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Wednesday Afternoon (6 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 23-December-2009  13:40:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It's being widely reported that Michael Schumacher will be racing in F1 next year, after several years of retirement. Schumacher will partner compatriot Nico Rosberg in the team that won the drivers' and constructors' titles in 2009 in its former guise as Brawn. Discussion in the "2010 F1 Silly Season" thread here.

Kim Peek, the autistic sauvant who inspired the film Rain Man, died recently. He would read eight books a day, taking just ten seconds to read a page. He could read two pages simultaneously, his left eye reading the left page and his right eye reading the right page. The video is interesting too.

Rezin spotted this article on the death of Duke Nukem. On May 6, 2009, everything ended. Drained of funds after so many years of work, the game’s developer, 3D Realms, told its employees to collect their stuff and put it in boxes. The next week, the company was sued for millions by its publisher for failing to finish the sequel.

Speaking of which, Wired have their Vapourware 2009 Awards posted. This is the 12th year we’ve offered our annual roundup of the tech industry’s biggest, brashest and most baffling unfulfilled promises. As in years past, we turned to you, our readers, to offer suggestions on what we should include.

There's a video doing the rounds of someone apparently fired from Microsoft for not Bing!ing enthusiastically enough. Hard to tell if it's real or not, but it's pretty funny anyway. It’s humorous, and the man’s impression of Ballmer is spot-on. As a matter of fact, we wouldn’t even put this past Ballmer. But many on the internet are questioning the validity of the man’s claims. Discussion here.

Another viral video claims HP's face tracking is racist, or rather, that it doesn't work that well for African-Americans. In the video, two co-workers take turns in front of the camera -- the webcam appears to follow the white employee as she sways in front of the screen and stays still as the African-American man moves about.

Tasmania's Police have an iPhone app which helps them nab unregistered vehicles and drivers, thanks JD. By entering a vehicle’s registration number, the system’s operator is able to transmit the details to a central database and retrieve vital information within moments. Similarly, officers can use the Police-only iPhone app, along with the device’s 3G connection, to achieve the same results when away from the vehicle.

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