Saturday, August 28
Undefined Undefineds Edition
Update: Still working on the server upgrade. "Today" has been extended for another 24 hours.
Update 2: I set an alarm to wake me up if the server went down again while I was asleep. The alarm just went off, illustrating the downside of that: The site was up; the internet route between Sydney and our datacenter in Dallas was down. So 99.9% of the world could still reach the server, but not only could I not reach the server, I couldn't reach the portal to check on the status of the server. I have an alternate route to the server through a small cloud server I keep for just that purpose, but that's also in Sydney and also couldn't reach the server. But they've fixed it.
- Microsoft is standing firm on the hardware requirements for Windows 11. (ZDNet)
Computers sold as recently as 2018 will likely be unable to upgrade, abandoning hundreds of millions of users. Because - as the article analyses Microsoft's reported statistics - the newer hardware reduces the likelihood of a user encountering hardware-related system crashes from 0.3% to 0.2%.
They did update their list of supported hardware to include the five year old i7-7820HQ.... Because they are still using it themselves in the Surface Studio 2. (Bleeping Computer)
- Firm like custard. (ZDNet)
Got an older PC and want to install Windows 11? Go right ahead, says Microsoft.
You can't upgrade, but you can download and install Windows 11 using your Windows 10 license key. It will work fine. They just hate you.
I do now have one computer that will run Windows 11 without fussing around, and another is on its way. Still don't care though, so not much has changed.
- Fractal Design's new Torrent case - featuring 180mm fans and called the best case of 2021 by some reviewers - has been recalled because the fan controller can short out and burn your house down. (Tom's Hardware)
Well, very unlikely to actually burn your house down since case fans only run at 12V, but still a problem.
- There's a 20GB version of the RTX 3080 Ti on the way. (WCCFTech)
Since everything is dumb it will likely cost more than the 24GB RTX 3090.
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- Which Android tablet is right for you? (ZDNet)
There are no good small Android tablets available. It's not even that they're overpriced; there just aren't any. At 10" and up there are some options, mostly from Samsung. I'm pretty happy with my Lenovo but I'm not sure it's still available. With things going randomly out of stock all the time in Australia anyway it's hard to say.
- Microsoft's Cosmos DB cloud database had a tiny flaw. (ZDNet)
That flaw being that anyone else could take over your entire database and you'd never know.
Posted by: Grumpy and Recalcitrant at Saturday, August 28 2021 09:30 PM (nRMeC)
Posted by: StargazerA5 at Saturday, August 28 2021 10:07 PM (221b8)
"If your CPU doesn't have AVX-512 you can't run Windows 99."
"Why would you put vector extensions in-kernel?"
"Well, we don't, but it's still a requirement."
Posted by: normal at Sunday, August 29 2021 12:44 AM (obo9H)
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