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Tanked Episode 186 for Tuesday Jan. 10, 201


- Beers
- CES kicks off today in Las Vegas

Vizio gets into the computer biz

First the inexpensive television market and now the "hey that kinda' looks nice" computer market.

CostCo television warlords, Vizio have officially jumped into the PC business sporting a rather nice
simplified look for home computing.  Although specs and pricing are absent for now Vizio says that
their new family of computers powered by your favorite creepy uncle Microsoft will sport a system
image that is free of bloatware, installers and all that other shit you do an instant reformat to avoid.
24" & 27" all-in-ones desktops are there along with 14" & 15.6" laptops running good ol' Windows 7.


Lenovo touch screen touches your heart (not really)

While Jobs is away the mouse will play.  Seeing as how Apple never got around to that touch screen
iMac of theirs, it looks like it's up to Lenovo to push that puppy through.  Lenovo unveiled the 
IdeaCentre A720 at CES this week.  It boasts a 27" 10-point multitouch display that tilts between 5-90º
and will be paired up with a myriad of Intel Core i processors, NVIDIA graphics and your choice of a
1 TB HDD or 64 GB SSD.  Should drop sometime in the first half of 2012 and starts at $1,299.



Abobo will have his revenge!

8-bit nostalgia/mega ass-kicking marathon of holy shit wrapped up in a video game Abobo's Big Adventure

debuts tomorrow.  ABA features crazy action, 8-bit style graphics and more video game references than
you can shake a billy club at.  They took his son and now Abobo and his spatula are going to cleave a bloody
path through 8 worlds to get him back.  The game will be free (that's and if that doesn't get you

pumped then check out the trailer over at  It's rather nice.

NetFlix: Warner Bros. movies now available after 56 day delay


Warner Bros. must have thought that CES was a good week to bury bad news, but unfortunately most people pay attention 
when you pull a move like this. Netflix has confirmed the rumor that if you wanna rent movies from the aforementioned studio, 
you'll have to wait 56 days, twice as long as the previous window. In the press-release, the studio states it's 
doubling the window to maximize potential of its new releases. It also heavily implies that the studio was threatening to withdraw 
access to its library unless the rental service complied. We're keeping our ear to the ground to hear if similar announcements are 
forthcoming from Redbox and Blockbuster. Nothing like a little heavy-handed action to convince you that ownership truly is 
better than renting when it comes to DVD blockbusters, eh?

Update: Redbox got back to us with an official statement:
The current agreement Coinstar has with Warner Bros. is to receive movie titles 28-days after their release. 
No revised agreements are in place.

Ric's mentions

The Divide gets released this weekend. Not sure if it's wide or partial. I saw this at SXSW and it was great.
The trailer is linked. Check it out. If The Divide opens in your town check it out!!

The Devil Inside wins the weekend at $35M and only has 7% on Rotten Tomatoes. This movie will take a huge dive next weekend. 
No one liked it. Everyone who saw it says it is awful.

Jennifer Hudson will announce 10 of the 24 catogories for the oscars. That is January 24th On Good Morning America.
So if you don't watch GMA, watch the 24th and you can see who gets the nods. Remember we will do our Oscar shots
games the Tuesday after the Oscars. This year hosted by Mr. Oscar Billy Crystal!



Salmon Sperm is your next gen optical storage

By adding a bit of silver to a thin layer of salmon sperm DNA and sandwiching it all between two electrodes, 

scientists have created a data storage device that could lead to a cheaper replacement for silicon.

Germany chose salmon sperm cells for the source of their DNA because they're plentiful and grow fast. 

That makes them a more economical potential storage device than the high-quality silicon used today.

They created their "write-once-read-many-times" (WORM) memory by combining the above materials and shining 

a UV light on it. That made the silver atoms bunch into nanoparticles. From Eric Smalley at Wired: In the default state 

the nanoparticles trap electrons, making them electrically resistant. Shine a laser on the film and tiny pathways open 

between the nanoparticles, making the material electrically conductive. So, shining a laser on a tiny patch of the film 

writes a bit of data. Send a current through a patch of the film to measure the conductivity, and you can read the data. 

Low conductivity = 0, high conductivity = 1.

With a charge of 2.6 volts, the device switched to high conductivity and stayed that way indefinitely. 

That means you should be able go back and retrieve information later, though it's not clear how

long the high conductivity state will last.

[Applied Physical Letters via Wired via Gizmag]


This Is What Happens When You Light a Huge

Pile of 40,000 Fire Crackers Up


 Doomsday Clock moves closer to midnight

The "Doomsday Clock," a measurement used by scientists to estimate mankind's closeness to catastrophic destruction,
 was moved one minute closer to midnight. It is now 11:55 on the Doomsday Clock,
just five minutes from a theoretical end of the world.

The clock is adjusted by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, [BAS] who use it to warn the public

about the danger of nuclear weapons and other manmade threats to civilization, including climate change.

It's the first time the clock has been adjusted in nearly two years.

In January, 2010 the clock was actually moved back a minute.

In explaining their reasoning for moving the clock forward, the BAS writes in a formal statement:

"Faced with clear and present dangers of nuclear proliferation and climate change,
 and the need to find sustainable and safe sources of energy,
 world leads are failing to change business as usual.
Inaction on key issues including climate change,
and rising international tensions motivate the movement of the clock.
  As we see it, the major challenge at the heart of humanity's survival in the 21stcentury
 is how to meet energy needs for economic growth in developing and industrial countries
 without further damaging the climate, exposing people to loss of health and community,
 and without risking further spread of nuclear weapons, and in fact setting the stage for global reductions."

Utah woman uses fake mustache to rob neighbors

A 31-year-old
woman in Salt Lake City has been charged with two counts of burglary after she allegedly
used a fake mustache to disguise her appearance as she robbed her neighbors.


The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the unnamed woman's neighbors first noticed

that several thousand dollars were missing from a security box inside their home.

A later review of the box revealed that an additional $9,000 was missing.


In response, the neighbors then decided to set up a trap for the repeat robber,

placing cash out as bait and setting up security cameras to catch it all on tape.

That's when a woman, dressed in a "very large men's suit,"

a beanie hat and fake mustache was caught on tape using a key to enter the house and steal the cash.

Pretty much the only thing she wasn't doing in the video was twirling the fake mustache

in sinister fashion while standing next to a set of train tracks.

The neighbors instantly recognized the assailant as their neighbor,

who had in her possession a spare set of their housekeys to look after their home when they went on vacation.

Police searched the woman's home and found the disguise inside.

The neighbor has been charged in Salt Lake's 3rd District Court

with two counts of burglary and one count of theft, all second-degree felonies.


Man with unusual name arrested in Wis.

MADISON, Wis., Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Police in Wisconsin said an unusually named man, Beezow Doo-Doo

Zopittybop-Bop-Bop, was arrested on charges including a probation violation.

Madison police said the 30-year-old man, who was born Jeffrey Drew Wilschke and had his name legally

changed to Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop in October, was arrested Thursday by officers responding

to reports of excessive drinking and drug use near Reynolds Park, The (Madison) Capitol-Times reported Tuesday.

Officers found Zopittybop-Bop-Bop walking near the park's tennis courts.

He was previously known to officers from an April 2011 arrest, when he was found walking

in Peace Park with a loaded handgun in his backpack.

"A search of his property revealed a knife, marijuana and drug paraphernalia,

" police spokesman Howard Payne said.

Zopittybop-Bop-Bop was tentatively charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of drug

paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and a probation violation.

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