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.
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.
I remember seeing this on the news a few weeks ago. There is a bird species that can moonwalk.
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...
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.
FoxTrot posted its funny color cartoon for 4/24/2005. It plants vs. candies and old generations vs. young generations.
This Dilbert cartoon shows the similiar dilemmas that most computer users and I face often. Yeah, this post took a while due to this crappy dial-up modem connection!
TimeOday's /. forum reply, to Interest in CS as a Major Drops story, mentions a CNN's article that says college students who are earning their diplomas in 2005 are more likely to find a job and earn a slightly higher salary than their counterparts a year earlier. This was according to a report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
Compfused.com has a funny television/TV commercial/spot/advertisement of a new carpet with something under it. Oops! I still don't know it is an
This is mainly for the old farts who were kids during the 70s and 80s like me. Retro Junk is a Web site that contains a nostalgia filled look into our past in the 1970s and 1980s. There are television commercials, movie trailers, theme songs, articles, message board, and a writers' corner.
Dogbert tries to help a customer with a computer lockup in this funny Dilbert cartoon.
A co-worker replied to my instant message (IM), "That is ironically accurate." So, true!
Scientists say it has to do with optimum hull structure according to MSNBC's story. Popcorn is a variety of corn, Zea mays everta, having hard kernels that burst to form white, irregularly shaped puffs when heated. It's long been known that popcorn kernels must have a precise moisture level in their starchy center -- about 15 percent -- to explode. But Purdue University researchers found the key to a kernel's explosive success lies in the composition of its hull. It turns out there is an optimal hull structure that allows kernels to explode, and leaky hulls prevent the moisture pressure buildup needed for kernels to pop.