Columnist Day Shortbread

Close enough? The coincidental egg was what really sold it to me.

PC hardware and computing

  1. Asus ROG Strix Helios review @ bit-tech
  2. Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming OC review @ Guru3D
  3. Cooler Master Q500L case review @ Gamers Nexus
  4. WD Black SN750 NVMe Heatsink SSD (1TB) @ Hexus
  5. Deepcool Gamer Storm DQ650-M PSU review @ KitGuru
  6. Kingston Nucleum USB Type-C hub review @ Legit Reviews
  7. WD Blue NVMe SN500 500 GB review @ TechPowerUp
  8. Dell UltraSharp U4919DW monitor review @ TechSpot
  9. The Zotac ZBOX CI660 nano Fanless mini-PC review @ AnandTech

Games, culture, and VR

  1. Notre Dame Cathedral will never be the same, but it can be rebuilt @ Ars Technica
  2. Oh, no! There's something missing on the new Xbox! @ Quarter To Three

Hacks, gadgets and crypto-jinks

  1. Concrete USB hub isn't going anywhere @ HackADay
  2. Bendgate 2.0: Samsung's $2,000 foldable phone is already breaking @ Ars Technica
  3. Cocktail Barbot takes things up a level @ HackADay (a lime slicer and mint muddler? That's no bar bot, it's a mojito machine!)

Science, technology, and space news

  1. LeBron James' STEM-based school is showing promise @ Slashdot
  2. The drones and robots that helped save Notre Dame @ HackADay
  3. Snow-powered nanogenerator works where solar panels don't @ New Atlas (should I have waited?)

Cheese, memes, and shiny things

  1. Diabetes: can cheese control blood sugar? @ medicalnewstoday.com
  2. Europe threatens tariffs on American ketchup, cheese and fish over Boeing subsidies @ cnn.com (why did they have to drag cheese into this?)
Colton Westrate

I host BBQs, I tell stories, and I strive to keep folks happy.

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    • NovusBogus
    • 12 months ago

    PSA: Ubisoft is offering Assassin’s Creed Unity as a free download until April 25. Uplay, obviously, but it’s free so I have no quarrel with this. The recently damaged Notre Dame cathedral is prominently featured, and there’s speculation that Ubisoft’s historical research may be useful for the repair job. Kind of ironic that one of the Catholics’ best known monuments may owe its future to a game set in a time when the locals were trying really hard to destroy the Catholics and their monuments. History can be weird that way.

    [url<]https://www.techradar.com/news/ubisoft-gives-away-assassins-creed-unity-for-free-so-you-can-see-the-notre-dame[/url<] [url<]https://register.ubisoft.com/acu-notredame-giveaway/[/url<]

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 12 months ago

    Europe threatens tariffs on American ketchup, cheese and fish over Boeing subsidies @ cnn.com (why did they have to drag cheese into this?)

    Because most Americans are fatties who also love cheese.

      • Mr Bill
      • 12 months ago

      That will drive down cheese prices here when they can’t sell on the world market. At least until producers reduce production. Of course something else we want to buy will become more expensive… e.g. Cars and trucks.

    • blastdoor
    • 12 months ago

    In other news, Qualcomm scores a huge win, intel a huge loss, and Apple is forced to write a check of unknown bigness:

    [url<]https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/04/intel-quits-5g-modem-business-hours-after-apple-settles-with-qualcomm/[/url<]

      • chuckula
      • 12 months ago

      The only real loser is Apple since they have to pay Qualcomm. I don’t know how it affects their 5G in-house modem development efforts .

      As for Intel, its stock set a post dotcom high [b<]after[/b<] the news broke. Getting out of being beholden to Apple is a good thing long term.

        • blastdoor
        • 12 months ago

        Imagine how much intel’s stock will jump if Apple dumps them from the Mac!

          • chuckula
          • 12 months ago

          Considering Apple is still selling Ivy Bridge parts, it would be a great help for Intel to be able to move on to selling modern CPUs at this point.

            • blastdoor
            • 12 months ago

            Nice (and fair) shot at the sad state of the Mac Pro.

            But otherwise, Apple skews towards the high-end of Intel’s lineup. You don’t see any Pentiums/Celerons in Macs.

            • NTMBK
            • 12 months ago

            Given Intel’s non-existent 10nm and the supply crunch on 14nm, they’re probably relieved to still be able to sell some outdated 22nm chips.

            • Anonymous Coward
            • 12 months ago

            They still sell those? I wonder if Intel is still making them, or if its just old stock. At this point Apple can’t actually be selling much of that … [i<]stuff[/i<]. Can't imagine anyone other than Apple is interested in buying years-old Intel silicon, new products should offer a lower lifetime cost, and I don't imagine there is anything a 22nm Intel chip does better than a modern AMD. Someone would have to be pretty stuck on a legacy platform to keep buying 22nm.

            • blastdoor
            • 12 months ago

            Just to be clear… the product being referenced here is the ill-conceived 2013 Mac Pro.

            Apple deserves every critical comment regarding their disastrous decisions for the high end desktop. But otherwise, their Mac product lineup is more up to date than what the reference to ivy might imply

          • Voldenuit
          • 12 months ago

          Ans: from a bridge.

        • sweatshopking
        • 12 months ago

        i don’t agree. i think shareholders, who often don’t give a rats about long term, are just happy that they won’t be investing in a long term market, which means higher short term profits for shareholders.
        losing out on next gen connectivity seems like a massive risk for intel.

          • chuckula
          • 12 months ago

          Not making money from 5G: Bad.
          Not being stuck having to make the modems for Apple at a steep discount to Apple: Not bad.

          Don’t confuse smartphone modems with the full “5G” market because they aren’t the same thing by long shot.

            • sweatshopking
            • 12 months ago

            of course not they’re not the same thing. Look at nokia. On the other hand, having a complete solution has huge value, ask Huawei. This isn’t a good sign for Intel, and i don’t think anyone could make a plausible case for how this benefits intel in the long term.

            • chuckula
            • 12 months ago

            It benefits Intel in these ways:

            1. Intel can make more money because Apple was getting an insanely great deal that Intel no longer has to honor.

            2. Intel can develop 5G solutions that are actually better suited for its actual product line — which isn’t phones.

            3. Intel also benefits because a bunch of advanced 10nm fab capacity is now opened up for Xeons. The 5G modems can be made at Intel’s schedule instead of Apple’s schedule.

            • sweatshopking
            • 12 months ago

            Intel makes no money because it isnt selling the product. Since intel wasn’t selling them at a loss, thats a loss for intel

            Intel will need 5g modems in its product line. Either it makes them or it buys them, but it needs them. Not sure what you’re suggesting with this one.

            Ok, maybe thats good for short term, but I dont see how it is good for the long term.

            This seems like a net loss for intel. Tech is changing and they’re not. Not a good sign.

            • chuckula
            • 12 months ago

            Intel makes more money because you don’t understand what the term “opportunity cost” means and as a bonus you don’t know what the term “comparative advantage” means.

            I don’t really care that you are getting upthumbed for agreeing with the echo chamber because next week Intel ain’t going to be reporting a massive drop in profits because it chose to throw away its Xeon line to be yet another handmaiden to Apple’s profit margin.

            • sweatshopking
            • 12 months ago

            lol. i knew that post secondary in business followed by an almost finished political economy degree was wasted. Typical canadian university quality.

            I don’t really care whether you’re thumbed up or thumbed down. I do think you’re short sighted and missing the long term consequences. Intel is a company who will show massive profits but is at serious risk over the next decade, like many american companies. going from a claimed large share of 5g (as they recently claimed they’d get) to zero isn’t a win for what will be an [i<] incredibly [/i<] huge market. They do have a comparative advantage in cpus, they also possibly have an absolute advantage since they control some of the best fabs in the world, but that market alone isn't going to successfully allow them to compete with huawei (or others) in the long run.

            • blastdoor
            • 12 months ago

            [quote<]3. Intel also benefits because a bunch of advanced 10nm fab capacity is now opened up for Xeons. The 5G modems can be made at Intel's schedule instead of Apple's schedule.[/quote<] This is a strange statement. The capacity needed to fab modems for Apple is presumably far larger than what's needed to fab Xeons. Perhaps the real message here is that Intel's 10nm process simply won't be available at the scale needed to manufacture for Apple on the timeline that Apple needs.

            • Shobai
            • 12 months ago

            Well, kinda – who’s even allowed to buy Huawei any more?

            • blastdoor
            • 12 months ago

            Good question — I’d like to know the answer.

            • sweatshopking
            • 12 months ago

            everyone but the USA and australia/NZ?

            • blastdoor
            • 12 months ago

            That was more or less my impression. How about the UK?

            • sweatshopking
            • 12 months ago

            UK has stated they’ve been unable to find any backdoors despite years of testing, though they say that their products generally don’t have great security due to shoddy coding. Huawei has said they appreciate the guidance and they’ll do what they can to improve security.

            Personally, I think their code probably sucks on purpose, but c’est la vie. Either way, Huawei will soon be the number one tech company globally if things continue as they are.

            • Shobai
            • 11 months ago

            Well, it seems that Google’s been forced to hammer another nail in Huawei’s Android handset coffin – it remains to be seen what will come of this one, but the initial outlook is pretty poor for people who already have Huawei devices, and who in their right mind would buy Huawei devices now that they won’t have access to Play Store, first party apps, or updates?

          • blastdoor
          • 12 months ago

          Agreed. Intel walked away from mobile CPUs/SOCs purely for reasons of short term profits. In doing so, they walked away from a market for CPUs/SOCs that is several times the volume of the PC market. Due to that shortsightedness, they have lost the lead in fab process to TSMC because the chip biz is ultimately all about economies of scale.

          The modem business could have been Intel’s ticket to benefit from the economies of scale in mobile. Sounds like they blew it.

            • chuckula
            • 12 months ago

            What exactly is the profit margin on those SoCs?

            Apple loses money on its “miracle” chips.

            It makes money by selling a behind-the-curve phone for over $1000 and then drives even more revenue by making the koolaid drinkers pay for overpriced services.

            Intel is in the business of making chips that it can make for a profit and isn’t in the business of taking a loss so it can get revenue from overcharging you for a few cents worth of NAND and then feeding on your iTunes account.

            Name one major chip supplier who makes huge amounts of money on the *chips* in the smartphone market… there isn’t one. There’s Apple & Samsung who both lose money on their chips but don’t care. Then there’s Mediatek that basically copy-n-pastes the vanilla ARM designs and makes a tiny pittance in the process. And then there’s Qualcomm that was practically bought-out last year and that is desperately trying and failing to get [b<]OUT[/b<] of just being a smartphone supplier by throwing as many ARM cores as it can at mediocre "server" chips (and not doing well at it). Intel isn't in business to look good in the smartphone market -- which is shrinking in revenue BTW even as Apple & Samsung compete to make smartphones with prices that make high-end gaming PCs look like cereal prizes. Intel is in the business to make a profit selling chips. On top of all that, every time Intel runs a wafer of smartphone modems that's not a wafer of Xeons for the datacenter market which, unlike smartphones, is growing rapidly. But let's turn this on its head: For all the DOOM AND GLOOM over Intel... where the hell is all the hand wringing over poor AMD?? They can't even make a halfway competent laptop chip much less have 5G. For some reason that's never been a problem for them taking over the world according to the usual suspects here.

            • blastdoor
            • 12 months ago

            How do you explain the existence of TSMC?

            • K-L-Waster
            • 12 months ago

            All their GPU business with NVidia?

            • blastdoor
            • 12 months ago

            How many 7nm GPUs were shipped last year?

            • chuckula
            • 12 months ago

            TSMC isn’t getting rich on smartphone chips.

            [url<]https://www.google.com/amp/s/9to5mac.com/2019/04/18/tsmc-profits-2/amp/[/url<]

            • NTMBK
            • 12 months ago

            I’m sorry, but what? The reason they cited for the profit drop is a steep drop in demand for high end phones- implying that they make a healthy profit on those high end phone chips.

            Intel is the one who managed to make [I]negative revenue [/I] from their mobile division, back when they had one. Just because Intel had to wrap each chip in $10 bill doesn’t mean that others can’t turn a profit.

            • chuckula
            • 12 months ago

            No, I’m saying that last year when things were supposedly awesome at TSMC and they weren’t reporting nosediving profits they still only pulled in about $3 Billion in profits. That’s a full $1.5 billion less than Intel in the same quarter of 2018 when things were supposedly terrible for Intel.

            But that’s not even the biggest point. The biggest point is that all of this was going on when TSMC was being touted as overtaking Intel as the world’s largest semi manufacturer. So a company that’s now bigger than Intel can’t put up the results at literally the same time that Intel is supposedly in a world-ending nosedive…. And that’s when times are good in the smartphone game that is.

            • Anonymous Coward
            • 12 months ago

            Who cares about which of two large profitable companies made [i<]more[/i<] billions last year, the real story here is that Intel has allowed a competitor to either pass them, or at least make a credible claim to it. Whatever profits Intel currently has are in grave danger if they become a 2nd rate fab. Perhaps in a couple years it will be apparent (i.e. in hindsight) that Intel screwed themselves over by harvesting too much margin at the expense of appropriate R&D. It [i<]could[/i<] also turn out that the sales of high-margin phone chips drop and leave Intel in a relatively better position (i.e. market forces beyond their control are favorable to them).

            • sweatshopking
            • 12 months ago

            Not only that, if Intel is only making a few billion more than tsmc that’s a shockingly poor performance by Intel who has almost a monopoly on computer CPUs.

            • Anonymous Coward
            • 12 months ago

            Hmm, might be some profit in those phone chips after all.

            • chuckula
            • 12 months ago

            Nice whatboutism there too.
            Claiming that TSMC’s existence means smartphone chip manufacturers must be rolling in profits due to smartphone chip sales is like claiming that Tesla must be insanely profitable because there are lots of battery manufacturers in existence.

            • blastdoor
            • 12 months ago

            TSMC not only exists, but it’s also profitable. And it was producing larger volumes of 7nm SOCs in 2018 than Intel has yet to produce of anything at 10nm.

            The fact that TSMC doesn’t make Xeon margins on smartphone SOCs doesn’t make TSMC the “Tesla” of semiconductors. It’s more like they’re Toyota to Intel’s GM, circa 1980.

            • sweatshopking
            • 12 months ago

            nice whataboutism

            • chuckula
            • 12 months ago

            Nice having no response to my valid points.

            Intel isn’t in the business of making Apple look good.
            It’s in the business of making money. And unlike TSMC, it’s not going to be reporting the largest drop in revenue in 7 years next week.

            • blastdoor
            • 12 months ago

            Your valid points might get more attention if they were not buried in non sequiturs and straw men

            • Oberon
            • 12 months ago

            It would also help if he weren’t a giant dick about it

            • chuckula
            • 12 months ago

            Useless personal attacks from puppet accounts that have lain dormant for years… Check.

            Got anything rational to say or are you just part of the echo chamber too.

            • Oberon
            • 12 months ago

            Nothing ELSE rational to say, no. Have a nice day!

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 12 months ago

      That estimated $6bn pmt and $9/phone. They are good until apple makes its own modem.

      Nvidia could teach a thing or two to companies about proper milking for maximum revenue.

        • blastdoor
        • 12 months ago

        Is that $9/phone above and beyond the cost of actually fabbing the chips — that is, is it just a royalty check to Qualcomm?

          • Srsly_Bro
          • 12 months ago

          It’s all rumor and speculation. My guess is royalty per phone sold.

        • HERETIC
        • 12 months ago

        NV are not in the same room when it comes to milking-compared to apple,
        think applecare/services, and the cost of xtra memory………………………………….

          • Srsly_Bro
          • 12 months ago

          Qualcomm is doing the milking with the royalty per phone and settlement payment. How did you think I was referring to the p4p champ of milking?

    • shaq_mobile
    • 12 months ago

    Every time I go to slashdot I am quickly reminded of how great of a community we have. Thank you for keeping the commentary on this site mostly void of rnp and usually constructive.

      • davidbowser
      • 12 months ago

      Agreed. I have a pretty old alias on slashdot and I just simply have not been able to read the comments for the last several years. It’s like twitter with all the hot takes, but with even less underlying knowledge of the actual topic.

        • jihadjoe
        • 12 months ago

        It’s a pity because slashdot used to be really good!

        I remember luminaries like John Carmack used to post and answer questions in there. Now it seems like he’s deleted his account and it’s taken with it all his past posts and comments.

    • sweatshopking
    • 12 months ago

    i initially read this as “communist”

      • oldog
      • 12 months ago

      A distinction without a difference? 😉

      • chuckula
      • 12 months ago

      One downthumb is tragedy.
      One million downthumbs is statistic!

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 12 months ago

      You would living in Canada. Sup?

      • Wonders
      • 12 months ago

      You would be living in Canada. Salad?

    • The Egg
    • 12 months ago

    I approve of today’s photo.

      • CScottG
      • 12 months ago

      I don’t know.. it’s not all its cracked up to be.

        • K-L-Waster
        • 12 months ago

        That’s no yolk.

          • Neutronbeam
          • 12 months ago

          Eggcactly!

      • Wonders
      • 12 months ago

      It’s inappropriate. It’s a photo of someone getting laid…
      …Albumin my bunk.

      • Mr Bill
      • 12 months ago

      He stopped evil doer’s from hatching their nefarious plot.

    • Krogoth
    • 12 months ago

    “We can re-built it stronger, faster and tougher!”

    —Six-Billion Dollar Cathedral.

      • PrincipalSkinner
      • 12 months ago

      Those words sound very familiar…I’ve heard them 20 years ago and won’t forget them.

        • K-L-Waster
        • 12 months ago

        20? More like 40…

        • Mr Bill
        • 12 months ago

        So much [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoLs0V8T5AA<]inflation...[/url<] [quote<]Dr. Evil: Okay, here's the plan. We get the warhead and then hold the world ransom for... 1 MILLION dollars! Number Two: [clears throat] Sir, strictly speaking, a million dollars will not go very far these days. Virtucon alone makes over 9 billion dollars a year. Dr. Evil: Really? Okay then... we hold the world ransom for 1... hundred... BILLION dollars! [/quote<]

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