Tuesday, August 07


Daily News Stuff 7 August 2018

Tech News

  • Android Pie is out.  Pie?  Just pie?  Yes, just Pie.  (Android Central, hat tip Rick C.)

    I don't have it.  My Nexus 7s and my Sony tablet are stuck on 6; my Moto G4 Play and my Huawei Mediapad are still on 7, though at least they're getting the monthly patches.

  • AMD's Threadripper 2 previews are out.  Full reviews turn out to be embargoed for another week, though, so this is just the tech details (which had already leaked) and pricing (which had already leaked) and AMD's own performance tests (which had already leaked).  (AnandTech)

  • AMD's semi-custom console APU is ready for its closeup, Mr DeMille.

    Looks like a 256-bit bus delivering 256GB/s of bandwidth, and we can see that the APU is indeed a single chip, not a multi-chip module like Intel's Kaby Lake G.  (AnandTech)

  • IBM shows off a 19.2TB SSD with an MRAM cache.  Magnetoresistive RAM is fast and durable and non-volatile, but expensive, so using it as a cache makes a lot of sense.  (AnandTech)

    Also, the drives support PCIe 4.0.

  • Lenovo has leaked AMD's rumoured 2300X and 2500X CPUs.   (Tom's Hardware)

    These are just updates to the 1300X and 1500X.  It looks like they're built on the Ryzen 2 CPU die, and not on the APU die with the graphics disabled.  (The CPU die has more cache, so if the leaked details are correct these can't be using the APU die.)

    Update: Come to think of it, the APU die has fewer PCIe lanes available, so they would have to use the CPU die for these models or lose functionality over last year's versions.

  • BBC blocked in China.  This is not, remarkably, the fault of any stupidity on the part of the BBC.  They did everything right.  It's just nominally communist fascists fighting with nominally capitalist socialists over the marketing rights to the censorship Olympics.  (TechDirt)

  • Apple, Facebook, Spotify, and YouTube have booted professional crazy man Alex Jones.  (TechCrunch)

    Which would be less alarming if (a) I wasn't on a week's suspension from Twitter for insulting goldfish and (b) hadn't been banned from YouTube for eight years before they relaxed their multiple-account restrictions for paying customers.  (I have Google Play Music, which includes YouTube premium.)

    VermillionAMV got banned from YouTube a couple of days ago, and all they do is post other people's AMVs.  I linked that nice Wakfu AMV and the next day it was gone.  Fortunately they got reinstated, but there was no indication of what happened or why, just BOOM, everything gone.  And YouTube URLs have zero descriptive value, so when they go you're left with nothing.

  • Intel is expected to quote launch unquote their quote ninth generation unquote chips this month.  You'll be able to get the chips in maybe October.  Also, this is still Skylake.  Nothing has changed except the name.  Oh, and the core count.  That's actually changed a lot.

    Eight cores.  Let's see AMD answer that oh wait they already did.  (Fudzilla)

  • Samsung is getting into the QLC game too.  Unless these are a lot cheaper than existing TLC drives I'd hold off for the first generation or two.  (TweakTown)

  • Inko is a dynamic gradually-typed object oriented language written in Rust and producing portable bytecode.  I think the syntax needs a bit of poking - curly brackets and :: and @ everywhere - but the functionality looks nice.

Word of the Day

Päntsdrunk: The Finnish art of drinking at home, alone, in your underwear.

Thing of the Day

Thing of the day is the Ologies podcast.

Host Alie Ward takes listeners through an ology - a field of science or general knowledge - each week. It's usually quite interesting, but sometimes a but scatterbrained, usually when listeners send in stupid questions. The gemology podcast veered into pseudoscience and and museum podcast got sidetracked by ghost stories, which was annoying because the rest of the episode was both interesting and entertaining.

Picture of the Day



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1 Google released Android 9 Pie today, and it looks like the last Nexuses (5X/6P) aren't getting it.  But you know what is?  The Essential PH-1.  I've already got it installed.
Camera app is still stupidly barebones, with no manual features, so I get to play with sideloading gcam ports.

Posted by: Rick C at Tuesday, August 07 2018 10:42 AM (ITnFO)

2 Thanks!  I'll add that to the list.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, August 07 2018 10:55 AM (PiXy!)

3 I should clarify that the *Essential* camera, not the Google one, is a lame, low-functionality potato.  Apparently the camera hardware is actually pretty nice, but limited by the app.  People who've replaced it have reported better results.
I'm looking for, at minimum, the ability to set ISO/shutter speed/etc.

Posted by: Rick C at Tuesday, August 07 2018 11:16 AM (ITnFO)

4 The fact that Apple, Facebook, Spotify, and YouTube all banned Jones on the same day smacks of collusion.
Agreed about YouTube URLs. So annoying to find "Deleted Video" in your playlist and not know what it was so you can seek out a replacement.

Posted by: Mauser at Tuesday, August 07 2018 11:26 AM (Ix1l6)

5 "Also, this is still Skylake."
Slander and libel!  I hear this is 14nm+++++++++, whereas Skylake is 14nm++++++.

Posted by: Rick C at Tuesday, August 07 2018 02:21 PM (ITnFO)

6  Oh, silly me. wink

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, August 07 2018 02:41 PM (PiXy!)

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

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