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Posted in: It's a denial of democracy if just that many protesters would be enough to decide the will of the nation. The number of voters in Japan is 100 million. The protesters in front of the Diet would be not See in context

Unfortunately he's right.

The apathy that the Japanese have to vote speaks louder in a democracy than their enthusiastic protests

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Posted in: Microsoft to launch Windows 10 on July 29 See in context

XP was relatively stable, but I can't recall how many times I needed to reinstall that system after it started grinding slowly after a few years of use... no it wasn't as good as 7 in my opinion.

Windows Vista was an unmitigated disaster.

As a long time Windows user, I can safely say that Windows 7 has been the most stable and functional.

Technically Windows 8 was a further refinement - if it weren't for the god-awful Start screen.

Windows 10 should be similar to Windows 7, but Microsoft is pushing to get this out the door in time.... that means it will likely be quite buggy when it arrives, but what I've seen holds promise. People looking to upgrade from 7 have a year to do so for free. My advice is that if you want system stability, wait until around May next year to make the switch.

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Posted in: Group says 'American Sniper' film spurs threats against Muslims See in context

It's almost laughable that propaganda to get people to join the military, or at least hate a particular enemy, is being lauded as Oscar worthy. Just like Dark Zero Thirty... Just like the Hurt Locker...

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Posted in: France arrests 54 in crackdown on hate speech; Charlie Hebdo's new issue sells out See in context

Islam is not something that you can appease. If you are nice to them and try to avoid offending, they will still come after you anyway.

Just go to any Muslim majority country and talk with the minority Christian or other religious group. You have whole villages running religious apartheid (complete with signs), dividing the place up. The demoralized minority wouldn't and doesn't dare harass the Muslims, but they are persecuted regardless by baseless rumours threatening to burn their houses down. All the houses end up getting marked, passover style, into muslim/non-muslim, to the point where Christians hang Quranic verses on their wall to ward away threats.

... and I witnessed this in so-called "moderate" Indonesia.

When there are no more Christians to persecute, then Muslims turn on themselves... calling each other apostates.

So please world media, post more Mohammed cartoons. Nothing to lose, and everything to gain.

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Posted in: Apple sued for promising more available storage space than it actually delivers See in context

Because the marketers use a numbers trick on people. For example, when something has 1000 MB - the packaging marketers call it 1 GB. But in computer terms, 1 GB is actually 1024 MB (digital means using the power of 2, y'see, 2 4 8 16 32 64 128 256 512 1024). Now do the same from KB to TB and so on and so on. Nifty trick, huh

1GB = 1000MB, whereas the more technically correct 1GiB = 1024MB (the while gibibyte thing is a recent invention to avoid this issue)

This lawsuit against Apple is peanuts compared to dealing with large enterprise storage vendors.

Modern SAN systems do all sorts of useful things that further blur the lines beyond a simple issue of format overhead and OS installation. You have RAID levels in multi-drive configurations, parity groups, thin provisioning (essentially getting the system to promise more storage than it may not actually have), and then filesystem snapshots and virtual copies that use the thin provisioning.

The large vendors have teams trying to explain how this all works to enterprise customers - and have it try and make business sense the next time they need to plunk down huge wads of cash to buy 20+ TB of disk space, while only able to use 10TB of it

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Posted in: Many Japanese women’s new image of the ideal man See in context

Once of the first accusations to fly from Japanese women is the standard "you must be drunk", or "you are a playboy", or insinuating that you are so sure of yourself, or have everything planned in advance for the date - anticipating on eventual success. In fact, the who "low ego" thing seems to be fairly common with Chinese women as well.

In reality though, these women are unbearable themselves. They act predictably entitled and arrogant, while accusing of the same based on zero information. It's their skewed perception that is unfortunately their reality - and once the accusations start, they crash an otherwise pleasant interaction. You just have to walk away, because you can't get anywhere with them.

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Posted in: Halloween in Shibuya See in context

Japan loves cosplay. Halloween is cosplay. Enough said.

Although there was a huge mess on the streets on Shibuya come early morning that needed cleaning up. Lots of Japanese people felt shame because of that. It's not like it was in a controlled environment where people were being paid to clean the area up. It was in front of Shibuya businesses.

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Posted in: Survey reveals chance of marrying your first love in Japan See in context

@Reckless

This quaint notion that humans stay together in monogamous relationships forever, and that there is "someone for everyone" is a myth perpetuated by society.

In reality, approximately 20% of the men mate with 80% of the women.

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Posted in: Apple iPhone a threat to national security: Chinese media See in context

Oh the irony of the Chinese state broadcaster going under the acronym "CCTV"

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Posted in: The end of poverty? See in context

It's not greed that is the issue. It has nothing to do with money and everything to do with the population growing and limited resources.

Some people are going to miss out, because people breed what they cannot feed, and then get angry at people with money for not giving them free handouts. When they are given work, they always want more. This is their justification for looting the rich.

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Posted in: Sony still a Walkman in an iPad age See in context

On the TV front, Sony is having it's lunch eaten for it by LG and the Koreans.

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Posted in: Women vent their anger toward mothers, husbands See in context

LOL. Why on earth would you say that on your wedding day.

Absolutely. A bit late to discover that he was set-up to be a slave to two women. She should have run away from the wedding.

Husbands are guilty of many sins toward their wives, and are hated for many reasons.

If they're guilty of not making enough money, not giving all of it to their wife, not doing what they are told, not spending time with their wife, or arguing too much, not saying "I love you" enough and being deliriously happy with their poor treatment, then they're guilty of trying to get away from their slave-driving wives.

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Posted in: Advice from Japanese women on dealing with boyfriend’s anime girlfriend See in context

Dont get an anime boyfriend, get a real man,

The problem is that "real men" have competing real girlfriends.

I feel a little sorry for Japanese women. They want a guy rich, smart, and attractive to give them everything... and yet stupid enough to ignore the fact that there are lots of women out there to "play the field" with when you have that much attention coming towards you.

That would mean for women to.... gasp.... treat men as real people and as friends, and not as brainwashed money-making slaves for women to manipulate.

...but once that happens,... there goes the neigborhood!

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Posted in: Advice from Japanese women on dealing with boyfriend’s anime girlfriend See in context

Replace "anime girlfriend" with any other male hobby that absorbs his time, attention, and money, and women will still find reason to complain. It's not good enough that the man spends some of his time, attention and money on her. She wants ALL of it.... otherwise, what's the point of the relationship? ;)

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Posted in: RIKEN splashed cash on luxury furniture to use up budget: magazine See in context

This comes as no surprise.

I did a stint as as sysadmin at a RIKEN facility about ten years ago, and when it came time to empty the budget out, the people responsible bought a whole rack of computer servers that they didn't need... only to discover that the data centre didn't have enough electrical capacity to power them on. So they just sat there!

Wish they gave me a pay rise instead, but they didn't, so I left...

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Posted in: Disappointed Abe says Japan will abide by ruling on whaling See in context

The win here for Abe is if he can spin this around and put China's claims over the Senkaku's in perspective.

If Japan can show that it will follow the rule of law, China loses a few legs to stand on by claiming ownership over the islands. Japan can say "Well, take your case to the ICJ" knowing full well that China would fail to make a compelling case.

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Posted in: Japanese restaurants in New York introduce ban on tipping See in context

Service is generally pretty crap in the US, and the gall of some of the service staff to DEMAND tips in the face of a bored, angry, and disinterested waitress/waiter/taxi driver is basically a slap in the face - or at least it feels that way to me.

Best places for service stateside is at the upscale places where a service charge is included in the bill. Go figure.

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Posted in: China consumer TV show targets camera maker Nikon See in context

Well, that's one way the Chinese can encourage their citizens to buy Chinese. I'm pretty sure that trashing popular foreign brands is pretty underhanded though. The irony is of course, the multiple issues that Chinese products have. Tomes have been written about that.

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Posted in: Mini-skirt turbulence at Skymark Airlines See in context

All I have to say is, that if you make women feel bad about looking sexy, they'll stop doing it, and you'll miss out.

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Posted in: How come Japanese couples don't say "I love you" to each other as often as their Western counterparts? See in context

They don't say it because the women don't really love the men (men are supposed to be out there working hard doing and making money for her, no need to lie to them about loving them to keep them going), and the men don't say it to the women because they've figured out that women really don't care about them, and saying it to them would be pretty stupid.

Incidentally, scientific studies show that women are more likely than men to lie about their feelings with "I love you" if they ever say it, and if a man says it to her, she loses respect for the said man. Once a woman has captured a man's heart, she has completed her conjugal goal and further interactions seem pointless to her, so she loses interest. I need to dig out the references, but they are out there.

Besides, the Japanese are non-primitive, highly civilized, highly rational and highly pragmatic. They are beyond most primitive outbursts of emotion.... except when drunk ;)

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Posted in: Yamato deliveryman kept 2,723 packages at home because he was 'too busy' to deliver them See in context

That's one way to "Go POSTAL"!

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Posted in: Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox looks into criminal complaint See in context

Se... the problem is that Bitcoin isn't backed by any government, or any army, or an array of warheads. That means when an exchange broker goes boom, there is no recourse whatsoever.

...and people who lost their money on bitcoins, I just want to say that currency trading is a difficult task, and over 90% of traders lose money due to their greed, fear, inexperience, and ignorance. Also you have to choose well capitalised and regulated brokers who can afford to pay you out and not shaft you.

In currency trading, your first lesson is that you do not trade with money you cannot afford to lose, and secondly that all money you give to the broker is effectively their money until you file for a withdrawl. You may as well kiss it goodbye until then (but you probably won't if you're in the 90% loser category - you'll just margin your account out)

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Posted in: Head of Mt Gox bitcoin exchange says he is still in Japan See in context

This guy basically ran a brokerage. Typically these things abide by financial laws in certain countries (if you're talking about FX for example)... and "bucket shops" who don't even execute their clients' trades, expecting them to lose money.... and when a rare trader actually make a LOT of money, they don't have the capitalization to offer a payout.

I have to wonder a few things. If the bitcoins were "stolen", then it was basically a computer crime of some sort.... but I wonder if it's just a cover for the aforementioned master trader coming along and draining it that way.

The next thing I wonder is what laws in Japan would apply to bitcoin, if any. Financial instruments are regulated.... so if he was trading equities for example, right now he would be off to the slammer.....but this is bitcoin and doesn't really "exist" in the strict sense, nor is it legally recognised in any way.

Would he go to jail? ... or would the fact that there are no laws surrounding bitcoin enable him to pack his suitcase and walk out of the country unhindered?

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Posted in: Japan probing bitcoin exchange after huge reported theft See in context

Undercapitalized bucketshop broker shuts up shop. ... probably destroyed by a competant currency trader.

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Posted in: Sony says PlayStation4 sales exceed 5.3 million See in context

Why bother with wanting backwards compatibility when you already own the old console anyway? I suppose it means you don't get to sell the old one and it clutters your AV cabinet... but so what, really

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Posted in: High school girl stabbed to death; 35-year-old man turns himself in See in context

Until the couple are married the man cannot possess the woman. Just my rules.

A man cannot "possess" a woman. Period. If you're hoping that any of that changes in marriage, then you're better off avoiding marriage.

Honestly, men are better off just avoiding relationships with women beyond the first romp in the bedroom. Just do your business and then get out of their way. If they want to stick around, they'll make the effort themselves. Men aren't supposed to be domesticated.

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Posted in: Australia, Toyota at odds over manufacturing halt See in context

I'm afraid that's it. It's the unions in Australia followed by the lunatic left that is rogering the country.

...but that's Australian politics for you. The left come into power and bankrupt the country. The right then come in and make the hard decisions to rescue the country's finances... but eventually they become so hated for their tough decisions, that once the country gets back in the black, the populace are praying for the left to come back in again and splash the money around again. Then they bankrupt the country again.... Rinse, wash, repeat.

That's why Australia can never seem to get ahead in any big way.

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Posted in: Masuzoe says he wants to make Tokyo No. 1 city in world See in context

People in Tokyo are too busy working to think about politics, and it almost seems as if the media doesn't tell anyone where and when to vote on these issues.

In the end, it seems to me that the only people who have time and inclination to vote are... old pensioners.

Most everyone else working is too busy and apathetic.

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Posted in: N Korea calls Abe 'Asian Hitler' See in context

This is not even "Pot calling kettle black"

This is "pot calling shiny mirror black"

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Posted in: Foreigners reveal when they felt they really 'got this whole Japan thing' See in context

I only really got Japan after I left.

People kept saying to me "Grow up, and come back home to the real world, and away from that fantasy land" ...and when I did, I realised something. The real world can be a sucky place without multiple levels of feigned politeness, and Japan was more mature than the rest of the world gave it credit for.

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