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Friday Morning (11 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 5-December-2008  06:58:08 (GMT +10) - by matthudson

Dan has more letters! RAID, cleaning LCDs, noisy SSDs, missing RAM and modular PSUs

There are protests planned to stop the clean feed on Saturday, the 13th of December. National protests are being planned to increase awareness of the filtering plan and let the politicians know what we think of it. Check the Posters And Flyers page for ways to help spread the word about the protests.

Logitech has produced over a billion computer mice. Logitech's description comes at a time when analysts claim the days of the mouse are numbered. "It's rare in human history that a billionth of anything has been shipped by one company," said Logitech's general manager Rory Dooley. "Look at any other industry and it has never happened. This is a significant milestone," he told the BBC.

Do you know what a computer virus is? A serious side-effect of the information super-highway is misinformation. An example: Hollywood would have us believe that a computer virus is something supernatural that can be seen under an electron microscope as either a bunch of complex, DNA-like geometric shapes, or something that looks like the offspring of a dust-mite and one of those enzymes on the Persil ads.

Valve's president has joined the bolstering ranks of the anti-DRM crowd. "As far as DRM goes, most DRM strategies are just dumb. The goal should be to create greater value for customers through service value (make it easy for me to play my games whenever and wherever I want to), not by decreasing the value of a product (maybe I'll be able to play my game and maybe I won't)," Newell said in an email to a fan named Paul Reisinger

Microsoft is claiming the Xbox outsold the PS3 on black Friday. The console wars are still raging even though all three of the top-tier consoles are getting older now. Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo are battling for the gamers dollars and Microsoft has claimed a victory over Sony for the all-important Black Friday shopping dollars. Microsoft announced that the Xbox 360 had record-breaking sales over the Black Friday/Thanksgiving weekend.

Scientists have discovered a new way to assemble nanotechnology. When it comes to nanodevices, scientists have no problem cooking up interesting designs. However, when it comes to actually assembling such machines on a nanoscale, it can be a daunting task. The new method uses lasers and holograms to position multiple nanoparticles within seconds, much faster than previously possible.

It is officially the crazy synchronised lights season. This Xmas light display, which is in its second year running by a couple named Willy and Deb, has a rotating array of music that's synced to their flashing lights; a technique pioneered by this family back in 2005ish. Watch and enjoy. It runs from 5:30 PM to 12:30 AM Eastern from now to Xmas.

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