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Posted in: Japan's wagyu beef looks to conquer the world See in context

Nothing like the fatty goodness of wagyu steak. The fat is where all the flavour is.

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Posted in: YouTube demotes flat-earthers, conspiracy theorists See in context

Correction for above: YouTube is owned by Google, which is a publicly listed company. However, the fact remains that they can make their own rules.

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Posted in: YouTube demotes flat-earthers, conspiracy theorists See in context

Yeah, I hate flat-Earthers and conspiracy theorists, but they deserve a voice as much as anyone else.

I agree. But it doesn't have to be on YouTube, which is a privately owned business who can make their own rules.

The explosion of people believing in stupid conspiracy theories is in part created by YouTube and other social media recommendation engines. They recommend more and more ludicrous conspiracy theories to those people who are prone to logical fallacies. This move is to correct for that.

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Posted in: Trump delays State of the Union Address until partial shutdown ends See in context

bass4funkJan. 25  07:28 am JST

What can we gain from this? The average American does not want the wall and they don't agree with Trump holding the shutdown hostage to such a frivolous issue. Trump's lack of empathy for government workers is really showing through and Americans don't like it. They don't like the fact that he is willing to risk the US economy and the security of the country to appease his ego

That's bunch of garbage, they ask people around America what they think about the, but they never.poll the people living around the border do indeed want more border security

Actually no. It's not a bunch of garbage. The people living around the border oppose the wall more than the average American - as we saw when Trump visited the border.

But it doesn't matter to me. The more this president acts in unpopular ways the more people tire of him. And this shows in his approval rating that is plummeting. Hopefully enough for him to change direction, stop acting like a spoilt kid and end the shutdown that he was foolish to start in the first place.

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Posted in: Trump delays State of the Union Address until partial shutdown ends See in context

I am not saying his poll numbers stink, but at this rate, he’s pretty much still consistent, so being in the 40s is not a bad thing actually

The fact is Trump's disapproval rating has had a clear upward trajectory starting exactly at the start of the Trump shutdown. It hasn't abated yet.

What can we gain from this? The average American does not want the wall and they don't agree with Trump holding the shutdown hostage to such a frivolous issue. Trump's lack of empathy for government workers is really showing through and Americans don't like it. They don't like the fact that he is willing to risk the US economy and the security of the country to appease his ego.

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Posted in: Trump starts pulling U.S. forces from Syria See in context

Shawn

Trump is right though, Obama created the mess in Syria

I beg to differ. Assad created the mess in Syria...

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Posted in: Trump starts pulling U.S. forces from Syria See in context

The only reason that Trump wants to pull out is because Putin told him to. Putin is keeping his troops in Syria, and yet he supports Trump getting out.

ISIS isn't defeated and what about US allies, the Kurds? Trump will just walk away? Remember ISIS pretty much started when the US pulled out of Iraq.

Trump = Putin's puppet.

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Posted in: Thousands of Australian students skip school for mass climate protest See in context

Hakman

This is weather, folks. It's WEATHER. The far left is so unhinged that they've even lost the concept of weather. It changes. It goes through warming and cooling patterns. And we have little if anything to do with it.

It's not WEATHER. It's CLIMATE. There is a big difference. And if you look at the trend over the last 10 years, it is going up.

And if you look at the main driver of increased global temperatures: CO2, it is going up. The science is very clear and unambiguous. We need to lower CO2 emissions if we want to stop catastrophe from happening. And we need to do it now.

Concerned Citizen

While present day global warming is observable it is not possible to observe or measure distant past temperatures for comparison.

Yes, it is. It is possible.

Nor is it possible to predict with certainty that the present warming will continue. Thus it cannot be considered an incontrovertible fact.

Actually it is. Because we know what is causing the temperature rise (CO2) we can accurately predict that warming will continue if the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere increases. That is incontrovertible fact.

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Posted in: U.S. Supreme Court leans toward allowing Apple App Store antitrust suit See in context

Actually, they can sell thru other channels - they don't have to use the PS, XBox, or Nintendo marketplaces - they can sell thru GameStop, Walmart, Amazon, etc.

Actually, they do have to go through Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. And those companies will take their commission.

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Posted in: U.S. Supreme Court leans toward allowing Apple App Store antitrust suit See in context

Scrote

Developers want to be able to sell through other channels. If you buy a fridge you can buy food to put in it from anywhere; you aren't forced to buy your food from the fridge vendor at a 30% mark up. Why should phones be any different?

That's not a very good analogy.

A better analogy is a if developer wants to sell games for the PS4, XBox, Switch etc., they have to go through Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo. They cannot sell through any other channels. Why should selling apps for iOS be any different?

BTW I am a developer and I have apps on the App Store.

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Posted in: Pence pushes Japan for bilateral free trade agreement See in context

Japan already has a trade agreement with the Pacific and the US, it's called the TPP. Oh that's right, the US pulled out. Well you can come cap in hand on bended knee to rejoin, but don't expect to add anything to it.

Akie

Who doesn't want a free, fair and reciprocal trade ?

Nobody. That's what the TPP and WTO is about. Trump likes bilateral agreements because he can't juggle too many things in his head. But bilateral agreements are ultimately counterproductive.

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Posted in: Trump under fire after cancelling WWI cemetery visit See in context

Apparently his bone-spurs act up in the rain.

Actually, I'm starting to suspect that his wig gets affected by the rain. This isn't the first time he's complained about his bad hair day because of the rain.

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Posted in: 13 dead including gunman in shooting at California bar See in context

Kentarogaijin

2020hindsights, this is why i said it's a trumpetfan's logic..

Ah, OK. My mistake.

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Posted in: 13 dead including gunman in shooting at California bar See in context

Kentarogaijin

Once again, the left are screaming the guns should all be taken away instead of focusing what the real problems are.

They aren't screaming to take the guns away, and, 2. the guns are the real problem. Without a gun, this tragedy wouldn't have happened.

There are other things we can do

Totally agree. But the main thing we can do is to pass strict gun laws.

keep them contained medicate them and hold them indefinitely should it come to that.

Yeah, because taking away freedoms of mentally ill is better than taking away my guns.

When was the last time you heard of a mass shooting in Japan? Strict gun laws work.

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Posted in: Trump says Japan treats U.S. unfairly on trade by not taking more American cars See in context

And yet, Japanese buy thousands of BMWs and Mercedes... Maybe they just don't like American cars. The fact Japanese don't want to buy American cars is not a Japanese problem. If the US made the cars that people want to buy, they would buy them.

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Posted in: Democrats take House control; Republicans expand Senate majority See in context

Wolfpack

A very interesting election and election result. The Dems 30+ seats in the House are a lot fewer than the 50+ Republicans gained in Clinton’s first midterm and the 60+ they got on Obama’s first midterm. But still a solid and about average historically speaking.

Looking at it on a number of seats point of view, it is less than the years you cite, however, that lower number is mostly due to Gerrymandering. Based on percentage popular vote, it is on of the biggest swings in history.

Serano

It wasn't a Blue Wave or Red Tsunami.

Are you kidding? A ~9% popular vote swing towards the Dems? Yep, that's a Blue Wave, baby.

Trump is looking scared. He is offering to work with Democrats, however he is trying to warn against investigating him. Good luck on that one buddy. The Republicans in the current house have been shamefully silent on Trump's conflicts of interests and many other issues. Time to look into these problems.

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Posted in: Everything's at stake on eve of first Trump-era elections See in context

Texas A&M Aggie

Lots of opinion slinging being tossed around concerning Tuesday's voter turnout, but there is a curious absence by the pollster clowns on TV (example: Liberals are once again hanging on to the prognostication of polling guru Nate Silver -- he of the 95-percent chance that "Madam President" would win at 5:30 p.m.

Actually Nate Silver had it right at a prediction of a Trump victory of 29% in 2016. That's roughly the same odds as you throw two coins and predict that they both come up heads.

That is, in all likelihood, what we will see being discussed everywhere In th MSM come Wednesday morning (even cut-and-paste operations like this): The "sudden" manner in which republican candidates received much higher voting percentages than any of the polls indicated.

Cue the repeat of liberals screaming helplessly at the sky.

We shall see, then won't we. Republicans are likely to keep the Senate, but be prepared to lose the House.

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Posted in: Farrell kicks England to victory over Springboks See in context

England are going to have to score some trys if they hop to beat the All Blacks. Penalties only is not going to cut it.

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Posted in: Trump says climate change not a hoax, but not sure of its source See in context

Miyam_Musashi

"I think something's happening. Something's changing and it'll change back again. I don't think it's a hoax. I think there's probably a difference. But I don't know that it's manmade. I will say this: I don't want to give trillions and trillions of dollars. I don't want to lose millions and millions of jobs." And as a consequence vacate power to the benefit of China, Russia, Iran & other rogue nations.

The problem with this viewpoint is that staying with hydrocarbons and shunning renewables is a sure fire way to vacate power to the benefit of China.

China is going full steam ahead with renewables and if the US ignores this China will benefit. China realizes that climate change is real, is making great strides to combat it, and reaping the benefit in doing so.

The US used to be forward thinking and innovative. Not any more it seems. China is taking its place.

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Posted in: Trump says climate change not a hoax, but not sure of its source See in context

Serano

Trump, like everyone else on the planet, can't say for sure how much of the change in climate is caused by humans. That's what he's saying. He wants to make sure the U.S. is not unfairly burdened by climate change policies - the world needs to work together on this.

Actually, we can quite easily be sure that the change in climate is cause by humans. It's actually one of the easier aspects of climate science. (Agreed that Trump probably can't.)

One carbon isotope, C14, is radioactive and dies away to undetectable levels in 50,000 years or so. Fossil fuels, being millions of years old, have no C14 left. Adding ancient carbon lowers the proportion of C14 in the atmosphere. By measuring the non-C14 isotopes compared to C14 and we can see the amount of CO2 humans are adding to the atmosphere.

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Posted in: Google brings camera twists, bigger screens to Pixel phones See in context

No SD slot is a major no no for any phone these days unless you are trying to control everything by offering free cloud services which will end up being "not so free".

No it's not. Just buy the capacity of phone that you require in the first place. SD slots just offer higher opportunity of water ingress etc.

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Posted in: Japan uneasy over Trump pressure on auto as summit, trade talks loom See in context

JeffLee

Really? So Washington is going to invoice US households instead of the importers to cover the tariffs? Man, you learn something new every day on the JT forum.

Here's how it works:

Goods cost $X.

US adds $Y tariff.

American consumer pays $X + $Y.

Foreign manufacturer gets $X, US govt gets $Y

So, as you can see the foreign manufacture gets the same money, the US consumer pays for the tariff.

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Posted in: Japan uneasy over Trump pressure on auto as summit, trade talks loom See in context

JeffLee

Not "just." It also means America collects more taxes from foreigners. On half a trillion $ of goods a year, that's a lot of money.

The foreigners (car manufacturers) don't pay a cent of this. The American consumer does.

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Posted in: Japan uneasy over Trump pressure on auto as summit, trade talks loom See in context

Trump just doesn't understand basic economics. Trump's tariffs just mean Americans pay more for goods. It's not as if the US car industry needs unfair protection.

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Posted in: Pricey new iPhones make debut in Japan See in context

Do the hustle

Steve Jobs must be turning in his grave, “Apple will never make a bigger iPhone,”

I doubt it. He also said "Apple will never have a video iPod". One year later, they released a video iPod.

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Posted in: Samsung sets new Galaxy device launch for October See in context

Yawn...

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Posted in: New iPhones aim for momentum in sputtering smartphone market See in context

Kenji Fujimori

I'm just going to put your hate of the Apple Watch as a personal preference thing. The Apple Watch is way more popular because it is square, small, light, stylish and has great features and great battery life.

I don't use mine for watching video; I do use it for messaging - which is a breeze.

I'm tempted to get the new one.

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Posted in: Was there another target in the Skripal poisoning? See in context

Raw Beer

Apparently, they arrived at Salisbury a few hours after the Skripals left their home. So who put the poison on the doorknob?

Incorrect. They arrived in Salisbury on March 3rd.

Seems much more likely that the British poisoned the Skripals. The double agent was no longer of any use to them and they wanted something to blame on Russia.

Yeah, right because the UK is infamous for using nerve agents it kill people they don't like, and Russia would never do such a thing.

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Posted in: Apple iPhones get bigger and pricier; Watch turns to health See in context

JeffLee

Apple have been selling phablets for years.

No it hasn't.

"Apple is going phablet with its next iPhone."

What about the iPhone 6 plus? Around the same size as the iPhone Xs Max and has been selling since 2014.

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Posted in: Apple iPhones get bigger and pricier; Watch turns to health See in context

kohakuebisu

Most people who measure heart rate during sports still use chest straps (see any triathlon or cycling race on tv) because optical measurement at the wrist is not as accurate.

That's generally true, however, the Apple Watch heartbeat monitor is very accurate. And a chest strap is too inconvenient for all day use.

JeffLee

Android has had "phablets" for years now. Apple is trying to catch up.

Try to keep up. Apple have been selling phablets for years.

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