Sunday, November 03

Geek

Daily News Stuff 3 November 2019

Oh No Edition

Tech News

  • Ubiquiti phone home.

    This is fine in general, but there has to be a clear way to disable it without adversely affecting your networking equipment.  It's not at all unusual for security requirements to absolutely forbid this.

  • An update on TSMC's 5nm process.  (WikiChip)

    7nm is the hot new thing, but TSMC entered risk production for 5nm back in March.  It has close to double the transistor density of 7nm, and uses up to 30% less power.  That power figure is better than earlier estimates, and is likely to be reliable now that they have six months of low-volume production to examine.

    Next year's Zen 3 based processors will still be 7nm, and Zen 4 might not arrive until early 2022, so it could be more than two years before the next dramatic upgrade.

  • At Blizzcon, Blizzard announced that Diablo IV is really truly in development and promised to repeat all the mistakes they made in Diablo III  (NicheGamer)

    Diablo III sold well enough that they have no incentive not to pull the same nonsense again.

  • WebAssembly in theory allows you to write code for your web pages in any language and not just shitty JavaScript.  In practice it's mostly used to mine cryptocurrency.  (InfoQ)

  • Microsoft Edge has a new logo.  (Thurrott.com_

    No, it's not a slow news day.  Why do you ask?

    On the other hand, you can look at this logo and immediately know that it's for a web browser.  Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Pale Moon also get it right.  Vivaldi and Brave not so much.


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