Make Up Your Own Holiday Day Shortbread

I hereby inaugurate "Sometimes a Thing Gets Broke, Can't Be Fixed Day"

PC hardware and computing

  1. Asus ROG Delta gaming headset review @ PC Perspective
  2. Alphacool Eisbaer Extreme 280 review @ bit-tech
  3. Enermax MaxRevo 1800W power supply review @ HardOCP
  4. Philips Brilliance 499P9H review @ Hexus
  5. Adata XPG SX8200 Pro SSD review @ HotHardware
  6. AVerMedia GC573 4K capture card & Live Streamer Mic 133 review @ KitGuru
  7. Asus GeForce GTX 1660 Ti STRIX OC 6 GB review @ TechPowerUp
  8. The Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Master motherboard review @ AnandTech
  9. Why USB 3.1 type-C isn't on more cases & cable factory tour in Dongguan, China @ Gamers Nexus

Games, culture, and VR

  1. First-person digger: Stanley Black & Decker's game controller for excavators @ Ars Technica
  2. Civilization VI explains what it's tracking about you and why @ Rock Paper Shotgun
  3. Valve Software dreams of analyzing your brainwaves to tailor in-game rewards @ Ars Technica
  4. Comcast to spend $50 million to create the nation's first video gaming arena @ Slashdot
  5. A dev trained robots to generate "garbage" slot machine games—and made $50K @ Ars Technica (this is one of the best stories I've read in a while, definitely check it out)

Hacks, gadgets and crypto-jinks

  1. Most Bitcoin trading faked by unregulated exchanges, study finds @ Slashdot
  2. Automated cat feeder handles wet food with aplomb @ HackADay (more like a plop)

Science, technology, and space news

  1. Why "chickenpox parties" are a terrible idea—in case it's not obvious @ Ars Technica
  2. China says it cloned a police dog to speed up training @ Slashdot (next up, my wife's cat)
  3. Music labels sue Charter, complain that high Internet speeds fuel piracy @ Ars Technica
  4. Bees and fish learn to communicate long distance – via robots @ New Atlas (science!)

Cheese, memes, and shiny things

  1. Cottage cheese is the new Greek Yogurt @ theatlantic.com
  2. Landmark creamery suffers financial loss of $20,000 after losing 1,000 pounds of cheese @ channel3000.com
Colton Westrate

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

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    • djayjp
    • 9 months ago

    This site is dying. We need reviews.

      • DragonDaddyBear
      • 9 months ago

      [url<]https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=121878[/url<]

      • drfish
      • 9 months ago

      Hang tight, I’m [i<]cooking[/i<] one up...

      • blastdoor
      • 9 months ago

      Some kind of content, yes, but does that have to be reviews?

      Aggregating, summarizing, filtering, analysis, and commentary can all be interesting/valuable.

        • djayjp
        • 9 months ago

        Meaningful/relevant original content with new findings or new and excellent means of presenting non-original findings. That should be the primary content.

    • Shobai
    • 9 months ago

    How exactly would the Chinese cloning your wife’s cat speed up police dog training?

      • blastdoor
      • 9 months ago

      You obviously haven’t met his wife’s cat

      • ermo
      • 9 months ago

      Purrportedly.

    • CScottG
    • 9 months ago

    Stanley Black & Decker’s game controller for excavators ..

    I’m pretty sure I could do a metric ton of damage with this! (..and probably a LOT more.)

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 9 months ago

      Don’t need VR goggles either, but the destruction is permanent and you may go to jail.

      • Wirko
      • 9 months ago

      Think about level 5 autonomous digging, and the tons of metric damage it could do!

        • CScottG
        • 9 months ago

        No, no.. I’m sure they’ve got that all worked out, nothing to worry about because nothing could go wrong ..go wrong ..go wrong ..go wrong ..go wrong……

    • BiffStroganoffsky
    • 9 months ago

    As I am looking at one now: Dandelion Break Day.

    • willmore
    • 9 months ago

    That’s completely fixable. You need a union of the right size and some proper PVC cement. Should be watertight in a few minutes and pressure safe in 24 hours.

    Edited: But, yeah, I do get the quote. 🙂

      • drfish
      • 9 months ago

      Totally agree. Image and quote chosen to inspire glue jokes. Disappointed so far.

        • Redocbew
        • 9 months ago

        Disappointment in two parts mixed together. A sticky situation, no doubt.

        • willmore
        • 9 months ago

        Different jokes for different folks, sometimes they just don’t stick.

        • davidbowser
        • 9 months ago

        I thought it was Super, but it turned out to be Krazy.

        • Mr Bill
        • 9 months ago

        Stick to your guns. They take a while to set up properly.

        • Wirko
        • 9 months ago

        If that’s the case, nine fried potatoes would be more inspirational than two ends of plastic tube.

      • Usacomp2k3
      • 9 months ago

      Or even better, for low pressure situations, a sharkbite fitting would solve that in minutes.

        • willmore
        • 9 months ago

        I can’t bring myself to use those. After all the problems that I’ve seen with the newer PEX systems, I no longer complain about having to solvent weld PCV.

    • Wirko
    • 9 months ago

    I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a non-contact adhesive.

      • Redocbew
      • 9 months ago

      You can find it on the shelf next to the write-only media.

        • Mr Bill
        • 9 months ago

        +3 If only I had more votes to give.

      • willmore
      • 9 months ago

      Magnets.

      • Grahambo910
      • 9 months ago

      Static electricity.

      • Mr Bill
      • 9 months ago

      Really only one example: The strong nuclear force (e.g. Quark-Gluon confinement interaction). Quarks never touch but are confined inside the neutron or proton by the strong nuclear force gluon interaction. But they are asymptotically free at high enough energies.

        • Usacomp2k3
        • 9 months ago

        Technically, do atoms ever “touch”? There’s always a gap of some sort. Maybe at the atto-level. Sure, electrons may swim in the same cloud, but does that count?

          • Redocbew
          • 9 months ago

          Wouldn’t it be the bonds between the atoms which are the “glue” in this case?

    • Mr Bill
    • 9 months ago

    The garbage slot machine game article was worth reading. Maybe TR could use similar technology to autogenerate youtube reviews of random computer related stuff. A possibly lucrative race to the bottom of internet reviews!

      • drfish
      • 9 months ago

      Revenue comes from people clicking ads to escape our awful videos, I like it. Seriously good read.

    • chuckula
    • 9 months ago

    [quote<]Landmark creamery suffers financial loss of $20,000 after losing 1,000 pounds of cheese @ channel3000.com[/quote<] This is even worse than us losing our 10nm process!

      • Mr Bill
      • 9 months ago

      Hard cheese old boy. That’s some darned pricy cheese.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 9 months ago

      That’s not losing; that’s Raja working.

        • K-L-Waster
        • 9 months ago

        10 nm was borked long before Raja showed up. He was late to that party.

    • Mr Bill
    • 9 months ago

    Without even reading this I’m against it.
    [quote<]Valve Software dreams of analyzing your brainwaves to tailor in-game rewards[/quote<] Talk about invasion of privacy. Once those kind of intimate metrics are shared out (and you know they will be, e.g. Facebook!) about an individual who knows for what you have unwittingly made yourself a target.

      • NovusBogus
      • 9 months ago

      Hence why I’ve been saying that Valve and Epic deserve each other.

    • Redocbew
    • 9 months ago

    [quote<]Music labels sue Charter, complain that high Internet speeds fuel piracy[/quote<] In honor of that, I shall dub this day "Return to the 1990s" day.

      • chuckula
      • 9 months ago

      I Dub Thee Unforgiven! (1991)

        • Mr Bill
        • 9 months ago

        +3 [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ckom3gf57Yw<]Metallica Reference[/url<].

          • NovusBogus
          • 9 months ago

          Definitely the appropriate headline to use it on, too.

        • K-L-Waster
        • 9 months ago

        Sad, but True…

    • chuckula
    • 9 months ago

    I just want everyone to remember the real reason behind Shill Day!

    It’s become way too commercialized.

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 9 months ago

    All the best made up holidays already exist:

    Christmas
    Easter
    Ash Wednesday
    Good Friday
    Everything other religious holiday

    If I were to make up my own, it would be to celebrate my accomplishments to TR and its readers, once a year, with sums of money delivered to me.

    “Srsly_Bro Day”

    You’re welcome

      • shaq_mobile
      • 9 months ago

      +1 for consistent trolling. You definitely got your own style and stick to it! I respect that.

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 months ago

    um isn’t the entire point of the best tech ever created, bitcoin and friends, that it’s not fakable cause those ledgers and science and secure and the power usage of 100 million people to verify that nonsense so that it’s omg reliable and accurate?

      • Redocbew
      • 9 months ago

      I imagine there may be a difference between verifying that the owner of some node has made a transaction which completed successfully, and that the same transaction was free of any shenanigans which may go against regulations. Cryptocurrency in general has a number of surprising design flaws which make it untenable as a long term, sustainable network, and that’s purely from an engineering point of view.

        • Mr Bill
        • 9 months ago

        Furthermore, I heard on the radio that bitcoin holders are reluctant to fix these “design flaws”. Possibly for fear of jeopardizing the value of what they have farmed.

          • Redocbew
          • 9 months ago

          “… but hey wait guize, if it works and it doesn’t suck, then it’ll be too easy to use!”

      • NovusBogus
      • 9 months ago

      In the absence of more specific contradicting information, my assumption would be that they’re referring to the ‘tumbler’ mechanic that many exchanges and middlemen use to obfuscate the ability to trace a payment from source to destination. That is, the transactions themselves are probably legit but they’re just bouncing between wallets controlled by the exchange rather than going into or out of the exchange. So understanding the actual market activity associated with the exchange, as one would have to do if attempting to launch an ETF derived from it, requires doing more than just looking at the blockchain.

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