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'It's better to burn out, than to fade away on worst audio in history'

Plus: Top penguin Torvalds is icy on Gmail's spam filter

QuoTW It's been a week of petite planets, weird Windows and hacked hospitals.

So, without further ado, let's get on to the quotes of the week:

With its sales decidedly in the toilet, AMD boss Lisa Su admitted that, yeah, the chipmaker should probably try to knock a few bucks off its budget.

Su made the following suggestion:

The goal is to return to profitability. I think there's no question about that, and we will take active actions, on both the top line and the bottom line.

We're guessing that behind closed doors at AMD, the sentiments are more along these lines.

Neil Young has pulled the plug on any music services that want to carry his songs, declaring that, er, rust never streams. The rock icon said:

It's about sound quality. I don't need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution. I don't feel right allowing this to be sold to my fans. It's bad for my music.

Speaking of noise-making folk who have complaints about technology nowadays, Linus Torvalds moaned that Gmail's spam filters were messing up his inbox. The Fin penguin said:

It's actually at the point where I'm noticing missing messages in the email conversations I see, because Gmail has been marking emails in the middle of the conversation as spam. Things that people replied to and that contained patches and problem descriptions.

Meanwhile, the clock's ticking on Chipzilla: it's behind schedule on development of its "Tick Tock" processor.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced that the planned 10nm CPU would be hitting the market a year late.

His excuse for the 10nm chips rocking up late? Well, something that small is a real pain to make, apparently:

The lithography is continuing to get more difficult as you try and scale and the number of multi-pattern steps you have to do is increasing. This is the longest period of time without a lithography node change.

Elsewhere, an infosec bod is sore after reporting a security flaw to an educational software vendor, only to be met with legal threats.

Slipstream said he flagged up the glitch to software house Impero, only to have the firm release the hounds:

I didn't tell them about [the vulnerability] before posting it; but posting it did get them to attempt a fix. Emailing their support about how their fix wasn't good enough got me nothing but a legal threat.

And we close the week with some good news.

Astronomers have found their most promising lead yet in the hunt for Earth's twin. A distant star is believed to be similar in size to our own and contains a gas giant planet similar to that of Jupiter.

Astroboffin Megan Bedell enthused:

After two decades of hunting for exoplanets, we are finally beginning to see long-period gas giant planets similar to those in our own Solar System. This discovery is, in every respect, an exciting sign that other solar systems may be out there waiting to be discovered.

Another solar system to colonise and terraform Earth gets used up? Shiny. ®

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