch goal?

    Yeah, this one has been a success.

    Update: They made it.


  • Stop trying to make Arm servers a thing.  They are not...  Oh, you stopped.  (Serve the Home)

    Marvell has cancelled the general release of their Thunder X3 CPU.  They'll continue to develop for custom and embedded servers, but they've given up trying to take on AMD for now.


  • The Lenovo Yoga 7 Slim is a pretty good laptop.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Though Lenovo really only did two things:

    1. Use an AMD chip.
    2. Not fuck up too badly.

    Apart from the Ryzen 4800U it's nothing special, but it mops the floor with its Intel-based competition.  That may change when Tiger Lake arrives, but right now, AMD owns this space.

    Two slight problems with it: First, it lacks the Four Essential Keys, and second, you can't buy it anyway.


  • Two trillion dollars buys a whole lot of fuck you.

    I can think of less stressful ways to earn a living than developing software for iOS.  Juggling electric eels, for example.  


  • Apple pulled the plug on Fortnite.  (Tech Crunch)

    You can no longer get it from the App Store, and Epic's developer account has been zorched.  Epic did get an injunction against Apple forbidding them from taking the same action against Unreal Engine for now.


  • JetBrains also has a programmer font.

    Those ligatures look like a really, really bad idea though.  A ligature for ≥ sounds great until you realise that ≥ is its own distinct Unicode character, and you can no longer tell the difference between working code and line noise.


  • A malloc Geiger counter.  (GitHub)

    That is a really cool idea.  I'll put a hook into my virtual machine to do that sort of thing.  A click every time a virtual interrupt happens, or a display list instruction is executed.  With suitable prescaling you'll be able to hear how smoothly your code is running.

    In fact, I might build the hook into the emulated machine rather than the emulator.  What would the display list processor and the sound chip need to be able to do that?  If the list processor could trigger interrupts on the other cores - that would do it, and be hugely useful generally.  Yes.


  • Objective-Rust.  (Belkadan)

    For when you want absolutely everyone to hate you.


Disclaimer: They see me coding, they hating, committing, and trying to catch me merging dirty.

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1 Jetbrains Mono has an NL="no ligatures" variant available, which solves its biggest problem. I'd like to see a slashed zero (it has one that's available in applications that turn on OpenType features) and a six-lobed asterisk, but other than that, it's quite good, and as wide as Office Code Pro. The only character I wish were nudged slightly upward is ":", which doesn't share the same centerline as ">~*+=-})]|\/".

-j

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