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Thursday Afternoon (14 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 24-June-2010  16:51:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

In case you've just emerged from a 24-hour World of Warcraft bender, we have a new Prime Minister. Kevin Rudd has stepped down, making Julia Gillard the 27th Prime Minister of Australia.

AMD has some new Opteron CPUs, the 4100 series. Developed under the codename "Lisbon," the Opteron 4100 line is the definition of an entry level part, as the cheapest model will sell for just $99 for quantities of a thousand or more. Lisbon is a four- or six-core processor with clock speeds ranging from 1.7GHz to 2.8GHz, and power envelops as low as 32 watts and as high as 75 watts. More info on PC Perspective and Tech Report.

There's also some new FireStream cards. At long last, AMD has brought the Cypress GPU that powers its Radeon 5800 series to FireStream cards geared towards high-performance GPU computing applications. Keep reading for the goods on AMD's answer to Nvidia's Fermi-powered Tesla products.

Viacom have lost their lawsuit against Google. A federal judge handed Google Inc. a major victory Wednesday by rebuffing media company Viacom Inc.'s attempt to collect more than $1 billion in damages for the alleged copyright abuses of Google's popular YouTube service.

Kotaku report on a real-world Mech developed during the Cold War. Built by Jered Industries in Detroit for General Electric's ominous — and very Metal Gear-sounding — Nuclear Materials and Propulsion Operation division, the Beetle was a mechanical terror designed for the Air Force Special Weapons Centre, initially to service and maintain a planned fleet of atomic-powered Air Force bombers.

Meanwhile, the first International Humanoid Robot Olympic Games has opened in China. The robots, designed by gifted young people from China, South Korea, the United States and Japan are competing in track-and-field, soccer, volleyball, boxing and even in non-Olympic events, such as playing the drums and dancing.

Overclockers.com have a guide to choosing an SSD. So, let’s say you are convinced; you know the size you need and you’ve decided you’ll get one. Wallet in hand, you are ready to buy one, but you realize there are a lot of them. Which is the best one? This is the question I am here to answer today. Which is the best SSD in a given size class?

There's some sneak previews of the iPhone 4 here on TechReviewSource and here on LegitReviews. Assuming Apple's legal beagles haven't had them pulled down yet.

Today's timewaster is Crush the Castle 2. Who doesn't love a trebuchet?

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