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Posted in: Child statue in protective suit in Fukushima criticized See in context

The neck of the helmet looks a lot bigger than the neck of the suit.

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Posted in: Robots are getting more social. Are humans ready? See in context

Big round eye supposed to look like HAL9000? Not the house-mate I'd choose.

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Posted in: Would you be in favor of Japan switching to daylight saving time in summer? See in context


I admire your optimism!

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Posted in: Would you be in favor of Japan switching to daylight saving time in summer? See in context

GW and Goldorak

To get lighter evenings, I think you mean set the clocks forward not back. That way, for example, the sun could be setting when the clocks say 9pm, instead of the current 7pm.

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Posted in: Tokyo tests water sprinklers to combat heat at 2020 Olympics See in context

One reason the marathon is in central Tokyo is to show the world what a wonderful place it is, so please come and visit and spend lots of money.

Putting awnings all along the route to shade the road surface is not an option, as they would blot the view from the motor-cycle mounted cameras. I'm afraid the athletes will just have to endure the blazing sun.

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Posted in: Japan to raise maximum age for new recruits to boost dwindling military ranks See in context

Good luck with the recruitment drive. At 32 it's still a way off being called a "Dad's Army".

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Posted in: Gene-editing startups ignite the next 'Frankenfood' fight See in context

Identify all food that is gene-edited and let the consumer decide whether to eat it.

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Posted in: Samsung unveils newest smartphone hoping for sales boost See in context

A terabyte in your pocket? I can remember my university being so proud when its mainframe acquired its third megabyte!

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Posted in: Travelers flood train stations, clog roads in holiday exodus See in context

All those people waiting on the platform, and none looking at a smartphone. Is this an old photo?

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Posted in: Pineapple Mix juice See in context

These fruit juice mixtures often turn out to be 90% apple.

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Posted in: China denies entry to Disney's Winnie the Pooh film See in context

This is about the new live action film Christopher Robin, not the 2011 animation.

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Posted in: Oscars to add 'best popular film' award, shorten gala See in context

I would have more respect for the Oscar awards if they required proof that the people who vote had actually watched the films.

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Posted in: Tokyo Metro testing new system for guiding visually impaired commuters See in context

Sounds like a good idea that won't be too expensive to install.

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Posted in: India, China, USA and Brazil top drivers of growth within rugby’s 800 million-strong following See in context

The following question was asked "How interested are you in rugby union?"

My answer would have been (to misquote Frasier):

"Over at MIT they have a machine called the scanning electron microscope. With it, they can see individual atoms - the minute building blocks of the universe. If I had access to that machine right now, I would still not be able to locate my interest in this sport."

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Posted in: A decade on, Olympics changed China, but not how many hoped See in context

The opening ceremony on 8/8/2008 -- the number eight is considered auspicious in Chinese culture -- amazed the world with its flawless choreography

It was impressive, though slightly spoiled by discovering that the footage of the firework 'footprints' leading towards the stadium had been faked.

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 chief asks Abe to consider daylight saving time See in context

Any computer system that handles time-stamped data will need modification to cope with gaps and overlaps when clocks go forward and back. Cost to banks, utilities etc would be significant, especially if they need to implement the necessary software by next June.

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Posted in: Cat snap: Tokyo 'lucky cat' temple draws Instagrammers See in context

Visit Tokoname (near Nagoya) to see the largest maneki-neko.

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Posted in: Not a fan of dishwashing? Get yourself an electric, plate-scrubbing robot appendage See in context

My wife doesn't need one, she says: She married the dish-washer.

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Posted in: May urges Boris Johnson to apologize for burqa comments See in context

Any support I had for BJ has long since evaporated. The man's a liability.

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Posted in: Crackdown on 'bots' sweeps up people who tweet often See in context


No, AI has progressed well beyond that level.

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Posted in: Facebook in talks with banks to expand customer service See in context

Do I trust Facebook?


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Posted in: Chip labor: Robots replace waiters in Chinese restaurant See in context

What will the robots do if you don't tip enough?

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Posted in: Running hot See in context


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Posted in: Cashing in on DNA: Race on to unlock value in genetic data See in context

How long will it be before the drug companies start trying to sell tailored medicines to individuals who were kind enough to give their DNA code away?

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Posted in: Robocat See in context

It sheds and sweeps in one go.

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Posted in: If you work in an office, do you prefer an open office or would you rather have a cubicle? See in context

If open plan is so great, why did my bosses have their own little rooms and cubicles?

Having to overhear irrelevant conversations was never conducive to my work. Open plan just saves a bucket of cash, the overlords presume.

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 73rd anniversary of U.S. atomic bombing See in context

Perhaps, if it had been deliberately detonated over water in Tokyo Bay, or on top of Mt Fuji, it would have had closed the war as quickly but without such tragic loss of life.

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Posted in: 'One Piece' anime katana recreated as exquisite letter openers See in context

Really cool. Now just need some letters to open.

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Posted in: Delta enhances flight experience between U.S., Japan and Australia See in context

Just tell us the economy seating pitch. That's all that matters to us poor 6+ footers.

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Posted in: Fukushima nuclear plant tries image overhaul See in context

TepCon sums it up.

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