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 Wednesday, 22-July-2009  17:15:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Rubberband sent word of a Speed Gaming for Charity effort currently underway (104 hours and counting). These guys are doing a live streaming Final Fantasy marathon for ACT (Autism Care and Treatment), they’re currently playing FFVII.

There's an article here which pretty much sums up my own feelings about the Apollo 11 anniversary (although, I'd perhaps not be quite as strongly stated). In short, it's awesome that we've been to the moon, but it sucks that we haven't been back since 1972.

Queensland Police are declaring war on WiFi freeloaders. Detective Superintendent Brian Hay said criminals were piggy-backing on the WiFi connections of ordinary computer users and using them to anonymously commit crimes such as fraud and identity theft.

If you're wondering why you haven't heard much about the internet filtering project lately, it's because it's way behind schedule. The admission of delays makes it unlikely that the Government will be able to consider the final results of the trials and make a decision of whether or not to push through ISP-level filtering by the end of the year.

Brains spotted this info about cooling a supercomputer. The article is about a year old but still interesting. The chilled water required to provide cooling for bluefire had to be obtained (tapped) from the existing, dual 450-ton water chillers. In addition, to mitigate the impact of a power outage where NCAR's water chillers would fail over to the twin backup system, two 1,500-gallon chilled water storage tanks were installed in the NCAR machine room.

Here's some highspeed footage of a Canon 5D shutter in motion. It makes it clear why "mirror lockup" is an important feature! Discussion here.

XbitLabs compared professional graphics cards. Professional graphics cards for performance workstations occupy a completely different market niche than the gaming solutions, even though they are manufactured by the same developers. Today we are going to check out the performance of these graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia in popular CAD/CAM systems for professionals. Especially since both manufacturers now have new card series on contemporary 55 nm chips: Quadro FX and FirePro.

BFM wants to show us Siftables. Siftables are cookie-sized computers with motion sensing, neighbor detection, graphical display, and wireless communication. They act in concert to form a single interface: users physically manipulate them - piling, grouping, sorting - to interact with digital information and media. Siftables provides a new platform on which to implement tangible, visual and mobile applications. There's an older thread here about them, hopefully people will find them more interesting nowadays. :)

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