Daily Tech News 19 October 2021

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  • Apple announced the new 14" and 16" MacBook Pro models based on the new M1 Pro and M1 Max CPUs. (AnandTech)

    These CPUs are what the original M1 needed to be and what the Tame Apple Press pretended it was.

    For background, the M1 has 4 fast cores, 4 slow cores, and 8 GPU cores, with a 128-bit memory bus and up to 16GB of RAM.

    The M1 Pro has 8 fast cores, 2 slow cores, and 16 GPU cores, with a 256-bit bus and up to 32GB of RAM. For all intents and purposes, its double the M1; the slow cores don't matter a great deal except when your laptop is idle.

    The M1 Max raises the stakes further; the CPU is the same as the M1 Pro, but it has 32 GPU cores and a 512-bit bus with up to 64GB of RAM.

    In fact it's mostly GPU; the die photo looks more like a PlayStation or Xbox chip than a typical laptop CPU. It has 57 billion transistors, which is more than a high end desktop CPU and graphics card combined. That's possible because Apple has basically bought out TSMC's 5nm production capacity.

    But TSMC's rapid growth and the 5nm process itself have basically been funded by Apple's shiny toys, so I can't complain about that too much.

    The problem is, while this is one of the fastest mainstream laptops around, it only runs MacOS, and Apple's guiding corporate principle is controlling everything its users do. In a few short years they've taken MacOS from possibly the most developer-friendly operating system around to one that I take pains to avoid.

    The other problem is that this technology is only possible because the CPU, GPU, and memory are sandwiched onto a single unreplaceable and unrepairable module. You can't upgrade the RAM, you can't opt for less CPU and more GPU. You get what you're given.

    Oh, and no Four Essential Keys either.

    The 16" MacBook Pro is probably better than my Dell Inspiron 16 Plus, but with the same configuration - 8 CPU cores, 32GB RAM, 1TB of SSD, and on the Dell, an RTX 3060 - it costs exactly twice as much.



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  • We already know that AMD's Rembrandt APUs - most probably with 8 Zen 3+ CPU cores and 12 RDNA2 graphics cores - are coming early next year. Those are likely single-chip devices just like their current laptop chips.

    Coming up after that is Raphael which will bring 16 core CPUs with integrated graphics to laptops. (WCCFTech)

    This isn't expected for 15 months and we don't know much about it yet, but it appears that all of AMD's next-gen CPUs will have integrated graphics, and low-power models of the desktop chips will be sold for high-end laptops.


  • A person or persons unknown hijacked the Tor nodes used by the REvil ransomware group. (Bleeping Computer)

    Apparently they got control of the domains and have the hacker group's private keys and payment data.

    Sometimes bad things also happen to bad people.


  • How to enable Windows 11's God Mode. (Bleeping Computer)

    Not God Complex, mind you. That's enabled by default and indeed no-one has yet found a way to turn it off.

    God Mode gives you a single window with every possible configuration option available. Which, since I cannot currently change the brightness of my secondary display for some reason, might come in handy.



Disclaimer: Inspector Gadget, I choose you!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 03:30 AM




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1 'morning...

Posted by: Oldowan at October 19, 2021 02:35 AM (Mfqer)

2 So early? My body hurts.

Posted by: Infidel on the phone at October 19, 2021 02:37 AM (5VFi3)

3 hallo

Posted by: m at October 19, 2021 02:48 AM (6dJKT)

4 Dark and cold here...

Posted by: Oldowan at October 19, 2021 02:49 AM (Mfqer)

5 Chilly here

Posted by: Skip at October 19, 2021 03:02 AM (2JoB8)

6 Mornin', all

Posted by: My Life is Insanity at October 19, 2021 03:06 AM (Xtych)

7 https://amgreatness.com/2021/10/17/
what-happened-to-the-beloved-military/
VDH

Posted by: Skip at October 19, 2021 03:09 AM (2JoB8)

8 You might enjoy this Pixy.

Linus Tech Tips builds computer for full Socialist Twitch millionaire Hasanabi.

https://youtu.be/coVxNAYPzWo

Posted by: buzzion at October 19, 2021 03:12 AM (vMCab)

9 Apple announced the new 14" and 16" MacBook Pro models based on the new M1 Pro and M1 Max CPUs.
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The performance of these new machines is quite good. I saw an early geek bench result. These new CPUs are pumping out about 1,750 single core scores and about 11,500 multi-core. Benchmarks are somewhat useful for relative comparisons between various machines. He recent Dell XPS 15 core i9 is yielding about 7500 multi-core score. Does this mean the Apple products are 50% better? No not at all. What makes a machine useful is if it does what you need it to at a price that you're willing to pay. Still I think Apple has forged a new paradigm for silicon that will be adopted going forward. The most interesting number I found is the battery life. Apple is claiming that they get upwards of 20 hours on a single charge and that is a very useful statistic. By any measure these are pretty brilliant pieces of computing hardware. Qualcomm, Intel, and AMD have some serious work ahead of them. And in case you're wondering how expensive they are a fully maxed out machine runs about $6,000. Yikes!

Posted by: LostInSpace at October 19, 2021 03:14 AM (ESLBo)

10 Another thought about these new Apple machines. Everything Apple has been stripping out of machines over the last 5 to 7 years they put back into this current one. But Apple can't just do things like that without screwing something else up intentionally. This time they put a notch in the middle of the top row of the screen. I call it the virtue signaling notch. With that everybody in the coffee shop can see that you're rocking the most expensive hardware from 75 ft away.

Posted by: LostInSpace at October 19, 2021 03:19 AM (ESLBo)

11 Apple is claiming that they get upwards of 20 hours on a single charge and that is a very useful statistic.

That's on a video playback test, and only if you're watching video in Apple's own format for which it has hardware decoding. Battery life in general is good, but not that good.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at October 19, 2021 03:25 AM (MqQvv)

12 Your point on the actual battery life is well taken. My rule of thumb is the actual battery life is about half the claim.

Posted by: LostInSpace at October 19, 2021 03:36 AM (ESLBo)

13 https://www.americanthinker.com/there has been no mandatory vaccination executive order

But like good Fascists, companies just asked how high should I make them jump?

Posted by: Skip at October 19, 2021 03:42 AM (2JoB8)

14 Mornin', all,

Went to bed a little earlier last night and got almost 8 hours' sleep. The odd thing was that I thought I'd awakened after about 4 hours -- the watch I'm wearing indicated that, I thought, and I tried to slip back to sleep. No good. I sat up, and realized my watch had stopped almost 4 hours earlier. This is not one of my 2 trusty vintage Rolexes, but a Swiss brand of automatic called Steinhart with a good rep, and this is the second time in a month it has stopped overnight. Do I have to wind the darn thing each night before I go to sleep, to make sure it will stay powered?

The odd thing: I wore this watch almost 23 hours a day while I was evacuated for Hurricane Ida, and it never stopped and kept excellent time.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at October 19, 2021 03:53 AM (c6xtn)

15 Good morning morons

Posobiec asking if Gen Milley got a phone call from his PLA buddies about their new hypersonic missile??

Posted by: San Franpsycho at October 19, 2021 03:56 AM (EZebt)

16 Maybe the watch stopped when the aliens abducted you?

Posted by: My Life is Insanity at October 19, 2021 03:56 AM (Xtych)

17 I haven't found reporting of numbers or impact of the CA parents-on-strike. Hope it was 'uge.

Posted by: m at October 19, 2021 03:59 AM (6dJKT)

18 Hurricane Ida distorted the time space continuum and thus your watch did NOT stop, the sun did.

Posted by: yup at October 19, 2021 04:00 AM (J/zAg)

19 hiya

Posted by: JT at October 19, 2021 04:01 AM (arJlL)

20 "Does anybody really know what time it is?"

Posted by: m at October 19, 2021 04:02 AM (6dJKT)

21 Does the M1 Pro have the bayonet cupholder attachment?

Posted by: yup at October 19, 2021 04:04 AM (J/zAg)

22 After 4 already? Better head out.

Yard work this afternoon at mom's. May be the last nice day this week to get her cottage garden cleaned up.

Later, all

Posted by: My Life is Insanity at October 19, 2021 04:06 AM (Xtych)

23 Got to get gone soon too, have quite the job this week, maybe into next week up in the church attic.

Posted by: Skip at October 19, 2021 04:18 AM (2JoB8)

24 wow, the Sox are slamming Houston

Posted by: Jamaica Queens, cynic at October 19, 2021 04:20 AM (b+v9B)

25 I'm out, pop in on Buck's report, hopefully.
Have a great day

Posted by: Skip at October 19, 2021 04:28 AM (2JoB8)

26 Good morning everyone.

Posted by: Tonypete at October 19, 2021 04:30 AM (mD/uy)

27 Oh yeah. RESIGN London Breed you petty tyrant!

Posted by: San Franpsycho at October 19, 2021 04:31 AM (EZebt)

28 The fact there is no official order is the demonstration.

Like the Pharoah or King Louis XIV or Hitler or Mao, his word is Law.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at October 19, 2021 04:33 AM (EZebt)

29 Like the Pharoah or King Louis XIV or Hitler or Mao, his word is Law.
Posted by: San Franpsycho

So let it be assumed , so let it be done.

Posted by: Bruce at October 19, 2021 04:37 AM (vd8XM)

30 So let it be mumbled...

Posted by: San Franpsycho at October 19, 2021 04:38 AM (EZebt)

31 Stay safe Skip !

Posted by: JT at October 19, 2021 04:39 AM (arJlL)

32 Hiya Tonypete !

Posted by: JT at October 19, 2021 04:40 AM (arJlL)

33 I know that they don't like to put power cords longer than 12 inches on toasters and coffee pots for fear that someone may be walking on the kitchen counter and tangle their feet in them, but why do they give you such a short cord for the phone charger?

Pick it up in the middle of the night to check something, wake up, and the A USB has unplugged from the charger.

Posted by: Bruce at October 19, 2021 04:41 AM (vd8XM)

34 33 they don't like to put power cords longer than 12 inches on toasters and coffee pots for fear that someone may be walking on the kitchen counter and tangle their feet in them
Posted by: Bruce at October 19, 2021 04:41 AM (vd8XM)

heh

Posted by: m at October 19, 2021 04:44 AM (6dJKT)

35 The State of California wants me to know I can call them if I need help managing the stress and anxiety brought on by COVID-19.

They mailed Boy Franpsycho a "P-EBT card" with $129 a month on it for food.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at October 19, 2021 04:51 AM (EZebt)

36 People who protested in CA about the vaccine mandate for children:

https://tinyurl.com/d6u66bk

"there's not enough research" . . . "This vaccine is brand new technology . . . We need longer time, more research" . . . "We shouldn't be forced to take something we don't want . . . without any long-term studies and possible adverse effects on what this potential vaccine could do" . . . "This is a new science and it needs to be proven before we go and start injecting these little guys"--all of this pertains also to adult vaccinations.

Posted by: m at October 19, 2021 04:52 AM (6dJKT)

37 "there's not enough research" . . . "This vaccine is brand new technology . . . We need longer time, more research" . . . "We shouldn't be forced to take something we don't want . . . without any long-term studies and possible adverse effects on what this potential vaccine could do" . . . "This is a new science and it needs to be proven before we go and start injecting these little guys"--all of this pertains also to adult vaccinations.
Posted by: m

Amazingly, there is no fine print/fast talking list of cautions or problems when getting the vax on the TV commercials

Posted by: Bruce at October 19, 2021 04:54 AM (vd8XM)

38 Gas jumped up 10 cents at Wawa overnight to $3.56

Posted by: Skip's Phone at October 19, 2021 04:57 AM (nqlsz)

39 The vaccine is mandated only for certain people.

It is not mandated for people whto receive WIC or Medicaid.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at October 19, 2021 04:58 AM (EZebt)

40 Gas jumped up 10 cents at Wawa overnight to $3.56
Posted by: Skip's Phone at October 19, 2021 04:57 AM (nqlsz)
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Haven't seen gas that cheap since the good old days of President Trump.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at October 19, 2021 04:59 AM (EZebt)

41 @40

>>Gas jumped up 10 cents at Wawa overnight to $3.56


Gas will probably be in the five dollar range by next summer, so expect plandemic II midterm boogaloo in order for them to cram down election nonsense.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at October 19, 2021 05:10 AM (Ls9Kq)

42 Funny how the police are aggressive and violent toward vaccine and mask protestors, but passive and permissive with leftist racist protestors.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at October 19, 2021 05:10 AM (EZebt)

43 Time magazine:

Colin Powell's COVID-19 Death Is a Reminder of Risk Facing Elderly

. . . people suffering from myeloma.

Posted by: m at October 19, 2021 05:13 AM (6dJKT)

44 I wrote Powell'so death will be the first Covid case to die by cancer

Posted by: Skip's Phone at October 19, 2021 05:15 AM (nqlsz)

45 @42

>>Funny how the police are aggressive and violent toward vaccine and mask protestors..

The police are agents of the state and not the people and will execute the orders of the state.

So this idea that the police are some independent, free range law enforcement guild needs to be squashed.

If the state tells them to smash kulak heads, they smash kulak heads, if the state tells them to give space to destroy to the states paramilitary goons, they give space.

It's really that simple.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at October 19, 2021 05:15 AM (Ls9Kq)

46 Good morning!

Let's smile & be happy & strike fear in the hearts of killjoy leftists everywhere.

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at October 19, 2021 05:16 AM (u82oZ)

47 The State wants us to vax more than a pimply nerd wants to go to the Prom with the top cheerleader.

I have plenty of reasons to not trust the State. And they seem to exempt themselves from all mandates, and take drugs forbidden to us.

This entire overturn of society is not do onto others as you would have then do unto you.

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at October 19, 2021 05:19 AM (u82oZ)

48 Colin Powell's COVID-19 Death Is a Reminder of Risk Facing Elderly

. . . people suffering from myeloma.
Posted by: m

My dad died of AML. Went thru chemo and with the depleted white cells could have been a target for about any cold or flu that came along.
After almost 2 years of remission, the AML came roaring back and not much else could be done for him.

I'm sure now the treatments are much better after Joe was Cancer Czar and cured all cancers while he was VP.

Posted by: Bruce at October 19, 2021 05:21 AM (vd8XM)

49 San Franpsycho

Yesterday I was on the brown acid with my parting comment.

I have trip preps to do, so just everyone have a blessed day. And may traffic lights turn green for you.

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at October 19, 2021 05:21 AM (u82oZ)

50 AML is a horrible, horrible thing.

Posted by: m at October 19, 2021 05:22 AM (6dJKT)

51 Mornin'
(sips coffee)

Posted by: Puddleglum at October 19, 2021 05:23 AM (QFVV9)

52 Coal-fired electricity forecast to rise in the U.S. for first time in seven years

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/coal-fired
-electricity-forecast-to-rise-in-the-u-s-for
-first-time-in-seven-years-11634634348?mod=mw_latestnews

Posted by: zmdavid at October 19, 2021 05:23 AM (xqRaG)

53 Coal-fired electricity forecast to rise in the U.S. for first time in seven years


Posted by: zmdavid

Ming the Merciless needs more coal to stoke the nuclear furnaces.

Posted by: Bruce at October 19, 2021 05:25 AM (vd8XM)

54 L'etat c'est moi, le paste-eater.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at October 19, 2021 05:28 AM (EZebt)

55 You too Salty, have a safe "trip."

Someone commenting how the thread yesterday morning was psychedelic...?

Posted by: San Franpsycho at October 19, 2021 05:30 AM (EZebt)

56 >>it costs exactly twice as much.


And is built twice as better, will last twice as long and have more useful service period than any current WinTel or WinAMD laptop.

The biggest hurdle to getting an M1 Mac for me is that there are no ARM versions of Microsoft Project or AutoCAD.

And besides my 2015 Intel MacBook Pro is working just fine so unless it decides to go tits up I can easily get another 5 years o service out of it.

That is unless Apple or Microsoft don't do something stupid, which is not a certainty.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at October 19, 2021 05:31 AM (Rc1l9)

57 >>>ESPN reporter Allison Williams said she is leaving the sports channel after her decision not to get vaccinated.

https://tinyurl.com/at3bfp6s

Posted by: m at October 19, 2021 05:36 AM (6dJKT)

58 mornin yall. I killed Colin Powell. Sorry.

Posted by: f'd at October 19, 2021 05:40 AM (Tnijr)

59 Question: If I don't like Windows 11, how do I go back to Windows 10?

Posted by: NaughtyPine at October 19, 2021 05:41 AM (/+bwe)

60 Question: If I don't like Windows 11, how do I go back to Windows 10?
Posted by: NaughtyPine at October 19, 2021 05:41 AM (/+bwe)
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Answer: Superman has to make the Earth revolve backwards.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at October 19, 2021 05:44 AM (EZebt)

61 @59

>>Question: If I don't like Windows 11, how do I go back to Windows 10?

There is apparently a Go Back Option in the System Recovery menu.

I expect most upgraders to utilize that function.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at October 19, 2021 05:45 AM (Rc1l9)

62 Y'all come play in the Morning thread!

Posted by: Rosasharn at October 19, 2021 05:46 AM (yEBFM)

63
I'm sure now the treatments are much better after Joe was Cancer Czar and cured all cancers while he was VP.
Posted by: Bruce at October 19, 2021 05:21 AM (vd8XM

My dad has multiple myeloma for about 6 years now, and seems they are finding different treatments quite often

Posted by: A dude in MI at October 19, 2021 05:47 AM (/6GbT)

64 Good morning, everyone. Fun thing I discovered yesterday: Google has changed their software so that uploaded Office documents keep their format, font and Hallelujah! accents.

I guess I'll stop complaining about the boss's money-saving switch to Google everything.... after I check the PDF-to-Google Doc conservation.

Posted by: NaughtyPine at October 19, 2021 05:49 AM (/+bwe)

65 There is apparently a Go Back Option in the System Recovery menu.

I expect most upgraders to utilize that function.
Posted by: Thomas Bender at October 19, 2021 05:45 AM (Rc1l9)


Thank you. It may run better or worse, but I'm nervous about it eating memory.

Posted by: NaughtyPine at October 19, 2021 05:50 AM (/+bwe)

66 Windows is pussy! We require you to update software as much as enjoying your device! Verifying update . . .

Posted by: Apple Hold My Beer Updates at October 19, 2021 06:00 AM (QDLHp)

67 Ming the Merciless needs more coal to stoke the nuclear furnaces. Posted by: Bruce

Taking to my neighbors boy who is an engineering student at a local University, he can't understand why nuclear power is hated to much.
In a few years he will realize that the "adults in charge" are really dumb idiots.

Posted by: Colin at October 19, 2021 06:05 AM (VlDyC)

68 There is a way of running windows 11 from a USB flash drive. If you must feel like you want to try it before installing, anyone done that yet.

Posted by: Colin at October 19, 2021 06:09 AM (VlDyC)

69 Wonder what Louis Rossman thinks of new new MacBook...

Apple makes some incredible tools, but I much prefer an open/upgradable platform and Apple don't like that

Posted by: In Exile at October 19, 2021 06:16 AM (kzzyk)

70 "In a few short years they've taken MacOS from possibly the most developer-friendly operating system around to one that I take pains to avoid."

They've taken it *back* around. This was the earliest complaint about Apple machines: the OS was locked out and you dealt with what you got when you bought it. Eventually M$ decided that was a good model to go with.....

Posted by: GWB at October 19, 2021 06:51 AM (4IP5D)

71 And is built twice as better, will last twice as long and have more useful service period than any current WinTel or WinAMD laptop.

No, people just hang on to them longer because they cost so damn much. Ask Louis Rossman about the build quality of MacBooks.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at October 19, 2021 08:02 AM (MqQvv)

72 What are the Four Essential Keys?

Posted by: Idontgetit at October 19, 2021 09:22 AM (soDSR)

73 Another major problem with anything new on the Mac is how it'll have some catastrophic failure point in it, that they have no idea how to fix, so they'll just string you along for 3 years and then claim your product is obsolete and can't be fixed, leaving you with a $4,000 headache that you only had possession of 12 out of the 36 months you owned it.

Anyone wanting one, and expecting to use it at even 75% of its potential, should wait until the 5th generation comes out.

Posted by: Rbastid at October 19, 2021 09:27 AM (U8c2P)

74 I thought the 4 Essential Keys were. the arrow keys in inverted T format? The new Macbook Pro's have that.

As for the notch, what it looks like they did was remove the top bezel that used to run across the entire top of the monitor, except for the center section which holds the camera module. Then they stuck the menu bar up into that area, so you gain real estate. For full screen apps they just blank out everything to the side of the notch and it's like any other laptop.

On Mac, the menu bar is at the top of the screen and windows don't normally have a menu bar at all, unlike windows, so the menu bar is actually more consistent.

The new machines look pretty incredible. They are fast, but with far less battery impact. That's really where Apple has the advantage: Intel and AMD might be able to match them speed wise, but they can't match the speed to battery life and heat impact.

Posted by: Rafal Gan Ganowicz at October 19, 2021 10:43 AM (DN0pc)

75 I do miss old school Apple OS. Snow leopard, even system 9. I've often thought about setting up an old G4 tower running system 9 and using that as my daily driver. Good points: probably immune to any malware attacks from today and unable to use the internet in any fashion. Less distracting. Bad points: likely less computing power than my watch. Still, I mostly word process all day long. You can do that running a 286 or Motorola 680000 with 2 megabytes of RAM.

Posted by: Rafal Gan Ganowicz at October 19, 2021 10:44 AM (DN0pc)

76 That moment when you think your Dell has the same performance as a Mac because they have the same spec sheet is precious. Apple, meet orange.

Posted by: Opinionator at October 19, 2021 09:24 PM (UIvnv)

77 Pixie, I enjoy reading,, actually listening to your blog most every day. Much of it is about 8 ft. over my head being an old retired IBM er whose first PC was an IBM 286 running dos. and equipped with 5 1/4 floppy disks. Good times. keep up the info and keep the Aussie humor and sark. alive.

Posted by: Buffalobob at October 20, 2021 01:21 AM (RNoZj)

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