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Wednesday Night (11 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 2-January-2013  23:17:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Time for some news catchup!

MSI and the OCAU HWBOT Team are running a competition in the forums. Everyone who makes a submission in week one and week 2 will automatically go into the draw to win a MSI 660 Ti Power Edition.

The R18+ game rating has come into effect as of January 1st. Mr Rau says the rating does not mean obscenely violent or sexually explicit games, or games that depict drug use, will become available. "The regime still contemplates that some games will be so unsatisfactory that they will be refused classification altogether. Now, that will continue," he said. Discussion continues towards the end of this thread.

Some people think Kim Dotcom is good for New Zealand. "It remains to be seen whether New Zealand courts force him to face American copyright law," the editorial concludes. "But he has been good for this country. He exposed things we needed to know and did so with an unfailing sense of fun."

Back closer to home, the world's largest radio telescope will soon be built, partly in Australia. The SKA will provide scientists with the farthest peek into the universe and, therefore, time. That $2 billion project will comprise 3000 dishes spanning South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, and will be funded by a consortium of 20 nations. Discussion here.

Schnappy spotted this amazing hovering rocket test by SpaceX. Grasshopper, a vertical takeoff and landing vehicle (VTVL), rose 131 feet (40 meters), hovered and landed safely on the pad using closed loop thrust vector and throttle control. The total test duration was 29 seconds. Grasshopper stands 10 stories tall and consists of a Falcon 9 rocket first stage, Merlin 1D engine, four steel landing legs with hydraulic dampers, and a steel support structure.

Futurelooks have a DDR3 roundup. We’ve assembled a great group of memory kits all worthy of your consideration. Some are intended to support gamers, others pander to content creators, while some call out to niche system modders and overclockers. We’re having a look at the Mushkin Enhanced Redline 1600, Kingston HyperX Predator 1866, Patriot Memory Viper III Venom 2133, ADATA Game Series V2.0 2400 and Corsair Dominator Platinum 2666 memory today to see how they measure up.

A new tiny box could be the next big thing. Basically the engineers at Leap Motion have invented the 3D user interface of the future. You don’t use a keyboard and mouse; you don’t even use a touch screen. You just move your fingers in the air, and, as if by magic, with zero latency and pinpoint accuracy, stuff happens on your screen. Think of Microsoft’s Kinect controller, but way better. Leap Motion claims its device is 200 times more accurate than anything on the market and can track your finger movements down to 1/100th of a millimeter.

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