Earth’s Rotation Day Shortbread

I've you've never seen it, I highly recommend going somewhere that  you can see the real night sky from.

PC hardware and computing

  1. Quick look review: FlexiSpot SanoDesk Pro height adjustable desk @ PC Perspective
  2. Asus ROG Maximus XI Hero Z390 motherboard review @ HardOCP
  3. HyperX Alloy FPS RGB Keyboard + doubleshot PBT keycaps review @ TechPowerUp
  4. Alienware m15 gaming laptop review: thin, light, dense, deadly @ HotHardware (is it a laptop or a melee weapon?)

Games, culture, and VR

  1. Apple took out a CES ad to troll its competitors over privacy @ Engadget
  2. Stardew Valley has a battle royale mod, because of course it does @ Rock Paper Shotgun
  3. Tales of an aging gamer: why don't I pick up a controller as often as I used to? @ Ars Technica (this was very relatable, except for the controller part)

Hacks, gadgets and crypto-jinks

  1. Ethereum plans to cut its absurd energy consumption by 99 percent @ Slashdot
  2. UV glow clock tells the time glowingly @ HackADay
  3. BreadBot automated breadmaker bakes up a storm at CES @ New Atlas (what food would you have automated?)

Science, technology, and space news

  1. Cheating AI caught hiding data using steganography @ HackADay
  2. SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule perched on pad ahead of first orbital flight @ New Atlas
  3. Fixing photosynthesis by engineering it to recycle a toxic mistake @ Ars Technica (stories like this remind me we're still living in the furture)

Cheese, memes, and shiny things

  1. Eight cheese trends to watch in 2019 @ vinepair.com
  2. Corsair M65 RGB ELITE game mouse review @ Guru3D
Colton Westrate

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

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    • Neutronbeam
    • 9 months ago

    Nice to see you putting some extra spin on the ‘bread, drfish!

    • blastdoor
    • 9 months ago

    [quote<]Ethereum plans to cut its absurd energy consumption by 99 percent @ Slashdot[/quote<] Maybe it's because they anticipate people will stop using it due to stuff like this: [url<]https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/01/almost-500000-in-ethereum-coin-stolen-by-forking-its-blockchain/[/url<]

      • Ninjitsu
      • 9 months ago

      while we’re at it, I wish BitCoin wouldn’t consume more than some countries do, it’s such an utter waste of energy.

      • DPete27
      • 9 months ago

      They’re going to proof of stake instead of proof of work.

      Pow is absolutely stupid BTW.

    • blastdoor
    • 9 months ago

    [quote<]Apple took out a CES ad to troll its competitors over privacy @ Engadget[/quote<] I value privacy, I appreciate Apple's commitment to the issue, and they are right to tout that. BUT privacy cannot be the primary (and certainly not the only) competitive advantage for Apple to succeed (just ask Blackberry what happens when your only selling point is privacy/security). Right now, the only other thing I can think of that Apple can legitimately tout is the superior performance of the A12 (which I suspect doesn't mean much to most smartphone buyers at this point). Here are some things that Apple CANNOT tout: 1. best phone in a camera (Google has better computational photography; a couple others have better camera hardware) 2. best AI assistant (Siri has improved a lot, but it's not the best) 3. best Services (Apple Music, iCloud, Photos, Maps, etc -- competent default options but not clearly the best options available) 4. complete and up-to-date computer line up (the Mac lineup has glaring gaps and they seem to only update models once every two years or so.... at best)

    • superjawes
    • 9 months ago

    Fun fact: the Earth rotates every day. If it didn’t about half of us would freeze while the other half would burn.

      • Nestea_Zen
      • 9 months ago

      you savage

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 9 months ago

      We also wouldn’t have this.

      [url<]https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/As_the_World_Turns[/url<]

      • Wirko
      • 9 months ago

      *We* would. Our ancestors, however, knew how to survive without the Internet, meaning that they were intelligent beings. They would find a temperate zone, grow lettuce and hunt for dinosaurs.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 9 months ago

        Hunt for dinosaurs? Which ancestor are you referring to in the evolutionary history?

          • superjawes
          • 9 months ago

          I’m still stuck on the temperate zones bit…like, where would those even be on a non-rotational planet? Is there a reference I’m missing?

            • Redocbew
            • 9 months ago

            If we think of “temperate” as “won’t immediately kill you” instead of “tropical”, then I guess it depends on the atmosphere. If the atmosphere is capable of diffusing the heat across the planet to some degree then there might be some inbetween area where you could avoid being cooked or frozen. It’d probably be a moving target, and whether or not there’d be a habitat there that’s capable of supporting a large warm blooded primate of some kind is a different question. My guess is probably not.

            I think the general idea is true even if all the dinosaurs did get squished by a big rock from space millions of years before primates were around.

      • thedosbox
      • 9 months ago

      Have you met the flat earth society?

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 9 months ago

        Is it next to the man hunted dinosaur society?

        • superjawes
        • 9 months ago

        You mean that society with members around the globe?

      • willmore
      • 9 months ago

      For those who like math and geometry, it’s more complex than that:
      [url<]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidereal_time[/url<] Because the earth rotates while rotating around the sun, the earth (in a fixed stelar frame of reference) actually doesn't rotate exactly once a solar day.

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