Friday, March 15
Nearly Almost Better Edition
- ASRock's DeskMini 310 is a barebones mini-STX system with a really ugly case. (AnandTech)
It also suffers from having fewer I/O ports than many NUCs and other custom designs, despite its larger size.
ASRock make an AMD model as well, which would be more interesting due to the far superior integrated graphics, but AnandTech only had the Intel version to test.
- Intel just patched 19 different security vulnerabilities in their graphics drivers. (PC Perspective)
- Intel's Elkhart Lake will have Gen 11 graphics. (Tom's Hardware)
A whichwhat? Fortunately they also provide a handy tourists guide to the Lake District.
- Western Digital have updated their Blue range of M.2 SSDs from SATA to NVMe delivering about three times the read and write performance. (Tom's Hardware)
They made a similarly dramatic improvement when they introduced the second generation Black SSDs. If you intend to buy one, make sure you know exactly which model you are getting,
- Just because something is short doesn't mean it's simple. (TechDirt)
House Democrats have proposed a three-page Net Neutrality bill. I actually support clear, specific, well-designed net neutrality legislation, because the carriers are untrustworthy shitweasels.
This is not it. All this bill says is "force the FCC to treat internet providers as common carriers under Title II", without clarifying or updating the provisions in the Communications Act, which was passed in 1934. This would give the FCC massive power over the internet, not just the power to enforce net neutrality among consumer internet services.
The TechDirt article is, frankly, bullshit.
- Japan's own terrible horrible no good very bad copyright legislation has been removed from their parliamentary agenda after everyone in the entire country point out that it was complete garbage. (TechDirt)
Score one for the good guys?
- DARPA is building a $10 million open-source voting system. (Motherboard)
Both hardware and software. This I think is unequivocally good.
- There's a rumour that Nvidia may do a pre-announcement teaser of their next-gen graphics cards at its conference next week. (TweakTown)
Which is about as pointless and boring as a rumour can get.
There's a rumour that after about 39 trillion digits, Pi is encoded in hexadecimal. There. Much better.
Pi Video of the Day
Yes, okay, slightly late.
Anime Op/Ed of the Day
You can see why there're so few ports, especially on the backplane: the HSF takes up the space where they would go. It would've been nice if they could have eliminated, say, the VGA port, and stuck an extra USB there, or something.
Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, March 16 2019 03:48 AM (Iwkd4)
What drives me up the wall is that all the Net Neutrality shills--Techdirt, Arse Technica, etc., ad nauseum--also are normally privacy-focused, EXCEPT with regards to Net Neutrality. None of them will even mention the power grab, which essentially turns ISPs into phone companies as far as regulatory stature goes. This means, more or less, the end of innovation, and also makes surveillance much more easy.
You'd expect someplace like Techdirt to be all over that, right? Odd that they're not.
Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, March 16 2019 03:58 AM (Iwkd4)
Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, March 16 2019 04:01 AM (Iwkd4)
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