Barbershop Quartet Day Shortbread

Oh, jeepers creepers, where'd ya get those peepers? 

PC hardware and computing

  1. Cooler Master MasterBox Q500L compact ATX case review @ PC Perspective
  2. Palit GeForce GTX 1660 StormX OC review @ bit-tech
  3. Corsair Carbide 275Q review @ Guru3D
  4. G.Skill Trident Z Royal DDR4-3600 (F4-3600C18D-16GTRS) review @ Hexus
  5. Alienware Area-51m review @ HotHardware
  6. Creative SXFI Amp review (with E-MU Teak headphones) @ KitGuru
  7. Team Group MP34 M.2 NVMe SSD 512 GB review @ TechPowerUp
  8. Nixeus NX-EDG27S v2 review @ TFT Central

Games, culture, and VR

  1. The story behind the 1999 launch of LEGO Star Wars @ TheBrothersBrick
  2. Surviving Mars turns the red planet green in terraforming expansion @ Rock Paper Shotgun (alright, this earns a spot back on my radar)
  3. So you want to be a wargamer? Skip the plinky-dinky and go with Gettysburg @ Quarter To Three

Hacks, gadgets and crypto-jinks

  1. Amazon Kindle review (2019): The Paperwhite gets a run for its money @ Engadget
  2. FindyBot3000 is listening and ready to help @ HackADay (a miniature, DIY, pick-to-light system for you workshop? yes please!)

Science, technology, and space news

  1. The ISS is a cesspool of bacteria and fungi, study finds @ Slashdot
  2. Electric fish inspires murky-water camera @ New Atlas
  3. Interactive demo shows the power of fourier transforms @ HackADay (unless you're already an expert, absolutely make time to read and play with this)
  4. The basics of modern AI—how does it work and will it destroy society this year? @ Ars Technica (see parenthetical above)

Cheese, memes, and shiny things

  1. Love cheese? Love ice cream? Do we have the festival for you @ argusleader.com
  2. The GIGABYTE Aorus RGB M.2 SSD review: nothing is too small for RGB LEDs @ AnandTech
  3. Corsair Harpoon RGB wireless gaming mouse review @ Legit Reviews
Colton Westrate

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

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    • HERETIC
    • 8 months ago

    And in other news-
    Any inquiry on PSU’s always received a easy and simple answer-
    Seasonic-Seasonic-Seasonic. In that order (ha ha)
    That ended today, Seasonic has started farming out it’s lower end PSU manufacturing to a third party, who are using lower quality components-
    [url<]https://aphnetworks.com/reports/seasonic-s12iii-500w[/url<] Still recommend Seasonic, you just have to be more careful what you choose................

      • shaq_mobile
      • 8 months ago

      That’s really too bad. I usually get the nicer corsair ones, but I’ve always liked the seasonics I’ve had.

        • K-L-Waster
        • 8 months ago

        I thought the nicer Corsairs were often rebranded Seasonics?

          • shaq_mobile
          • 8 months ago

          Are they? Hooray! 🙂

          I don’t know. I’ve just had good luck with them and they are quiet and significantly cheaper than seasonics.

          I used to get antec, like 15 years ago…

          Any other great brands?

      • Goty
      • 8 months ago

      I don’t think it’s fair to say you shouldn’t recommend these units just because Seasonic has farmed out the manufacturing. I’d wait for some read testing before drawing any conclusions, but I’d be surprised if Seasonic was willing to tarnish their reputation by putting their name on a sub-par product.

        • HERETIC
        • 8 months ago

        Apart from being a very old cross-loaded design, that you shouldn’t really use these days.
        The reduction in quality of the components is my line in the sand.

        Your right about Seasonic’s reputation,and remembering it’s a solid over-engineered design
        (Seasonic’s trademark) that’s been around forever, possibly the most sold PSU ever…………..

          • Goty
          • 8 months ago

          [quote<]Apart from being a very old cross-loaded design, that you shouldn't really use these days. The reduction in quality of the components is my line in the sand.[/quote<] I can't speak to the topology concerns (though I know that Seasonic moved to fully resonant designs much later than most other manufacturers, probably because they were able to extract greater efficiency than others from the older design than others), but nothing about the rest of the components seems too bad to me. Teapo caps are cheap[i<]er[/i<] sure, but they wouldn't worry me if they were in my PSU. Are you worried about any other components in particular?

            • HERETIC
            • 8 months ago

            The writer’s comments-” However, what was surprising to me was the lower-tier components, ”
            the cap’s, and third party manufacturer, are enough to make me cautious………………

            • Goty
            • 8 months ago

            Fair enough; I guess we’ll just have to wait for the reviews!

      • derFunkenstein
      • 8 months ago

      That’s kind of a bummer but I guess we’ll see how they do in reviews. Hopefully they’re still high quality.

      Who else will sell you a power supply that can withstand 10 years of use and still pass outright torture tests? [url<]https://m.hardocp.com/article/2019/03/28/seasonic_x750_750w_psu_10_year_redux/1[/url<]

    • ronch
    • 8 months ago

    Thanks for reminding me to get a haircut.

    • DragonDaddyBear
    • 8 months ago

    OMG, that transforms link blew my mind. If only I had know that you could do that with math when I was a kid I might have cared enough to pay more attention.

      • blastdoor
      • 8 months ago

      definitely a cool visualization!

      • chuckula
      • 8 months ago

      There’s a reason they forced us to spend a semester pretty much doing Fourier transforms.

      They never had a visualization like that though. There’s always a need to show what the abstract math actually does to bring the point home in an educational environment.

        • jihadjoe
        • 8 months ago

        The first taste I got of those fourier visualizations was from a dead-tree book by Stephen Hawking. It was about the history of maths, combining stories of past luminaries with their discoveries.

        FFTs were shown as a bunch of rulers with hinges at the end, attached to even smaller rulers.

        Anyways it was truly an excellent book and many of the concepts were so much easier to grok after reading how their original inventors came up with them. A lot of the old math actually came from geometry, and so a geometric presentation intuitively makes a lot more sense than the raw numbers and formulas that are often used to teach them in school.

        Made me revisit Leithold in my 30s, and seriously wish I had stumbled on that book when I was still in college.

        Edit: The book in question
        [url=https://books.google.com/books/about/God_Created_The_Integers.html?id=Lu83DgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false<]Google Books (preview)[/url<] [url=https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2096.God_Created_the_Integers<]Goodreads[/url<] [url=https://www.amazon.com/God-Created-Integers-Mathematical-Breakthroughs/dp/0762430044<]Amazon[/url<]

      • Physicist59
      • 8 months ago

      One of the cooler things you can do with Fourier transforms is shift a digitized waveform by less than the time period between each sample point. As a physicist, I have used this trick quite a few times. I am surprised he did not mention it.

      TLDR
      A Fourier transform breaks up a waveform into a set of frequencies at particular phases (temporal relation of one sine wave to another). If you take the Fourier transform, modify the phase only, then do a reverse transform, you can produce an arbitrary time shift in the data. Fun times.

        • DragonDaddyBear
        • 8 months ago

        I wouldn’t understand a lick of it, but what does the math look like on that?

        • chuckula
        • 8 months ago

        The one they always beat into our heads is that the inverse Fourier transform of a product of two frequency-domain signals (i.e. Fourier-transformed signals) gives you the equivalent of the convolution of the original two time-domain signals. Anything to avoid a convolution!

      • Mr Bill
      • 8 months ago

      Lets not forget 2D FFT of (e.g. 60,000 mapped gravity readings). It’s mathematically equivalent to computing the Singular Value Decomposition of the same data set. The number of significant singular values and singular vectors corresponds to the order of the polynomial filter you are applying.

    • Krogoth
    • 8 months ago

    Anybody else getting Goodfeathers vibes from that picture?

      • chuckula
      • 8 months ago

      I’m unkrogothed with the Animaniacs reference!

        • Krogoth
        • 8 months ago

        Krogoth: “What did you call me?”

        Chuck: “I said that I was unkrogothed with that reference!”

        Krogoth: “You think that I’m some kind of barbarian pillaging ancient Rome?”

        (fuming with internal anger)

        “That’s it!”

        (Krogoth starts a fight with Chuck)

          • chuckula
          • 8 months ago

          Don’t make me beat you over the head with a discrete GPU (that’s dead of course).

            • Mr Bill
            • 8 months ago

            Gentlemen lets not be indiscreet; the pigeons are watching.

      • Mr Bill
      • 8 months ago

      [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFRNd35BAAA<]Pigeon Sax Quartet[/url<]

    • thedosbox
    • 8 months ago

    This may interest the mechanical keyboard fetishists among you

    [url<]https://twitter.com/tinymakesthings/status/1115712031858937857[/url<]

      • shaq_mobile
      • 8 months ago

      That’s so cool. I can’t find that anywhere else in the internet. 🙁

      • BillyBuerger
      • 8 months ago

      Those are some impressive looking artisans there. But I never saw the appeal in those keycaps myself.

        • DragonDaddyBear
        • 8 months ago

        I can think of a lot of keys my wife or kids would rarely use. It’s a way to decorate and have fun. I liken it to stickers or the classic fuzzy dice in a car.

          • highlandr
          • 8 months ago

          I showed it to my wife last night and she said it was the nerd equivalent to Jibbitz for Crocs. I had to agree; No real purpose but decoration.

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 8 months ago

    Great read on Start Wars + LEGO history.

    • DragonDaddyBear
    • 8 months ago

    No black hole imagery under science news?

    EDIT: Good videos on it.
    Explaining how the light would bend: [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUyH3XhpLTo[/url<] Explaining the magnitude (and lack) of the scale: [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_GVbuddri8[/url<]

      • drfish
      • 8 months ago

      Oops, I knew I forgot [url=https://xkcd.com/2135/<]something[/url<].

        • thedosbox
        • 8 months ago

        Love the enthusiasm from (now Dr.) Katie Bouman

        [url<]https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47891902[/url<]

      • Krogoth
      • 8 months ago

      Where we are going we aren’t going to need eyes…..

        • Waco
        • 8 months ago

        Liberate tutemet ex inferis…

          • Krogoth
          • 8 months ago

          *sees last video of the crew after going through FTL travel* We’re leaving……

            • Waco
            • 8 months ago

            Now I need to watch it again…

      • Mr Bill
      • 8 months ago

      Black Hole Sun, won’t you come?
      Nice link choices.

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