Saturday, September 11
No Funny Title Edition
- It's been 20 years, but I'll let others take up that story.
- A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
The press deals with a quietly momentous ruling in the Epic v. Apple case.
Apple bests Epic, but change is coming to the App Store. (Six Colors)
Apple mostly wins in Epic Games Fortnite trial, but must ease payment rules. (CNet)
Apple risks losing billions annualy from Epic Games ruling. (Bloomberg)
Epic wins big in case against Apple. (Thurrott.com)
Major win for Epic Games: Apple has 90 days to open up app store payments. (Ars Technica)
Epic vs. Apple ruling revealed: Apple must allow App Store devs to redirect users to other payment systems. (9to5Mac)
Ars Technica runs a surprisingly straight headline, but I think they do A/B testing on their headlines so I have no idea what others are seeing. Their readers are not welcoming of the truth either.
The ruling forces Apple to allow developers to use third-party payment systems, meaning you can make your app a free download and charge for activation, paying 3% to Stripe or PayPal rather than 30% to Apple. That could reduce App Store revenue from $70 billion per year to zero.
Meanwhile Epic Games is required to pay Apple $3.6 million due to breach of contract.
I think we can work out who lost this one.
- So is Ars Technica right about anything else, or is it all crazytown over there?
House bill would eliminate natural gas. (Ars Technica)
Crazytown it is then.
- I previously criticised Intel for making dumb decisions with their upcoming 12th generation platform, but if the latest leaks are accurate they merely did something weird. (Tom's Hardware)
Alder Lake, Intel's 12th generation desktop family, brings support for DDR5 and PCIe 5.0. But it only supports PCIe 5.0 for the PCIe slots - and no consumer cards support PCIe 5.0 - and not where bandwidth is most needed, on the interface to the chipset.
But the diagram in that article shows that bandwidth to the chipset has actually doubled, because the width of the band has doubled. It's still based on PCIe 4.0, but now has 8 lanes rather than 4.
That's fine. You could still potentially saturate that link, but it would take some serious effort. The chipset on AMD's high-end Threadripper motherboards also uses an 8 lane PCIe 4.0 interconnect, so that's pretty good for a consumer platform.
The weird part is the number of PCIe lanes in total. Between the CPU and the Z690 chipset, an Alder Lake system can have up to 48 lanes of available PCIe: 16 at 5.0 speeds, 16 at 4.0, and 16 at 3.0. But the CPU has 28 PCIe transceivers and the chipset 36, when they are typically designed in blocks of 16.
- Thunderbolt adaptors aren't likely to "just work" any time soon. (Mat Millman)
If it's not built into your motherboard you're going to have a bad time.
- Don't rewrite your project in Rust. (ITNext)
Or at all. Unless you know exactly why you are rewriting it, have already run a pilot project and measured the benefits, and have someone prepared to pay for it, it's a bad idea.
Unless you're using Node.js, in which case, no time like the present.
- Quadranet has filed to have a copyright infringement lawsuit dismissed. (TorrentFreak)
Quadranet notes that it is not alleged to have infringed upon anyone's IP rights.
Its customer, LiquidVPN - well, LiquidVPN uses many providers, one of which is Quadranet - LiquidVPN is also not alleged to have infringed upon anyone's IP rights.
Some of LiquidVPN's customers, or at least, some people using services purchased by some of LiquidVPN's customers, are alleged to have infringed upon IP rights.
The plaintiffs here seem to be following the Willie Sutton rule. Not to give them any ideas, but if they took that to its logical conclusion they might be able to force dramatic changes on the industry.
Though they might also simply lose and be forced to pay the defendants' legal bills.
- Axios is why private citizens should be allowed to own nuclear weapons.
- Because you keep hearing how terrible things are in Australia, and don't hear about riots in protest over government overreach, it's a bit hard to understand just how bad it is here in NSW right now with everyone complying with our fascist overlords.
Here's video shot in Sydney today at the height of the lockdown.
Uh. Yeah. We're not very good at following rules.
- But what about the mainstream media, you ask? They're all lefties. They'll be totally on board with whatever farcical nonsense the government pulls.
Not so much. Outside of the loonies on Twitter, everyone has had enough of this shit and has stopped listening.
Little bit of expectation here.
Hindsight, twenty twelve was probably deliberate, Obama's narcissism, lashing out against Americans because of Americans not twitching the way he wanted. Then, there were consequences for that week, in push back, so they held back for a while.
Biden regime has a lot of the same flavor of narcissism. Apparently they think they are beyond consequences.
Posted by: PatBuckman at Sunday, September 12 2021 12:16 AM (r9O5h)
I dug up an old Tom's Hardware article that says Z590 was 8 lanes of PCIe 3 to the chipset and Z490 was 4 lanes of PCIe 3. So that's two doublings in two generations, which is pretty good.
Posted by: Rick C at Sunday, September 12 2021 02:52 AM (eqaFC)
Netscape, which Firefox was derived from, forms the modern poster child of "why you shouldn't rewrite your software" which makes the quoted sentence especially piquant.
Posted by: Rick C at Sunday, September 12 2021 08:19 AM (eqaFC)
Good to hear--the news makes it sounds like you've collectively rolled over for whatever the totalitarians say.
I've been insisting for a while now--I'm hardly the originator of the idea--that if enough people ignore the lockdowns there's nothing the government can do (unless they're willing to go Tiananmen Square on the populace, in which case it would be time to refresh the Tree of Liberty.)
Posted by: Rick C at Sunday, September 12 2021 08:25 AM (eqaFC)
I am starting to think we have gone past the musing stage, because if that is not an end goal for Joe and Kamala, they sure are doing a job of acting like it is.
Posted by: cxt217 at Sunday, September 12 2021 09:10 AM (MuaLM)
But it may not go as badly as one could reasonably expect.
Opposition, at this point, has started burning their bridges behind them, and are way out of position to retreat. However, it seems that reaching the point of wanting to murder lots of Americans by getting screwed up on theory tends to mean that your theoretical grasp of how to murder lots of Americans has some significant problems.
So they don't understand the actual basis for the power they held, and are merrily alienating important supporters, cheerfully confident in their understanding that they are the only people who matter.
A lot of people's surprise at Afghanistan is the level of malice implied by the regime towards an awful lot of people. Practically, it also amounts to being a huge 'fuck you' to everyone who wants to make money in defense contracting in the future. Which includes an awful lot of military bureaucracy types who thought "Biden is good because he is a Washington insider". Ambitious sociopaths who want to become dictator in the chaos* won't mind, but a lot of go along to get along bureaucrats will be feeling ill served. A month or two back, I would have told you that the latter would be reasonably reliable in supporting the opposition in the near term.
These lunatics are crazier than I expected, and they are going to drive neutrals and even sympathizers to support us faster than I expected.
*Said folks are probably stupid enough that they won't matter.
Posted by: PatBuckman at Sunday, September 12 2021 12:04 PM (r9O5h)
The saving grace is that they are idiots and destroy themselves too.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, September 12 2021 02:42 PM (PiXy!)
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