Friday, January 18
- 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? (Computerbase.de)
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.
Social Media News
- The EU is still trying to legislate unicorns into existence.
The new text by the Romanians requires platforms to prevent uploads of copyrighted works, but requires next to no cooperation from rightholders! How is that supposed to work? #Article13#SaveYourInternetpic.twitter.com/8LaEoDTiui— Julia Reda (@Senficon) January 17, 2019
- Facebook's "10 year challenge" is just a harmless meme says Facebook. (Wired)
There is nothing to be alarmed about, the company added. We are not working to improve our facial recognition algorithms. We did not lie about "suspicious activity" and demand you upload a picture of yourself to reactivate your account. Nuh-uh. That totally didn't happen.
- A debate in the Swedish parliament took an unusual turn. (CBC)
(Older story, but slow news day.)
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Posted by: Kristophr at Saturday, January 19 2019 10:38 AM (xGbzc)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, January 19 2019 02:07 PM (PiXy!)
Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, January 19 2019 07:09 PM (Iwkd4)
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)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, January 19 2019 10:36 PM (PiXy!)
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