Man in Amsterdam takes hostages to protest against quality of widescreen TV's

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  1. Paul W

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    A man has taken hostages in a Dutch ofice tower protesting widescreen TVs as a load of creative nonsense being used to sell more TVs.
    Hmmmmm . . . can you say 'Settin a bad example.'?
    Hostage Drama at Dutch Skyscraper
     
  2. Vince Maskeeper

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    I mean, I could see taking hostages to protest the tyranny of PAN&SCAN... but widescreen tvs?

    -Vince
     
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    He might not be a joe 6-pack, but actually one who prefers 4:3 sets with vertical squeeze. [​IMG]
     
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    Maybe he needs to get his TV ISF Calibrated.
    Peace Out~[​IMG]
     
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    WOW! I didn't think it was possible but he takes his 4x3 TV more seriously than HiDef owner do their sets. [​IMG]
     
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    Might be too late for the guy cause the AP is reporting that the siege is over. He aparently either shot himself or the police shot him. Supposedly an ambulance was/is on it's way and he's being brought to the hospital or looked at by the proper people...

    Now that's dedication to a cause!

    Jay
     
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    Tomorrow's headlines:

    The gunman seized the office building more than eight hours earlier in a bizarre protest against the quality of Comcast Digital Cable , which he complained failed to live up to its advertised promises.
     
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    You'd think Cees Alons would have been enlisted as a hostage negotiator, and calmly talked the man down by discussing OAR and the need for 16:9 displays.

    Just when you think you've read everything. ...
     
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    > He aparently either shot himself or the police shot him.
    Ironically he was shot far to the side, so those viewing in pan & scan couldn't see the bullet. [​IMG]
     
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    They ought to make his coffin completely square, and cut him down to fit. A disclaimer could be set up at the entrance of the funeral home:

    This body has been modified from it's original aspect ratio

    It has been formatted to fit this coffin
     
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    [​IMG] Thats great Ike.
    Peace Out~[​IMG]
     
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    Although there are crazy people like this out there and it is not a laughing matter (I feel for the people involved. BUT Damn you guys are funny. [​IMG]
    KyleS
     
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    The man started a letter campaign more than six months ago. He sort of overtook a building where he believed Philips had their headquarters, but he didn't know they moved to their own new building (adjacent) more than a month ago. He even displayed a big "Phil-Lies" text on a window.
    To him all those widescreen broadcasts where tricks to force us to buy widescreen televisions by showing the dreaded black bars on your screens. He said the salesmen were liars, because they sell widescreen televisions while there is no use for it. In fact here he has (had) a (slightly different) point: less than 20% of all current shows, including all on cable-channels are widescreen, while almost all of the TV-sets you can buy are 16x8.
    No, to my surprise they didn't approach me for negotiations [​IMG].
    He has been shot - behold the fate of fanatic 4:3 advocates in this country.
    Cees
     
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    Hmmm. We should indeed tone down the jokes a bit. Apparently this confused man took his own life. He went to a toilet and put two bullets in his head.

    He is indeed dead.

    He harmed no-one.

    Cees
     
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    My goodness. Clearly, something more than a desire for 4:3 displays was driving this man. He was sick.
     
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    I think DIVX has finally found its target audience!
     
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    The linked story now says "the man shot himself twice in the head". How do you fire the second shot if you have already taken a bullet in the head?
     
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    Aside from the tragedy of this man taking his life, this may be the funniest thread I've read on HTF! [​IMG]
    Thanks guys!
     
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    I think he had an M-16, he might have set it on auto-fire and just held down the trigger long enough for two bullets to go off.

    Sad story, really.

    /Mike
     

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