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Posted in: SoftBank Group profit plunges; Son admits 'poor' decisions See in context

Serves him right for taking all that Saudi Arabian blood money.

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Posted in: Foreign tourists in Kyoto reminded of etiquette via smartphones See in context

As I recall, the adage is "When in Rome do as the Romans do," not "When in Rome do as you do at home.

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Posted in: Toyota banks on Olympic halo for humble bus to keep hydrogen dream alive See in context

What happens in a disaster where the hydrogen refueling infrastructure breaks down?

The same thing that happens with gasoline (or water or food): rationing.

(Also, if hydrogen is produced locally, using renewables, the problem will only be local.)

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Posted in: KEF punches above its weight in Japan's audio market See in context

Certainly the best sounding speakers I've ever owned. Absolutely superb.

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Posted in: Kono suggests need to end reversal of Japanese names in English See in context

Throw in a middle name, & filling in an official document becomes a joke

Recently the local Post Office refused to give me a credit card that had been sent to me by registered mail because the mailing didn't include my middle name and my multiple photo IDs did. For whatever reason, the fact the postal addresses were all the same didn't seem to matter.

After teaching the post office worker some rather inappropriate English, I had to get the card reissued and addressed to me with all my names in the "correct" order. Somehow in all the confusion, the name on the credit card that was reissued got changed to my first name and middle initial, but this time it was addressed properly so I could take possession of it. (CostCo still lets me use it, which is all that matters.)

Oh yes, and just to add to the confusion, the credit card company only allows one space between all your names, so you end up with your middle and last names concatenated.

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Posted in: Pepsi’s new Japan Cola has a special ingredient See in context

You can also order cans (by the case) from Amazon.co,jp

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Posted in: Pepsi’s new Japan Cola has a special ingredient See in context

Yamaya Liquor Stores usually carry regular Pepsi (but in 1.5 Litre bottles). They would likely order the cans for you if you asked.

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Posted in: SoftBank CEO Son says Saudi fund to continue despite Khashoggi murder See in context

Cancelled my account with them today. Also wrote Son to tell him why. It's not much but it feels better than doing nothing.

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Posted in: Boy walks on shinkansen track for 4 km, disrupting service See in context

I can’t quite understand though if the boy was noticed gaining entry to the tracks at the station but was only pickup 4km from the station

If memory serves me well the tracks to the west of the station are elevated for a a long distance, perhaps even the whole 4 km or more.

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Posted in: Amid global electric-car buzz, Toyota bullish on hydrogen See in context

Hydrogen is viewed as potentially hazardous: the 1937 Hindenberg disaster, when 36 people died when the hydrogen-fueled airship caught fire and crashed, ended an earlier era of hydrogen-powered passenger travel.

Hydrogen is lighter than air; it rises as it burns; those casualties were the result of flaming gasoline from the engines falling on them. Likewise the specter of exploding hydrogen tanks is a myth.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVNojwqylYM

John Kopasz, a scientist at the Argonne National Laboratory who performs research on hydrogen gas production, said that while there are inherent dangers with any combustible fuel, hydrogen fuel is safer than gasoline.

Source: https://www.computerworld.com/article/2852323/heres-why-hydrogen-fueled-cars-arent-little-hindenburgs.html

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Posted in: Shirts with meaningless Japanese now common on sidewalks of New York See in context

Well I guess this balances out all the weird English on clothing and signs in Japan.

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Posted in: Shinkansen travel tip: A clever way to keep your suitcase from rolling around on the bullet train See in context

Should have been called: "A Clever Way to Reduce Your Legroom to Almost Nil".

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Posted in: Docomo to offer additional advantages to long-term subscribers See in context

I'm waiting till Apple introduces the Apple Update plan to Japan; it's currently only available in the US. Basically it's a subscription plan for the phone—you get the new model every year. The phone is unlocked so you can use the cheapest provider you can find.

(I wonder how the carriers will try to block that?)

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Posted in: Apple Pay launches in China See in context

I care. I've been waiting to use ApplePay since the release of the iPhone 6.

Strange that China gets it before Japan. My guess is that the credit agencies don't want to play ball.

Maybe we'll get it in time for the Olympics when Japan is pretending to be international again. ????

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Posted in: Japan's lofty 'hydrogen society' vision hampered by cost See in context

commanteer is correct.

Burning fossil fuels is not the only way to produce hydrogen; in fact it's probably the worst way to do it.

Hydrogen is quite easy to generate during off-peak hours from any renewable source of electricity—as well as hydro and nuclear plants—and, in fact makes those sources somewhat more efficient as they can run full bore for more of the time.

Hydrogen fuel cells also require fewer rare-earth materials than batteries (with all the pollution that their extraction causes).

As a fuel source hydrogen is clean and virtually inexhaustible. It really is the fuel of the future.

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Posted in: iPhone ad-blocking application pulled See in context

How to get a refund for iTunes or App Store purchases:

http://www.imore.com/how-to-get-refund-itunes-app-store

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Posted in: Is Pope Francis anti-American? See in context

It's funny how many people get upset when the Pope starts acting like a Christian.

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Posted in: In-ear headphones and headset designed for high-res audio See in context

Wow, so much techno-gibberish and advertising bumf! (And I'm an audiophile.)

For the rest of you, probably your best bet for making your earbuds comfortable are Comply Foam Tips; they're made for most major (aka expensive) name brand earbuds, and provide better fit than most silicon tips (your mileage may vary).

Finally, much as I hate to say it, most recent Hi-Res products are a bit of a scam. I love my Pono player and Sennheiser HD800s, but even so, I find it difficult to discern much difference between CDs and hi-res files. Often well ripped MP3s are more than sufficient for my needs.

Digital production has improved enormously since its inception and I suspect that most of the sonic improvements we have enjoyed of late are due to good 24-bit remixes rather than the extended--and inaudible--frequency ranges being touted these days.

That said, the Pono player is the best investment in audio quality I have ever made. The Ayre circuitry is super and the Pono is a joy to listen to either as a portable or as part of a home system.

Again, your mileage may vary.

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Posted in: A simple comparison of Japan and Germany is inappropriate. The two countries differ in terms of what happened during the war, under what circumstances they engaged in post-war settlements, and which c See in context

Japan protected its Jewish community and other European Jews by giving them exit visas as the Nazi's approached.

No, Japan didn't: a rogue diplomat--Chiune Sugihara--who possessed a sense of humanity and decency uncommon amongst Japanese officials of the day, disobeyed orders and issued exit visas in Lithuania. For his trouble he was forced to resign and ignored by the Japanese government until his dying day.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiune_Sugihara

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Posted in: Study links antibiotic to heart death risk See in context

Would love to know if it's used in animal feed…?

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Posted in: Apple iPhones allow extraction of deep personal data, researcher finds See in context

Total nonsense. This story was already thoroughly debunked before the weekend.

Last weekend, a hacker who's been campaigning to make a point about Apple security by playing fast and loose with the now widely-accepted definition of "backdoor" struck gold when journalists didn't do their homework and erroneously reported a diagnostic mechanism as a nefarious, malfeasant, secret opening to their private data.

Speaking at the Hackers On Planet Earth conference in New York, Jonathan Zdziarski said that Apple’s iOS contains intentionally created access that could be used by governments to spy on iPhone and iPad users to access a user's address book, photos, voicemail and any accounts configured on the device.

As he has been doing since the Snowden documents started making headlines last year, Mr. Zdziarski re-cast Apple's developer diagnostics kit in a new narrative, turning a tool that could probably gain from better user security implementation into a sinister "backdoor."

The "Apple installed backdoors on millions of devices" story is still making headlines, despite the fact that respected security researchers started debunking researcher Jonathan Zdziarski's claims the minute people started tweeting about his HopeX talk on Sunday.

http://www.zdnet.com/the-apple-backdoor-that-wasnt-7000031781/

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Posted in: Japan announces roadmap for hydrogen introduction See in context

No, this is the beginning of a long-term strategy with milestones and targets to gauge its progress. It's something Japan is quite good at. Detroit still hasn't caught up with Japan's lead in hybrid car technology and I doubt they ever will. Meanwhile Japan is moving ahead to the 'fuel of the future'.

Yes, it will be expensive (and no doubt there will be some profiteering and rewards for the insiders) but overall the whole world will benefit from the introduction and dissemination of this technology.

It can't come soon enough.

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Posted in: Hi-res audio stereo system and speaker See in context

Your dog is going to love this.

http://xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/neil-young.html

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Posted in: How to survive living in a small town See in context

Takamatsu is a small town?!?! It may not be as urban as many other Japanese cities, but it's hardy inaka.

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