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 Monday, 21-February-2011  13:22:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Voting is now open in our Armageddon Expo Superhero Contest! Remember, the Armageddon Expo is on NEXT WEEKEND in Sydney, and next month in Adelaide. Armageddon Expo has to be seen to be believed, and is a must for anyone interested in imagination just beyond our reach. Gaming, comics, wrestling, TV and movie stars, anime and sci-fi lovers and celebrities alike converge on the one venue to celebrate all that is freakishly fabulous about the cult of weird and wonderful entertainment. Tickets at the door or through Ticketek.

OCZ have announced their transition to 25nm NAND SSDs. This news has been met with a mixed response, with people complaining of poor performance. StorageReview have compared two versions of the Vertex 2. There's a response (although oddly pre-dating the earlier announcement) from OCZ here, where it seems people can trade back to the earlier, higher-performance 34nm units. Meanwhile Anandtech and others checked out the upcoming Vertex 3 Pro.

The ACMA have concluded their 3D TV broadcast review. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has concluded a review of consumer, reception, interference and technical issues surrounding the broadcast of 3D TV in Australia. The Australian regulatory body has released a new set of guidelines for further trials of 3D TV broadcasting in Australia, which it will continue to consider and authorise on a case-by-case basis.

The Guardian wonder if another dotcom bubble is on the way. The leaps in valuation are dizzying. At its current on-paper price, Facebook's value is somewhere between that of Ford ($55bn) and Visa ($63bn). But that's still less than a third of Google's value, Facebook's arch-rival in the battle for domination on the internet.

People with book vouchers for the troubled book retailers Angus & Robertson and Borders, are miffed at a change in the voucher rules. Customers attempting to use gift vouchers are being told they have to spend double the value of each certificate. No legal action can be taken against the company because it is in voluntary administration.

The NSW Ambulance Service recently suffered a virus outbreak, shutting down the dispatch system for 24h. The virus crept into the Ambulance Service of NSW's dispatch system at 1pm (AEDT) on Saturday, prompting staff to coordinate paramedics by telephone and handwritten notes. Despite the shutdown, senior managers said no lives were put in danger and all triple-zero calls were answered.

The Space Shuttle Discovery is scheduled for its final launch on Thursday. Steve Bowen replaced Tim Kopra as Mission Specialist 2 following a bicycle injury on Jan. 15 that prohibited Kopra from supporting the launch window. Bowen last flew on Atlantis in May 2010 as part of the STS-132 crew. Flying on the STS-133 mission will make Bowen the first astronaut ever to fly on consecutive missions.

Today's timewaster is interlocked, a 3D puzzle game.



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