Windows 11 Coming

I saw rumors several weeks ago that Windows 11 was coming but didn’t judge them as credible until now.

Microsoft hasn’t talked publicly about Windows 11 yet, but this is effectively confirmation that the OS is coming. The alternative is that Microsoft intends to leave the PC space altogether and kill Windows. The company may have pivoted to a cloud-first approach to business since Satya Nadella became CEO, but Windows remains an important part of its product stack (and revenue).

Chip Company Overcompensation

This news article asks the pressing question should tech companies really be adding supply output ?

With the pandemic having sent the world into a tech buying frenzy, the chips inside our PC components have all but passed into myth. And as manufacturers scramble to fill the gap in supply, Jon Peddie Research has issued a warning about the dangers of overcompensation. “The risk,” says Peddie, “is that semiconductor suppliers will be lured into over-reaction and believe that suddenly 100s of millions of new users have appeared and the demand will stay high. That’s not only not realistic, it’s also not true—where are they coming from—not this planet?” This may be a pessimistic outlook, but it is grounded in experience.

New Ring Policy Implemented

Ring has thrown privacy advocates a small bone today.

That changes next week when Ring will no longer allow police departments to contact its customers to ask for footage pertinent to active investigations. Instead, police can post “Requests for Assistance” on Ring’s Neighbors app timeline, which gives users a public forum for freely commenting on the requests. A “Tap here to help” button will also let Ring customers in the immediate vicinity of the incident under investigation privately share footage with police. (Ring will share information including your name, home address and email with the police if you use this option.)

CPU s Becoming More Error Prone

This story was news to me. One more example of how I don’t know everything I guess.

Computer chips have advanced to the point that they’re no longer reliable: they’ve become “mercurial,” as Google puts it, and may not perform their calculations in a predictable manner. Not that they were ever completely reliable. CPU errors have been around as long as CPUs themselves. They arise not only from design oversights but also from environmental conditions and from physical system failures that produce faults.

Best Buy Not Selling 3080 Ti Online

It looks like Best Buy is going old-school to combat the filthy bots. Waiting in line launch day reminds me of my youth.

The fix for bots snapping up stock of the latest graphics cards: simply don’t sell them online. At least that appears to be Best Buy’s answer to the ongoing tussle between man and machine for cutting-edge tech; for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti launch, Best Buy will be only selling Founders Edition cards in-store. “Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition graphics card will have limited quantities available on Thursday, June 3, at select Best Buy stores only,” the company outlines in a post.

Going Going Gone

Several Need For Speed games prepare to drive off into the sunset soon.

Today, via Reddit (while most the English-speaking world is on a holiday), it’s been announced that Need For Speed: Carbon, Need For Speed: Undercover, Need For Speed: Shift, Shift 2: Unleashed and Need For Speed: The Run will be “retired”. Which I suppose is an apposite word, given they’ll be limping off the tracks as they leave digital storefronts today, and their servers switched off come the end of August.

Pirate Windows In Spain Go To Jail

Person going to jail for six months for pirating Windows 10 in Spain. Interestingly the court seemed to feel the piracy was more severe since it was a business doing it.

But if you are one of those who have ever acquired a pirated license to run Windows 10 and even a package of unlicensed programs such as Microsoft Office, you will be interested to know what just happened the first conviction of the Supreme Court for having pirated Windows, specifically on several computers in a call shop in Madrid.