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Re: Microsoft Ad Campaign Crashing Nation's Televisions

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____/ nessuno@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx on Friday 31 October 2008 20:48 : \____

> <Quote>
> According to an FCC report released Monday, a new $300 million
> Microsoft ad campaign is responsible for causing televisions all
> across the country to unexpectedly crash.  Users have reported a
> number of failures resulting from the defective commercials, ranging
> from inability to change channels to "couldn't finish Heroes."
> The Microsoft ads, which began airing earlier this week, are being
> blamed for generating critical system errors in more than 70 million
> televisions. In addition, thousands of frustrated Americans said that
> the ads have caused their TVs to become unresponsive, their screens to
> turn blue, and a small box with the message "terminal application
> error" to suddenly appear....[and] countless televisions had already
> been infected with viruses and spyware....
> Some...said they were instructed by tech support to press and hold the
> power, mute, and number seven buttons on their remotes in an attempt
> to shut down their television sets.
> When that failed, many television owners said they were left with no
> other option but to manually restart their devices.... Microsoft
> spokesperson Sarah Machen insisted that the problem was not her
> company's fault, and that it likely resulted from low memory, a
> fragmented disk, or perhaps an outdated video card.
> </Quote>
> http://www.theonion.com/content/news/microsoft_ad_campaign_crashing

I knew something was awry and then I spotted the domain name. :-) BBSpot is
funny too.

There's actually an element of truth to it all. Microsoft's attempts to power
televisions were riddled with failures and unhappy partners (some of whom quit
the relationship).

Viruses too are a concern:

**Electronics firms plan Internet televisions**

"The new televisions will use Linux operating systems instead of Microsoft
Windows, it added. That feature is aimed at cutting the time needed to boot up
and reducing the risk of virus infection."

The source of this appears to have vanished.

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