Friday, September 14


Daily News Stuff 14 September 2018

Tech News

  • After waiting nine years for a connection date, then six months for the connection date to arrive, then ten weeks for any updates after the connection date passed unconnected, NBNCo now informs me that there is "work to be done" and it will take another six to twelve months to connect me.

    The connection point is so close that I could stand at my kitchen window and hit it with a medium-sized dog if the wind was right.  Six to twelve months my arse.

  • In happier news, I found the product page for the laptop HP upgraded me to because the one I ordered was out of stock.  (HP have an infinite number of different product codes and it's hard to find the exact details sometimes.  That's how infinity works.)

    It's the top-of-the-line maxed-out version with a 1TB SSD, and I'm getting two of them.  Whee!  And my order has passed out of processing and into production, so it looks like it's all happening this time.  Which is good, because that model is now also out of stock.

    Tomorrow, I'll get hit by a comet.  But that's tomorrow.

  • If you care more about CPU performance and battery life and actually being in stock than display resolution and price the Toshiba Portégé X30T might be just the ticket.  (AnandTech)

    It has a quad-core 8th generation Intel CPU, 13.3" FHD display, and a multiplicity of ports - not just USB-C but full-size USB-A, wired Ethernet, HDMI, and even VGA.  In tablet mode it offers 8 hours of battery life, but the keyboard has its own battery (partly just to balance the weight) giving a total of 14 to 15 hours.

    And it even has PgUp/PgDn/Home/End keys, though the arrangement is a bit haphazard, similar to Lenovo's smaller laptops.

  • Speaking of which, if you're in Australia and looking for a general-purpose laptop, Lenovo has been messing about with pricing on their ThinkPad E family again.  With a quad-core Ryzen 2700U, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, and 1TB disk drive, the E485 currently works out to A$1374, which is a great price.  If I hadn't just bought Index and Railgun I'd be strongly tempted.

    The closest Intel model is A$1846, which is less attractive.  By about A$472.

  • AMD's second-generation Raven Ridge Ryzen APUs may or may not appear this year, on 12nm or possibly 7nm unless something else happens.  (Tom's Hardware)

  • If someone steals your laptop, they might be able to access information in memory even if it's locked and the drive is encrypted.  (Tom's Hardware)

    This is a known problem, and it can even be done with desktops and servers if you are very quick, but it's probably around #4718 on the list of security issues you should worry about.

  • This analysis of Global Foundries' retreat from 7nm says that yes, it's all doom and gloom from here.  (IEEE)

    To which I say: Meh, and double meh.  Dennard scaling failed fifteen years ago, but I'm not about to swap my Ryzen 1700 for a Pentium 4.

  • Glen Cook's latest Black Company novel, Port of Shadows - the first in some years - is out.  I'll just hop on over to Amazon and b-  Shit.

Social Media News

Graphs, You're Doing Them Wrong II

Today's entry comes from Bloomberg, who really should know better.  Look at that mess.  What is it even supposed to mean?

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1 * Your glofo link is busted. * Port of Shadows: must be a local market thing?  It looks like it's available in multiple formats in the US.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, September 15 2018 12:58 AM (Q/JG2)

2 I'm holding off on the new Black Company novel. It's promising in the sense that it takes place long before the disappointing end to the series, but I'm wary after what he did to the Garrett series.

The "cracking all encrypted laptops" thing was a real groaner. I'm sure one of our execs will read it and send a panicky email to my boss asking how we're going to deal with this crisis.


Posted by: J Greely at Saturday, September 15 2018 02:13 AM (tgyIO)

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