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Monday Morning (7 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 25-April-2011  01:30:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Today is of course ANZAC Day, so take some time to remember, and give thanks.

There's still a few days left in the MSI Master Overclocking Arena AUNZ Qualifier + Giveaway. This year the benchmark will be 3D MARK VANTAGE by FUTUREMARK, the 2 highest scores will earn an invite to the APAC MOA grand final in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Here's a behind-the-scenes video of a Google datacentre. This video tour of a Google data center highlights the security and data protections that are in place at our data centers. Also, Valve's snack bar. Valve discusses their fantastic snack bar.

If you were worried about your Google Videos vanishing into the ether, Google have decided they will help you move them to YouTube, and may be even moving it all over automatically. Google Video users can rest assured that they won't be losing any of their content and we are eliminating the April 29 deadline. We will be working to automatically migrate your Google Videos to YouTube. In the meantime, your videos hosted on Google Video will remain accessible on the web and existing links to Google Videos will remain accessible.

Mpot spotted this slightly embarrassing story about the hazards of using stock photography. The US Postal Service regrets issuing a stamp featuring a photo of a Las Vegas casino's replica Statue of Liberty rather than the original in New York harbour, a spokesman has said.

Dailytech report on AMD's return to profit, largely thanks to Fusion. After a couple years of losses, AMD finally appears to be turning the corner this year. The company reported [press release] an impressive net income of $510M USD on revenue of $1.61B USD.

Meanwhile Sniper spotted a story about Intel maybe using liquid cooling for next-gen enthusiast processors. For many years Intel has been bundling rather simple cooling solutions with its boxed chips, but recently the company started to offer coolers with heat-pipes for microprocessors in LGA1366 and LGA1156 form-factors. At the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing, China, Intel’s engineers presented a paper called “Overclocking Intel Processor Based Desktop and Mobile Platforms”, where they discussed past, present and future of the company’s support of overclocking as a phenomenon.

If your router is too hot, maybe you need a router cooler. Or you could cut a hole in the top and install a fan, like many people do already. Not to be outdone, Scythe have a new crazy-huge CPU cooler called the Susanoo. Susanoo measures 210 x 210 x 160 mm, weights 1,565 grams and features a D.B.S (Double Block Structure) design with no less than 12 copper heatpipes. Also included are four 100mm Slip Stream fans which can operate at 500 to 2,000 RPM, and have a sound output of up to 37.69 dBA.

Oh Smeg has more info on the USA's Internet ID plan. There's "no reliable way to verify identity online" at the moment, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said, citing the rising tide of security threats including malware and identity theft that have grown increasingly prevalent over the last few years. "Passwords just won't cut it here."

He also noticed that the Australian Pirate Party is looking for details of negotiations between copyright holders and the federal government. "We want to see what figures they're giving to the government because we believe in transparency and the right for people to know what representations are being made. If (the government) is basing policy direction on (content industry supplied) figures it's especially important that we can scrutinise those figures," Mr Serkowski said.

Rage pointed out this Minecraft-like game called Ace of Spades. Ace of Spades is a freeware, multiplayer Minecraft-alike that takes Minecraft’s cuboid building mechanics and drapes a World War 1 setting on top of it, with the end result being a huge, immersive, dynamic game of capture the flag. Some discussion here but it seems a bit problematic.

Carl sent in this 3D scanner app for iPhones etc. Trimensional works by using the iPhone’s screen to shine four different lighting patterns on the subject while also using the device’s front-facing camera to snap photos. It produces a full 3-D model that you can zoom into, pan around and view from any angle.

This isn't a game, but it'll waste 7 minutes of your time: an amazing Lego Mindstorms contraption, thanks JH.



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