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 Friday, 27-January-2012  13:23:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Denis points out that the Macquarie Dictionary's voting for their Word of the Year 2011 closes at midnight tonight.

Some good news from eBay: Australian casual sellers now pay no listing fees. As announced in September 2011, eBay has been trialling free insertion fees on single quantity items in any listing format for casual sellers, up to 30 listings per month. Following positive feedback, eBay is delighted to make this trial permanent, effective immediately.

ArsTechnica checked out some big-time storage. The storage system backing Google's search engine has to be able to serve millions of data reads and writes daily from thousands of individual processes running on thousands of servers, can almost never be down for a backup or maintenance, and has to perpetually grow to accommodate the ever-expanding number of pages added by Google's Web-crawling robots. In total, Google processes over 20 petabytes of data per day. That's not something that Google could pull off with an off-the-shelf storage architecture.

Toyota will be racing petrol-electric hybrid cars in the Le Mans 24h race this year, and they sound pretty good. The TS030s use a snazzy THS-R (Toyota Hybrid System - Racing) powertrain, featuring an all-new 3.4-litre normally aspirated V8 petrol engine and hybrid system with capacitor storage (whatever that means) and the oily stuff's hidden under a brand-spankers carbon fibre LMP1 chassis, which was developed and produced at Toyota Motorsport GmbH in Cologne, Germany, where the complete car was assembled for the first time in preparation for testing.

DVice report on plugging the internet into your brain. But fear not, future human batteries in training! Researchers from around the world are hard at work developing ways to mainline the virtual world directly into your brain. No middle man required. Here we present some of the coolest upcoming technology that will collapse the divide between meat and machine.

If you've been irritated by your Corsair Vengeance 1500 headphones, SiliconAngel has some good news. I contacted Corsair, and without so much as another question, they sent me a set of leatherette earcup pads for the HS1 (model number: CA-HS1-EARPADS, lot No: 111904472) which, being exactly the same dimensions, fit perfectly. I've been using them for a couple of days now (the longest session without a break was around six hours) with no discomfort whatsoever :-)

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