Pestronika comments

Posted in: Are you going to buy an e-reader or do you already have one? See in context

It's called an iPhone. Just download the Knidle app.

I own a Kindle and an iPhone. I have great eyes and am generally patient, but I HATE reading on the Kindle for iPhone app. Screen is too small, you need to flip pages too often, eyes get very very tired (which they don't do with the Kindle proper). It's better than nothing, but it's not very enjoyable.

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Posted in: Are you going to buy an e-reader or do you already have one? See in context

It's called an iPhone. Just download the Knidle app.

I own a Kindle and an iPhone. I have great eyes and am generally patient, but I HATE reading on the Kindle for iPhone app. Screen is too small, you need to flip pages too often, eyes get very very tired (which they

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Posted in: Lumix SLR digital camera See in context

It's a mirrorless camera, not an SLR! Please correct this, it looks silly to call this an SLR when the body isn't even thick enough to have a mirror.

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Posted in: 'Shallow-brained bureaucrats' crackdown on love hotels unlikely to thwart teen prostitution See in context

I think it's frightening that young girls, who are not impoverished, would even think of selling their body for money.

It's more bizarre than frightening, I think.

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Posted in: In malt we trust See in context

Our government is completely screwed up, but at least they let people make decent, real beer.

Plenty of great beer in Japan, dude. It's not all Super Dry and happoshu.

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Posted in: Bright and early See in context

It's interesting, but the HDR is a bit overdone I think. I like HDR that enhances the emotion of the image. Graphically this is interesting but I don't think the blended exposure adds any meaning to the image.

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Posted in: Golden girl See in context

I always like her. She's got personality, and of course she is a winner!

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Posted in: Apple's iTunes music store starts selling Beatles songs See in context

People who oppose file sharing are the same people who have been brainwashed by their governments into believing that everyone should pay as much income tax as possible.

Amazing the lengths people will go to justify their greed, isn't it? If you want to loan music to a friend, support DRM-free music or lend your CDs. But just pilfering it off the net? No different than not liking the prices on Vuitton so buying fakes instead. Not the worst crime on the planet but not something you should pin on your chest as a badge of honor, either.

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Posted in: Actress Sayuri Kokusho celebrates Y1 mil lottery win See in context

A rich person won the lottery.

Why does everyone assume she is rich? She's not eikaiwa-sensei poor but she may not be rich, either.

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Posted in: Steamy 'Glee' GQ pics have many steaming See in context

Stupid controversy. Why would little kids be looking at GQ? The actresses are 24 which puts them way, way beyond any question of whether or not it's 'appropriate' to pose for such pictures (as if it's anyone's decision but theirs to begin with).

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Posted in: Why are girl bands and glamour groups like AKB48, SKE48, Morning Musume and Miniskirt Police so popular in Japan? See in context

because the demographic for such things are teenagers that have no idea what they want, who they are or what is tasteful or talented, so they just follow what images re sold to them through media sources and peer pressure.

Or, alternatively (this is the "I don't hate young people" interpretation) - maybe the people who like these girl groups have their own tastes, and those who don't find these girl groups enjoyable have their own reasons. One person's impeccable taste is another person's pile of crap.

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Posted in: Why are girl bands and glamour groups like AKB48, SKE48, Morning Musume and Miniskirt Police so popular in Japan? See in context

Fun music, lots of cute girls. It's escapism.

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Posted in: Maid to order See in context

Are you serious? All I see is a (little) girl's legs and I don't get what is special about that.

She's quite obviously not a little girl. Japanese women tend to have thin legs and she's wearing 6 inch heels to boot. That doesn't make her a 'little girl'.

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Posted in: Maid to order See in context

Until this girl turns around all i can see is a maid.

Um, I think those heels give away that she's not actually a maid.

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Posted in: One man’s culinary paradise is another’s cultural wasteland See in context

I've had plenty of nice Thai, Chinese, and Korean food here. It's not sold at Family Mart. You need to go to the places where the Thai, Chinese, and Korean people go. You know, just like you do everywhere else in the world!

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Posted in: In Triumph See in context

Lovely, um, picture. Quite healthy lasses!

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Posted in: Eminent Domain laws in Japan notoriously weak See in context

Good. Add this to the list of the many things I like about Japan.

Oh, it's difficult for the government to take away people's property? Waaaaah big developers! It SHOULD be virtually impossible to do.

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Posted in: Make way for the Butt Police See in context

How is this a band-aid solution?

-Don't smoke on the street where not permitted by law -You can smoke in private businesses

How reasonable! A private business can allow smokers should it so choose (and plenty do ban smoking completely). Non-smokers can choose to avoid these private businesses should they not like the smoke. Non-smokers cannot easily avoid smokers on the public streets.

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Posted in: In Japan, the customer is not king See in context

You can get plenty of friendly, personal service in Japan. I wouldn't expect it at a burger joint or a chain coffee shop, but try going to a small, family-owned store, or a local izakaya, or a small bookstore and you'll get taken care or really well.

I don't know why people would try to get something outside the norm from a fast food place. What do you expect? The person you are working with is a hourly paid baito worker who only cares about their job to the extent the manager wants them to. The manager doesn't care about doing anything outside the normal. I don't know why this would be surprising to anyone. If you got to McDonalds in Canada do you expect them to serve stuff that isn't on the menu?

There's plenty of cases where I can get frustrated by customer service in Japan. There's a much higher percentage of cases in my experience in other countries than Japan. If you want to focus on the bad experiences instead of the overall good ones, then I suppose you can go through life with that sort of negative outlook.

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Posted in: Mos Burger See in context

Don't write about her age in English. It does my head in when someone translates something into English, who really is NOT native. Am I suppose to remember her age and why so? What is this topic about again? Oh yeah it someone who is selling a hamburger and she's 37 years old.

My, someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed! It's nice to know someone's age, and it's standard practice in Japan, in either English or Japanese.

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Posted in: Domino's Pizza launches English website See in context

It'd be better if it weren't a horrible tasting pizza. It always tastes like cheese on cardboard, especially if you have leftover pizza.

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Posted in: Miniskirt Police recruit new members See in context

Daisuki desu !!!!.. why cant we have this in America?... Waaaaaa !!!

You don't have models in costumes or miniskirts in America?

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Posted in: How does your workplace deal with the issue of passive smoking? See in context

What issue? People don't smoke in the office. They go to the smoking lounge where it doesn't affect anyone but busybodies.

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Posted in: New Lumix boasts world’s fastest auto focus See in context

This is NOT an SLR! Would the people who write tech articles kindly learn what terms mean before writing? Interchangeable lenses =/= SLR.

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Posted in: Paris Hilton leaves for U.S. after being denied entry into Japan See in context

OH Please let her get to KL with some of her habit and then we can all stop hearing about this bubble headed spoiled brat. Let her be made an example of that money won't let you get away with breaking laws. Please KL. End our misery.

Geez, folks! If you don't like her don't pay attention to her. Why do you have to wish her to rot in jail for years?

I doubt she's a bad person, just another stupid celebrity. Ignore her like you ignore all the others.

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Posted in: Seattle cartoonist goes into hiding on FBI advice See in context

Muslims need to get their priorities in order.

The threat isn't from Muslims, it's from a really insane faction only. The vast majority of Muslims don't support killing of people like this.

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Posted in: Seattle cartoonist goes into hiding on FBI advice See in context

Quran forbids ANY decpiction of Mohammed in either pictorial, audio, etc format.

Not true. Shiites allow depictions of Mohammed. It's everyone else who doesn't.

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Posted in: U.S. airlines squeezed as Haneda goes international See in context

pestronika..... check again, its Seoul.

Link? Because very few non Korean airlines hub through Seoul, AFAIK.

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Posted in: U.S. airlines squeezed as Haneda goes international See in context

I believe Seoul has the status as Asia's main hub.

I'm pretty sure it would be either Narita or Hong Kong.

And the train to Narita takes 36 minutes from Nippori with the new Keisei line, not 1 hour.

Late night slots to the US are GREAT - I don't know why anyone would complain. I can work a full day before taking a flight to the US if I ever need to go. Now I lose a full day by having to take one of those stupid mid day flights - there are no other options to the US from Narita.

I love these late flights!

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Posted in: Microsoft's Xbox ready for bigger battle in Japan See in context

I remember in 2003 the XBOX was selling less than Game Boy colors that were no longer being produced. They were selling approx 350 consoles a week in the whole of Japan. They are biased against forign gaming products in Japan. The Sinclair PC and Atari consoles lack of succss in 70s and 80s clearly shows this.

They are not. Sinclair, really? It sold like crap in the US, too - does that make the US biased against British electronics? The Atari 2800 was released late here and there were a bunch of other consoles already on the market at the time, that's why it wasn't a success.

As for the 360's disappointing start in Japan - did you SEE any of their original ads here? They wouldn't have sold in the US either with that ad campaign. Couple that with absurdly high failure rates and it's not a recipe for success.

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