Saturday, January 12


Daily News Stuff 12 January 2019

Tech News

  • Correction to an earlier post: It looks like the Radeon VII will still have 64 ROPs, like Vega 64.  (ExtremeTech)

    This makes sense given that it's a graphics version of the MI50 compute card which doesn't particularly need huge ROP throughput, but is disappointing nonetheless.  The card will only be an incremental improvement over Vega 64 after all.  When a high-end Navi card will appear is anyone's guess, but low-end Navi is still on track for 2019.  (PC Perspective)

  •  AMD says no chiplet APU version of Matisse.  (AnandTech)

    Matisse is the codename of the interesting version of Ryzen 3000, the one that will go up to 12 or 16 cores.  There is space for a second CPU chiplet on the package, and AMD has confirmed that will happen.  But there won't be a version where the second chiplet is a GPU, at least not in the Ryzen 3000 family.

    Given that the Ryzen 3000 APUs have already been announced, that could simply mean that Ryzen 4000 APUs will show up early.  Or it could mean there won't be any high-end APUs until DDR5 arrives next year to provide the necessary bandwidth.

    The AnandTech article also notes that Ryzen 3000 will have the same TDP range as Ryzen 2000, but AMD seems to have said Ryzen 3000 will have the same TDP envelope as Ryzen 2000, which is a bit more vague.  Don't be surprised if they do nudge it up another ten or twenty watts on the high-end parts.

  • Is your 11.6" notebook weighing you down?  The GPD Micro PC might be more your speed.  (Tom's Hardware)

    6" 1280x720 display, Celeron N4100 CPU (Atom, but the good Atom), 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 13 ounces. (395g)  HDMI, two USB 3.0 ports, one USB-C port (which is used for charging), wired Ethernet, and a good old fashioned serial port for people who still use good old fashioned serial ports.

    Take that, Macbook.

  • Bungie has pulled the cord and is separating from Activision to seek its own destiny.  (WCCFTech)

    That's a joke, because....  Never mind.

  • How to redecentralise the web.

    Step One: Fix the speed of light.  Because as this plan is described, it will work great for people who live in San Francisco, and be a complete fucking disaster for everyone else.

  • US carriers promise to stop selling customer location data after being caught selling customer location data.  (Bleeping Computer)

    As they did in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (twice), 2017, and 2018.

    Guys, at least raise the price.  Seriously, $12.95?

    The chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee has asked the FCC to provide an emergency briefing.  (ZDNet)

    A spokesman said the FCC is currently hibernating and won't be back until March.

Social Media News

  • Cory Doctorow flips scooter company the bird.  (TechDirt)

    Bird sent Doctorow a notice that his reporting about other companies' kits to refit Bird's scooters was a violation of the DMCA's anti-circumvention section.  The factual reporting of the existence of such kits.

    Doctorow and the EFF fired back and didn't mince words.

    Also, Bird's Senior Corporate Counsel is named Linda Kwak.

  • GoFundMe is in the process of pulling that build-the-wall campaign and will be issuing refunds.  (Tech Crunch)

    That article contains several inaccuracies, but the central fact is that if existing donors do not reaffirm their pledge in the next 90 days, their donation will be refunded.

    This seems to have been prompted by assertions from the organiser that the US Government would not be in a position to accept the funds "any time soon" and a complete change in how the funds would be spent.  Which is odd, because the US Government absolutely will take your money at any time.  Just send a cheque to the IRS.

  • Disney CEO Bob Iger's Twitter account disappeared, reappeared with no followers, and disappeared again and no-one is saying anything.  (Laughing Place)

Video of the Day

Jim from AdoredTV, the guy who reported on the chiplets leak, comes to the same conclusion I did: What AMD showed off at CES was a low-mid-range 65W Ryzen 5 matching the performance of Intel's 9900K.

The big question is, since AMD clearly can produce 12 and 16 core parts any time they want, how will Intel respond?

Intel has 10 core CPUs that they could perhaps repackage to Socket 1151, but those have no iGPU.  That may not be such a barrier as I had thought, because Intel this week announced a whole family of Socket 1151 processors without iGPUs.  (TechPowerup)

So they could drop a 10 core part with little delay.  Their next step up, though, is a much larger die - more than 60% bigger - that may not be suitable for the Socket 1151 package.

And even then, AMD is matching Intel's 125W part (95W on paper, but not really) with a 75W part (65W on paper).  To counter Ryzen 3000, Intel needs a working 10nm process - a good 10nm process - and a 12 core part.  It took them two years to catch up with Ryzen the first time around, and I expect that to be true this time as well.

Bonus Video of the Day

All automated.  I'm not sure if they even had a direct link to the lander at the time.

Picture of the Day

Julie Newmar, pre-Catwoman.

Bonus Picture of the Day

Julie Newmar, pre-Catwoman, and Tina Louise, pre-Ginger, backstage during a Broadway performance of Lil' Abner.

Disclaimer: Try, or try not.  It's worth four points and a goal is only worth one.

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 That's a joke, because.... 

...because you're a bad, bad person.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sunday, January 13 2019 02:17 AM (gxCG3)


I am hesitant in celebrating Bungie's divorce from Activision.  Not all of the hated and despised decisions and choices made regarding the Destiny franchise could have come only from Activision, and there has to be a something that Bungie has to trade-off to their former partner in exchange for leaving - you do not get hundreds of millions of dollars to develop EACH game from someone without owing that someone something when you divorce.

For things are certain but a safe bet would be people asking Bungie 'What the heck?' about their actions in six months or so.

Posted by: cxt217 at Sunday, January 13 2019 02:57 AM (LMsTt)


"Few things are certain..."

I really should have slept-in longer.

Posted by: cxt217 at Sunday, January 13 2019 02:59 AM (LMsTt)

4 Bungie retained all rights to new IP developed in their publishing deal with Activision. I suspect Bungie had plenty of resources (post Microsoft split) and was willing to take a lower revenues from their publisher in order to keep the IP while spreading risk to another company. [1] Wired [2] IGN. So the surprise is that Activision couldn't come to terms with Bungie on renewing their 10 year publishing agreement.

Posted by: Kayle at Sunday, January 13 2019 03:38 AM (magRz)


My point is that Bungie might possibly had to trade SOMETHING to Activision as the cost of their departure.  I get that they might have accepted a lower return on Destiny in return for control, but like I stated, it is highly unlikely Activision funded hundreds of millions of dollars for the development of each game (At least $500 million for the first Destiny alone.), without having a contingency clause in case Bungie decided to end the relationship.

Posted by: cxt217 at Sunday, January 13 2019 08:33 AM (LMsTt)


Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, January 13 2019 04:07 PM (PiXy!)

7 What souls?  Bungie already left theirs' in the pyramid in Pathway of Darkness.

Posted by: cxt217 at Monday, January 14 2019 06:19 AM (LMsTt)

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