VCR Day Shortbread

My grandpa used these to record nature shows on the Discovery Channel for us before we got satellite TV.

PC hardware and computing

  1. Logitech G Pro gaming headset review @ PC Perspective
  2. Roccat Vulcan 120 Aimo review @ bit-tech
  3. Cougar Minos X5 and the Revenger S Mouse review @ Guru3D
  4. Asus ROG Zephyrus M GM501 review @ Hexus
  5. HP ZBook X2 G4 review @ HotHardware
  6. EVGA G1 Plus 850W review @ JonnyGuru
  7. Sennheiser HD 800 S & HDV 820 – a £3500 combo @ KitGuru
  8. LG gram review @ Neowin
  9. Reeven NAIA 240 review @ TechPowerUp
  10. MSI Infinite X gaming desktop review @ TechSpot
  11. LG 27GK750F review @ TFT Central
  12. Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB DDR4-2666 32GB memory kit review @ ThinkComputers

Games, culture, and VR

  1. Take a look at Rag Doll Kung Fu, the first third-party game on Steam @ Quarter To Three
  2. Valve will stop removing controversial games on Steam unless they are 'illegal or straight up trolling' @ Slashdot

Hacks, gadgets and crypto-jinks

  1. The best part of waking up just got better @ HackADay
  2. A Canon lens adapter for the Game Boy Camera @ HackADay
  3. Magnetic spheres line up for rotary encoder duty @ HackADay

Science, technology, and space news

  1. Mars Express has revealed the Red Planet in stunning new ways @ Ars Technica
  2. Microsoft's interest in buying GitHub draws backlash from developers @ Slashdot
  3. Microsoft deploys underwater data center off the coast of Scotland @ New Atlas
  4. Everyone complaining about Microsoft buying GitHub needs to offer a better solution @ Ars Technica

Cheese, memes, and shiny things

  1. Author helps children make cheese with new book @ usnews.com
  2. What bacteria are right for delicious cheese? We went to a cheese cave to find out @ theverge.com
Colton Westrate

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

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    • willmore
    • 1 year ago

    I was expecting a picture of a flashing 12:00. Why, Bruno, why?

    • crabjokeman
    • 1 year ago

    Please be kind… Rewind

    • Krogoth
    • 1 year ago

    Betamax 4ever! 😀

      • chuckula
      • 1 year ago

      I’m impressed!

    • Redocbew
    • 1 year ago

    [quote<]Microsoft ... draws backlash from developers[/quote<] Well that almost never happens. I'll admit I'm not particularly optimistic about the acquisition of github, but anyone who seriously thinks Microsoft should have asked their permission is just bonkers.

    • CScottG
    • 1 year ago

    “My grandpa used these to record nature shows on the Discovery Channel for us before we got satellite TV.”

    -shi[f]t!

    ..now I feel really old.

    • DPete27
    • 1 year ago

    HAA!!
    Funny story actually. I was at security checkpoint at the SeaTac (Seattle) airport and the girl behind me (low/mid 30’s) dropped a VHS tape out of her bag while arranging it on the rollers to go through the TSA screener. I thought to myself “who the heck uses VHS tapes anymore.” Apparently I was the dummy.

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 1 year ago

    It’s interesting how in the 90s everyone recorded and modern times people are taken to court and have huge judgements assessed against them for what was “not a big deal” 25 years prior.

    Btw, snitching on your grand dad isn’t a good look.

      • uni-mitation
      • 1 year ago

      What are the sort of judgments you are referring to?

      uni-mitation

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 1 year ago

        Organizations associated with the media industry suing over copyright infringement. Are you asking for specific examples of judgements?

      • Redocbew
      • 1 year ago

      Closing the analog hole makes enforcement much easier. Anyone who tried to run around suing everyone who gave a tape to their friends or family would have bankrupted themselves in the process. Today we have DVRs. Have you ever tried to extract a recording of some TV show from a DVR?

        • HERETIC
        • 1 year ago

        The big names-Sony,Panasonic etc make it extremely hard (they have content to protect)

        Most set-top boxes,remember them they came out so we could get digital channels on our
        older TV’s.Allow you to plug in a USB HD and record away.
        There’s also TV tuners for PC in the PCI or USB variety.
        They all record the transport stream-generally a modified MPEG2…………….

          • Redocbew
          • 1 year ago

          Yeah, transport streams are packetized which makes them useful for broadcast TV, but pretty much everything these days respects the CCI flags which disallows anything marked as copy once from being extracted easily. Different carriers have different conventions, and they could change at any time.

            • HERETIC
            • 1 year ago

            The really old “ProjectX” which is really good at repairing audio sync,is your friend there.

      • HERETIC
      • 1 year ago

      In most western countries recording TV streams was/is technically illegal.
      Some countries brought in a “fair use policy”for people that wanted to timeshift,
      others ,just turned a blind eye,as long as you weren’t trying to monetize.
      Same applies today with the modern equivalent the DVR.

      Download the exact same content-that’s stealing………………

      “Huge judgements.”Are generally not imposed for recording or downloading,
      as that is a single instance. The large penalty’s come from multiple instances-
      uploading(seeding)……………………………………….

    • uni-mitation
    • 1 year ago

    [quote<] Valve will stop removing controversial games on Steam unless they are 'illegal or straight up trolling' @ Slashdot [/quote<] How 'bout just straight-up illegal? Those moral-busybodies that get their panties in a bunch for a game about a school shooting are not your customers. It sends the message that if you complain enough you can shake down a private business into caving in to your moral outrage. I have always been very skeptical of censoring games, and the localization of games where they change vital aspects of the games. These are paying customers that pay to play they fan-service games; who are you to stand in your pontificating moral pulpit and say they are not worthy of getting their entertainment? uni-mitation

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 1 year ago

      You seem like a pure libertarian. Were you rebelling against the man as an angered youth?

        • uni-mitation
        • 1 year ago

        You have failed to address my statement. My beliefs, political creeds, etc has nothing to do with it. Now, if you wanted to opine on it, then I would welcome my opportunity to reply.

        uni-mitation

          • Srsly_Bro
          • 1 year ago

          I meant no offense. Sorry if you took it that way. I enjoy what you have to say.

            • uni-mitation
            • 1 year ago

            1- No need to offer apologies: this is civil discourse. If someone takes offense then I humbly submit to them that they should reconsider their behavior to be consistent with their goals.

            2- If I were to identify as adherent of ideology X, then people would judge me as a member of that ideology instead of my statement. Also, I would feel forced to defend ideology X. This sort of tribalism tend to produce very little understanding between the participants; they tend to devolve to spitting/insults.

            3- I tend to judge the statements/arguments/ideas and not the membership/identity that a particular person X may have.

            4- It is my view that adherence to reality requires me as a logical conclusion to only be faithful to a particular view of X with set X of arguments/evidence that lends the most faithful rendition of reality in my view. Any particular view is always subject to be challenged, and may be disproved, discarded, improved as adjustment to reality warrants.

            5- #4 sounds very similar to the scientific method. The only problem is the human condition that stands as an encumbrance to a pure empirical examination due to our cognitive/sensory shortcomings as a species.

            6- The above represented an approximate reason of why I responded like so.

            uni-mitation

      • Kretschmer
      • 1 year ago

      No company wants to be associated with distributing certain types of content. The market has spoken, and it disagrees with you.

        • Goty
        • 1 year ago

        I think if the market was as solidly decided as you say it is, these games wouldn’t be made in the first place (you assume they have to be making [i<]some[/i<] money for this to be the case, right?)

        • uni-mitation
        • 1 year ago

        What market is that? I quote straight from the horse’s mouth:

        [quote<] So what does this mean? It means that the Steam Store is going to contain something that you hate, and don't think should exist. Unless you don't have any opinions, that's guaranteed to happen. But you're also going to see something on the Store that you believe should be there, and some other people will hate it and want it not to exist. It also means that the games we allow onto the Store will not be a reflection of Valve’s values, beyond a simple belief that you all have the right to create & consume the content you choose. The two points above apply to all of us at Valve as well. If you see something on Steam that you think should not exist, it's almost certain that someone at Valve is right there with you. To be explicit about that - if we allow your game onto the Store, it does not mean we approve or agree with anything you're trying to say with it. If you're a developer of offensive games, this isn't us siding with you against all the people you're offending. There will be people throughout the Steam community who hate your games, and hope you fail to find an audience, and there will be people here at Valve who feel exactly the same way. However, offending someone shouldn't take away your game's voice. We believe you should be able to express yourself like everyone else, and to find others who want to play your game. But that's it. [/quote<] Any content that they distribute may have the possibility of people with very strong opinions against it. My original statement dealt with censorship. Valve is a middlemen between a paying customer(demand) & a software developer(supplier). The whole totality of these transactions will be referred to as "the market." The platform Steam offers games and other software ("products") in an agreement of distribution between supplier & platform for private use of the customer. There is a limited amount of products that a supplier is able to produce and support. It is on the best interests of the supplier to produce such products with the highest margins of profit. This includes the speculative actions of suppliers to produce certain products of genre x that it will generate sales. A supplier is unable to determine market demand for such product until it is offered for sale then. With past market performance of the product, then the supplier has the option to develop similar products or change gears for more profitable genres or types. Now you have moral-busybodies or typically non-paying customers of product X. The supplier of product X is not affected by the non-buying of these non-customers for they never would have bought this product X. So, they rightly focus their outrage at the middleman and say "we don't want you to offer product X because we feel it is within our moral authority to say so because blah blah blah." Fine, the middleman agrees to their demands. The middleman has basically said that the demands of non-paying customers about product X is more important for the market than that of customer & seller. This is clearly an artificial action in the market. The real way that the market tells the supplier of product x not to produce such product is when it is unprofitable to the supplier. Therefore, we come to the paradoxical conclusion that some unscrupulous suppliers will produce controversial products because of the disproportionate amount of attention and publicity that the moral-busybodies give to the supplier & product. So instead of actually helping their (busybodies') cause, they give free press and advertising, and incentive for similar suppliers to produce more controversial games. uni-mitation

    • superjawes
    • 1 year ago

    [url=https://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-cheese-day-june-4th/<]I am disappointed that you missed Monday’s holiday...[/url<]

      • drfish
      • 1 year ago

      Me too!

    • wizardz
    • 1 year ago

    Microsoft’s Underwater datacenter?

    what’s next? a Microsoft blacksite datacenter in international waters where your data is being interrogated? brings a new meaning to “enhanced interrogation”.

      • Anovoca
      • 1 year ago

      An international water’s datacenter would be brilliant for Microsoft for hosting cloud data for clients. They would no legal obligation to turn over any client data to NSA.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 1 year ago

        Are you sure about that? If it were that easy, don’t you think that would have been done long ago? You could simply float a barge off coast, hire security and have the same claim.

          • Anovoca
          • 1 year ago

          Easy? This type of project is exceptionally expensive and still just theoretical. Good luck getting good bandwidth over an encrypted medium on a barge in the ocean. Either you have to run and bury the fiber yourself or you are dealing with satellite and highly susceptible to noise and data interception.

            • Srsly_Bro
            • 1 year ago

            You’re missing the point. I’m not speaking to the technology, and neither were you. You were referring to the location and how it would make msft exempt for us govt data requests. The easy part refers to data in international waters.

    • chuckula
    • 1 year ago

    What’s a [s<]computer[/s<] VCR?

      • Gyromancer
      • 1 year ago

      I think [url=https://youtu.be/jCb-WcxO5SU?t=51s<]this guy[/url<] has the right response.

      • LocalCitizen
      • 1 year ago

      Vigorous Chuckula Remover
      i think you should lay low today

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