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The Fish Tank Chassis is half PC, half… aquarium?

At first glance, you see an aquarium (hopefully) filled with fish. You look again, and realize it’s not an aquarium: it’s a PC. Actually, it’s both! The Y2 Fish Tank Chassis combines a beautiful 13 liter aquarium with an industrial-looking horizontal PC tower, and we love it.

Metal Fish, the Chinese maker of the Y2 Fish Tank Chassis, is a PC parts manufacturer with a wide range of towers, motherboards, fans, and wires. Plopping an aquarium to the top of one of their towers seems strange at first, but when you think about it, the concept starts to make sense (especially for a company named ‘Metal Fish’).

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You’ll need to build the actual computer yourself. The tower portion of this unique case is 27 liters or 370 by 250 by 290mm. It’s big enough to pack some midrange hardware in there, but you’ll have to stick to a Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX motherboard.

There’s room for two 90mm cooling fans, a single 2.5-inch drive, and a 220 mm video card. There are two USB-A ports and a power button, and there’s enough space for a small power supply.

Best of all, the case comes with RGB lighting and a separate remote to control it.

The aquarium comes with a USB-powered filter which is also an oxygenator. There’s an LED light strip along the top of the aquarium, which Metal Fish claims is designed to promote plant and fish health. The glass panels are 5mm thick.

The water-filled aquarium could potentially help with computer cooling. However, the case isn’t big enough to pack powerful GPUs in there, which means if you push the computer, you’ll probably end up warming the water above it.

However, for the aquarium hobbyist or ichthyologist in your family, this could be the perfect basic home computer case.

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Fortnite Fish Fiesta promises a week of rare fish and weapons

Starting today, Epic has kicked off Fortnite Fish Fiesta in its battle royale game, part of its ongoing Wild Weeks event that brings a notable change to the island every seven days. This time around, players will benefit from a boost to Fortnite‘s fishing holes, including longer fishing durations and the promise of rare fish.

Though fishing holes have been around in Fortnite for a while, it has only been during the recent past that they’ve offered a greater variety of fish. If you’re lucky, and assuming you’re using a more powerful pole, you’ll retrieve high-tier weapons and rare fish, the latter of which offers special abilities like generating rifts on the spot.

Fortnite Fish Fiesta will increase your odds of pulling rare fish from the fishing holes, which will offer up more weapons and fish per hole than usual. As well, Epic says that the weapons retrieved from these spots will be tiered at a Rare level or higher, making them hot spots for getting ideal firearms.

The Pro Fishing Rod, which is needed to pull more rare items from the fishing holes, will also be more plentiful around the battle royale island for the next week, giving players the opportunity to quickly amass a notable loadout. As with other Wild Weeks, this will force players to adjust their strategies while helping keep things feeling fresh.

Epic points out that this week will be a good time for players to fill out their Fishing Collection Book and to complete the Legendary Quest from Turk. You have until May 20 at 10 AM ET to take advantage of the amplified fishing holes before the Fiesta week ends and the next Wild Week begins.



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Japanese app Tuna Scope uses AI to grade the quality of fish

A Japanese chain of sushi restaurants is using an AI-powered app to assess the quality of tuna — a key step in the preparation of sushi that traditionally requires years of training from experienced human buyers. But can it really replace a human’s fish sense?

The app, named Tuna Scope, was developed by Japanese advertising firm Dentsu Inc. It uses machine learning algorithms trained on thousands of images of the cross-sections of tuna tails, a cut of the meat that can reveal much about a fish’s constitution.

From a single picture, the app grades the tuna on a five-point scale based on visual characteristics like the sheen of the flesh and the layering of fat. For an experienced fish grader, these attributes speak volumes about the sort of life the fish led, what it ate, and how active it was — thus, the resulting flavor. Dentsu claims that its AI has captured the “unexplainable nuances of the tuna examination craft,” and in tests comparing the app with human buyers, the app issued the same grade more than four times out of five.

But sushi experts and fishmongers are a little more cautious about Tuna Scope’s ability to replace fish graders, especially those buying meat for high-end sushi and sashimi.

Dentsu’s app uses machine learning algorithms to assess the tuna from just a single picture.
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Keiko Yamamoto, a chef and sushi instructor based in London, told The Verge that it’s certainly possible to grade tuna based on visuals alone. Although we often judge the quality of produce based on touch, Yamamoto says with tuna, appearance is everything. “I’ve had to cut fresh tuna every two weeks, so I know what’s good, what’s not good,” she says.

Yamamoto says the exact qualities buyers are looking for can be hard to capture in words but are unmistakable to the trained eye. The highest-quality tuna has an intense bright red color and a certain degree of translucency, as if the flesh is almost glowing. “It looks bouncy, or soft, maybe, to your eye,” she says. “Good quality tuna is silkier and shiny.”

It seems possible to use AI to make basic assessments of the quality, says Yamamoto. She adds that she’s also not surprised that Japan is pursuing this tech, considering its aging population means traditional skills are not always passed down to younger generations.

Right now, according to The Asahi Shimbun, it seems Tuna Scope is only being used to grade fish for restaurant chain Kura Sushi, which offers cheap sushi and uses other cost-saving devices like robotic dishwashers. Kura Sushi reportedly purchases 70 percent of its fish for sushi overseas and is wary about its buyers traveling during the current pandemic. The app means local agents can make on-the-spot assessments instead.

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Chefs and fishmongers judge the quality of tuna based on the sheen and color of the flesh.
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But while this sort of automation might work for a large chain like Kura Sushi, it won’t meet the demands of high-end chefs and sushi aficionados, according to Richard Cann, a sales manager at T&S Enterprises, a wholesale fishmonger that supplies many of London’s top Japanese restaurants, like Nobu in Mayfair and Zuma in Knightsbridge.

“We always have and always will do it by eye,” Cann tells The Verge. “I don’t think there’s a need to grade tuna with an app.”

This is partly to do with differences in the procurement process between chains and high-end restaurants. In Tuna Scope’s marketing material, buyers use the app to judge the quality of frozen tuna by snapping pictures of the tail section. But Cann says outfits like T&S Enterprises buy the tuna whole and unfrozen and divide it themselves into specific cuts.

In busy periods, Cann says his team receives two shipments a week of around fresh four tuna apiece, each of which can weigh upward of 500 pounds (226 kg) and has to be butchered by hand. Assessing the quality of the fish is not something that happens once, he says; it’s an ongoing process. “The guys who cut up our bluefin here, they’ve been doing it for 10, 15 years,” he says. “It’s a knack you pick up, you just know what’s good and know what’s bad.”

Cann says T&S has relationships with chefs around the city who trust its workers and, by extension, the quality of its fish. Trying to automate even part of the buying experience would break that chain of trust, he says. Because although the trade might be selling fish, “we’re a people business in everything we do.”

“We’d never use an app because we quite like human beings,” says Cann. “It’s good to have them around.”

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Red Dead Redemption 2: How to Unlock Fishing, Find Fish

Red Dead Redemption 2 is an often brutally violent game, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get away for a relaxing break every now and then. What better way to kick back than by going on a little fishing trip? It just so happens that RDR2 has a pretty robust fishing system, which is mighty impressive since it’s almost completely optional.

Fishing has tangible benefits, too. Its a good and simple way to keep your food stocked, and you can sell your haul for a decent profit as well. To help you become an expert fisherman, we’ve put together a guide packed with everything you need to know about the art of fishing in RDR2. Here’s our Red Dead Redemption 2 fishing guide.

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How to unlock fishing in Red Dead Redemption 2

Like many other things in RDR2, fishing isn’t available from the start. You’ll have to wait until the chapter two mission, “A Fisher of Men.” During this mission, you take John Marston’s young son Jack fishing down at a river near camp. This mission serves as the basic tutorial for fishing, and from then on, your fishing rod will always be available in your satchel.

You can then visit any body of water and cast your reel to see if you can get a bite.

The basics of fishing

The actual act of fishing is fairly simple. You simply press and hold L2/LT to hold out the rod, then press and hold R2/RT to cast. How far the line goes is determined by how long you hold R2/RT. The left stick moves the rod and the right stick, when moved in a clockwise direction, reels the line back in. If at any time you’re unsatisfied with your current attempt, you can simply press Circle/B to cut the line and start over again.

The nuance of this activity comes with the type of fishing you’re doing. In RDR2, you can either fish with a bait or a lure.

Bait fishing

Bait fishing, the type that is taught to you in the chapter two mission, is the straightforward, leisurely sort. You’re most likely to catch small/medium size fish with standard bait. All you need to do is cast your line and wait for a fish to come to it. You can speed up this process by pressing R2/RT to swivel the bait. This action attracts fish to latch onto the hook.

Since a lot of bait is perishable, you don’t want to just cast your line anywhere. The longer it sits in the water, the less chance you have of snagging a fish. Instead, you can often see visible ripples in the water. The ripples indicate fish are near, beneath the surface. Try and cast your line close to the ripples for the best chance at success.

Once a fish bites, you need to press R2/RT to hook it and then tire it out. Flick the left stick in the opposite direction of the tug until you stop feeling resistance on the pole. If you try and reel while the fish is fighting, there’s a good chance your line will break and you’ll have to restart the process. Typically you have to switch between reeling and tiring the fish out at least a few times (unless your line is right at the water’s edge).

Lure fishing

Lure fishing is a bit harder to perfect but nets you some bigger scores. Instead of just casting towards the ripples, you want to cast beyond them. In order to lure fish properly, you have to reel the line in slowly until the fish bites. As you’re reeling, flicking your lure can help, but sometimes you will have to recast multiple times in order to get the right angle.

Because lure fishing attracts larger fish, you’re more likely to lose a fish once it’s on the line. That means you have to be careful when reeling/tiring it out. We found that during the tiring process, especially with large fish, you can’t just move the line in the opposite direction. It helps to move it in every direction except the direction the fish is fleeing. This is because if you put too much pressure on the line in one direction, it’s likely to snap. Also, be mindful of when to reel and don’t get greedy. If a large fish wants to get away and you’re still reeling, it will get away. Lure fishing takes more effort and patience.

Once you catch a fish you can either use it to make a meal or sell it to the butcher for cash.

Bear in mind that big fish caught with lures must be stowed on the back of your horse.

Where to buy bait and lures

The only shop that sells items specific to fishing needs is the Bait and Tackle store in Lagras. There, you can buy lures and baits such as live worms. Of course, you can fish with regular food such as cheese, bread, and corn, but lure fishing requires you to head over to Lagras. We’ve marked the location of the shop on the map above.

Types of bait/lures and fish they attract

Here’s a list of the baits and lure you’ll come across and which fish they attract:

  • Crayfish: For catching big fish (Largemouth Bass)
  • Live crickets: For catching medium fish (Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass)
  • Live worms: For catching medium fish (Steelhead Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Rock Bass)
  • Cheese: For catching small fish (Bluegill, Rock Bass)
  • Corn: For catching small fish (Chain Pickerel, Bullhead Catfish)
  • Bread: For catching small fish (Perch, Redfin Pickerel, Bullhead Catfish)
  • Special Lake Lure: For catching Legendary Fish (Legendary Bluegill, Legendary Largemouth Bass, Legendary Perch, Legendary Redfin Pickerel, Legendary Rock Bass, Legendary Smallmouth Bass, Legendary Sockeye Salmon)
  • Special River Lure: For catching Legendary fish (Legendary Bullhead Catfish, Legendary Chain Pickerel, Legendary Large Sturgeon, Legendary Muskie, Legendary Steelhead Trout)
  • Lake lure: For catching medium and large fish in lakes (Lake Sturgeon, Muskie)
  • River lure: For catching medium and large river fish (Sockeye Salmon, Northern Pike)
  • Swamp lure: For catching medium and large fish in the swamp (Longnose Gar, Channel Catfish)

Each of the three lures have “special” versions that increase the likelihood of catching big fish in their respective bodies of water. More on this later, but special lures only become available at the shop after getting the legendary fishing map.

Without visiting the shop, you can still fish for small fish with bread, cheese, and corn. We’ve found these three basic baits in many of the general stores.

Where to find each type of fish

You can’t find all the fish in one area. Certain types of fish prefer lakes over rivers, the north over the south, etc. Here’s where you’re likely to encounter each type of fish:

  • Bluegill: Lakes and rivers
  • Bullhead Catfish: Swamps
  • Chain Pickerel: All bodies of water
  • Channel Catfish: Swamps, especially when rainy
  • Lake Sturgeon: Southern lakes and swamps
  • Largemouth Bass: Southern bodies of water
  • Longnose Gar: Swamps, especially when rainy
  • Muskie: Northern lakes
  • Northern Pike: Northern rivers
  • Perch: Lakes and rivers
  • Redfin Pickerel: Southern rivers
  • Rock Bass: Lakes
  • Smallmouth Bass: Northern rivers
  • Sockeye Salmon: Northern rivers
  • Steelhead Trout: Southern lakes

Fish right when the sun comes up and when it’s raining

Fishing in real life is often done in the early morning hours because that’s when the fish bite. It works similarly in RDR2. You’ll find more fish swimming around in the morning than you will at any other time of day. Fishing around noon is your second best option. Also, though you can’t control it, when rain starts falling, you can catch some real big fish, especially in the swamps. None of this means you can’t catch fish whenever you’d like, but RDR2 cares about realism.

What about legendary fish?

Early on, a story mission reveals that there are legendary hunts. Well, there’s also legendary fishing opportunities. There are 13 of them. In order to learn their locations, you have to acquire a map in The Heartlands. Open your map and look directly south of “The Heartlands” down to the water’s edge. There you will find Gill’s Landing and one of the “stranger’ events (shown as a white circle). Speak to Jeremy Gill on the dock and he will offer you the “A Fisher of Fish” side quest. The quest is to catch all 13 legendary fish. Mr. Gill thankfully gives you a map with the fish locations on it.

Before you attempt to catch any of the legendary fish, make sure you have the special lures (Special River, Special Lake, Special Swamp). You need those to catch legendary fish.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fish Guide for February 2021

Animal Crossing: New Horizons offers a lot of different ways for players to enjoy island life. One of the primary ways of enjoying your time and making some extra bells on the side is by fishing. Although it seems like a trivial task, catching new species of fish can be rewarding. Fish can be used to complete the museum collection or can be sold for cold, hard bells.

Catching the fish you want can be a little tough, though. The game follows real-world seasons, so the availability of certain fish will vary from month to month. What fish you catch can also be influenced by the time of day, weather, and location on your island where you’re fishing. On top of this, you’ll need to take into account whether or not your island is located in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere of the game, which also impacts fish availability. All of these things combined can make it difficult to narrow down where the last fish you need for your museum could be swimming.

Getting your feet wet in fishing is simple. When you see a fish’s shadow in the water, cast your fishing rod in that direction. Fish will often nibble a few times before grabbing onto your line, so keep an eye on when the fishing reel drops. When a fish grabs the line, you’ll hear a loud “plop” sound, and should press A right away to start reeling that fish in.

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Each fish available will cast a different-sized shadow. By checking out the size of the fish in the water, you could get a better idea of which fish you’re about to catch. Pay attention when you’re out fishing for the shadow size of the fish you want to increase your chances. Larger fish, such as sharks, will be large enough that a fin will stick out of the water. By contrast, the ribbon eel has a long, slender shadow and is distinct from other fish shadows.

Welcome to the winter, Northern Hemisphere! Because of the winter, there are no new fish to find this month. However, at the end of this month, the pond smelt and the blowfish will be leaving. Be sure to get your hands on them before they’re gone!

In the Southern Hemisphere, we have a chance to catch the soft-shelled turtle, moray eel, and the ray. Unfortunately, the killifish, frog, giant snakehead, napoleonfish, and squid leaves at the end of February.

Here’s a guide to all the fish available right now in each location and how much they sell for in Nook’s Cranny. Remember that CJ will pay double what the Nooks pay for fish.

Northern Hemisphere

  • Bitterling: River, all day (900 bells)
  • Pale chub: River, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (200 bells)
  • Crucian carp: River, all day (160 bells)
  • Dace: River, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (240 bells)
  • Carp: Pond, all day (200 bells)
  • Koi: Pond, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (4,000 bells)
  • Goldfish: Pond, all day (1,300 bells)
  • Pop-eyed goldfish: Pond, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (1,300 bells)
  • Ranchu goldfish: Pond, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (4,500 bells)
  • Freshwater goby: River, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (400 bells)
  • Bluegill: River, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (18o bells)
  • Yellow perch: River, all day (300 bells)
  • Black bass: River, all day (400 bells)
  • Pond smelt: River, all day (500 bells)
  • Stringfish: River, all day (15,000 bells)
  • Sturgeon: River (mouth), all day (10,000 bells)
  • Sea butterfly: Sea, all day (1,000 bells)
  • Blowfish: Sea, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. (5,000 bells)
  • Anchovy: Sea, 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. (200 bells)
  • Horse mackerel: Sea, all day (150 bells)
  • Sea bass: Sea, all day (400 bells)
  • Red snapper: Sea, all day (3,000 bells)
  • Dab: Sea, all day (300 bells)
  • Olive flounder: Sea, all day (800 bells)
  • Squid: Sea, all day (500 bells)
  • Tuna: Pier, all day (7,000 bells)
  • Blue marlin: Pier, all day (10,000 bells)
  • Football fish: Sea, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (2,500 bells)
  • Oarfish: Sea, all day (9,000 bells)
  • Barreleye: Sea, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. (15,000 bells)

Southern Hemisphere

  • Pale chub: River, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (200 bells)
  • Crucian carp: River, all day (160 bells)
  • Dace: River, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (160 bells)
  • Carp: Pond, all day (300 bells)
  • Koi: Pond, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (4,000 bells)
  • Goldfish: Pond, all day (1,300 bells)
  • Pop-eyed goldfish: Pond, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (1,300 bells)
  • Ranchu goldfish: Pond, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (4,500 bells)
  • Killifish: Pond, all day (300 bells)
  • Crawfish: Pond, all day (200 bells)
  • Soft-shelled turtle: River, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (2,750 bells)
  • Snapping turtle: River, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. (5,000 bells)
  • Frog: Pond, all day (120 bells)
  • Freshwater goby: River, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (400 bells)
  • Catfish: Pond, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (800 bells)
  • Giant snakehead: Pond, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (5,500 bells)
  • Bluegill: River, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (180 bells)
  • Black bass: River, all day (400 bells)
  • Tilapia: River, all day (800 bells)
  • Sweetfish: River, all day (900 bells)
  • Guppy: River, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (1,300 bells)
  • Nibble fish: River, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (1,500 bells)
  • Angelfish: River, 4 p.m to 9 a.m. (3,000 bells)
  • Betta: River, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (2,500 bells)
  • Neon tetra: River, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (500 bells)
  • Rainbowfish: River, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (800 bells)
  • Piranha: River, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (2,500 bells)
  • Arowana: River, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (10,000 bells)
  • Dorado: River, 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. (15,000 bells)
  • Gar: Pond, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (6,000 bells)
  • Arapaima: River, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (10,000 bells)
  • Saddled bichir: River, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. (4,000 bell)
  • Sea horse: Sea, all day (1,100 bells)
  • Clownfish: Sea, all day (650 bells)
  • Surgeonfish: Sea, all day (1,000 bells)
  • Butterflyfish: Sea, all day (1,000 bells)
  • Napoleonfish: Sea, 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. (10,000 bells)
  • Zebra turkeyfish: Sea, all day (500 bells)
  • Pufferfish: Sea, all day (250 bells)
  • Anchovy: Sea, 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. (200 bells)
  • Horse mackerel: Sea, all day (150 bells)
  • Barred knifejaw: Sea, all day (5,000 bells)
  • Sea bass: Sea, all day (400 bells)
  • Red snapper: Sea, all day (3,000 bells)
  • Olive flounder: Sea, all day (800 bells)
  • Squid: Sea, all day (500 bells)
  • Moray eel: Sea, all day (2,000 bells)
  • Ribbon eel: Sea, all day (600 bells)
  • Blue marlin: Pier, all day (10,000 bells)
  • Giant trevally: Pier, all day (4,500 bells)
  • Mahi-mahi: Pier, all day (6,000 bells)
  • Ocean sunfish: Sea, 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. (4,000 bells)
  • Ray: Sea, 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. (3,000 bells)
  • Saw Shark: Sea, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (12,000 bells)
  • Hammerhead Shark: Sea, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (8,000 bells)
  • Great white shark: Sea, all day (13,000 bells)
  • Whale shark: Sea, all day (13,000 bells)
  • Suckerfish: Sea, all day (1,500 bells)
  • Barreleye: Sea, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. (15,000 bells)
  • Coelacanth: Sea (raining), all day (15,00 bells)

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