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Posted in: Say thank you or be identified, police tell owners of lost items See in context

One of the most telling signs of a corrupt nation, and its people, is when "finders keepers" is taken as a non-written law. I lived in a country where, if you lost your phone, wallet, you'd never see them again. Or you had to go to a petty-theft legal trial to try to have them back. Japan, and other Asian nations, are heaven in this aspect.

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Posted in: Apple opens first official store in Southeast Asia See in context

Seoul will have its one soon

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Posted in: New 'Twin Peaks' wins praise, piques curiosity See in context

Much of the surrealism of the original relied on the even more surreal music, such as "nightingale". Hope they can bring that feeling back again

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Posted in: Warner showcases stunning trailer for 'Blade Runner 2049' See in context

Blade Runner had a melancholic, sad touch to it. The plot, Vangelis, that 80s thing that were so nostalgia. I doubt they can replicate (pun intended) that atmosphere ever again...

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Posted in: Apple jumps to lead wearable computing with smartwatch See in context

@zichi: I use iPhone+AW at my workplace (mostly) and I need them to keep connected to my workmates that happen to be out of office. And you got it all wrong: with AW on my wrist I don't need to check my iPhone so constantly. I only do that when an important notification comes in. Actually, I realized I am using my iPhone less. I am less connected because I can somehow let less important notifications aside and focus on whatever I am doing. Also I noticed I am dropping an annoying modern habit: stopping chatting to people to grab my iPhone out of my pocket. I feel I am relieved from cyber duties I was not aware of. As for your choice. Well, you certainly sounds like you are your own boss and you don't have to be in communication to work at your best. Not my case. I am a legal assistant (a la The Good Wife), so you guess how my job is (before you ask: I am 100% satisfied with my job)

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Posted in: IOC heads to LA as 2024 race heats up See in context

it would be interesting if both cities denied the "honor" of hosting 2028. What IOC would do, I wonder.

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Posted in: Apple jumps to lead wearable computing with smartwatch See in context

I just bought the AW2 this week, and it keeps amazing me: I get notifications of major apps without having to keep looking at my iPhone every 10 minutes. Can answer with Siri, Scribble (what a nice surprise) and emojis. Most important is that I receive notifications of my bank and cards transactions. And it looks gorgeous. I discovered one can get addicted to gettting bands. I got the Nike for working out, a faux dark brown leather for formal occasions and the beautiful army one for most times. Totally recommend. Now I understand how AW is doing so well.

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Posted in: One man stabbed to death, another wounded at BBQ See in context

There's an info missing in the article: the attacker had complained one year earlier about noises during tthe bbq meetings. RIP, anyway. Too young to die this way.

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Posted in: Apple reports surprise dip in iPhone sales See in context


Apple goes down every year, don't you know that? Haters just can't explain how it gets richer everytime it goes down LOL

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Posted in: Japan to introduce English road signs ahead of Tokyo Olympics See in context

Traffic signs are not a problem. Problem is the the steering wheel on the right side of the car. Worse: the incoming flux is on the wrong side of the road (to a gaijin coming to Japan, of course). Quite confusing the first days.

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Posted in: Which cell phone do you currently use? Are you happy with it? See in context

iPhone 7. I realised how good it is to have Apple by your side in emergency situations like last week. I had to make calls, open apps, drive to an unknown place, send messages seamlessly in a very short time. Siri helped me doing all the tasks I asked her, and I arrived to the destination faster than I was supposed, which was crucial. It is situations like that that makes always buy an iPhone, not ever think of another smartphone.

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Posted in: Samsung's assistant Bixby faces tough challenge from rivals See in context

Not only Bixby. A tech blog discovered a major security flaw in Samsung S8 in the very event it was launched. S8 has an unlock function that recognizes the face of the owner promptly. What the blogger did was to show the S8 camera a photo of the owner, and it unlocked the smartphone to the blogger. Another Samsung "technology" hurried up, improperly tested, released just to add content in ads. This is a serious security flaw that has no patch in sight. More likely, Samsung will have to kill the face recognition unlock function.

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Posted in: Foreigners in Japan face significant levels of discrimination, survey shows See in context

You guys in Japan are like the first Italians that arrived in USA. Lots of discrimination. However, the next wave of immigrants, and the next after that, will face less and less racism until Japan will become what USA is today. In 50 years native-Japanese people will be a group much smaller that it's today.

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Posted in: What advice would you give to a man wrongly accused of groping by a woman on a crowded train? What should he do? For example, recently, some accused gropers have jumped onto the tracks to escape. See in context

I would say: deny it vehemently. If it's a lie, the liar will admit to it, sooner or later. Make she prove it. And to every man out there: avoid getting close to women in elevators and public transportation at all cost. Better feel another guy's thing on your side than facing jail and a heavy fine by being accused of groping

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Posted in: Lucasfilm lost sleep over uncanny resurrections of 'Rogue One' See in context

Honestly, I didn't know both characters were CGed. I had no idea that Cushing was long gone. Of course, when I saw Leia, I felt that jolt of satisfaction because Rogue One mended so well with the IV episode, and the rest, when she appeared. But, frankly, I thought that Fisher was under a heavy wall of make-up to look so exactly as she was 40 years ago. I enjoyed the movie a lot, watched it twice in the big screen. Those complaining about Cushing and Fisher CGs are not able to enjoy a movie. There are people who goes to cinemas only to find mistakes - can you believe that? If you haven't seen Rogue One in the big screen, so sorry for you. You have lost a great chance of entertaining yourself.

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Posted in: Erdogan: Turkey might hold referendum on EU membership See in context

How's that? Erdogan behaving like Turkey is the jewel of the crown? More likely EU doesn't want Turkey in their well tended garden.

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Posted in: Samsung voice-assistant Bixby to debut with new phone See in context


I am on fire! I am on fire! Move away from face! Please assist Bixby!"

LOL. I was not being picky at Samsung only. Tech companies have funny ways of thinking of names for their products. But you concede that it would sound much more natural saying "Kim, open my hidden porn files" instead of "Maluuba, open my hidden porn files", don't you?

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Posted in: Samsung voice-assistant Bixby to debut with new phone See in context

"Bixby!!! Call the fire brigade NOW!!"

What's with these VA names? Maluuba?? Bixby is S Korean, it should be called Park Kim Lee or something.

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Posted in: Do you think North Korea poses a real threat to Japan? See in context

Yes, and if you're living in Japan, be smart and flee ASAP. The recipe is almost ready: Putin + China + Trump + Brother Kim + Abe + South Korea = nuke war.

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Posted in: Netherlands beats Israel 12-2 in World Baseball Classic See in context

I don't understand why JT keeps posting news about baseball, golf, badminton (?????}. No one cares about these sports. Not that they don't matter. Quite the opposite. But the demographics seem to be wrong. Wake up, JT!!

Moderator: Lots of people follow those sports.

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Posted in: U.S. soccer players must stand for national anthem See in context

Talking about soccer, I just read that South Korea will propose a joint-bid for 2030 World Cup along with Japan, China. And North Korea. Seeing is believing.

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Posted in: Fewer workers, higher wages: Japan Inc feels pinch See in context

Japan is gonna pay a very high price for being so isolate linguistically. Just like any mature economy, workers from abroad need to arrive to keep the income pyramid being a pyramid. But with Japanese language being so difficult to master in a high level that some professions demand - so well illustrated in the article - there's no solution in the horizon.

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Posted in: Oscars still lagging in female and minority representation See in context

Isn't awarding about talent and achievement?

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Posted in: Japan's first Premium Friday shows mixed results See in context


Too little too late. Ppl have been brainwashed for their entire lives by govt, companies, media etc many simply don't know how to use a couple of hours of free time: what should I do, is it ok to leave work, what will others think, do I deserve it etc? Am absolutely certain some (many?) J employees would actually feel guilty and may even 'compensate' when they come back to work the following week. Because that's what they have been taught.

I applaud the gov't for trying something. Not the perfect solution, of course, but it's better than not doing anything at all. You are right about Japanese employees behaving like a shoal. At this point they have to be pushed to take hours off. I think it will work ok in the next couple of months.

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Posted in: Kirin selling Brazilian unit to Heineken See in context

I bow to Kirin for trying to be competitive in such a bad market, Brazil. Kirin faced two big problems, one of them is unbelievable. First one, the economy is really in ruins, after 12 years of lefti-wing administrations. The second, is that there are three top ranking Brazilian brands that sell really bad beer. I mean, Kirin tastes like the real thing because it brews beer the right way. These 3 BR brands brew second-rate recipes that include things nowhere else in the world you will see in beer, such as fermented corn instead of lupus, which lends a sweet taste to their beer. The result is that Brazilians think their beer is the "real thing", and foreign brands are way too bitter. Guiness, Buds and Heinekens are usually compared to medicines, lol.

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Posted in: When you drink coffee or tea in Japan, do you prefer the chains like Starbucks, Tully’s, Doutor, etc, or do you prefer the traditional “kissaten?” See in context

I like both concepts. Starbucks and the likes are really nice places to go, to feel good. I enjoy it a lot. On the other hand, kissaten can be very original. Where else can you have a boiled egg along with a mug of coffee?

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Posted in: Scientists make thin material that acts as air conditioner See in context

I would love to know how the physics of this new material works. It is quite in the science fiction field any material that can convert heat directly into cold, without the interference of an external force. I would say even impossible. Great achievement, by the way. It could start a tech revolution.

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Posted in: Apple keeps lead in slumping tablet market See in context

I know lots of people would buy, without blinking the eyes twice, a Surface-like iPod if only Apple would create a detached keyboard WITH a trackpad. But Apple will never do such a thing - it would simply cut the cord of its Macbook notebooks. It is a pity that I don't trust Windows. The Surface line is indeed a good idea.

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Posted in: An iPhone made in America? Not that simple See in context

Apple already has created lots of jobs in USA, in the realistic scenario: it has almost 500 brick-mortar stores in USA, not to mention the labs in some states. Bringing factories to USA could simply ruin the successful Apple model every other company dreams of copying. Anyway I thing in the next couple of years, Apple will indeed create a huge factory in American soil: an Apple car assembly line. This is going to be huge.

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Posted in: World's longest flight lands in New Zealand See in context

Must be the inferno for smokers...

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