Wednesday, May 26
F-Word All The F-Words Edition
- Dear Microsoft,
It's not fucking up to you how many fucking times I pause your fucking updates. Unlike you retards, I have a fucking job to do, so kindly take your updates, cover them in glitter glue, and shove them so far up your ass that you see stars when you close your eyes.
Update: WINDOWS YOU FUCKING PIECE OF SHIT DIE IN ALL THE FIRES.
- Arm has announced three new Arm cores. (AnandTech)
Which is kind of a logical thing for Arm to announce, and a logical thing to be announced by Arm.
Anyway, specifically we have the X2, following the high-performance X1, the A710, following the formerly high-performance A78, and the A510, following the power-efficient A55.
All three support the new Armv9 instruction set, and the X2 and A510 are 64-bit only designs. As a developer I'm generally against ripping out backwards-compatibility like that, but on the other hand the x86 architecture has maintained binary compatibility since 1978 and as a result is now insane.
Anyway, the X2 is 16% faster than the X1, assuming the same manufacturing process and power consumption. The A710 - no longer being the top performing core - delivers the same performance as the A78 but uses 30% less power. And the A510 is 25% slower than the A73, which was Arm's high-end core in 2017 - and what powers my "new" phone.
Not an astounding upgrade but still pretty solid.
The plot is that everyone playing the latest update of a particular online game gets dumped into that world for real. Like... A hundred thousand people, all at once.
The difference between Log Horizon and most other isekais is that it actually examines what would happen if you took a small city's worth of people from our world and dumped them in a fantasy realm that they are used to treating as a game. And the results aren't always pretty.
- A million PCs are being sold per day, with an expected growth of 18% for 2021. (Tom's Hardware)
The article says that this is happening "despite" the component shortages, but that's backwards. This is a major factor causing the component shortages. PC sales have been trending slowly downwards for years and certainly no-one was stockpiling parts in the event of a surge.
- It may look like a Flavoradio from 1980 but it is actually an FPGA developer kit for vision-centric AI projects. (Serve the Home)
At $199 it's a little more expensive than an AM radio too, but that's a pretty good price for this kind of developer board.
- Chrome 91 includes a gravity sensor API. (Phoronix)
That will come in handy the next time I forget to pay the gravity bill.
- Mathematicians have figured out how to figure out the square root of one. (Quanta)
For rather complicated definitions of "square root" and "one". Specifically it solves Hilbert's 12th problem from 1900 for what are known as totally real fields.
Not in the way Hilbert envisioned, since mathematics has advanced somewhat in 121 years, but solved nonetheless.
- Russia has fined Google 6 million rubles - approximately twelve cents - for failing to remove what it calls "illegal content". (Engadget)
What Russia means here is content inconvenient to their narrative, the kind of stuff Big Tech kills with an axe if it inconveniences their own narrative.
- Amazon's ad revenue is now twice that of Snap, Twitter, Roku, and Pinterest combined, or approximately twelve cents. (CNBC)
I don't think any of those companies are exactly raking it in right now.
- I mentioned that Phison has a dumb name but makes good SSD controllers, but a 15 microsecond access time? Really? (Hot Hardware)
That seems awfully fast but the chart data is at least consistent.
And speaking of dumb names, one of their competitors is called InnoGrit. I guess eventually all the cool names are taken.
- I hadn't heard Subaru - the dancing duck girl from yesterday - sing before. Her voice drops by about an octave. Rather striking.
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Posted by: normal at Wednesday, May 26 2021 07:40 PM (obo9H)
The good side of Windows, as opposed the the updates, which are very much the bad side.
On MacOS, you can no longer do that. Applications that haven't been updated are dead. And iOS. And coming soon to Android.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, May 26 2021 07:53 PM (PiXy!)
Very sensitive ones were considered useful for investigating buried objects back in the day.
And this might be talking about a three axis accelerometer, which I think are included in a lot of the inertial measurement unit chips these days.
I think these aren't the same quality of accelerometer that are used in neat things like experimental modal analysis, but those are topics I'm not well read in.
But letting a browser talk to them sounds nuts, and wanting Google to have access to that data should be grounds to confine someone in a mental health care facility.
Posted by: PatBuckman at Thursday, May 27 2021 12:34 AM (6y7dz)
Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, May 27 2021 03:13 AM (eqaFC)
Beyond telling when someone is shaking their phone, you can also tell the angle/attitude the phone is at without using a gyro.
I just don't think that sounds fun enough to be worthwhile. I am very much not the target market for a smartphone.
Posted by: PatBuckman at Thursday, May 27 2021 03:30 AM (6y7dz)
Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, May 27 2021 04:27 AM (eqaFC)
Posted by: Frank at Thursday, May 27 2021 05:21 AM (rglbH)
Posted by: cxt217 at Thursday, May 27 2021 08:44 AM (4i7w0)
*autoupdates, nutty defaults changing every release, unavoidable stupid crap
**basically any distro that ships systemd by default
Posted by: normal at Thursday, May 27 2021 10:49 AM (obo9H)
Posted by: normal at Thursday, May 27 2021 11:07 AM (obo9H)
I mean, it doesn't have a lot to do with this topic, but on general principles I am obliged to say that.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, May 27 2021 03:33 PM (PiXy!)
Well, to be fair, they were in a pretty tough spot. One of the big complaints about Windows was systems being vulnerable to all kinds of bugs that had been patched because the people running them wouldn't stay up to date.
I've yet to see people griping about Windows forced updates do the same about their phones (although, to be fair, Google & Apple seem to do a better job of not having updates that break stuff, although on the gripping hand, they don't have the variety of hardware Windows supports.)
Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, May 27 2021 11:31 PM (eqaFC)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, May 28 2021 01:08 AM (PiXy!)
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