Thursday, March 04

Geek

Daily News Stuff 4 March 2021

Ill-Conceived Gambits Edition

Tech News

  • AMD has announced the Radeon 6700 XT, shipping March 18 for $479.  (AnandTech)

    At that price it's still a high-end card, and your chances of finding one at that price are basically zero.

    But from a performance perspective it's also a high-end card.  It's cut down relative to the 6800 - from 60 CUs to 40 - but they've also scaled the clock speed up from 1.8GHz to 2.4GHz.  As a result it's a bit less power-efficient than the 6800; it's no longer quite in the sweet spot for this design and process node.

    RAM is 12GB on a 192-bit bus, and it has 96MB of Infinity Cache, compared to 16GB and 128MB on the 6800.

    Also, all the leaks on this one were exactly correct.


  • CircuitPython could come to Raspberry Pi as a bootable OS.  (Tom's Hardware)

    That would let you treat it as a microcontroller and program the hardware directly, rather than through Linux, which would be attractive for a lot of hobbyists, particularly anyone trying to work with hard real-time requirements.


  • SpaceX's Starship SN10 took off cleanly, did a test flip and engine stall, descended and landed safely...  And then exploded.  (WCCFTech)

    I was watching the live stream.  I thought there was a bit too much fire after landing, and then boom.


  • Mozilla is concerned about India's new laws regulating online content.  (Mozilla)

    Their concerns about people banning books might have more weight if they weren't personally so gung ho about burning them.


  • A new version of the Grub bootloader has 117 patches fixing a list of serious vulnerabilities.  (Bleeping Computer)

    All of which are only a problem if you have physical access to the computer in question, in which case Grub is far from the only attack vector.


  • Google's cross-platform UI toolkit, Flutter, is now in Version 2.  (Thurrott.com)

    The SDK is 1.3GB, so I wouldn't expect high-performance light-weight apps to come out of this.


  • Firefox, for some reason, can play Hololive livestreams more smoothly with chat enabled than Chrome can with it disabled.

    It still seems to be slowly leaking memory though.

    Update: Memory usage went back down without me touching anything.  It uses a lot of RAM, but it's not a steady leak. 

    I'm trying Waterfox side by side with Firefox now, and they seem to behave pretty much identically.  Which they should.  Using a surprisingly large chunk of the GPU to handle video decode though.  I guess 6 teraflops ain't what it used to be.


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1 Flutter is not bad. It's not as peppy as native apps, and is a bit chunkier (25-30mb Android apps for a minimal example, against 3-5mb for a native one), but it's fast enough for a lot of things, and much more developer-productive than either native Android or native iOS.

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