Friday, November 06


Daily News Stuff 6 November 2020

Because Reasons Edition

Tech News

  • I've put my nice fantasy home computer emulator project on hold and I'm back to building the social network because reasons.

    Will see if I can get an early preview up this weekend.  I was pretty close at the beginning of the year when things were merely literally on fire, and then things got bad.

  • And so I was updating my development server (which is hosted at Vultr in Sydney) and it locked up on reboot.  After trying a few things to no avail I opened a support ticket, and they had it fixed in three minutes and thirty-nine seconds.

    We use IBM Cloud at my day job, and with them I'm lucky to get a response in three hours and thirty-nine minutes, never mind a resolution.

  • You get better performance running your own hardware, sure, but with my development server down for entire minutes, I was able to fire up a new server, load the most recent backup, and have it back on line only a few minutes after they fixed the original one.

  • Then since I had a complete clone to play with, I updated it to Ubuntu 20.04.  That went smoothly as well.  And while they don't currently have any available CPU-optimised nodes larger than 2GB in Sydney (a frequent issue with Vultr), the general-purpose node I spun up instead is only about 10% slower running my test suite.

  • Zen 3 go brrrrr.  (AnandTech)

    Lots of benchmarks and tech details here.  They compare it against both 10th and 11th generation Intel parts, and Intel would need Rocket Lake to hit 5.6 GHz at default settings to match Zen 3 on single-threaded benchmarks.  On multi-threaded benchmarks they're just screwed, because Rocket Lake maxes out at 8 cores.

    I wonder when the 5900X and 5950X will actually be in stock.  I'd like to get one for our new server.  Either is fine.

  • Zen 3 really go brrrrr.

  • Arm's Cortex A78C is  a Cortex A78.  (Tom's Hardware)

    There is a meaningful difference though - it's designed to run in eight-core clusters, rather than the four+four big.LITTLE designs found in phones.

    It's fast enough to make a pretty decent Linux server; I just don't know how well Windows will run on it.

  • The Xbox Series S is here.  (

    Great timing, Microsoft.  Biggest release of the year and it disappears without a blip.

    Summary: Really good hardware, great price, not much storage given how bloated games are these days.  And it doesn't support 4K, at all.  It's not a performance question; it's unable to output a 4K video signal.

  • The Xbox Series X is here as well.  (

    Summary: Great hardware, runs cool and almost silent, a little expensive but very, very fast.

  • San Francisco voters have passed a measure banning successful companies from the city.  (LA Times)

    Ijits gonna ij.

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1 San Francisco:  Good.  Excellent!
Let's see how many of those CEOs move out.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, November 07 2020 12:15 AM (eqaFC)

2 San Fransisco: Terrible. Horrifying! Let's see how many communities are ruined by their deep pockets and political activism. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Saturday, November 07 2020 05:11 AM (5iiQK)

3 I just hope that a year from now we can all laugh at the completely foreseeable consequences of San Francisco's folly, on Pixy's new social network, using a client running on the Dream.

Posted by: benzeen at Saturday, November 07 2020 12:44 PM (JpDcM)

4 The emulator has HTTP/S support so that you can read websites like disk files, though I don't know how much of a web browser you could build in 256k of RAM.

But we'll always have San Francisco to laugh at, no matter what else happens.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, November 07 2020 06:39 PM (PiXy!)

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