According to [H]ard|OCP's article, there are few differences for games with 32-bit and x64-editions of Windows XP Professional on an AMD Athlon 64-based system. It compares the gaming performances on the latest ATI and NVIDIA video cards. It shows little performance differences in and issues that came up.
User Friendly's link of the day is a trailer for DELL: Tech Force/Tech Force: DELL International Alliance. It is basically a spoof (even puppets with strings) of Team America: World Police movie with people (CEOs?) from six computer companies in saving the world.
This long and detailed CSO article (5/4/2005 11:30 AM PDT -- link is broken now, but check my /. reply below) tells a story on Mickey Richardson, who was facing an online extortion threat and betting his Web-based business (BetCris; remove AQFL from the URL to visit it) a few years ago on a networking whiz from Sacramento, CA, USA. The networking whiz was the first to beat back the bad guys, then helped the cops nab them.
This Reuters News Article is amusing and sad to read. Steve Relles, a computer programmer, has the poop on what to do when your job is outsourced to India. He was one of a rising number of Americans seeking new opportunities as their work shifts to countries with cheaper labor, has spent the past year making his living scooping up dog droppings as the "Delmar Dog Butler." "My parents paid for me to get a (degree) in math and now I am a pooper scooper," Relles, a 42-year-old married father of two told Reuters. "I can clean four to five yards in a hour if they are close together." Relles, who lost his computer programming job about three years ago, got the idea of cleaning dog dirt from people's back yards from Mark Booth, a friend in Buffalo, New York. Ralles has over 100 clients who pay $10 each for a once-a-week cleaning of their yard.
This NONAGS scanned image shows why the pet cat ran away. Whoops!
You need a sense of humor for this. Compfused.com posted a funny three minutes audio recording (WMV -- no video, just a static picture) with two people pitted against each other who have absolutely no idea what's going on. In this prank call, a radio host takes an order for Chinese food. He then asks the first guy to repeat the order back to him and then he connects to another Chinese food joint through the party line.
Broadband Reports mentions a CNET News.com story on the United States/U.S.'s growing debate over municipal broadband. Across the country, acrimonious conflicts have erupted as local governments attempt to create publicly funded broadband services with faster connections and cheaper rates for all citizens, narrowing the so-called digital divide. The Bells and cable companies, for their part, argue that government intervention in their business is not justified and say they are far better equipped to operate complex and far-flung data networks.
BBC News mentions Pep Torres, a Spanish designer, who came up with what could be the perfect solution for the woman who feels frustrated that she has to do all the house chores. It is a washing machine called "Your Turn", which will not let the same person use it twice in a row. It uses fingerprint recognition technology to ensure the job of loading is not dumped on just one individual. It is supposed to be difficult to hack and child-proof.
This UserFriendly cartoon mentions a cricket bat and the insects. :)
Worth1000's current theme is on doctored photographs of celebrities and politicians. They are involved in a scandals. There are 39 entries.
If my boss/manager/supervisor asked me to share my cubicle with a hot single female co-worker like Dilbert (#1), then I would say "YES!". ;)
An anonymous poster, in a /. poll comments section, mentioned Dialect Survey. It contains results to a series of questions, including rhyming word pairs and vocabulary words, to explore words and sounds in the English language. There were no right or wrong answers; by answering each question with what people really say and not what they think is "right". It shows an accurate picture of how English is used in the community. This maps and result page was the interesting one to look at.
People, with a lot of money, can finally buy Residential Pneumatic Vacuum Elevators: "Gone are the days of science fiction when people traveled in transparent bubbles. Today this is no longer a product of our imagination. There is a bubble that can carry you without cables, pulleys or pistons. It is our self-supporting vacuum elevator; a light and resistant structure built with aluminium and polycarbonate. By simple principles of physics; the difference in air pressure above and beneath the vacuum elevator cab literally transports you by air. It is the vacuum pumps or turbines that pull you up to the next floor and the slow release of air pressure that floats you down." There are informations, FAQs, three MPEG video clips, etc. on the Web site.