Monday, April 27, 2009

Google alphbeat

The first ever 'Google alphbeat' has been created using the internet giant's satellite service.

Graphic designer Rhett Dashwood picked out natural features and building which resembled each of the 26 letters.
The Australian did not even have look outside his home state of Victoria to find the full set.
It did, however, take six months of 'just pressing the cursor up, up, up' to find all 21 consonants.
The 32-year-old only discovered the elusive letter 'K' last week.
I found them exactly as you think I might have,' he said. 'Slowly moving from page to page over the maps and visually scanning.'
'I did it in my spare time - it was better than doing a sudoku,' he said.
I set a little puzzle for myself.'
I put some simple restrictions on my project, like sticking to my home state of Victoria and not manipulating (rotating or Photoshopping) the images in any way.

'There were no short cuts to finding them, but I did sense patterns emerging the further I searched which helped to guide how long I spent looking in particular areas.' 

Friday, April 10, 2009

New guidelines for drinking alcohol

Two mid-strength beers a day - not four - is all you should have if you want to reduce your risk of dying as a result of alcohol.

That is the new 'cautious' directive from Australia's top medical research body.

In a world first, the National Health and Medical Research Council has issued guidelines for reducing Australians' lifetime risk of alcohol-related injury or disease.

For both sexes, two standard drinks a day is the limit to keep that risk below a one-in-100 chance of dying as a result of drinking.

One standard drink is the equivalent to one can or stubbie of mid-strength beer, 100ml of wine or a nip of spirits.

Under the old 2001 guidelines, men could have up to four drinks a day before being considered to be drinking at a risky level.

'We now know that all alcohol involves some risk so it's a matter of setting a reasonable limit,' the council's chief executive Warwick Anderson said.

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The new guidelines advise women who are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding not to drink, as well as anyone aged under 18.

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'We're trying to in fact not tell people what they can or can't do, what we are telling people is here is the evidence for you to be able to make your decisions on ... what are the risks to your health',' he told AAP.

'Probably 80 per cent of women and 55 to 60 per cent of men already believe that this level of two is probably a safe level, or a level which they could accommodate in terms of looking after their health.

'So it's actually in keeping with a lot of what Australia thinks already.'

The council has recommended no more than four standard drinks for both sexes during a single drinking session to reduce the risk of injury as a direct result of binge drinking.

The guidelines also say it is especially important children aged under 15 don't drink alcohol, and teens aged between 15 and 17 should delay drinking as long as possible.

'Until the mid 20s your brain is still physically developing and we know that alcohol affects that, so I guess we are more cautious in 2009 than we were in 2001 about that,' Prof Anderson said.

Prof Currie said he expected the new guidelines would set the standard internationally, as they were the first to include information on the lifetime risks associated with alcohol consumption.

'We think it will probably really become the standard way guidelines are done in the future for other countries,' he said.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Apple iphone 3G Released today for 1500 RS

Today apple Iphone 3G's indian version was released and the price for it was only 1500.

Apple publishes a full description of the iPhone 3G's technical specifications.Specifications for the original model were available before the release of the 3G model.

Features common to both versions

Screen size: 3.5 in (89 mm)
Screen resolution: 480×320 pixels at 163 ppi, with 3:2 aspect ratio
Input devices: Multi-touch screen interface plus a "Home" button and "Sleep/Wake" located on the top of the iPhone.
Built-in rechargeable, non-removable battery
2 megapixel camera
Location finding by detection of cell towers and Wi-Fi networks
Samsung ARM1176JZ(F)-S v1.0 (620 MHz underclocked to 412 MHz, 32-bit RISC;[5] PowerVR MBX 3D graphics co-processor)
Memory: 128 MB DRAM
Storage: 8 GB or 16 GB flash memory
Operating System: iPhone OS
Quad band GSM / GPRS / EDGE: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR
20Hz to 20kHz frequency response (both internal and headset)

Over 3 million units were sold in the first month after the 3G launch, in a "blistering sales pace". The phenomenon of popular willingness to upgrade to the 3G so soon after purchase of an earlier model was attributed to Apple's popularity and its frequent imitators.And you thought you wouldn't get fooled today!