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Posted in: Google aims to patent child toy that pays attention See in context

Nightmare fodder!

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Posted in: Li-ion battery's inner workings revealed See in context

That picture reminds me of this one: http://personals.gaijinpot.com/welcome/

Only with smartphones, sign of the times.

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Posted in: IBM teams with Apple on artificial intelligence health program See in context

Obligatory photo of Steve Jobs showing his respect for IBM: http://www.webnews.it/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/steve_jobs_ibm.jpg

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Posted in: How sweet it is See in context

Wow! Marvelous photo!

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Posted in: New streaming apps could boost citizens' journalism See in context

Let's all comment on how tired we are of people commenting on news!

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Posted in: Review: Google laptop impresses, but don't try it offline See in context

In the olden days, we would call it a thin client: a machine that serves as a terminal, while the actual computing happens across a network connection.

I'm not paying $999 for a thin client, if I can get an autonomous machine for less.

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Posted in: What are the three scariest movies you have ever seen? See in context

"Precious", "Supersize me" and "Poltergeist". I saw the last one as a kid.

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Posted in: Rakuten to accept bitcoin on global marketplaces See in context

This is big news. Price of bitcoin will go up again.

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Posted in: 'Englishisation' - Is it working? See in context

We didn't have this problem where I come from, because we never forced it and never called it "Englishization". If it sounds like a disease, of course people will avoid it.

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Posted in: Half a car See in context

Artists are the original SEO experts. Explaining their work in terms of popular topics to gain attention.

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Posted in: McDonald's Japan launches complaint app See in context

@fxgai AGREED. The fashion to make an app for any simple task is getting out of control. I'll make that my first complaint to McD.

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Posted in: Abe's robot panel aims to give drone industry an edge See in context

I hope the hentai chikan crowd doesn't get their hands on drones. Give it one case of a camera drone over an outdoor onsen and all drones will be declared illegal in Japan, or required to make beeping sounds.

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Posted in: Osaka railway creates superhero to attract foreign tourists See in context

As a foreigner, watching this movie, I felt the need to retract and contract. It seemed like the message was obstructed by the way the film was constructed. I found the soundtrack distracting, acting unattractive and the abstract story protracting needlessly. I hate to detract from their effort, but I did not feel attracted.

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Posted in: Done your homework? How to track your kids by smartphone See in context

Spying on your kids using technology instead of trust and face-to-face conversation isn't a good lesson to teach, is it?

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Posted in: Japanese 'pear fairy' Funassyi plots world domination See in context

Sounds like the plot of the "Black Mirror" episode: "The Waldo Moment"

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Posted in: Transport ministry to investigate how deer got on runway at New Chitose Airport See in context

Oh deer...

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Posted in: At your service See in context

Drones are cool.

Crocs are very dasai.

I'm confused by this photo.

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Posted in: Why your laptop battery won't kill you See in context

Sooo... why does Japan Post refuse to let me send an iPad offshore citing safety regulations regarding batteries?

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Posted in: Google selling wireless plans to get more people online See in context

"Pichai downplayed the competitive threat that Google might pose."

This is normal Google's strategy. They're downplaying their role in all markets they enter. Always pretending to be the underdog and just biting a small share of the pie. Just a search engine. It's all for the search. Ads? Yes, but only the on-line ads. Not a player in the advertising market. Phones? Nope, just giving hints to manufacturers. We're not here to start a fight. Just looking around.

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Posted in: Japan's old flip-phones soldier on while smartphones shrink See in context

Y! Mobile is offering smartphone contracts for ¥2500. Not the shiny new ones you would be proud to show around, but smart enough.

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Posted in: Fear of missing out drives Internet addiction in Japan See in context

There are undoubtedly cool comments about it, like: "Wow, nice fish!" or "Wow, I love fish!" You wouldn't want someone to miss all that, would you?

JT readers are looking at a picture of a college dude looking at a picture of a fish. There are some comments like "Life in Japan has even less quality to offer than in the rest of the world." and "It's a Japanese society thing" and "Wow, this is so meta." Are they missing out on something?

Wow, this is so meta.

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Posted in: Man's passport confiscated after he refuses to give up Syria travel plan See in context

Is it legal to fly to Turkey and take a bus to Syria?

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Posted in: 12-year-old idol singer in hospital after inhaling helium on TV Asahi program See in context

Helium is not toxic and doesn't cause any harm by itself. Oxygen deprivation is the dangerous thing. One helium balloon will change your voice. Breathe some air before you try the next one and you're fine.

It seems the girl was especially sensitive to lack of air, but that's no excuse for the show producers. If the label said "adults only", then it's on them.

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Posted in: Tuna born from mackerel: Japanese scientists develop surrogate tech to save threatened species See in context

I think you're being unfair, @GW.

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Posted in: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles See in context

I liked TMNT when I was 10, loved the movie that came out then (being the intended audience). I'm a bit apprehensive about this one. The faces on the Turtles... a bit on the wrong side of the uncanny valley.

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Posted in: Phone-hooked husbands neglect wives at their peril See in context

This article is a story of a couple bickering about food, with "smartphone" in the title to grab attention.

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Posted in: 'Ghostbusters' cast set with McCarthy, Wiig, McKinnon, Jones See in context

Well, it's unlikely that they cross the streams.

@donkusai, there ARE indie movies. You just don't see their posters, or trailers, or interviews with the cast, or huge opening nights etc.

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Posted in: It's a hoot hanging out with owls at this Tokyo cafe See in context

Expectation: moody atmosphere, exquisite coffee and a nice sofa next to a bookshelf full of Agatha Christie novels. Pet owl sleeping perched at the bar, where the mysterious owner is shining silverware.

Reality: crummy shop with a plastic fence. Christmas lights and paper cutouts amateurishly plastered on the walls. High entry fee and long line to take a selfie with some tortured-looking birds.

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Posted in: Topless page 3 returns to Britain's The Sun See in context

Let's not jump to conclusions. The article doesn't say if the topless model was female or male.

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