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Dec272008

Tanked Episode 33 Sexual Fabric

Announcements:
- Beers

- Pizza challenge continues with DOMINO'S
- Ric calling in with this weeks movie review.



RIAA to stop lawsuits on consumers

Longstanding enemy of pirates and honest citizens of the free world alike, the Recording Industry Association of America is going to end is legal onslaught on consumers. With 350,000 cases initiated on consumers for digital theft since 2003, the RIAA is instead going to focus its efforts on detecting heavy transfer pirates and repeat offenders through ISP. The RIAA wouldn't name which ISPs it's working with but suggests that offenders would receive a message from their ISP followed with a service termination. engadget

 



America: Taking back the electric car battery

When it comes to producing electronic parts, nobody can beat the low cost, zero health standard, sub-minimum wage drones that come from Asia and in this race for supremacy in the electric automotive market Asia has the upper hand on the most crucial component to win the war: battery production. Over four dozen advanced battery factories are being built in China but none in the US. This may change in the nearfuture though as a group of 14 firms (3M included) are forming an alliance similar to the SEMATECH venture of the 80s that pulled semiconductor production back to the states. The National Aliance for Advanced Transportation Battery Cell Manufacture (NAATBCM really rolls off the tongue) aims to have a shared cost resource for perfecting electric batteries for US automobiles. Only prob is that the cost of making a plant for batteries that have zero orders is $2 BILLION!! So much for bailouts. Ars Technica


Some Chevy Volt Transformers 2 action....figures

Now I know where the Chevy Volt that was supposed to be at the LA Auto show. He was out saving the world...err, more cashing in on some good ol' fashioned movie merchandise. The Chevy Volt that autobloggreen.com found on the set of Transformers 2 back in September has now arrived in toy form solidifying it's role in the upcoming film. Mind you that despite the transformed car's resemblance to the current Volt form and the Volt logoprominentlydisplayed on the figure the car/robot is name "Jolt" and has "a habit of getting into trouble" and is "an almost unstoppable whirlwind of crackling energy." Looks like the copywriters at GM may have had some trouble identifying with good ol' Jolt. autobloggreen



Jansen 88 Special is the best racing game DLC Hiller has seen

Normally non-futuristic racing games that lack the title Wipeout don't generate much attention in the eyes of Hiller. But the inclusion of the Jansen 88 Special as DLC (downloadable content) for EA's Burnout Paradise took me for the proverbial ride. The car improves off of Doc Brown's flying DeLorean from the Back to the Future series and leaves a flaming tire trail (never did explain how a hovercar left flaming tire tracks) in it's wake. No word as to what happens when 88 mph is reached (this is a racing game after all) but players will be sure to be pissed off then the car immediately jumps two minutes into the future to win every race it enters. joystiq



VHS is DEAD

Fighting it's way through eras of Beta, Laserdisc, DVD, HD DVD and Blu-Ray the VHS format is officially deceased. Distribution Video Audio, the last major supplier of VHS, shipped it's last truckload of VHS in October and is going to chuck any remaining VHS titles after the 08 holiday season. The DVA prez Ryan Kugler had this to say: "It's dead, this is it, this is the last Christmas, without adoubt. I was the last one buying VHS and the last one selling it, and I'm done. Anything left in the warehouse we'll just giveaway or throw away." The format that paved the way for the era of home theaters will be missed. latimes


Windows XP is the OS that won't die

Much like a trusty old dog that you just can bear to put down, Microsoft has once again extended the life of the everlasting Windows XP. Deliveries are being pushed back to May 30, 2009 for OEM & resellers before the official January, 31 cutoff. The idea is to keep vendors from stockpiling copies and charging crazy premiums for the OS before Vista is the only option. Looks like Windows 7 just can't come fast enough. engadget



Street Fighter 4 home version includes exclusive familiar faces Street Fighter IV Screenshot
Street Fighter 4 is bringing in even more fiercely punched nostalgia when it comes home to the Xbox 360 and PS3 this February with a slew of playable characters not found in the arcade cab. In addition to having bosses Gouken and Seth (stillcan't get over that name) as playable characters, home gamers can look forward to playing such console exclusives as Cammy, Fei Long, Dan, Gen, Sakura & ..... Rose? 25 fighters in all. joystiq



Left 4 Dead: Brad's Plan

In an act of internet gaming strategy not seen sinceLeeroy Jenkins'legendary assault in World of Warcraft, Left 4 Dead master strategist Brad tries to get his squad past a courtyard while avoiding alert to a hoard of ravenous zombies. Guys, we have to get this game! Recommended viewing: sound cranked! youtube

"Holy Fucking Shit I Was Just In A Plane Crash!"

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In another first for Twitter, passenger Mike Wilson tweeted his escape from Continental airlines
737 right after the plane slid off the runway in Denver last night. The engine on the right side burst into flames.
Passengers escaped out the left side on slides. 38 people were hurt. Fortunately no one was killed.

Here are Mike's tweets:
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If anyone cares his twitter address is Twitter.com/2drinksbehind



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Mosquito blood 'identifies thief'

 

Police in Finland believe they have caught a car thief from a DNA sample taken from a mosquito they noticed inside an abandoned vehicle.

Finding the car in Seinaejoki, north of Helsinki, police saw that the mosquito had recently sucked blood and decided to send the insect for analysis.

The DNA found from laboratory tests matched a man on the police register.

The suspect denies stealing the car and says he was just hitch-hiking a lift with a man.

The car was stolen in June in the town of Lapua, some 380km (235 miles) north of the Finnish capital, the AFP news agency reports.

It was recovered several weeks later in Seinaejoki, about 25km from where it disappeared.

Sakari Palomaeki, the police inspector in charge of the case, said it was the first time Finnish police had used an insect to solve a crime.

"It is not usual to use mosquitoes. In training we were not told to keep an eye on mosquitoes at crime scenes," he said.

"It is not easy to find a small mosquito in a car, this just shows how thorough the crime scene investigation was," he added.

A prosecutor must now decide if the sample is strong enough for charges to be pressed.