Verily I say unto thee, that Hardon < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > spake
On the same theme, and with my tongue equally cheek-bound, I'm sure
someone with "Hadron's" sense of "humour" will appreciate this:
Microsoft Xbox kills baby, burns bereaved family's house to ashes,
then MS demands money.
This is without question the most morally reprehensible thing I have
ever read about Microsoft, and that's saying something. Read on, if
you have the stomach for it:
'According to the original complaint, filed in December, the wiring
that connected the Xbox to an electrical outlet became so hot that it
started a "catastrophic" fire at a house in Warsaw, Ill. The victim,
an infant named Wade Kline, perished in the inferno.'
'Kline's family sued Microsoft, seeking unspecified damages'
'The family's "losses and damages, if any, resulted from misuse or
abuse of the Xbox console at issue," Microsoft claimed in court
papers filed Friday.'
Does the death of a child not constitute a "loss" in Microsoft's eyes?
'"The fire was a direct and proximate result of the overheating of
the game's power supply and wiring," claims the lawsuit, which is
being heard in U.S. District Court for Central Illinois. Xbox seller
Wal-Mart and an unnamed power-supply maker also are named as
'But Microsoft's Friday court filing -- the company's first formal
response to the charges -- says, in so much legalese, that the
victims have only themselves to blame.'
'The losses "were the result of an open, obvious, and apparent
condition which was known to and recognized by the plaintiff and/or
others who, nevertheless, knowingly, willingly, intentionally, and
voluntarily exposed themselves to said danger and assumed the risk of
incident, injuries, losses, and damages," Microsoft charges.'
'In February 2005, Microsoft announced a recall of more than 14
million Xbox power cords, citing fire concerns.'
So Microsoft admits there was a fault, but blames the now childless
and homeless couple for not knowing about that fault (when in
Microsoft's opinion they should), and therefore denies any
'Microsoft is asking the court to dismiss the suit and order Kline's
family to pay for its legal costs.'
Of course, this is just a good humoured response to Hadron's little