My Bucket’s Got a Hole Day Shortbread

Sometimes holes in a bucket are a good thing.

PC hardware and computing

  1. MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard preview @ PC Perspective
  2. AMD Ryzen 5 1600 CPU review @ Tom's Hardware
  3. Kingston DCP1000 enterprise NVME SSD review @ The SSD Review
  4. GeForce GTX 970 & Radeon R9 390: are they still game? @ TechSpot
  5. AMD Ryzen 5 1400 3.2 GHz review @ TechPowerUp
  6. Tobii Eye tracker 4C review @ KitGuru
  7. Reviews—Seasonic Prime Platinum 1000W @ JonnyGuru
  8. Review: AMD Ryzen 5 1400 and Ryzen 5 1600 @    Hexus
  9. The definitive AMD Ryzen 7 real-world gaming guide @ HardOCP
  10. Corsair Commander PRO review @ Guru3D
  11. Alienware 15 review: Bigger, but not necessarily better @ Engadget

Games and VR

  1. The great American summer vacation now includes VR @ Polygon
  2. 13 recent games that run well on terrible laptops @ Rock Paper Shotgun ("well")
  3. Far Cry 5 trailer reveals doomsday cult, planes, bears & 2018 release date @ Rock Paper Shotgun

Science, hacks, makers and gadgets

  1. Tree-climbing goats have unusual way to spread seeds @ New Atlas
  2. Bluetooth boxing game knocks out passive screen time @ New Atlas
  3. ESP32 hamster wheel tracker tweets workout stats @ Hack A Day (likely works for gerbils too)
  4. Hack A Day portable console bundle: HDMIified GBA, Game Gear with video output, Gamecube in a GBA SP

Tech news and culture

  1. Ars tests out Amazon's first pick-up grocery store in the world @ Ars Technica
  2. Apple co-founder thinks Apple is now too big a company to come up with the next big thing @ Slashdot

Cheese, memes, and RGB LEDs

  1. Cheese-rolling veteran equals all-time record @ BBC News
  2. iKBC F87 RGB keyboard review @ TechPowerUp
Colton Westrate

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    • oldog
    • 3 years ago

    C. Northcote Parkinson (Parkinson’s Law) observed in 1957 that a company was “flourishing” when housed in shabby and makeshift surroundings and that “a perfection of a company’s layout is achieved only by institutions on the point of collapse”.

    (The point of the observation is that these institutions have run out of productive ideas and are channeling their energy into non-productive endeavors i.e. building monuments to their bureaucracy).

    Examples given include: the Vatican, the League of Nations, and the Palace of Versailles (among others).

    I wonder about Apple after “Apple Park” which has just been completed. Will it too follow Parkinson’s Rule?

    Personally, I suspect Parkinson’s observation will include a certain fruity company in the near future. BTW the IBM building on Madison Ave was completed in 1983 (1st IBM PC release date 1981).

      • chuckula
      • 3 years ago

      Modern examples include the SGI campus, which Google took over after SGI was no more.

    • blastdoor
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]Apple co-founder thinks Apple is now too big a company to come up with the next big thing @ Slashdot[/quote<] What does it even mean to "come up with the next big thing"? Coming up with a great idea is the easy part (relatively speaking), but turning a great idea into a successful product is much harder. It's not clear to me if big or small companies are better at coming up with great ideas. Small companies might sometimes be quicker in getting a great idea to market, but that greater speed is not always rewarded with success. Tesla is an interesting case in point. Yes, they beat big companies like GM in selling all electric cars. But they have yet to do so profitably. And now the Chevy Bolt has beat the Tesla Model 3 to market by several months. We don't know yet if the Bolt will be more profitable than the Model 3, but it's got a good chance. So, I can imagine that smaller firms might beat Apple to market in some cases, but that might not mean much in the long run. Apple will catch up and surpass, perhaps through acquisition. The same is true of Microsoft, Google, Intel, etc. Don't underestimate the big guys!

      • nanoflower
      • 3 years ago

      Small companies are almost certain to come up with the next big thing since there are so many of them. As you say, coming up with a great idea doesn’t mean that they can turn the idea into a product, bring it to market and make it a success. The big companies have a great advantage there because they can easily hit many markets across the world at one time.

      • Laykun
      • 3 years ago

      Smaller companies are more often driven by zealotry and take more risks. Large companies generally try to play it safe, having been burned by taking risks before and tend to just see how things play out.

      • willmore
      • 3 years ago

      Wow, continuing on their history of rediscovering well known things, Apple reinvents the Innovator’s Dilema.

      The only thing Apple has more of than money is hubris.

    • UberGerbil
    • 3 years ago

    Holy buckets, batman!

      • Neutronbeam
      • 3 years ago

      Bucket you, robin!

    • Shobai
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]HDMIifed GBA[/quote<] This might be missing an 'i', I think

      • drfish
      • 3 years ago

      Ugh, and I thought I was so cool!

        • Shobai
        • 3 years ago

        It’s all good, mate

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