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Executives involved in the case get fines and prison terms of up to nine months

The LCD industry was rocked by a scandal in late 2008 when executives from some of the largest panel makers in the world pled guilty to conspiring to fix prices. The price fixing led to inflated costs for displays used by firms like Dell in its notebook computers.

In November of 2008, executives from Sharp, LG, and Chunghwa Picture Tubes all pled guilty to price fixing. The largest fine imposed was placed on LG and totaled $400 million with Sharp said to be paying $85 million in fines.

Today reports are coming in that in addition to the fines levied against the corporations; the executives that participated in the scheme are being individually fined and sentenced to prison time here in America.

DigitalTrends reports that the former Chairman and CEO of Chunghwa, Chieng-Hon Lin was hit with an individual fine of $50,000 and a sentence of 9-months in an American prison. The other executives involved in the scandal received prison terms ranging from six to nine months each.

Deborah A. Garza, Acting Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, said in a statement, "These cases involve the first Taiwanese nationals to face imprisonment in the United States for an antitrust offense. The Department of Justice is committed to holding accountable all conspirators who harm American consumers, no matter where they live or where they commit the crime."



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RE: They should be happy...
By Spivonious on 1/20/2009 12:50:50 PM , Rating: 1
2ms = 120Hz. Can anyone's eyes refresh that fast? Any response time under 10ms (~85Hz) is fine with me.


RE: They should be happy...
By Spivonious on 1/20/2009 2:08:29 PM , Rating: 2
Why am I downrated?

1/120 (120Hz) = 2ms

The average human eye can't pick up changes faster than 75Hz (~13ms). Even really good eyes can't pick up changes faster than 100Hz (~10ms).


RE: They should be happy...
By Alpha4 on 1/20/2009 3:04:19 PM , Rating: 2
I was not aware that the refresh rate of a display is directly proportional to its response time. Maybe others share my confusion. I'll try to google or wiki the subject from home if I remember, but in the meantime would you happen to have any links to some material?


RE: They should be happy...
By mcnabney on 1/20/2009 3:14:44 PM , Rating: 2
2ms = 1/500th of second
120hz = ~8.2ms

have some Fail.


RE: They should be happy...
By Spivonious on 1/20/2009 3:32:15 PM , Rating: 2
Gah, I don't know how I got 120Hz...maybe something with 60 and 2? I apologize for the bad math, but my point still stands. 2ms is ridiculously unnecessary.


RE: They should be happy...
By UNHchabo on 1/20/2009 3:37:54 PM , Rating: 2
This is FUD.

http://whisper.ausgamers.com/wiki/index.php/How_ma...

If you had a setup capable of displaying 200fps, and you flashed it back and forth from black to white every single frame, you would not see grey. You would also not see it flashing as if it was 100Hz, or anything else like that.


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