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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.

Rating: 1 ( +1 / -0 )

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.

Rating: -1 ( +0 / -1 )

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.

Rating: -1 ( +0 / -1 )

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.

Rating: -1 ( +5 / -6 )

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

Rating: 0 ( +1 / -1 )

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.

Rating: 2 ( +3 / -1 )

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.

Rating: 0 ( +0 / -0 )

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?

Rating: 1 ( +1 / -0 )

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.

Rating: 0 ( +1 / -1 )

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.

Rating: -2 ( +0 / -2 )

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.

Rating: 0 ( +0 / -0 )

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.

Rating: 1 ( +1 / -0 )

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.

Rating: 1 ( +2 / -1 )

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.

Rating: 1 ( +1 / -0 )

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?

Rating: 1 ( +1 / -0 )

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.

Rating: 2 ( +3 / -1 )

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.

Rating: 0 ( +0 / -0 )

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...

Rating: 2 ( +2 / -0 )

Posted in: Samsung to announce cause of Galaxy Note 7 fire on Jan 23 See in context

Reason is simple: lack of quality for hurrying up a product to be the "first". Well, Samsung got it. The first bomb-phone ever.

Rating: 1 ( +1 / -0 )

Posted in: Trump says Mexico would repay U.S. funds spent on border wall See in context

I just read that Concacaf is about to decide how to bid for the 2026 soccer World Cup - US, Canada and Mexico could go alone, or more likely, two of these trio could joint-bid or the three could join forces. It will be interesting to see if US go alone (Trump would never accept a joint-bid with Mexico), and see a battle of a Canada-Mexico bid against US.

Rating: 1 ( +1 / -0 )

Posted in: Britain avoids M&A collapse as foreign buyers go Brexit bargain hunting See in context

The UK version of fukubukuro, buy a British company for half of its value. Really smart.

Rating: 2 ( +3 / -1 )

Posted in: FIFA boss says soccer federations back expanded World Cup See in context

As I stated previously, I am for the 48 format. Last World Cup was fun to watch. There was the drama of Brazil losing 7-0 to almighty Germany. And the fun of Algeria and Colombia. There's room for national teams that need incentive for development in Oceania, Africa, Central Europe and Asia. Also, I don't see why the tournament would lose shine. The group of 10 ten teams will always be the ones in the finals.

Rating: -1 ( +0 / -1 )

Posted in: Japan and the Jedi: How Japan influenced ‘Star Wars’ See in context

I see a link: Death Star was based in Japan in that far, far away galaxy. And you know what happened.

Now, seriously, lots of gorgeous Japanese and Chinese costumes and hairdos worn by Queen Amidala.

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Posted in: 'Star Wars' actress and author Carrie Fisher dies at 60 See in context

RIP, dear Carrie. From what people are posting everywhere, she was one of the best person to be around, to listen to her, to watch her. I confess I only knew her from Star Wars, and she caused me such an impression she is one of the best memories ever - going with my brothers to watch SW when I was seven.

Rating: 3 ( +3 / -0 )

Posted in: After Berlin attack, Europe weighs freedom against security See in context

It's sad that Europe's efforts to overcome being the stage of both WWs, by implementing the beautiful concept of the Maastricht Treaty, are being destroyed brick by brick by the old war of Israel versus Palestine and its sequels.

Rating: 7 ( +8 / -1 )

Posted in: Carrie Fisher in stable condition after medical emergency aboard flight from London See in context

Get well soon, Princess. Loved the closing scene in Rogue One with you. May the force be with you!

Rating: 2 ( +2 / -0 )

Posted in: Disney hits industry-first $7 billion at box office See in context

Dre Hund, you mean the box-shaped robot (orange and white?). I mean, I saw a robot in Rogue One that immediately sent my memory to the scene in episode IV when C3PO and R2D2 are captured and are thrown in a recycling-like shop. Is it?

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