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Posted in: Beijing, Shenzhen loosen more COVID restrictions See in context

I'm curious what the source of this news is? It is actually provable in any way? I mean, I personally don't want to go to Shenzhen to see if people can go to a shop without showing their covid status, but I wonder if the reporter of the article actually did?

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Posted in: Musk says Twitter clash with Apple a 'misunderstanding' See in context

I'm gonna need more popcorn

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Posted in: What do you think of bicycling etiquette in Japan? See in context

Worst I've seen in any country.

Riders ignore the rules.

Police ignore the riders ignoring the rules.

It's actually quite pathetic.

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Posted in: Japan starts power saving period amid fear of supply crunch See in context

How many houses could the massive advertisement screens in Shibuya power?

How many lives could be saved by turning those off?

Oh, money, I see, ok, let people die then. Companies can waste as much power as they want because money, but the people have to turn off their heating. Really lets you know how important people are to the government.

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Posted in: Mandarake used bookstore branches banned from selling adult entertainment items for 180 days See in context

So, hang on, did someone go in and buy this overpriced magazine and then report the shop to the police, or were the cops doing a sting operation and purchased them themselves? There something rather missing from this report.

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Posted in: Japan has stopped printing its current yen bills; Mt Fuji only element to be retained in new set See in context

The old ones look much better. The new ones look... really childish? The choice of font alone is baffling.

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Posted in: UK cops flak over carbon-neutral pledges See in context

@itsonlyrocknroll: because there's no money or power in fixing (or trying to fix) the real problem. Control the public by telling them it is their fault, then you can do things like charge for plastic bags (and make tax money) or raise the price of fuel (to "discourage use") and make tax money, etc etc.

No-one in power wants anything other than to stay in power. That is the ONLY thing they want. And they do not care who suffers, so long as they win.

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Posted in: Nearly 60% in Japan unaware of relaxed COVID-19 mask guidelines: survey See in context

Well, that explains a lot.

This needs to be fixed quickly. The TV and Radio and TRAINS should be filled with Public Service Advertising with silly little characters laughing at the one still wearing a mask. People need to take the masks off outside at a minimum.

Sure, if you really must, wear them in super crowded streets or gatherings, but it is time to move on with the rest of the world.

That said, this country is still terrified of Tuberculosis, which has 12 people per 100,000 infected per year (infected, not dead), so Covid 19 panic is likely to stay for a long time.

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Posted in: Twitter chaos deepens as key executives quit See in context

This is the best Reality Show this year. I liked the bit where the new guy did something dumb and everybody laughed. Who needs tv when you have this crazy show happening?

This could sink Tesla, which would be a shame. It could also sink Twitter, which would be... well, I don't think anyone will care.

I used to use Twitter a long time ago, back when it was useful. If it went away 15 years ago, I'd have been unhappy, if it goes away today, I'd barely raise an eyebrow.

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Posted in: Apple limits file-sharing for Chinese iPhone users after anti-govt protest See in context

This is a very bad move by Apple.

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Posted in: Japan aims to revive inbound tourism to pre-pandemic levels by 2025 See in context

I don't think international tourists will be happy and comfortable with their visit, while the "mask habit" is still in play. People who haven't worn a mask for a year in any circumstances, are unlikely to enjoy being told to wear one, or glared at for not wearing one.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't urged to end free rollout of COVID-19 vaccines See in context

" spent about 17 trillion yen to aid medical services " Oh, so sad, and how much did you collect in taxes? Yeah, I thought so.

If one thing should be free globally, it's a pandemic vaccine. There should never be a discussion on this matters. The second you have this conversation, you are basically saying that poor people do not deserve to live.

If the gov says that a vaccine is needed to work/play/travel, and then charges a lot for that vaccine, that's gonna be a bit of a problem.

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Posted in: Pro shogi player loses game for not wearing face mask See in context

At any point, the other player could have said "Hey, dude, would you mind putting your mask on?" instead of being a frustrated man-child about it.

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Posted in: Tokyo police to issue ‘red tickets’ to cyclists violating traffic laws See in context

So, wait. There's rules for using a cycle, and now they're gonna... enforce them?

Shouldn't they have been enforced all the time?

Cyclist behaviour is Tokyo is just awful. They say Japan is a country of polite manners, but cyclists are proof that is nonsense.

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Posted in: AI helping Japanese convenience stores profit from reduced waste See in context

Everything gets called AI these days, it's tiring.

This is clearly not something a reasonable person would call AI, it's simply data analysis based on previous sales, nothing special.

Besides, do people really buy what is discounted rather than what they actually want? Like if I go into a combine to buy an egg sandwich, and I see a discounted bento, do I suddenly decide that I no longer want an egg sandwich?

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Posted in: Jury: Kevin Spacey didn't molest actor Anthony Rapp in 1986 See in context

So... he's officially innocent? House of Cards coming back?

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Posted in: Liz Truss quits after six chaotic weeks as UK prime minister See in context

She clearly did not have the mental capacity to perform the role, and this 'resignation' right after saying she won't quit is just embarrassing, for her, and for the British government at large.

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Posted in: Arrests of UK anti-royal protesters spur free-speech debate See in context


Sorry, I can't get behind that logic. You're saying they were arrested in order to prevent a (possible) problem from happening.

That's not how the law is supposed to work. Should police go and arrest everybody in a bar, because one of them later on may drive home and injure someone? It's the same logic.

They were peacefully protesting, exercising freedom and free speech. The police were simply wrong here. They were not on private property, so they can't even use trespass as an excuse.

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Posted in: Japanese government shutting down its COVID contract-tracing app COCOA See in context

Complete waste of money.

Should be an investigation into the money trail on this, those involved should be prosecuted.

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Posted in: Kevin Hart opens new plant-based, fast-food restaurant in LA See in context

"Why is it being called 'plant-based' when the term 'vegan' has been around for decades"

Plant Based describes the food. Vegan describes the person.

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Posted in: No Tube: London subway hit by strike, day after rail walkout See in context

Surprises me that strikes are still legal.

Don't want to work? Quit.

Don't come to work? Fired.

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Posted in: WHO declares monkeypox a global emergency See in context

The WHO really are an embarrassment at this point.

spread around the world rapidly through new modes of transmission, about which we understand too little,” Tedros said. 

"new' modes of transmission? Like what? Magic? Teleportation? New modes ffs! Read a medical book Tedros, this aint new dude!

Or better yet, retire and stop being a toxic bunion on society.

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Posted in: Range extenders: Solar panels provide more juice to EVs See in context

With its sleek, aerodynamic line and motors integrated into the wheels, the Lightyear 0 consumes less energy than electric SUVs.

Wait, what? Why is its consumption being compared to an SUV??? Of course it consumes less power than an SUV, it's smaller, lighter and more aerodynamic.

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Posted in: Chip shortage keeps driving up auto prices, cutting sales See in context

"...bicycles work just fine..." 

Not when it rains.

Or you have passengers, or luggage, or shopping bags, or if you're a taxi, or a bus...

A cycle isn't a universal answer.

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Posted in: U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade; states can ban abortion See in context

KenchiToday  08:14 am JST

it was never a women’s rights issue for me. It was purely for the protection of an unborn child right to live.

If the unborn has rights, why does the mother have none?

If 'life' is so damn sacred, why does America still have the death penalty? Why does it still allow children to buy guns and murder people? Do those lives not matter?

A fetus that lives due to this law, will have a wonderful fulfilling life with caring parents, you think?

I would rather live knowing my parents wanted me, rather than knowing I was alive because my mother wa subjugated by religious zealots and forced to give birth under duress.

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Posted in: U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade; states can ban abortion See in context


Why not just officially classify women and being the property of men and get it over with.

I cannot believe that people can in good conscience, legally force a woman to remain pregnant and birth a child; condemning that person to a life sentence of being a parent when they did not want to be. Pro-life very clearly actually means pro-dictatorship, or pro-hatingWomen.

America, I R Disappoint.

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Posted in: Power-saving reward points worth ¥2,000 to be given to households See in context

That's 2000yen per month, right?

Of course not.

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Posted in: Kishida plans reward points system to ease electricity bills See in context

Japan had Gasification energy plants, and shut them down. Bring them back, or build thorium reactors. Completely safe nuclear reactor with no weaponized byproducts.

The gov has options. They choose not to use them.

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