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Tanked Episode 122 for Tuesday Sept 14, 2010

 ANNOUNCEMENTS 


-Beers
-Hillers new Mac PRO
-Logic

 TECH 


15" dual screen laptop surfaces
15-inch Dual Screen Acer Laptop Spotted

Dual screen devices like the Toshiba Libretto and even the Nintendo DS are nothing new.
But trade in those dinky 7" and below screens for dual 15 inchers and you have the latest
offering from Acer...maybe.  Acer's work in progress was posted by techreviewsource.com
only to be pulled by request from Acer (therefore solidifying it's validity).  The laptop would 
sport a regular display and an additional display to take place of a keyboard and trackpad 
making for all sorts of input wonderment.  Before being yanked, techreviewsource.com 
said that the laptop wouldn't be available until late 2011.


gizmodo

One Gigabit Internet Coming to... Chattanooga
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if all goes right, the mid-sized southern city will likely be the first in the country to break
the one gigabit speed barrier here in the US.
City-owned power utility EPB said Monday that it would be able to deliver the ultra-fast speeds
 by the end of the year. The company had originally announced in June that it would deliver
speeds of 150 megabits per second over its 100% fiber-optic network, but apparently the
company’s decided to go all out.
Ready to sign up? Better have a big pocketbook. The gigabit service will set you back $350 per month.
 So you may ask, “why are they doing it if it’s so darn expensive?” From EPB CEO Harold DePriest comes
the best answer I’ve heard from a executive in quite awhile: “Because we can.”
Mashable

Aaron Bitches About Ads


Walmart To Offer Mobile Service
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Walmart Family Mobile is not the discount retailer's first foray into cellular service; it already
offers two pre-paid plans. The retailer also sells a variety of cell phones and smartphones,
including Apple's iPhone. The Walmart Family Mobile plan is the first to be branded a "Walmart"
plan, however. Despite that branding, Walmart is not operating its own cellular network; the plan
will operate on T-Mobile's network in the U.S., Walmart says in a statement.

Walmart Family Mobile offers unlimited voice minutes and unlimited texting for $45 per month

for the first line of service. Additional lines are $25 per month. Those prices are significantly cheaper

than what the big nationwide carriers charge for similar plans.

As a point of comparison, AT&T charges $69.99 per month for unlimited calling, and an additional

$20 per month for unlimited messaging. That's $89.99 per month -- the same as what Verizon Wireless

charges per month for an individual plan that offers unlimited talking and texting.

That's why Walmart Family Mobile can offer "a family of three savings of up to $1,200 per
year compared to the national unlimited talk and text plans,"
Unlike most "post-paid" cellphone plans -- where you pay for the service after you use it, not before --
 Walmart's plan does not require that you commit to a lengthy service contract. In fact, you don't have
to commit to a contract at all. If you're leery of signing on for two years of service with a carrier like AT&T
or Verizon Wireless, the freedom that Walmart's plan allows will be very appealing. You can cancel your
service at any time, with no fear of hefty cancellation fees.
PCWorld



 VIDEO GAMES 

Super Mario Bros. Turns 25
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Super Mario Bros. was released in Japan 25 years ago today on the Famicom, the Japanese version
of what Americans call the Nintendo Entertainment System. Since then, Mario has become one of the
most iconic characters and entertainment brands in the world.
Mashable
25 Facts about Mario
Guardian.co.uk


 MOVIES 


The Tillman Story
Sundance.bside
Lowest summer box office


Hiller's late-ass review: Machete

Rodriguez directed both one of Hiller's most loved films and one of his most loathed films.

So how does Machete stack up?  




 SCIENCE 

 

Cell phones powered by conversation?







updated 9/13/2010 3:43:31 PM ET

Chatty teenagers could be the world's next renewable energy source.

Scientists from Korea have turned the main ingredient of calamine lotion

into a tiny material that converts sound waves into electricity.

The research could lead to panels that can charge a cell phone from a conversation

or provide a boost of energy to the nation's electrical grid generated by the noise during rush hour traffic.

 

"Just as speakers transform electric signals into sound, the opposite process —

of turning sound into a source of electrical power — is possible,"

said Young Jun Park and Sang-Woo Kim,

the two corresponding authors of a new article in the journal Advanced Materials."

 

Sound power can be used for various novel applications including mobile phones

that can be charged during conversations

and sound-insulating walls near highways that generate electricity

from the sound of passing vehicles," the co-authors added.

 

Harvesting energy from phone calls and passing cars is based on materials known as piezoelectrics.

When bent, a piezoelectric material turns that mechanical energy into electricity.

Lots of materials are piezoelectric: cane sugar, quartz and even dried bone creates an electrical charge when stressed.

For decades, scientists have pumped electricity into piezoelectric materials for use in environmental sensors,

speakers and other devices.

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Over the last few years, however,

scientists have made dramatic advances in getting electricity out of piezoelectric devices.

Most of these devices, which are not yet available for consumer purchase,

would generate power as a person walks, runs or, in this case, talks.

 

The U.S. Army is even looking at partially powering some vehicles by channeling

the physical impact of a bullet into a small electrical current.

The Korean scientists, however, want to harness a different kind of power source: sound waves.

Using zinc oxide, the main ingredient in calamine lotion, Young Jun Park,

Sang-Woo Kim and their colleagues created a field of nanowires sandwiched between two electrodes.

The researchers blasted that sandwich with sound waves,

which at 100 decibels were not quite as loud as a rock concert.

A normal conversation is about 60-70 decibels.

 

The sound waves produced a mild electrical current of about 50 millivolts.

The average cell phone requires a few volts to operate,

several times the power this technology can currently produce.

The new research is interesting, said Michael McAlpine,

a scientist at Princeton University who also builds energy harvesting devices.

 

"But the real question though is whether there is enough ambient noise

to act as a power source as for a cell phone," said McAlpine.

A consumer probably wouldn't want to attend a rock concert

or stand next to a passing train to charge their cell phone.

 

The Korean scientists agree:

50 millivolts is not a lot of power,

but they also say their research is proof of concept.

As they continue their work,

they expect to get a higher power output.




 AUTOS 



 

 

 
 ODD NEWS 
 

 

 

 

 

Man uses banjo to stop attacker




OVERLAND PARK, Kan.,Sept. 14 (UPI)

 

Police in Kansas said a man used a banjo

to fend off an attacker wielding a knife and a frying pan.

 

Overland Park police said the two 21-year-old men were had been drinking and,

were arguing about a band at about 9 p.m. Monday.

when one of them grabbed the knife and frying pan and attacked the other man.

the Kansas City (Mo.) Star reported Tuesday.

 

Officers said the other man used a banjo he was holding to strike the alleged attacker in the head.

They said the suspect was treated for a cut and taken to a local jail,

where he was awaiting charges Tuesday.