Thursday, October 18


Daily News Stuff 18 October 2018

Tech News

  • Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 is a thing that exists.  (AnandTech)

    Compared with last year's version, it has a quad-core CPU.

    Oh, and it's available in black as well as grey.

    Performance is actually worse than last year's model in many tests, because most desktop tasks don't use four cores, and the previous version's dual-core CPU had a slightly higher clock speed and Iris Plus graphics, with twice as many shaders and a 64MB L4 cache.  (This is also what the 2017 Spectre x2 has.)

    If you are running tasks that can use four cores, though, it's a clear winner.

    Intel don't yet offer an ultra-low power quad-core part with Iris Plus / Iris Pro graphics, so Microsoft didn't have an option there.

  • Micron is set to start DDR5 production by the end of next year.  (Tom's Hardware)

    This confirms the planned schedule.  Initial speeds for DDR5 are expected to be 4800MHz, scaling up to at least 6400MHz.

  • Responder is a Python web framework aimed at API services by the author of Requests, the de facto standard Python web client library.

    It avoids being written in Ruby, which is good.  It only works with Python 3.6 and later, which is not so good, since PyPy is only at 3.5.

    It supports GraphQL and OpenAPI  out of the box, which is good.  And async stuffs.

  • LibSSH (not the standard SSH server, but a library for adding SSH logins to your own apps) had a bug that left it open to Jedi mind tricks.  (Bleeping Computer)

    As in:
    LibSSH: Identification please.
    Hacker: You have already authenticated me.
    LibSSH: I have already authenticated you.
    Hacker: I have root access.
    LibSSH: You have root access.
    Hacker: And a pony.
    LibSSH: We're out of ponies.
  • Photoshop is coming to the iPad. (Macworld)

    The iPad Pro has 4GB of RAM.  Photoshop struggles with 16GB of RAM.  This will not end as happily as the tame Apple press seems to believe.

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1 DDR5:  what are the timings going to look like, though?  I'd like to see some improvement thereabouts.  My new Dell at work came with a stick of CAS19 DDR4-2666; the cheap stick of 2400 I put it in is CAS17.  I know it's not a huge difference, but remember when CAS was single digits?  Apparently higher RAM with higher timings can be slower than slower RAM with lower timings.
Also, for $7.23, I got my Mi Mix 2S shipped from Hong Kong to Dallas in ~2 days (it arrived as I was typing this.)

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, October 19 2018 02:29 AM (Q/JG2)

2 Synchronous DRAM (SDR, DDR, DDR2, ...) is about the chip interface. Internally, DRAM cell speeds have improved slowly (if at all) and are essentially large asynchronous arrays. You can increase the clock rate of the interface, but that means you're going to have more clock cycles of latency especially on page select.

Posted by: Kayle at Friday, October 19 2018 05:57 AM (TtvMc)

3 "Internally, DRAM cell speeds have improved slowly (if at all)"

TIL.  Nice to know, but kind of a bummer.

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, October 19 2018 07:38 AM (Q/JG2)

4 Fortunately (?) CPU clock speeds have also stopped improving, so the difference between CPU and RAM latency isn't increasing any more.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, October 19 2018 11:11 AM (PiXy!)

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