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Monday Morning (2 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 30-April-2007  07:42:11 (GMT +10) - by Rational

Blue Gene/L, the most powerful supercomputer in the world has simulated half a mouse brain. The scientists ran a "cortical simulator" that was as big and as complex as half of a mouse brain on the BlueGene L supercomputer. In other smaller simulations the researchers say they have seen characteristics of thought patterns observed in real mouse brains.

Ben sent in a warning about a Paypal phishing exploit taking advantage of Google adsense. The Paypal Phishers are now exploiting Google Adsense forceful redirects to try to separate us from our hard earned money. Dragos Lungu has a blog on it: PayPal Phishing exploiting Google Adsense Redirect. As always, never click on a link in an email purporting to be from Paypal. Always enter paypal.com.au directly into your address bar.

Check out this this unusual computer chair which supposedly reduces fatigue, and as the title puts it, your bank balance. Today, we have a stylish new sci-fi addition to the wacky computer desk/chair club. The forthcoming [hopefully] G-Tech Neber chair is currently on show in Korea. Itís very sleek and probably very expensive but just look at all the chrome and clock-like structure with more than a passing nod to the Matrix movies - just without the 8-inch spike in the base of the skull.

Marc sent in this work log of a guy who is trying to make his PC bulletproof and then test the modification by shooting bullets at it. Just like the title says, this case will be bulletproof. Literally. When we are done with this case, we are going to shoot it with a variety of firearms, from a .22 LR to a .50 cal muzzle loader with all kinds of things in between. No, I am not kidding. Yes, we are planning to video the event.

Some ashes of the actor James Doohan (aka Scotty from Star Trek) have been shot into space two years after his death. Nearly two years after his death, the man who made "beam me up" a household phrase has finally been beamed up himself. James Doohan, famous for his role as Scotty on "Star Trek," is one of about two hundred people whose ashes blasted off from New Mexico's Spaceport America on Saturday.

Mobilised have asked the question Is the OLPC doomed? because of corporate greed. What began as an ambitious, but admirably noble dream of providing the world's underprivileged children an opportunity for the future is rapidly looking less like a charity and more like a sting operation as the project threatens to move from its present state of farce to a mechanism for exporting western corporate hegemony to the developing world.

Google's purchase of Doubleclick could cause internal conflicts in the company. Internal conflicts often happen in finance, when investment banks find themselves advising both sides in a merger. And it happens in agribusiness, energy and other industries where giant companies with fingers in many pies are both buyers and sellers of the same commodity. But it is particularly common in technology and media.

Nintendo have recorded monster profits and have promised ramped up production of the Wii. Over five months after launch, the Nintendo Wii is still hard to find. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata thinks that's a problem, saying that the situation is "abnormal," according to Forbes. "We must do our best to fix this abnormal lack of stock," said Iwata to a group of reporters. "We have not been able to properly foresee demand."

Apple has had an 88% increase in profits, it seems Microsoft isn't the only one doing well at the moment. Thanks Matt for the link. Apple said its profits in the quarter ending March 31 amounted to $US770 million ($A926.65 million), or 87 cents a share, as compared to $US410 million ($A493.41 million), or 47 cents per share, in the same quarter in 2006.

Damn Interesting have posted an article about Stockholm Syndrome including a couple of interesting real life stories of it. There are few things as thrilling as the story of a dramatic escape, especially one with a happy ending. It is understandable, therefore, that the public is often disappointed and critical when a kidnapping victim found alive is revealed to have had seemingly enough contact with the outside world to make such an escape. Stories of survival can feel ruined when there turns out to have been what looks like an 'easy way out'.



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