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Comment: Re:Very original (Score 1) 140

You jest, but me being very cynical, suspect that the $1,000 filter probably cost $10 to make. Marketing ("How much would you pay for clean air?" "You can't put a price on your health, but $1,000 sounds about right") does the rest.

The original price might have been set by an American in the first place.

Comment: The power to destroy a habitat is nothing... (Score 3, Insightful) 149

by RivenAleem (#47574649) Attached to: Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

The power to destroy a habitat is nothing next to the power of Money.

One must really wonder what is so special about this location, that they A) feel the need to risk damage to the habitats to film, and B) could not be reproduced in a green screen environment like they do everything else.

Comment: What an idiot. (Score 1) 48

He decries the lack of games. Does he not understand the purpose of Developer Kits? The whole point, as I understand it, is that Games Developers should get a DK2 and Make Their Game Compatible With It.

You shouldn't be a gamer buying a DK2 and then pouting that there are currently no games supporting it. You wouldn't do the same if you had your hands on a Developer version of a next gen console.

Comment: Re:Easy solution ... provide a better excuse (Score 1) 401

by RivenAleem (#47464815) Attached to: Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

Firstly, remember they WILL resort to lying, begging or pleading to get you to keep the service.

Secondly, unless you keep a record of you telling them you are cancelling, either in a recording or registered mail, they will send your unpaid bills to debt collectors, and your credit rating will take a nosedive.

So either lie to them, or record the phone call, make it last 5 minutes. "Hi I'm calling to cancel my account, here are my customer details... I am keeping a recording of this call for my records. Have a nice day"

Comment: Re:we've known this for a while (Score 1) 214

by RivenAleem (#47448829) Attached to: Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

You see, that's exactly it.

If you released the movie for free (even low quality) before the theatrical release, then two things happen.

1) All that money they spend on marketing is worthless
2) If the Movie is bad then nobody goes to watch it

At the moment, they can spend lots of money on marketing to fool people into going to see it in the cinema. The money they give to the marketeers can be written off against the 'profits'. If you got access to the whole movie prior to release, then they couldn't hide the lemons they produce under millions spent on bribing critics. If they couldn't bribe critics, then they would be forced to make good movies. Their ability to churn out shit movies is vital to their money laundering organisation.

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