Thursday, November 04
- Gen Z isn't going to solve your tech skills crisis. (ZDNet)
Our most recent hires have been Gen X because, yeah, Gen Z can't code for shit.
- Australia is preparing for the launch of two lunar rovers. (The Conversation)
One in a partnership with Japanese and Canadian companies, for launch in 2024, and one in partnership with NASA, for launch in 2026.
The automated rovers will be tasked with searching the lunar soil for indicators of water. We know it's there, but we don't know much about how it is distributed.
- Minisforum has a new mini-PC based on the AMD 4700S. (WCCFTech)
This chip is a recycled PlayStation 5 processor with failed graphics cores, and... It's not completely terrible. Memory is soldered onto the motherboard though, because the PS5 has no provision for anything else.
- Start11 is out of beta. (Thurrott.com)
You still probably don't want to upgrade to Windows 11, but if you buy a new system new may be stuck with it.
- AMD's Zen 4, Zen 4D, and Zen 5 are on their way. (WCCFTech)
Zen 4 is the big update due at the end of next year, with the new socket, and DDR5 and PCIe 5 support. Zen 4D is an alternate version of Zen 4 that packs 16 cores onto each chiplet rather than the current 8, at the expense of cache size. Which might mean a 32-core chip for standard desktops, but might also find its way only into servers.
Zen 5 is the next big iteration after that, and will come in a mix-and-match configuration - one Zen 5 die and one Zen 4D die. So 8 of the fastest cores available and 16 cores that are merely very good.
Zen 5 is expected at the end of 2023 - a much shorter schedule than Zen 4. There was originally planned to be a Zen 3+ out around now, but most versions of that got cancelled to focus resources on Zen 4 and Zen 5.
- The McRib is now an NFT. (Yahoo)
Can't eat NFTs. Well, I have celiac so I can't eat McRibs either, so for me there's not a whole lot of difference.
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Posted by: Rick C at Friday, November 05 2021 12:50 AM (Z0GF0)
I didn't see anything that set off obvious alarm bells, but take it with a pound of salt.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, November 05 2021 01:51 AM (PiXy!)
Yeah, but this one needs a double disclaimer, because they cite Moore's Law is Dead, which is the WCCF of "leakers".
Posted by: Rick C at Friday, November 05 2021 06:36 AM (Z0GF0)
Posted by: Frank at Friday, November 05 2021 09:22 AM (rglbH)
Posted by: normal at Friday, November 05 2021 09:29 AM (obo9H)
(TL/DR: add commit hooks to reject code that includes any of U+202A, U+202B, U+202C, U+202D, U+202E, U+2066, U+2067, U+2068, U+2069)
Posted by: J Greely at Friday, November 05 2021 10:10 AM (ZlYZd)
Posted by: Frank at Friday, November 05 2021 03:03 PM (rglbH)
They dutifully started working their way through the stack, starting with the server code (which they both had worked on before it was handed off to this person). By the time I arrived, they were frazzled and frustrated and greeted me with a shout: "J, you played with Waiter recently; What Does This DO?!?"
I looked at the page they were stumped by, immediately recognizing it. "It's supposed to be an index search with wildcards, written without any library calls, but it's actually dead code that none of the clients uses. The real search is like three pages down."
The programmer in question was part of a package deal where a research professor agreed to come to OSU if they found a job for his wife. She was just assigned to us one day, for lack of anywhere more sensible to put her. After this debacle, she was moved over to the AI team, where she was put in charge of maintaining the code that their primary funding grant depended on. A few months later, I found one of their team camping out in the lab surrounded by caffeine as he frantically worked to undo her damage before they lost their funding.
Posted by: J Greely at Friday, November 05 2021 03:22 PM (ZlYZd)
Posted by: Frank at Friday, November 05 2021 04:29 PM (rglbH)
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