National Diatomaceous Earth Day Shortbread

Somebody set us up diatom.

PC hardware and computing

  1. FSP Windale 4 and 6 CPU air cooler review @ PC Perspective
  2. Cooler Master MasterSet MS120 gaming keyboard & mouse combo review @ ThinkComputers
  3. Biostar G330 SSD review (256GB) @ TheSSDReview
  4. Cyriorig H7 Quad Lumi review @ TechPowerUp
  5. The Asus ROG Zephyrus is a powerful Max Q laptop with one notable flaw @ TechCrunch
  6. Asus video card RMA experience and turnaround time in 2017 @ Legit Reviews
  7. Seasonic Focus Plus Gold (FX) 850W PSU review @ KitGuru
  8. Review: be quiet! SFX L Power 600W PSU @ Hexus
  9. Thermaltake View 27 Snow Gull-Wing Window case review @ HardOCP
  10. Crucial BX300 480GB SSD review @ Guru3D

Games and VR

  1. The games chasing EVE's vision of a single shard MMO @ Rock Paper Shotgun
  2. GTA Online now has a battle royale mode @ Rock Paper Shotgun
  3. Half-Life 2's Citadel as a 9-foot tall PC, and other awesome case mods from QuakeCon @ PC Gamer

Science, hacks, makers and gadgets

  1. New species of ancient marine reptile is the oldest of its kind @ New Atlas
  2. Robotic flippers shed new light on ancient animal @ New Atlas (speaking of plesiosaurs…)
  3. NASA's plan to stop a supervolcano from destroying the earth's climate  @ Slashdot
  4. 465k patients told to visit doctor to patch critical pacemaker vulnerability @ ArsTechnica
  5. Domino's market tests a self-driving pizza delivery car @ Slashdot (pizza delivery makes for an interesting spin on autonomous driving)

Tech news and culture

  1. Cortana and Alexa are coming together in surprising Microsoft/Amazon partnership @ Ars Technica (hmm…)
  2. Microsoft's open invitation to Valve, Nintendo and others to join Xbox One and PC crossplay @ Slashdot (hmm…)

Cheese, memes, and RGB LEDs

  1. Lawsuits over wood pulp in Parmesan cheese tossed by Chicago judge @ chicagotribune.com
Colton Westrate

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

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    • Wirko
    • 2 years ago

    Why are there so many X-rayed HDD parts in the picture?

    • UberGerbil
    • 2 years ago

    Do you not want ants? Diatomaceous earth is how you don’t get ants.

      • albundy
      • 2 years ago

      and other bugs too, like bed bugs. it literally shreds their exo suit and dries them out.

        • Wirko
        • 2 years ago

        If it makes its way into your lungs, does it not shred your endo-suit equally well?

      • willmore
      • 2 years ago

      I had my gaming room in the basement of a townhome a long time ago. It was a constant fight between me and the centipedes. It was back and forth until I discovered diatomaceous earth. I put some in a wash bottle and sprayed it in all the cracks and crevices. Slowly, but surely, I won the battle and the war.

      Up until that point, I had been using a flint start propane torch–none of those fancy click start ones back then–but they were slow and the other downside was the smell. Come to think of it, it smelled like victory.

        • Redocbew
        • 2 years ago

        Shortbread appropriate, and a real life application of “kill it with fire!”. I approve.

          • just brew it!
          • 2 years ago

          Just don’t end up like this guy: [url<]https://www.cbsnews.com/news/devon-doucette-burns-down-parents-house-kills-pets-in-attempt-to-exterminate-ants-maine/[/url<]

      • just brew it!
      • 2 years ago

      I believe I will give DE a try. We’ve had a particularly bad ant problem this year, and conventional baits seem to have been only partially effective.

        • moose17145
        • 2 years ago

        Get ready to be disappointed then. DE is NOT a bait. It does not attract them at all. It will kill them if you happen to get the DE on them… but it is most certainly not going to attract them and then kill them.

          • just brew it!
          • 2 years ago

          We seem to be doing a very good job of attracting them already. Seems worth a try. They even sell it where my wife works so I can get a small bag of it at a discount. If it doesn’t work, no big deal.

            • willmore
            • 2 years ago

            Try boric acid. It’s more effective in smaller doses and mixes well with attractants–honey, sugar, peanut butter, etc. It also passes from ant to ant, so if a forrager brings it back to the colony, they will share the food and many ants will end up dieing from the one dose.

            • BIF
            • 2 years ago

            [url=https://www.walmart.com/ip/Terro-Liquid-Ant-Baits-6pk/17165156?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0&adid=22222222227019300298&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=42529881872&wl4=pla-81187379192&wl5=9053023&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla_multichannel&wl10=8175035&wl11=online&wl12=17165156&wl13=&veh=sem<]Terro[/url<] works for me for ants of all sizes indoors. [url=http://www.publix.com/pd/protexall-ant-kil/RIO-PCI-117037?ch=14<]Ant Kil [/url<]also works well. Both use borax, I believe, but the attractants are different, so it's good to keep both on hand. Terro is available at Walmart, Home Depot, and Lowes, and Ant Kil is available in grocery stores (Publix in the south). With either one, all it takes is one single foraging ant to find the bait. If you find a forager nearby, you can even encourage him to visit the bait station and then just let nature take its course. Within 2 hours of "patient zero's" discovery, there'll be ants crowded inside and around the bait like tiny little pigs at the trough. Within 4 hours, it'll look like a dirt-convention (if they're small) as they form their ant-freeway between their ingress/egress point and the bait station. They'll drink from the bait station until their abdomens are extremely distended, and they'll dutifully take gallons of it (well to them it's gallons!) back to the nest, which may even be outside of your house! One time, the ant-freeway went from my kitchen sink down the counter, across the floor, up the outside wall to about 8 feet, across the length of the kitchen, down the cabinets, across a nook sitting area, out a tiny tiny hole by the window (for a total of about 30-35 feet in the house), and another 10-15 feet outside of the house to the actual mound in my garden! At any one time, I think there were 500-1000 ants visible; marching toward the bait station or carrying back to the nest. The Borax clogs up their plumbing, so any real food or water they ingest after the poison just constipates them even further, and total systemic failure happens soon afterward. Within 24 hours, you won't see ANY ants on the freeway. There will be an exceptionally small number of dead bodies in or around the bait station, and the whole nest will be so dead that it will collapse in on itself within just a day or two, and won't regenerate for at least 6 months (if ever). Really, I think they are preprogrammed to go home and die in the nest. The key to success here is to let the baits do their job. You must resist the urge to kill the ants while they're feeding at the bait stations, because you'll only kill a tiny tiny minority of the nest, and you might miss the next generation of the little buggers. If you just watch the party and let them take it home, you'll get 100% kill. They'll even feed it to their young!

      • Mr Bill
      • 2 years ago

      Do you not want accidental explosions? Diatomaceous earth is how you get nice stable dynamite instead.

        • BIF
        • 2 years ago

        I always thumbs-up stable dynamite.

    • UberGerbil
    • 2 years ago

    An autonomous vehicle isn’t going to get the pizza to my door. Get back to me when they have a robot that doesn’t require me to go down to the street (if I have to go that far, I might as well keep going and get better-than-Dominos pizza). Maybe the vehicle can launch a drone?

      • drfish
      • 2 years ago

      That’s exactly the interesting spin I was talking about, and the primary focus of their trials. It’s a curious dynamic between technology and psychology, and one that everyone can relate to…

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