August 8th, 2006

News

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Hong Kong in 'Lights Out' plan. Air pollution in Hong Kong has got so bad that there's a public campaign for everyone to turn their lights out for 3 minutes on the 8th day of the month at 8 o'clock. Although wouldn't not using your car be a better idea?

Spain arrests fairground migrants. Police arrest 383 migrants trying to enter Spain while hiding in fairground attractions. Dare I say it's a fair cop?

Drug 'treats depression in hours'. Ketamine, an anaesthetic and recreational drug, has been found to relieve symptoms of depression within hours of use. Unlike traditional remedies which can take weeks or months to take effect. The only problem is the halucinatory side-effects, so as long as you can cope with blue elephants in tutus, no issue.

Britons online '50 days a year'. The British spend an average of 50 days online per year, based on the average of 23.5 hours per week. 87% of Britons shop online, with 78% doing home banking.

Baby badges for Japan commuters. In an attempt to get Japanese commuters to give up their seats for pregnant women, badges are being given out with "There is a baby in my stomach" printed on them. It's part of an initiative to encourage couples to have children, although it sounds like they might need a biology lesson.
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Travel

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Brazilian jet lands safely after door falls off. ... and other various stories of the Tam airline and its plane problems. Lucky us, we're flying with them at the end of September!

Edit: In other news, moving the PC's guts to the Coolermaster case was mostly a success. The only problems I had were locating the DVD burner, and a couple of the hard disks. The problem with the DVD burner was caused by four plastic lugs, two on either side, of the removable front face of the case. They were there to locate the blanking plates, but so big that they blocked the front of the DVD burner from going through the mostly DVD burner sized hole in the front face. I eventually attacked them with a craft knife and snips, and it fit through. For some reason my DVD ROM drive was fine, so the front of the DVD burner might be an odd size. The hard disks were difficult to locate because a RAM chip was partially in the way for the highest drive, although that was easily removed, and the damnable huge Northbridge heatsink was in the way for the other, although I *just* managed to squeeze it past. After some issues with the IDE drives being in the wrong order on the cable it all worked fine. And more importantly the Northbridge heatsink's around 15-20C cooler, so not only is the hardware in a much better state of coolness, the particular Northbridge problems appears to have been solved. Even better was when I put the case sides on, and the temperature actually dropped, showing that there's proper airflow. So other than the couple of problems mentioned, the case was excellent; really well built, and easy to use.

Now I should really go to bed, as I've got to that I'm so tired I feel drunk stage. I just have to tidy up first though...
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Polls

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Hi folks,

It's that time again, and although I have a favourite I thought I'd see what everyone else thinks of the three photos up for the "photo of the week" this week. As usual, the photos are all taken within Brazil, and our selection criteria are that the photos are unusual and show a different side of Brazilian life (as opposed to beaches and sunsets). Collapse )

What's your favourite photo?

1. Amazonas Snake
7(21.2%)
2. Cowgirl
9(27.3%)
3. Football Cat
17(51.5%)


Edit: OK, Football Cat it is! With 15 votes. Thanks for voting!
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