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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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Microsoft's Parent's Primer to Computer Slang

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Microsoft posted a parent's primer to computer slang online to understand how kids communicate online to help protect them.

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Image Puzzle

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Image Puzzle (Internet Explorer is a MUST!) is a graphical puzzle divided into 15 stages. Each stage comes with a digital image that contains a text that allows you to get to the next stage. If you manage to solve the puzzle on a stage, erase the current HTML page from the address/URL field. The text is always in written in a clear form, it's just disguised in some way. There are no riddles or such things. The text is always located within the image file. it's never a reference to a place outside this website!

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Less liver cancer in coffee drinkers...

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I saw this on KTLA 5's morning news yesterday, but I forgot to look for an online story to post on here.

CNN reports that hot cup of coffee may do more than just provide a tasty energy boost. It also may help prevent the most common type of liver cancer. A study of more than 90,000 Japanese found that people who drank coffee daily or nearly every day had half the liver cancer risk of those who never drank coffee.

Animal studies have suggested a protective association of coffee with liver cancer, so the research team led by Monami Inoue of the National Cancer Center in Tokyo analyzed a 10-year public health study to determine coffee use by people diagnosed with liver cancer and people who did not have cancer. They found the likely occurrence of liver cancer in people who never or almost never drank coffee was 547.2 cases per 100,000 people over 10 years. But for people who drank coffee daily the risk was 214.6 cases per 100,000, the researchers report in this week's issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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Congratulations Mousey!

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Congratulations, Mousey for being a papa! He and his mate, Dayna, are going to have a bunch of babies! OK, maybe not a bunch.

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Amusing Doctored Photograph of an Anti-Spyware Protest

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From ASW Vendors in La-La Lan thread (related to this old serious story) in Broadband Reports' security forum, EGeezer posted an amusing doctored photograph of a protest against spywares.

2/17/2005 10:21 AM PST: Dang it. Linked to the thread post so you won't see Barney!

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China overtakes U.S. as world's biggest consumer.

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This CBC News story says that China has surpassed the United States to lead the world in the consumption of basic food and industrial goods, a study says. The booming Asian country now uses more meat, grain, steel and coal, according to an environmental think-tank's report released Wednesday. The only basic commodity still consumed in greater quantities by Americans is oil, says the report from the Washington-based Earth Policy Institute. The Chinese have even eclipsed Americans in consumer goods, buying more refrigerators, more televisions and cell phones.

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Origami as the Shape of Things to Come

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The New York Times (no registration needed) report that Dr. Demaine, an assistant professor of computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the leading theoretician in the emerging field of origami mathematics, is holding is a hyperbolic parabaloid. It is a shape well known to mathematicians -- or something very close to that -- but he wants to be able to prove this conjecture, but difficullt to do.

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Do You Speak American?

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TheShadow (remove AQFL to e-mail) sent me an interesting PBS' documentary on how Americans, as seen and heard, through the way we speak. It was premiered on January 5th, 2005, but its Web site was still informative like:

  • Words that shouldn't be -- Spambot, cybercat, etc. Are we ruining the language?
  • From sea to shining sea -- Exactly how many varities are there of American English?
  • What speech do we like best? -- Language expreesses who we are, and who we want to be. It can also unite or divide us.
  • What lies ahead? -- Is TV making us sound alike? Will cars sound like men or women? What's ahead for American English?
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Blogging makes you lose your job?

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This CNN/Money article says the growing popularity of blogs is a double-edged sword for companies. On the one hand, corporate managers recognize the power of word-of-mouth as a sales tool. On the other hand, they're acutely aware of the dangers inherent in the rapid and widespread dissemination of company information.

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Trailer!

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Dark Horizons and The World of KJ pointed out a new and leaked trailer (MOV; 2 minutes?) for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

2/16/2005 10:51 AM PST: /. pointed out the Flash version on Amazon's Web site. Click here (maximized to your Web browser size) to watch it streaming and directly.

Nice special effects. I never got into the books and TV minseries.

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Flame retardants building up within us.

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Globetechnology's scary article says highest levels are found in babies as PBDEs emanate from carpets, furniture, to form dust balls. Those dust bunnies lurking under the bed may not be as innocuous as you think.

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Tasmanian Paper Made From Kangaroo Poo

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This BBC News story says paper was made from kangaroo manure. Creative Paper Tasmania estimates that about 400 A4 sheets of paper can be made from 25kg (55 pounds) of kangaroo manure.

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"Good Morning Lemmings"

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World of Warcraft v1.2.3 (North America) Patch Released

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North Americans' World of Warcaft v1.2.3 is finally now out after Europeans got theirs last week (punks). Seen on WorldofWar.net.

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Color Test -- A twisting brain Web Flash game (32 seconds needed)...

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Color Test is a simple test Flash game that require you to pick an answer within four seconds. There are eight questions of different colors. You only need about 32 seconds to complete.

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Bill Gates Announces Internet Explorer 7

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/. reports that there will be Internet Explorer (IE) 7 for Windows XP and Longhorn (next Windows OS).

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World of Warcraft Valentine's Day Screenshot & Wallpaper Competition (2005) Results

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Ooops, I am a day late! World of Warcraft posted the winners and honorable mentions for Valentine's Day Screenshot Competition (2005)! Also, the winners for wallpapers.

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How many minutes/hours (average) do you currently commute between home and work (for $; one way; no rain and snow)?

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Two cartoons showing computer frustration...

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Two funny cartoons were posted from this Broadband Reports' security forum. They were shots of frustrating moments with computers:

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Frankenstein gets a board game called Life

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Dr. Fun posted a funny cartoon showing Frankenstein getting a Life board game.