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Saturday Lunchtime (20 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 20-January-2007  11:46:13 (GMT +10) - by Rational

Vindaloo sends in word of an album he is releasing for free over the internet entitled "Fetching Shoulders". "fetching shoulders" has surfaced as a mix of understated hiphop, warped funk and melodic rock, with generous contributions from musicians and friends from the local Perth scene ... the music that Jenkins creates retains the relaxed feel that remains absent in a lot of hiphop music ...". For more information and some sample tunes you can visit the Myspace page or get the torrent here.

It seems that the Nintendo Wii is doing extremely well compared to the Xbox 360. "It took the Nintendo Wii just three weeks to surpass the Xbox 360's sales in Australia for the entire fourth quarter of 2006, figures from market watcher GfK show. The quarterly figures, released by games analyst Daniel Morse, show Nintendo sold 51,744 Wiis, whereas Microsoft sold 45,036 Xbox 360s. However, since the Wii only went on sale from December 8, its figures relate only to the three weeks to December 31, whereas the Xbox 360 numbers pertain to the entire three-month quarter."

Techgage has posted some thoughts on the new Seagate 15k RPM Savvio drives. "When it comes to computer storage, no one leads the pack quite like Seagate. This is thanks to the fact that they are continually the first out the door with new drives that boast higher densities and good reliability. In the past ~16 months we were graced with the 160GB Momentus laptop drive and also the 750GB Barracudas. We now have a 1TB Barracuda on the horizon. Enterprise storage is one of Seagates key markets however, so that's where they shift a good deal of focus. Earlier this week they announced their Savvio 15K line-up, 15K meaning 15,000 RPM. The reason this is of interest is because the Savvio comes in a 2.5" frame, unlike all other 15K drives that settle in the same 3.5" chassis like normal desktop drives."

The US military has tested a 8 megajoule railgun in hope of developing futuristic weaponry which are faster, cheaper and have a longer range. " The railgun works by sending electric current along parallel rails, creating an electromagnetic force so powerful it can fire a projectile at tremendous speed. Because the gun uses electricity and not gunpowder to fire projectiles, it's safer, eliminating the possibility of explosions on ships and vehicles equipped with it. Instead, a powerful pulse generator is used. The prototype fired at Dahlgren is only an 8-megajoule electromagnetic device, but the one to be used on Navy ships will generate a massive 64 megajoules. Current Navy guns generate about 9 megajoules of muzzle energy."

For those interested in a possible upcoming "The Diamond Age" mini series there is a thread in the forums.

Eric has sent in some funny news including this article which talks about an aquarium that doubles as a toilet. Those poor fish. "The Fish 'n Flush is a clear two-piece toilet tank that replaces a standard toilet tank, with a see-through aquarium wrapping itself around a conventional toilet tank."

That Singaporean teen who was caught stealing Wifi has sentenced to 18 months probation. "The first person busted was a seventeen-year-old kid, the once murky details of his arrest now made clear with his conviction and sentencing. Apparently the teen tried to grab a WiFi signal from his front yard after his mom confiscated his modem."

I spotted this game while wandering the internet. Armagetron Advanced is a 3D open source Tron clone and doesn't need a fast PC to play. I remember playing the original Armagetron a few years ago and it has evolved into this version. Screenshots of the game can be seen here.

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