Friday, October 30


Daily News Stuff 30 October 2020

Go Back To East Virginia, Senator Edition

Tech News

  • The first independent benchmarks of Zen 3 are out.  (SiSoftware)

    Money quote:
    Executive Summary: Zen3 is ~25-40% faster than Zen 2 across all kinds of algorithms.  No choice but give it 10/10 overall!
    Looks like the 19% IPC gains that AMD cited were a conservative figure.

    They say that basically a 16-core 5950X can match a 32-core Threadripper 2990WX on most workloads.  That's a pretty significant gain for two generations, when even Zen 1 was a very solid architecture.

  • Intel has released some details of the upcoming Rocket Lake desktop parts.  (AnandTech)

    These are the companion chips to the...  Whateverthefuck Lake 11th generation laptop parts that have just started to appear.  That is, the ones that (a) have the new cores with better IPC and (b) aren't completely broken.

    Just one thing you need to know, from one of the slides: PL2=250W.  It's as power hungry as the 10900K.  Just buy AMD.

  • The 11900K scores a big win over the 10900K in a leaked benchmark unless it doesn't.  (WCCFTech)

    The leaked benchmark is UserBenchmark, though, which is complete garbage.

  • It's a terrible day in the neighbourhood.  (Tom's Hardware)

    If you want to buy a video card.

    I fear that the 6800 XT will turn out to be the new people's choice for crypto mining - it looks to be more efficient for that than Nvidia - and will be in short supply through all of next year.  We shall see.

  • Grubhub to restaurants: We're adding you to our database.  If you don't like it, sue us.

    Restaurants to Grubhub: Your proposal is acceptable.  (Eater)

  • Amazon is building more fulfilment centers in Australia.  (ZDNet)

    At some point they might cross the line into not being completely fucking useless.

    Australia's big retailers have really upped their online game.  I've started shopping online at Kmart recently, and its great.  Dirt cheap prices and free delivery in a couple of days.

    Amazon AU?  Still a big ball of meh, and you have to constantly worry about counterfeit crap because they are entirely unwilling to clamp down on it.

  • Google One's 2TB plan now includes a free VPN.  (WCCFTech)


    On Android.


    I recently upgraded to the 2TB plan and will probably drop Dropbox, because their application is garbage and constantly tries to delete all my files.

  • Old Spare Laptop stopped charging.  Stopped, in fact, powering itself from the charger at all.

    So I swapped it back to the other charger, the one that doesn't work.

    It is now charging.

  • I was looking for this quote, and couldn't find it, because I thought it was Heinlein.
    If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war.
    It's certainly Heinleinesque, but it came from a government report, back in the day when people still expected someone to read those, even if it was just reporters looking for pull quotes.

Substandard Living Conditions Video of the Day

Amelia is the one I've actually paid to subscribe to, but Korone remains my favourite Hololiver.

Squirrel Nest Construction Video of the Day

I've caught up with the Hololive EN Minecraft streams, and the Hololive JP streams are in, well, JP, so I tried one of the the ID girls.  It's a mix of English, Japanese, and Indonesian (I assume bahasa Indonesia but I really have no idea).  But with the common element of Minecraft there's more than enough to follow along.  And Risu herself is a mix of Gura and Korone.

Also, every single one of the Hololive girls has a better comedic sense than the entire cast and writing staff of Saturday Night Live.

Disclaimer: Which, to be fair, is not saying a whole lot.

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