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Tanked Ep.23 for Monday Oct. 16 2008

Now THAT'S a mod!

We here at Tanked love mods of all sizes and shapes, so naturally when I caught wind of a portable, dual-monitor, toughbook-style, video-editing super case my interest was immediately piqued.  Will Urbina of has kicked up an editing rig like no other.  Outside of the aforementioned dual-displays that fold out like some kind of Nintendo Ultra-DS of sorts, this case also packs built in speakers, a Blu-ray drive and a compartment on the bottom for your keyboard & mouse.  Also worthy of note is Will who provided a construction video log that displays not only his technical prowess but also his skills with welding and metal trimming. Bravo to you Will.  Well played.  Now can I order one that runs OS X?

New MacBooks to have Blu-Ray Drive

At the live Diggnation that was just held in London as part of the “Future of Web Apps” Expo, Kevin Rose enlightened us with yet another juicy rumor.  He claimed that the new and yet to be announced MacBooks will support Blu-Ray drives.  Rose was spot on in his iPod/iTunes predictions for the recent “Let’s Rock!” Apple event, and we’ll find out on Tuesday if Rose can go 2 for 2.  Rose, however, did qualify his prediction by saying that his source for the Blue-Ray rumor was not nearly as good as his source for the iPod nano and iTunes updates. Rumors of Blu-Ray coming to the Mac stretch back to 2006, but especially picked up steam after HD-DVD was put to rest. With the MacBook line in desperate needof a refresh, this could very well be an interesting point of interest at this Tuesday’s media event.


The Steve Jobs Drinking Game

The upcoming Apple media event should be pretty interesting, but why settle for interesting when you can have exciting? Sure, Apple is expected to unveil a slew of new and upgraded notebooks, and that’s all well and good, but not everyone gets excited about new laptops. So what’s a casual citizen to do? Well, like most dilemmas, this can easily be solved with a drinking game. The event starts at 10am Pacific Time/1PM Eastern, so for those of you on the East Coast, there’s no need to pack a lunch.

Topics From the Tanked Community
Ric Mulligan submits:
Google's Goggles
Meet Gmail's latest Labs project, Mail Goggles. The program works like a breathalyzer: Before sending an e-mail, you've gotta prove you're less tipsy than Paris Hilton on a Tuesday. (Or a Wednesday.) Mail Goggles works with simple math. Once you set it up, it'll require you to answer a series of math problems before being able to send a message.By default, the program activates on Friday and Saturday nights, though you can customize it for any day or time you might need a watchful eye.
You can also set the difficulty level to control how hard the problems will be (1 = a wine cooler with dinner; 10 = eight Jagermeister shots and an indeterminable number of rum-based chasers).

GPS Could Save Billions In Fuel and Reduce Flight Times

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A new GPS system being planned by the FAA, called NextGen, could potentially save airlines 3.3 billion gallons of fuel per year (about $10 billion at todays prices) NextGen would replace the aging systems that guide planes with radar and radio becons
The new GPS system would save fuel and time by eliminating the need to zig zag and arc flight paths
Unfortunately, NextGen isn't expected to be ready until at least 2020, but the airlines are expected to provide $15 billion of the estimated $35 billion the project will cost The airlines will also have to retrofit their planes with a new $200,000 GPS system.
If the system ever actually gets off the ground, it could keep many carriers from slipping into the red, but as with any massive government-funded program it's unlikely it'll be completed on time or on budget. Expect to see the first NextGen equipped planes to be rolled out around 2130 at a price of $3 bazillion per plane.

Paddington The Bear Turns 50!
Spiderman Web of Shadows update to previous episode of tanked
The new ideration of the spiderman franchise is an all new game based on an orinal story from the writers at marvel.
You can wear the red suit and preform more acrobatics and web slinging based attacks or you can use the black suit and
fight with more of an aggressive venom style, stength based attacks. The game also allows the gamer to switch back and forth
between the two suits at any time durring the game.
The gamer can also start a fight on the ground and take it to the sides of buildings and on rooftops, in the air and back down to the ground. In the past spiderman games the camera has been an issue but this time around they fix the problem by having spider man always locked in. the middle of the screen shot taking advantage of all three axies in the environment also completely destcructable. Also the game allows you to make dissicsions of being a hero or more villian-like by waring the two diffrent suits. Along with that the more distruction you cause the more the citazans of NY will be wary of you.
Kingpin, Luke Cage, Shield, Electro and other will be in the game with you and against you depending on your actions and how you deal with the Simbiant envasion. Spiderman Web of Shadows is due out Oct.21 next Tuesday and will be avalible on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSP, Nintendo DS, Wii and PC.

Sarah Palin Sex Doll Now On Sale
Posted by: Susannah Breslin
Sarah Palin Sex Doll: A Political Blow-Up Sex Doll

Considering how obsessed the nation is with Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, it was only a matter of time before someone created a love doll in her likeness. After the jump, all the details on what may be America’s first political sex doll. Created by adult product purveyors Topco, the Sarah Palin blowup doll is known as the “This is NOT Sarah Palin Inflatable Love Doll.” Featuring a busty, conservatively dressed Palin lookalike, the box cover promises: “Cross party lines with your own inflatable running mate!” The political love doll’s suggested uses include: “Blow her up and show her how you’re going to vote,” “Let her pound your gavel over and over,” and “It’s time some male interns caused a scandal in the Capitol.” In addition, the company suggests, the Palin doll could stand in for the candidate at her next debate with Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden. “This blow-up sex doll could really satisfy the swing voters.” Who knew the coming presidential election could be decided by a sex doll?


Jobseekers duped into getting face tattoos
Indonesian jobseeker

TWO Indonesian jobseekers have been tricked into getting their faces tattooed by a bogus official offering government jobs.

Village chief Sawiyono - who was helping the men find jobs in Jakarta - claimed he had received a text message from a government official offering them work as intelligence officers but saying they would have to be inked first with a dragon tattoo, Antara state news agency said. Sawiyono realised he had been tricked after checking with the subdistrict chief of the Bojonegoro district of East Java who told him there was no such requirement. But by then it was too late and the men had already been tattooed, the report said. "I am fully responsible for the mistake and I will do my best to help the men remove their tattoos,''  Sawiyono said. we so sawiy-e The men have complained to police and were seeking treatment at a local hospital.