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Tanked Ep.48 for Tuesday Apr. 7 2009


World’s Fastest Broadband at $20 Per Home
Pretty much the fastest consumer broadband in the world is the 160-megabit-per-second service
offered by J:Com, the largest cable company in Japan. Here’s how much the company had to invest
to upgrade its network to provide that speed: $20 per home passed.

Conversely in America, Verizon is spending approx. $813 per home to put in its FiOS Fiber and another 716 for labor and equipment
for each home that subscribes to said network.

Those numbers from Japan came from Michael T. Fries, the chief executive of Liberty Global, the American company that operates J:Com.

His larger point: “To me, this just isn’t an expensive capital investment,” he said.

The cable industry here in America uses the same technology as in Japan, and would only cost around 100 per home, that includes a new modem.

A Lack of Competition between cable broadband providers.
Most Cable companies are slow to upgrade, because they can make a higher profit from being slow. High speed broadband has the highest profit margin of all cable company services.
However rather then set prices based on upgrading they set prices based on what other competitors are selling their product at. Most companies would argue that there isn't a demand for super high speed, and thus no need to improve. The other reason for slow change is fear. Most cable companies fear that if super speed is adopted, people will drop cable service for watching video over super high speed internet.
When asked if he was worried about this happening, he said "We’ll see how it happens. We want to keep it up there for now. It is a premium service.”


72% Prefer Gaming to Girlfriends
1 in 3 British men would prefer to play video games than sleep with their partner, with 72%
claiming they'd shun their missus for the night to play a new release.

From a study of 1130 British men, of those in relationships, 32% that said they would prefer
to play video games gave reasons ranging from their "partner being hard to please" to the
prospect being "not as much fun" as gaming.

Further cementing the sad truth about video game addiction in the British male, 41% said
if they were given £50, they'd spend it on a video game.

Would you choose a game over a girl?


Italian officials reject claims of early earthquake warning


The Italian government downplayed claims yesterday it had been warned several weeks ago of a major earthquake about to strike the Abruzzo region.

Giampaolo Giuliani, a researcher at the National Physical Laboratory of Gran Sasso, raised the alarm last month after sensors in the L'Aquila region detected radon gas escaping from the ground.

Following Giuliani's warning, vans with loudspeakers were driven around the medieval town, urging residents to evacuate their homes, despite there being no proof that radon gas can be used to predict earthquakes.

Giuliani was forced to tone down his warnings and remove information from the internet after being reported to the police for "spreading alarm". Guess what? They had an earthquake yesterday.

Yesterday's earthquake is thought to have triggered along a faultline some tens of miles long. As the fault was pulled open, rock on either side slipped, sending out powerful shockwaves.

Residents in L'Aquila said the government had failed to take action despite tremors in the region growing worse over the past few months.This looks to be Italy's worst Earthquake in almost 30 years as the death toll climbs over 200.

The Guardian


Fast & Furious
Monsters vs. Aliens
Haunting in Connecticut
I Love You, Man

IM2 Started shooting right where it left off with IM. Picking up with the scene where Tony Stark Says "I am Iron Man." According to Favro, the sequal will pick up and go running from there. With the addition of Rourke, Cheadle and Johansson. IM2 really seems to be going for a strong sequal.

Early Twitter Buzz: Star Trek Has Secret Premiere in Austin


Star Trek Kirk and Spock

Paramount pulled a MASSIVE bait and switch with tonight’s Alamo Drafthouse’s screening of Wrath of Kahn on Monday night. The announced line-up included some never before seen footage from JJ Abrams Star Trek followed by Star Trek II: Wrath of Kahn. Guess what… They didn’t show Kahn at all… The Austin Texas audience because the first audience to see the entire new Star Trek film. Leonard Nimoy, Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci were in attandance. I’m so jealous! So what is the early reaction?


ShamWow Guy In Slap, Chop Bust
This happend a couple of weeks ago but we have to talk about it.
I sware, you just can’t make this stuff up. So let me summarize this situation for you.
The ShamWow guy (real name: Vince Shlomi) met a hooker at a night club, arranged to
meet at his hotel room and agreed on a price of $1000 to make sexual congress. They
began making out and the hooker bit his tongue and refused to let go… At this point,
ShamWow Dude began to try and beat the crap out of her at which time she let go of
his tongue and he rean screaming into the lobby of the hotel where the police were called.
Aparently both Vince and the Prostitute stunk of alcohol. Go Figure.
I still think he could fuck up Billy Mase what say you?

Video Link to his new Slap Chop Commercial

Man decides to clean with gasoline while smoking

CHILTON, Wis. – A man faces an arson charge after telling authorities he wasn't thinking

when he decided to use gasoline for cleaning up his apartment, and then tossed a lit cigarette

into a pile of gas-soaked cushions and clothes. A criminal complaint filed Monday quoted

a 47-year-old man as saying he knew gasoline is flammable and never should have used it.

The complaint said that when the fire began Friday, he didn't pull the fire alarm but instead

shouted "fire" a couple times and walked to the Menasha police department for an ambulance

to take him to the hospital where he was treated for burns.

Firefighters said the blaze extensively damaged the apartment and caused heavy smoke damage

throughout the building, putting tenants of 11 other units out of their homes.


Pilot of plane wanted to be shot down, police say


A Canadian man has been charged after a stolen plane was flown into the United States from Ontario in what authorities are calling a suicide attempt.

Adam Dylan Leon, was arrested Monday night near a stretch of rural road in Missouri shortly after the pilot landed a stolen single-engine four-seater Cessna 172 following a six-hour flight over three states. He was charged Tuesday with transportation of stolen property and illegal entry in the U.S. According to the federal complaint, Leon flew the plane into the U.S in hopes of being shot down by military fighter jets.

According to Mike Kucharek, spokesperson for North American Aerospace Defence Command in Colorado, the plane was flying erratically when it was intercepted at the Michigan-Wisconsin border by F-16s from the Wisconsin Air National Guard that were deployed by NORAD.

The pilot did not communicate by radio with the fighter pilots, nor did he obey their non-verbal commands to follow them.

Eventually, the pilot landed the plane on a highway in southeastern Missouri at Ellsinore, and taxied to a side road.

He is then believed to have hitched a ride to a nearby convenience store where he remained until police came into the location to arrest him.


Woman calls 911 over lack of shrimp in fried rice

HALTOM CITY, Texas – A woman called 911 to report she didn't get as much shrimp as she wanted

in her fried rice at a Fort Worth-area restaurant. Police on Tuesday released the taped emergency call,

in which the customer is heard telling the dispatcher, "to get a police officer up here, what has to happen?"

The customer also said: "He didn't even put extra shrimp in there."

The upset customer was gone when an officer arrived Monday afternoon.

Restaurant workers said the woman had been denied a refund after leaving with her order,

then returning to complain. Cook June Lee said there was nothing wrong with the meal,

and that "some customers are happy. Some are not."