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NASA's Mars rover, Opportunity, stuck in a dune!

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According to /. and SPACE.com, Opportunity, one of NASA's two active Mars rovers, got stuck in a dune. All of its six wheels have sunk in deep into a large ripple of soil.

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Dilbert Cartoon: Talking technical to non-computer literate people...

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This Dilbert cartoon shows how we computer geeks usually talk to others who don't know computers. [grin]

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Worth1000's Doctored Images: Vintage Products 6

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Worth1000 shows 53 modern products and display them in a vintage light, through advertisements, packaging or even the product itself.

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When your favorite television show(s) end(s) for this year in U.S.?

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My good old TV and movie buddy, Spaceman Spiff (remove AQFL to e-mail), sent me an Ain't It Cool News link that lists of all the current television/TV shows that will be ending as the finale for their seasons or series in 2005. Note these are in United States/U.S.

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Planning to see Episode 3?

Oh yah! spending the night on the sidewalk opening night!
28% (26 votes)
Yah, but not on the opening night.
55% (52 votes)
Nah, it's not really my thing.
1% (1 vote)
God no! George Lucas needs to roll over and die!
10% (9 votes)
Episode 3 of what??
4% (4 votes)
Already seen it. (Tell us how!!)
2% (2 votes)
Total votes: 94
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In Japan's Train Crash, Time Obsession May Be Culprit

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This New York Times article (no registration required) says anywhere else in the world, a train running 90 seconds late would perhaps be considered on time. But in Japan, 90 seconds would foil commuters who depend on trains' connecting to one another with balletic precision, often with only a couple of minutes to spare...

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2 Photographs of the Day: Felines are smart and a way to keep toliets clean.

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Two amusing photographs of the day:

  1. Command and Conquer DEN shows why cats/felines, even the wild ones, are smart.
  2. "German men love soccer (football), this idea keeps the toilet area clean!" See on NONAGS.
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Heroes of WoW: Chapter 10 -- Careful what you wish for.

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Heroes of WoW posted its chapter 10. Careful what you wish for, you World of Warcraftaholics!

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A painful knee story and photograph of the day.

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FiringSquad posted a painful story where Megan Hutton, a Southern Sting netball defender/goalkeep got one of her knees reversed.

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Rural America's competitive black holes.

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Karl Bode's Broadband Reports article says that last year, the Government Accountability Office (GAO)'s study (PDF) shows that the prices are cheaper. This is when consumers have a choice of more than one cable provider since they typically pay from fifteen to forty percent less for cable TV, and between two and thirty-eight percent less for broadband. The GAO also found that when satellite competition is present, local cable companies on average wind up offering a 5 percent broader selection of networks than they would otherwise. More recent FCC data indicates that cable rates rose on average 3.6% in regions with competition, and 5.6% in regions without.

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World's Working Largest NES Controller

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Compfused.com posted G4's streaming video clip (Flash required) of the largest Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) controller in the world.

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George Lucas Struggles to Reinvent Himself

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/. reports a Wired story on George Lucas who was born to make underground films. Then, a little movie called Star Wars lured him to the dark side. Can the father of the blockbuster really rediscover his avant-garde soul?

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Unhealthy Partnerships Plague the Graphics Industry

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Gundeep Hora (remove AQFL to e-mail) wrote a column about the special relationships between the game developers and the graphics card makers... He says the thing with today's graphics cards from both NVIDIA and ATI manufacturers is that they will perform quite well in latest games; so going with either brand isn't a tough choice anymore. For many of gamers, either brand will do just fine. However, those of us who want to play heavy advanced games like DOOM III or Half-Life 2, the companies have just made their lives more complicated than they already are.

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A video clip of a bird moonwalking...

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I remember seeing this on the news a few weeks ago. There is a bird species that can moonwalk.

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The Institute for Backup Trauma -- A funny 6.75 minutes commercial for LiveVault's product.

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The Institute for Back Trauma (Flash required to view the streaming video) is a a hilarious 6.75 minutes commercial/advertisement for LiveVault's product. Don't forget the third button at the end. ;) Oh, and you need humor and know computer basics to like this one.

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Will America's favorite technology really go dark next year?

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MSNBC reports television as we know it may end at exactly midnight on December 31st, 2006 depending on the outcome of discussions in Congress. That's the date Congress targeted, a decade ago, for the end of analog television broadcasting and a full cutover to a digital format. If enforced, that means that overnight, somewhere around 70 million television sets now connected to rabbit ears or roof-top antennas will suddenly and forever go blank, unless their owners purchase a special converter box. Back when the legislation was written, New Year's Eve 2006 probably looked as safely distant as the dark side of the moon. But now that date is right around the corner and Congress and the FCC are struggling mightily to figure out what to do...

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At NASA, Some Call Him 'Nostril-Damus'

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ABC News' story says George Aldrich has worked at NASA for 30 years doing a single job: According to him, he might be described as the agency's super sniffer, master sniffer, chief smeller, or even its 'Nostril-damus.' Aldrich smells everything that goes in the space shuttle to make sure it isn't nauseating. After all, you can't just open a window once you're in space.
"Astronauts could actually get sick from being subjected to obnoxious odors," Aldrich said. Just ask the Russians. They had to abort a mission in 1976 because of some hideous stench. If only they'd had a "nasal-naut" like Aldrich.

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A funny "leet" hacker IRC log...

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In this Broadband Reports security forum thread, PhoenixDown posted a funny link about a pissed wannabe hacker who didn't know what 127.0.0.1/local host was. Be warned there are bad words in the IRC log (translated from German to English). It's funny!

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Crazy young people think they can grow M&Ms.

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FoxTrot posted its funny color cartoon for 4/24/2005. It plants vs. candies and old generations vs. young generations.