Note as of 9/26/2013 5:25:25:25 AM PDT: The web site is still having permanent(?) technical problems (errors, user accounts [e-mail if you want an account], search engine (use Google's with key word(s)), automatic feeds (e.g., Reddit), etc. Blame the rodent. ;)

Web site staff members (please remove AQFL to e-mail: Ant(Dude) (front end and 99% poster) and Mousey (administrator)). Use public Disqus for everyone to post and see moderated comments and feedbacks. And yes, Ant's English sucks (want to be the copy editor/proofreader?). Note that some non-AQFL links might have offensive/gross contents, annoying advertisements/ads. (use a blocker!), etc.

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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.

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Worth1000's Doctored Photographs: Rejected Transformers 4

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Worth1000's current doctored photographs theme is on "Rejected Transformers 4". Basically, it is transforming toys nobody would want. There are only 16 entries. Some of them are not bad and funny.

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Wally, from Dilbert, with his e-mail and computer issues.

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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!

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20 years later, New Coke and other marketing fiascoes.

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Shacknews posted this MSNBC story about the New Coke, rabbit jerky, clear beer, the eight-track tape, Ayds, etc. that were marketing goofs -- products that seemed like good ideas at the time.

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Job prospects bright for grads: Class of 2005 to find better pay, but few bonuses.

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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.

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A funny TV ad with a new carpet...

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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

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Retro Junk -- Hey, I remember that (1970-1980 kid stuff)!

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.

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E-mail destroys the mind faster than marijuana according to a study.

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Grifter (remove AQFL to e-mail) shared a Register article (mirrors: #1 and #2) about how modern technology depletes human cognitive abilities more rapidly than drugs, according to a psychiatric study conducted at King's College, London. And the curse of 'messaging' is to blame.

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Star Wars: Chocolate MPire Trailer & TV Spot

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Spaceman Spiff instant messaged (IM'ed) me a video clip link of M&M's Chocolate MPire's trailer (1 minute and 42 seconds; Direct downloads: MOV (6.2 MB) and WMV (6.7 MB; found this myself)).

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Dogbert on technical support with a computer lockup issue.

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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!

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Mystery of unpopped popcorn is discovered.

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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.