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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

RivenAleem Re:...compared to the power of ACTING!! (152 comments)

If I had seen this comment 2 months ago I would agree completely. However, I have recently seen this clip which highlights that if you are just good at your job, you can act without any help from being in the correct setting.

2 hours ago

Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

RivenAleem Re:Very original (142 comments)

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.

2 hours ago

Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

RivenAleem The power to destroy a habitat is nothing... (152 comments)

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.

8 hours ago

Day One With the Brand New Oculus Rift DK2: the Good, the Ugly and the Games

RivenAleem What an idiot. (48 comments)

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.

3 days ago

Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

RivenAleem Re:What?!? (890 comments)

No wait, this is a GOOD thing. Given how hard it can be to cancel your account with some places, the ability to have it cancelled in 145 characters or less is a major step forward

about a week ago

Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

RivenAleem Re:Wait for it... (752 comments)

He does not have it, because it has been misplaced. If I misplaced my keys, then I would not have them.

about two weeks ago

Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

RivenAleem Re:Wow. Terrble Turn. (752 comments)

One man's claiming credit, is another man's owning up.

about two weeks ago

Giant Crater Appears In Northern Siberia

RivenAleem Re:nothing new (122 comments)

Damn Fracking!

about two weeks ago

Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

RivenAleem Re:Easy solution ... provide a better excuse (401 comments)

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"

about two weeks ago

Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

RivenAleem False Positives (106 comments)

I had the chance to test drive this. However I had had lunch earlier at Taco Bell, and the car seemed to think I was having heart attacks.

about two weeks ago

Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

RivenAleem Re:we've known this for a while (214 comments)

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.

about two weeks ago

Scientists Have Developed a Material So Dark That You Can't See It

RivenAleem Re:It's like, how much more black could this be? (238 comments)

It's not really black. If you look closely you'll see it's just really really really dark blue. Only Priest's cloths are actually black.

about two weeks ago

Researchers Develop New Way To Steal Passwords Using Google Glass

RivenAleem Re:Google Glass only? (116 comments)

You could easily set up a telescope and camera on a balcony on an elevated point overlooking target area.

about three weeks ago

DC Entertainment Won't Allow Superman Logo On Murdered Child's Memorial Statue

RivenAleem Re:Superman (249 comments)

This is something I like about the latest Captain America movie, versus other avenger-related movies. Captain America is described as "The peak of human capability" which I take to mean he's not actually super-human. This means that the villains he fights don't have to be super-human. The Winter Soldier was a freak, but didn't have a super power.

It helps to ground the movie/story when the characters are not super-human. On the opposite side we have man of steel, which descended into a bit of a super-farce for the last hour between Clarke and Zod.

about three weeks ago

Netflix Is Looking To Pay Someone To Watch Netflix All Day

RivenAleem Re:Seems excessive... (86 comments)

It depends on whether you embrace it or not. There are some people for whom game tester is an amazing job. It also depends on the games being tested. There is a small clip of a demo at a con done by one of the game testers.

When you are this good, even game testing can be fun, I guess.

about three weeks ago

New Zealand ISP's Anti-Geoblocking Service Makes Waves

RivenAleem Re:Not Australian, but I support this! (153 comments)

Not entirely true.

Terrestrial TV companies (RTE in Ireland and BBC in UK) have agreements with the regulators to give them first shot at airing TV shows in the country. It can often be on their behest that these shows are not available to stream from Netflix and Hulu. It took years to even be able to get Netflix in Ireland in the first place!

about three weeks ago

New Zealand ISP's Anti-Geoblocking Service Makes Waves

RivenAleem Re:Please do not use this facility (153 comments)

I'd be VERY careful of any old person in NZ or Aus. Anyone able to survive the natural elements there for that long has to be particularly badass.

about three weeks ago

TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

RivenAleem Re:Holiday in the USA? (702 comments)

My wife is from Poland (I am Irish), and in order to go to the US for a holiday, we have to ring a premium phone line to arrange an interview, where we must demonstrate that we have return flights booked, hotel booked and enough spare cash to keep us going while we're there. She must also provide details of employment etc. to prove she won't try to stay there illegally.

This is before all the TSA bullshit which I, who can easily get a visa, won't stand for in the first place.

about three weeks ago



Duncan Jones (Moon) to direct Warcraft Movie

RivenAleem RivenAleem writes  |  about a year and a half ago

RivenAleem (1590553) writes "The Hollywood Reporter released info on the new director for Legendary Pictures adaptation of the MMO World of Warcraft. Having directed low budget Moon ($1 million) and not so low budget Source code ($35 million) Duncan is expected to have upwards of $100 million to spend on the new movie.

Also, Charles Roven (The Dark Knight Rises and upcoming Man of Steel) to produce with Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Alex Gartner. Jones’ producing partner, Stuart Fenegan, will executive produce while Chris Metzen will co-produce for Blizzard.

Production is expected to start Autumn 2013 with a 2015 release."

Link to Original Source

EA/BioWare Servers Hacked?

RivenAleem RivenAleem writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RivenAleem (1590553) writes "I received an email this morning:

We recently learned that hackers gained unauthorized access to the decade-old BioWare server system supporting the Neverwinter Nights forums. We immediately took appropriate steps to protect our consumers’ data and launched a thorough ongoing evaluation of the breach. We have determined that no credit card data was compromised from the servers, nor did we ever have or store sensitive data like social security numbers. Our investigation shows that information such as user names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, mailing addresses, names, phone numbers, CD keys and birth dates from these forum accounts on the system may have been compromised, as well as other information (if any) that you may have associated with your EA Account. In an abundance of caution, we have changed your password to ensure account security. Please visit this (snipped weblink) to reset your password immediately.

If your link has expired, click here to generate a new email.

We take the security of your information very seriously and regret any inconvenience this may have caused you. If your username, email address and/or password on your EA account are similar to those you use on other sites, we recommend changing the password at those sites as well. We advise all of our fans to always be aware of any suspicious emails or account activity and report any suspicious emails and account activity to Customer Support at 1-877-357-6007.

If you have questions, please visit our FAQ at or contact Customer Support at the phone number above.

Aaryn Flynn
Studio GM,
BioWare Edmonton VP,
Electronic Arts

But I don't recall ever being on the NWN forums. I do however have an EA account for Mass Effect. So just what was hacked? Is this email being sent out to everyone who has an EA account? How much of the compromised information is really harmful to me?"


Seems China liked Avatar afterall

RivenAleem RivenAleem writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RivenAleem (1590553) writes "Despite a previous story of China pulling the 2D version of Avatar from cinema leading people to think that they were, in some way, making a statement of dislike of the movie's theme, China has given the movie quite an honour by renaming a mountain after it.

A photo taken by a Hollywood photographer of the Southern Sky Column in Zhangjiajie, Hunan province became the inspiration for Pandora's landscape, and will be renamed the Avatar Hallelujah Mountain.

It is hoped that the renaming will boost tourism in the area on the back of the movie’s success."

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