Sourest Day Shortbread

PC hardware and computing

  1. MSI MEG Z390 Ace review @ bit-tech
  2. Deepcool Gamer Storm DQ750-M power supply review @ Guru3D
  3. Asus ROG Strix B360-I Gaming motherboard review @ HardOCP
  4. EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC Ultra Gaming and Black Gaming review @ Hexus
  5. Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti NVLink SLI scaling explored @ HotHardware
  6. Razer Nommo Pro 2.1 speakers review @ KitGuru
  7. Asus ROG Strix RTX 2080 Ti OC Edition review @ Legit Reviews
  8. Mistel Vision MX650 Fanless 650 W review @ TechPowerUp
  9. The Biostar X470GTN motherboard review @ AnandTech

Games, culture, and VR

  1. Wot Toby & I Think: Paw Patrol – On A Roll @ Rock Paper Shotgun
  2. Your gaming PC can't handle Disgaea 5's online features @ Quarter To Three
  3. Why the original Red Dead Redemption is the greatest Western ever made @ Polygon

Hacks, gadgets and crypto-jinks

  1. 10,000-year-old camera lens takes striking pictures @ HackADay
  2. Motorola becomes first smartphone company to sell DIY repair kits to its customers @ Slashdot

Science, technology, and space news

  1. Weird water phase "ice-VII" can grow as fast as 1,000 miles per hour @ Ars Technica
  2. GE's engine to reignite civil supersonic flight @ HackADay (yes please)

Cheese, memes, and shiny things

  1. Mystic Cheese: modular shipping containers are being repurposed for food production @ ecowatch.com
Colton Westrate

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

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    • UberGerbil
    • 1 year ago

    This is the sourest timeline.

    • ermo
    • 1 year ago

    The caption might have read something like “So … I hear humans taste like chicken.”

    • Fonbu
    • 1 year ago

    Sourest Day Shortbread
    And translated to wookie it reads:
    “aaaaahnr aarrragghuuhw aaaaahnr uughghhhgh “

    • thedosbox
    • 1 year ago

    No caption required.

      • drfish
      • 1 year ago

      Thanks for noticing.

    • Voldenuit
    • 1 year ago

    > Your gaming PC can’t handle Disgaea 5’s online features @ Quarter To Three

    Disgaea 5 is getting review bombed like crazy on Steam. Went from a ~90% positive to 57% positive overnight.

    Especially hurts that the game was pulled for 5 months, and returned in no better state than it launched in, and now NISA announced that there would be no map editor or map sharing features. People who had played for more than 2 hours before finding this out and now ineligible for refund are livid, especially since they had the nerve to call the game Disgaea 5 Complete Edition, yet it is patently IN-complete.

    • chuckula
    • 1 year ago

    Sourest day? Well, Intel is announcing its [s<]bankruptcy[/s<] Q3 "earningsā€ report today, so it's pretty sour for them.

    • superjawes
    • 1 year ago

    [quote<]2.GE's engine to reignite civil supersonic flight @ HackADay (yes please)[/quote<]Caveats: 1. "Civil" could just mean private jets, and the largest scale supersonic travel will be sports teams traveling across oceans. 2. For more general travelers, this lives and dies on fuel costs. Traveling fast via a plane like the Concorde sounds cool, but [i<]affordable[/i<] trans-Atlantic air travel is even cooler, and the biggest cost to any flight is fuel costs. GE's new engine will probably have to be fuel-competitive to see any commercial implementation.

      • K-L-Waster
      • 1 year ago

      If memory serves, the primary reason for banning super sonic over populated areas was how disruptive sonic booms are to the civilian populace, and that is affected more by the airframe than the engines.

        • superjawes
        • 1 year ago

        The Concorde didn’t fail because of supersonic regulation. It failed because it wasn’t cost effective. Even without the supersonic boom ban, we wouldn’t have supersonic commercial travel because turbojet engines are TERRIBLY inefficient, and passengers prefer affordability over speed.

        The only way to get supersonic commercial flight is to drastically increase fuel efficiency at cruising speeds. Without that, supersonic civilian travel will be either a pipe dream or expensive luxury.

          • Krogoth
          • 1 year ago

          Turbojets are only horrifically inefficient when operating at trans-sonic/sub-sonic speeds at lower attitudes. They aren’t so bad once you are fast and high enough.

          Chassis and engine maintenance is a different story though. Supersonic aircraft are massive hanger queens.

            • Voldenuit
            • 1 year ago

            [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulse_detonation_engine<]Pulse Detonation Engines[/url<] can be more efficient than turbojets or turbofans*, and can scale to both subsonic and supersonic speeds with the same combustion chamber. I worked on a PDE variant demonstrator engine back in grad school, was pretty cool, but I don't think that project ever went anywhere commercially. I think if it ever becomes viable, we're going to see this on military craft a decade or two before commercial aviation anyway, and I haven't seen or heard (they are *LOUD*) the military use anything like this. * Actually, maybe scratch turbofans. Those things are ridiculously efficient.

            • DPete27
            • 1 year ago

            How is a PDE similar/dissimilar from the German V1 rocket?
            (That was my first thought when I read “pulse”)

            • Voldenuit
            • 1 year ago

            The wiki article doesn’t explain it too well, but most of the PDE designs I’ve seen (and I haven’t seen many, because they tend to be a very secretive and proprietary design) use Constant Volume combustion instead of jet turbines, that use Constant Pressure combustion.

            CV vs CP tends to be more thermodynamically efficient, provided you can solve the issues of intermittent thrust, flame propagation, high sonic shock to the engine from the ‘detonation’ part of ‘pulse detonation’, high noise pollution, etc.

            Compared to a V1 pulsejet, a PDE is very similar, but uses a shockwave (detonation event) to propagate the flame front faster and more evenly. They run at higher pressures and are more efficient as a result, but are a lot more complicated than the V1 engine, which was designed for simplicity.

            • ermo
            • 1 year ago

            How efficient are turbofans in the Mach 1-2 regimen?

      • Krogoth
      • 1 year ago

      SST is a pipe dream until we have another revolution in propulsion and material technology that makes current breed of aircraft woefully obsolete.

      Jet engines and chassis are optimized for designed speed and flight profiles. Supersonic capable jet-powered aircraft need to fly high and fast to get remotely efficient. The chassis itself needs more far rigorous and frequent maintenance to keep flight-worthy at supersonic speeds.

      That’s why supersonic craft are still limited to pure research and military applications.

      • Waco
      • 1 year ago

      I don’t understand the point of fast planes (beyond what we’ve got today) for civilian travel. The BULK of most trips people take are dominated by waiting at the airport, security lines, driving to the airport, parking, rental car dropoff/pickup, etc.

      If all my flights were instantaneous it would usually barely save me half of my travel time.

        • Voldenuit
        • 1 year ago

        This. This is one of the reasons Boeing cancelled the sonic cruiser – mainly that people didn’t want to pay extra for the tickets, but also because the actual flight time is only a proportion of the total travel time.

        Sukhoi was working on a supersonic business jet, which would have made more sense, except then the GFC happened and the market for it dried up.

        • superjawes
        • 1 year ago

        I pretty much agree.

        I also just assumed that supersonic options would only exist for trans-oceanic flights (or long-haul ones over Asia, pending sonic boom regulation). Y’know, routes that would see significant time reductions from lots of high-speed cruising.

        For a big picture view, I think we should heavily invest in high speed rail (in the US) and eliminate a lot of the short flights. The security should be less of an issue, offsetting some of the speed difference, and I believe trains are more fuel efficient, so big bonus there. The biggest hurdle is going to be building new rail lines or getting the current ones re-prioritized. (Most US rail is owned by freight companies, who have zero incentive to send passengers faster than their cargo.)

    • Krogoth
    • 1 year ago

    “Not impressed” Cat is not impressed.

    It looks like that I might have to find another job.

      • Growler
      • 1 year ago

      Maybe you could help SSK fix his caps lock.

        • Neutronbeam
        • 1 year ago

        What’s wrong with it? The permabond is holding it down perfectly.

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