NewsBytes – Tuesday 24th August 2010

The 360 for at least another 5 years

Microsoft is reported to have announced that the 360 is going to be around for the next five years, making it 10 years old before it will allegedly be replaced (if at all)  I reported at the time the Kinect was announced (and have been quoted as saying) that I thought the device would be intended to suck a little more life out of a console that achieved notoriety with the Red Rings of Death issue.

Business week said:

The company is trying to lengthen the Xbox 360’s shelf life with new features and services, such as the motion-sensing Kinect device, in a bid to wring more profit from the machine.

Source: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-08-23/microsoft-will-offer-xbox-360-for-five-more-years.html

ACS:Law held to task again?

We’ve covered ACS:Law here before in regards to the letters sent to alleged file sharers infringing copyright.  Now it appears Andrew Crossley is in front of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal again in regards to complaints received from recipients of letters “enquiring” into copyright infringements.  I say in front of the disciplinary Tribunal again because Wikipedia documents:

The main partner of the company, and its only registered solicitor[3], is Andrew Crossley. Crossley has twice been found guilty of conduct unbefitting a solicitor by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, in 2002 and again in 2006. [4]

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ACS:Law

There is to be a followup article on OpenBytes soon which collects the experiences of some of those on the receiving end of ACS:Law and its (alleged) sole solicitor Andrew Crossley.

The Register reports on this latest appearance in front of the SDT, quoting Deborah Prince of Which?:

We welcome this decision because we’ve received so many complaints from consumers who believe they have been treated appallingly by this law firm. We also believe that it’s time for the profession to take action against law firms, and those responsible for them, which behave in a way we believe most right-thinking people would view as both aggressive and bullying.

Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/08/24/acslaw_regulator_complaint/

There is also a good article over at Torrentfreak which can be found here.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Heh. I suspect that the XBox 360 will die sooner than that. I don’t know anyone who bought one who’s been happy with it. I do know a lot of people who are happy with it’s competitors though.

    1. openbytes says:

      I’d agree. The better spec’d PS3 with its BluRay, or the family fun WII….

      Maybe thats why Microsoft seems to be “innovating” Nintendo’s idea with it Kinect.

      However long it lasts, its outward journey will not be pretty, I would think Microsoft will do as much as it can to suck every cent out of it before they retire it.

      1. I suspect that they feel that they can’t afford to do anything else, since the RROD problem cost them so much money. But trying to get ‘all the money off the table’ is short sighted. If Microsoft was to invest in producing a replacement, they might be able to come up with a product that would make everyone forget about the XBox 360, and help fix their reputation. But it appears that they won’t, and it will end up costing them the market. Sony and Nintendo have to be chuckling with glee.

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