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Wednesday Afternoon (19 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 9-April-2008  17:33:39 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

mpot has posted some information on his blog about the health issues concerning the use of mercury in compact fluorescent lamps. With Australians being forced to switch from incandescent globes to compact fluorescent lamps (CFL), it's important to be aware of the fact that CFLs contain mercury. Breaking a CFL will release this mercury, and there are some significant health and safety issues associated with cleaning up this mercury, as well as disposing of CFLs.

Tech ARP have posted a guide on how to spot a genuine Intel boxed processor and avoid the counterfeit units. Unfortunately, some greedy retailers are repackaging and selling tray processors as the more expensive boxed retail processors. It has been reported that each set of fake packaging only costs US$0.43 while the cooler costs less than US$1.50. In total, it only costs these people less than US$2 to repackage the processors.

TTGamer have some news about Sony's soon to be released Dual Shock 3 control pad and a GTA IV PlayStation3 bundle.

Setia sent in this brief story about the world's smallest girl who is only 58cm tall. The teenager, who is the world's smallest girl according to the Indian Book of Records, has a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia. Now fully grown, she weighs just 11 lb.

XSReviews look at the numbers of enemies in FPS games in their first Game Theme Face-off. Is it better to have lots of weak enemies, or several tougher ones? How does this effect the game play and level design?

DiGiTaL MoNkEY noticed that Microsoft have released an update for the Xbox 360 HD DVD player which includes "compatibility improvements with certain titles" and "additional support for network features." Discussion in the forums here.

Racker Hacker have some tips for small companies on how to hire and fire a technical person. I’m doing this as a favor to the general community of people that aren’t very technical, but they need to know some tips for ridding themselves of a technical person that is harming their business.

eWEEK is reporting that a hacker has found serious design weaknesses in Windows Server 2008 that could allow complete control of the OS. "[We found] from design issues that were not identified by Microsoft engineers during the Security Development Lifecycle, and allows accounts commonly used by Windows services—NETWORK SERVICE and LOCAL SERVICE—to bypass new Windows services protection mechanisms and elevate privileges, Cerrudo said.

Today's second timewaster is from Decker who describes SHIFT as a "very addictive mind bender."

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