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Thursday Morning (11 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-January-2011  02:17:31 (GMT +10) - by Sciby

Just a small update tonight before I crawl into bed.

First up, Wired have delved into why we humans are afraid of alien invasion. "In real life, humans are sucky and weak. If metropolis-sized spacecrafts actually plopped out of the skies, we’d toss over the keys to the planet in a nanosecond and surf away on waves of our own fear-pee."

Not sure what to buy for your next PC? TechSpot has updated their buying guide: "The TechSpot PC Buying Guide offers an in-depth list of today's best hardware, spanning four unique, yet typical budgets. Whether you are a first time builder seeking guidance or a seasoned enthusiast, we've got you covered.

I gotta say, I loved the single player story for Call of Duty: Black Ops, but it seems that the author of it - one Wolfgang Hammersmith - has a bit of a problem with his credibility: "As a military veteran, he also took objection to the poster art for Call of Duty: Black Ops, claiming that the guns displayed 1911 A1 model pistols were either broken, or in an unusable state due to the position of hammers and triggers but then a bunch of Professional Soldiers got wind of Hammersmith’s antics, and suddenly Hammersmith was the one being taken objection to."

This is interesting: the guys at BigBruin have aimed a thermal camera at a Galaxy 1024MB GT430 just to get a visual representation of the heat exchange taking place. Pretty neat stuff.

We've got a pretty strong Folding@Home team as we all know, but a new game will help unravel the mysteries of RNA development. "Putting a ball through a hoop or drawing a better poker hand is the way we're used to winning games, but in EteRNA you score when the molecule you've designed can assemble itself," said Adrien Treuille, an assistant professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon, who leads the EteRNA project with Rhiju Das, an assistant professor of biochemistry at Stanford. "Nature provides the final score — and nature is one tough umpire."

Finally, just to annoy all the Apple haters: How to Switch from a PC to a Mac. "They finally wore you down. Your friends' and co-workers' tales of the MacOS –an operating system with such elegance that anyone could master it, so safe that viruses barely exists, and with powers and abilities far beyond those of, well, Windows—have convinced you to switch. There's no better time than the holidays to make the leap, when you could receive a brand new Apple computer of your own as a gift."

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