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Posted in: Airbus is ready for pilotless jets - are you? See in context

Auto pilot from takeoff to landing, sure. They do that already, but nobody in the cockpit, nope. Even remote wouldn’t be good enough as you need a physical pilot onboard for a large complex flying metal cylinder.

As for flying taxis.... well, probably much safer to be fully autonomous then have some under qualified wannabe pilot.

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Posted in: Drunkenly operating a drone becomes a crime under new law See in context

But you can be uber drunk and not know your left to your right and fly a drone that’s 199 grams. Granted it would be hard to kill someone, but a poke in the eye ain’t fun.

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Posted in: Automated train travels in wrong direction, injuring 20 in Yokohama See in context

automated vs AI is vastly different. AI will learn from mistakes and check for errors, wear and tear. Automated is just a mechanical system and has limited checks and real-time monitoring.

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Posted in: Pokemon sleep app to launch next year See in context

Sounds more like the just want customer data. Will they have wearables?

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Posted in: TEPCO urged to be cautious about using foreign workers in Fukushima See in context

But, isn’t it supposed to be under control and super safe? Just make it a law that foreigners aren’t allowed to get cancer. Have them sign an I won’t get cancer contract and then ship them home when their contract is over and sever all contact, indefinitely....

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Posted in: 460,000 customers' data possibly leaked from Uniqlo, GU websites See in context

It’s amazing that Japanese companies still don’t get prosecuted to the maximum extent of the law. Shouldn’t somebody be going to jail for crappy security? Shouldn’t the credit card companies sue them? It seems an apology is all that is needed....

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Posted in: Letters From Japan: 'He wants to take a two-year break … and then marry me' See in context

Why she put off the marriage for 2 years beats me. Looks like she’s the one who doesn’t want to commit. Is the 2 year contract she has a legal show stopper?

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Posted in: Netflix spared as Academy keeps Oscars rule unchanged See in context

Please, change with the times. A silent movie is akin to streaming movies today regardless of the size of screen, sound quality or popcorn smell. Focus on the creative part and if the film invoked a reaction (good or bad) that leaves the audience with something to think about. What were movies that went straight to DVD’a classified as?

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Posted in: Woman, 3-year-old daughter killed, 8 others injured after car, garbage truck collide in Tokyo See in context

87 years old.... guess what the next few days of news will debate on. I’m all for autonomous cars!!

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Posted in: Train overruns platform by 240 meters due to drowsy driver See in context

Automate the archaic train system

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Posted in: Man arrested for robbing over 100 taxis by asking for change first See in context

Japan is a trusting nation, so a few bad apples shouldn’t have to change the overall trust between fellow humans. That said, be smart while being courteous. Once payments become mostly digital, this type of scam will change to something else. NFC war walking on a crowded train anyone?

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Posted in: Man stops train from leaving station in Japan; video goes viral online See in context

Proof that Japan is a passive country. Anywhere else and just use your imagination. Unless he was getting physical, abusive or doing something dangerous to human life, 1 minute of a inconvenience by a lunatic is better than a 10 minute confrontation and blood getting splattered around. The station master should of taken him off the train, but the next best thing is warn the next station of this idiot.

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Posted in: No. of asylum seekers in Japan falls for 1st time in 8 years See in context

I guess the less than 0.4% chance made the effort futile. Move on...

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Posted in: Vending machines used to charge smartphones See in context

Ridiculous!! 5 min will get you 1% if your lucky. If your batteries are dead, it might just barely allow you to switch on. You just need a waterproof USB strip for a dozen people to plug in.

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Posted in: Can Japan end its love affair with plastic? See in context

Nope, most people reuse the bags for rubbish. Some houses might have a small rubbish bin in each room as well as the main one in the kitchen. Whatever the number you’ll always need 4-5 bags a week just to separate your rubbish. So, either you reuse which I reckon is better than buying bags just to use once!!

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Posted in: Google moves to disrupt video games with streaming, studio See in context

One again, Japan too slow and too protective with proprietary gaming with no competitive collaboration to team up in new online services and investing inside the box...

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Posted in: Frugal consumers, higher costs take fizz out of Japan's food stocks See in context

The shrinking sizes/portions is called shrinkflation or stealth price increasing. Japan has been doing this for years and have now reached the tipping point where they can’t physically reduce portions any further, as it’s far from stealthy and downright obvious and getting ridiculous.

Same goes for Europe who are struggling and Brexit will make it worse...

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Posted in: Daiwa House suspects massive embezzlement at Chinese joint venture See in context

So, how will you trick them to come to Japan, arrest them at the airport and detain them for a few months while you coerce a confession out of them?

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 unveils robots to help wheelchair users, workers See in context

Perhaps a human touch would be better...

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Posted in: Japan issues rules for companies hiring foreigners via new system See in context

I scoffed at the first sentence. Fair and equal pay? Not going to happen.

@Mizuame - If the Japanese counterparts also receive accommodation and bonuses it should be the same. But, one would hope to entice foreigners you want to pay more for their specialised skill set rather than for hiring cheap (slave) labour. Singapore comes to mind as how to bring the best of minds together.

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Posted in: 19-year-old arrested for threatening to kill police officers in ‘koban’ See in context

Blow torch won’t work either. You need to soak some paper in kerosene and then light the dry paper.

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Posted in: Cabinet approves bill to lower mobile phone fees in Japan See in context

Who cares? Should this not be an incentive to get people to switch to a SIM free and take your mobile number with you! I pay 2,700 for 3 shared SIM’s with 12GB and plug it in iPhones and tablets which are unlocked. People already have that choice even if DoCoMo owns 99% of the Free SIM markets backbone.

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Posted in: Court approves Ghosn's release on ¥1 bil bail See in context

Let the fun being. All that effort Ghosn would have put into building up Nissan is now going to be spent taking them down... He may love Nissan and Japan, but he’s now on a mission. He’ll treat this like any business opportunity and systematically go after everything the corrupt system has to offer with the global citizens watching closely. Yes, Saikawa should be sweating, but he don’t seem smart enough to know what’s coming for him.

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Posted in: Farmer investigated for selling wagyu cattle sperm to smuggler See in context

He must have looked super suspicious to get stopped...

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Posted in: Tokyo Metro offers free food to ease crowding on Tozai line See in context

Variable pricing might be the answer as it works in other countries. They’ve already tried with points, coupons and kickbacks, but I doubt they made any difference.

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Posted in: Google Japan unit found to have underreported ¥3.5 bil in taxable income See in context

@Neux Reux big difference to Ghosn as they were out for him with a vengeance. Google is just another typical tax avoiding company that will be slapped on the hand and fined.

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Posted in: 930,000 Japanese teens addicted to internet: survey See in context

Just replace “internet” with tv, anime, manga, computer games...

at least it’s not drugs, cigarettes, alcohol...

at whole sports, reading books, studying sound nice, being addicted to anything isn’t healthy. The difference being the internet has many uses and choices which can make money, friends, solve problems, communicate, learn, overthrow governments.... so, what’s important is what they do connected to the internet?

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Posted in: Self-driving taxi with paying passengers tested in Tokyo in world first See in context

Did the Uber fans miss today’s article

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Posted in: Japanese charity telethon '24-Hour Television' faces criticism for poor spending and low popularity See in context

Full transparency would be nice. One reason I never have and never will give money to large charity organisations. I’ve been offered to work for some with ridiculous salaries. They’re just an institution to make money for themselves much like the World Bank, IOC or FIFA

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Posted in: Woman qualifies to become fighter jet pilot for 1st time in Japan See in context

Last generation of human fighter pilots. Next gen is all remote + A.I

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