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Daily News Stuff 18 February 2022

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  • So as I was saying before I was so rudely interrupted...  No, never mind, can't remember.  

    I have a sneaking suspicion my wired internet might be down for a few days.




  • When I got my current phone - an Oppo A91 - I just went for something inexpensive, with decent specs and a great screen, and critically a headphone jack and microSD slot.  It's not 5G because I don't need 5G; I have high-speed internet and I'm not utterly dependent on my phone to get my job done...

    Well, crap.

    Ordered a Samsung A52s (5G model) today.  I can probably expense it because my 4G speeds won't even support a Zoom meeting.  Also a new SIM on a 120GB data plan for a surprisingly reasonable price.

    Phone arrives tomorrow, SIM card probably Monday.  Don't even have a response about internet repairs much less an ETA.

  • Second new backup server is being deployed now.  This will be named after (checks list) Mikan from Gakuen Alice.


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  • Despite all that I am online and none of my computers or appliances seem to have died.

    I was in the middle of a Zoom meeting with a dozen other people - and just about to deploy a critical patch that would allow a project to roll out to customers - when the lightning hit.  I had to SMS instructions for deployment and testing to the team because I couldn't even make a phone call right then.


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  • Speaking of watching you do not trust otters.  (Politico)

    Otter.ai is a service for journalists that assists in transcribing interviews, stealing all your data, and selling it to the highest bidder.


  • All of Canada's major banks experienced unspecified technical issues just hours after the Nazi takeover.  (Bleeping Computer)

    Curiouser and curiouser.


  • S3 (and compatible services) are a great solution for storage if you don't care about your data and/or want to create a mess so bad that you'll happily spend $100,000 to click a button that makes it all go away.  (Cyclic)

    To use S3 effectively you have to maintain your own database of all the objects, and manage keeping the two in sync.  S3 does nothing to help you there.  Less than nothing, in fact, because it will simply lie about your metadata.


  • The Asus Zephyrus G14 gets several things right.  (Tom's Hardware)

    It has AMD's brand new Ryzen 6900HS CPU and Radeon 6800S graphics, with 32GB DDR5 RAM and 8GB GDDR6 VRAM, a 2560x1600 14" 120Hz display, 1TB of PCIe 4 SSD, two USB-C ports, two USB-A ports, HDMI, microSD, and a headphone jack.

    It has a massive 240W power brick, but on the other hand lasts over 10 hours of constant use on battery power, so you might not need to lug that everywhere (maybe take a smaller USB-C charger to extend battery life).

    Unfortunately the Four Essential Keys are a no-show on this one.  Asus is hit-and-miss on the FEK.


  • Slow down to speed up: Intel is planning server CPUs with only slow cores.  (AnandTech)

    Intel's 12th generation Alder Lake desktop and laptop chips have a mix of fast and slow cores.  The slow ones are about half the speed of the fast cores - but one quarter the size.

    Desktop apps can't generally make use of a ton of slow cores (though you're going to get that anyway) but servers can, and if you have four times as many cores at half the speed, that means you double your throughput.

    Expected in 2024.

    AMD is doing something similar with their Zen 4c Bergamo chips, but that will be out a year before Intel.


  • Intel's Sapphire Rapids chips are twice as fast as AMD's Milan-X, says Intel.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Not only is that true only of a very specific subset of benchmarks, you can't and won't be able to buy Sapphire Rapids.  It's for supercomputers, and you don't count.

    Also by the time it arrives it will be competing with AMD's next-generation Genoa, which will truly be twice as fast as Milan.


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1 I've been using the A32 5G for a bit over a month now and I  hate it. I will continue to hate it until I don't hate it anymore.
 It's Android, just like my last phone, but samsung's  version is just enough different that I hate not being able to do things seemingly with the power of my mind alone.  But one day I'll realize that I understand everything again and I'll like the phone.
Other than my cromagnon-like inability to adapt to a new UI, the phone is plenty quick for my needs and the screen is good. I looked at the A52 too, and it's an A32, just more.

Posted by: Wonderduck at Saturday, February 19 2022 12:39 PM (bHHXR)

2 The first thing I do with any new Android device is install Nova Launcher.  It basically gives you a stock Android UI plus a billion trillion options to customise it if you want.  So my Oppo phone has the same UI as my Huawei and Lenovo tablets (my Google devices are all retired at this point), at least until I venture into settings where every manufacturer has made their own individual messes.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, February 19 2022 07:02 PM (PiXy!)

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