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National Grief Awareness Day Shortbread

I’m still not over these losses. Ever-fracturing streaming media is a joke. Android sucks compared to Windows Phone.

PC hardware, computing, and RGB LEDs

  1. Deepcool Gamerstorm Castle 240EX AIO review @ Guru3D
  2. Fixing MSI’s Design Flaw: Thermal Pad Swap on RX 5700 XT Evoke OC @ Gamers Nexus
  3. G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4-3600 ([amazon_textlink asin=’B07WVT8SGF’ text=’F4-3600C16D-16GTZNC’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’techreport09-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’bdee4d98-6cc8-4e27-8479-96c70e18acfa’]) review @ Hexus
  4. [amazon_textlink asin=’B07MRD1LDZ’ text=’Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’techreport09-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’583de2b3-0c52-4937-8bdc-14d9017b6d1a’] router review @ HotHardware
  5. Asus ROG STRIX 750W Gold power supply review @ KitGuru
  6. 12 CPUs tested using neat video noise reduction tool w/ NeatBench 5 @ Legit Reviews
  7. ASUS ROG Strix Carry review @ TechPowerUp
  8. [amazon_textlink asin=’B07TMK8HMC’ text=’GeForce RTX 2070 Super’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’techreport09-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’ecb52fd4-73fe-4e55-9160-58736b5def3b’] vs. [amazon_textlink asin=’B07T8C3SM8′ text=’Radeon RX 5700 XT’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’techreport09-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’4e99163d-d2c8-4d9e-a5d1-8f8295c4c28d’]: 37 game benchmark @ TechSpot
  9. AMD [amazon_textlink asin=’B07SQBFN2D’ text=’Ryzen 5 3600X’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’techreport09-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’2fe947a5-826f-420d-9b97-eecf1db7c837′] review @ PC Perspective
  10. The [amazon_textlink asin=’B07T5QDRFN’ text=’MSI MEG X570 Godlike’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’techreport09-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’38930d7b-5e07-4699-b45c-0eae7e0b4257′] motherboard review @ AnandTech

Games, culture, and VR

  1. WoW Classic queues are long enough that players are even queuing in-game for quests @ Rock Paper Shotgun
  2. Aladdin and The Lion King are reportedly being remastered for Switch @ Nintendo Life

Hacks, gadgets and crypto-jinks

  1. Cat litter tray joins the internet of things @ HackADay
  2. US hack attack hobbles Iran’s ability to target oil tankers, NYT says @ Ars Technica
  3. How insurance companies are fueling a rise in ransomware attacks @ Ars Technica (this is terrifying, and a must-read piece)

Science, technology, and space news

  1. “We’re embarrassed”: US is close to losing measles-elimination status @ Ars Technica
  2. TV manufacturers unite to tackle the scourge of motion smoothing @ Slashdot
  3. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is finally complete @ New Atlas (in Civ, this would be a lot of hammers)
  4. Starhopper aces test, sets up full-scale prototype flights this year @ Ars Technica (this was so freaking cool, can’t wait to see what comes next)

Cheese, memes, what have you

  1. Disney World now has an epic food crawl that’s dedicated entirely to cheese at Epcot @

16 responses to “National Grief Awareness Day Shortbread

  1. @Willard
    Tone matters. Take a step back, then another step back, and just look at your own post. Yours is the first post here that sounds like R&P. I’m not talking about the factual content of your post, which of course also matters. But I’ll say it again: Tone matters.

    Ideology works like the Matrix — a surrogate reality — and you are either in it, or you’re not. So yes, Ludi is correct in saying that in some cases the backlash has been just as ideological; that’s really just a truism. If Ludi’s harmless statement sounds dangerously close to an apologism for the anti-vax viewpoint… Hate to break it to you, but you’re in the Matrix, bud.

    True confidence in one’s facts has a ring to it that’s instantly recognizable (like DrFish’s excellent tone-setting post above). Ideology on the other hand often comes across as desperation to prove one’s own point… Desperation which manifests as that characteristic R&P tone, or as those drive-by downvotes Ludi mentioned.

  2. I didn’t downvote but I would because of the following:
    “but the backlash has been just as ideological”
    Not even close. Don’t you dare make that false equivalence. Vaccinations are based on science and a track record of *BILLIONS* of babies saved. That’s not ideology, it’s reality.
    “OTHER than vaccination”
    Eh, washing my hands’ll cover most of it. Well it won’t. People with mumps, eg., can pass it for days before they even realize they have it.
    Studies of hospital workers have shown drastic gains in handwashing after awareness campaigns. One meta-analysis found an increase from 23% to 42% (and this study really cherry-picked original studies to rule out selectivity bias in publishing results)! But that’s pretty short of 100%, and that’s hospital workers!
    Further, what is to be gained by framing this as either-or? Why can’t we have both?

  3. Question to the individual(s) doing the drive-by downvotes: which of my statements do you disagree with, and why?

  4. Agreed that the backlash has its own issues and extreme positions in some cases.

    But the primary thrust behind my original comment is the thought that the aggregate content of modern day vaccines given to babies -might- cause problems in some infants. That is all I’m saying, that there’s the possibility of it. Just as there’s the possibility that electromagnetic radiation exposure in modern times might cause problems in some people.

    Does that mean people should not get vaccinated or that they should not use wireless devices or cell phones?

    No it does not.

  5. I actually agree with you. On one hand it’s unfortunate that the militant anti-vaxxers live in a state of ideological possession, but the backlash has been just as ideological and just as ignorant of the facts in some cases.

    The biggest one is this: It is almost certainly fair to say that the majority of reduction in communicable disease, outside of perhaps a half-dozen of the most contagious airborne pathogens, is due to public health investments and environmental regulations OTHER than vaccination. The peak of contagious disease occurred in times and places where you might have 5-10 low-income migrant families living in a single city tenement with unsanitary water supplies, a single shared latrine, poor ventilation, widescale air pollution from coal furnaces, bad heating in the winter and worse cooling in the summer, rats and other vermin running unchecked, few or no antibiotics, etc.

    Vaccination is AN important component of public health but it is not the explanation for everything.

  6. I would never consider NOT vaccinating my child. I never have, and it’s insane not to.

    But those who think that there is zero risk to any babies being vaccinated today, or that the increase in the number of them administered to a baby today (and at one time) vs. how many were given a generation ago is not a possible cause for some concern or further analysis, well that’s simple hubris. Anything man-made is not infallible.

    To not have just a tiny amount of skepticism?….C’mon! We’ve been down this road too many times in other arenas. It’s like believing that Microsoft is not interested in profits and is going to be an Open Source company, or that ulcers are caused by acidic foods, or that there couldn’t possibly be anything wrong with asbestos….

  7. And while I agree, there are some parents with HUA syndrome challenging the legal requirements for vaccination, and that’s where it meets the R&P stuff.

    Unfortunately, no vaccine for HUA syndrome is available. Scientific literacy is the only real cure.

  8. seriously. My son has severe chrohn’s and, as such, is taking drugs to shut down his immune system. I I consider your ideologically(or ignorance) motivated unvaccinated children to be assault.

  9. People are just blissfully ignorant of childhood illnesses that used to ravage newborns and children.

    There’s a reason why infant and childhood mortality plumbed down with the introduction of vaccines and basic hygiene. I have two granduncles who died in childhood (seen their gravestones) from diseases that are now easily preventable today.


  10. I’ll never consider this “debate” R&P territory. This is hard science and a bunch of fools ignoring facts. It’s everyone’s responsibility to get their act together for the sake of the folks who legitimately can’t be vaccinated, which is also hard science.

  11. > “We’re embarrassed”: US is close to losing measles-elimination status @ Ars Technica

    Okay, I know this treads on R&P territory, but VACCINATE YOUR CHILDREN. Vaccines are wonder drugs that don’t cure diseases, but instead make infection impossible until those diseases disappear.

    I really hope people learn this lesson before polio makes its return.

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