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Thursday Afternoon (11 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 20-March-2008  16:08:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Museum Victoria has an article about Australia's first computer, CSIRAC. For the next eight years, CSIRAC provided a computing service for science and industry, operating for approximately 30,000 hours and tackling around 700 projects. These included calculations for weather forecasting, forestry, loan repayments, building design, psychological research and electricity supply.

VooDoo spotted this cool Kangaroo TV idea at the Formula 1 round in Melbourne. While I've been a regular race-goer for thirteen years, I've never felt as in-touch with the race as I did with Kangaroo TV around my neck. There are super-screens around the track that display the main race feed, but having the ability to change channels, listen to alternate commentary and watch live-timing right in the palm of your hands is something that feels like it's from the future.

Caffeine junkies will enjoy this coffee printer video. Yep, Oleskiy Pikalo woke up one day with a hankerin' for some fancy designs on his latte, so he bought a used Philips 8155 x-y flatbed plotter and modified it to shoot out edible ink. The result is a machine that can draw surprisingly detailed art on your cup of joe — and put creative baristas everywhere to shame.

Internet addiction is apparently a common mental disorder, according to the American Journal of Psychiatry. “After a series of ten cardiopulmonary-related deaths in internet cafés and a game-related murder, South Korea considers internet addiction one of its most serious public health issues,” he said.

Timbot sent in this article about massive "oil" reserves on Titan. Saturn’s orange moon Titan has hundreds of times more liquid hydrocarbons than all the known oil and natural gas reserves on Earth, according to new Cassini data. The hydrocarbons rain from the sky, collecting in vast deposits that form lakes and dunes.

Trog sent word of a new World of Warcraft trailer on AusGamers Files. Explore the mystical grounds of the new 5-person dungeon, Magisters' Terrace, where one of the Burning Crusade's most notorious villains is preparing to make his desperate last stand. Lead your raid group straight into the heart of the Sunwell Plateau to confront the most terrifying and deadly agents of the Burning Legion.

TechGage and Bit-Tech are the latest to post their thoughts on Intel's recent announcement of Nehalem, Larrabee, etc.

HotHardware meanwhile report on Microsoft and Intel's multi-threading research centres. Even today, writing software able to take advantage of multi-threading is notoriously difficult. In order to help drive the development of the tools and threading-aware applications, Microsoft and Intel are together awarding the Univerity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of California at Berkeley $10 million dollars over five years to fund two Universal Parallel Computing Research Centers (UPCRC).

NeoSeeker have a mid-range GPU roundup posted. There is a veritable wealth of cards available around this price-point. While the last generation of video cards had a relatively weak mid-range compared to the top-end cards when it came down to game performance, nowadays it is a very different situation altogether.

Murray noticed this silent "fan" with no moving parts. Boffins in the US have developed a microchip fan with no moving parts that operates silently and generates enough wind to cool a laptop computer. More here, thanks William.

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