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Thursday Morning (6 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-December-2007  02:10:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Zillions of people sent word that Mirriam-Webster have crowned "w00t" as 2007 US word of the year. "It could be after a triumph or for no reason at all," Merriam-Webster said. Thread here.

Wayne spotted this interesting page about the search for alien civilisations. By coupling the laws of probability with our best current observations, we can be reasonably confident that some fraction of the 70,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 star systems in the visible universe are home to radio-sending species.

Ever been frustrated in a slow taxi? Here's what happens when Michael Schumacher is, and decides to take the wheel himself. "He drove at full throttle around the corners and overtook in some unbelievable places." Thread here.

NeoWin list some cool features of Vista SP1, including "hotpatching". It works by allowing Windows components to be updated (or "patched") while they are still in use by a running process. Hotpatch-enabled update packages are installed via the same methods as traditional update packages, and will not trigger a system reboot.

Quan-Time noted that the Spike TV Video Game Awards were on recently. Footage and info here and here.

There's a new battery on the way with fast recharge and long life. Toshiba described the Super Charge ion Battery, or SCiB, as a "breakthrough rechargeable battery" that can be fully recharged in five minutes and has a lifespan of more than 10 years if completely run down and recharged once a day.

The Mars Rovers are still doing cool stuff, even with a busted wheel on Spirit. The right front wheel of Spirit stopped turning in March 2006. Since then, the rover has been driving backwards, dragging the lame wheel along. This May, scientists noticed a bright spot in the trail of overturned dirt.

Dan managed to find a webcam that fits up his nose. I don't think I need to warn you as to just how disturbing the pictures in this article are.



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