Sunday, October 06


Daily News Stuff 6 October 2019

Baby Vomit Edition

Tech News

  • CloudFlare is ruining the internet.  (SlashGeek)

    They provide a free CDN and security solution.  Being free, they care that it's cheap to run, and works just well enough to not drive away the customers on their paid plains.

    Just well enough can be pretty bad.

  • The OnePlus 7T is a phone.  (

    It has a fairly typical for late 2019: 6.5" 2400x1080 AMOLED display with a teardrop notch, Snapdragon 855+, 8GB RAM, and 128GB of storage.  Only problem is that there are no storage options at all - there's no larger model and no microSD slot.  No headphone jack either.

  • The Ryzen 9 3950X can hit 4.3GHz on all cores with water cooling and no you still can't have one.  (Tom's Hardware)

    At 4.3GHz it runs Cinebench R15 just over twice as fast as an i9-9900K overclocked to 5GHz.  At stock speeds it is just under twice as fast as a stock 9900K on the same benchmark.

    The tests were run and published by Gigabyte (PDF) so I guess this counts as an official leak.

  • IBM's cloud (formerly SoftLayer) now has variable-load servers that cost only 40% more than DigitalOcean.  That doesn't sound like a great deal unless (a) you were already running on SoftLayer / IBM hosting and really didn't feel like migrating everything to DO or (b) you poked around and found that IBM block storage can be up to 40% cheaper than DO at scale.  Or (c) you noticed that you get free private network bandwidth between IBM's 60 or so worldwide datacenters.

    Previously even their smallest cloud servers had dedicated CPU resources and were priced accordingly.

    They also - if you have processing jobs that can be interrupted and restarted cleanly - offer up to 65% off for transient servers that get suspended when your datacenter runs out of capacity.  They don't have transient variable-load servers, though I'm not sure exactly what the use case for those would be.

    (Yes, I've been looking at options to present to management to avoid a repeat of my little reboot adventure.)

Video of the Day

Build your own Amiga 500!


One Amiga 500
One brand new motherboard
A whole lot of passive components
Time and patience

There's actually a point to this because a lot of old Amigas have been killed by leaking RTC batteries that corroded the motherboard traces beyond repair.  Pulling the chips and popping them into a new motherboard takes time, but no-one is making classic Amiga chips anymore so there's not a whole lot of alternatives.

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1 Wait. You antipodeans engage in DST too?



SOME of you do.


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Apple pies are delicious. But never mind apple pies. What colour is a green orange?

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