Old Stuff Day Shortbread

PC hardware and computing

  1. NVIDIA FCAT VR – Preview of a new performance tool @ PC Perspective
  2. SilverStone ES02-USB PC remote switch kit review @ Think Computers
  3. Rosewill RK-9300 keyboard review @ TechPowerUp
  4. Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 Direct CPU cooler review @ Legit Reviews
  5. Review: Asus Radeon RX 480 Dual OC 4GB @ Hexus
  6. Riotoro Enigma 850W PSU review @ JonnyGuru
  7. ASUS Maximus IX Hero motherboard review @ Guru3D
  8. Asus ROG Centurion 7.1 headset review @ bit-tech
  9. Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro S White LED review @ bit-tech

Games and VR

  1. GDC 2017: Hands-on with LG's SteamVR headset @ Upload VR
  2. GDC 2017: Vive 'working' to join Oculus on a committee for open VR standards @ Upload VR
  3. Nintendo Switch review: revolutionary, but it still needs work @ Engadget
  4. Epic's Unreal Engine is auditioning for a spot in Hollywood @ Quarter to Three

Science, hacks, makers and gadgets

  1. Random zaps make cyborg cockroaches better explorers @ New Atlas
  2. If you think NASA is frustrated with SpaceX, you're probably right @ Ars Technica
  3. Where are the autonomous lawnmowers? @ Hack A Day (cutting cynicism)
  4. Pro skier turns to jetpack power to get home in time for lunch @ New Atlas (thank you, Red Bull)

Tech news and culture

  1. Xbox apes Netflix with $10 per month, 100-game unlimited "Pass" @ Ars Technica
  2. YouTube unveils YouTube TV, its live TV streaming service @ TechCrunch
  3. Get ready for robots made with human flesh @ Ars Technica

Cheese, memes, and RGB LEDs

  1. Go Veggie launches vegan bacon cheese snacks @ vegnews.com
  2. Tillamook Cheese Factory closing old visitors center for good Monday @ oregonlive.com (say it ain't so)
Colton Westrate

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

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    • Welch
    • 3 years ago

    I’m probably the odd man out here but… I just can’t get back into the shortbread anymore. It feels like the recipe was changed. The format is a bit different and it isn’t the same eye catching stuff as before.

    It’s probably just me, maybe I ate too much shortbread and it just doesn’t taste as good as it did that first time I took a bite.

      • tay
      • 3 years ago

      I loved the hackaday link. Learned about GPS trilateration. It’s different but I like it more!

      • not@home
      • 3 years ago

      I like them. The new Science, hacks, makers and gadgets section is right up my ally. Also, it is way better than no shortbread. If you find something you think he should have included, add it in the comments, or email him the links. Maybe he will add them.

    • synthtel2
    • 3 years ago

    “Get ready for robots made with human flesh @ Ars Technica”

    Self-repair capabilities in robots would be really cool, as it’s one of the really big fundamental limitations right now. The course of this research will probably teach us a lot about natural muscle building and repair in humans, too. (Yes, there’s still a ton we don’t know about that.)

    This isn’t tech that leads to terminators any time soon. It’s still reliant on many parts that can’t heal, particularly metal or plastic instead of bone. There are also some strict limits on what muscle of our variety can do, limited by things like the tensile strength of collagen. Worst case is Bruce Lee bots, not terminators. 😛

      • Beahmont
      • 3 years ago

      Oh because fast agile marshal artist bots are [b<] so [/b<] much better...

        • synthtel2
        • 3 years ago

        Those bots would be highly vulnerable to bullets, unlike terminators.

    • Anovoca
    • 3 years ago

    Good review of the Switch. I really wanted Nintendo to give me a reason to buy it, but as cool as Breath of the Wild looks, it alone isn’t enough to make me cut into my tight budget; especially considering I’m still only halfway through Tales of Zesteria and want to play Tales of Berseria after that.

    • DancinJack
    • 3 years ago

    Hey Colton – Just a suggestion. On big CPU/GPU days the first item always used to be a “review roundup.” I always loved seeing those. Maybe you could throw them in next release?

      • drfish
      • 3 years ago

      For sure. I generally write these the night before and they get posted while I’m at my day job.

        • Neutronbeam
        • 3 years ago

        Fish…we’ve had this discussion. Eating cheese is NOT a “day job”. 😉

          • morphine
          • 3 years ago

          Given how cheesy his puns are, you’d think that’s all he does.

            • drfish
            • 3 years ago

            What can I say? I like to spread it on thick.

            • Anovoca
            • 3 years ago

            *cough*

          • Beahmont
          • 3 years ago

          That’s Doctor Fish to you, anti-cheese person you!

    • superjawes
    • 3 years ago

    3.Get ready for robots made with human flesh @ Ars Technica

    DO YOU WANT TERMINATORS? BECAUSE THAT’S HOW YOU GET TERMINATORS.

      • Neutronbeam
      • 3 years ago

      Well, that + Ryzen + Vega.

      • Voldenuit
      • 3 years ago

      On a serious note, I believe that interstellar travel will only be cracked by immortal AIs replacing flesh-based consciousness.

      I don’t even think mind transfer or consciousness download is the way to go; instead, the robots that will colonize the stars will be but spiritual successors of the mantle of humanity.

        • kuraegomon
        • 3 years ago

        The hell with that – warp drives FTW baby! (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcubierre_drive)

        Kidding aside, we can combine the two solutions: Use immortal (and immensely capable!) AIs to crack the spacetime-manipulation problem (where said solution will almost certainly _not_ look like an Alcubierre drive), so that we (aka the AIs’ pets) can travel safely to the stars in human-scale time.

    • superjawes
    • 3 years ago

    It’s a Shortbread for Captain Ned and just brew it!

    /ducks

      • DancinJack
      • 3 years ago

      They aren’t even that old, but Ned likes to think so 🙂

      • davidbowser
      • 3 years ago

      What’s considered “old” on TR now? Scott was about my age (40+), and I think Jeff is in his 30s.

      Do we have an age-demographic breakdown?

        • UberGerbil
        • 3 years ago

        I would say you’re old if you can remember at least 3 of the following:[list<] [*<]reading from green-phosphor 80 (or 40!) character display [/*<][*<]tearing the tractor feed holes off a dot-matrix print-out [/*<][*<]typing in a program from a listing in a magazine [/*<][*<]writing 6502 or Z80 assembly language [/*<][*<]gazing in wonder at a computer with 64K of memory [/*<][*<]gazing in wonder at too-expensive-to-afford hard drives with MEGAbytes! of storage [/*<][*<]reading all of the USENET groups in a few hours at the speed your 300 baud pulled them in [/*<] [/list<]

          • davidbowser
          • 3 years ago

          Ummm… yeah. I’m old.

          [url<]https://twitter.com/DavidBowserRuns/status/837776447288770560[/url<] Although the big office dot-matrix printers had that blue (or gray) and white striped paper, which I get nostalgic for.

            • UberGerbil
            • 3 years ago

            Nice. I still have an Epson MX-80 in storage with my Apple ]{+ (and its 13″ green phosphor monitor)

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