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willybe , in Unity has changed its pricing model, and game developers are pissed off

Pikachu shocked face. Godot keeps getting better.

zwerdlds ,

Seriously. WTH did people expect?

SkyeStarfall ,

I guess people expected our commercial world to work at least decently well

But the more time goes on the more that illusion is shattering.

AdlachGyfiawn , in China AI and Semiconductors Rise: US Sanctions Have Failed avatar

Good. Capitalists sure seem to hate the free market when it’s China doing it, huh?

nodsocket , in Stable Audio: Fast Timing-Conditioned Latent Audio Diffusion — Stability AI

It seems like it’s limited to electronic music without vocals.

ksynwa , avatar

I see rock music in the samples but it’s the only non electronic one there.

nodsocket ,

It’s pretty electronic sounding to me.

simple OP , avatar

It looks like most of the training data was electronic music, but when the model releases people should be able to fine-tune it to different things.

adespoton ,

What’s the audio equivalent of hands, I wonder?

david ,

From that drum solo sample, it seems like cymbal crashes.

library_napper , in Evil Telegram doppelganger attacks Chinese users avatar

Attacks employing various unofficial Telegram mods are on the rise of late. Often, they replace crypto wallet addresses in users’ messages

protist , in China AI and Semiconductors Rise: US Sanctions Have Failed

Thanks for posting! The authors conclude the US can still put a stop to this with coordinated effort. They recommend the US implement these steps to stop China from further developing domestic semiconductor technology, and I fully support that!

Here are some steps that could be taken to ensure that China does not develop the ability to mass-manufacture the sorts of chips needed for high-end military applications in the coming years:

Limit ArFi immersion lithography tools.

Limit servicing of existing equipment.

Limit ArFi photoresist.

Limit masks.

Limit mask blanks, writers, and other associated infrastructure.

Limit metrology equipment.

Limit CMP equipment.

Limit epitaxy equipment.

Limit dry etch equipment.

Limit CVD and ALD equipment.

Limit advanced packaging equipment.

Limit ion implantation equipment.

Limit semiconductor manufacturing equipment subsystems and subassemblies.

Limit etchant gas.

Limit deposition precursors.

Limit chips that have >25.6Tbps of IO even if they have no compute.

Limit chips that have >1000TOPS of performance.

Limit the licensing of 200G SerDes.

Limit EDA tools.

Limit Joint Ventures and inbound investments.

queermunist , avatar

I fully support industrial sabotage and hindering China’s industrial development through economic warfare uwu

quicksand ,

Good idea, well said! Much better option to military warfare in my opinion.

queermunist , avatar

Give peace a chance.

protist ,

Sure, this isn’t counter to that

queermunist , avatar

Sanctions are siege warfare.

protist ,

No they’re not. Economic sanctions meet no definition of siege warfare

queermunist , avatar

Warfare in which the defender is trapped in a position (such as a fort or castle) while the attacker bombards and/or barricades them from outside.

It’s a barricade erected around a country to block the flow of goods and travel and finance, with the goal of subjecting civilians to economic hardship so they turn on their government. It’s a siege, with the goal of creating enough pain within the country to encourage internal sabotage, revolt, and treachery.

Sanctions are warfare.

protist ,

These sanctions would be to ensure the US maintains a technological advantage through prohibiting the export of cutting edge technology. I’m wondering if you actually read what you quoted above before continuing to say this.

If you’re interested in actual modern examples of siege warfare, please read on

queermunist , avatar

I just quoted a definition. Here, I’ll quote from your link.

The essence of a siege lies in the encirclement of a defended area and the subsequent isolation of the enemy forces by cutting of their channels of supply and reinforcement with a view of inducing the enemy into submission by means of starvation.

How does this not describe a sanctions regime? Obviously the sanctions on China are minor compared to other sanctioned nations, but look at the sanctions on Iran or Russia or Cuba or the Taliban regime. Encirclement, isolation, cutting channels of supply and reinforcement, and the goal in all those casrs is to induce the enemy into submission. Starvation isn’t uncommon.

The sanctions are meant to hurt the enemy.

protist ,

“Starvation isn’t uncommon”

Since the whole point is starvation, you should probably expound on how a ban on semiconductor technology exports to China will induce starvation

queermunist , avatar

I was referring to the other , more heavily sanctioned nations that I also mentioned. Obviously.

protist ,

Oh ok, I didn’t realize we had strayed off topic. So it sounds like we’re in agreement these semiconductor sanctions against China are not “siege warfare”

queermunist , avatar

I say it’s an opening salvo. Do you think it’ll stop here?

Just because the siege hasn’t fully begun doesn’t change what it is at its core.

protist ,

I’m not buying your slippery slope fallacy, but again, I’m glad you came around

queermunist , avatar

Came around to what? I’m saying this is the begining of another sanctions regime - actually it started with Trump’s tradewar bullshit. There’s a clear escalation that these wars follow.

In every country they’re used, sanctions only ever get worse until the government collapses. Iraq, Iran, Cuba, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, DPRK, and now Russia. It’s almost always a one way street to worse and harsher sanctions until it sparks a civil war. China is next.

Learn some fucking history.

quicksand ,

Thanks for the summary. It’s funny to me that they’re suggesting limiting imports on pretty much every tool that’s used in making chips. A highly detailed blanket ban lol

rivalary , in Apple unveils iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max

And it’s still a brick, lol.

amju_wolf , avatar

…with a fugly hole in the display no less.

willya , avatar

Looking for a banana?

Elektrobank ,

I’m here wishing more android phones were bricks…

RvTV95XBeo , in US government says Google pays $10bn per year to maintain market dominance

Hard to argue something isn’t an objectively huge advantage to your business if you’re spending $10b for it.

My only fear in all of this is we may get monkey pawed - if Google stops paying for placement, Firefox loses 90% of its revenue, and the anti-trust case may further cement Chrome/Chromium monopoly.

TheYang , avatar

Google would likely still bid, but lower, so that Firefox may change over for bing, and still get ~80% of what they got from google. Google has an interest to not make it cheap for microsoft, even if they don’t want to pay a dime themselves.

amju_wolf , avatar

Or maybe Firefox should find a sustainable business model.

I love and use Firefox the software, but their nonprofit is questionable, their leadership is scummy, and their business plan is nonexistent. They could, for example, start by accepting donations towards the development of the actual browser, which is the core product of Mozilla.

krolden , avatar

Scummy how? Also

cwagner ,

Donations go to the non profit which owns but doesn’t fund the for-profit developing FF

krolden , avatar

Do you have anything showing donations don’t actually go to Firefox development?

cwagner , (edited )

I’ll try to remember to look it up tomorrow back on my computer, but it’s guess it’s probably on Wikipedia

edit: @thorn_staff already posted the relevant links.

thorn_staff ,

Firefox is developed by the Mozilla Corporation, which is owned by the Mozilla Foundation. The corporation can send money to the foundation but not the other way around.

Here’s a really nice thread on Hacker News where they dig into the financial statements from the Mozilla Foundation. Also, here’s a link to Mozilla’s FAQ where it vaguely mentions how Firefox funding works.

themusicman ,
cwagner ,

Donations are a drop on a hot stone, browser development doesn’t pay, and the only two other companies do it either because it supports their ad business, or because it’s a selling point for their hardware and yet another way to lock their users in.

amju_wolf , avatar

They could sell premium features. Seek funding from governments - they have a lobbying nonprofit and instead of lobbying for open and we’ll funded web they (sometimes) lobby for questionable things.

And I mean yeah, donations are a pain but there’s still plenty of healthy open source projects that run on donations (both monetary and of developer time). Or they could seek out corporate donations and develop features wanted by large companies (who would be probably interested in the privacy sell too), though it might be too late for that.

Basically do something - anything. But no, they take Google’s money with no alternatives in case the faucet stops.

Meanwhile the leadership lays off engineers and takes huge bonuses for it.

Aux ,

Premium features? The internet will explode the moment Mozilla adds anything premium. People really hate paying for free stuff.

cwagner ,

No alternative besides the Microsoft money they took a few years ago, or was it yahoo?

UlyssesT , (edited ) in Apple unveils iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max

That means yet another generation of perfectly viable devices thrown into landfills because planned obsolescence and Must Have New Thing mental conditioning. doomer

Dave ,

More like thrown into my hand, buy 2nd hand phones folks and tell your friends to too. It’s more economical and ecological.

selokichtli ,

Even 2nd hand, these devices are overpriced and still soon-to-be obsolete.

Lysergid ,

What do you mean obsolete? People who buy new phone every year will buy new one regardless of is it iPhone or Android.

iPhones actually last longer, especially flagship models. My iPhone 5s (2013) was with me for 7 years and still in use by my relatives. It got around 6 years of iOS updates. Even my low-end iPhone SE (2 gen) from 2020 runs perfectly and still gets latest iOS.

selokichtli ,

Everyone knows iPhones last longer than regular Androids. I mean obsolete because Apple decides, conveniently, when they need to appear as obsolete, or when you start using an unsupported device, even if it’s perfectly useful and performant. To those people buying one phone each year I don’t know what to tell you, I don’t imagine they have a clue about what planet they live on.

Dave ,

Hot tip for you, simply stop updating your iPhone and it won’t become obsolete and will last years longer.
Androids can be flashed with a new OS or reset to factory to give them new life.

It’s the same problem as desktop PC’s, Mac users stop updating their OS after a while and windows requires a reinstall from time to time. Even the tech illiterate often understand that.

selokichtli ,

Apple did plan for their devices to be obsolete and then they tried to sell it as a feature. That’s all I’m saying.

Dave ,

Yes that has become pretty well known and puts people off buying 2nd hand, in reality it shouldn’t put anyone off as it’s not hard to keep one going for 5+ years.

selokichtli ,

Well, as an off put people myself, I’ll never know. Can’t trust them.

jasondj ,

“Lifecycle” is not an apple specific thing. Literally everything has a lifecycle that makes the device obsolete/unsupported before it’s useful age is up.

Technology in phones (primarily SoCs, batteries, and displays) moves faster then other categories, leading to the one year generations, but again, that’s something every brand does. It’s insane to suggest that companies continue to maintain old platforms that are in comparatively few pockets against discovered security vulnerabilities or leveraging new features beyond the capabilities of their hardware.

iPhone 8 is now nearly six years old and supports IOS16, with rumors that it may support 17. I’d be surprised if it does, but that’s still a very impressive lifespan for a mobile phone.

I understand apple hate but this is really one place where it’s undeserved.

selokichtli , (edited )

Jesus Christ. Good for you, I guess. The one year generation is the most innocent comment I’ve read this week. Impressive? They maintain the one mobile phone, and lately a couple of variants, they are still the most profitable company ever, right? I’m not impressed at all.

Damage ,

It would be pretty stupid to throw an iphone in the trash, they sell used like hotcakes

UlyssesT ,

That’s cool and good, but e-waste still happens and it’s still a problem, especially when perfectly viable devices are forcibly made obsolete well before they have to be.

Spzi ,

It’s not the device whis is made obsolete (objectively). It’s a very specific group of users who perceives it as obsolete (subjectively), since they want to always have the newest thing. Other people are different, and will be happy to pick up one of those “obsolete” phones at a discount and use it until they physically fall apart.

For example, I’m just switching phones after having used a 2nd hand phone for 8 years. Screen was broken for years, battery is struggling more and more, freezes are getting too frequent to ignore. Another reason for the switch is, there’s more and more apps I cannot install because my phone is too old.

The last point is a good reason for your argument, discontinuation in support. When they stop supporting my old device, that is making it obsolete. But whatever new stuff they release in the meantime does not affect me at all.

skullgiver , in China AI & Semiconductors Rise: US Sanctions Have Failed avatar

Lots of claims in this article, most of them backed up by links to articles written by the same author. This is probably a monetisation strategy for a Substack blog, but I’m not going to take this guy’s word for it.

Either way, all of the future progress still hinges on exports from companies like ASML and Nvidia. ASML has already been banned from expiring certain technologies to China to prevent 5nm chips from falling into the wrong hands, and that export ban will just cover more technologies if China does find a way to use alternative processes that produce a similar result. As far as I can find, that ban includes both EUV and DUV equipment. If this Chinese workaround has any merit to it, expect the export bans to also start including older DUV equipment

Until China, or any other company for that matter, can replicate what ASML is doing, the future of chip control very much lies in western hands. If China’s aggressive response to the export restrictions are anything to go by, they’re not there yet.

abuttandahalf ,

“the wrong hands” they are currently in the wrong hands

ink ,

This is the same drivel that people and “analysts” were saying when the sanctions started. And look what they’ve accomplished in this short duration. They just have to eat a part of the market, even if it is inside their own country. There’s much more to the market than just 5nm chips.

. If China’s aggressive response to the export restrictions are anything to go by, they’re not there yet

But the restriction set on China were so fair, right? Could it be because they are confident. no wayyyyy, that can’t be.

I mean fuck the CCP but there’s some serious copium going on.

dawnerd , in Apple unveils iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max avatar

I’m okay with a weak year. Maybe they’ll refine the software more instead of playing catch up to new hardware.

ZephyrXero , in China AI & Semiconductors Rise: US Sanctions Have Failed

Of course it’s going to backfire. China will just make their own chips and probably outpace everyone at some point. They’re starting out behind, but they will catch up

LanternEverywhere , in Apple unveils iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max

Boringest Apple event ever.

HughJanus , in Apple unveils iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max

So it got USB-C and replaced the vibrate switch with an “action” button.

Most iterative generation ever?

tahoe ,

That’s what everybody has been saying every year since like 2017. New iPhones have always been very iterative apart from a few exceptions.

P1r4nha ,

Just wait for the replacable battery in the iPhone 16. They’ll sell it as an innovation.

HughJanus ,

You mean like USB-C?

P1r4nha ,


amju_wolf , avatar

I suspect if their goal was maybe to make it unattractive to current iPhone owners so they don’t switch over to USB-C and maybe the next gen will truly be fully wireless? Would definitely be interesting.

ikiru , in China AI & Semiconductors Rise: US Sanctions Have Failed

I suggest you guys read the article before commenting or voting based on the title.

No, I will upvote you for sharing this article and content regardless.

SheeEttin , in Apple unveils iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max

New Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max? Are they taking a page out of Nintendo’s naming manual?

null ,

But it’s not called that?

LanternEverywhere ,
null ,

Then why doesn’t it say that anywhere in your link?

eoddc5 , avatar

They’ve had iPhone # Pro Max for years now.

iPhone 11 Pro Max in 2019

iPhone 12 Pro Max in 2020

iPhone 13 Pro Max in 2021

iPhone 14 Pro Max in 2022

What’s the point of your complaint?

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