Hot Sauce Day Shortbread

Remember kids, it doesn't count as hot sauce unless it can actually cook your food.

PC hardware and computing

  1. Seasonic FOCUS SGX-650 power supply review @ PC Perspective
  2. MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z review @ bit-tech
  3. Alienware m15 review @ Engadget
  4. Asus Strix Fusion wireless headset review @ Guru3D
  5. Asus ROG THOR 1200W power supply review @ HardOCP
  6. Aorus AD27QD monitor review @ Hexus
  7. WD My Passport Wireless SSD review @ HotHardware
  8. Supermicro SuperO C9Z390-CG-IW motherboard review @ KitGuru
  9. WD Black SN750 1TB gaming NVMe SSD review @ Legit Reviews
  10. 1STPLAYER Bullet Hunter MK6 keyboard review @ TechPowerUp
  11. Radeon RX 570 vs. RX 580 vs. GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs. GTX 1060 6GB @ TechSpot
  12. The Western Digital WD Black SN750 SSD review @ AnandTech

Games, culture, and VR

  1. Atlas rains whales, again @ Rock Paper Shotgun
  2. Soulja Boy says his next console will feature Fortnite, Epic Games says "no" @ Nintendo Life
  3. Battlefield 5 graphics cheaters banned @ Blue's News (*sigh*)
  4. Raytraced Quake II makes me want to buy a ludicrously expensive new graphics card @ Rock Paper Shotgun (sadly, I was never a Quake fan, but I'm excited by the prospects of other classic games getting ray tracing mods)

Hacks, gadgets and crypto-jinks

  1. Sharpest color CRT display is monochrome plus a trick @ HackADay (cool stuff I didn't know)
  2. Strobe for wood turning makes inspection easy @ HackADay (really dig this idea, it reminds me of something similar that I can't quite remember, though)

Science, technology, and space news

  1. Facebook's plans for space lasers revealed @ Slashdot (what could possibly go wrong?)
  2. This massive rocket creates a fireball as it launches, and that's by design @ Ars Technica
  3. Microsoft: Switch to iOS or Android because Windows 10 Mobile is ending @ Ars Technica (never!)

Cheese, memes, and shiny things

  1. Four useful tips for your next cheese plate @ theweek.com (I read a lot of stories about cheese, so I can say with confidence that this list is for complete cheese noobs only)
Colton Westrate

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

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    • etana
    • 11 months ago

    from today’s cheese link
    [quote<]4. Don't let the guests cut the cheese themselves[/quote<] indeed.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 11 months ago

    That’s a spicy meatball!

    • UberGerbil
    • 11 months ago

    [url<]http://www.dumpaday.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/a-photo-3.jpg[/url<]

    • anotherengineer
    • 11 months ago

    Looks like slag to me, not hot sauce.

    Hot sauce is much better than slag, that’s an insult to hot sauce!!!

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 11 months ago

    I was on lunch and nothing was posted. I come back an hour later to 20 comments. Are all of you nerds unemployed?

      • drfish
      • 11 months ago

      Behold the power of Shortbread.

      • Chrispy_
      • 11 months ago

      There are twenty-three other timezones for people to have lunch in.

        • superjawes
        • 11 months ago

        Actually, [url=https://www.timeanddate.com/time/current-number-time-zones.html<]there are more than 24 timezones.[/url<] First off, the standard set of one-hour offsets is 25. The "extra" zone is UTC +12 or -12 depending on how you count. These zones would have identical clocks, but +12 would be a day ahead of -12 due to the international date line (these zones primarily affect the farthest regions of the US and Russia). The IDL doesn't end its weirdness there. Because some countries want to stay on the same calendar date as their populous neighbors, UTC +13 and +14 exist (New Zealand is included here). But because nothing can be that simple, there are also eight half-hour offset zones and three quarter-hour offset zones. Also, none of this is accounting for Daylight Savings Time, which could create additional offsets based on who is and is not observing DST and when various countries start it.

    • Mr Bill
    • 11 months ago

    [url=https://www.techspot.com/review/1780-geforce-1060-vs-radeon-580-vs-radeon-570/<][quote<]Radeon RX 570 vs. RX 580 vs. GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs. GTX 1060 6GB[/quote<][/url<] Interesting presentation choice, putting the reviewed card at the top of each bar graph. Actually makes you look more closely at the bars, or is it mostly being the same color scheme.

    • Aranarth
    • 11 months ago

    I’m suddenly hungry for Thai food…

    • DoomGuy64
    • 11 months ago

    Quake2 raytracing: I’ve seen better mods without it. The standard lighting isn’t being adhered to, like the outside area where the armor is, since it is way too dark for being outside, and the light coloring also differs from the original. Outside isn’t supposed to be orange, even if the sky is. All the other effects like reflections have been done with regular graphic mods too, so there really isn’t much if any improvement.

    BF5: Obviously the graphics aren’t the catch they’re pretending to be, and there are serious gameplay flaws, so this was to be expected. If anything, I’m surprised anyone is playing this thing, but then again, these people are modding the game to make it actually playable.

      • chuckula
      • 11 months ago

      [quote<]Outside isn't supposed to be orange, even if the sky is. [/quote<] Or maybe this is the first time the outside has been rendered with accurate colors even if it doesn't meet your preconceived notions of what stuff should look like. Having been less than 50 miles from the Rodeo fire in 2002 lemme tell you.. when the sky actually is orange it really does make everything look totally weird and not the way it's "supposed" to look.

        • dragontamer5788
        • 11 months ago

        [quote<]when the sky actually is orange it really does make everything look totally weird and not the way it's "supposed" to look.[/quote<] I watched the Total Eclipse of 2017. The sky's "color" was... strange. I don't know how to describe it, aside from "the sky's color was wrong". When the sky's color is wrong, everything you see looks wrong. Its the weirdest sensation. So I can't say much about orange skies. But I can totally say that "weird sky colors affects the color of the rest of the world" (based on my experience with the total eclipse)

          • Redocbew
          • 11 months ago

          Being that close to a large fire is definitely an uncanny valley kind of thing. It’s like shining a very dirty orange spotlight on something and seeing how it affects the color of it. The difference is there’s no point of reference for what things should look like, because the orange light is coming from everywhere, there’s ash all over the place, and everything smells like bad cooking gone wrong.

        • DoomGuy64
        • 11 months ago

        Not an argument, id software set the color palette for what the game is supposed to look like. They’re taking liberties with the raytracing that doesn’t line up with the source material.

        Any time you remaster an original and don’t accurately portray how it originally was, it looks bad, and this port looks bad. Not all of it, because the inside parts look good, but the outside parts are absolutely terrible.

          • Redocbew
          • 11 months ago

          Dude, if you don’t like the look of it that’s fine, but this is what ray tracing does. What do you think ray tracing is if not modeling the path of light and how it interacts with the objects in the scene?

            • DoomGuy64
            • 11 months ago

            LOL, There’s no way in hell this is accurately modeling the path of light, especially with dark outside areas, let alone using the original light sources, and the article even says the game is using PATH TRACING.

            If you’re going to do raytracing, do it right, and don’t make excuses for a garbage implementation either. The new Metro game shows how raytracing is supposed to work, and this quake 2 mod is clearly not doing it that way.

            • Srsly_Bro
            • 11 months ago

            You hurt his feelings so much with that post that he down voted you and made two alts for even more votes.

            Nice work

            • Redocbew
            • 11 months ago

            Drat, and I thought I was being so subtle.

            Nice catch, bro.

            • DoomGuy64
            • 11 months ago

            Of [i<]course[/i<]. Easiest way to cower out of an argument without having a point. Just downvote it. You don't need to work at providing a believable counter point at all. Also, the mod is using textures that are different color from the original game. That shouldn't affect the game's lighting regardless. The game's lighting is based on set light sources that are specifically colored. They don't have the right to randomly change the light sources or coloring, and because they did, it looks like garbage. comparison: [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YYJwwSrwtg[/url<] ALSO, arguments about raytracing being more "accurate" are false. Id software used precalculated lightmaps for their lighting, which basically was precalculated raytracing. If the game looks too different, then they're doing it wrong.

      • rechicero
      • 11 months ago

      ” Outside isn’t supposed to be orange, even if the sky is.” Actually, if the sky is orange, that means orange wavelengths are being scattered (Rayleigh scattering) and you have billions of extra sources of orange… That scattering of light is what make shadows not “black” and everything in shadows would have an orange tint when compared with a blue scattering atmosphere, because the light that illuminates those shadows comes in part from the scattering (and from reflections too, of course). Of course, I don’t expect raytracing to calculate that (or should I?)

    • Krogoth
    • 11 months ago

    Pffft, we all know that cheese sauce is superior!

      • chuckula
      • 11 months ago

      Who says a cheese sauce can’t be a hot sauce?!!??!?

      #MindBlown

        • K-L-Waster
        • 11 months ago

        [url<]https://www.renfrofoods.com/products/ghost-pepper-nacho-cheese-sauce[/url<]

    • sweatshopking
    • 11 months ago

    Best in the world.
    Not the hottest, but a wonderful flavor
    [url<]https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nali_Sauce[/url<]

    • DancinJack
    • 11 months ago

    Battlefield 5 graphics cheaters banned @ Blue’s News (*sigh*)

    This is super funny to me.

    • Anovoca
    • 11 months ago

    [quote<]Remember kids, it doesn't count as hot sauce unless it can actually cook your food.[/quote<] That is such a lie, hot sauce [i<]IS[/i<] food

    • chuckula
    • 11 months ago

    [quote<]Battlefield 5 graphics cheaters banned @ Blue's News (*sigh*)[/quote<] AMD fanboys: It's not cheating to turn off stupid ray tracing to enjoy the game! Intel fanboys: It's not cheating to turn off stupid... everything more recent than 1998... to enjoy the game!

      • drfish
      • 11 months ago

      That crap just pisses me off, just like asinine stances on the anti-competitiveness of ultrawide screens. People have different hardware, period. Either force your game to look exactly the same for everyone (ha!) or deal with the fact that people are going to mess with settings to get what they want. Banning people for “cheating” by modifying a config file is pathetic. But what else do you expect from EA? Ugh.

      /rant

        • Krogoth
        • 11 months ago

        Ultrawide screens don’t offer any competitive advantages on their own though. It is idiots who are confusing ultrawide = more FOV. FOV is completely independent from screen resolution.

        FOV abusers have been exploiting it since Quakeworld(back with tiny 4:3 screens).

        Graphical cheats are hardly new. It is commonplace in pro-gaming scene to play games at low detail settings and use skins/models with distinctive/vibrant colors.

        • chuckula
        • 11 months ago

        If this was one of those “e sport” things where money is on the line then I’d maybe be more inclined to call this cheating… But then again in any serious event everybody would get the exact same hardware and software setup to keep it fair.

        As for people just playing around online…. I just don’t give a rat’s posterior.

        • dragontamer5788
        • 11 months ago

        [quote<]Either force your game to look exactly the same for everyone (ha!)[/quote<] Welcome to Counterstrike: everyone has 16:9 resolution to ensure that everyone has the same field of view.

          • Krogoth
          • 11 months ago

          Actually, hardcore Counterstrike types have been playing with ~120-130 FOV since 4:3 days.

          16:9 just makes it less “fish-bowl” in appearance, likewise how ultrawide monitors make it even less “fish-bowl”.

      • Krogoth
      • 11 months ago

      S3 fanboys: It is not cheating if the textures are missing and models are incomplete.

      • Mr Bill
      • 11 months ago

      Actually, I’m unfavorably impressed at how accurate these machine guns are at long range. Also, when firing through those tree icons, there should still be large number of misses due to hitting even a leaf or twig. BF5 is apparently not very realistic.

        • Krogoth
        • 11 months ago

        Realism went out the window for anything after BF2. Gameplay (mainly consoles) trumps it all.

          • Mr Bill
          • 11 months ago

          +3 for realism! This must be why BF5 runs with such high FPS.

        • chuckula
        • 11 months ago

        [quote<]unfavorably impressed[/quote<] I've finally found Krogoth's kryptonite. It's being impressed... just in the other direction!

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 11 months ago

    So does Ceviche count?

      • etana
      • 11 months ago

      was going to ask if lime juice counted

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