Apart from the 3:2 2160x1440 screen, it has a quad core i7-8565U, 8GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD, and two USB type C ports for doing everything (charging, video out, USB stuff).
CPU performance is excellent - it leaves the new Macbook Air absolutely in the dust. I/O performance is fair, though the Macbook is much faster there, perhaps because of the MacOS filesystem.
It also has a dedicated GPU - a low end MX150, but it's there - so it leaves laptops relying on the integrated Intel GPU in the dust as well. Perhaps because of that, battery life is just 6 hours, which isn't awful but falls well short of all-day use.
I have both Dropbox and Google Drive - the latter mostly because I ran out of space for my email. The problem with Dropbox is you can only get more than 1TB by upgrading to their business plans, which require a minimum of three users.
Bell? Wait, that Bell? Yes, you guessed it, the "flying taxi" is a helicopter.
Okay, it's a four seat autonomous electric quadcopter, so it is something new. And the fact that Bell is building it suggests that it might actually be real, given that they've been building helicopters since the 1940s.
They went all-in on AI and ray tracing with the RTX range, and bumped up prices because those new features make the chips large and expensive to manufacture.
Only problem is, pretty much nothing exists to use those features yet, and they probably won't see truly mainstream support for another two or three years.
Plus Nvidia had a lot of old cards left in the channel after the crypto mining bubble burst. AMD managed that event better in that respect, but on the other hand, during the bubble AMD cards were simply unobtainable.
I think what Nvidia is doing will pay off big in the long run, particularly looking at the specs of TSMC's 5nm node. It's just going to take a while.
Speaking of Nvidia, here's their Titan RTX in case you just discovered a bunch of early Apple stock certificates in your grandparents' attic. (Tom's Hardware)
This is in a plant that produces 16nm an 12nm chips, not the latest 7nm, but it could affect Xbox and PlayStation shipments, mid-range phones, and... Nvidia graphics cards. It's not a huge shortfall but there's a long lead time in wafer production so it's bound to cause scheduling problems.
This has a 48MP main camera, and the latest Kirin 980 with Cortex A76. A 6.4" 1080x2340 display, a big 4000mAh battery, 6/128GB or 8/256GB, a 25MP front camera (why?) and a headphone jack.
That might be a suitable replacement for my old Xperia Z Ultra if I had any money to spare. (My Z Ultra still works, but it overheated at some point and the battery swelled by half a millimetre or so and the back popped off. So I'm a wee bit cautious about continuing to use it.)
Nothing to do with memory, it's just a cheap, standard connector that's the right size and has the right number of pins, so you can build a board with all the I/O and then pop the CPU and its attached RAM and flash straight into it.
Speaking of anime, Re:Slime is pretty good, but the ops and eds are not. They needed Megumi Hayashibara.
Video of the Day
This video is pretty cool, shame about the encoding quality. Hey, wait. (Whacks YouTube with a stick. Coughs up 1080p60.) There you go!
Update: And it went away. The entire account got splatted. Found another copy in 720p.
Bonus Video of the Day
Other Linus has been trying to build a six-user video editing workstation for months, not because it is in any way remotely practical or cost-effective, but because videos of computers failing in interesting ways get a lot of hits. Also, he has a habit of dropping fragile $7000 components, so these things can turn without warning into the IT crowd equivalent of a slasher film.
Does he succeed this time? It's worth a look, because this rig resembles Doc Brown's workshop more than it does the usual neat RGB-lit builds that feature on YouTube tech channels.
It has the same 12.3" 3000x2000 screen as my HP Spectres, and that screen is amazing. Not quite as bright, and not quite the colour gamut of something like the iPad Pro, but still very good.
But the Slate model reviewed here has half the memory of my Spectres, one eighth the storage, a slower CPU, and a less capable operating system (unless you unlock the Slate and dive into Linux) - and costs more.
On the third hand, HP ran out of Spectres at that price in last November, so you're too late anyway.
The Pixel Slate isn't a bad device by any means; I just don't think there's a market for it.
Thirty years ago China took a look at the 1984 hellscape they had built, and did a hard turn towards an eclectic mashup of Brave New World and Neuromancer. Which is an improvement - really it is - but ugh.
An engineering sample of a Core i9 9900T has been spotted, and that's a 35W designation, or has been so far. What makes it believable is that the base clock was listed as 1.7GHz, which is pretty damn slow.
The latest version of Minecraft has new features that let developers of these things cheat a little - not everything has to be built out of blocks. This allows the emulator to play Donkey Kong at 1 fps.
We need a word for that feeling you get when you're reading an article that is really getting stuck in to Facebook for their shady activities and and are just about to post a link to it when you realise the author is a hard left conspiracy nut.
Letâ€™s make assaulting the press a felony in New York State. Last year saw heinous and deadly attacks against members of the press, journalists must be protected from the threat of physical harm for just for doing their jobs.
[Goes to upload a picture. Where is my Images folder? WHERE IS MY IMAGES FOLDER? Oh, it's right there. WHY CAN'T I UPLOAD TO IT? Don't look at me, you wrote this thing. Oh, huh. If you reduce your site's main page from 10 posts to 5 because of the number of YouTube videos you've added, it has the side-effect of reducing the number of folders shown per page as well. Which is fine except when it comes to that dropdown list.
I can fix that in the template with a hard-coded limit of 1000 or something.]
Disclaimer: Doggone it Roy Gene, how many times do I have to 'splain it to you? When I tell you to put a rock under the wheel, I mean a rock. Now look at that what you have there is no bigger'n a grapefruit.
100% DCI-P3, 600 nits, HDR10, and a 120,000:1 contrast range are the key points, all areas where OLED has a huge advantage over LCD. I have three high resolution laptops (one Dell 4k and the two 3000x2000 HP models I picked up at fire sale prices last year) and they're great, but the Dell is neither particularly bright nor possessed of an especially impressive colour gamut.
How well Samsung has dealt with the problems specific to OLED we have yet to see. These should start appearing in laptops around the middle of the year, but it might be wise to hold off for a bit if you're spending your own money.
Intel's volumes are down but average selling price is up, suggesting that this is not part of an economic downturn, but rather AMD nibbling away at their low end products. (Tom's Hardware)
This holds true across the board - notebooks, desktops, and servers.
The new Exynos 9820 will feature two of Samsung's M3 cores, as well as two A75 cores (which were the high-end standard core until recently) and four A55 low-power cores.
The previous 9810 had some design issues that prevented it from living up to its potential, so it will be interesting to see how Samsung fares this time around. Neither Arm themselves nor companies like Qualcomm seem to be interested in chasing Apple in the high-performance wide-issue full-custom space, leaving Samsung alone, apart from companies like Fujitsu who are putting Arm into supercomputers and would set your pocket on fire if they got anywhere near the smartphone market.
All the rigmarole is to hide from real-time virus scanners, and it worked, for a while.
It's basically a whole lot of PCs on a very fast backplane. A single-width compute sled can contain 56 cores and 3TB of RAM, and a double-width sled twice as much. Eight (or four) such sleds fit in a 7U rack module, which can weigh up to 400 pounds fully populated.
NumPy is a very widely used Python library for scientific computation. Turns out it uses Python's Pickle library by default when saving data, which has been known to be unsafe for about a trillion years. The problem is even documented by NumPy... Just not actually fixed.
Steam has gotten censorious again - nobody seems to know why they keep changing their minds, and Valve aren't talking - and blocked a whole bunch of games (the above site calls this waifu holocaust 2.0). So the developers are publishing a tame version and then making a patch file publicly available.
Also, that site was loading while I was typing this in another Chrome window, and it popped up an alert, stole the input focus while I was typing, and disappeared the alert before I had a chance to see what it said.
What the actual fuck was that, Google? Never, ever, ever do that.
Google has appealed to the Supreme Court to smack down the idiots in the appeals court who overturned the original (and correct) ruling in the original trial of Fuckheads Who Want to Copyright API Definitions v. The Rest of the Universe. (Thurrott.com)
The truly shocking thing here is that BuzzFeed has 1450 staff. Doing what? Posting "10 reasons why your cat may be an alien" and "Donald Trump takes orders from Mars and we have the documents to prove it (in Martian)"?
Why is all this happening? Newspapers have been in decline for forty years and their responses to this decline have been to make themselves more and more isolated, irresponsible, and unreliable, and to blame everyone else for their own failings. The thread is a fascinating mix of historical fact and wilful ignorance. But it can be summed up in one picture.
Not that newspapers were ever trustworthy, on the whole. The ghost of William Randolph Hearst is laughing heartily.
Video of the Day
Gawker is gone. Again. It lasted six and a half minutes this time.
Bonus Video of the Day
Does it spark HONK?
Wait, Alex is Australian?
Anime Op/Ed of the Day
Some people look at old anime that has been remastered in 1080p and ask why.
I was planning to do Magic Knight Rayearth, but the HD clips of the season one opening have been stomped.
One more, unrelated.
Picture of the Day
Disclaimer: So, logically--
- If she weighs the same as a duck...
- she's made of wood.
- And therefore?
- A witch!
Yeah, basically. If you have a system with only two memory slots (like many Dell Inspiron desktops) these might be the perfect solution to upgrade it to 128GB of RAM. If and when the BIOS supports that.
It's up to 30% faster than the original 970 in some benchmarks, particularly sequential writes, and is priced the same as the 970. So much like the Western Digital Black SN750, not a huge upgrade, but a welcome one.
And an HDMI port, so you can actually use it as a video card.
It's a bit of an odd duck since the mining boom has largely busted, but there are some cryptocurrencies which are designed to need a large amount of memory to mine so they can't be swamped by the first person to get a bunch of ASICs back from the foundry.
A clean and verified copy of the installer source code has been pushed to GitHub, but GitHub itself never got the hacked version. So if you downloaded the installer from source, or if you relied on the version that came with your operating system, which would have been packaged from the GitHub source, you should be safe. It's only if you grabbed the compromised version directly from the repository that you might have a problem.
These are teeny-tiny devices - the size and thickness of a fingernail - and can store up to 512GB and transfer up to 2.9GB per second. Obviously the first market is high-end phones, but any small mobile device that needs a lot of fast built-in storage can take advantage of this technology, such as, for example, um, phones.
Facebook and Twitter responded to the lawsuit with, and I quote, "Say 'Moose and squirrel' again!" and then fell out of their chairs laughing hysterically.
Reddit and Twitter have both redesigned their websites.
Just click the opt out / return to legacy site option. I can see what they're going for, but I don't have to like it.
Anime Op/Ed of the Day
Picture of the Day
Disclaimer: It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourselfâ€”anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face (to look incredulous when a victory was announced, for example) was itself a punishable offence. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime, it was called.
Disclaimer: This post may contain traces of cereals containing gluten, soy, egg, fish, crustacea, peanuts, tree nuts, milk, more egg, ants, those little green things, what are they called, capers, butter, cheese, bread, fish again, a different kind of fish, shrimp, no, wait, those are included under crustacea, so molluscs, aglets, look it up, maple and/or maple-flavoured syrup, other sugars including but not limited to sucrose, glucose, fructose, lactose, galactose, and maltose, very small rocks, and a duck, unless he's got out again.