Friday, January 18


Daily News Stuff 18 January 2019

Tech News

  • PCIe 5.0 is on its way. (Tom's Hardware)

    The 5.0 spec is expected out in the next two months. 3.0 has been the standard for a long time, so this rapid update is really just getting things back on track.

    PCIe 5.0 is likely to take some time to deploy to the consumer space, though. Where PCIe 4.0 can work on some existing motherboards, 5.0 - which is twice as fast again as 4.0 - will require new materials and layouts.

  • A fascinating examination of the death of the tech industry by a writer who places the tech industry's "first era" as beginning in two thousand and fucking seven. (The Atlantic)

    Author Derek mentions Apple (founded in 1976) and Samsung (founded in 1938) but displays no idea that they existed prior to the iPhone and the Galaxy range.

    If someone told him that Nintendo has been around since the 19th century, he'd probably expire on the spot.

  • Singapore is half the distance from Sydney as San Francisco, but ping times are only 6% better. Interestingly, I have better ping times to San Francisco from my home than from the virtual server I run here in Sydney, even though the virtual server is plugged straight into a ten gigabit uplink and is a couple of milliseconds away from the AU-US cable head.

    Someone needs to fix that speed of light thing. It's annoying.

  • An AMD APU with eight Zen cores and Navi graphics?  (

    This is an engineering sample and looks like another semi-custom part like the on in the Subor game console.  Might be next-gen Xbox or Playstation, but it seems early for that.

    Speaking of that Subor game console, other Linus got his hands on a pre-release version.

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Dumb Fact of the Day

The lyricist for the song Rum and Coca Cola, made famous in 1945 by the Andrews Sisters who recorded it as an extra in ten minutes of spare studio time and then sold seven million copies and spent seven weeks at number one on the Billboard charts - the lyricist was named Lord Invader.

No relation.

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1 You can make the ping times to SF correct by adding a big box full of fiber-optic coils to the network connection on the machine that pings SF!

Posted by: Kristophr at Saturday, January 19 2019 10:38 AM (xGbzc)

2 That would need to be quite a large box!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, January 19 2019 02:07 PM (PiXy!)

3 Look at the full-size picture.  Specifically, the snowman sitting on a toilet.  Or rather, look at the sign on the wall behind him.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, January 19 2019 07:09 PM (Iwkd4)

4 Kristophr, you've reminded me of a late-night hallway conversation at Usenix many years ago.

A: ...and when we redid the network at Xerox PARC, we found the entire history of Ethernet in the walls. One of the weirdest bits was finding an entire spool of thicknet cable spliced into the network between two offices, hidden above the dropped ceiling.

B: I can tell you whose office that was.

C: I can tell you how it got there.

D: I can tell you why it was left there.

(it involved an argument between the network admin and one of the inventors of ethernet, who insisted that a planned cable run would never work because it was too long)


Posted by: J Greely at Saturday, January 19 2019 07:49 PM (tgyIO)

5 Rick C - thanks, I missed that!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, January 19 2019 10:36 PM (PiXy!)

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