Topic: "Satellite-Debris"; misc news

Charlie Demerjian wrote:

"Intel kills off the desktop, PCs go with it
Analysis: Broadwell has no socket, PCs have no relevance

Intel logo 63x58 Intel kills off the desktop, PCs go with it  Intel is killing the desktop, but not quite as soon as people expect it to, there will be one last gasp, but that is irrelevant. Word is finally leaking there won’t be a desktop PC chip in a bit over a year.

In a story that SemiAccurate has been following for several months, Broadwell will not come in an LGA package, so no removable CPU. The news was first publicly broken by the ever sharp PC Watch, english version here, but the news has been floating in the backchannel for a bit now. The problem? This information wasn’t floating around the OEMs or the majority of the PC ecosystem, they had no clue. What does all of this mean? Quite a bit.

The most direct effect is that of Broadwell, the 14nm successor to next year’s Haswell CPU, will essentially shut out the enthusiast. Motherboards will still be available, but the CPUs that come with them will be soldered down. In addition to being a inventory management nightmare, OEMs won’t buy CPUs any more, the few remaining mobo vendors and ODMs will. As a side effect, it also cuts the enthusiast out of the picture for good"
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Charlie Demerjian wrote:

"no new chipsets for Broadwell"
"Broadwell cores are also not slated for a major revision, they are mainly being shrunk to 14nm. A few bits of low hanging fruit are being picked with the shrink, but no big bangs. Think performance per watt gains, outright performance will again underwhelm on the CPU side.

Will Broadwell bring anything to the table worth noting? Actually yes, SemiAccurate moles have said that the CPU will have a brand new GPU with a lot of new instructions, and a few radically improved ones too. It will not be the big graphics bang that Haswell is, but it should increase GPU performance by a claimed 40% from what it’s 22nm sibling has. If Broadwell is only at the same TDPs, it will be a clear win, but it will likely drop power by a substantial margin. Unfortunately for the user, Intel graphics drivers are still woeful and broken, and there is no internal impetus to change that."
"the state of Intel drivers is going to keep discrete GPUs relevant for another generation."
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Brid-Aine Parnell wrote:

"Cash-hungry Sharp 'offering juicy stakes to US firms'

Sharp is in talks with US firms including Dell, Intel and Qualcomm to sell off bits and pieces of itself, it has been reported."
Quoted from: … e_rumours/

The Electronista Staff wrote:

"Banks offer to help Sony sell battery business"

Lawrence Latif wrote:

"Moody's cuts HP's credit rating amid competition concerns
"from A3 to Baa1, which is three steps above 'junk' status."

and then there's "Bob".   Cue Homer J. Simpson; "Ding Dong Ding, D'OH!!!"

I sense some market consolidation forces gathering energy; this is not advice, only my humble opinion.

Lee Hutchinson wrote:

"NAND flash gets baked, lives longer
Discovery by ROM manufacturer Macronix could defeat flash's greatest weakness."
"It's long been known that annealing NAND flash—that is, subjecting it to high heat—can force the long-trapped electrons out of the NAND floating gate, reducing its retained charge and returning it to usefulness. But it's been thought all along that such annealing was too energy-intensive and too difficult to do precisely—essentially, an entire NAND chip had to be baked for hours.

However, using techniques borrowed from phase-changing RAM, where heat is applied to a material to change its state from conductive to insulating, the Macronix boffins constructed a redesigned NAND flash package with its existing electrical pathways modified to carry heat to the floating gate, the portion of the NAND transistor that is filled and drained to denote a 0 or a 1.

The modification is a complex one and required substantial engineering, but the results are impressive—a brief and restricted jolt at 800C appears to "heal" the flash cell, removing its retained charge. Macronix estimates that this can be done repeatedly as needed, leading to a flash cell that could potentially last for 100,000,000 cycles, instead of the roughly 1,000 cycles that current 21nm TLC flash cells are rated to last.

Since flash cell life cycle decreases as process size shrinks, this method of heating cells back to life is good news for the future of SSDs. Moore's law charges on; the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors projects an eventual arrival at 8nm features, and the useful life of NAND flash at that size is very, very short. If Macronix's method can be commercialized it will have profound implications on the future of the medium."
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Wow, if i end up with an out-of-warranty SSD with a wretched-excess of dead cells & redundant data; i'll have to bake it for a few days ("sans" plastic) at 80°C (or more?) to try that one out.

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China may have their own ""Chappa'ai" soon. … ding-here/
Sorry about the link, just replace the "*" in the word h*ll. roll

"Indeed, O'Niel."

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"NASA restarts most powerful rocket engine ever built"
   fires up F1's Gas Generator for the first time since SkyLab in 1972. … ever-built

"Boeing 787 Battery Fire: Short Circuit and Thermal Runaway in One of 8 Battery Cells" … rcuit.html

  from the comments section:

""Lattice Energy LLC Growth of conductive metallic “tin whiskers” and random electrical shortingevents implicated in Toyota’s uncontrollable vehicle acceleration safety problems Whisker shorting issue analogous to metallic dendrite shorting events that can causeLENRs which can then trigger super-hot, fast-burning metal oxidation fires in Li-ion batteries "
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...and "the flip-side" of metal-whiskers:

there are many people at Washington State University, researching the positive use of whiskering phenomenon to increase Lithium Ion battery capacity, reliability, etc.

"The problem with tin (as opposed to graphite) is that when you make electronics (or battery guts) with it in a cheap and efficient manner, the tin grows what's called "whiskers," which are spiky things that can cause short-circuits and other damage and after 60 years of trying nobody's been able to eradicate them in a mass-production environment. The WSU researchers figured that if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, and they've managed to just get the tin whiskers to grow in an orderly manner at the nanoscale, providing lots of surface area to store charge without causing lots of problems."
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Edit:  ... and Belkin has acquired Linksys. … s_linksys/

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Have you seen the comet?

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TechDud wrote:

Have you seen the comet?

Cool.  I can't even see the tree across the street it's so foggy! sad

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Comet ISON could rival or beat the full moon's luminosity in November and December.  It should be evident in August if that is likely to be so bright.

Thank you for informing me of the fog.  This is the first i have heard of it.

  I sincerely hope you don't go through anything like the Great Smoke of '52.
The young, the old, and those with respiratory conditions may be in danger, if so.

  A tactful gift might be an asbestos-grade respirator mask, yet i'm not certain if that is even practical for fog, considering the humidity and of course, they seem impractical for the very young.  How do people cope?

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It's old news, yet something new to me maybe you too.

virtuOS wrote:

"Sue on Gorbachev!"

I think that could have been translated "Sue Gorbachev!".  From SamLab's forum: … Y0jjO3iLCA

virtuOS wrote:

" It is no coincidence that a man so loved in London and Washington, and do not like in St. Petersburg and Moscow. "

Where have we heard that kind of talk before? 

"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall". - Fmr. President Ronald Reagan

Now tear this wall down.  No, THIS wall.

On this side of the ocean, criticism of leadership is taking on ominous tones.  Try these comments.  Not for young readers.  It can't be easy to be a "political pinata" these days.

Double Whammy… Police Ticket Torched Cars in Stockholm

& I Had To Share This Poster "Sometimes a picture speaks more clearly than an essay."
Poignant for Memorial day.

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Happy 18th "birthday" NASA's Astronomy Picture Of the Day!

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I bemoan the death of trust in the internet as alluded to in the following article. … _analysis/

Trevor Pott of The Register wrote:

"The only real defence is to turn off any devices with a radio unless you really need them"

He forgot to mention the havoc that "collisions" with certificates could allow, especially by criminal elements whether in or without governance.  Encryption is fine, yet possibly pointless when "all ur endpoints belong to us now".  Also, it seems that few know what really happens at or just above the hardware layer anymore. … sa_spooks/ … ed_emails/ … e-internet

  Sadly, the "war on terror" seems unavoidably to be turning into a "reign of terror" of sorts world-wide.

Even more regrettably, "John Q. Public" has seemingly and blithefully avoiding paying the price of freedom and that is "eternal vigilance".  Our soldiers have indeed been paying with their lives and livelihoods for the chickenhawks that would render their honorable sacrifices null and void.

RIP Trust.  I won't be seeing you in the cloud.     sad
image from: … o-ps2.html

          "Obey The Law.  Laws were made for a reason." - Chris Rock

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During US Government and consequently NASA shutdown,
the Astronomy Picture of the Day can be viewed in English at the following link.
  If the date is still listed on that page as 2010, ignore this as the individual pages should read 2013 starting with October 1st. … irror.html

Alternate links and additional languages (also listed two posts above) can be found here.
Note that some links there are in English, such as those from Australia and Russia.

"Bal'shoye spaseeba."  "Da sveedaneeya."     smile

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TechDud I always enjoy reading your posts :-) and in that spirit I ran across this Astronomy Picture of the Day Archive so I thought I would share

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Thank you for that link, compstuff.
It helped during a recent outage.

My humble respect for the pilot of SpaceShipTwo, whom died crashing into the Mojave Desert yesterday.

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