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Tanked Episode 153 for Wednesday Apr. 27, 2011


- Hiller is sick
- Beers
- Our Three year anniversary is next week... what shall we do this year?


Nintendo announces successor to the Wii
On Monday Nintendo officially announced it's goal to release a new console in 2012.
The company made it's plans for the next-next-generation console available to the 
public over the company's investor relations website.  Since then the rumors have been 
flooding in with the likes of high-definition, motion controls, erogenous zones, you name it.  
Nin-prez-o Satoru Iwata told Reuters that 3D might not necessarily be part of it due to the
low adoption rate for 3D televisions.  Nintendo plans to show a playable version of the 
yet unnamed console during this year's E3 in Los Angeles.


Playstation Network is Still Down
More than 72 hours after it first went down, the PlayStation Network is still offline, annoying millions
of loyal PlayStation 3 customers who can't play their games over the network. No Portal 2 co-op, no
Mortal Kombat
matches, no Home. Your PlayStation 3 is offline. In an update over the weekend,
Sony's Patrick Seybold confirmed that the outage is due to one or more hackers attacking the system.
Here's the full statement.
It also seems that this outage has caused Sony to beef up security. "Our efforts to resolve this matter
involve re-building our system to further strengthen our network infrastructure,"
Seybold wrote in yet another update. "Though this task is time-consuming, we decided it
was worth the time necessary to provide the system with additional security."
That's all well and good, but the system has been down for days, Sony has confirmed that it is under
malicious attack, and the PlayStation Network has access to my credit card information.
Wouldn't it be great to know if that information is secure?

*UPDATE* (as of tuesday night)

Sony acknowledged today that the personal information of its PlayStation Network

customers has been compromised.

The company posted an update on its blog today warning its more than 70 million

customers that their personal information, including customer names, addresses,

e-mail addresses, birthdays, PlayStation Network and Qriocity passwords, and user names,

as well as online user handles, was obtained illegally by an "unauthorized person."

The data was accessed between April 17 and April 19, according to Sony.

"While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the

possibility," a company spokesman wrote today. "If you have provided your credit card data through

PlayStation Network or Qriocity, out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit

card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained."

4 celluoid zombie killers come to Call of Duty

Treyarch's latest addition to the Call of Duty: Black Ops Escalation pack, 

Call of the Dead, gives us four playable characters with some experience 
with offing the undead.  Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), 
Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street), Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead) 
and Danny Trejo (Machete) all lend their faces and voices to a cast of four 
survivors who are "left for dead" (so to speak) against an army of Soviet 
zombies.  Zombie flick grandaddy George A. Romero also stars in the 
campaign in zombie form.  New weapons and moves are apparent in the 
video though it is unknown what is cut scene and what is actual gameplay. 
Call of Duty: Black Ops Escalation pack is due on May 3 for Xbox 360 for $15.

kotaku   youtube

DTV Shredder gets a test drive

Ben Gulak's skateboard-meets-megaweapon self-balancing motorcycle got a

test drive from the Engadget folks this week.  Both the Sport and the beefier
Military editions were tested (250cc and a fuel-injected, turbocharged 30hp 
respectively).  The thing looks tits and a full writeup and videos can be found
over at the link.


First pic from the set of the Avengers. Started filming this week.

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Leak it and Make Some Noize!
The Beastie Boys have made a streamed version of their new album available
on their website as a so-called “hostile and retaliatory measure with great hubris” to an Internet leak.

The Beasties announced the leak Monday: “Good people, unfortunately due to

circumstances beyond our control, the ‘clean’ version of our new album,

The Hot Sauce Committee pt 2 has leaked,” the site explains. “So as a hostile and

retaliatory measure with great hubris we are making the full explicit aka filthy dirty

nasty version available for streaming on our site. We hope this brings

much happiness, hugs, and harmony.”

Streaming the album is the latest marketing push for the band,
which has gone all out to promote its eighth studio album.
The album is set for release May 3.

(don't watch videos until the show)
My Wheelchair is Troy Built!


Suprise Knock Out



Self Serve
What would you do if you walked into a supermarket with no employees inside?
Dump everything into 5 carts and run? Steal all the alcohol you can? Grab store displays?
Get a lifetime supply of cereal? Fruit? Or would you pay?

Well, Pak 'n Save, a supermarket in New Zealand, opened when no employees were

working, and surprisingly, the store wasn't ransacked or stripped or even burned down

because few shoppers even noticed the employees were missing. It happened on 8AM

last Friday (Good Friday), when a computer glitch accidentally triggered the doors

open with no workers inside.

Seriously! Around two dozen customers trickled in, cruised the aisles, shopped and

when they were done, used the self-checkout machines to pay for their goods.

Business as usual! Of course, some of them skirted past everything and walked

straight out but when the owner of the supermarket reviewed

the videotape, he said:

"They weren't in for a free-for-all. They were doing their normal shopping and then got to
the checkout. Half of them paid and the other half thought, `this is a good deal'
and walked out."
The police eventually showed up an hour later and the owner is asking those
who pranced off with free groceries to come back and pay. Good luck!

The First Zombie-Proof House

Are you ready for the 2012 of our dreams! “The Safe House,” designed by KWK Promes,
 starts to get eerily close to something that could be very solid!

“The most essential item for our clients was acquiring the feeling of maximum security,”
begins the designers’ website in the summary of the structure.
Who wouldn’t feel safe in a concrete rectangle that folds in upon itself
 to become completely sealed?
 Even the windows are covered with a slab of concrete when the structure is on nap time.

The house, with its movable walls, has only one entrance,
 which is located on the second floor after crossing a drawbridge.
 Seems like the perfect opportunity to pull out the old chain gun and defend the life of your family,
 while stylishly nesting in a piece of architectural elitism.

Spanish man sues parents over allowance

MALAGA, Spain, April 27 (UPI) --

A judge ordered a 25-year-old Spanish man

who sued his parents for ending his allowance to quit freeloading, officials said.

Judge Jose Luis Utrera, who presides over the Family Court of Malaga,

ordered a man from Andalusia in southern Spain to leave his parents'

home within 30 days, Think Spain reported.


The son, who has not been named in court documents,

sued his parents after they cut his monthly allowance of $587.


The judge said the family couldn't afford the luxury of maintaining an adult offspring and said the man,

who doesn't work or attend college, is capable of finding a job.


"Parents have no absolute or unlimited obligation to provide maintenance for their adult children

-- such actions are only limited to certain circumstances," Utrera said.

In Spain, it's not unusual for offspring to remain living in the parental household well into their 30s,

especially when the youth unemployment rate is the highest in the European Union at 40 percent.

There are 4.6 million unemployed in Spain, government figures for the fourth quarter of 2010 indicate.


Police officer who exposed himself fired

CINCINNATI, April 27 (UPI) --

An Ohio police sergeant who said he exposed himself to Sears employees

to see who would tell him his zipper was down has been fired, police said.


Robert McDonough III, 39 --

who was convicted in February of indecent exposure for exposing himself

to Sears employees in May 2010 --

was fired April 19 by the Cincinnati Police Department,

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Tuesday.


McDonough, who a court affidavit said

claimed he was walking around the store with his zipper down

"in an attempt to determine who would advise him that his zipper was down,

" was sentenced to eight days of community service,

two years of probation and a $250 fine.

He was also ordered to stay away from all Sears stores.

The police department said McDonough had been placed on desk duty last June.



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