25 Nov 03:40

Funerals Are For the Living

by Randal Milholland

Comic for 11-24-2020

The post Funerals Are For the Living appeared first on Something Positive.

23 Nov 08:02

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23 Nov 06:04

Comic for 2020.11.23

New Cyanide and Happiness Comic
25 Nov 09:03

Comic: Unready

by Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho)
New Comic: Unready
23 Nov 12:49

How a Thanksgiving Day gag ruffled feathers in Mission Control

by Eric Berger
Flight Director James M. (Milt) Heflin, in Mission Control during the flight of STS-26 in 1988.

Enlarge / Flight Director James M. (Milt) Heflin, in Mission Control during the flight of STS-26 in 1988. (credit: NASA)

The phone call from the "Mountain" to Mission Control in Houston came at just about the worst possible time. It was the wee hours of Thanksgiving morning in 1991. Up in space, the crew members on board space shuttle Atlantis were sleeping. Now all of a sudden, Lead Flight Director Milt Heflin faced a crisis.

The flight dynamics officer in Mission Control informed Heflin that the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, which tracked orbital traffic, had called to warn that a dormant Turkish satellite had a potential conjunction with the space shuttle in only 15 minutes. Moreover, this potential debris strike was due to occur in the middle of a communications blackout with the crew, as the spacecraft passed over the southern tip of Africa.

There was no way for Heflin's engineers to calculate an avoidance maneuver, wake the crew, and communicate with them before the blackout period began. Heflin was livid—why had the Air Force not given more warning about a potential collision? Typically, they provided about 24 hours' notice. By God, if that satellite hit Atlantis, they could very well lose the astronauts as they slept. The crew of STS-44 might never awaken.

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24 Nov 07:31

Have You Played… Hearthstone?

by James Law

A screenshot from Hearthstone Trial By Felfire, showing the player's opponent (a big orc) saying 'Ahhhhh hah hah hah! in what I can only assume is a needlessly triumphant manner

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time.

I bloody love Hearthstone. Every time a collectible card game comes out, people come together to agree that this one, absolutely, definitely, is The Hearthstone Killer. But it never is. The ease with which you can pick up Hearthstone and understand the basic mechanics, win conditions, and strategies makes it the most welcoming CCG for those new to the genre. Honestly though, the potential depth the game has for extremely high level big brain plays is there for those of us who want to test the limits of our card playing and deckbuilding ability.

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23 Nov 00:13

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23 Nov 21:27

[ASAP] Photorearrangement of [8]-2,6-Pyridinophane N-Oxide

by Evan E. Hurlow, Janice B. Lin, Morris J. Dweck, Selbi Nuryyeva, Zhengao Feng, Tyler K. Allred, K. N. Houk, and Patrick G. Harran

TOC Graphic

Journal of the American Chemical Society
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.0c09310
23 Nov 17:17

Monday assorted links

by Tyler Cowen
23 Nov 09:48

Chapter 78: Page 16

Waiting?
23 Nov 05:51

Girl Genius for Monday, November 23, 2020

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23 Nov 08:02

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23 Nov 20:32

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I'll never install a smart home smoke detector. It's not that I don't trust the software--it's that all software eventually becomes email, and I know how I am with email.
23 Nov 21:15

AMD laptops have a hidden 10-second performance delay. Here’s why

by Jim Salter
Stylized illustration of computer component.

Enlarge / When it's on battery, your new Ryzen 4000 series laptop doesn't deliver its true performance until about 10 seconds into a full-throttle workload. (credit: Aurich Lawson / AMD)

In an embargoed presentation Friday morning, Intel Chief Performance Strategist Ryan Shrout walked a group of tech journalists through a presentation aimed at taking AMD's Zen 2 (Ryzen 4000 series) laptop CPUs down a peg.

Intel's newest laptop CPU design, Tiger Lake, is a genuinely compelling release—but it comes on the heels of some crushing upsets in that space, leaving Intel looking for an angle to prevent hemorrhaging market share to its rival. Early Tiger Lake systems performed incredibly well—but they were configured for a 28W cTDP, instead of the far more common 15W TDP seen in production laptop systems—and reviewers were barred from testing battery life.

This left reviewers like yours truly comparing Intel's i7-1185G7 at 28W cTDP to AMD Ryzen 7 systems at half the power consumption—and although Tiger Lake did come out generally on top, the power discrepancy kept it from being a conclusive or crushing blow to AMD's increasing market share with the OEM vendors who are actually buying laptop CPUs in the first place.

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24 Nov 17:29

[ASAP] Electroreductive Carbofunctionalization of Alkenes with Alkyl Bromides via a Radical-Polar Crossover Mechanism

by Wen Zhang and Song Lin

TOC Graphic

Journal of the American Chemical Society
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.0c08532
23 Nov 18:37

Business Shorts

by Reza
25 Nov 10:03

Chapter 78: Page 17

Something else.
25 Nov 06:18

Girl Genius for Wednesday, November 25, 2020

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23 Nov 23:40

Comic: Kind Words

by Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho)
New Comic: Kind Words
23 Nov 22:04

Comic for 2020.11.23

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24 Nov 08:01

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25 Nov 09:57

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