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5281  The Rest / General Discussions / War Insurance tax on my flight?! on: November 06, 2007, 07:49:29 AM
So I got my ticket reserved to fly back to Canada today, and when I got the printout emailed to me with the details, I noticed the following...

"***Tax is included airport tax, fuel surcharge, and war insurance"

WHAT????? So now I'm being charged for the Iraq war? On a CANADIAN flight??

When I asked for details, the response was "Every airline charge to every passenger to pay for war insurance since 9.11 terror. And they said it is for security of air flight. You may can check on internet. "

Anyone else heard of this? Sounds pretty rubbish to me.
5282  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: November 06, 2007, 07:43:54 AM
Quote from: maverick
Next game: Grandia

+ Fantastic battle system
+ *Great* soundtrack
+ Characters have alot of personality.

- Story can get a bit hokey at times
- Voice acting can grate
- Crossing that wall at the End of the World is really boring.

Honestly, I had a hard time coming up with negatives for this, other than voice acting. This is a real sentimental favourite for me and I still play it about once a year or so.

Next up - Battletech. Or The Bard's Tale. (The original - not the PS2 remake!)
5283  The Rest / General Discussions / Wicked Pictures Thread!!!!!!!1 on: November 05, 2007, 09:22:16 AM
5284  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 04, 2007, 06:11:42 PM
Creature From The Black Lagoon

Some great photography.
Creature looks great, especially for when it was made.
Movie did a good job of making you feel sorry for the creature - it's not really a "bad guy".

The "people" (characters) in the movie are largely asses.
5285  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: November 04, 2007, 06:00:00 PM
+ Good soundtrack
+ Great graphics
+ Interesting battle system

- Not all the stories are interesting
- Sometimes difficult to figure out what to do
- Gets repetitive at times.

Hmmm. My next choice is......

Tsugunai Atonement
5286  The Rest / General Discussions / Best blog ever! on: November 03, 2007, 06:21:24 PM
And no, it's not mine.

5287  The Rest / General Discussions / Russia is collapsing in on itself. on: November 03, 2007, 06:08:57 PM
I thought so too. Though I did a little digging and there has been some mining in that area, apprantly.

Looks like it's a giant sinkhole.
5288  The Rest / General Discussions / Russia is collapsing in on itself. on: November 03, 2007, 03:38:42 PM

Apparantly, it's some giant sinkhole that noone knows anything about.
5289  The Rest / General Discussions / Study: Men play casual games as much as women on: November 03, 2007, 03:35:49 PM
It's a stupid term, whatever it is.

You either play games or don't play games.
5290  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Heroes discussion on: November 03, 2007, 03:17:02 PM
IGN posted a story that the December will (possibly) have the season finale because of the writer's strike.
5291  The Rest / General Discussions / Study: Men play casual games as much as women on: November 03, 2007, 03:09:33 PM
What the hell are "casual" games?

Games that you play once in a while?
5292  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Xenosaga III aka How I gave up on Xenosaga II on: November 03, 2007, 03:07:21 AM
Quote from: "Eusis"
Quote from: "Shiguma"
KOS-MOS is in Namco x Capcom, if you weren't aware.  It's a good game.

Wait, it is?

Wasn't it?
5293  The Rest / General Discussions / Gov't Commissioned Study Finds Downloaders Buy More Music on: November 03, 2007, 03:05:22 AM
A newly study commissioned by Industry Canada, which includes some of the most extensive surveying to date of the Canadian population on music purchasing habits, finds what many have long suspected (though CRIA has denied) -  there is a positive correlation between peer-to-peer downloading and CD purchasing.  The Impact of Music Downloads and P2P File-Sharing on the Purchase of Music: A Study For Industry Canada was conducted collaboratively by two professors from the University of London, Industry Canada, and Decima Research, who surveyed over 2,000 Canadians on their music downloading and purchasing habits.  The authors believe this is the first ever empirical study to employ representative microeconomic data.

The two key findings:

When assessing the P2P downloading population, there was "a strong positive relationship between P2P file sharing and CD purchasing.  That is, among Canadians actually engaged in it, P2P file sharing increases CD purchases." The study estimates that one additional P2P download per month increases music purchasing by 0.44 CDs per year.
When viewed in the aggreggate (ie. the entire Canadian population), there is no direct relationship between P2P file sharing and CD purchases in Canada.  According to the study authors, "the analysis of the entire Canadian population does not uncover either a positive or negative relationship between the number of files downloaded from P2P networks and CDs purchased. That is, we find no direct evidence to suggest that the net effect of P2P file sharing on CD purchasing is either positive or negative for Canada as a whole."
Bear in mind, this is not a study with a particular desired outcome or sponsor - it is the government commissioning independent research to help it make better policy decisions.  The results of that research, consistent with earlier Canadian Heritage sponsored study by Shelley Stein-Sacks that refused to blame P2P for the industry's problems, is that P2P actually increases CD sales since those that download also tend to buy more music.  
The study also addresses a number of other frequently discussed issues.  It finds that:

there was no statistically significant relationship between P2P downloads and digital download purchases from stores such as iTunes.  In other words, P2P downloads neither increase nor decrease the likelihood of such purchases.
CD prices have little impact on CD purchases, though there was some indirect evidence of pricing being factored into those that P2P file share.
people who buy digital downloads are not less likely to buy CDs
people who own MP3 players are less likely to buy CDs
people who buy large numbers of DVDs, videogames, cinema and concert tickets also buy a higher number of CDs.  In other words, consumers of entertainment consume more entertainment, not less.
household income has no statistically significant effect on CD or digital download purchases
The study is a tough read for the non-economist, yet given the breadth of its data and the importance of its findings, it is a must-read.  When combined with the income generated from the private copying levy, much of which is seemingly linked to P2P copying, it becomes increasingly clear that the industry has benefited from P2P and that there is no "emergency" that necessitates legislative intervention.
5294  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: October 30, 2007, 05:47:21 PM
Double post - sorry
5295  Media / Single-Player RPGs / A practice in objectivity on: October 30, 2007, 05:45:02 PM
Grandia II

+ Solid voice acting, overall
+ Great combat system
+ Great graphics

- Soundtrack is only okay compared to Grandia 1 (too Midi for me)
- The "religion is bad" plot that's forced down your throat
- Millenia is a fucking annoying bitch

My choice? Pool of Radiance (Not the remake)

If you haven't played that, then do Tsugunai: Atonement
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