JonathanJo comments

Posted in: London police to use face scan tech, stoking privacy fears See in context

If you just happen to have a face similar to a person of interest, you're going to get fed up being stopped by the coppers.

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Posted in: ANA begins autonomous electric bus trial at Haneda Airport See in context

The autonomous bus still appears to need multiple rear-view mirrors and wind-screen wipers.

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Posted in: Six months to go: A look at the Tokyo Olympic medal count See in context

If China lockdowns continue, its tally may be smaller.

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Posted in: Coronavirus spotlights Japan contagion risks as Olympics loom See in context

Virus usually don't spread all over under hot temperature.

Tell that to EBola

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Posted in: Ice festival See in context

Fantastic place to visit. Dress warmly though.

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Posted in: British royal satire featuring 'modern Aunt Meghan' coming to HBO Max See in context

I've heard of HBO. And now I gather HBO MAX is arriving in May this year. I do hope that sticking "MAX" on the end of its name wont 'do' for it what it did for the 737.

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Posted in: Mother, son arrested for canceling hotel reservations 2,200 times See in context

Seems foolish to give "points" to someone before they have paid.

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Posted in: Harry, Meghan, their new neighbors and the paparazzi See in context


Can you explain what you mean about 'your uncle Edward'? ( Harry's uncle, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, has hardly done anything disgusting that I recall.)

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Posted in: UK issues commemorative coin celebrating rock band Queen See in context

It's a 5 pound 'coin' so will never be part of the circulating coinage currency, which ranges from 1 penny to 2 pounds. If this had been a 50p or 2 pound coin then I'd have taken it seriously, but these 5 pound 'coins' are just pretty pieces of metal to me.

Perhaps not as crazy as the 655.957 French Franc coin though:

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Posted in: Japanese firms join global calls to ditch coal-fired power See in context

So long as there are lots of wires attached to the turbines, they'll blend right in with the Japanese landscape.

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Posted in: Royal rift: UK monarchy will look smaller when dust settles See in context

24 HRHs is more than enough, I would have thought, in most people's eyes. (22 without Harry and Meghan)

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Posted in: Hair-raising experience See in context

Looks like a fire hazard!

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Posted in: 'Simpsons' actor says he'll no longer voice Apu after controversy See in context

It won't be long before the networks will be too scared to re-air any episode with Apu in it.

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Posted in: Harry, Meghan to quit royal jobs, give up 'highness' titles See in context

I hope Harry won't get as bored of living abroad as Edward VIIIth did after leaving 'the Firm'.

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Posted in: Ice bath See in context

And when you get out of the bath, you have to walk on the ice in bare wet feet?

Risk of slipping over, or of feet welding themselves to the ice ? :-)

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Posted in: Do you think gold is a safe investment in times of geopolitical trouble, threats of war or other international crises? See in context

Probably safer than a cryptocurrency in those circumstances.

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Posted in: Keeping it real: A behind-the-scenes look at 'The Lion King' visual effects See in context

The technology has progressed a long way since the first Toy Story. Makes you wonder what the next 25 years will bring.

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Posted in: Roundabouts have been installed at 87 locations in 31 prefectures since the revised Road Traffic Law took effect in September 2014. Do you think roundabouts reduce the number of traffic accidents? See in context

Failing to use left indicator before exiting the roundabout should be a capital offence. Unless it's a German car which as we all know doesn't have them.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic ticket designs unveiled See in context

I presume on the backside there will be a QR or barcode, and a hologram or other security device to help prevent forgeries.

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Posted in: Hydrogen to fuel Tokyo 2020 Olympic flame See in context

A pure hydrogen flame is almost invisible, particularly in daylight. Perhaps some impurities will be added to brighten it up.

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Posted in: 'Joker' leads BAFTA nominations with 11 nods See in context

Sir Sam Mendes...

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Posted in: 'Joker' leads BAFTA nominations with 11 nods See in context

I was taken to see Little Women. I gave it a lot of nods. zzzzzzz

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Posted in: Toyota to build prototype city of the future in Japan See in context

Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Yeah, that'll work.

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Posted in: TV makers woo internet generation with super-high-def models See in context

Do I want to be able to count the blades of grass on a soccer pitch?

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Posted in: New Year Fire Review See in context

Wow. Rather them than me, balancing on the tops of ladders.

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Posted in: Robots can perform simple tasks but not tasks that require judgment or the ability to evaluate a change in a situation. See in context

And the day that they do invent a robot with a brain the size of a planet, they'll just use it to park cars, and make it very depressed.

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Posted in: Global warming brings Pinot Noir cultivation to Japan's north See in context

Tell that to the polar bears.

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Posted in: Global warming brings Pinot Noir cultivation to Japan's north See in context


Paragraph 8, perhaps:

National Agriculture and Food Research Organization

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Posted in: New site to allow shinkansen tickets to be booked outside Japan See in context


For prospective foreign visitors who buy a Japan Rail Pass Exchange Order before arriving in Japan, it would be nice also to be able to book tickets. The Exchange Order can only be converted into a Pass (and then seats booked on trains) after arriving in the country.

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