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Comment: Re:blu rays are cheaper than the movie (Score 1) 400

by danlip (#48719083) Attached to: Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

They don't make any money if you don't show up. Gouging your customers pisses them off and they will go away if there is any alternative, and in this case there is. If they were smart (they're not) they'd make concessions cheaper, and it would increase attendance and therefore profit.

Comment: Re:Publicity stunt (Score 1) 221

by danlip (#48635281) Attached to: Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

my prediction: in two weeks they'll announce that they've changed their mind, supposedly under pressure from the people advocating for freedom of artistic expression, but really because it's a publicity stunt to drive up sales. There may even be a theatrical release. If they had released it in December they would have had a flop on their hands, because it's a bad movie (one reviewer said it was "about as funny as a communist food shortage, and just as protracted") and it would be competing with the other Christmas movies. Add the controversy and a January release and they may just make money off it.

Comment: Re:Be the Change You Wish to See in the World (Score 2) 438

by danlip (#48355201) Attached to: The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

I think at one point it was true in Africa as well, but the demand for slaves changed the dynamic completely. hairyfeet's attempt to place the blame on anyone but the people buying the slaves is silly, since the end-buyers were fundamental to the economics driving the entire system.

Computer Science is merely the post-Turing decline in formal systems theory.