National Gardening Exercise Day Shortbread

gardening

PC hardware, computing, and RGB LEDs

  1. be quiet! Dark Rock Slim CPU cooler review @ PC Perspective
  2. Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2TB NVMe M.2. SSD review @ Guru3D
  3. PNY XLR8 CS3030 1TB SSD review @ KitGuru
  4. Silverstone Precision PS15 review @ TechPowerUp
  5. The OWC Aura Pro X2 SSD review @ AnandTech

Games, culture, and VR

  1. Ikea wants to help you level-up your game @ Quarter To Three (quite weird)
  2. Fact-checking website Snopes is locked in a nasty legal dispute @ Slashdot
  3. The days of getting a cheaper cable bill by threatening to leave may be over @ Slashdot (yeah, because everyone has already cut the cord)

Hacks, gadgets and crypto-jinks

  1. Storm chasers score bullseye on tornado with instrument-packed rocket @ HackADay
  2. Apple asks developers to place its login button above Google and Facebook @ Slashdot

Science, technology, and space news

  1. Michelin and GM unveil airless tires for a puncture-free ride @ New Atlas
  2. ESA’s reusable Space Rider capsule would carry equipment to orbit and back @ New Atlas
  3. World View flies its remote sensing balloon for 16 days and 5,000km @ Ars Technica
  4. Amazon shows off new all-electric Prime Air drone that will start delivering packages ‘within months’ @ Slashdot (sure, there are potential downsides, but I am firmly in camp “I can’t wait for this next piece of the future to arrive”)

Cheese, memes, what have you

  1. Apple Mac Pro design inspires cheese grater jokes, and they’re pretty gouda @ cnet.com
  2. Apple envisioned new Mac Pro’s ‘cheese grater’ design years ago @ macrumors.com (duh)
  3. Apple’s $6,000 cheese grater is a goddamn revelation @ mashable.com
  4. Apple is back to cheese graters because it’s hard to upgrade a trash can @ theverge.com
  5. Goodbye trash can, hello cheese grater: Apple’s reinvented Mac Pro will shred your workflow @ TechCrunch
Colton Westrate

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

Comments
    • anotherengineer
    • 2 months ago

    well looks like the Gigabyte X570 mobo’s are officially stating support for ecc

    Support for ECC Un-buffered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8 memory modules

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      • Srsly_Bro
      • 2 months ago

      But do the CPUs?

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    • davidbowser
    • 2 months ago

    I commemorate this day by watching the landscapers replace my patio steps, level the ground and weed the area. I feel refreshed!

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    • blastdoor
    • 2 months ago

    Regarding cheese
    [url<]https://www.theonion.com/maze-with-cheese-in-center-enters-human-trials-followin-1835293395[/url<]

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      • Captain Ned
      • 2 months ago

      Who Moved My Cheese!!
      [url<]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_Moved_My_Cheese%3F[/url<]

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        • JustAnEngineer
        • 2 months ago

        This cheese is stale.

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      • K-L-Waster
      • 2 months ago

      Don’t fall for Big Dairy’s tricks! All you need is Essential Curds.

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        • Srsly_Bro
        • 2 months ago

        If they aren’t from Wisconsin, I cannot approve them.

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    • blastdoor
    • 3 months ago

    Snopes is the last best hope for mankind. Let’s hope it doesn’t fail.

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      • K-L-Waster
      • 2 months ago

      Zathrus approves.

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        • Redocbew
        • 2 months ago

        No, Zathras approves.

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          • Krogoth
          • 2 months ago

          No, no, no, Zathras approves.

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            • Srsly_Bro
            • 2 months ago

            How can any of you be so sure?

            • willmore
            • 2 months ago

            This is why Zathrus cannot have nice things.

            • Redocbew
            • 2 months ago

            Zathras always acting before thinking.

            • Srsly_Bro
            • 2 months ago

            With an ‘a’ or ‘u’???

            • Redocbew
            • 2 months ago

            Zathras. The difference is in pronunciation.

            Zathras. Zathras. Zathras. See? Zathras is the reckless one.

            • K-L-Waster
            • 2 months ago

            Zathras not the one.

            Oh, wait, that the other one.

      • Usacomp2k3
      • 2 months ago

      Meh, they used to be better before they started to get political. They should have that as a different brand if they want to get into that minefield.

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        • Spunjji
        • 2 months ago

        I’d argue they didn’t “get political” at all – lies got political. Random nonsense shared via chain email has metastasized into political propaganda spread via social media; failing to address that sea-change would have been an abandonment of their mission.

        Take a brief look at the comments under that Slashdot snippet. There’s some next-level meta-mendacity going on in there: off-topic posts casting doubt about the precise nature of the lies that Snopes has debunked, in order to hand-wave away the debunking. A paraphrased example is “Nobody said Hillary was seriously ill, they were Just Asking Questions about her eye movements, Snopes debunked a straw man”. This is classic disinformation strategy, and after a while you begin to notice that the people pushing these narratives invariably claim to be centrists whilst only ever really complaining about supposed “liberal” bias.

        We live in a world where decentralized groups like the QAnon cultists craft webs of lies based loosely on innocuous truths, organisations like Breitbart and InfoWars pick up and launder the most successful lies, and mainstream media sources like Fox signal boost them to the general population. All of these actors play on rampant political polarization to cast accusations of bias against anyone debunking the original lies. As such, it’s now impossible to debunk popular lies without at some point being cast as “political”.

        Sorry for the long response, but I didn’t just want to respond with “no I disagree” or “you’re wrong”. I respect the possibility of different perspectives, but I think the reality of modern disinformation campaigns means your take here is misguided.

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          • blastdoor
          • 2 months ago

          Very nicely stated — I agree entirely.

          I would add that refraining to debunk the type of “political lies” you describe would mean that Snopes refrains from doing the most important thing they can do.

          My B5 allusion was intentional. That show was incredibly prescient regarding the shadowy forces now threatening our world.

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          • puppetworx
          • 2 months ago

          They select what they wish to fact check and what they’d rather not, which exposes their bias. That doesn’t mean they’re wrong about anything, just biased. Most media deceive by omission – that’s how they get away with it – and they’re no different.

          For example [url=https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/twitter-images-inauguration/<]this[/url<] 'fact check' is clearly slanted (I just looked for a quick example). They have cherry picked a few social media posts to create a fact check about. Surely the important fact check would have been about the mainstream media's claims referenced in the posts? Instead they selected a handful of people who accused the media of lying while simultaneously lying and then fact checked only those accusers. They're not lying. But they are deceptive and they are biased. Just like every other media outlet.

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            • Spunjji
            • 2 months ago

            You conflate bias with being untrustworthy or deceptive. That’s a fallacy: biased things can still be trustworthy and it’s impossible to eliminate selection bias. The best sources balance an acknowledged selection bias with a dedication to covering their chosen topics faithfully, and they cultivate trustworthiness by being right a lot more often than they’re wrong. Snopes does all of those things relatively well.

            You also contend that Snopes should have fact-checked the “mainstream media narrative” being referenced in the posts they debunked. Thing is, I took a look and those posts don’t mention any specific narrative – they merely allude to one, then employ the “mainstream media” bogeyman to broadly target whomever the reader might think fits that category.

            Your apparently simple demand implies that Snopes do the following:
            1) Monitor social media for posts alleging conspiracies by the “mainstream media”,
            2) Create a mutually agreeable definition of which sources count as “mainstream media”,
            3) Aggregate the output of those sources to find coherent themes that might plausibly count as the “mainstream media narrative”,
            4) Fact-check all of those narratives,
            5) Do all of that quickly, with limited resources, and avoiding the possibility of being accused of selection bias at any point in the process.

            Frankly, that’s bloody ridiculous – not least of all because you’re suggesting they chase down whatever lead an account posting *obvious disinformation* instructs them to.

          • JustAnEngineer
          • 2 months ago

          [quote=”Spunjji”<] Lies got political. [/quote<] Over [url=https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/04/29/president-trump-has-made-more-than-false-or-misleading-claims/?utm_term=.0e5f22f0228a<]10,000 times[/url<] since taking office, not counting repeats in the same speeches:

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            • Spunjji
            • 2 months ago

            Funny that you’d receive downvotes for that comment. Facts have a “liberal” bias and all that :/

            • blastdoor
            • 2 months ago

            [quote<]Facts have a "liberal" bias and all that :/[/quote<] Such a sad state of affairs in which we find ourselves. Stream of consciousness follows: 1. I used to think of myself as a conservative Republican. 2. Long before it was popular, I was a Hamiltonian. I thought of Alexander Hamilton as the quintessential conservative -- no rose colored glasses, hard-headed logic and facts. A guy who did what made sense, not what felt good. In 1790, the facts had a Hamiltonian bias. 3. A bunch of con artists have turned the Republican party into a freak show and, in the process, have seriously eroded the reputation of democracy itself. GD you people to heck.

      • davidbowser
      • 2 months ago

      If you have a few spare bucks to throw at the GoFundMe, then I encourage you to do so.

      If you can’t afford it, then please post the link on your TwInstaFace

      [url<]https://www.gofundme.com/savesnopes/donate[/url<] [url<]https://twitter.com/DavidBowserRuns/status/1136002766395105280?s=20[/url<] EDIT: Everyone got my thumbs for Zathras. "Zathras warned Zathras, but Zathras never listened to Zathras"

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        • Neutronbeam
        • 2 months ago

        Took a day for me to figure out the reference–well done!

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    • Srsly_Bro
    • 3 months ago

    Since we’re talking about gardening…

    [url<]https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/washington-becomes-first-state-to-legalize-human-composting/[/url<]

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      • Usacomp2k3
      • 3 months ago

      I’m all for it.

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      • drfish
      • 3 months ago

      I [url=https://techreport.com/news/34606/national-lucky-penny-day-shortbread<]had you covered[/url<], Bro.

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        • Srsly_Bro
        • 3 months ago

        Dang, you should have saved it for today! Tbf I read the article awhile ago and didn’t have a moment to post until now

        Thanks for the heads up, bro.

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    • Krogoth
    • 3 months ago

    July 20th 2009, Skymower became self-aware and launch an all-out attack against all lawns. It became known as “Landscaping Day”.

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    • Usacomp2k3
    • 3 months ago

    I need a robomower ASAP!

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      • Neutronbeam
      • 3 months ago

      As you naively play into the gripping actuators of our future robotic overlords. THIS is how democracy dies!

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        • Krogoth
        • 3 months ago

        With buzzing and chomping applause…….

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