Puzzle Day Shortbread

Another fond memory from kindergarten.

PC hardware and computing

  1. Cooler Master MWE Gold 750W full modular power supply review @ PC Perspective
  2. Asus GeForce RTX 2080 DUAL OC 8G review @ Guru3D
  3. Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro review @ Hexus
  4. EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 XC review @ HotHardware
  5. Razer DeathAdder Essential mouse review @ KitGuru
  6. ADATA XPG INFAREX K20 gaming keyboard review @ Legit Reviews
  7. Input Club Kira keyboard review @ TechPowerUp
  8. Razer Blade Stealth review @ TechSpot
  9. BenQ EX3501R review @ TFT Central
  10. Intel's 10nm Cannon Lake and Core i3-8121U deep dive review @ AnandTech

Games, culture, and VR

  1. Nintendo throws out Metroid Prime 4 work, restarts with Retro Studios @ Ars Technica
  2. Star Control Origins back on GOG.com @ Blue's News
  3. It's great that Epic is trying to compete with Steam, but they're going about it in the worst way @ Rock Paper Shotgun (it's one thing to lock your own games behind your own store, but this really ticks me off)

Hacks, gadgets and crypto-jinks

  1. Robot can't take its eyes off the bottle @ HackADay (proto-Bender!)
  2. Automated dog toilet presents packaged poop @ New Atlas (Kickstarter warning)
  3. Solar power is set to get more expensive @ HackADay (wait, did I finally get my timing right on something?)

Science, technology, and space news

  1. Scientists safely reproduce the taste of toxic pufferfish – fugu tofu, anyone? @ New Atlas
  2. Apple might start making its own batteries for iPhones, Macs @ Slashdot
  3. This company wants to use reentry heating to roast coffee beans @ Ars Technica (solid troll)
  4. Electricity-free air con: thermoacoustic device turns waste heat into cold using no additional power @ New Atlas

Cheese, memes, and shiny things

  1. Automate your comfort food prep with an IoT grilled cheese robot @ HackADay
  2. Cheese powder market 2019 global analysis, opportunities and forecast to 2024 @ marketwatch.com (paywalled?! aww, man…)
Colton Westrate

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

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    • Aquilino
    • 10 months ago

    “Electricity-free air con”

    Yes, it feels like a con indeed.

    • Unknown-Error
    • 10 months ago

    Sudoku, Super Sudoku, Mathdoku, Crosswords and many, many more!

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 10 months ago

    Metro Exodus should be in both stores. If the price can be reduced $10 by the reduced platform fees on Epic, let US choose which store we want to use. I’ll pay $10 more to not use another login.

      • oldog
      • 10 months ago

      Srsly? My experience is that for the same product, price is almost the only thing driving purchasing decisions.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 10 months ago

        Convenience is very important to me. We don’t need 8 game platforms with logins and passwords for each. I’ll pay for convenience every time.

        I have games on uPlay and origin that I like and would like to play. It’s not worth the hassle of a pw reset so I just don’t play those games.

          • Redocbew
          • 10 months ago

          Get a password manager bro. You should have one anyway.

            • Srsly_Bro
            • 10 months ago

            My tinfoil hat is strong

      • NovusBogus
      • 10 months ago

      I’d like to someday see all of the games in all of the stores. While I don’t particularly care for exclusivity deals like this, it occurs to me that a trade war amongst Valve, Epic, and the AAA cartel might be the best way for that to occur. Think post-WWII British territories that were able to gain independence once the imperial authorities were broken down and exhausted.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 10 months ago

        I want one interface to rule them all. Let all the stores sell their junk and interface it in one app. This is only going to get more ridiculous as will my ranting.

          • sweatshopking
          • 10 months ago

          then pick something other than steam. it’s a terrible storefront, slow, ancient, and it JUST got hi-res support. Steam continues not because it’s the best, but because it’s the first.

          • NovusBogus
          • 10 months ago

          …but who rules the interface? I can think of about 40 tech companies I wouldn’t want anywhere near such a thing. And, unfortunately, they’re also the ones most likely to try it.

    • DoomGuy64
    • 10 months ago

    [quote<]It's great that Epic is trying to compete with Steam, but they're going about it in the worst way @ Rock Paper Shotgun (it's one thing to lock your own games behind your own store, but this really ticks me off)[/quote<] first comment: [quote<]The sanest article I’ve seen written about the matter[/quote<] Sounds about right. Epic is absolutely going about this in the worst way. [quote<]Metro will sell far fewer copies for being on Epic and not Steam. This won’t affect developer and publisher 4A and Deep Silver in the short-term, because Epic will most likely have paid them outrageous amounts of money for the exclusivity. As they will most likely have paid to everyone else who’s signing on for these one-year spoiler deals. But I confidently predict it won’t actually help Epic. Because even the people who are willing to buy Metro, or whatever, over there will just put it in the app next to Fortnite, and then switch back to Steam to browse upcoming releases. You doubt this? Think about the last time you had to use Ubisoft’s awful UPlay? Or even EA’s not-that-terrible Origin? See. If it’s going to work, Epic has to create a platform and store that people want to use, not one they’re forced to use. And they can pay off developers and publishers to sacrifice sales until their money runs out, but it won’t engender loyalty. Honestly, it’ll just mean they’re thought of as an annoyance as big as anything released on the godforsaken Windows Store. Annoying people, hogging games to yourself to try to force your store onto players, making PC gaming more inconvenient rather than less: none of this is going to help Epic, nor make the Epic Store competitive with Steam. Being better than Steam would. And it would be far better for them to spend the presumably astonishing amounts of money they’re using to secure exclusives on creating a Steam-beating piece of software.[/quote<] Yup. It's a far worse storefront, the UI is terrible, regional pricing doesn't exist, and user reviews are deliberately not included to obfuscate game quality. Also, do they even have any social networking features? So do Epic game customers use discord then? Discord has their own store though. Smart. Epic may be doing a LOT to bring in developers, but they are also doing a LOT to make consumers hate their guts, and that's not going to be sustainable. Also, steam preorders of Metro might be "honored", but from what I've heard, you're probably still going to be forced into launching Metro from the Epic store even though you bought it on steam. I'm not a fan of this, much like I stopped buying most ubisoft games on steam. EA is even easier to ignore, since all of their games are microtransaction lootbox garbage, or just garbage. The only non-steam game I'm even considering buying is Doom: Eternal, nobody else has games good enough to bother with.

      • K-L-Waster
      • 10 months ago

      It’s like they heard people complaining “Steam is locking me into their store and forcing me to deal with this UI I don’t like and be online all the time” and figured the reason they didn’t like it is because of *which company* is doing it, not *what they were doing*. [/smh]

        • DoomGuy64
        • 10 months ago

        did you read the article? Steam isn’t locking anyone into their store, they just offer a better product. Meanwhile Epic is doing these exclusive deals with a subpar storefront, and forcing existing steam games like Metro to pull off the platform, which is not cool.

        *Also, steam supports offline and drm free games, and has for quite a long time. They’ve never pulled any of the stunts that Uplay or Origins have, outside of allowing publishers to integrate their own drm. Which other storefront allows that?

          • K-L-Waster
          • 10 months ago

          Ok, probably wasn’t clear — I’m not accusing Steam of anything of the sort, but various Internet posters (incorrectly) do. I was suggesting Epic saw those complaints and thought the problem was “Steam”, not “is doing X Y and Z” — ie. there’s no problem in doing them, as long as it’s someone *who isn’t Steam* doing it.

          And believe it or not I was agreeing with you.

      • shaq_mobile
      • 10 months ago

      Devil’s advocate:

      Steam does sell stuff that you need other platforms to run. Dirtbike game and farcry 3 immediately come to mind. So it’s best to not pretend that steam wouldn’t ever stoop to shenanigans to make a buck. Also, a quick look at games by newest and you’ll see a host of asset flips, lazy games, or very optimistic devs. Instead of hiring a committee to sit down and review games, it’s basically at your own risk + maybe a refund (with a policy that even EA puts to shame). Also if you have the misfortune of losing your steam account, it takes weeks for them to get back to you. That’s eons if it’s your primary library.

      Steam didn’t need to make exclusivity deals because there was no competition. Epic probably shouldn’t, but in an era where we simulate gambling for children of all ages, are we really going to get our pitchforks and torches out for that?

      IMO Valve is certainly not above reproach. Stoking moral outrage only creates a cultural white noise that masks actual outliers.

      If Epic made their client faster and more streamlined, provided dual factor authentication, a good refund policy, half decent support, and a slightly fleshed out community aspect, I think it would be a serious competitor.

      At the end of the day, it’s not a bad product, but steam is already a pretty decent one. Epic came to the table a bit to soon. Give it some time and see what those guys come up with. Until then, remember how often steam didn’t even launch, run offline, friends didn’t work etc…

    • Mr Bill
    • 10 months ago

    I wonder if kids given puzzles that show mineral symmetries at a young age, would have a greater talent at mineralogy?

    • Mr Bill
    • 10 months ago

    @ use reentry heating to roast coffee beans… This comment at ArsTechnica made me LOL.
    [quote<]The disposable Keurig-like coffee system we have at work does not seem so wasteful anymore. [/quote<]

      • drfish
      • 10 months ago

      I liked:
      [quote<]I support their efforts to defraud venture capitalists.[/quote<]

      • Usacomp2k3
      • 10 months ago

      I like Scott Manley’s idea of some lava roasted coffee.

        • Neutronbeam
        • 10 months ago

        Yeah, grown on the slopes of active volcanoes…as the beans grow they’re also roasted. But that idea about shipping them offworld for a swing around Mercury as the first interplanetary roasted beans is intriguing too–but the multi-year delivery time is a real PITA. ;->

        EDIT: Lowercased S in is

    • Krogoth
    • 10 months ago

    Jumping puzzles are the best! It is what made HL1’s lategame famous.

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