International Mother Language Day Shortbread

PC hardware and computing

  1. Previewing Silicon Motion SM2260 NVMe controller with 3D MLC NAND @ AnandTech
  2. The eero Home WiFi system: get meshed @ PC Perspective
  3. Linksys Velop review: fast, capable mesh Wi-Fi—but way too expensive @ Ars Technica
  4. Synology DS416 & DS416j NAS review @ SmallNetBuilder
  5. Vivo 24k 650W PSU review @ JonnuGuru
  6. Gigabyte Z270N-WiFi review @ bit-tech
  7. Asus ROG G701VI laptop review @ KitGuru
  8. MSI GE62 7RD Apache laptop review @ TechSpot
  9. ASRock Fatal1ty E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC Intel C232 motherboard review @ Tom's Hardware

Games and VR

  1. Microsoft accelerates HoloLens V3 development, sidesteps V2 @ Thurrott.com
  2. Horizon Zero Dawn made me fall in love with open-world RPGs @ Engadget
  3. Space Pirates and Zombies 2 scraps multiplayer plans @ Rock Paper Shotgun (still on my list to try)

Science, hacks, makers and gadgets

  1. Woolly Mammoth on verge of resurrection, scientists reveal @ Slashdot ("verge")
  2. Can a bundle of soda straws be a camera? @ Hack A Day (learned a lot from this one)
  3. Zooids – swarm user interface @ Hack A Day
  4. Snap's Spectacles are available now for $129.99 @ Upload VR
  5. Origami-inspired bulletproof shield can stop a .44 Magnum @ New Atlas (a bold claim, but they ran benchmarks)

Tech news and culture

  1. Interview: The skipper who flies Oracle's America's Cup yacht @ New Atlas (I love this ship)
  2. Used cars can still be controlled by their previous owners' apps @ Slashdot (wipe, then sell)
  3. SpaceX makes historic launch from 39A, sticks landing @ Ars Technica
  4. Project Loon's internet balloons form stratospheric clusters for targeted delivery @ New Atlas

Cheese, memes, and RGB LEDs

  1. Logitech G213 Prodigy RGB gaming keyboard review @ PC Perspective
  2. Tesoro Gram Spectrum RGB keyboard @ TechPowerUp
  3. Cooler Master MasterPulse Pro RGB headset review @ Guru3D
  4. Buffalo cauliflower bites with blue cheese dip @ Today.com
  5. A Lego graphics card realistic enough to stick in your PC @ The Brothers Brick
  6. McDonald's hires Project Ara design team to reinvent the drinking straw @ Slashdot (so smug it hurts)
Colton Westrate

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    • Generic
    • 3 years ago

    new and improved HoloLens: [b<]yesss[/b<] 2019: [i<]nooo[/i<]

      • EzioAs
      • 3 years ago

      At least they skip v2, otherwise v3 would’ve been pushed much further than 2019.

        • willmore
        • 3 years ago

        Considering how bad V1 was, it’s no surprise that they skipped V2. (resisting urge to make ‘bomb’ joke…)

          • EzioAs
          • 3 years ago

          Well, I’ve read that they skip V2 because it was mostly an incremental improvement over V1 and since there are no competitors yet in the AR space, they decided to just skip it and go for V3 with more features and innovation.

            • willmore
            • 3 years ago

            They’re removing the headphone jack? I don’t remember it having one.

            • EzioAs
            • 3 years ago

            Don’t go there… 😛

            • willmore
            • 3 years ago

            Okay, fair enough. But my point stands that the first gen sucked so badly, I’m nor surprised they decided to not ship anything for a while. What I am surprised about is how badly they managed the messaging to developers and (eventual) consumers.

            This whole “We’re gonna do it. No we’re not” routine is very unprofessional. Developers have a lot of choices in these early days of VR.

    • blastdoor
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]Woolly Mammoth on verge of resurrection, scientists reveal @ Slashdot ("verge")[/quote<] Bringing the Mammoth back (or an elephant with Mammoth traits, as they say) just as global warming is about to take off seems like kind of a <<starts with d, short for Richard>> move.

      • drfish
      • 3 years ago

      lol’d – wow…

      • caconym
      • 3 years ago

      *baby mammoth opens its eyes in the lab for the first time* “Oh great, it’s these %^*!holes again!”

    • davidbowser
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]McDonald's hires Project Ara design team to reinvent the drinking straw @ Slashdot (so smug it hurts)[/quote<] Many moons ago, one of my college business school professors told my class that McDonald's had made the decision to use larger diameter straws because customers would drink quicker. It is still true that McDonald's straws are fatter than the competitors, but I have no clue about the veracity of the story. Either way, it wouldn't be the first time that McDonald's did something like this, but I'm betting they didn't have a press event for the last one.

      • RickyTick
      • 3 years ago

      I would think they would want customers to drink more slowly and drink less, since they provide free refills.

        • EzioAs
        • 3 years ago

        Not everywhere.

      • south side sammy
      • 3 years ago

      looks like a new art form.

      • BigTed
      • 3 years ago

      I can believe that. The restaurants are designed to comfortable for the duration of the meal only, from the hard seats through to the harsh lighting. I knew someone that was involved in the supply of fittings. The last thing they want is someone taking up table space with their absurdly large bucket of coke.

    • south side sammy
    • 3 years ago

    Origami-inspired bulletproof shield………. PBS had something about this over the weekend. Pretty interesting stuff.
    ……….. along with plastics and metals that lay flat but can remember specific shapes and transform themselves onto intricate shapes.
    Had something about things becoming so small you can’t use gears or motors anymore.

      • chuckula
      • 3 years ago

      It’s logical that they would have that story since this is a Pb Shield.

        • tay
        • 3 years ago

        Terrible… It was a good Nova episode on PbS as usual 🙂

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]Buffalo cauliflower bites with blue cheese dip @ Today.com[/quote<] That sounds tasty. I'm totally not reading into that post AT ALL.

      • HERETIC
      • 3 years ago

      Maybe the Buffalo bites are the “in house” special for the next WEEK.

        • drfish
        • 3 years ago

        [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmzsWxPLIOo[/url<]

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