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Posted in: Do you think Facebook and Google should pay news publishers for providing them with content? See in context

If it's in relation to what's going on in Australia and EU at the moment, the way this question is worded is ridiculous and completely misunderstands the issue. Don't get me wrong, I despise both companies, just not as much as I despise the media warping the issue with half a**ed polls like this.

As far as Facebook is concerned, why should they have to pay for it? Facebook aren't taking anything from the news companies, it's the companies themselves who are posting on the platform to try and drive traffic towards their own sites- that's their own decision.Users also post stories, but you're going to charge Facebook every time Joe Schmo decides to post something, and consequently drive more traffic to the media sites?

As despicable as Facebook is as a company they are right when they say Australia's new laws fundamentally misunderstand the relationship between publishers and the platform, and the Australian Government and Media has been all in to try and drive public support for the laws, from Scott Morrison basically declaring war on the platforms to papers making obscene comparisons and spouting half truths.

As for Google, it's a bit more complicated, but I'd be confident to say Google drives a lot more traffic to those sites then what they'd get without Google and only news readers. The media don't have to be on any of these platforms if they don't want to be, and half of them already shove a crap "subscribe for $9.99 a month" paywall on all their stories (looking at you Japan Times).

Honestly I think the media will have to soon embrace what happened to the music industry, either allowing us to buy access per article or having an aggregate platform like Apple Music or Spotify where we can access (almost) everything for a fixed monthly price.

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Posted in: Is it too early to make a decision on whether or not to cancel or defer the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games due to the outbreak of the coronavirus? See in context

Considering that official Chinese sources have said that they now believe the virus incubation period is anywhere from 7-24 days (they originally though 7-14 days) it's a bit early to tell atm whether it's going to get more and more serious. Adding on to that that they discovered it's not only airborne but also that test kits are possibly missing out on positively identifying people (“Even patients who definitely have the disease only come back positive 30% to 50% of the time”- Caixin) and it's looking more and more serious by the day.

But deferring the Olympics for a few months would be the best choice for everyone without laying siege to the economy. I wouldn't want to be playing in that sweltering Tokyo heat, and they might be able to bring the races back from Sapporo too.


Test kits:

Full analysis of the incubation period:

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Posted in: Japanese companies confront reality of racial harassment See in context

@TheLongTermer more wishful thinking friend. Some of the younger ones are far worse than the older generation, some have even hijacked what the older generation built or hoped for, a pacifist progressive Japan and replaced it with some weirdo neo fascism. Your rarely if ever see an oyaji over 70 driving a green bus with loud speakers. And who do you think the people in their 40s 50s and 60s learned it from? Its been my experience that some of the most kind and beautiful people in Japan are in their 80s and 90s; those who experienced the war.

Wow, I remember reading an article around 2009 saying that most youth were liberal but just looked at up again and you're right. I'm pretty stumped by this:

While 49% of voters aged 60 and up said they support Abe, according to a Nikkei survey conducted last month, the figure among citizens in their 20s reached 70%. In the early years of Abe's Liberal Democratic Party government, from 2012 to 2016, there was no significant difference between the two age groups, but since 2017 the gap has widened to more than 15 percentage points.

I'm not saying Abe is one way or the other, but they are certainly the more conservative major party. Thanks for the clearer insight.

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Posted in: Japanese companies confront reality of racial harassment See in context

@Dr Maybe There's certainly no easy solution, but I very much doubt that government regulations are the answer. It has to be about educating young kids better. My daughter is just finishing her 4th year at elementary school. Yes, she's been on the receiving end of some of those inevitable "soft racism" issues but,

If you want the way kids are educated to change then that's going to have to come through government regulations and/or guidelines to schools, either at the provincial or national level.

I don't think anyone is talking about extreme speech policing but when the government introduces a law to curb hate speech without any penalties, the people who it affects the most are going to wonder how serious they really are about it.

As for corporate environments, Japan Inc. is going to take their signals from the government. Short of them speeding the process up by actually introducing stiff penalties, time will have to take care of the issue as the older nationalist citizens die out and the younger more liberal ones replace them. That's not to say all old people are nationalists and all young people are liberal, but they obviously slant in different directions.

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Posted in: Tesla stock is soaring. Madness or visionary investing? See in context

It has come far back down to the $700's now but my guess is it's only temporary. Some bulls were laughed at for setting a target price of $4k on the stock by the shorters, well they're not laughing now.

The untapped potential here is vast as long as Tesla can stay focused and stay away from drama. Their products give you the ability to ditch the gas station, (almost) ditch the main power grid and transport yourself around comfortably and emission free. Independence in energy, especially in regions where brownouts are common due to a lackluster power grid and extreme weather, is becoming more and more important. Not to mention that their tech is constantly improving.

I drive a Model S back home and it's by far without any exception not only the best the car I've ever driven but also probably the best thing and my most favorite thing I've ever bought. Driving it is a joy, and I can't wait to see what they do next.

It'd be a fools gambit to bet against them at this point.

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Posted in: Japanese companies confront reality of racial harassment See in context

What a joke.. in China, Japan and Korea plus other Asian countries the racism is often so deeply embedded in the culture that no one would even realize it's wrong.

The majority of victims aren't going to go public with whatever harassment they face as long as the government refuses to recognize it as a problem and actually forces companies to do something about it.

That being said these non profits are doing a great job and am really appreciative of them.

The only thing that's going to take care of this issue is time- hopefully as time goes on and younger people who are educated more on this become older, it will fade.

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Posted in: False posts on Chinese have gone viral on social media since the outbreak. Officials have been repeatedly contacted through telephone and email by people passing along the rumor that Chinese are intentionally spreading the virus for the purpose of terrorism. See in context

I don't get how this is so difficult.

No matter where you are in the world there will be foolish people who make crap up, or misinterpret what they see and rush to re-post it. It's not rumors engineered by foreign powers, it's not organizations trying to provoke a panic.

The CCP is one of the worst political organizations in the world. But this virus runs counter to everything that is important to them. They maintain their grip over China through force on one hand, and then with the consent of the people in the other. Stability and growth are key to their rule, and the unsaid consent disappears the moment that China stops being stable. This virus has tanked their markets, killed people, ripped apart families and done just about everything else it could to make life difficult for people, and they're turning around to blame the government. The idea that this was engineered is plain nuts.

And yes, the CCP lies about everything, so covering up at the start, as terrible a thing as it was, isn't out of the ordinary for them.

Seriously.. if I were Chinese (I'm not, just lived there for half my life) and read comments like this I'd probably think laowai are a holes too.

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