The Din of Inequity

The Din of Inequity

...yes, I spelled it that way on purpose.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Anti-Bamboozlement Alert!

Anti-Bamboozlement is a new feature here, that will happen whenever I feel like it, that will point out how people in the world use logical fallacies and other techniques to convince good, ordinary people like yourselves of something other than the truth about themselves, their products or their companies.

Case number 1: I saw and article on Yahoo! with this headline:

Man sues Microsoft over alleged Xbox 360 glitch

For the most part, there was nothing interesting about the article—the guy claims that Microsoft rushed the product to market, and that it has a fatal design flaw that causes it to overheat and lock up. Microsoft won't comment on pending legal action (leaving one to wonder what they CAN comment on, given the number of things they're being sued for all the time).

But before they were sued, according to the article, they had a couple of things to say, and I quote:
Complaints about the problem surfaced quickly on gaming enthusiast Web sites after the Xbox 360 debuted on November 22.

Console owners reported that some systems had crashed during regular use as well as during online game play using the Xbox Live service. Problems included screens going black and the appearance of a variety of error messages.

At the time, a Microsoft spokeswoman told Reuters: "We have received a few isolated reports of consoles not working as expected."

She declined to say how many reports Microsoft had received and said that calls reporting the issue to the company represented a "very, very small fraction" of units sold. (Italics added)

Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't the November 22 timing of the product release pretty much guarantee that the majority of the units sold are Christmas gifts? Doesn't that kind of mean that the majority of the units sold to date haven't even been played yet?

How much you wanna bet that the calls reporting the issue skyrocket on, say, December 26-31? How much you wanna bet that the Microsoft spokeswoman was well aware of that?

Don't believe every claim you read, kids.

|| Bikeboy 5:02 PM ||
Gotta love corporate-speak!
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