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Tuesday Morning (5 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 3-November-2009  04:11:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Google are hitting the streets in Australia's capital cities once again, to update Google Maps Street View. Foster said the new images would be "crisper than before" and the face- and number plate-blurring technology would be more accurate. He said the new images would be added to Google Maps "sometime within the next year".

Here's a cool real-world take on the old Lunar Lander game. Replacing Atari's vector graphics, my Lunar Lander is a model that hangs on fishing line and flys over a paper mache landscape. Stepper motors provide accurate control of the position and a servo controls the rotation.

Microsoft have given the world a sneak peak inside one of their datacentres. Microsoft recently opened its Chicago Data Center. In its first phase, the ground floor of the facility is designed to hold up to 56 containers, each filled with anywhere from 1,800 to 2,500 servers.

The flamewar surrounding Good Game ex-host Junglist's replacement by Stephanie Bendixsen continues, thanks Elv15. Now the broadcaster has dismissed the allegation by issuing a few choice words about the former host's performance. "The reason for replacing Jeremy Ray was ongoing behind the scenes performance based issues," said a statement from ABC TV publicist Tony Brooks.

Following up on Saturday's NSFW LAN cafe link, Hagar offers more info: My wife, who can speak Russian confirmed that this was at a professional computer games tournament and it was the tournament organiser who arranged the strippers, but the comment was that the players were ‘heroical’ enough to disregard the distractions and continue to play the tournament – how professional! Indeed!

I still think this kind of comparison is pretty silly, but now Australia's broadband has been proven to be slower than a pigeon, thanks HyRax1. The pigeon arrived first clocking in at one hour and five minutes, the car two hours and ten minutes and the internet dropped out twice and didn't even make it at all. So by this logic we should all be driving pigeons to work. ;)

ChrisH sends word that Iron Musician Voting is on again. So this month was huge. Some new competition showed up, and boy was it good! We also had the veterans in the mix, with Ed, nickeax and last months winner, Willy dropping in a track. The way my guitar lessons are going I'll be able to enter in about a year. :)



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