AMD had the last laugh – their kit is in both PlayStation and Xbox these days
One of the developers of the original Xbox has apologised for jilting AMD at the altar ahead of the games console’s launch 20 years ago.
Seamus Blackley took to Twitter where he alleged that a phone call from then-Intel CEO Andy Grove to Bill Gates ushered a change in CPU choice.
His thread revealed that the decision was made so late that the prototype Xboxes used at the launch ran AMD silicon and AMD engineers sat in the front row.
As we approach @Xbox 20th, I feel a need, once again, to apologize for the literal last second, @AMD engineers-who-helped-us-make-the-prototype-boxes-sitting-in-the-front-row-for-the-announcement switch to an Intel CPU. It was Andy calling Bill. Not me. @LisaSu I beg mercy.
— Seamus Blackley (@SeamusBlackley) October 12, 2021
AMD has since gone on to be a stalwart of Xbox CPUs. The switch from Intel to AMD happened with the Xbox One in 2013 and continued for the Xbox Series X and Series S.
The chipmaker also provided the CPUs for Sony’s PlayStation 4, released in 2013, and the PlayStation 5, released in 2020.
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Anyone interested in seeing Bill Gates ruthlessly announce the change in direction can find it around the 2: 29 mark in this video of the launch. As a bonus, you get to see The Rock sporting some rad 2001-era sunglasses indoors. ®
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Microsoft has made its Emissions Impact Dashboard – formerly known as Sustainability Calculator and designed to measure the carbon impact of cloud workloads – generally available.
If that sounds familiar, it may be because Google this week made a big deal of its Carbon Footprint preview, which claims to “measure, report and reduce your cloud carbon emissions.”
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FTC carpet bombs industry with letters warning that fake reviews will be punished
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US companies ranging from Amazon to Applebee’s, Google to Gap, IBM to IHOP, and Microsoft to McDonald’s have received warnings from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) about fake reviews and misleading endorsements.
The competition and consumer protection regulator says it has fired off “Notice of Penalty Offense” [PDF] letters to over 700 companies – from the biggest of Big Tech and Big Pharma down to iconic purveyors of Americana across the world. If you’ve heard of them, they’re probably on the list [PDF].
The letter puts companies on notice that if they “use endorsements in ways that run counter to prior FTC administrative cases,” they could be on the hook for “significant civil penalties” of up to $43,792 per violation.
Bad news, AMD fans: This week’s Windows 11 update didn’t fix your performance woes (they may be worse)
A new patch next week might
Windows 11 received its first bundle of fixes this week, but AMD users hoping for respite from performance issues that have dogged their PCs were to be disappointed. In fact, for some, performance might have actually got a bit worse.
It wasn’t the news AMD fangirls and fanboys were hoping for. After AMD noted performance issues with Microsoft’s latest operating system, a fix had been expected to drop during October. Alas, that fix didn’t turn up in this week’s first Cumulative Update for the GA code. In fact, according to hardware site TechPowerUp, things might have even deteriorated.
TechPowerUp noted that the L3 cache latency of a Ryzen 7 2700X CPU, normally 10ns (but 17ns in Windows 11) jumped to 31.9ns after the update was applied. There’s no avoiding the fact that that is a huge jump, and one that could leave power users gnashing their teeth in distress.
Want a piece of GitLab? It’s going to cost you: IPO price per share settles at $77
One-stop shop all the way to the bank
The one-stop shop approach by DevOps darling GitLab appears to have attracted an Initial Public Offering price of $77, giving the loss-making biz a potential valuation of $11bn
GitLab finally filed for an IPO in September and this week upped the estimated price per share to between $66 and $69. The eventual price has turned out to be $77, well above the initial $55 to $60 first estimated.
8.42 million shares of Class A common stock are being sold. Founder and CEO Sytse Sijbrandij is selling another 1.98 million shares, according to the filing. Should that $77 price survive the start of trading today, GitLab’s market value will nudge past $11bn.
Nine floors underground, Oracle’s Israel data centre can ‘withstand a rocket, a missile or even a car bomb’
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Oracle has opened a data centre in Israel which it claims is able to withstand rocket attacks to ensure continued resilience in the troubled state.
The first of two planned public cloud facilities in the country is about 50 metres below one of Jerusalem’s technology parks.
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Bork!Bork!Bork! There may be no better place for Windows to seek comfort in desperate times than the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) – and sure enough a good old fashioned blue screen of death has popped up an A&E waiting room.
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Acer expands its antimicrobial PC offerings – with caveat they may not offer any protection
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