Daily Tech News 1 October 2022

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  • Google Stadia's shutdown shocked developers too. (The Verge)
    "I woke up getting ready for my workday, and I see on our Discord private chat for the company that one of my employees sent a message saying 'is this true?,' with a link," Rebecca Ann Heineman, CEO of Olde Skuul, said in an interview with The Verge. "I follow the link and it's like 'oh, okay.'" Olde Skuul had planned to launch Luxor Evolved on Stadia Pro on November 1st and was even planning to meet with Google on Friday to discuss the release plan. That obviously isn't happening now.
    I feel bad for small developers who are looking for every avenue available to get games out there without going the gacha / loot box route or worse, NFTs, but if you didn't see this coming a mile away you have no business being in the industry.


  • Google Stadia never mattered and it never had a chance. (The Verge)

    That's more like it. Game streaming had its golden opportunity during the Wuhan Bat Soup Death Plague when everyone was at home and both consoles and graphics cards were all but impossible to buy, and it went nowhere. Now that that situation is over it's only going to get worse.

    Google shut down its own game studio in February last year, which should have given everyone ample warning to take the money and run.

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  • Intel's Arc graphics cards are in the hands of reviewers. (Tom's Hardware)

    Earlier reviews of the low-end Arc A380 were not particularly favourable, but Intel has had a couple of months to fix driver bugs, plus these cards are four times as fast. That, coupled with Nvidia's stratospheric pricing push, might make for a more receptive audience this time around. We'll know within two weeks, but for now, the cards themselves at least appear to be well made.


  • Ryzen 7000 CPUs - 7700X and up - from Microcenter come with a free 32GB DDR5 memory kit. (Tom's Hardware)

    While stocks last.

    Meanwhile the hosting provider that runs my big server has Ryzen 7000 servers in stock already. They're not especially cheap, but they range from 25% to 200% faster than the existing server.

    Though it looks like Ryzen 7000 doesn't support ECC RAM. DDR5 RAM has on-die ECC by default so they're still viable for non-critical tasks, but it removes one of the advantages AMD had over Intel.

    The other advantage AMD has is Intel's Efficiency cores, which just plain suck for servers - once you run out of Performance cores, additional thread will run at half speed.


  • Update: I was wrong. Ryzen 7000 does - unofficially - support ECC, just the same as earlier desktop Ryzen chips. (Serve the Home)

    Gigabyte already has a server motherboard out for Ryzen 7000, with built-in remote management and dual 10Gb Ethernet ports. It's not a high-end board, with two PCIe slots, one M.2, and four SATA ports, but with ECC support and a suitable disk controller card would make for a good storage server solution.


  • Steampipe is a library that turns cloud APIs back into SQL queries. (Steampipe)

    A lot of cloud APIs.

    Weird but extremely useful if you just want to know, for example, how many of your Amazon Lambda functions are running on outdated versions of Python.


  • If you're running Microsoft Exchange, unplug it right now. (Krebs on Security)

    Sure, it won't work if you do that, but nobody will be able to send you emails complaining about it not working so what does it matter?


Disclaimer: Can't file a complaint if we run out of complaint forms.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 04:00 AM




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1 Good evening Pixy

Posted by: Skip at October 01, 2022 04:02 AM (xhxe8)

2 Good morning Skip

Posted by: Pixy Misa at October 01, 2022 04:03 AM (BLOW1)

3 No complaints for all you do around here

Lunch packed, waiting for coffee

Posted by: Skip at October 01, 2022 04:20 AM (xhxe8)

4 I wonder how the IT guys at work are going to handle the Exchange exploits. I was planning to check my work email this morning, too.

Posted by: Cybersmythe at October 01, 2022 04:21 AM (6jmQG)

5 Raining steady last couple hours but by radar won't be all day as it's moving fast.

Posted by: Skip at October 01, 2022 04:32 AM (xhxe8)

6
If you're running Microsoft Exchange, unplug it right now. (Krebs on Security)

What day of the week is 'zero day'?

Posted by: Divide by Zero at October 01, 2022 04:40 AM (y3pKJ)

7 Working on proofreading and mild editing for... well, another book on concentration camps and Holocaust education in Post-Combloc Eastern Europe, and my colleague insists on using rtf. It's a PIA. I'm not sure why he does this. The big issue is comments, which is where editing suggestions go: I've transferred them to docs, odt, and gdocs, and every time some comments, usually in footnotes, get deleted when I transfer them back into rtf. I've tried working in rtf directly, and when sending them back to him, lost comments again, again in the footnotes. It's annoying and slowing things down.

Posted by: LenNeal at October 01, 2022 04:43 AM (43xH1)

8 It also makes it look like I'm not checking the footnotes, which I am, I'm just losing the work in transfer.
I think rtf is a go-to for people there as any kind of computer there is HIDEOUSLY expensive, comparatively, and getting worse. Monthly income is about USD$500/mo, and even a Chromebook is almost USD$3-400 due to taxes. So any kind of laptop is insanely pricey there. So people use whatever they can get and bootleg software; and rtf *will* mostly work across platforms, so maybe that's why everyone uses it.

Posted by: LenNeal at October 01, 2022 04:47 AM (43xH1)

9 hiya

Posted by: JT at October 01, 2022 04:48 AM (T4tVD)

10
I guess if you're a true tech person you have 7 fingers and 1 thumb.

Posted by: Divide by Zero at October 01, 2022 04:54 AM (y3pKJ)

11 LenNeal, check out Atlantis Word Processor. It runs on ancient hardware/OS as far back as Windows 2000, doesn't cost much, and is compatible with just about everything that matters. It has some nice features Microsoft still doesn't, like saving as EPUB. This would let you have a full feature writing environment that would also work for your collaborator.

Posted by: Epobirs at October 01, 2022 05:05 AM (uNrGf)

12 Everything slow going this morning

Posted by: Skip at October 01, 2022 05:07 AM (xhxe8)

13 Slow day in Blogland......

Posted by: JT at October 01, 2022 05:10 AM (T4tVD)

14 Not hearing rain now at least

Posted by: Skip at October 01, 2022 05:17 AM (xhxe8)

15 Not hearing rain now at least
Posted by: Skip

I am !

Posted by: JT at October 01, 2022 05:18 AM (T4tVD)

16 Time to go, hopefully not a full day working

Posted by: Skip at October 01, 2022 05:28 AM (xhxe8)

17 Not raining much but windy

Posted by: Skip's phone at October 01, 2022 05:32 AM (xhxe8)

18 I do not get two things:
-Game streaming. To me it just feels like I am renting a game.
-Mobile gaming. This one I hate but understand. Considering how many people are absolutely obsessed with their phones and how much ridiculous usage there is for mobile games, I understand developers making games for them, I just hate the idea of playing on a phone. My first computer monitor was 14". I don't wanna go back.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at October 01, 2022 05:35 AM (dNqv+)

19 It is windy and cool here.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at October 01, 2022 05:35 AM (dNqv+)

20 Have a good one Skip, and stay safe !

Posted by: JT at October 01, 2022 05:38 AM (T4tVD)

21 g'mornin' everyone !

Posted by: sock_rat_eez - we are being gaslighted 24/365 at October 01, 2022 05:53 AM (8oyo2)

22 >>>Disclaimer: Can't file a complaint if we run out of complaint forms.

LOL

Posted by: m at October 01, 2022 05:55 AM (8rTNG)

23 Raining steady since I left home 🏡

Posted by: Skip's phone at October 01, 2022 05:55 AM (uWKYd)

24 Play any game on a phone seems kind of limiting. I have a large monitor, and love the expanse of the game. About the only thing I use my phone for is calls and text. Just park on any street or where people are sitting and they are just staring at a very small screen. Lets all go back to the big black dial phone, at least you could have a decent conversation. In a bar no one is talking, they just stare at the phone. Maybe not the drunk sitting in the corner booth, but everyone else is, crazy world we live in.

Posted by: Colin at October 01, 2022 05:58 AM (nO6YX)

25 Morning, everybody! Evening, Pixy! I'm up with Dagny the little Siberian, having my coffee with Superman on the TV. I'm fuzzy on the whole Sat. am thing. Does Krak emerge with the EMT about now?

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, dreaming of Elsewhere at October 01, 2022 06:01 AM (c6xtn)

26 And so he has! Noodus krakatoa!

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, dreaming of Elsewhere at October 01, 2022 06:02 AM (c6xtn)

27 Raining steady since I left home 🏡
Posted by: Skip's phone

Windy ?

Posted by: JT at October 01, 2022 06:03 AM (T4tVD)

28 Raining steady since I left home 🏡
Posted by: Skip's phone
*
Windy ?
Posted by: JT at October 01, 2022


***
Her eyes flash at the sound of lies

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius, dreaming of Elsewhere at October 01, 2022 06:08 AM (c6xtn)

29 >>>Disclaimer: Can't file a complaint if we run out of complaint forms.

Or make the form this big:

Posted by: m at October 01, 2022 06:19 AM (8rTNG)

30 This is reminiscent of MS shrugging off the loss of billions with hotmail. Makes wonder how big tech can afford to lose 10s of billions and behave do nonchantly about it.

Posted by: Xavier Basora at October 01, 2022 07:10 AM (HZCl6)

31 18 I do not get two things:
-Game streaming. To me it just feels like I am renting a game.
-Mobile gaming. This one I hate but understand. Considering how many people are absolutely obsessed with their phones and how much ridiculous usage there is for mobile games, I understand developers making games for them, I just hate the idea of playing on a phone. My first computer monitor was 14". I don't wanna go back.
Posted by: Aetius451AD at October 01, 2022 05:35 AM (dNqv+)


Personally I wish something like Stadia would succeed.
I would like to offload the graphics performance treadmill onto someone else. Renting the games seems a lot cheaper if you don't have to buy a new graphics card (and maybe a new power supply) every few years.

I'm with you on mobile games, though. Tiny screens, bad audio, crappy input devices, an lack of computing power... what's not to like? I get it if you're stuck on a train, but other than that? No.

Posted by: Ace's liver at October 01, 2022 07:35 AM (wGeit)

32 By the way. The answer to which of your was lambda functions is running an outdated version of python is “all of them”.

Currently aws only supports through python 3.9 while the latest release of python is 3.10.7

Posted by: Gman at October 01, 2022 08:00 AM (hYj23)

33 Samsung Electronics, the world's largest memory chipmaker, provided more insight into the worsening slowdown for semiconductors and the bust in global PC markets.

Korea Economic Daily reported Samsung "lowered its semiconductor sales forecast for the second half of the year by more than 30%." The newspaper attributed slumping semiconductors demand "as the economy froze due to central bank rate hikes caused by global inflation."

The paper warned: "As the semiconductor industry has entered a full-fledged ice age, there are many forecasts in the industry that the recession will continue until the first half of next year when semiconductor inventories are eliminated."

.. now, can anybody explain the "Chip Shortage" ?

Posted by: SMOD at October 01, 2022 08:52 AM (X5CsJ)

34 Devs shouldn’t be surprised about Stadia not only because Google shutdown their own gaming studio and didn’t capitalize on the pandemic, but also because Google has a pattern of axing big ambitious projects that garner a small audience but don’t become the next big thing right off the bat. Google Wave, Google Plus, etc. Combine that with a company culture that incentivizes bringing new projects to market and actually disincentivizes working on already-released products, and it becomes obvious that Stadia wasn’t long for this world right when it launched and wasn’t immediately a big hit.

Posted by: Caiwyn at October 01, 2022 09:10 AM (+dHQK)

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Posted by: www.Profit97.Com at October 01, 2022 10:59 AM (Py7f7)

36 "Olde Skuul had planned to launch Luxor Evolved on Stadia Pro on November 1st and was even planning to meet with Google on Friday to discuss the release plan. That obviously isn't happening now."
This reminds me of why I detest Intel. Designed a product around an Intel comm chip. 14 months of design, prototype, test, feedback to Intel on chip, chip revision, 2nd prototype, more test, more feedback to Intel, determine workarounds, get promise of new chip revision, design release version, with workarounds and options for new chip, build and test release version, set up production line. Announce product Monday. Friday, get letter from Intel discontinuing chip, defining last time buy procedure. Unannounced product next week. Company ate over 300 grand in development cost.
Over the years talking to lots of friends and acquaintances who worked at Intel, determined that no one should depend on Intel for *anything* that doesn't relate, directly to processors. I heard lots of stories about internal projects that were canceled, and companies bought, absorbed and re-org'd into oblivion. They were making so much on uP, what would have been a fatal hemorrhage of cash was ignored.

Posted by: buddhaha at October 01, 2022 01:01 PM (aAdBs)

37 Quote:
.. now, can anybody explain the "Chip Shortage" ?
Posted by: SMOD at October 01, 2022 08:52 AM (X5CsJ)
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The shortage is in the chips you need, not the stuff you've already got. Think of it as a shoe shortage where the problem is too many right shoes, and no left shoes.

Moore's Law if dead was talking about the Zen4 launch situation and basically AMD's marketing department more or less managed to pull a faceplant out of what should have been a clean sweep.

They'll probably do as well as anything because the chips really are good, cheap to make and widely available, so by the time Raptor Lake "launches" you'll be able to get lower priced Zen 4's and $125 AM5 boards, while the Raptor lake shelves are empty.

MLiD's recommendation to AMD is to release a 7700 non-X after the B660 boards are out, and require reviewers include the 45W eco mode in the testing, then quietly discontinue the 7700X, so the early negative reviews don't come up as much. By that point the 20% early adopter tax should be done as well, so the whole omg 95C + $500!!! MB thing should be over and done.

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