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 Monday, 15-April-2013  16:05:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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This is worrying - a Perth man has been convicted for taking photos in public. A Perth man, who happens to be a photographer and photography teacher, has been charged and convicted of disorderly behaviour for taking photographs in a public place without the permission of the subject. Discussion here.

At the Intel Developer Forum, some new server processors were announced, with coverage on VR-Zone, Tech Report and HotHardware. As Diane Bryant (senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Datacenter and Connected Systems Group) revealed, the company will soon refresh its Xeon and Atom processor lines with new products manufactured using Intel's advanced 22nm process node, which offer improved performance per watt characteristics and expanded feature sets that target specific applications.

Also at IDF, some new USB specifications that take it to 10Gb/s. Recent SuperSpeed USB updates include a new specification development effort underway to double the data through-put performance of existing SuperSpeed USB to 10Gb/s and the now publicly available USB power delivery specification. The speed enhancement to SuperSpeed USB will use new cables that are fully backward compatible with existing USB connectors and cables. The new single-cable for data and power delivery up to 100W initiative is also gaining popularity among device makers.

HP have launched a new type of cartridge server, which looks pretty much like a higher-density Blade system. HP has launched a new class of 'cartridge' sized servers that fit into a chassis it has dubbed 'The Moonshot'. They use the same energy-efficient mobile processors you might use in your tablet or smartphone and fit into a form factor that dwarfs even the thinnest of blades.

A modder named Bacteria has crammed 15 consoles into one box. The one of a kind entertainment center is the culmination of three years and $700 invested in bringing this dream to life. All of the hardware inside is either from the original consoles (no emulation of clone systems here!) or custom built -- such as the 16-position switch. And, it should go without saying, that it took a whole lot to get these gaming machines to share a single power supply, video cable and control pad.

Here's a great mashup of The Princess Bride and Game of Thrones. But we would like to see even more of this, in particular imagining Varys as Vizzini, Hodor as Fezzik and Aria Stark as a pint-sized Inigo Montoya.

NASA have announced the 2013 International Space Apps Challenge. The International Space Apps Challenge is a technology development event during which citizens from around the world work together to solve challenges relevant to improving life on Earth and in space.

Meanwhile here's a bit of interesting data-mining, of the photos taken of Earth from the ISS. Since the first mission to the International Space Station over 12 years ago there have been over a million photographs taken by astronauts looking out from four hundred kilometers above Earth. Nearly all of them have been archived on NASAís servers. Iíve crawled that archive, pulling down the location for each of the 1,129,177 photographs taken from the ISS. The photos themselves are viewable here.

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