National Making Life Beautiful Day Shortbread

PC hardware, computing, and RGB LEDs

  1. Something’s fishy about this computer @ HackADay
  2. Patriot Viper VPN100 M2 NVMe 512 GB SSD review @ Guru3D
  3. TerraMaster F2-221 review @ Hexus
  4. Intel Optane Memory H10 512GB review @ KitGuru
  5. ADATA XPG SX6000 Pro 512GB SSD review @ Legit Reviews
  6. Audioengine A2+ wireless computer speakers review @ TechPowerUp
  7. Budget RTX 2060 or Premium RTX 2060? @ TechSpot

Games, culture, and VR

  1. Report: Blizzard began making, then canceled, a StarCraft first-person shooter @ Ars Technica
  2. Steven Spielberg is writing a horror series that you can only watch at night @ Slashdot
  3. More E3 news than I can handle, sorry.

Hacks, gadgets and crypto-jinks

  1. The Atomic Pi: is it worth it? @ HackADay
  2. Lenovo Smart Clock review @ HotHardware
  3. World’s first 360-degree infinity pool would top a 55-story tower in London @ New Atlas
  4. Bizarre new theories emerge about Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto @ Slashdot
  5. Takata’s deadly airbags: an engineering omnishambles @ HackADay (fascinating)

Science, technology, and space news

  1. NASA will allow private astronauts on the ISS for $11,250-$22,500 a day @ Ars Technica
  2. Schrodinger’s Cat lives @ HackADay
  3. How 20th century nuclear testing can help scientists detect art forgeries @ New Atlas
  4. NASA’s Mars Helicopter passes another flight test @ Slashdot (I’m so stoked for this part of the mission)

Cheese, memes, what have you

  1. The endangered cow being saved by cheese @ atlasobscura.com
Colton Westrate

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

Comments
    • oldog
    • 2 months ago

    Do you get a complimentary cheese and wine platter with the $22,500.00 a day room?

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      • anotherengineer
      • 2 months ago

      The very rich make that in the time it takes to fart.

      Conservative example

      $100,000,000 in bank at 2% —> 38.5k /week

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        • Captain Ned
        • 2 months ago

        Stinky cheese farts in the ISS as a paying guest? Pretty sure the Soyuz on your trip back down will mysteriously have to reenter in ballistic mode, meaning 8G or more of decel.

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        • peartart
        • 2 months ago

        Someone in NASA needs to learn how pricing works. The overall cost for getting up there is in the 10s of millions because you have to pay for the shuttle ride up, but most of the value in the trip is having a place to stay. They are leaving a lot of money on the table.

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          • freebird
          • 2 months ago

          How much is Uber or Lyft charging??? Their stock prices have already past by the ISS on the way to the moon… but watch out for a “fiery re-entry” on the way back down.

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    • willmore
    • 2 months ago

    “It’s called fashon, dad, look it up.”

    Why do I hear this voice in my head when I look at that picture?

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    • davidbowser
    • 2 months ago

    Random deal from email:

    Other World Computing (aka macsales) is running a deal on the 4TB version of the 2.5 inch SATA Micron 5100 ECO. It will put you back US$375.

    It is a higher GB/$ than the 1TB options, so it is really meant for people hellbent on replacing the last of their spinning rust.

    [url<]https://eshop.macsales.com/item/Micron/AK3T8TBY1A/[/url<]

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    • DPete27
    • 2 months ago

    @ Fish tank PC – Do fans really survive well when they’re churning in mineral oil as opposed to air. Seems like a lot more work.

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      • drfish
      • 2 months ago

      Hmm, I’ve always been curious about that myself…

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      • davidbowser
      • 2 months ago

      I had never thought about using regular fans. I had always thought that a fish tank pump would circulate enough fluid to make it work.

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      • Usacomp2k3
      • 2 months ago

      That is one sexy HSF. Looks like the Zalmans of old.

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      • willmore
      • 2 months ago

      Well, I would think they would be fine. Modern PC fans use brushless, electrically commutated motors. That means they have a set of electromagnets stationed around the periphery which act on a multi-pole magnet in the inner chase of the impeller. There’s usually a Hall effect sensor in there to sense motor phase and a little IC to drive the coils appropriately based on that phase.

      This lets them operate at any speed with good torque. I’m not sure one designed for air use will spin at an optimal speed to get good flow with something like mineral oil around it. But, you could easily alter the electronics and impeller to make one. It would probably even be common off the shelf parts–just ones that aren’t normally used together. I’d think you’d need the large coils of a high speed motor and the low AoA of a low pressure fan. But I’m not the right kind of engineer to do that part.

      Reply
    • Neutronbeam
    • 2 months ago

    1. That kid is seriously cute…like, more than your cats cute.

    2. An infinity pool transparent on all sides. With a rising airlock staircase. On top of a building 700+ feet high. What could possibly go wrong? I will have nightmares for weeks about this. Just NO.

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      • drfish
      • 2 months ago

      She just can’t help herself. 😀

      How to get into the pool was my first thought too. I was shocked when the only answer I could think of was the actual solution they want to use. Few things are less practical or more cool. I love it.

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      • Mr Bill
      • 2 months ago

      2. Not to mention what if 007 jams the sub so it cannot come? Or worse, breaks the bottom of the pool? I can picture some fool cannon-balling into the pool from a helicopter and, oops. Looking down at a 700 foot drop beneath the pool or at any edge? That gives me the willies right there.

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    • Usacomp2k3
    • 2 months ago

    I hate those seatbelt buckles. We won’t buy anything that has the center push release. We pay more for the graco, but the pinch style just works so much better. (https://23ejf145mpkj40crs82u74e9-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/SnugridePinchTest.jpg)

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    • superjawes
    • 2 months ago

    [quote<]Report: Blizzard began making, then canceled, a StarCraft first-person shooter @ Ars Technica[/quote<]It didn't stand a [i<]Ghost[/i<] of a chance...

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      • Krogoth
      • 2 months ago

      They didn’t learn their lesson first time around. The FPS market is oversaturated and core Starcraft audience doesn’t care for silly shooters. The casuals are opting for battle royales and MOAB-style stuff.

      Who thought that green-lighting a second attempt at a FPS based in Starcraft universe was a good idea needs to have their priorities checked.

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        • superjawes
        • 2 months ago

        Your take is bad, and you should feel bad. Plenty of people loved the StarCraft series for the story, and even though I wasn’t even into PC gaming at the time, I remember plenty of hype for [i<]Ghost[/i<]. Besides, if you click on the article, you see that the "development" was basically limited to prototypes, so it's not like they invested millions on it. Plus, StarCraft already has the framework for a FPS game (or several). The prototypes were allegedly using a terran marine, but with ghosts, firebats, medics, and vehicles, that could easily turn into a fun, complex campaign. It also sounds perfect for coop, too. Imagine [i<]Left 4 Dead[/i<] meets [i<]StarCraft[/i<]. I'd play that.

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          • Krogoth
          • 2 months ago

          Sorry to burst your bubble. The majority of the Starcraft fandom don’t care for twitch shooters.

          The original Ghost was killed because it end-up being a “Halo” clone using Starcraft lore assets. Bungie had already beaten Blizzard to the Sci-Fi shooter punch. Blizzard was able to salvage some of the lore assets from the Ghost project into Starcraft II: Nova Covert Ops.

          There is less room for a second attempt and at best it would have have end-up competing against Overwatch and COD franchises.

          It is time to let the Starcraft franchise lay rest on the pasture.

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            • superjawes
            • 2 months ago

            Oh, my mistake. I didn’t realize that a story-driven FPS would directly compete with over-the-top hero shooters and gritty military shooters. You are right. There is no room for additional variety.

            Thanks for setting me straight, wise Krogoth.

            • Krogoth
            • 2 months ago

            Blame the current demographics and gaming scene. It is too risky to spend time and $$$$ to take an existing IP to a new direction especially when your recent few fiscal quarters were rocky.

            This isn’t the 1990s-2000s.

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