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Top 10 Things You CAN'T Have For Christmas

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the i-just-want-2-front-teeth dept.

The Almighty Buck 230

Zothecula writes "It's getting a little late for a last minute Christmas shopping list, but not to worry, most of us outside the Forbes Top 100 couldn't afford any of these anyway! Still, it's fascinating to look at what's possible if the word 'budget' isn't in your vocabulary, so here's a look at what you won't be getting for Christmas (CT: Warning, gizmag features really intrusive advertising) this year – the most outrageous examples of high-end overkill from 2010."

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230 comments

Meh (5, Insightful)

Anrego (830717) | more than 3 years ago | (#34652848)

Fairly poor “top 10” list. Nothing on this list was particularly extreme, and not really “geek” oriented.

I guess the problem with this kind of list is that _everything_ has an extreme. Pick something you like, and some millionaire probably has an obscenely expensive version of it. This list was mostly the extreme versions of things I have no interest in.

Often with these extreme versions they’ve just taken something existing and covered it in gold/diamonds/rare metals/rare woods.. which isn’t all that interesting to me either. I remember there was some vodka (touted as the worlds most expensive) that was basically just garden variety high-end vodka with a column of diamonds down the center.

The only thing on this list that really held any interest for me was those speakers, but at that cost it’s totally not worth the novelty, and they probably look terrible close up (as this kind of stuff tends to look great at a very specific angle but look ridiculous from everywhere else).

Ah well, can’t spend it all on philanthropic interests.. I guess after a while you run out of shit to do with that much money.

Re:Meh (0)

PatPending (953482) | more than 3 years ago | (#34652926)

I didn't click on the link; there's no way I'm going to voluntarily contribute a page hit after the Gawker [slashdot.org] fiasco.

Re:Meh (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34652968)

What does one have to do with the other?

Re:Meh (1)

arivanov (12034) | more than 3 years ago | (#34652962)

It is not original either.

Designs like the Domespace have been around for ages. It is a pity they are not used especially in places like Florida where you really need them.

Re:Meh (2)

Overzeetop (214511) | more than 3 years ago | (#34652986)

Are you nuts? Those speakers probably sound just awful. May as well just slap a Bose badge on them.

Cool stuff, I suppose, though it's a fool that buys something electronic which has value added to it. A digital Leica with a (probably small) 18MP sensor will probably look no better than a panasonic P&S. Why would you spend so much money on a case when the internals are going to be out of date in 3 years. And titanium? Really? Can we just get over that fairly commonplace metal? Call me back when you make one from Be-Al alloy.

Re:Meh (2)

timster (32400) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653164)

While the titanium M9 is sort of dumb the sensor is "full-frame" (24mmx36mm) so it's going to be a whole lot better than a point-and-shoot. But no better than the regular M9 which is "only" $7000.

Re:Meh (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34653198)

While I do agree with you about buying tarted up electronics, it's worth noting that the regular Leica M9 with steel body is good value at about $6k, because it is a full-frame CCD sensor (24*36mm). A Panasonic P&S doesn't compare

Re:Meh (1)

aliquis (678370) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653004)

Hence (-) in Firehose.

Old gadgets we've seen before, and who gives a rats ass about a freaking TV screen?

Show some large cruisers or something like that ..

Re:Meh (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34653076)

I'm pretty sure I won't be getting a hot wife for Christmas, especially from my current wife.

Re:Meh (5, Insightful)

ocdscouter (1922930) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653132)

I'm pretty sure I won't be getting a hot wife for Christmas, especially from my current wife.

Well, she could, but you'd probably have to get her a hot husband in exchange.

Re:Meh (1)

Mitchell314 (1576581) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653206)

Somebody called?

Re:Meh (2)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653306)

If you want your wife to swing that way, she should feel like she is the hottest one in the room. That way she she will feel more secure and hopefully have just as much fun as you do.

Re:Meh (1)

pspahn (1175617) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653652)

Yes, I'm pretty sure we've all read that Maxim article also.

Re:Meh (1)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653762)

Well, I'm pretty sure that I won't be getting another hot wife for Christmas, but then I only ever wanted one anyway.


br. And no, my wife doesn't read slashdot (although, I should probably show her this post).

Re:Meh (5, Insightful)

mlts (1038732) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653186)

The speakers looked good. However other goods such as the diamond inlaid TV set were pretty pointless.

With electronics, adding bling is pretty much the best people can do for selling ultra-expensive devices. Mainly because of the economy of scale market. If a boutique company made a cell phone that was slimmer than an iPhone, and only made 100 copies, the cost would be astronomical (tens to hundreds of millions of dollars), even factoring out the fact that the device would need a lot of QA testing. The only exception would be taking a motherboard from an existing device and putting it in a custom case, perhaps replacing some components (like the camera or screen) and making sure the OS can work with the modifications. Regression testing is important too.

Re:Meh (5, Insightful)

nospam007 (722110) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653368)

"The speakers looked good. However other goods such as the diamond inlaid TV set were pretty pointless."

They are all pointless. My one and only Christmas gift I'll get, I'm getting it every year:
Peace of mind.
Since a dozen years or so, I don't accept gifts and I don't give them so no shopping stress, no disappointments to see or feel for me.
It's heaven on earth.

Re:Meh (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34653528)

Except that people think you are a jerk. Yeah you get what you want out of it and you haven't conformed to societal traditions, but other people like getting and giving gifts. If you feel it's gone too far, there are other ways to improve the issue that don't require robbing other people of their enjoyment of the traditions. An easy one is shop online or throughout the year and buy whenever you see something people might like. The money wasted on the gift, if you view it that way, isn't that big a deal in the end. It's just money and other things are more important.

Re:Meh (1)

AltairDusk (1757788) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653422)

That TV is quite possibly the most hideous thing I could think of putting in a living room. You'd have to pay me to take that.

Re:Meh (1)

zegota (1105649) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653474)

Agree. I especially hate it when they take an ordinary gadget and transform it into "THE MOST EXPENSIVE ____ EVER" by pasting diamonds all over it. That's not the most expensive TV ever. It's a bundle that includes a regular TV and a fuck ton of diamonds.

Re:Meh (1)

apoc.famine (621563) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653482)

Well that, and the fact that the title is completely stupid.

Top 10 Things you CAN'T Have for Christmas

Funny value of "can't", for two things that are the same order of magnitude in price as a car. I could buy the speakers or the camera. I wouldn't, but to say I CAN'T is stupid.

Re:Meh - Now with even more useless extreme (5, Funny)

cyberfunkr (591238) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653534)

More extreme things we can't afford:

1) Diamond-tipped pizza cutter with baby elephant ivory handle
2) Stadium seat cushion made from puma hide and filled with narwhal blubber
3) Beer cozy built from the insulation of the original NASA space suits
4) Sofa throw blanket woven from the used toupees of William Shatner
5) A 1:3 scale replica of the "Stay-Puff" Marshmallow Man crafted from albino bat guano

Re:Meh (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653626)

The money spent of even silly luxury items doesn't exactly go in to a black hole, you know.

For example, people gawk at the opulence of things like the Newport mansions and tsk tsk at the concentration of wealth, but the lavish spending on those places bootstrapped many industries in that area that exist today. Some well known architectural firms, fashion labels and art museums owe their existence to a few family's mad drive to mirror European royalty.

Re:Meh (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653702)

I guess the problem with this kind of list is that _everything_ has an extreme. Pick something you like, and some millionaire probably has an obscenely expensive version of it. This list was mostly the extreme versions of things I have no interest in.

But .... but ... exoskeleton!! Powered freaking exoskeleton.

Of course, I'd need the bigger LandWalker [gizmag.com] version, but it comes with guns, so that's OK.

Great (1)

UDChris (242204) | more than 3 years ago | (#34652856)

Now I have exoskeleton envy

This is NEWS? (0)

airfoobar (1853132) | more than 3 years ago | (#34652876)

y u no post in idle?

Re:This is NEWS? (1)

Fibe-Piper (1879824) | more than 3 years ago | (#34652922)

Reading your post, I feel like Diablo 3 is already out (even beta would have made my top 10 list of things I can't have for xmas 2010) and You somehow made it on to the North America realm.

Re:This is NEWS? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34652970)

y u right like illiterate third wurld child?

Re:This is NEWS? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34653272)

coz i r unletterate u incensative clod!

Re:This is NEWS? (1)

airfoobar (1853132) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653648)

Because. [knowyourmeme.com]

advertising? (1)

desertrat_it (650209) | more than 3 years ago | (#34652892)

People still use web browsers that permit adverts to display?

Wow....

Re:advertising? (1)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 3 years ago | (#34652936)

Some of us permit adverts as long as they don't interfere with the content that got us there in the first place, though some sites will use adverts that circumvent any filtering methods you employ anyway.

Re:advertising? (5, Funny)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653032)

Yup, I do. If a site is funded by adverts, then it's bad manners to take their content and not the ads. If the ads are irritating or intrusive then I simply blacklist the site and never return.

Re:advertising? (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653104)

Ditto. As I saw on a google search: "If you use ad blocking software while viewing Daily Kos, you're getting all the content without supporting the people that created it." They are correct.
  - No I don't read Daily Kos.
I prefer reason.com or asimovs.com

Re:advertising? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34653564)

No. I'm not. The ads will be there regardless, my page view will be counted. The only person I'm arguably stealing from is the advertiser, and to be quite frank, I don't care. I mean, either the ad pricing is pageview based (which I am still contributing to) or click based (I can count the times I have clicked an ad on one hand and wouldn't have contributed to anyway).

Unless I'm missing something (which I could be!), I see no reason to feel like I am 'stealing content.'

Re:advertising? (4, Interesting)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653212)

Funny and troll? Interesting choices there mods - I'm completely serious, so why don't you comment and justify your moderation choices. Sites that show ads and provide content for free are typically only able to do so because of the money that they receive from adverts. If you block the ads, then this becomes less likely to be profitable in the long term and these sites will cease to exist. If the inconvenience of seeing the ads is less than the value of the site, then I am happy to see the ads. If it isn't, then I am happy to go without the content. Apparently not having an entitlement mentality is either funny or a troll.

In unrelated news, this is probably the first time that commodore64_love and I have ever agreed on anything.

Re:advertising? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34653492)

Well, do you apply this philosophy elsewhere in life?

If you're watching TV, do you ever leave during the commercial break? Perhaps mute it? Use a TiVo and skip it entirely? Go take a leak or make a sandwich? Probably. How about the radio? Do you change the channel when an ad comes on?

Re:advertising? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34653724)

Fuck 'em. I don't care how they pay for their bandwidth any more than they care about how I pay for mine.

I will not, however, be advertised at.

Re:advertising? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34653388)

Oh please, its no different than changing the radio or tv station when a commercial comes on or flat out ignoring the ads in a magazine or newspaper, except that it consumes bandwidth that you are paying for and exposes you to unknown threats.

Can you hold a site financially responsible for the costs of cleaning up a machine that was infected because one of its advertising partners let malicious code into its ad feeds?

Re:advertising? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34653314)

I will permit ads when they are served by the actual host site, not some who the hell knows 3rd party. If I buy a magazine or newspaper, or tune in to a radio or tv station, those media publishers are sending me the ads and can be held responsible for them. Until websites get it through their thick skulls that I for one am tired of cleaning up infected PCs from drive-by ad vector infections, and tired of waiting on slow-assed ad servers, then they can pound sand.

Simply put, website ops: If you want me to see your ads, you had better make them YOUR ads, not some outside source.

OpenPandora (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34652894)

Just two more months!

Can'tz? (1)

alphatel (1450715) | more than 3 years ago | (#34652902)

i can't haz cheezburger?

Bleh. (1)

drunkennewfiemidget (712572) | more than 3 years ago | (#34652914)

I got just a few sentences into the article and I noticed that their writers couldn't distinguish "it's" from "its".

So I closed the tab.

Re:Bleh. (3, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653142)

Looser.

Sex with women. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34652916)

That should top the list for anybody reading Slashdot.

So... (1)

tnk1 (899206) | more than 3 years ago | (#34652944)

Does this mean that I can actually have a pony? I didn't see that on the list.

Just saying....

Re:So... (4, Funny)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653054)

Yes, but it's coming from amazon and will be shipped in several boxes. Some assembly required.

Re:So... (2)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653318)

Sounds delicious!

Re:So... (1)

cje (33931) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653606)

Instead of pony, package contained bobcat. Would not buy again.

Re:So... (2)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653766)

Instead of pony, package contained bobcat. Would not buy again.

I got a cougar [urbandictionary.com] . Would definitely buy again. :-P

Re:So... (1)

Whorhay (1319089) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653680)

Go to the rural parts of Florida'a panhandle, where the recession is still in full swing. My sister in law was telling me that horses in great health and condition generally were selling for $25. The owners can't afford to feed them and the risk of a vet bill is just too much. Mules I think she said were 5 for $5.

Natalie Portman (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34653716)

Does this mean that I can actually have a pony? I didn't see that on the list.

Just saying....

Neither was Natalie Portman! Woohoo!

ZipBuds girl (2)

wcrowe (94389) | more than 3 years ago | (#34652964)

I don't know about the article in question, but the ZipBuds girl has reminded me that I need to check the air in my tires.

Re:ZipBuds girl (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34653072)

She's no 1 on my "can't have for Christmas" list :)

Re:ZipBuds girl (1)

joebagodonuts (561066) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653264)

She does stand out...

Intrusive Adverising (2)

drooling-dog (189103) | more than 3 years ago | (#34652966)

Warning, gizmag features really intrusive advertising

Well, let's not link to it, then.

Re:Intrusive Adverising (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653042)

well than how else would I get to see boring shit I can't get?

Think people, think~

As the old saying goes... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34652976)

Only the rich can afford poor quality

Re:As the old saying goes... (5, Funny)

AlamedaStone (114462) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653214)

Only the rich can afford poor quality

Thank god they got to keep those juicy tax breaks. Think of all the rotating wooden house builders and the hard-working people in the jet balcony industry. And the children.

God bless us, everyone.

Mostly "Meh" (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34652988)

While some of them are actually cool, many are just dumb. I mean, even if you had $2.2 million that you wanted to just throw away on nothing, would you actually want to have a 55-inch solid gold TV with a diamond border? What would be the point of it, other than to be able to say "I spent over two million dollars on a stupid TV that isn't even all that big by big TV standards"?

If anybody does buy that thing, then my hope for humanity is completely and utterly destroyed.

Zipbuds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34653002)

I read the article, but for some reason the only thing on that page I really want is Zipbuds [gizmag.com] .

Re:Zipbuds (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653216)

I didn't see any Zipbuds on that link.
The things I saw were much larger.

My #1 missing present (1)

Bill Hayden (649193) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653018)

Android 2.2 for my Captivate.

Re:My #1 missing present (1)

bioteq (809524) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653064)

You can already have Froyo on your capitvate; I'm currently running it now.

Look at the cognition or perception roms from XDA-developers.

Motorcycle (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34653024)

Just in case you did not know how to ride, this motorcycle comes equipped with training wheels.

#1 (1)

polar red (215081) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653028)

peace and happiness ?

Here's a top 3 (2)

BenoitRen (998927) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653030)

1. A kid
2. Sex
3. A girlfriend

Re:Here's a top 3 (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653184)

1. A kid
2. Sex
3. A girlfriend

Umm, try reversing the order on you list. It might work better. Be most careful, however, of the inadvertent conversion of $GIRLFRIEND to $WIFE as that automatically produces a GOTO END argument that you cannot change.

Re:Here's a top 3 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34653378)

Nope, the original order is correct.

1. Offer to babysit a friend's kid. Take kid to mall, parks, beach etc.
2. Get approached by pretty women, tell them you're babysitting a friends kid so the parents can have some alone time together.
3. Woman sees what a nice, compassionate person you are (and you like kids!) and you get her number.
4. After having sex with you, woman realizes you are in fact, just another scheming arsehole, but as woman are wont to do, she becomes your girlfriend in an effort to "fix" you.

So yeah, Kid, Sex, Girlfriend is the right order.

Re:Here's a top 3 (1)

jcwayne (995747) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653256)

Interesting order.

Re:Here's a top 3 (4, Funny)

apoc.famine (621563) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653442)

That sort of list will get you arrested if anyone finds out...

#11 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34653034)

a President that isn't an incompetent hack. Maybe in two years.

Re:#11 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34653286)

May I read the plans you've published, where you explain what you would do different on some specific issue where the President is responsibility, and how you would execute your plan, and why you would have more success in the current political climate?

Re:#11 (1)

Octorian (14086) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653326)

Doubtful. Half-way through the term of any president, you'll likely find someone making the same statement. It'll be especially strong if they side with the opposing political party.

You just have to hope that you agree with the positions of the puppeteer that is controlling the next incompetent hack more than the one controlling the current one.

Re:#11 (1)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653356)

Its already been at least 10 years since we had one of those.

The idea of studding something in diamonds to... (3, Insightful)

Delusion_ (56114) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653060)

...make it the "most expensive" object in its class is more of an art stunt than a technology stunt, and a fairly unimaginative one at that. The $2.3million television is $2.3 million because it has $2.3 million worth of diamonds on it - the actual price of the television without the diamonds doesn't even change the rounding.

At what point in time is this more about the diamonds than the fact that they may or may not be attached to a gadget?

Answer: The initial concept.

It's kind of like the "most expensive pizza" being so because it's covered in luxury foods like rare caviar and then topped off with gold flakes. It's more art project than food.

Re:The idea of studding something in diamonds to.. (1)

DragonWriter (970822) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653728)

It's kind of like the "most expensive pizza" being so because it's covered in luxury foods like rare caviar and then topped off with gold flakes.

Well, its like the gold flakes part.

Luxury foods like caviar are still foods, and actually relate to the intended function of pizza, unlike diamonds on a TV.

i know i know! (5, Funny)

dominious (1077089) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653084)

A girlfriend!

ducks

Re:i know i know! (2)

Quirkz (1206400) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653274)

My wife would certainly object to that one!

Re:i know i know! (1)

mrsquid0 (1335303) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653546)

To wives and girlfriends. May they never meet.

Re:i know i know! (1)

linuxha (1738818) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653678)

Not going to happen, Slashdot remember?!?

Re:i know i know! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34653712)

A pony?

Intrusive ads? Color me surprised! (0)

countertrolling (1585477) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653124)

I don't know what you would expect with this kind of fluff all over the front page. This site is just putting more regular mainstream crap to expand its audience. A simple news aggregator is all we have here now with the same stories like all the other ones have. Ahhh, the love of money

Re:Intrusive ads? Color me surprised! (1)

AlamedaStone (114462) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653290)

I don't know what you would expect with this kind of fluff all over the front page. This site is just putting more regular mainstream crap to expand its audience. A simple news aggregator is all we have here now with the same stories like all the other ones have. Ahhh, the love of money

With ad blocking, and judicious cookie blocking, it's not really a problem. Slashdot constantly has stories I never see on network TV, so I forgive the occasional symbolic sacrifice to our oligarchic overlords. I mean, we all need good crops and a productive hunting season.

The airdeck (1)

bugs2squash (1132591) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653200)

viewing platform would be a cool place to party with all your skydiver buddies at 30,000'

Leica M9 (1)

fishbowl (7759) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653210)

I don't know (or care) about the Titanium limited edition, but I could much more easily afford a regular M9 than I could a Leica M4 when it was contemporary (or even now!) Those Summicron lenses always were, and are still, very $$$.

Things I won't get for Christmas (1)

SteelKidney (1964470) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653258)

Net Neutrality

Maintenance and Upkeep (1)

theamarand (794542) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653324)

There's not a single item on that list that interests me. When I went to the Smithsonian in DC, I saw a lot of jewel-encrusted items (cell phones, Monopoly board). Once you spend a fortune on having a unique cellphone, what do you do with it when the next model comes out? Toss it away to the peasants? Perhaps donate it to the Smithsonian for others to gawk at? Walk through and take a look at some of the crazy jewelry and precious stones there, and for me, the only thing that comes to mind is: "You can't take it with you!" and "I wonder how many people owned these items before they ended up here?"

The submersible shark seems neat, until you realize that it's just a sub, and requires a lot of upkeep, in addition to a place to use it, and store it when not in use. As if a helicopter needs to be made more elite? Not many of us would have a place to land one, regardless of how it was outfitted. The Kid's walker seems pretty cool, but then I looked at the scale and found it frighteningly large. Would it fit through doors? At least handi-capable kids wouldn't be teased as much. Just need a few shoulder-mounted rockets, grenade launchers and machine guns.

The most expensive TV? Okay, it has diamonds...but what device besides a computer would be able to put out a signal at the native resolution of 4,096 x 2,160? For that price, it better have some sort of specialized Blu-Ray player than up-scales...I actually just realized that it's twice as many pixels as 1080i, so I guess you could watch two HD signals at once? Opulence!

I'm surprised the speakers made the list, as $8,000 isn't out of the price range of a real audiophile. I just wonder what their actual acoustic characteristics are. Glass? That can't be the ideal medium for sound.

In the end, when I see a list like this, at prices like that, I instantly wonder "how many top-of-the-line professional cameras could I buy with that?" or "wouldn't I rather have an observatory?" For the price of that TV, I could have a small secret lair, with hidden entrances, all sorts of bubbling items and at least one assistant with a hunchback for atmosphere!

Re:Maintenance and Upkeep (1)

Whorhay (1319089) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653744)

Actually I think you could watch four 1080 signals with that TV, since it actually has four time the pixels. It's a rectangle so if both dimensions are doubled you get four times the surface area.

Advertising? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34653396)

AdBlock

Hmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34653490)

So many things I don't need to be happy.

You can have those things (1)

fahlesr1 (1910982) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653550)

You can acquire whatever material objects you want with a sufficient amount of cash and/or explosives.

Really, who buys this crap? (1)

tekrat (242117) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653552)

I'm not sure what surprises me more... That companies produce crap like this, or that they expect there's enough of a market for people to buy crap like this.

I mean, the number of people to whom money is no object is a countable number. Furthermore, the larger percentage of people who's wealth is publicly tracked (such as Warren Buffet or Bill Gates) do not invest in expensive throw-away baubles.

Therefore have to assume that items such as these are purchased by people who's wealth is NOT tracked, such as Saudi Princes. And those guys have things that can't be talked about on web pages, such as Slave Girls, Private Armies, and Former Soviet Nuclear Weapons. After all, if you're rich enough, international law doesn't apply to you.

So do these companies make this crap because the profit margin is so obscene that they are willing to cater to these pricks, or is it just big scam, for show, so we *aren't* looking for the Slave Girls, Private Armies and Nuclear Weapons? Or just how much wealth they have that we don't know about?

Re:Really, who buys this crap? (2)

symbolic (11752) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653736)

It's all part of the scumbag chain of finance. The people on Wall St. who take home obscene salaries and bonuses for completely F*CKING UP our economy need to spend their money on something, so why not this junk? It's about as superficial as their understanding of integrity and humility, which makes it a perfect match.

#1 on the list (1)

igaborf (69869) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653580)

Peace on Earth, Goodwill toward Men

Re:#1 on the list (1)

tekrat (242117) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653714)

We are the United States Government. We don't *do* that sort of thing!

The List (5, Informative)

southpolesammy (150094) | more than 3 years ago | (#34653584)

  1. Seabreacher X -- submersible shaped like a great white shark, from Innespace, $93,500
  2. "Mercedes-Benz Style" helicopter -- cost not indicated
  3. The Kid's Walker exoskeleton -- made by Sakakibara-Kikai, 5.25 feet tall, for kids (???), $21,000
  4. The most exclusive motorcycle on the planet -- NCR M16 MotoGP streetfighter, based on Ducati's Desmosedici RR, $176,880
  5. LEICA M9 'Titanium' digital camera -- $29,000
  6. Top of the line television -- Panasonic PrestigeHD SUPREME Rose Edition, 152" 3D plasma w/ diamond encrusted bezel, $2,293,580
  7. Domespace rotating wooden house -- cost not indicated
  8. A balcony for your private jet -- Design Q, $16-18M (comes with a free plane!)
  9. See-thru speakers -- Greensound Serac and Floe series speakers, $8000
  10. A quiet getaway ... in a "flying" submarine -- Necker Nymph, rent for $88,000 per week

One thing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34653614)

Airwolf

F-15E (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34653730)

Pretty sure no matter who you are you can't buy a fully functional and supported F-15.

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