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Jack Thompson Trial Before Florida Bar; Possible Disbarment

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369w ago - Update: Following arguments, referee Judge Tunis has until December 21st to issue a ruling. Extensions are possible, however, so the end result could come even later than that date.

Controversial Miami attorney Jack Thompson faces the start of an ethics trial this morning which could see him disbarred.

The Florida Bar is pursuing several complaints concerning Thompson's professional conduct in court cases against the video game industry.

As reported by GamePolitics, Thompson's bid to block the trial failed last week when U.S. District Court Judge Adalberto Jordan dismissed his suit against the Florida Bar and Judge Dava Tunis, the referee appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to preside over the case.

Thompson's attempt to add myself and the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) as co-defendants in that federal suit also failed.

Over the weekend, Thompson turned to the Florida Supreme Court in an apparent effort to block this morning's trial from moving forward. In one court filing Thompson asserted that he was willing to accept a 90-day suspension of his license to practice law. The embattled attorney claimed that such an offer had been on the table, but that the Florida Bar was now seeking his permanent disbarment.

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Sony releasing PSP 'extended life' battery compatible with both models

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369w ago - A Dutch PSP site has the scoop that Sony is to launch a brand new battery which is compatible with both the PSP orginal and the new PSP Slim & Lite.

The new 2200mAh should offer 20% more power on older models and 80% more life on the Slim version. However, on the PSP Slim, the battery will bulge out so new battery covers will be included.
 

PS3's RSX to shrink next month

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369w ago - According the Nikkei publication, Toshiba plans to switch the manufacturing of the PS3's graphics processor to a 65nm process from next month. The system is currently utilizing a 90nm process which has remained since the launch of the product.

To quote: According to a report from Nikkei late last week, Toshiba is planning on switching manufacturing of the PlayStation 3's RSX graphics processor to a 65nm process next month. Currently, the chip is manufacturing using a 90nm process, the same as it's been since the system's launch.

A smaller die size for the chip can mean cheaper production costs and less heat, contributing to lower prices for the consumer, and a quieter, more reliable PS3 system.
The latest versions of the system's Cell CPU are being manufactured using a 65nm process. It is widely believed that the switch to 65nm for the Cell is one of the main reasons Sony was able to drop the PS3's price down to $399 in time for the holidays.

Nikkei also reports that Toshiba is planning on beginning manufacturing at 45nm in the latter half of the next fiscal year, and speculates that the RSX and other PlayStation 3 chips are prime candidates for the new line.
 

Ever wondered who reads all the PlayStation blog comments?

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369w ago - Jeff Rubenstein, the SCEA Social Media Manager has come out to reveal that he is the man with the job of reading all the comments at the PlayStation Blog. He's finally decided to come out and say hello and reassure that each and every comment is acknowledged by the team that is posted at the Official PlayStation blog.

To quote: Hey gamers! Response to this here PlayStation.Blog has been so impressive, that SCEA decided that someone needed to be brought in to help keep an eye on it full time. I'm that person. Really, I've been lurking behind the scenes here for over a month, but it's time to come out and say hello.

Among other things, it's my job to help connect those who create software, hardware, and peripherals for PlayStation systems, and those of you who play them. And I can't do it without you, the faithful and passionate readers.
 

Konami details PES 2008 patches

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369w ago - Konami has posted on their site that indicates that the new patches for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of PES 2008 addresses the online lag and slowdown which affects the game. The PS3 patch also resolves an issue to do with downloading the game to the hard drive, but Konami reassure us that they are still working on improvements.

To quote: Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH has released updates to rectify issues with the Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION®3 versions of Pro Evolution Soccer 2008.

The free download addresses the online lag and the slowdown that affects the game in both online and offline modes.

The PLAYSTATION®3 update also fixes problems associated with downloading the game to the console's hard drive.

Konami will continue to look into ways to extend users' enjoyment of PES 2008 and is still working on improvements.
 
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