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Wednesday Night (11 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 17-February-2010  23:26:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Pale Blue Dot image is twenty years old. It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known. There's a video here with Carl Sagan's speech about this amazing image.

Michael Atkinson apparently feels more at risk from gamers than from bikie gangs. I feel that my family and I are more at risk from gamers than we are from the outlaw motorcycle gangs who also hate me and are running a candidate against me. That candidate seems to be Kat Nicholson, PS3 gamer, thanks Auska.

Valhalla LAN Parties meanwhile have invited Mr Atkinson to see for himself that gamers cover a huge spectrum of perfectly normal, non-violent people. Video gamers include people of all ages, in fact, according to recent studies the average age of the gamer is now in the 30-40 year bracket as opposed to being limited to teenagers. Many of these people work respectable jobs in government and industry. Gamers include members of both sexes - the last two years has seen the number of female attendees at gaming events increase more than 300%. Discussion here.

Sniper spotted some 12-core AMD CPUs for sale. Oakville Mehlville Computers, a maker of custom servers and workstations from Missouri, has started to sell twelve-core AMD Opteron 6174 microprocessors for servers at an Ebay auction. The chips are not officially launched yet, even though the processors do not look like engineering samples and may belong to the first mass-production batch of twelve-core chips.

I can't decide if this is old news or not, but it's cool regardless: Command & Conquer classic versions are freeware now. Command & Conquer classic, Red Alert and Tiberian Sun + Expansion are now all available for FREE. Yes free! Discussion here.

VooDoo spotted this alarming video of a very close call for Tony Abbott, with more info here. Mr Abbott was on his way to be briefed on safety issues on the Princes Highway south-west of Melbourne when the near miss occurred. His car was waiting to turn right on a single-lane section of the road at Winchelsea when the truck nearly rammed him from behind.

Toshiba announced some (PDF) 2.5" SAS drives. With top capacity at 600GB, the new MBF family represents the industry's highest capacity 2.5-inch enterprise-class HDD and features Toshiba's first enterprise-class self-encrypting drive (SED) offering. The introduction of the MBF series demonstrates the successful integration of Toshiba and Fujitsu's HDD business last year and illustrates Toshiba's capability and commitment to building further leadership in the enterprise market. This series meets the exacting standards of the enterprise market with 10,025 RPM spin speed and a 6Gb/s SAS interface for use in mid-range volume servers, mainstream storage arrays, blade and rack-mount servers and other business-critical, power-conscious, data-intensive applications.

Danamics has a new liquid metal cooler, thanks Sniper. The cooler measures 158.2 (L) x 170.5 (H) x 90 (D) mm and weights 1170 grams without a fan, features an electromagnetic pump which circulates liquid metal through nickel-plated tubes, can be equipped with two 120mm fans, and is bundled with the Power Booster 2, a 3.5-inch device that provides the required watts to get the metal going.

Today's timewaster is this nauseatingly cute Robot Unicorn Attack game.

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