Friday, August 09


Daily News Stuff 8 August 2019

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Tech News

  • AMD has launched its eagerly awaited second-generation Epyc server CPU, codenamed "Rome".  (AnandTech)

    Does it deliver on all the heady promises?

    Basically, yes.

    A pair of the top of the line 64-core parts will set you back $13,900 ($6950 each), but will not just compete evenly with, but actually outperform four of Intel's $10,009 Xeon Platinum 8260 processors.  (Serve the Home)

    Faster and 65% cheaper.

    If you don't need 128 cores in one server, the single-socket 64-core model is only $4000 and is still faster than a pair of $10,000 Intel CPUs.

    The pick of the litter from my perspective is the 24-core 7402P at $1250.  The base clock of 2.8GHz sounds low, but with the 15% IPC boost in Zen 2 it's actually faster than the 3.0GHz base clock of my Ryzen 1700.

    For a long time dual-socket servers have made up 80% of the market, with 10% one socket and 10% four or more.  That might change now that the fastest dual-socket servers from Intel can be replaced with a single socket from AMD.

  • Samsung announced the battery-life-at-any-price Galaxy Book S.  (AnandTech)

    It's based on the Qualcomm 8cx CPU, which has four A76 cores running at 2.8GHz.  That would be blazingly fast for Android, but how it copes with Windows is something we'll have to wait and see.

  • Samsung also announced the Note 10 and Note 10+.  (AnandTech)

    Highlights of the Note 10 are a smaller, lower-resolution screen, no headphone jack, and no microSD slot.

    Samsung clearly has Apple envy.

  • Oh my God, it's full of idiots.  (TechDirt)

    Classic correction from the referenced New York Times article:
    An earlier version of this article incorrectly described the law that protects hate speech on the internet. The First Amendment, not Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, protects it.
  • Liz Warren publicly threatened to reduce US internet access speeds to Australian levels.  (Tech Crunch)

  • Hobo and human shit detection startups in 3... 2... 1...  (Tech Crunch)

  • Fascist activists posing as journalists got Amazon to shut down Gab's investor website.  (One Angry Gamer)

    I had Amazon marked as one of the few big tech companies still run by adults.  Maybe they are - they haven't shown the internal chaos demonstrated by Google - but they are at best spineless adults and I would not by choice host anything with them, ever.

    Don't read the comments.  99% sure it's just trolling, but still.

  • Disqus is shutting down its channels service at the end of the month.  (One Angry Gamer)

    Channels are - were - a feature that let you set up your own forums within the Disqus platform, alongside blog comments or whatever.

    So, how do you save your channel?

    The answer appears to be ha ha fuck you.

    Disqus does support exporting site comments.  In a format it cannot, itself, read.

  • Slytherine has acquired the rights to Master of Magic so maybe we'll finally see a sequel after (mumble) years.  (One Angry Gamer)

Disclaimer: No, seriously, don't read the comments.

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1 The thing about turn-based fantasy strategy is that there has been one series that have come close - but not quite, and one that aspire to it but suffered from poorly thought-out game mechanics and design.

The Age of Wonders series was just a few steps away from being what a Masters of Magic sequel should have been, but Triumph Studios never seemed to be interested in the city-builder aspects of the game, despite improving on all the other aspects of the original game.  Barring anyone needing to play the games via network (Which takes much of the enjoyment out of them.), AoW are wonderfully good games.

Stardock's Elemental was an ambitious game that was marred by very bad game mechanics and design - some of the which were ideas that looked good but were poorly implemented, while others were just plain bad (The scaling point requirements for researching advances, for example.).  Elemental actually had a more advanced and (For the most part.) better city-builder than Masters of Magic, but too much of the rest of the game was a tedious slog at the best of times.

At least now someone is working on MoM again.  It is a bit sad that while Steve Barcia is a capable game developer, he is also apparently not a competent manager, else he might have done more with the three iconic franchises that he either started or worked on through-out the years.

Posted by: cxt217 at Friday, August 09 2019 09:26 AM (LMsTt)

2 Age of Wonders III is very good, but doesn't quite nail the feel of MoM.  It was free on Steam a couple of weekends ago but I forgot to include it in my roundup.

They have a new game out in the family - Age of Wonders: Planetfall.  Looks like a science fictional version of the same gameplay.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, August 09 2019 10:05 AM (PiXy!)

3 If I remember correctly, the first Arm Windows notebooks worked pretty well, when running native Arm code.  The x86 emulation, on the other hand, was pretty horrible.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, August 10 2019 10:46 AM (Iwkd4)

4 x86 is not a nice instruction set to emulate.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, August 10 2019 02:55 PM (PiXy!)

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