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Wednesday
Aug222012

Tanked Radio Episode 216 for Wed Aug. 22, 2012

 ANNOUNCEMENTS 

- Beer/Mixed Drinks
- Weekend Catchup


 TECH 
Yet more iPhone 5 news  

A trusted Verizon employee has just confirmed to TechCrunch that the carrier is having an all-staff vacation blackout from the dates of Friday, September 21 to September 30. You know what that means, right?
The next iPhone, whether it’s called the iPhone 5 or simply the new iPhone, will almost certainly be available in stores (with lines wrapping around the back of them) starting Friday, September 21.
TechCrunch

One Step Closer to Auto-Pilot for Cars
A not-so-futuristic world in which drivers, cars and roads operate in a highly connected network of instantaneous data got one step closer to reality today.
                       
The scale of the project, managed by the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), is unprecedented. For the next 12 months, nearly 3,000 cars — operated by drivers specifically recruited because they frequently drive in the same quadrant of Ann Arbor, Mich. — will be integrated via Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC), a technology similar to the wi-fi network you use at home or the local cafe.
But instead of your laptop or smart phone connecting to the web—so you can check your latest Facebook messages—these thousands of cars will beam safety messages and warnings to their drivers, each other and to a dedicated cloud of computers. Each vehicle will transmit about 10 messages per second.
All of the data will be recorded, so researchers can determine the accuracy of the warnings, and which types of alerts are most effective at helping drivers avert danger. At this point, there is no automated vehicle control, but given the number of sensors on today’s vehicles, that’s a logical subsequent step, according to Sweatman.
The model deployment is a $25-million pilot with approximately 80 percent of the funding provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation. When you consider that there are 34,000 fatalities, costing about $240 billion annually, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the cost seems more than justified.
It’s a sandbox, a starting point for entrepreneurs for all kinds of applications, not only to avoid crashes, but to make the traffic flow better and to save energy.”
ReadWriteWeb



 VIDEO GAMES 
Nintendo Power comes to an end

 
Nintendo has chosen not to renew its licensing agreement with Future Publishing (the company that currently produces Nintendo Power) and has no intentions to take over the publication itself, according to insider sources speaking to Ars Technica. A now-deleted tweet from NP staff suggested this was accurate.

Reportedly "difficult to work with," Nintendo is said to have taken no interest in working with Future on expanded online initiatives to strengthen the Nintendo Power brand. Editors and staff members were told that the magazine would be shut down sometime last week and have since begun transitioning to other Future publications, according to Ars Technica's source.
Originally launching in 1988, Nintendo Power was run in-house by Nintendo until the property was licensed to Future in 2007.            



 MOVIES 
Shot for Tony Scott (“I feel the need, the need for speed! ow!”)
figured you would want to bring this up.
He took the Highway to the Danger Zone. Kenny Loggins warned him that could be dangerous. He didn’t listen.

Review of the Expendables 2.

Disney Set To Reboot “The Rocketeer”
YouBentMyWookie

Kick ass 2 news!!!
I have to say that kick ass has been our overall group fav of the under rated movies on the show. Well Kick ass 2 “Balls to the wall” could have a big name added to the cast. Jim Carrey is being courted for the part of the Colonel. He helps galvanize the team of misfit super heroes assembled to fight evil.
http://www.deadline.com/2012/08/jim-carrey-courted-for-kick-ass-2/

Avengers Gag Reel
Some Fucking Site

Facebook.com/ricmulligan



 SCIENCE
Land Speeders Are Real!

YouTube



 WEB GEM 
Bacon Pancakes
YouTube




 
 
 ODD NEWS 

Casino sues to recoup unshuffled deck wins




ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., Aug. 22 (UPI) --

A New Jersey casino is seeking the return
of $1.5 million from 14 gamblers after officials
discovered their mini-Baccarat table's deck of cards
was unshuffled.

The Golden Nugget casino in Atlantic City
is suing the 14 gamblers, who together totaled 41
winning bets in a row when the cards at the table
began coming out in sequence,

the New York Post reported Wednesday.

A casino spokeswoman said the gamblers
were initially suspected of cheating,
but officials soon discovered the cards --
which had been ordered as pre-shuffled
from the Missouri manufacturer --
"were not shuffled at all."

"The gamblers unlawfully took advantage
of the Golden Nugget when they caught on to the pattern
and increased their bets from as little as $10 to $5,000,"
the casino said in a statement.

The lawsuit, which also names card manufacturer
Gemaco Inc., seeks the return of $550,000 cash
and $1 million in chips still held by the players
after officials ceased honoring the chips from the table.

Benjamin Dash, a lawyer for three of the players
who have countersued to have their chips honored,
said the Golden Nugget's suit is "sending the message
from the casino that
'when we win, we win, and when we lose, we win."

Police: Suspect blamed fake twin

BIG BEAVER, Pa., Aug. 22 (UPI) --
Pennsylvania State Police said
a woman accused of taking complimentary items
from a hotel room blamed a
non-existent twin sister for the crime.

Investigators said Jennifer Brown, 31,
who stayed at the Holiday Inn in Big Beaver Aug. 5,
is accused of taking $206 worth of items,
including two comforters, two throw blankets,
four pillows, an alarm clock, a coffeepot,
a basket and a hair dryer from the room she was staying in,

The Beaver County Times reported Wednesday.

Troopers said they found Brown staying at the
nearly Alpine Inn and the woman blamed her twin sister,
Lisa Brown, for taking the items. However,
investigators said they could find no record
of the twin sister's existence.

Brown, who told troopers her sister was planning
to return the items, was found to be in possession
of the hotel's property inside her room at the Alpine Inn.
Brown was charged with theft and making a false report.


My Name is Mudd
 
Jackmeoff Mudd is in a lot of trouble. The criminal formerly known as Brian Eric Rhodes wasn't messing around with prostitutes or masturbating in a public theater like his name might suggest -- he was arrested earlier this week for a bevy of reasons after he resisted police when they caught him banging on some bathroom doors and knocking stuff over in a public restroom in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. If you're wondering if Jackmeoff Mudd is his real name, the answer is yes, yes it is.
Jackmeoff, 54, is in jail with bail set at $300 and will face an ill-fated judge at some point in the near future. The judge will then enter an exclusive group of lawmen who've had the pleasure of having some bizarrely named people in their chambers. Remember Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop?
That guy was arrested back in June for violating his bail conditions.
TheStir


List of the worst human names HappyPlace


Robbers fended off by 90-year-old man

TURIN, Italy, Aug. 22 (UPI) --
Police in Italy said two men who attempted
to steal a chain from the neck of a 90-year-old man
were foiled when he fought back with a walking stick.

Investigators said the Moroccan-born attackers
were fended off by the elderly man Wednesday
in Turin and were arrested after fleeing the scene,

ANSA reported Wednesday.

police said the incident was similar to a previous attack
a few days earlier involving an elderly woman fending off
some attempted thieves with a walking stick.

Driver swerves to avoid moose, hits bear instead

 

 

(Reuters) -

A Norwegian driver who swerved his car

on a rural road to avoid running into a moose

hit a bear instead, authorities said on Thursday.

 

The driver spotted the moose on a country road

near Hanestad, 225 kilometers north of Oslo,

around midnight on Wednesday, and tried to go around the animal,

not realizing that a bear was also nearby.

 

"The driver had lost a bit of speed as he tried

to avoid the moose before hitting the bear,"

said Svein Erik Bjorke of the local wildlife authority,

who was out in the forest searching for the wounded animal.

"We are currently tracking the bear and we have found traces

of blood indicating internal injuries," he said.

 

The driver escaped uninjured while his car suffered some damage.

 

Norway's rugged mountains are sparsely populated

and full of wildlife. The country, nearly the size of Germany

but home to just five million people,

has around 100,000 moose and 150 brown bears, authorities said