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Wednesday Morning (7 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 3-November-2021  00:26:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Facebook's parent company is changing its name to Meta, which is about as interesting as when Google's parent company became Alphabet, but thanks to a mis-spent youth reading Philip K. Dick, William Gibson and early Neal Stephenson novels I do find the idea of the "metaverse" intriguing - there's an interview with FB's main Meta guy here on TheVerge. There’s going to be way more to do in the metaverse, especially when you can instantaneously travel to any of the many cities that we kind of imagine ultimately populating the place. You’ll definitely need to have services that help you with what’s new, what’s hot, what’s trending, and what’s going on. Hmm, come to think of it, I'm not sure if I want FB in charge of my future cyberspace hangout.

Meanwhile there's a company in New Zealand making people for the Metaverse. When we think of the metaverse, popularly depicted as a game-like virtual environment where humans use avatars to live, work, and play, we’re often the main characters. But it’s Soul Machines which will be filling the metaverse with what co-founder Greg Cross refers to as a “digital workforce” — a stream of bespoke Sams who will form the equivalent of NPCs in nascent digital worlds, as well as extensions of ourselves.

TechPowerUp have a 50-game megabench between the GeForce RTX 3080 and Radeon RX 6800 XT. In this article, we have tested 50 games on the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 and AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT to conclusively determine which card offers better performance. Our RTX 3080 vs. RX 6800 XT performance testing has results at 1080p Full HD, 1440p, and 4K Ultra HD.

MSI have some interesting thoughts on cooling Alder Lake CPUs. According to MSI, it will be more important than ever to select the right cooler for Intel's new Alder Lake CPUs, and to make sure it is being mounted correctly. The reason? In short, the hotspots on different Alder Lake CPUs could be located in slightly different areas due to the hybrid makeup of the chip, and whether you select one with both Golden Cove and Gracemont cores, or just Golden Cove cores underneath the hood.

I don't have a flying car yet, but maybe I can have a flying bike? Upon close inspection, you’ll see it uses six blades to lift off and navigate — with two larger blades, front and back, and two on each side. It promises to fly for 40 minutes at up to 100-km/hour. Or this thing (video) which also looks fun, thanks alch.

HotHardware report on some overclocking world records. In Geekbench 5, Intel's own Core i9-11900K held the single-core record with 2,309 points, while AMD's flagship Ryzen 9 5950X owned the multi-core (16-core) record at 20,929 points. So the Core i9-12900K broke the single-core record by 18.7 percent, and the multi-core (16-core) record by a staggering 27.3 percent.

That was at an Intel event, and HotHardware also report on some Moore's Law comments from that event. "We are entering a period of sustained, if not Super Moore's Law. We expected to even bend the curve faster than a doubling every two years, and we will not rest until the periodic table is exhausted. We as the stewards of Moore's Law will be relentless in our path to innovate and the magic of silicon. Like I said, Moore's Law is alive very well," Gelsinger said.

I missed the 20th birthday of the iPod recently, thanks IntelInside. More detail on its evolution here. Steve Jobs unveiled the original iPod on October 23, 2001 at a small press event at Apple's former Infinite Loop headquarters. Jobs famously pitched the iPod as offering "1,000 songs in your pocket" and compared the device's "ultra-portable" size to a standard deck of cards, which was impressive at the time.

Anandtech meanwhile looked into Apple's new silicon. Last week, Apple had unveiled their new generation MacBook Pro laptop series, a new range of flagship devices that bring with them significant updates to the company’s professional and power-user oriented user-base. The new devices particularly differentiate themselves in that they’re now powered by two new additional entries in Apple’s own silicon line-up, the M1 Pro and the M1 Max. We’ve covered the initial reveal in last week’s overview article of the two new chips, and today we’re getting the first glimpses of the performance we’re expected to see off the new silicon.

Here's a nostalgic look back at the age of BRB and TTFN. I thought about the last time I’d actually typed ttfn. I imagine it was at least 18 years ago, on my family’s Gateway desktop during the era of dial-up AOL. And then I realized I couldn’t remember the last time I said “g2g,” or even “bye,” in an online conversation. I asked some friends in a group chat if they ever say goodbye when chatting digitally. “They never really have a beginning. Do they also not have an end?” said my friend Dan. Another friend, Mitch, chimed in with a diagnosis: “It’s because we never go offline anymore.”

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