Wednesday, October 17


Daily News Stuff 17 October 2018

Tech News

  • Nvidia's RTX 2070 is out and reviewers are taking it for a spin.  (AnandTech)

    The 2080 and 2080 Ti are good cards but overpriced for what they can deliver today, trading on promises of a brighter future to justify their price tags.

    Has Nvidia turned the tables with the 2070?

    No.  (Tom's Hardware)

  • Crucial announced their first NVMe SSD.  (AnandTech)

    [Crucial are the consumer division of Micron.  Micron have had NVMe SSDs for some time, just not aimed at consumers.]

    It's a QLC device like Intel's 660p, so it's fine for desktops (probably; QLC is pretty new) but something to avoid for workstations and servers.

    It has an SLC cache which can grow up to 10% of the drive size - which means it would use 40% of the available capacity (since this works by using 4-bit cells to store 1 bit).  That should provide solid and consistent performance as long as you don't fill the drive beyond about 70%.

  • Qualcomm announced 802.11ay chipsets.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Just when we'd got things nicely sorted out into Wi-Fi 1 through 6, 802.11ay breaks everything.  The problem is that it gets better performance by jumping from the 5GHz band (which can go through or around minor barriers) to the 60GHz band (which is effectively line-of-sight).  I guess they can say Wi-Fi 7 is a device supporting both 802.11ax and 802.11ay.

  • MongoDB have changed their license agreement.  (TechCrunch)

    What does the new license say?  Who the fuck knows.  It's dozens of paragraphs of impenetrable crap.  It is the license of a company that wants to pretend to being open source without allowing users any freedom at all.

    People are taking this calmly.  (Hacker News)
    Vice President of the Open Source Initiative here.

    MongoDB submitted this new license for approval by OSI at the same time that they announced that they'd relicensed all of their code. We wish they'd started the process prior to the announcement, but what's done is done. The result, however, is that at this moment, MongoDB is under a non-approved license and therefore IS NOT OPEN SOURCE.

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1 In the Hacker News comments (wait, you're reading Internet comments?!) we find:
amiritha writes:
None of OSI's Open Source licenses (including AGPL) protect creators financial interest in the cloud first world. Period.

I want to issue "View and Internal Use License" for my work. Anyone can view the source code, modify, and use the software for their own benefit as they see fit. Under no circumstances can anyone sell/re-distribute/host the paid version of software or any derivative thereof. Why can't OSI create such a license?

This commenter doesn't quite understand the idea of "open source". He wants to have a get other people to pay him to use his code, but also claim to be open source (kind of like early Sun and Microsoft attempts to be open source).

Posted by: Kayle at Thursday, October 18 2018 09:49 AM (TtvMc)

2 amiritha's comment is not incorrect, though.  RMS has pretty explicitly said that as far as free source is concerned, if you want to make money, sell support.  Even ESR has to struggle some to make ends meet, having resorted to getting a Patreon in the last couple of years.

Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, October 18 2018 11:55 AM (Iwkd4)

3 Which reminds me, I should fling a few bucks ESR's way.

I'm not opposed in principle to a license that says "source is freely available, free to use by private individuals and non-profits, for-profit enterprises pay here".  The major problem with the new MongoDB license is that it's very long and vague.  And also that they changed it without notice.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, October 18 2018 01:38 PM (PiXy!)

4 Yeah, I've been seeing that 500 error all over the place. Not very good at showing you the host you're supposed to be sending it to though....

Posted by: Mauser at Thursday, October 18 2018 02:25 PM (Ix1l6)

5 Yeah.  When OSI says "It's not Open Source", you have to see those capital letters.  It may or may not be open source, but it's not Open Source.
It's kind of like certified "Organic" food in the US.  All food is organic by definition, but only stuff that meets government regulation is Organic (which, recall, means thinks like "it uses cow crap instead of chemical fertilizers so I hope you washed it really well".)

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, October 19 2018 02:19 AM (Q/JG2)

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