Unnecessarily fragile

I had a pizza slice at work a few years ago. Afterwards, after thoroughly washing my hands, I went to get a paper towel but the sensor on the machine was broken. I could easily see a gigantic roll of paper in the container but there was no peaceful way of getting it out. Something so basic as a backup button or lever was absent from the design. "Technology" had made the whole simple process more aggravating.

The following is much worse.

Vacuum doesn't work. The door bell doesn't work. A cooking appliance doesn't work. Why? Because Amazon servers are down! Who the hell decided that an internet connection or a web server was necessary for these devices?


Mediocre selection

One can look at the PC he bought here. A few questions / observations:

  1. Why is he buying a six-core CPU in late 2020? We have 8, 10, 12, 16-core options that will last much longer.
  2. 8 GB RAM!? 16 minimum.
  3. 500 GB SSD? Considering that this a big dumb gamer PC, games will eat up space fast in the next few months. 1 TB minimum.
  4. GTX 1660? This graphics card came out in early 2019. Nvidia just released the GTX 3000 series. A GTX 3080 would have been a better option.

My PC is over three years old. I have a higher-core CPU, more RAM, and a larger SSD. Yet, this guy is still impressed with his bizarre PC choice. A newer and well-balanced computer would have been truly awesome.

Last question: How is this guy is a tech columnist for the New York Times!? It's not like he couldn't spare a few hundred bucks for a bigger dumber gamer PC.


No mercy for Intel

We've reached the point where Intel is selling "value" CPUs -- they're cheap and they do the job. AMD totally owns the high-end.

It's very impressive that AMD managed to cut power consumption while increasing performance by a significant margin. If this translates to mobile CPUs, then we should have quite a few excellent laptops next year.


Whores covering for Creepy Joe

New York Post:

“Facebook is almost an arm of the Democratic Party — an arm of the far-left wing of the Democratic Party.” So said the former Facebook insider as we sat down for an interview at a Midtown restaurant Friday afternoon.

Of course.

It was a Facebook communications manager, Andy Stone, who on Thursday announced the firm was reducing circulation of The Post’s still-undisputed reporting on the Hunter Files — an employee who happened to work for Democratic lawmakers before joining the tech giant.


Because it helps Trump

More lame excuses by Twitter:

Twitter Inc on Thursday temporarily restricted U.S. President Donald Trump's election campaign account from tweeting, saying a video from the account about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's son violated its rules.

The video posted by the @TeamTrump account referred to a New York Post story from Wednesday that contained alleged details of Hunter Biden's business dealings with a Ukrainian energy company and said the former vice president had met with an adviser of the company.

"Joe Biden is a liar who has been ripping off our country for years," the video was captioned.

Twitter said the video violated its rules against posting private information, adding the account may need to delete the post in order to continue tweeting.

Sure. Just like how Twitter blocked accounts when the Trump tax returns story made its appearance a few weeks ago. Also, Twitter was so swift in restricting accounts that featured the private audio recordings of Melania Trump.

The Federalist: 11 Hacks, Leaks, And Hoaxes That Twitter And Facebook Didn’t Throttle — Because They Hurt Trump.


Garbage from Microsoft

Today the company is announcing the Surface Laptop Go, broadening the laptop audience considerably with an entry point of just $549 USD.

That's shockingly cheap. Wait, what about the specs?

What is not so great is the baseline offering in terms of memory and storage, with the $549 entry-level device offering just 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of eMMC storage.

That's hideous. Entry-level smartphones are better equipped than that.


Awesome Ampere

Those who bought graphics cards in the past few weeks are not happy as the recently announced Nvidia cards are a huge generational leap in performance. Nvidia made their older cards obsolete if the benchmarks are true. Of course, Hitler is vexed.


"Math"

Are these people serious or are they trying to be funny?

Apple has approximately $200 billion in cash. That's roughly $600 for every person in the United States or about $26 for everyone on the planet.


No love for Stefan

Your turn will come as well. Only a matter of time.

Anyway, the Supreme Dark Lord took apart N. N. Taleb on his IQ errors a year and a half ago.


New Consoles in 2020

Microsoft and Sony will release their new gaming consoles before Christmas:

The new generation of consoles will bring big increases in CPU and GPU capabilities, but we get that with every new generation and it's no surprise when console chips get the same microarchitecture updates as the AMD CPUs and GPUs they're derived from. What's more special with this generation is the change to storage: the consoles are following in the footsteps of the PC market by switching from mechanical hard drives to solid state storage, but also going a step beyond the PC market to get the most benefit out of solid state storage.

It's about time. Solid state disks have become cheap enough that it doesn't make sense to not use them for gaming devices. Those who do have blazing fast SSDs don't see the full benefits yet because the game designers haven't pushed their requirements higher. That will change soon.

Microsoft and Sony are each using custom NVMe SSDs for their consoles, albeit with different definitions of "custom". Sony's solution aims for more than twice the performance of Microsoft's solution and is definitely more costly even though it will have the lower capacity. Broadly speaking, Sony's SSD will offer similar performance to the high-end PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs we expect to see on the retail market by the end of the year, while Microsoft's SSD is more comparable to entry-level NVMe drives. Both are a huge step forward from mechanical hard drives or even SATA SSDs.

The new XBOX will have a read speed of 2.4 GB/s. It's the slower one. Sony's PS5 will be at 5.5 GB/s. When dinosaurs roamed the Earth, I used floppy disks to store my word documents. It would take a few seconds to transfer the files over from my laptop. The total capacity of those disks was 1.44 MB. Now, we'll have media that can transfer an entire DVDs worth of data in one bloody second.

Eventually, PC gamers will also benefit as the new games will be designed to use the lightning speeds of NVMe SSDs. As the games can load GBs of data almost instantly, they should look absolutely stunning.


Tunguska Theory

The world was fortunate that this hit a forest:

A new explanation for a massive blast over a remote Siberian forest in 1908 is even stranger than the mysterious incident itself.

Known as the Tunguska event, the blast flattened more than 80 million trees in seconds, over an area spanning nearly 800 square miles (2,000 square kilometers) — but left no crater. A meteor that exploded before hitting the ground was thought by many to be the culprit. However, a comet or asteroid would likely have left behind rocky fragments after blowing up, and no "smoking gun" remnants of a cosmic visitor have ever been found. [...]

"The sky was split in two, and high above the forest the whole northern part of the sky appeared covered with fire," another witness said in a testimonial. Energy released by the blast was later estimated by scientists to be 185 times greater than that of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, according to NASA.

Had this hit a densely populated area, millions would have burned in an instant inferno. Today, tens of millions. Entire nations could be wiped out in a few moments.

The researchers estimated that the Tunguska meteor likely measured between 328 and 656 feet (100 and 200 m) in diameter, and hurtled through Earth's atmosphere at roughly 45,000 mph (72,000 km/h).

20 kilometers per second. [Insert Mandarin's line from Iron Man 2.]


Solid state premium

Proving that where there's a will, there's a way, these days higher-end desktop replacement laptops can beat mainstream gaming desktops on general-purpose computing performance, graphics performance, and even RAM capacity. But what about storage? For those with deep pockets, Eurocom now offers built-to-order notebooks with up to 28 TB of raw solid-state storage.

Upon reading that 28 TB figure, my brain was flashing red neon dollar signs.

Customers requiring extreme storage capacity can now order three Sabrent Rocket 4 TB SSDs (Phison PS5012-E12, 3D TLC NAND, PCIe 3.0 x4) and two Micron 5100-series 8 TB SATA SSDs for a total of 28 TB of raw NAND flash (the usable capacity will be lower). The cost of such a storage subsystem alone is about $10,700 without installation and RAID configurations, but if you need it, it exists: you will just have to open your wallet.

Who would buy that laptop? I understand that some people require all the horsepower and storage they can get but having it in mobile form would be worrisome. Durability of the device and strong possibility of theft would be my concerns.


AMD shreds Intel

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X Offers Incredible Linux Performance.

If you are looking for the absolute best single-socket workstation performance for Linux, there has already been the Threadripper 3970X that easily outperforms the likes of the Core i9 10980XE as Intel's top-end HEDT product, but now the Threadripper 3990X is shipping. The Threadripper 3990X is AMD's first 64-core / 128-thread desktop/workstation processor and will love your multi-threaded workloads from code compilation to content creation.

We had dual core and quad core processors for consumers for almost a decade. Then, in the span of three years, we went all the way to 64-core CPUs thanks to AMD. 

When taking the geometric mean of the benchmarks for this article today, The Threadripper 3990X came out overall 26% faster than the dual Xeon Platinum 8280, which is a very nice accomplishment since such a configuration currently retails for $20,000 USD worth of processors alone.

The AMD CPU that retails for $4,000 is 26% faster than the $20,000 Intel processors setup. That's shocking. Also, it's amazing that AMD is offering their product at such a low price considering it's stunning performance. One outcome is certain: Intel will lose significant market share in 2020.

Here are the results for the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X vs. Intel Xeons on different Windows setups. The results are very bad for Intel.


Don't be a turkey

Okay, this made me laugh:


Not dead yet

Can a Better DSLR Exist?

Here’s something I’ve been hearing more and more: DSLRs are dead. There’s nothing Canon or Nikon can do to make a better model that will sell.

Wrong.

Here's one of the most useful upgrade possibilities:

Some think the solution is dual slots or dedicated internal SSD. I don’t. I think the solution most of us would prefer is actually quite simple: connected direct storage. [...] And if you don't want cabled storage, why not internal storage? Just stick 1TB of NAND into the camera and make that the primary storage. Any single card slot then becomes an Overflow/Backup/Copy solution, solving another photographer problem.

The US Amazon website is selling a 1TB SSD from Samsung for under $100. Camera makers can offer a DSLR with that core storage option for a $200 premium and it would definitely sell. Yet, after nearly a decade of SSDs, this option doesn't exist. The storage is tiny, cheap, and lightning fast. So, what's the issue?


999 for $999 each

That's the price ASRock is charging for their rare and premium motherboard:

One of the most important aspects surrounding performance on AMD's Ryzen 3000 series is temperature. It is no secret that the AMD 7nm chips run somewhat warmer than previous generations, but the unique ASRock X570 Aqua looks to shake things up. The ASRock X570 Aqua features a full-cover aluminium water block cooling the power delivery, CPU socket, and the X570 chipset all at once, and can be integrated into custom water cooling loops. There are plenty of promises made with this super halo product, and so we've put it through our testing.

I remember building an entire PC which cost $900 before tax. So, this is way beyond my price range. Though, it does look intriguing in a Terminator T-1000 sort of way.


Intel crushed

It's stunning how well the third-generation Threadrippers perform in games given that the previous versions were downright mediocre. Finally, after two years, AMD has fully matured their Zen platform to the point where it's beating Intel in everything!

What's even more shocking is that AMD has saved their 64-core monster CPU for next year. So, more pain and humiliation for Intel is on the way.


Luxury laptop?

Those crazy Germans:

Just like its parent company, Porsche Design specializes in the creation of devices that offer a unique set of features with an eye towards high-end styles. This month the company introduced its Ultra One laptop, which offers a 15.6-inch Full-HD touchscreen display in a chassis that is thinner than most 13-inch mobile PCs, and with a fanless cooling design, is also dead silent as well.

It starts at $10,000. Extra options bump up the price by 50%.


Man of Action

Vox Day:

If you've noticed, we don't advertise any of our projects anywhere. Arkhaven, Castalia, Infogalactic, VFM and Unauthorized all refuse to pay-to-play on Amazon, Facebook, Google, or anywhere else. We would rather rely upon our core supporters, focus upon serving them, and gradually grow that strong foundation than try to catch a big wave on Amazon or wherever.

Why? Because the wave belongs to the wave maker and is entirely under its control! We've seen, repeatedly, that even million-selling Amazon authors have ZERO support outside of Amazon.

Vox Day is building platforms for books, comics, TV, and movies where the structures are anti-fragile.

Forget material support, the majority of the Right doesn't even bother to provide links to his efforts. They'd rather keep crying and bitching about their enemies in the Leftist-controlled media world.


Four orders of magnitude

My first laptop had a 2.1 GB hard drive 21 years ago. I very quickly had to choose between playing Quake II or keeping my music. Thank God for CD burners! Now, Western Digital is releasing a real beast:

As operators of cloud datacenters need more storage capacity, higher capacity HDDs are being developed. As data hoarders need more capacity, higher capacity HDDs are needed. Last week Western Digital introduced its new Utrastar DC HC650 20 TB drives - hitting a new barrier in rotating data.

That's roughly 10,000 times bigger than the cramped drive I had in the previous century.


Sexy beast

Lotus’ Evija electric hypercar is, according to the British marque, “the world’s most powerful production car,” but it looks to be a lot more than just that.

Lotus Evija? Sounds like Asian-Hispanic fusion cuisine.

Maximum output is a whopping 2,000 kW, which can send the vehicle to 250 km/h in just nine seconds, and way over that not much later. Each of the four electric motors has a target output of 492 horsepower, making for a combined output equivalent to 1,968 horsepower.

This Lotus sounds even more crazier than the upcoming new Tesla Roadster.

Price? $2.7 million. I think I can afford one of its tires.


AMD Ryzen Stuns

TechSpot:

The Ryzen 9 3900X is a 12-core, 24-thread processor with a massive 64MB L3 cache. It runs at a base frequency of 3.8 GHz with a boost frequency of 4.6 GHz. It costs $500, placing it in direct competition with the Core i9-9900K. Then the Ryzen 7 3700X costs $330 and AMD suggests it’s taking on the more expensive 9700K. It's an 8-core, 16-thread CPU with a 32MB L3 cache and clocks ranging from 3.6 GHz to 4.4 GHz.

Just two years ago, AMD launched the first eight-core consumer processor. Today, they launched the first 12-core consumer CPU.

They'll be releasing their high-end, 16-core CPU for the consumer market in two months! Granted it's priced at $749, so almost nobody will buy it but still that's an impressive jump in just a couple of years.

The most stunning performance improvement:

The changes AMD made with the Zen 2 architecture have had a profound impact on WinRAR performance, for example. The 3700X is a staggering 84% faster than the 2700X, allowing it to comfortably beat the 8700K and almost match the Core i9-7900X. The 3900X also put on a show, though it was only 15% faster than the 3700X and couldn’t quite match the 9900K. Overall a remarkable performance uplift over the 2nd-gen parts.

Every YouTuber is going to love the new Ryzen CPUs:

We use Adobe Premiere on a daily basis, currently with a TR 2950X. Here we see the 3900X is 8% faster than the 2920X, so the 3950X will beat the 2950X when it’s released in a few months' time, we can’t even imagine what the 3rd-gen Threadripper series will deliver.

Ryzen is faster, cheaper, and uses less power than comparable Intel CPUs. Unless you're a hardcore gamer who cares about every extra fps, Intel has got nothing today.


Luxurious Balls

They do look like palantirs!

As the artist held his orb up to the sky, you might sooner guess that we were touring Saruman’s tower in Middle Earth than an extraction facility in Seattle. But this globe is no crystal ball or palantir – it’s 3,000 grams of pure cannabis extract measuring up to a staggering 99% THC.

Wow. The price for one gram of near-100% THC oil is around $50 in the US. That means that the dragon balls are worth $150,000.


Teslanomics

Elon Musk fought against the laws of economics. Tesla cars are too expensive for the average consumer. His company has lost nearly $10 billion in ten years.

Elon Musk’s growth story is looking more like a fable as Tesla Inc. enters survival mode.

Just over two weeks ago, Musk boasted to stock analysts and big investors that the company was on course to reach half a trillion dollars in market value. Since then, Tesla’s stock price has dropped 19.5%, vaporizing $8.8 billion in market value. The remaining $36-billion market capitalization is 7% of what Musk is telling the world Tesla will be worth.

The share price is now at $190 -- the same as it was in September of 2013. The extended weakness has wiped out nearly six years of gains for buy-and-hold investors. Since Tesla doesn't pay a dividend, that's a sharp and painful opportunity cost for many people.

Rumors have been flying for years that a particular fruit company has been interested in buying Tesla. A $250 price per share all-cash offer wouldn't be too shabby.