Bagel and Lox Day Shortbread

PC hardware and computing

  1. ASRock Announces H110-STX MXM Mini-STX Motherboard with MXM GPU Support @ PC Perspective (shame about the cost of MXM cards)
  2. Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Mini review @ bit-tech
  3. ASRock Beebox-S 7200U Kaby Lake UCFF PC review @ AnandTech
  4. Sennheiser GSX 1000 audio amplifier review @ Kit Guru
  5. Intel Core i7-6900K processor review @ Legit Reviews
  6. Cooler Master MasterMouse Pro L gaming mouse review @ Mad Shrimps
  7. Synology RT2600ac router reviewed @ Small Net Builder
  8. Intel Pentium G4560 review @ TechSpot
  9. HiFiMAN Edition S Open/Closed back headphones review @ TechPowerUp
  10. Corsair Crystal 460X ATX mid-tower case review @ Tom's Hardware (dat glass)

Games and VR

  1. Dwarf Fortress and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad interface @ Rock Paper Shotgun (TL;DR this is why I play Rimworld)
  2. Was Constellation tracking a long-term mistake for Oculus? @ Upload VR
  3. E3 will 'officially' open to the public this year @ Engadget
  4. PS4 Pro Boost Mode tested @ DigitalFoundry [via YouTube]
  5. Oculus re-focuses Best Buy Rift demos on larger markets @ Upload VR (that's, uh, one way to put it)

Science, hacks, makers and gadgets

  1. 33C3: Edible soft robotics @ Hack A Day
  2. We finally have a computer that can survive the surface of Venus @ Ars Technica (surprisingly, it's not Prescott)
  3. Nvidia Shield TV (2017) review @ HotHardware
  4. Black hole meal sets record for duration and size @ NASA
  5. SideArm prototype catches full-size unmanned aerial system flying at full speed @ DARPA
  6. Dorado catfish is a freshwater endurance champ @ New Atlas
  7. Roam Robotics' lightweight, inexpensive exoskeleton for the masses @ New Atlas

Tech news and culture

  1. Channeling Steve Jobs, Apple seeks design perfection at new 'spaceship' campus @ Reuters (madness)
  2. Samsung factory fire caused by faulty batteries @ The Guardian (I can't even…)
  3. The last Concorde makes its final journey @ New Atlas

Cheese, mêmes, and RGB LEDs

  1. Small cheese makers invest in a stinky science @ The New York Times
  2. You can make any number out of four 4s because math is amazing @ Popular Mechanics
  3. It’s as easy as A-B-C… Lego font built from quarter tiles @ The Brothers Brick
  4. Corsair Gaming K95 RGB Platinum review @ Guru3D
Colton Westrate

I post Shortbread, I host BBQs, I tell stories, and I strive to keep folks happy.

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    • Wonders
    • 3 years ago

    Loving the parentheticals!

    • juzz86
    • 3 years ago

    That motherboard is an interesting bit of kit, for me anyway.

    I assume it’s meant for digital signage or similar, but imagine strapping an i7 6700, 16GB and mobile GTX 1080 in there, plumbing those suckers into a big quiet external radiator, and sliding them into a case like an Antec ISK or In Win Chopin or similar.

    Silent, actually tiny and powerful – assuming you don’t mind a radiator bolted under your desk.

    Hmm…

    • Voldenuit
    • 3 years ago

    Ugh. Dwarf Fortress and C:DDA are my two most hated ASCII game interfaces. Caves of Qud has a great, intuitive interface, as do many classic ASCII games like the old Ultimas, Magic Candle, etc.

    DF and CDDA seem to have just grown organically with no forethought or consistency in their interface, they’re big, sprawling, inconsistent and poorly documented. I hope ASCII game makers make note of this and learn from others’ mistakes here.

      • UberGerbil
      • 3 years ago

      Dwarf Fortress is legendary in that regard — to the point where I think the devs and the users take it as a badge of honor, or at least a basis of exclusivity.

        • chuckula
        • 3 years ago

        Microsoft said it best: It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.

      • Aquilino
      • 3 years ago

      Yep.
      If you are a masochist, great for you, but don’t try to convince people that wasting time in learning AND using a poorly designed interface is elitist.
      Completing a speedrun is elitist. Dominating DeFrag -not the tool- is elitist. This is silly.

      • NovusBogus
      • 3 years ago

      I enjoy playing DF from time to time, but I gotta have one of the UI frontend packs to ease the pain. The trouble with DF is that it’s more interested in being the ultimate simulation than being a playable game, so the things that it can create are nuts but it loses on overall playability to the purpose-built games like Minecraft and Rimworld that it inspired.

        • Voldenuit
        • 3 years ago

        Neat, I’ve experimented with character set packs and tile packs for DF, but never tried anything to overhaul the UI.

        Oh, and shame on me, I started talking ASCII games without the obligatory [url=http://www.ultimaratioregum.co.uk/game/<]Ultima Ratio Regum[/url<] plug, which is a masterclass in world building, systems building *and* user interface.

      • Narishma
      • 3 years ago

      You could have chosen better examples. Neither Ultima nor Magic Candle were text mode games (if that’s what you mean by ASCII games).

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    Civilization VI is now available for Linux: [url<]http://store.steampowered.com/app/289070/[/url<]

      • AnotherReader
      • 3 years ago

      Wonderful. Now that AMD’s drivers for Linux are improving, I’ll try this out on my 290X in the near future.

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    I’m glad to see cheese-awareness on TR. I just want to point out that truly authentic mozzarella cheese happens to be made from the sweet sweet milk of the [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_mozzarella<]water buffalo[/url<].

      • drfish
      • 3 years ago

      Buffalol.

      • AnotherReader
      • 3 years ago

      Neat! I didn’t even know that Italy had water buffaloes.

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