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Tanked Ep.55 for Tuesday May 26 2009


-how was everyones memorial day?
-funny note: vista headline for chuckles



Psystar files for bankruptcy

Mac clone purveyors Psystar filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with Federal Courts last Thursday. The manufacturer of unauthorized Mac clones recently incited the ire of Apple's legal team (which is still in the discovery phases of legal action). It is evident that Psystar won't have the $ to fund a legal battle so the win goes to Apple. Then there is the case of all the Psystar investors who backed the company behing Apple's back.... macrumors

Microsoft confirms Zune HD coming this fall

Microsoft on Tuesday confirmed its plans to take on the iPod Touch with a new, touch-screen Zune

that will be able to surf the Web, play high-definition movies, and tune in to digital radio.

The Zune HD, which will be available in the U.S. only starting this fall, features an HD Radio tuner

as well as an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) touch screen, Microsoft said. It is based on Windows

CE and will use a version of Internet Explorer customized for its touch screen, Microsoft said.

The software maker did not announce pricing or capacity, though it said the device will use flash

memory and attempt to take on Apple's high-end iPod models.




California Moves To Restore Ban on Violent Video Games
California has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate a law to keep violent
video games out of the hands of anyone under 18. A U.S. Court of Appeals revoked
the law in February. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger urged the court to let parents decide.
But the Entertainment Software Association called the petition a "complete waste" of time.

News Factor

More Americans Play Video Games Than Go To Movies New research from the NPD Group has found that the number of Americans who play video games
has surpassed the number who go to movies. In a survey of over 11,000 people, 63% had played
a video game within the past six months, while only 53% had gone to a movie. They also found
that the purchase of game consoles was on the rise, as were new methods of accessing the games
themselves, such as playing over a social networking site or downloading a game onto a mobile phone.
The report said, "the average gamer spent just over $38 per month on all types of gaming content"
in the first three months of 2009, adding that "video games account for one-third of the average
monthly consumer spending in the US for core entertainment content, including music, video, games."


Accidental millionaires in NZ escape with $2.3M

Fri May 22, 3:41 am ET

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – The bank that mistakenly

handed a New Zealand couple a $6.1 million credit limit said Friday

it had recovered less than a third of the money from the pair, who have disappeared.

An international police search is under way for the couple,

who are believed to have gone on the run to avoid having to give the money back.

Police have not identified the couple. Detective Senior Sgt. David Harvey

said Interpol was investigating in Hong Kong and was also working with officials in Beijing.

Westpac Bank on Friday offered more details of its mistake.

The bank said in a statement that the couple, who ran a gas station in the city of Rotorua,

had a bank overdraft of New Zealand $100,000 ($61,000). Westpac had said on Thursday

that the couple's overdraft was worth NZ$10,000.

The bank "sought to formalize that limit, at which stage an error occurred,

the consequence of which was opening up that limit to" NZ$10 million ($6.1 million),

the statement said. The account holder had tried to transfer about NZ$6.7 million

($4 million) out of the account, but the bank had been able recover NZ$2.8 million

($1.7 million) of it. The statement did not specify just how it got the money back.

"Westpac is continuing to vigorously pursue the outstanding amount," of NZ$3.8 million

($2.3 million), the bank said. Westpac says it considers the money to have been stolen

but conceded it was human error at the bank that made the couple accidental millionaires.


Dead chickens, rotting fish left in man's room

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – New Haven housing officials are trying to figure out

why someone left slaughtered chickens on a man's bed and put rotting fish under it.

Police said the dead animals were found in a man's room

at housing located on Lombard Street earlier this week.

Philip Elliott had rented one of three bedrooms on the second floor of the house

for $150 a week, and he and tenants in the other rooms shared the kitchen and bathroom.

Police said one of his roommates woke up Monday and smelled a vile odor.

The building superintendent went upstairs and found three dead chickens on the bed

and blood splattered on the floor. Fish were found under the bed and later in the closet.


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Woman beaten up over asparagus prices

Mon May 18, 3:35 pm ET

BERLIN (Reuters) – German police are searching for a motorist

who beat a 24-year-old woman selling white asparagus because he was upset

about her asking price for the coveted springtime vegetable, police said on Monday.

The prices for white asparagus, sometimes called "edible ivory" in Germany,

fluctuate wildly during the short springtime season, peaking early in the season at 10 euros per kilo.

The man screamed at the woman that her asparagus was overpriced.

He then punched her in the face and threatened to unleash his attack dog at her.

She fled and called police. "The motorist said her prices were totally over the top,

" said Dietmar Keck, police spokesman in the Havelland district west of Berlin,

without saying how much she was asking.

Prices for asparagus now range from 1 to 5 euros per kilo, he said.

Some 55,000 tons valued at 175 million euros are harvested annually.



Letourneau hosts 'Hot for Teacher' night at bar

may 22, 09

SEATTLE – A teacher who became notorious in the 1990s

for having an affair with a sixth-grader is hosting a "Hot for Teacher" night at a Seattle bar

— along with the former student, now her husband. Bar owner Mike Morris said

Mary Kay Letourneau has served her sentence and it's OK for the couple to have some fun.

The 47-year-old Letourneau served seven years in prison after pleading guilty in 1997

to raping Vili Fualaau, now 26. They met when Fualaau was in second grade and began their affair

when he was 12 and she was a 34-year-old married mother of four. They were married in 2005

and have two daughters together. Morris said Saturday's event at Fuel Sports Eats & Beats

will be their third "Hot for Teacher" night. She greets people and he DJs.


Terminater Salvation review.

Sci Fi movies that = a get out of jail free card with chics. What I mean is if you say im a star wars fan can you be a geek and it be ok? What I really mean is be a star wars fan as a kid or teen get all growed up and girls won't really think you nerd. Not he guy who dresses up as Obi or Vader. But to say a fan of other Sci Fi stuff = way more dork???

Chris Hemsworth to play Thor. Hemsworth you will know as Caption of a Starship for 12 minutes. Ring any bells?