Joacim Melin
Pappa, sysadmin, skribent, poddare, chipsentusiast.

En samlad, återhållsam beskrivning av USA:s 45:e president


When you listen to the President, these are the musings of an imbecile. An idiot. And I don’t use those words to name call. I use them because they are the precise words of the English language to describe his behavior. His comportment. His actions. We’ve never seen a level of incompetence, a level of ineptitude so staggering on a daily basis by anybody in the history of the country whose ever been charged with substantial responsibilities.

It’s just astonishing that this man is president of the United States. The man, the con man, from New York City. Many bankruptcies, failed businesses, a reality show, that branded him as something that he never was. A successful businessman. Well, he’s the President of the United States now, and the man who said he would make the country great again. And he’s brought death, suffering, and economic collapse on truly an epic scale. And let’s be clear.

This isn’t happening in every country around the world. This place. Our place. Our home. Our country. The United States. We are the epicenter. We are the place where you’re the most likely to die from this disease. We’re the ones with the most shattered economy. And we are because of the fool that sits in the Oval Office behind the Resolute Desk.

Man kan beskylla CNN för att vara partiska mot Trump. Man kan beskylla CNN för att inte alltid vara superseriösa när det gäller deras rapportering. Men faktum kvarstår: citat ovan kommer från en republikan, Steve Schmidt, som får anses vara en hyfsat tung republikan med många år i partiet.

Världens snabbaste superdator bygger på ARM-processorer

The Verge:

A Japanese supercomputer has taken the top spot in the biannual Top500 supercomputer speed ranking. Fugaku, a computer in Kobe co-developed by Riken and Fujitsu, makes use of Fujitsu’s 48-core A64FX system-on-chip. It’s the first time a computer based on ARM processors has topped the list.

Fugaku turned in a Top500 HPL result of 415.5 petaflops, 2.8 times as fast as IBM’s Summit, the nearest competitor. Fugaku also attained top spots in other rankings that test computers on different workloads, including Graph 500, HPL-AI, and HPCG. No previous supercomputer has ever led all four rankings at once.

Förhoppningsvis kommer inte Apple köra reklam i den här stilen för sina ARM-baserade datorer, men det vore samtidigt lite roligt.

Apple viker sig i bråket med

David Heinemier Hansen:

Apple has approved HEY for iOS 1.0.2 without IAP!! We’ve submitted 1.0.3 for final, definitive approval with a new free option and HEY for Work. SO NOW WE WAIT. CAN THIS STAND-OFF END IN A TRUCE? har fått göra vissa justeringar för att få applikationen godkänd men de slipper åtminstone ge Apple 30 procent av sina intäkter:

Okay. We thought we were following Appleʼs unwritten rules for multi-platform SaaS products: No signups, no links, no mentions of where to sign up. Plenty of applications in the App Store work exactly like this today, including long-approved apps from Netflix, Google, Salesforce, and Nintendo.

But then Schiller said “One way that HEY could have gone…is to offer a free or paid version of the app with basic email reading features on the App Store, then separately offered an upgraded email service that worked with the Hey app on iOS on its own website.”

So we got down to it, and worked the weekend to get an update on Apple’s desk Monday morning. Our team did a great job implementing the product changes that Schiller asked for, and first thing this morning, right after we shipped 1.0.2 to our customers, we submitted 1.0.3 to the App Store for approval.

This new version introduces a new free option for the iOS app. Now users can sign up directly in-app for a free, temporary, randomized email address that works for 14 days. Think of it like a temporary SIM card you buy when traveling. Or for when you don’t want to give out your real email address, like a short term “for sale” listing, like Craigslist does it.

Bra för, bra för Apple. Sen om de senare lärt sig något av detta låter jag vara osagt men jag hoppas innerligt att så är fallet.

Nilay Patel har en bra sammanfattning om detta på The Verge också. Rekommenderad läsning.

Apples övergång till ARM sannolikt dåliga nyheter för Intel

Jean-Louis Gassée:

First, we’ll see how Apple manages to succeed where Microsoft failed…twice. Yes, Apple knows how to port its devices to a new CPU. As mentioned in last week’s Monday Note, the move from PowerPC to Intel in 2005 was an unqualified success. But will Apple’s inducement to third party app developers — the (retroactively understandable) rejection of 32-bit apps in macOS Catalina, the Catalyst tool that will help developers bring their iOS apps to macOS — will the groundwork pay off?

Second, Microsoft execs might be thinking longer term than today’s “try again, fail again” ARM efforts. Perhaps they’re thinking that by the time Apple ships its ARM-ed Macs, the next generation Surface Pro X will enjoy a full suite of ARM-native apps from Microsoft and key third parties. This would result in a product that’s competitive with whatever Apple has next year.

Finally — and more relevant to today’s topic — maybe it’s not a zero-sum, Apple vs Microsoft game. Fully functional ARMed Windows and macOS devices might finally have an impact on Intel’s business. If both Microsoft and Apple successfully unleash attractive ARM Architecture devices, Windows OEMs big and small won’t want to be left behind; they’ll launch a plethora of machines running the next generation of ARM-based software. That might finally have a sizable impact on Intel’s business.

Med tanke på att ARM fortsätter växa på servermarknaden så är det inte otroligt att en stor del av datorer som säljs till privatpersoner och företag i framtiden kör ARM och inte x86-processorer. Apple är ingen stor kund för Intel, men det finns ett symbolvärde i att Apple går över till ARM och Microsoft redan har både datorer, operativsystem och applikationer som körs med ARM-processorer.

Den förbannade gröna pricken

Jason Fried om ett av de största stressmomenten när man jobbar hemma:

For years we used an internal instant messaging system that broadcasted everyone’s real-time status. It seemed cool, it seemed useful. It seemed like something that would be good to know. But it turned out to be TMI: Too Much Information.

Because, really, what does “available” and “away” really mean? Official definitions don’t matter, because here’s what they actually mean: “Available to be bothered” and “I’m running away and hiding because I can’t get any fucking work done around here.”

Det värsta är vissa chattprogram som automatiskt listar dig som “away” när du i själva verket sitter och arbetar vid datorn men inte rört chattprogrammet på en stund. Mattermost, jag tittar på dig nu…

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