"the chip will feature 24 Zen 4 cores... ...six GPU dies and eight high-bandwidth memory modules good for a total of 128GB."
But can it run Crysis?
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Whilst Intel's goal is laudable, I fail to see how they're going to deliver given their apparent inability to move manufacturing onto more efficient nodes.
Current nVidia GPUs are on 4nm already
AMD are on 5nm.
Intel are peddling Intel 7 which which is basically 10nm renamed. Yes, yes I know it's equivalent to TSMC's 7nm, but TSMC are shipping volume on 4nm already.
Meanwhile, as an aside, Apple will gain some desktop / laptop market share with their M1/M2 powered machines also at 5nm.
"you are very likely going to end up with regrets"
Ah yes but the people who architect these deals typically move on before the shit hits the fan, so they definitely don't have any regrets.
Not unless their past catches up with them and people start to realise the cost "saving" they're so proud of ended up ultimately taking the ship down.
"Step 1 - Spin up parallel server instance, different dns name"
How do you know the parallel server instance also isn't vulnerable to the same intrusion that got the first instance?
All you'd be doing is creating an even bigger clusterfuck.
Microsoft have revealed time and time again, the Exchange they host themselves hasn't been vulnerable to the zero days the Exchange they give to others.
They should be sharing best practice for securing Exchange environments (whether that's on-premises Exchange or SP's using it for Hosted Exchange). If they can secure 365 Exchange then everyone running Exchange ought to be offered the same capabilities.
That's assuming of course RackSpace had implemented all the security recommendations they should have.
"On-premise Exchange's days have been numbered for several years"
What are the alternatives?
I support a small business with half a dozen mailboxes on on-premises Exchange 2019. The business owner has an aversion to anything cloud.
Requirements are emails foremost with contacts and calendar functionality across multiple devices close behind.
I took over from a different IT support provider and 2020 was the first time I built and configured a Windows server with 3x VMs: PDC, Exchange and an Application server to take over from their old setup that included Exchange 2010.
"After 4hrs of hold time and 3 1/2hrs of tech time still no mail ending up in my new 365 mailbox unless I send it to myself???"
Consider yourself lucky. I just had my callback from Rackspace support after waiting since Friday (today is Tues) only to find it was a robocall and there was no one at the other end.
The stupidest thing is, it's not even an Exchange issue I need their help with!
After setting up your new mailbox, you have to wait up to 24-48 hours for the changes to propagate across the Internet. Patience you must have, my young padawan.
"Kevin Beaumont has done some analysis that points to the lack of patching by RS
Thanks for the pointer. Shit. That means on-prem is still vulnerable. Bollocks
Separately, I've requested 3x call backs from RS Support so far since Fri (5 days and counting) and have heard nothing.
Last night I tried staying in the queue and the call cutoff after 3 hours and 1 second. Likely EE as was calling the 0800 support no. from my mobile.
The 1st callback did happen, but at 04:30 GMT so I ended missing it as was asleep. Given RS operate internationally, you'd think they'd consider local time across time zones.
My problem isn't even Exchange. It's a user who let their regular RS email mailbox get too full and it now appears to be corrupted.
"Exchange had known vulns that Rackspace appears not to have patched."
Wait, how do you know that?
How do we know it's not a new Exchange vulnerability?
I'm trying to help a customer on Rackspace email and need RS support assistance. I received a callback 15 hours later. Except I missed it as was fast asleep.
As a small business owner who uses WhatsApp business, I find the out of hours automated response feature extremely useful.
It means anyone reaching out to me out of hours will get an automated response informing them of my operating hours. Which in turn means a) I get to switch off from work and b) they get to know I'm not ignoring them and they can expect to receive a response when I'm back at work.
I know from feedback that they do appreciate it.
Prices go up, yet basic functions still have annoying bugs/limitations.
Here's a couple:
1. Standard Windows File Open dialog box after eg Ctrl-O in Excel to bring it up, start typing a filename, realise you're in the wrong folder, so navigate to the correct folder. Typing the filename in the filename box doesn't show anything from the current folder until you wipe out what you'd already typed and start again.
2. Right-click a file in File Explorer and choose Sent to Mail Recipient. This brings up the Compose email window as a modal one. This means no other interaction with Outlook until you send the email or close it (good look finding it again in the latter case if you have multiple mailboxes). This can be severely annoying if you need to refer to another email or interact with Outlook in some other way.
I could go on, but I'm sure everyone here has found long standing issues that never get a look in despite there being New Shiny turds emerging with forced regularity.
"Intel: Our fabs can mass produce silicon qubit devices"
Intel, how about you pull your finger out of your arse and move on from 10nm already. We don't want 125W CPU's in our laptops. 2 hours real life battery life doing real work doesn't really cut it in 2022 any more.
And while you're at it, how about shipping some of those 12th gen laptop chips. The laptops were supposed to be available in March. We're 2/3s of the way into April and apart from a couple of Dell's, there's nowt.
Russians woke up this morning to find themselves unable to access non-Russian websites like Google, YouTube, WhatsApp and Instagram, all popular with Russian users.
Parent companies Alphabet and Meta have denied putting any blocks in place for Russian users and said they are investigating the source of the problem.
Source: Imaginary News Corp.
"Part of Today's problems is manglement don't know the difference......"
That's because manglement also have to listen to the bean counters or they'll be out of a job.
They find it's easier to say no than have the hard conversation that says we need more money so we can invest in R&D.
But that involves working out a ROI (Return on Investment) at which point most give up and carry on with business "as normal".
Ffs, if you're going to downvote, at least have the spine to put your counter argument across to explain why you think the original post is "off track".
A downvote with no explanation is just childish.
We're all adults here (I hope!). I don't mind being corrected where I'm wrong. Afterall there's only so many hours in the day to keep abreast of everything that's happening.
Definitely sounds like a step in the right direction.
I hope it arrives in Blighty sooner rather than later.
I just hope it's not like Dell/Lenovo/other manufacturers where the required parts are never in stock or if they are, the price puts the cost to repair the device awfully close to the cost to replace it.
The fact that something as fundamental as the Start Menu or the settings screen can so easily go AWOL on so many machines does nothing to instill any confidence as to the quality of the rest of the OS, even though the kernel itself and most other things are actually quite robust now.
I continue to detest software that doesn't put up meaningful error messages for the end user when it runs out of options to make something work.
"What is the point of the so called "efficiency" cores"
It makes the chip more energy efficient. Probably not a big deal for most desktop users but a massive deal for laptops.
If your laptop can suddenly go 21 hours on a single charge compared to 9 hours before, that's a major selling point.
Everything Microsoft is doing lately just seems to be another example of 'how not to do x'.
So much good design, usability, speed and efficiency has been thrown away it's little wonder we need quad core 5GHz CPU's, SSDs and 8GB+ of RAM just to get the OS out of bed.
I had the opportunity to work on an old EPOS system recently. I was amazed at how quickly it ran on a lowly Socket 478 Celeron, 256MB RAM, a 40GB IDE HDD & Windows XP.
Running Exchange 2019 on a VM with 28GB RAM just fine here. Admitedly it's for a small shop with less than half a dozen employees.
The owner prefers paying up front to ongoing subs. Which if nothing goes wrong, does work out cheaper in the long run.
The more interesting question I have is, how come On-Premises Exchange was vulnerable to the zero days discovered earlier this year whilst Exchange Online wasn't?
Funny how we bomb the crap out of countries that attack our interests but who are not capable of hitting back in a meaningful way, but take a more softly softly approach with larger adversaries.
In any case, why aren't smaller businesses off limits? Ransomware attacks can and do result in many smaller companies going out of business.
Who needs to deal drugs for cash when you can deal ransomware and reap bitcoin? Seems like it's a crime that largely goes unpunished.
FFS. 6 bleeding years they've had to improve on Windows 10 and this is all they could come up with???
The task bar now look like a flat copy of the macOS Dock. And who gives a flying monkey of the window corners are square or rounded?
Here's a short list of the sort of real issues that need urgent long overdue attention:
- A UI that doesn't suck. Eg active windows that stand out from inactive windows (like they used to in WinXP). A cursor I can actually see on multiple high res screens.
- Give me a slicker way to work with multiple recently used folders.
- Multi windowed control panel (like it used to) - not just a single Settings window that sometimes goes AWOL.
- Better integration with iOS and Android devices now that Windows mobile is a rotting corpse somewhere.
Instead, all we get is more pussying around with stupid minor tweaks to the UI that don't deliver any kind of tangible benefits for the end user. You know, like the ones that make the OS slicker and improve productivity.
Someone please line up and shoot whichever muppets are running the show at MS and replace them with real enthusiastic people who genuinely want to deliver a world class OS.
It's about time crypto-currencies were made illegal across the whole planet. If they become worthless, the motivation to hack companies for untraceable ill gains will diminish.
There's literally no other way out of this nightmare. It feels like there have been more hacks over the last year than there have been in the preceding 10 years. And it's only getting worse.
Not sure why all the down votes. It's a poor show by Intel and AMD when even their 65W-125W desktop parts get smoked by a passively cooled Apple M1 chip in a thin and light laptop.
In a laptop that's only needed for light browsing, emails and other light Office tasks (and maybe even a bit of light gaming) a power sipping yet incredibly nippy chip is exactly what you need/want.
Samsung is conspicuous by its absence from the beta program. I wonder why?
I must admit, I only recently got my Samsung Galaxy S10e to update from Android 9 to 11 and apart from a few minor niggles, it's a significant improvement in looks, performance and snappiness. I wonder if it'll also end up with Android 12?
"Were the plods able to trace the call?"
If they did, there's no mention in the report.
But I agree wholeheartedly, they should pursue this with a vengeance. These people are an international threat and whilst they may be using VoIP providers and points of presence in target countries, I'm sure with diligent pursuit, it would be trivial to follow the money back to the monkey den.
It would be unprofessional if El Reg didn't give Apple the chance to present their side of the story.
The fact that Apple refuse to engage says more about their snooty attitude than anything else.
Yes, they will and do lose some repeat business once people realise how they get ripped off, but, Apple doesn't really care about those as long as fanbois/sheeple keep buying iTings.
Meanwhile over here in Blighty, in 2020, many industrial parks in the capital city of London are lucky if they can get anything faster than 6Mbps downstream and crucially for remote workers a suffocating upstream crawl of 0.7Mbps. All courtesy of copper ADSL.
Broadband running over 4G isn't much better. 20Mbps down and 10Mbps+ upstream when you first boot up the modem/router. Except it rapidly slows down til it can barely muster 1Mbps in either direction.
1. Usually, the chips with fewer cores clock faster. Here the opposite appears to be true. I suppose it's a way to encourage people to buy the higher end chip. Unless the lower end models can be overclocked easily. Time will tell.
2. No Ryzen 3 chips were announced. I'm hoping they'll come sooner rather than later. Not everyone can afford a $299 CPU. The trouble is, most gamers don't need more than 4-6 cores, so releasing Zen 3 Ryzen 3's early will no doubt hurt higher margin Ryzen 5 sales.
3. It would appear AMD has finally won the single core crown from Intel (at least according to the announced single core Cinebench score). Well done AMD.
The Cinebench score seems remarkable given that Zen 3 tops out at 4.9GHz vs Intel's 5.3GHz.
However, Intel's hitting those frequencies at 14nm whilst AMD's now on 7nm. I wonder what's stopping AMD clocking faster? And when (if?) Intel hits 7nm, there's a good chance they'll be on top again.
Nevertheless, it's a great time to be building some kick ass machines :-)