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Optane/Xpoint and paradigm shift

So Optane is here. It’s a bit-addressable non-volatile storage with a higher density than DRAM. It’s not as good as initially promised, yet, but it’s a first iteration.

It is basically very slow RAM (or very fast flash), which is bit-adressable. So you are not, like with flash, erasing 64 KB sized pages, but you are doing things to individual bits and bytes.

It’s also faster than flash (but slower than DRAM), about 10x faster than old Commodore 64 memory.

And it’s persistent, so if you power off your machine, contents are not gone.

And it is very dense, denser even than the memory you currently use, because no transistors, so less space necessary per bit.

This is going to change a lot of things, but not right now. We need to rethink our approach to persistence.

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Deutsche See is buying Streetscooter, denounces Volkswagen

Automobilwoche (Article in German) reports that the German fish company Deutsche See is going to buy 80 streetscooters from Deutsche Post. That will make them the first customer of the electric delivery cars produced by Deutsche Post.

Deutsche Post originally had urban electric delivery cars built by a startup in Aachen, later bought that startup, so they are now making these cars for themselves. Recently Deutsche Post announced to also sell the cars to third parties and expand the model palette upwards and downwards to electrically powered delivery bicycles. They are going to make up to 20.000 vehicles this year.

Deutsche See is being quoted: “Volkswagen couldn’t and wouldn’t deliver an electrical utility vehicle solution within a ten years timeframe.” They also have an 11.9 million Euro lawsuit against Volkswagen going, because they feel being defrauded by Dieselgate after purchasing Diesel vehicles with Blue Motion technology.

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Kim Stanley Robinson: New York 2140

New in the SUB: Kim Stanley Robinson imagines a submerged New York in the year 2140.

After the sea level rose in multiple increments of three meters, the world change, and so did New York. It didn’t die, though. It just changed. Told from the viewpoint of different characters with differing levels of privilege and different interests, the real star of the story is the City.

“New York 2140”, Kim Stanley Robinson (Kindle)

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Whatever became of… Shirtstorm?

In our section “Ist ja bald Weihnachten…” we are looking at the Shirtstorm. It was in November 2014, when Dr. Matt Taylor was celebrating the Rosetta Mission success by wearing a special T-Shirt that his friend Ellie Prizeman made for him.

People not knowing him, or Ellie Prizeman took offense and Taylor was forced needlessly to apologize. The entire affair is know as Shirtstorm.

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Höme Improvisåtion

I am the last person on this planet to find Höme Improvisåtion, a sandbox game that is totally not affiliated with IKEA at all.

What you get is an unlimited supply of things in flatpacks, zero instructions, insufficient controls (maybe it’s better in VR), and all things connect to each other, even between unrelated flatpacks.

So basically it’s not Lego and not IKEA, either. You can build whatever the game wants you to build, or get more flatpacks and mix and match. Some of them have motors, muhahaha.

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Qi in Apple, Otterbox makes wireless batteries, and David Foster left Google

So Google fucked the Nexus line, and did the lackluster and overpriced Pixel excursion. The guy who strategically fucked this up, David Foster, apparently goes back to Amazon.

Meanwhile it is an open secret that the iPhone 8 will have the Qi charging that the current Nexus and Pixels don’t have any more. Also, Otterbox and friends are already making contactless battery extensions. It’s not pretty and it’s not efficient, but after the “no ports for nobody” disaster of the current generation of Macbook Pros it’s at least consistent.

This leaves us with the question: Will Google make attractive phones again after Foster is gone now?

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