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April 22, 2021

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  • The Asus ZenBook 13 is a Ryzen 5800U laptop with an OLED screen and the four essential keys. (Tom's Hardware)

    That processor has 8 CPU cores and what they call 8 GPU cores - also known as CU for cluster units. 16GB of LPDDR4-3733 RAM, 1TB of NVMe SSD, two USB-C ports, one USB-A, HDMI, and a microSD slot.

    What it doesn't have is a headphone jack because there is apparently a requirement carved into the bedrock of the laptop industry that they have to fuck something up on every single model. It comes with a USB-C audio adapter, which is a pain but less of a problem with a laptop - where you carry it around in a bag anyway - than with a phone.

    We might forgive them that defect though because prices end at $999. Typically laptops in this class start around that price and by the time you get up to the full configuration you're paying 60% more. $999 is a good price for an 8-core laptop with an OLED screen.

  • I've called Docker the world's least efficient package manager, but that's not a fault of Docker's technology, but of it's philosophy. As an example of how well it can work in the hands of competent people, here's a web server in a 6kB Docker container. (DevOps Directive)

    That's quite small. The baseline container they started with was 150,000 times larger.

  • WSLug lets you run Linux GUI applications on Windows. (Bleeping Computer)

    This is currently a preview release but it's promising; as a developer I already find the ability to run Linux console apps on Windows extremely useful.

  • Europe is proposing strict regulations on the use of AI. (New York Times)

    In particular they are proposing a ban on the use of facial recognition cameras in public spaces. By private companies, that is. The governments will keep right on doing that.

  • Russian communications regulator Rozkomnadzor has demanded that Instagram stop blocking the Russian national anthem. (TorrentFreak)

    The DMCA takedown notices were apparently filed by a German TV show.

    Meanwhile the same agency has insisted that Google remove the blog page of a Ukrainian political party, because... You know why.

  • Intel has defeated a $3 billion patent lawsuit filed by VLSI Technology. (Tom's Hardware)

    This isn't the VLSI Technology, though. That company - founded back in 1979 - was acquired by Philips in 1999 and later spun off again as part of NXP.

    This is a different company with the same name, founded by Japanese investment giant Softbank purely for the purpose of screwing over companies that actually do R&D.

    Fuck 'em.

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