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Thursday Afternoon (21 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 6-December-2012  14:17:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Prime Minister has some grim news - it's the end of the world after all. Certain Mayan-predicted death, total global destruction and bad stuff will take place on Friday 7 December 2012. Dr Karl, and now the PM, have confirmed it - so it must be true. However, NASA disagree, so I don't know what to think.

If the world doesn't end tomorrow, we can rejoice in Intel's commitment to keep making socketed CPUs, thanks JH. “Intel remains committed to the growing desktop enthusiast and channel markets, and will continue to offer socketed parts in the LGA package for the foreseeable future for our customers and the Enthusiast DIY market,” Intel spokesman Daniel Snyder told Maximum PC. “However, Intel cannot comment on specific long-term product roadmap plans at this time, but will disclose more details later per our normal communication process.”

EEVBlog have a video pulling apart a giant old HDD. What's inside a $250,000 1980's vintage IBM server hard drive used in banks? 1989 vintage Model 3390 mod2 1.89GB or 3.78GB.

Outy spotted this cool Amblight project video. I've seen the ambient lighting behind TVs before but not one that follows the on-screen content like that. It's a neat effect!

There's a new film about Steve Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher. Unfortunately, it's called jOBS .. I kid you not. The movie aims to tell the story of Jobs' life from wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple and revered creative entrepreneur. A Facebook page for the film said jOBS is an "incredibly powerful and true story of the visionary who set out to change the world, and did".

Brains noticed this new password-cracking powerhouse using 25 AMD GPUs. GPUs are also being used in a more beneficial role, battling HIV. Spanish medical researchers are tapping the power of thousands of networked PCs sporting Nvidia video cards to battle HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, according to the graphics chip maker.

Microsoft's Surface seems to be not catching on too well, thanks Gunna. In a note to clients picked up by Forbes, the firm states that Surface sales in the December quarter are shaping up to fall into the 500,000 to 600,000-unit range, well below its earlier estimates of between 1 million and 2 million units. According to Detwiler, Microsoft’s tablet strategy appears to be “in disarray.” Update: or not, thanks reklaw120!

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