Friday, April 09


Daily News Stuff 9 April 2021

No Minutes, No Waiting Edition

Tech News

  • Yeah, the WebNX server still isn't back.  Still in the queue, apparently; I saw one person got word that his server wouldn't boot and needed a rebuild, but most either have their servers working again or are waiting.

    I'll be configuring my SSDNodes instance in Dallas on the weekend to give some more headroom.  While that's with a different provider to this virtual server, they're in the same physical building and ping time is measured in microseconds, making it easy to share load with a bit of VPN setup.

  • Intel's Sapphire Rapids server platform will ship next year.  (Tom's Hardware)

    There's a lot of details because engineering samples are already running outside Intel - if you're wondering what Samsung could test that 512GB DDR5 module against, well, here it is.

    It will have up to 56 cores using four chiplets, allowing Intel finally to compete against AMD's Epyc Rome parts.  But Rome was built in 2019, and Sapphire Rapids won't ship until 2022, by when AMD will have its 96 core Genoa parts out.

  • Asus has announced Ryzen 5000 NUC systems...  Sort of.  (Tom's Hardware)

    The PN51 is an update to the Ryzen 4000-based PN50, but in theory uses the newer chips.  In practice nothing has actually changed, because they use the 5300U, 5500U, and 5700U, which are all rebadged Ryzen 4000 parts.

    It's still a pretty nice system if you're looking for a small form factor PC.

  • Intel's upcoming DG2 graphics card is rumoured to compete with Nvidia's RTX 3070.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Rumoured by whom, the article doesn't precisely say.

    The only graphics card Intel currently produces is the DG1, which you can't buy, doesn't work in current systems, and runs slower than the integrated graphics in current laptops.  So if the DG2 is anything other than complete garbage it will be noteworthy.

  • The Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 has the Four Essential Keys.  (WCCFTech)

    Well, it looks like it does; it has four keys in the right place.  They could be controls for launching attack drones...  Actually, I'd be fine with that. 

    It has a 16" 16:10 screen at up to 2560x1600, with 165Hz refresh and 100% of DCI-P3 colour.  That's a great screen whether you're doing programming, business stuff, video or photo editing, or gaming.

    CPU is an 8 core Tiger Lake-H, and graphics options range from the RTX 3050 Ti to the 3070.  Memory and storage look like they go to 32GB and 2TB respectively; this isn't an official announcement, but taken from premature Amazon listings in China and Europe.

  • 600,000 stolen credit cards were stolen when a hacking site got hacked.  (Bleeping Computer)

    The data breach was apparently not reported to the European Privacy Commission as mandated by law.

    What is the world coming to?  If you can't trust a thief who thieves from other thieves, who can you trust?

  • The GMK NucBox is a Windows desktop squished into a 2" cube.  (ZDNet)

    It's not particularly powerful, and you won't be playing games much more sophisticated than Minesweeper, but with up to 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage it's no paperweight.

  • Data on 500 million LinkedIn users is being sold online.  (CyberNews)

    As far as I can tell, this is all public data that you can see for yourself on LinkedIn's site.  What happened is that people painstakingly saved all the pages and filtered out the data from the HTML.  Well, I say "people", but I really mean "Perl scripts".

    LinkedIn goes to significant lengths to prevent this, not because the data is private - it's explicitly public - but because it's their data and you worms aren't permitted access.

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Just Making the World's Sharpest Knife Out of a Cucumber, Don't Mind Me

If this guy ever gets together with Haachama, we're all doomed.

Disclaimer: You do, in fact, get used to it.

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1 GMK Nucette:  Who still calls MicroSD TransFlash?  I mean, other than the author of this article, I guess?

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, April 10 2021 12:30 AM (eqaFC)

2 Chinese manufacturers dodging royalty payments.  Similarly you'll find small projects describing HDMI ports as DVI and SD card slots as MMC.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, April 10 2021 01:03 AM (PiXy!)

3 RickC, it reads like it was written by AI: weird phrasing, bizarre punctuation, technobabble nonsense ("The sound is adequate -- through the connected speaker -- and the onboard sound through the 3.5mm headset is OK (albeit a little tinny)."), disconnected paragraphs, and the profile picture of Eileen Brown looks like it was scraped from a dating website from the 1990s.  But at $190, it's . . . meh.  I'd rather spend twice as much and get something 10x as powerful, not because I need something more powerful, but because it won't be utterly useless quite a soon.

Posted by: normal at Saturday, April 10 2021 01:10 AM (LADmw)

4 Ah, I didn't realize those terms were copyrighted/trademarked and thus needed royalties.  Makes sense, I guess.

Normal--her bio is a riot.  Eileen creates the social business, apparently.  I wonder when ZDNet got bought out by content farms.  There was a time they were a reputable site.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, April 10 2021 01:40 AM (eqaFC)

5 Ziff Davis used to be one of those empires of media, like a smaller, narrower Hearst.  Did they part out and sell off all their assets?  I just can't imagine a (former?) flagship publication being run as a content farm, but I guess that's the way of the big, dumb future.

Posted by: normal at Saturday, April 10 2021 01:58 AM (LADmw)

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