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Posted in: Microsoft takes aim at Google with laptop, slim Windows See in context

I don't like the idea of being restricted to only 'app' programs. It would just feel like an iPad at that point.

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Posted in: U.S. sees threat of N Korean nuclear attack on Japan, S Korea See in context

@ ThePBot, I had thought that you had made a mistake with 6-7 km/s because that's just insanely fast. I looked it up and did the calculations and that's exactly what I found as well. Apparently, Russia's missile can fly at 15,000mph or 6.7km/s.

We just better hope that NK never gets a hold of that technology!

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Posted in: Japanese museums abandoning no-photos policy See in context

Taking a photograph is a fairly benign process, so I'm wondering how any artwork could have been damaged if someone was only taking a photograph. I'm guessing that some people are not following rules such as "no touching" to take a selfie. In those cases, it's not from taking a photo, but rather from not following common sense rules.

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Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

The only thing I like about it so far is that it is somewhat easier to read on my phone.

However, a link to my past posts is missing, so I can no longer revisit them easily. The editor doesn't accept the iPhone's auto-correct, or formatting options. The upvote and downvote sucks because it takes you to the top of the article and you lose your spot. Lastly, I would have liked to see a change in the way voting works, It would be nice to see the total votes, both positive and negative not just the final tally.

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Posted in: 23 taken to hospital after bus accident in Fukuoka See in context

That's pretty much in the countryside, so I wonder how heavy the traffic would have been.

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Posted in: Subway station target of malicious phone hoax See in context

If they know who the prankster is, send them a bill and then widely publish this to discourage other would be pranksters.

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Posted in: Japanese women list top 10 romantic scenarios by which they’d like to meet new boyfriend See in context

Any contact with a 'suteki' man is considered romantic, but replace that with your average schmo and it becomes uncomfortable and borderline stalking.

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Posted in: Petition to boycott Netflix adaptation of 'Death Note' reaches Japan See in context

I tend to mostly agree with the Japanese point of view. Who cares which roles go to who. Unless they trying to portray a Japanese character with a non-Japanese person, it doesn't matter. I'm really not sure why they have a problem with the L character, though.

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Posted in: When might you get Alzheimer's? New gene test may tell See in context

More research is needed before the test can be made available to the public.

So, write back when you can make it available.

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Posted in: Company offers fake friends photo service to help customers look popular on social media See in context

I've read loads of depressing stories but this one takes the cake. I cannot imagine this ever working in your favour. If you are trying to impress a potential mate, it will bite you in the rear if it works out. If they are impressed with your social life only to find that you have none, what do you think will happen?

It's a bad idea to spend your time trying to impress others. Spend your time and energy to better yourself and the rest will follow.

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Posted in: Celebrate pancakes with a maple syrup bath at famous Japanese hot spring resort See in context

Sounds like a sweet deal.

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Posted in: Trump claims Obama had phones wiretapped; Obama denies it See in context

At what point is Trump's accusations considered slander? Or are tweets considered libellous?

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Posted in: Vitamin D can protect against colds, flu: study See in context

Get outside more!

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Posted in: Coca-Cola to release their healthiest cola ever in Japan See in context

Giving Coca Cola the benefit of the doubt, I would say the title should read, "First healthy Cola" rather than healthiest as the others are anything but healthy.

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Posted in: Woman dies after being pinned between car and concrete block See in context

The police are most likely speculating on the actions of the woman, not the facts of what they found. In other words, they don't believe there is foul play.

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Posted in: Russia declines Japanese dog diplomacy ahead of summit See in context

I dunno...that sort of thing always worked for me, when I was in grade school.

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Posted in: Cars without drivers scoot around Nissan plant, towing cars See in context

Of course it's impossible to think of every contingency but I believe that it's very possible to plan for driveless cars and also plan for emergency actions in case of failures. I don't think insurance will be that difficult to sort out. In fact, I believe that the percent of errors will be miniscule compared to that of human error which will cause insurance rates to plummet. A simple scenario might be that the owner of the car is responsible for what happens and if there is an accident, it will come out of the owners insurance. However, if it turns out that it was a design flaw, then of course the manufacturer could be liable. That's always been the case anyway.

With elderly people on the rise world wide, how could this not be a better thing than some octogenarian getting behind the wheel?

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Posted in: Sinkhole in Hakata See in context

Wow. There is also an underground walkway beside that area where people can lock up their bikes and it's also near the underground shopping area. Crazy!

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Posted in: At what point does ordinary childish horseplay become bullying? See in context

I think that there is one thing that everyone has overlooked. It's assumed that the child took his life because of being bullied but where's the proof of that? While bullying is certainly a huge problem in Japan, isn't it possible that the boy had another reason? In my youth I knew several kids who were suicidal and their reasons were not because of bullying. The reasons are often distorted views and even seemingly minor to someone else.

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Posted in: Häagen-Dazs announces new Japonais flavour for 2016 See in context

so grab one while you can, before it disappears from shelves forever.

The reason that food that is only available for a limited time is because the company is experimenting. If it's any good, it will be back.

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Posted in: Motorcyclist cut in half after being flung into cable wire following police chase See in context

Chances are he didn't survive, but the story doesn't say if he did or not. I suppose there is a very small chance he survived if he was severed around the legs and someone stopped him from bleeding out. Either way, I have to agree that this person now serves as cautionary tale to other people who want to run for no good reason.

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Posted in: Osaka train driver apologizes to Japanese passengers for ‘having many foreigners’ on board See in context

I wonder if the person who originally stated that there were a lot of foreigners aboard was making a negative statement or just stating a fact.

As a foreigner myself, I catch myself saying the exact same thing when I go to Costco, but I'm not saying it with any emotion (negative or positive). I just notice.

Kind of the same tone as stating the weather.

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Posted in: Hate standing in line? Japan now has self-driving chairs See in context

Very slick and completely unnecessary.

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Posted in: Snake on bullet train causes unscheduled stop in Shizuoka See in context

I thought snakes only took planes.

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Posted in: Japanese love hotel makes plans to apply for Guinness World Record See in context

It would have been nice if they had mentioned what record they are actually trying to go for.

Not sure if this wasn't shown when you read it, but it appears they want have the record for the most variety of parfaits available.

...applying to achieve recognition for their menu by applying for a Guinness World record.

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Posted in: Scientific evidence grows for e-cigarettes as quit-smoking method See in context

I have a friend back home, smoked for 25 years, and for the past two years has been vaping only. Same thing - cut the nicotine down to zero over time.

I just worry that vaping will turn out to cause cancer in even higher numbers than tobacco does.

I have no idea on the efficacy of e-cigarette smoking as a means for quitting smoking but if it does work then it wouldn't matter too much if long term usage causes cancer as the whole idea is to quit. In the process of quitting they are not affecting others around them nearly as much, so it's an added bonus. I also doubt that it would be worse than tobacco as they are controlling which drugs are introduced (ie. pretty much only nicotine, right?) whereas cigarettes have many different substances that have been shown to cause cancer.

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Posted in: Last-minute cancellation by Chinese tour groups driving businesses crazy See in context

Wow, everyone knew the meaning of this except for me. tingbudong

Not necessarily, but it's extremely easy to look it up...like I just did with tingbudong :-)

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Posted in: Smartwatches: For fitness freaks and tech geeks only? See in context

I completely agree with theFu. I love tech gadgets but the main reason I have stayed away from smartwatches is because of the battery life. I just don't see a time when a smartwatch can last as long as a regular watch, but if it ever did I can see them becoming popular.

Right now, they are in their infancy. I am looking forward to seeing them several years from now. Perhaps someone will make a breakthrough, but I strongly suspect that it will take much longer than a few years.

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Posted in: Trump won't reveal North Korea plan as tensions mount See in context

I actually do believe that Trump has a plan, but I also believe that his plan would most likely bring us all closer to war rather than a peaceful resolution to the matter.

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Posted in: At least 11 dead, 3 missing after typhoon floods northern Japan See in context

It doesn't appear that the caretakers abandoned anyone. It even stated that one resident died in the caretaker's arms. They knew there was a typhoon but I doubt they would have known there would be a chest high flood within 10 minutes. It would be very difficult to evacuate the residents when the typhoon was raging on even if the facility was fully staffed.

At most I would say that the person in charge of the facility (not the lone worker) might have been negligent in having only one staff member there when they knew a typhoon was coming.

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