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Dec242009

Tanked Episode 85 for Tuesday Dec. 22, 2009 

 ANNOUNCEMENTS 
- Ric is in the Studio this week!
- Beers and shots
- Rics Q&A
- Holliday chit-chat
- Special Treats at the end of the show

 TECH 
HP is the Racist

scott

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Hewlett-Packard is investigating a claim that Webcams built into its PCs are incapable of tracking
the facial movements of black individuals and only function properly when Caucasians or people of
lighter-skinned races are in the frame.

The probe was prompted by a YouTube video in which a black man named Desi demonstrates the

problem. The camera, which is designed to follow individuals' head movements, fails to track Desi

as he moves in and out of the picture.

InformationWeek.com
YouTube

 VIDEO GAMES 
Unreal Engine 3 ported for iPhone

chris
The adventurous spirits that be at Epic Games have expanded the market share of their versatile and
prevalent Unreal Engine (platform for Bioshock, Gears of War, Unreal Tourney, etc.) by porting the 
gaming platform to the iPhone.  Anandtech* (stupid name for a site) were able to play a
running demo that features a player map and a weapon from the Unreal Tournament series.  The demo
looks great but the engine requires Open GL ES 2.0 which means that it will only run on iPhone 3GS and
the 3rd gen iPod touch due to the processor and GPU specs.  Check out a whopping 15 seconds of the
demo at anandtech.com.
 MOVIES 
The Crew Reviews Avatar

All

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 SCIENCE 
 AUTOS 
 ODD NEWS 

Cop Admits to Pulling Gun on Snowballers


scott
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A plainclothes police detective allegedly pulled his gun out and waved it at a large group of people in a

snowball fight at the corner of 14th and U Streets NW Saturday afternoon.

An off-duty member of the Metropolitan Police Dept. was reportedly driving his car in the area when the

car was suddenly pelted with a barrage of snowballs, according to a statement from the MPD.

The detective stopped his car, got out and approached a crowd of people that might have thrown the

snowballs. He then got into a verbal fight with members of the crowd, according to police.

At some point, the detective called for assistance. According to witnesses, one of the uniformed officers

that responded pulled out his weapon as he approached the plainclothes detective. As soon as the detective

identified himself, the uniformed officer put his gun back in the holster, police said.

NBC Washington.com
YouTube



Japanese man takes video game character as wife

chris




Sun Dec 20, 5:44 pm ET

TOKYO (Reuters) –

A Japanese man has married a character in a popular video game,

taking her -- and his handheld game console -- on an overseas honeymoon.

The man, who prefers to use his online moniker SAL9000,

met character Nene Anegasaki while playing dating simulation game "Love Plus."

They got married a few weeks ago,


 did not want to reveal his real name for fear of being misunderstood,

admits to be an "otaku," a breed of Japanese youth obsessed with video games,

computers and fantasy worlds.


The newlyweds, who went on a honeymoon to Guam, now go on dates around Tokyo,

with SAL9000 taking pictures of Nene, installed in his Nintendo DS,

in front of famous landmarks and then posting them on social networking sites.

As the game "Love Plus" has voice recognition software,

SAL9000 says it's possible to have a sort of conversation with Nene

or even play simple games such as rock, paper, scissors.

He also has vowed to have and to hold, for better and for worse,

even if another, updated version of the game is released.

"I think I'll probably continue playing Love Plus. I won't cheat," SAL9000 said.


This is a month old. Reuters is really slow with there news.

Boston mom calls 911 over over son's video game habit


Aaron
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BOSTON – Police say a frustrated Boston woman

called 911 to say she couldn't get her 14-year-old son

to stop playing video games and go to sleep.

Police spokesman Officer Joe Zanoli said Monday

the mother called for help around 2:30 a.m. Saturday

to say that the teenager also walked around the house and turned on all the lights.

Two officers who responded to the house persuaded the child to obey his mother.

Zanoli says the mother's 911 call over video game obsession

"was a little unusual, but by no means is it surprising

— especially in today's day and age when these kids play

video games and computer games."

The Boston Herald first reported the 911 call,

saying the boy was playing the popular "Grand Theft Auto" game.



Burglars target wrong techie. DIY Surveillance

scott


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A Framingham, Mass., resident received an urgent text message at work on Friday. It was from

his home computer reporting the presence of movement inside of his apartment, which he had

equipped with a motion detector and surveillance camera after a recent burglary.

The guy logs on, calls up the video feed, and bingo: Two burglars are having their way with his stuff.

He calls the cops, who I'm going to presume have rarely had an easier collar.


The break-in and theft were also recorded for future use in court proceedings, the deputy chief said.

"I've never seen anything like this before," said Davis. "It's awesome."



Happy Christmas honey - here's a divorce voucher

Aaron

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LONDON (Reuters) – Stuck for Christmas gift ideas?

Is your marriage or a friend's going through a rocky patch?

How about a divorce voucher?

In an unusual take on the season of giving,

a London law firm is offering Christmas gift vouchers for divorce advice.

The firm, Lloyd Platt & Company, which normally charges 325 pounds ($530) an hour,

said it had been swamped with enquiries since it launched the vouchers early last week.

So far, more than 60 have been sold --

a snip at 125 pounds for a half hour session with a divorce lawyer.

The firm's founder, Vanessa Lloyd Platt,

said she had been amazed at the response to the vouchers.

"They seem to appeal to an enormously widespread spectrum

of people looking for that 'must have' gift for Christmas," she said.

A spokesman for the Church of England called the vouchers sad.

"Divorce is a very personal matter and not really suitable for the idea

of gift vouchers which are presents from other people," he said.

Demand for the vouchers could soar over the next few weeks.

Christmas tends to be a particularly stressful time for families,

with a huge rise in people seeking advice each January, Lloyd Platt said.








 MISC. 
TUFF MAN AWARD

Man with 5-inch knife stuck in chest orders coffee

Aaron


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WARREN, Mich. –

A 52-year-old man complained only about the cold

weather before walking into a diner with a five-inch knife sticking out of his chest.

The unnamed man called a Warren 911 operator on Sunday

night to ask that an ambulance be sent to Bray's, an eatery in neighboring Hazel Park.

He said he had been stabbed during a robbery attempt half a mile away,

then walked to the restaurant and called 911 from a pay phone.

On a recording of the call, the man gives a vague description of his attacker before saying,

"I'm gonna sit down at Bray's 'cause they got a chair and it's cold out here."

Restaurant employee George Mirdita told The Detroit News the man calmly ordered coffee.

Police said Tuesday that the man is recovering.