National Burrito Day Shortbread

I prefer Purritos.

Speaking of bread, I took a break from my typical diet of space-based sci-fi and positively ate up Sourdough: A Novel​​ ​over the last few days. I don't recommend books lightly, because I know how unlikely I am to ever get around to the recommendations of others. Sourdough, however, rises to the occasion and I think it's the kind of read that a lot of gerbils would enjoy. Check it out if you are interested in what I suspect will be an enjoyable change of flavor from your regular order.

PC hardware and computing

  1. The be quiet! Dark Base 700 White Edition case review @ PC Perspective
  2. Intel Optane SSD 900P 280GB review @ bit-tech
  3. Asus ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha review @ Guru3D
  4. Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock review @ Hexus
  5. Alphacool Eisbaer Extreme 280mm review @ KitGuru
  6. Corsair Ironclaw RGB gaming mouse review @ Legit Reviews
  7. Cherry MX Board 1.0 TKL review @ TechPowerUp
  8. Old mainstream GPU: GeForce GTX 960 vs. GTX 1660 & RTX 2060 @ TechSpot
  9. Intel's Bean Canyon (NUC8i7BEH) Coffee Lake NUC review @ AnandTech

Games, culture, and VR

  1. YouTube executives ignored warnings, letting toxic videos run rampant @ Slashdot
  2. Tickets, please: stolen Metro Exodus Steam keys canceled @ Rock Paper Shotgun

Hacks, gadgets and crypto-jinks

  1. Who knew cut grass would be so tricky to move! @ HackADay
  2. Components cut in half reveal their inner beauty @ HackADay
  3. Custom inflatables are only a laser beam away @ HackADay (did someone say custom inflatable?)

Science, technology, and space news

  1. Lego gives middle schoolers coding confidence @ New Atlas
  2. Scientists witness lizard lay eggs and give live birth in same litter @ New Atlas
  3. India ASAT test debris poses danger to International Space Station, NASA says @ Ars Technica
  4. Amazon to offer broadband access from orbit with 3,236-satellite 'Project Kuiper' constellation @ Slashdot (watch out Elon, Bezos is coming for your piggy bank)

Cheese, memes, and shiny things

  1. 'World's Best Cheese' costs $45 a pound and is available — finally — in Utah @ sltrib.com
Colton Westrate

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

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    • Shobai
    • 8 months ago

    I hadn’t heard of a “farg-and-drop” platform prior to today.

    • drfish
    • 8 months ago

    Project Kuiper caught me completely off guard. Amazon has the money, but SpaceX has the lead. Space just got real. Blue Origin is moving too slow for my taste, but it’s now clear they are going after the same source of income that Elon was counting on. I wish both companies success, but I’d rather see SpaceX get to Mars than see Bezos pad his wallet.

      • chuckula
      • 8 months ago

      Two competing networks that are purportedly going to be putting up close to 10,000 satellites raises my space junk worries quite a bit.

      IIRC the orbits are quite low to minimize latency, so that at least means long term space junk is probably not a huge issue, but with all those devices whizzing around the chances of a collision are non trivial.

        • Waco
        • 8 months ago

        Whizzing around? They’re geostationary, aren’t they? 10,000 doesn’t seem like much compared to the vastness of LEO.

          • chuckula
          • 8 months ago

          You wouldn’t want them to be geostationary for a variety of reasons. None the least of which is the latency and transmitter power requirements for geosync. On top of that is that LEO makes geographic selectivity much easier to pull off vs. geosync that is exposed to a huge chunk of the Earth’s surface even with directional antennas.

          But if you don’t believe me: [url<]https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starlink_(satellite_constellation)[/url<] I take back what I said about 10,000... it looks like we might be closer to 15 to 20 thousand if all of this actually happens.

            • Waco
            • 8 months ago

            That’s why I asked – I thought they were, but clearly they are not.

            Even so, I don’t imagine even a few million would be something to worry about. Space is huge and satellites are tiny.

          • DreadCthulhu
          • 8 months ago

          No, both the proposed Starlink & Project Kuiper networks are NOT geostationary – LEO is much lower than a geostationary orbit. Geostationary is at about 35 thousand km up, while these networks are planned for under 1500 km orbits, which keeps latency, the Achilles heel current satellite internet, of nice & low. The low altitude also means that any broken satellites or the like will decay from orbit within a ~5 years or so. I know SpaceX/Starlink is specifically designing their satellites so that none of the parts have any chance of surviving reentry.

          As for space, well there is plenty of room in LEO for tens, if not hundreds of thousands of satellites. Space is big. The Earth has a surface area of 510 million km^2. If you give each satellite its own 31.6×31.6km block (for a nice 1000 square km) you can fit more than half a million into each orbital plane.

            • Waco
            • 8 months ago

            Thanks! I’m interested in this stuff but haven’t been following anything about it.

            • tay
            • 8 months ago

            Nice! I love a comment with calculations.

        • Ninjitsu
        • 8 months ago

        Not to mention all the emissions from all those rocket launches…

      • willmore
      • 8 months ago

      Yeah, we’re half way to Kessler Syndrome. Honorary mention goes to India. Thanks, guys.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 8 months ago

        Half way there?

        Living on a prayer?

          • Shobai
          • 8 months ago

          Woah…

        • Krogoth
        • 8 months ago

        Chinese did much worst damage with their ASAT test back in 2007. I’m more concerned that Pakistan will attempt to duplicate India’s efforts with even more damage.

        • Mr Bill
        • 8 months ago

        Obligatory [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Moon_Is_a_Harsh_Mistress<]The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress[/url<] link. Whomever gets a moon base first will have to splain it to the powers below that wacking satellites is a no no.

    • chuckula
    • 8 months ago

    Hrmm…. TR posts a burrito day shortbread and then links to a BEAN canyon NUC ARTICLE??!!??

    HOW MUCH DID INTEL PAY YOU TR!! HOW MUCH!!

    Oh wait, you don’t have to answer that. I’ll just go check the bribes payable account.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 8 months ago

      Less than you!! Shilllll!!777!!!!lll

      • Voldenuit
      • 8 months ago

      Hehehe.

      Bean Cannon.

        • chuckula
        • 8 months ago

        New Intel codename…. CONFIRMED!

      • Mr Bill
      • 8 months ago

      Onboard sound with extra bean bass confirmed.

        • Redocbew
        • 8 months ago

        [quote<]Onboard sound with [s<]extra bean bass[/s<] eXtreme Bean Innovations(EBI)[/quote<] Fixed. I've been known to make a few bean innovations myself from time to time.

    • Neutronbeam
    • 8 months ago

    “rises to the occasion”? I doughn’t know about that remark.

    Also, pro tip–Do not have broccoli burritos if you will then be in an enclosed area for any length of time, such as a movie theatre.

    EDIT: Changed be then to then be.

      • Redocbew
      • 8 months ago

      You’re saying that it requires proofing?

        • Neutronbeam
        • 8 months ago

        OMG no; oh the humanity! Think of the children!

          • Redocbew
          • 8 months ago

          On second thought you’re right. Bread puns are so lamé.

            • Neutronbeam
            • 8 months ago

            You’re so right, we don’t knead them.

            • Mr Bill
            • 8 months ago

            Talk about a gluten for punishment.

        • Krogoth
        • 8 months ago

        You just need to build a refinery/morph a drone into an extractor/wrap in an assimilator.

      • Krogoth
      • 8 months ago

      What doesn’t kill you just makes you stronger.

        • NTMBK
        • 8 months ago

        What about that which kills small animals in the immediate vicinity?

          • Redocbew
          • 8 months ago

          That’s what they get for hanging around someone who would put broccoli in a burrito.

          • Krogoth
          • 8 months ago

          They better have roll enough for CON to survive the saving throws…..

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