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Posted in: Machines will do more tasks than humans by 2025: World Economic Forum See in context

Would you for example say that the clothes washing maching is doing the job of a human?

I think so. On the other hand, other human tasks are created such as making the machine, delivering it, servicing it, making electric sockets, etc. I'm not sure how that figures in the statistics.

foresees robots swiftly replacing humans in the accounting, client management, industrial, postal and secretarial sectors

But not dangerous jobs such as window cleaning, fishing, or repairing bridges? Hmm. Do they foresee a time when machines will become smart enough not to do the dirty work? "Why should I damage my circuits when there are plenty of these cheap meat units available to do the work?"

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Posted in: Germany rolls out world's first hydrogen train See in context

I was wondering why the switch to hydrogen instead of electrification. But I've read that the initial cost of electrification is very high, and that hydrogen fuel works out cheaper. I guess we won't be seeing many of these in Japan where railways are almost all electrified already.

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Posted in: 74% of Japanese companies against daylight saving time for 2020 Olympics: poll See in context

 In countries that have it, it is popular.

@Ah_so, I take it you were referring to the changing of clocks. According to the article below, 80% of EU citizens are in favor of not changing the clocks.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/31/eu-recommend-member-states-abolish-daylight-saving-time

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Posted in: 74% of Japanese companies against daylight saving time for 2020 Olympics: poll See in context

Japan is riddled with these kinds of set in stone anomalies

I'm not sure which is the more stone-like attitude, not adopting daylight saving time or not changing our habits to match the earth's behavior. To me, it makes sense that the sun should be at its highest at as close to noon as possible. In Japan, that's the situation for parts of Hyogo. We can't change how much daylight there is in a day, but we can change what time we start work and go to bed.

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Posted in: 1-year-old girl, 2-year-old brother killed in car crash See in context

@Vince, seat belts are not appropriate for one and two-year olds. A proper child restraint is required. (Perhaps that's what you were meaning.)

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Posted in: 11 killed in China as car plows into square; driver attacks people See in context

It isn't about having a weapon, since almost anything can be a weapon.

Maybe it's about having the right weapon. A car is fine for killing at random, but not so good if the intended victim is in a building. A bomb probably works most places, but requires some skill and preparation. But guns tend to work in any situation, and can be used by anyone who has access to one. For anyone intent on killing, guns make the job simpler.

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Posted in: Japanese architect's new V&A museum opens in Scotland See in context

Not the best of photos. There are some better ones here:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/sep/12/va-dundee-review-waterfront

sits on the banks of the River Tay

More accurately, it sits on the Firth of Tay (i.e. the estuary, not the river).

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Posted in: Rubella infection spikes in Japan See in context

Before the MMR it was normal for girls aged 12 and 13 to be vaccinated for rubella in the UK. 

But was it a good idea? I've read that the UK rubella program for adolescent girls was considered a failure, and was revised to cover infants and only "targeted" adolescents.

I actually contracted rubella in the UK in 1978 when I was 23. The doctor initially suggested I attend a "rubella party" which was where infected adults mixed with young girls in order to infect them. (Sounds weird.) He later told me that the idea was no longer in vogue.

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Posted in: Putin says Russia has identified suspects in Novichok poisoning See in context

Exact same spot.

A BBC article suggests it isn't the same spot.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45454142

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Posted in: What are some movies or TV shows that had gut-wrenching scenes that made you cry? See in context

Bambi, apparently. My mum told me that I cried when Bambi's mother was killed. I don't remember.

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Posted in: U.S. marks 9/11 with somber tributes; Trump speaks at Pennsylvania site See in context

Strange perhaps, but I associate the 9/11 attack with the Dunblane school shooting that had occurred five years earlier. In both cases, I heard the news on the car radio while driving in Edinburgh, and wasn't sure I'd heard correctly. I thought I'd heard that the World Trade center towers had collapsed. I got home, switched on the TV, and saw the towers still standing. I thought I must have misheard. Then I realized they were showing a replay of the events. I still sometimes find it difficult to believe it really happened.

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Posted in: Rubella infection spikes in Japan See in context

I thought every women receives rubella vaccinations in her early teens. Oh, hang on! That’s in countries where it is 2018.

I think that's only in your mind. Rubella vaccination is recommended for all young children (i.e. boy and girls) between about ages 1 to 5. As the vaccination is considered potentially harmful to a fetus in the early stages of pregnancy, I think giving the vaccination to all girls in their early teens would be considered risky.

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Posted in: Russia to launch biggest war games in its history See in context

Imagine 36,000 military vehicles moving at the same time

From what I've heard of typical large-scale military operations, I'd imagine it would be complete chaos.

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Posted in: Meguro holds annual grilled saury festival See in context

Do people who eat fish know where Iwate is? What is near there?

I know that Miyako is 180 kilometers from Sendai. Were you thinking of something nearer than that? Please let us know.

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Posted in: Which fashion item or trend do you wish would disappear forever? See in context

Visible brand labels.

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Posted in: Mattis makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan See in context

thousands of additional U.S. forces

How come we continue to hear these words no matter whether the serving US President is polite and pragmatic or ill-mannered and irrational?

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Posted in: Going up! Japan to test mini 'space elevator' See in context

That's about 1/4 distance to the moon (avg). I'm not really sure what the significance of that distance is...

Geostationary orbits are achieved at about 36,000 km above the earth. So I guess that's where you'd put the motels, shopping centers, immigration offices, and the launch pad for Mars. Wikipedia tells me the additional height (i.e. up to 96,000 km) is to act as a counterweight. I'll let someone else explain how that works.

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Posted in: Neil Armstrong film accused of being unpatriotic See in context

Im no conspiracy theorist, just asking a logical question

It seems a reasonable question. I'm sure my kids have a doubtful look about them when I talk about the moon landings. (Yeah, sure dad.)

There's no logical reason to spend billions to go there again.

If we're serious about sending people to Mars or further afield, it seems like it would make for good practice.

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Posted in: Food seller Kefir goes bust after attracting thousands of investors See in context

In a "true" co-op, employees are members, not the consumers.

I don't think there is such a clear definition. Workers cooperatives and retail cooperatives were established over much the same period in the 19th century.

However, the principle of requiring shoppers to be members surely applies to stores such as Costco and other similar organizations. I don't think their shareholders would describe it as pointless.

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Posted in: Osaka Gas begins operation of wind farm in Wakayama See in context

91/934,000 or 0.000097%

I think that should be 0.0097%

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Posted in: Neil Armstrong film accused of being unpatriotic See in context

From what I've read, the flag is featured many times in the movie. It's just the flag-planting event that is omitted. It's a film about Armstrong, not about the USA and not a documentary of the moon landing. I wonder what reaction we would have got if they had depicted the flag planting, and we got to hear Armstrong's inner thoughts about planting a flag in a place with no atmosphere.

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Posted in: Disaster prevention drill See in context

It's safer to lay on the floor between the desks

I'm assuming this is based on the "triangle of life" concept. If so, the idea is heavily criticized. I'd want my kids to get under the desk, especially if they are built like the ones in the photo.

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Posted in: Court upholds male-only right to deny legal fatherhood See in context

Courts here need to get out of the stone age!!

I think it's the government that needs to modernize the laws. That's not the courts' responsibility.

"As of Aug 10, 715 people were not listed on family registries..." How do they know that?

Darn. Now I'm going to be puzzling over that question all day.

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Posted in: Aspirin disappoints for avoiding first heart attack, stroke See in context

but the risks don't outweigh the benefits for most other folks

Should that not be the other way round?

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Posted in: Good perch See in context

I was thinking I should reserve judgement. It would be nice to think these were rescued owls, and that the cafe was raising money to help such owls, and that the owls only spent a short time in the cafe and the rest at a more appropriate location. But the article below, which refers to the Forest of Owl cafe, doesn't inspire confidence.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/03/conservationists-get-their-talons-out-for-japans-owl-cafes

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Posted in: China targets rumors, religion in updated party rules See in context

Chinese culture has no theistic belief. It's been like that for 5000 years.

That's not my understanding. Gods abound in Chinese history and culture. That they didn't settle on one of them or perhaps don't accord them fully supreme attributes doesn't mean there are no theistic beliefs. I suspect the CCP's fear is not of weird beliefs but of religious organizations.

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Posted in: Woman stabbed by man while walking home in Funabashi See in context

Also, Japan needs to make tougher laws tp people that commit these crimes

Why's that, bass?

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Posted in: Athletes feel para sports not attractive enough ahead of 2020 Games See in context

I wish them all the best, and hope the paralympics go well. But we should occasionally spare a thought for disabled people who hate sport. I know someone like that and she says she increasingly feels guilty for not lifting weights or playing basketball when she'd much rather be making jewelry and having the occasional glass of wine.

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Posted in: Fire at hot springs hotel in Chinese city of Harbin kills 18 See in context

the Harbin propaganda department of China's ruling Communist Party

Interesting description. It may be accurate, but I suspect it's not the name they give themselves.

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Posted in: Veteran U.S. Senator McCain ends cancer treatment See in context

It is shocking that draft-dodging Trump denigrated the sufferering of a man beaten for years by sadistic thugs while serving his country.

I find that a bit of strange way to present this. In other contexts, I would class draft-dodging as a more noble act than going to war. And was be beaten by sadistic thugs or just by some people who were very angry at someone who was there to drop bombs on their country? (I'm not trying to justify the beatings, just trying to understand them.) Do we serve our countries better by going to war or not going to war?

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