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Monday Night (14 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 21-April-2008  22:05:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sniper spotted some info about Western Digital's new Velociraptor drive. While everybody expected a higher capacity and higher performance version of the Raptor (which is true), Western Digital went back to the drawing table and analyzed all characteristics for a high-end hard drive. This German site has a few graphs and things too. Discussion in this thread.

Meanwhile Hitachi have a 15,000rpm 450GB drive on the way. Add 16MB cache, an average latency of 2ms, and a seek time of 3.6ms and you've got a scorchingly fast drive. Interface-wise, the Ultrastar 15K450 is available with either SAS connectivity or FibreChannel interface.

Feeling a little too plugged-in? Maybe a digital day of rest is what's needed. Or perhaps a hobby that gets you outside for a few hours. :) But I realised it was a problem when I would sit down to check my email and it was almost like I would wake up six hours later and find I was watching videos of puppies on YouTube.

Apparently there's armed robots in Iraq now, but they've been recalled following "alarming behaviour". The TALON SWORDS robots are being shipped back to the lab after field reports that the machines would aim its weapons at friendly targets. I had no idea these things even existed.

Gaz spotted perhaps the most nerdy proposal ever. Tammy Li, from New Jersey in the US, was engrossed in a popular puzzle game on her portable game console when she hit a certain score and the screen suddenly cleared. An engagement ring then dropped into view. Hrm, is it that (relatively) easy to change the code of a DS game?

APC have a worrying article about the future of Australia's fibre network. “The lack of time is almost criminal. The federal government allows more time for supply tenders for its photocopiers. They are seriously asking companies to design a $16billion network in 90 days,” he said.

TechReport checked out Intel's Core 2 Quad Q9300 and Core 2 Duo E7200 processors. The Core 2 Quad Q9300 is Intel's most affordable quad-core processor, and it promises to supplant a long-time favorite of ours, the Core 2 Quad Q6600, by offering additional goodness at the exact same price. The Core 2 Duo E7200, meanwhile, is Intel's cheapest 45nm dual-core CPU and a potential goldmine of overclocking potential. Techgage looked at the E7200 too.

If you like mathematical/programming problems, then Project Euler should keep you busy for a while, thanks Yaleman. Although mathematics will help you arrive at elegant and efficient methods, the use of a computer and programming skills will be required to solve most problems.

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