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Why the 360’s Failed

July 8, 2007 at 8:44 pm by  

Here is a great article by Smarthouse explaining what happened with the 360 and the Red Rings of Death fiasco that is now costing Microsoft at least 1 Billion dollars.

As an example, the Sony PS2 had a return rate of between 1 & 2%. The PS3, which has only been in the market for 6 months is less than 1%.

Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft’s entertainment and devices division, declined in an interview to say what specifically caused the failures or how high the failure rate has been, but Asian manufacturers of the Xbox 360 which have been pressured by Microsoft to lower costs by as much as 15% say that the problem is caused by poor Microsoft design and the company buying low cost components in an effort to beat Sony.

Here’s the thing to ponder, could it be that Microsoft’s mistake will mean a victory in the end? Everyone has slammed the PS3 for being “too expensive”, but with the difference in failure rates, perhaps it could be that Sony spent and charged what was necessary, and Microsoft shafted the end-user in an attempt to fuck Sony.…

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Teens Raped Mom, Forced Her Son To Do Same

July 7, 2007 at 8:25 pm by  

WEST PALM BEACH – Avion Lawson, 14 (pictured), and Nathan Walker, 16, were jailed without bail on suspicion of armed sexual battery by multiple perpetrators, sexual performance by a child, armed home invasion and aggravated battery.

Avion Lawson stayed with his grandmother in the crime-ridden Dunbar Village public housing project. On June 18th, Lawson and other teens lured another resident and her 12-year-old son out of their apartment by knocking on the woman’s door at about 9 p.m. and telling her he had a flat tire. When the woman and her son opened the door, a group of up to 10 gun-wielding masked suspects forced their way into the woman’s home.

Over the next 20 minutes, the woman was raped and sodomized by up to 10 teens. Her 12-year-old son was beaten, had a plate smashed over his head, had various cleaning chemicals poured in his eyes and lastly, was forced at gunpoint to rape his own mother. After the assailants fled, the victims walked a mile to Good Samaritan Medical Center, where staff members called police.…

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The Demon Dreams of MMA

July 7, 2007 at 11:42 am by  

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Ahhh… the first MMA post on the revamped Dreamin Demon. I don’t know what took us so long. The big ugly brute that started, designed, and owns this wonderful website is a long-time MMA fan as am I. We are both from the Charlotte area, where UFC 2 came while it was running around the country avoiding state athletic commissions. We both went through the UFC lull that was the late 90’s, only to regain our love for the sport now that you can watch free fights on Spike and the PPV’s more often than not are worth their money.

 

So, here is a recent argument from commentator Joe Rogan on why MMA is overtaking boxing. Now that MMA is being shown on ESPN, and talks with HBO are in the works, and Showtime is putting on fights of their own, it looks like “Human Cockfighting” is here to stay. And so yet another personal hobby of Morbid’s and mine is going to be shoved down the throat of our reading public.…

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Preteen Sisters Kidnap Baby

July 6, 2007 at 10:28 am by  

ENID, Oklahoma (AP) – A 12-year-old girl and her 10-year-old sister have been arrested for kidnapping. The pair broke into the house of Sheila Wells and took her 1-year-old son, Brandon, while she slept. They left a ransom note that simply stated “If you want to see your son again then you won’t call police and report him missing and you will leave $200,000 on the sofa tonight and we will return your son back safe,” and was signed “the kidnappers“.

There plan fell apart when the girl’s mother saw them with the baby and they told her they had found the baby in the corner. While the sister’s mother attempted to find Sheila Well’s number, the 12-year-old went to Sheila’s house and blamed her 10-year-old sister for the deed.

Wells retrieved her son and the police were called. The girls have not been formally charged, but were taken to Community Convention Center for juveniles.

Discuss or leave a comment below.…

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Dinner Guests Find Bodies In Freezer

July 6, 2007 at 8:10 am by  

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Belgium – Guests were helping clean up after a dinner party organized by 43-year-old Didier Charron. While putting away some leftovers, a guest discovered the dead bodies of a woman and a young boy in Charron’s basement freezer. The bodies were identified as Charron’s wife, Chantal Charron, 46, and her 12-year-old son, Bryan. Both had not been seen in public for several months. Charron, who was Bryan’s stepfather, has been arrested and is being questioned by police.

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PS3 Price Slash?

July 5, 2007 at 5:57 pm by  

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MaxConsole.com has received an email from a Circuit City employee who says that an upcoming flyer has the PS3 at $499, a $100 drop in price that gets Sony’s top model in line with Microsoft’s Elite XBox 360. There is no telling if this is a permanent price drop, or a two-week promotion. The Blu-Ray offer (5 free discs chosen from a pretty shitty list) is also in effect. If you have been waiting on the PS3 to get cheaper, now is your time to buy.

However, if you have been waiting on the machine to get some games that are worth playing, you may need to wait a few more months. And if you are like me, and would never buy a console sans rumble, there is no telling when you’ll be satisfied with Sony’s offering.

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360 Warranty Extended to Three Years

July 5, 2007 at 5:44 pm by  

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Amazing news. Microsoft has extended a limited warranty for XBox 360’s for three years to cover the Red Ring of Death defect. Estimates are putting the RRoD and other problems at 30% for the 360. It seems that recent rage on forums has pushed Microsoft to extend the 360 warranty for the second time since the console was launched nearly 2 years ago.

This is great news. I like to think my last three posts on this issue are what caught Microsoft’s attention.

Read Moore here.…

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Minneapolis – As 6-year-old Abigail Taylor got out of the kiddie pool at the Minneapolis Golf Club, her father watched as she blacked out and fell face first into the pool decking. Thinking she had a seizure, she was rushed to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. It was at that point that the girls injuries became apparent. Turns out that Abigail had sat on an uncovered drain at the bottom of the wading pool. This caused a two-inch tear in her rectum that resulted in the majority of her small intestines to be pulled out.

A search of the pool filter turned up Abigail’s intestine.

Abigail will have to be fed intravenously for the rest of her life and will have to have a colostomy bag, but even so, she is extremely lucky to be alive.

According to the Associated Press, an official at the golf club expressed sympathy for the family and said he didn’t think anything was wrong with the pool, but referred questions to the club’s attorney, who declined to comment.…

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Alcohol Not a Factor in Fairport Deaths

July 5, 2007 at 11:33 am by  

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Although a final report has not been released, The N.Y. Times is reporting that autopsy results have determined that alcohol was not a factor in the deaths of Bailey E. Goodman, 17; Hannah Congdon, 18; Meredith McClure, 17; Sara Monnat, 18; and Katherine Shirley, 18 after a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer on a two-lane stretch of highway.

Investigators do not believe that excessive speed was a factor either, though a final report will not be complete until next week.

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Woman Killed in Fireworks Mishap

July 5, 2007 at 11:05 am by  

 

MELVINDALE, Michigan – Danialle Barse, 27, tried to light the fuse of a firework while putting her face over the opening of a commercial grade, three-inch mortar bomb…which had already been lit. The firework exploded in her face, killing her in front of her fiance and her 8-year-old son.

Jason Dobrovalski and his son were watching the fireworks and saw what happened.

As they lit the fuse a lady reached over the box to light the fuse on something else must not have realized they lit that fuse and the first bomb came up and exploded right in her face and it was a pretty gruesome scene after that,” said Dobrovalski.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was investigating where the commercial-grade fireworks came from.…

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5 Die in Dairy Farm Manure Pit

July 5, 2007 at 9:33 am by  

Exposure to methane gas led to the deaths of five people, but whether they suffocated from the fumes or drowned in 18 inches of liquefied cow manure may never be known, authorities said.

Scott Showalter, 34, apparently was transferring manure from one small pit to a larger holding pond when a pipe clogged. About once a week, waste is pumped from the roughly 9-foot-deep pit into a larger pond. Showalter shimmied through the 4-foot opening into the concrete enclosure, which is similar to an underground tank. This is not an uncommon practice, but it is being speculated that heavy rains may have trickled into the holding pit, accelerating the formation of methane.

Amous Stoltzfus, 24, though that Scott was having a heart attack and alerted his wife before going in to help. Phyllis Showalter, 33, and her two daughters, Shayla, 11, and Christina, 9 all went in afterwards. They all died from either the methane, an odorless gas that can kill instantly, or from being rendered unconscious and drowning in the 18 inches of liquid cow manure.…

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Shoppers Ignored Woman Dying of Stab Wound

July 5, 2007 at 8:44 am by  


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I would hate to get into any emergencies in Wichita. LaShanda Calloway, 27, had gotten herself stabbed during a fight with Cherish M. McCullough, 19. As she lay dying on the floor of the convenience store, five shoppers stepped over her to continue shopping, and in one case, a shopper used their cell phone to snap pictures of her. It took 2-minutes before anyone called 911. Calloway died later at the hospital.

McCullough has been charged with first-degree murder in the case. Another person, who turned himself in a few days later has not been charged. The district attorney’s office is deciding whether any of the shoppers could be charged.

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5-Year-Old Pins Rabid Fox During Cookout

July 5, 2007 at 8:16 am by  



Kingstown, N.C. – 5-year old Rayshun McDowell, pinned a rabid fox down to the ground by its neck during a family cookout.

I wanted to protect my little brother,” said Rayshun.

His father saw what was going on and pulled Rayshun off the animal before beating the fox to death with a stick and a crutch. Rayshun is currently being treated for rabies after being bit in the leg by the fox, as well as a 6-year-old girl who had been attacked by a fox on the same day.

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Watchmen Cast List?

July 5, 2007 at 8:04 am by  

Film.ick is reporting that they may have a cast list for the Zack Snyder’s adaption of the Watchmen. It looks like a Little Children reunion, but whatever:

Kate Winslet as Silk Spectre
Patrick Wilson as Night Owl
Jason Patric as Dr. Manhattan
Jude Law as Ozymandias
Thomas Jane as The Comedian
Jeremy Irons as Moloch
Virginia Madsen as Sally Jupiter
Jonah Hill as Seymour
Henry Gibson as Mr. Figure
William Fichtner as Detective Fine
Noah Emmerich as Captain Metropolis
Gretchen Mol as Janey Slater

and last, but certainly not least (and if you believe the other rumors):

Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach

So, any Watchmen fans around? This looking like a good cast to you?

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For those of us who went to the Transformers movie, we were treated to a mysterious, yet extremely effective trailer to a movie with no name. This movie is being produced by J.J.Abrams of Lost fame and is currently codenamed “Cloverfield”. Directed by Matt Reeves, it will hit the theaters on Jan 18th, 2008. Currently being described as “”a giant monster movie (referred internally as The Parasite) which is shot using home video cameras from the point of view of real people who are experiencing the attack on New York City”. The trailer was since been leaked online via bad quality cell phone video

Here are some links to the official site and other stuff.

 

http://www.1-18-08.com/
http://imdb.com/title/tt1060277/
http://www.slashfilm.com/2007/07/04/…ler-now-online
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloverfield

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Stiffen that Body up, Boys

July 4, 2007 at 7:39 am by  

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Rock Band Gameplay

July 4, 2007 at 7:29 am by  

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Rock Band, seen for the first time in action. These are game engineers playing, not musical artists or QC guys. This makes me very excited and my wallet very nervous. Now… I just need to make friends with three other people and build a sound-room.…

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1/3 of 360’s Fail?

July 3, 2007 at 7:32 pm by  

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DailyTech has a shocking article out today that implicates failure rates of the XBox 360 to be 10 times the rate conceded by Microsoft. This is an issue I’m tracking in our gaming forums if you want to dig deeper and join in on the debate.

EB Games held conference calls for its Canadian stores informing them of the new policy changes and revealing alarming failure rates of the Xbox 360. “The real numbers were between 30 to 33 percent,” said former EB Games employee Matthieu G., adding that failure rate was even greater for launch consoles. “We had 35 Xbox 360s at launch I know more than half of them broke within the first six months (red lights or making circles under the game discs). Two of them were dead on arrival.”

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