National Taffy Day Shortbread

RIP Tangy Taffy

PC hardware and computing

  1. Seasonic PRIME 1200W Gold power supply review @ PC Perspective
  2. Asus Strix 15 GL502VS gaming laptop review @ Tom's Hardware
  3. Acer Predator 21 X review: overpowered overkill @ The Verge
  4. Razer Blade (2017) review @ TechSpot
  5. Bitfenix Shogun case review @ TechPowerUp
  6. EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW2 iCX tested with 11GHz memory @ Legit Reviews
  7. Reviews – Silverstone SX800-LTI 800W SFX @ JonnyGuru
  8. Plextor M8Se 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD review @ Guru3D
  9. SteelSeries Arctis 7 review @ bit-tech

Games and VR

  1. Horizon Zero Dawn violates the Hippocratic Oath of game design @ Quarter To Three
  2. Blizzard claims another PC victim by swallowing Destiny 2 @ Quarter To Three
  3. Far Cry 5 trailers tease new setting: Montana @ Rock Paper Shotgun
  4. Sudden Strike 4 beta begins @ Blue's News (anyone else a fan of this series?)
  5. Veteran game developers reveal their childhood creations @ Polygon
  6. Hinting at an AR future, Microsoft Research squeezes holographic display into regular-sized glasses @ New Atlas

Science, hacks, makers and gadgets

  1. The tiniest mechanical keyboard ever @ Hack A Day
  2. Bacteria-ridden "biofabric" makes for self-cooling gymwear @ New Atlas
  3. DIY USB power bank @ Hack A Day (it used a barrel plug and AA NiMh rechargeables instead of USB and Li-ion, but my first power bank was a DIY job I put together with a battery case from Radio Shack back in 2004 or so for my Asus MyPal A620)

Tech news and culture

  1. Chinese retail giant building one-ton delivery drones @ New Atlas
  2. Baking soda shortage has hospitals frantic, delaying treatments and surgeries @ Ars Technica
  3. Pittsburgh is falling out of love with Uber's self-driving cars @ Engadget
  4. Tech-savvy workers increasingly common in non-IT roles @ Slashdot (in my experience, this greatly depends on your definition of "savvy")

Cheese, memes, and RGB LEDs

  1. Milton cheese whizzes win state, head to national FFA competition @
  2. GeIL Evo X 16GB DDR4 3000MHz review (RGB lighting) @ KitGuru
Colton Westrate

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

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    • blastdoor
    • 2 years ago

    [quote<]Pittsburgh is falling out of love with Uber's self-driving cars @ Engadget[/quote<] Uber tarnishes the reputation of every place, person, thing, or idea that it touches.

    • davidbowser
    • 2 years ago

    Best salt water taffy is from Jenkinson’s at Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. No competition.

    • Ninjitsu
    • 2 years ago

    Steel Division is out too!

    • Aquilino
    • 2 years ago

    [i<]Far Cry 5 trailers tease new setting[/i<] My 980Ti asks from the roof, just about to jump: Those aren't in-game graphics, are they? Edit: It appears they aren't. Calm down, my dear. It's over now.

      • ClickClick5
      • 2 years ago

      My non Ti 980 felt the same pain. Then I was excited to see Ubi pull off that kind of detail.

      Then realized it was not real.

      I’m kinda bummed, but the 980 is not lol

    • whm1974
    • 2 years ago

    Didn’t know that baking soda is widely used as medicine. I’m surprised that there is a shortage of the stuff, I thought it is really cheap to make.

      • chuckula
      • 2 years ago

      I have a feeling that while the stuff they use in hospitals is chemically identical to the arm-n-hammer at the grocery, there’s probably a million or so extra hoops that need to be jumped through to make it “medical grade”.

        • whm1974
        • 2 years ago

        Even so it is a damn shame that we are having a shortage of a basic drugs.

        • Beahmont
        • 2 years ago

        It’s more that medical grade baking soda has to have a bunch of extra stuff removed that occurs naturally during the mass production of regular baking soda. Mostly because the extra stuff, like chloride and a couple other things, can cause adverse reactions with other medicines or just with human biology itself if left in the medical grade baking soda that is often injected instead of digested.

        There is of course the sheer mountain of paper work and testing required to prove a manufacturer has actually removed the stuff it’s supposed to because people will die if it’s not removed. But I’m sure that’s not a big concern. I mean a corporation would never take short cuts and falsify records to save a bunch of money when people lives are on the line right? Right?

        Edited to fix a wandering comma.

      • albundy
      • 2 years ago

      same here. it’s still two for a buck at my dollar store. i’m guessing the medical version is far more purified and diluted to a specific molarity as an injectable to be able to work its sorcery.

      • oldog
      • 2 years ago

      This is IV Sodium Bicarbonate and it is widely used for treating metabolic abnormalities. It is for instance on every EMT crash tray in every ambulance and ER in the world.

      This is only one of many common drugs which are now in short supply. As an example injectable Dextrose (sugar) is also in short supply.

      [url<][/url<] Producing drugs which are not under patent can be extremely expensive with very little market power available to the manufacturer.

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