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Posted in: What's behind our conflicted feelings on nuclear power? See in context

Kinda reminds me of my Goth friends when I was about 20. They used to swear blue murder whenever they passed a branch of Macdonalds -- those burgers were so evil and toxic and killing-death-poisonous. But when I pointed out that the vast quantities of amphetamines, tobacco and scrumpy they consumed were not particularly healthy, they daggered me with their eyes.

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Posted in: Beyond borders See in context

zstar6699: "Japan would never so something like this for China or Korea." I seem to remember that when Taiwan was afflicted by typhoons, Japan held events and raised money to help.

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Posted in: What do you think of the iPad? See in context

(correction - Gigabyte TouchNote)

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Posted in: What do you think of the iPad? See in context

In other words, why would I want a tablet and a separate PC when I can have both functions in one device? Or why would I buy an iPad, when I can have a Lenovo IdeaPad or a Gigabyte TouchPad, either of which has far more capability overall?

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Posted in: What do you think of the iPad? See in context

hokkaidoguy at 01:32 PM JST - 12th October

Love mine, especially for business. An example from this morning: I was able to pull up a fairly obscure document for a client to have a look at, and then email a copy to his phone and to his office. Sounds pretty simple, until you realize that all this happened while we were walking from our cars to a meeting on the 10th floor of a building. Could not have done that with a laptop - they aren't something you can walk around and use. Mine has replaced my laptop. I use my proper computer for any major data entry and actual computing, and the ipad for everything that requires portability.

How about a netbook with a touchscreen that flips round? These can be used like tablets when you're on the move, and like a notebook when you're sitting down. To my mind, this is a much more practical design, as current virtual keyboards are not up to performing tasks that require heavy typing. Several are available, and some of them are quite cheap.

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Posted in: Hawker family See in context

"acuteandchronic, it was a disgraceful display of gutter journalism."

Compared to what?

"I cannot for the life of me believe that someone like you can attempt to justify TBS making a direct call to the father of Lindsay Hawker for the benefit of their own selfish air time."

I cannot for the life of me believe that you are still complaining about this, when Mr. Hawker, who has dealt with those journalists many times, so he and they know each other personally, THANKED them for the role they played in this matter.

"Yes, the gutter press in the UK are just as bad."

No, they're a lot worse. They're the notoriously worst in the developed world.

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Posted in: Hawker family See in context

By the way, northlondon, did you see the video clip of this press event? Mr Hawker personally expressed his gratitude the Japanese press, and referred directly to some of the journalists present in the crowd. Clearly, he was not offended to be informed by the press about the arrest, so why are you being upset on his behalf?

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Posted in: Hawker family See in context

"Just wondering, who gave the Japanese media outlet the permission to call Mr Hawker to break the news of Ichihashi's 'apparent' arrest at the time ?"

My god, now northlondon is bashing the Japanese press for behaving almost as inconsiderately as the press in his own country back home routinely behave.

You must be the bitterest expat alive.

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Posted in: ICHIHASHI ARRESTED BY POLICE IN OSAKA See in context

"My opinion is that I am sick of the posters here saying what a good job the police did".

And I'm sick of you groundlessly bashing the Japanese police, making out like they're Keystone Kops, when in fact they have a better clear-up rate than the police forces of some cities I could mention -- including the one after which you name yourself.

Also, you bash the Japanese public for making a to-do about this guy, again showing total lack of perspective.

One kind of expat I hate is the kind who lives for years in a country, and bashes it endlessly and inaccurately, romanticizing the "home country" by implicit (and false) comparison.

Moderator: All readers, please keep the discussion civil.

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Posted in: What behavior or habits by passengers on planes bother you the most? See in context

Being fat and sitting next to me. That's unforgiveable, that is.

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Posted in: I have no record. I have no experience. But I have the passion to create a better Japan. See in context

"Critics say the system is disadvantageous to newcomers and discourages change."

It also encourages mediocrity, due to what statisticians call "regression to the mean".

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