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Monday Night (23 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 1-January-2007  22:23:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

As is traditional, this time of year has many "looking back" articles. Scientific American have their most important stories of 2006, including the death of Steve Irwin. Google list their top searches and the top one I have never even heard of before. CNet consider the 2006 highlights from a tech perspective, while Eurogamer and Shacknews have their Game(s) of the Year announced.

How old is the Grand Canyon? Apparently they can't tell you, to avoid confusion between the geographical age, and Noah's flood. WTF?

The Mars Rovers, entering the fourth year of their 90-day mission, have learned some new tricks. In addition to their continuing scientific observations, they are now testing four new skills included in revised flight software uploaded to their onboard computers.

Here's a cool super-high resolution picture of Boston. I love these things, they really bring out the voyeur in me.

A German tourist wanting to spend Xmas in Sydney (Australia) ended up 13,000km from his destination when he typoed the online booking form and selected Sidney, Iowa, USA. "I didn't notice the mistake as my son is usually good with computers," his mother, Sabine, told Reuters. Nein!

Level505 have a sneak peek at ATI's upcoming R600 GPU. The following massive 12-page article, including lots of benchmarking of the R600 and GeForce 8800GTX, shows who did his homework better during the last months of the never-ending fight between ATI and nVidia. First of all we need to say that ATI’s R600 is not available to the public market yet (while we do have a certain certification sample), while nVidia’s G80 (better known as GeForce 8800) hit the stores already.

HWZone meanwhile reckon there's some news in the solid-state drive market, with SanDisk recently purchasing M-System, who have made solid-state drives for a while. According to our information, M-System-SanDisk is currently working on a new series of drives, which for the first time is aimed at private consumers and not for sole military applications, and have entered an advanced production stage.

Wired have an interesting article wondering if tetris is a drug. Even spanking new, Tetris was so addictive that Pajitnov himself was instantly hooked. He laughs, "You can't imagine. I couldn't finish the prototype! I started to play and never had time to finish the code. People kept playing, playing, playing. My best friend said, 'I can't live with your Tetris anymore.'"

Some more games for today: Gateway and 42 HHGTTG mini-games.



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