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post #1 of 11 Old 03-11-2002, 01:04 PM - Thread Starter
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Did anybody else see this story about the gunman who held 18 hostages then killed himself over a Philips widescreen set? I thought it was a joke at first, too.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,47608,00.html

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post #2 of 11 Old 03-11-2002, 01:50 PM
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That's one of the most bizarre incidents I've ever heard of!:eek:

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it is foxnews...i guess they wouldm't make that up
the old straw that breaks the camel's back syndrom...

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foxnews?....I wonder if he was watching Fox WS 480p, but was expecting a better picture?

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From the article:

"District Attorney Leo de Wit described the gunman as 'mentally confused' and said he shot himself twice in the head."

Or maybe he was schizophrenic?

Had to kill himself twice!

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Another poor early adopter pissed off about DVI....
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"In a statement faxed from the office tower to state-financed NOS television, the gunman said he was protesting the "arrogant manipulation by the vendors of wide screen television," and complained that consumers were being misled about the quality of the product.

The four-page statement reproduced parts of six letters of complaint previously sent to a Dutch newspaper and the Consumer Board."

I wonder how many times words like "interlaced," "480p," "PAL," and "DVI" appeared in this statement? I'm sure the negotiator was completely perplexed. Or he might have even been convinced the guy was justified ("So it really goes digital, then analog, then back to digital? That's idiotic.") No wonder it ended in tragedy.

Maybe non-Philips HDTV makers will try to use this incident to sell their products: "Yeah, we will screw you with DVI, etc., but not so bad that you'll blow your head off, like some other companies' products.*"

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That wasn't Vic, was it?:confused:
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that chroma bug problem must be more serious than i thought...
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I would certainly like to see more information on exactly what he was protesting. It is hard to tell from the news reports whether he was pro or anti widescreen. And of course we can't trust news reporters to get their facts straight either.

Just hope the Office of Inland Security doesn't decide to make a list of all the widescreen owners in the country :D

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Digging around for something other than the Associated Press story which is what seemed to be on all the news sites I found this:

http://www.rte.ie/news/2002/0311/amsterdam.html

So it sounds like he was actually a "black bars" hater. We always knew those types were nuts. ;)

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