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Posted in: Solar plane waiting out weather front in Japan See in context

I'd say, enjoy the local culture and food while the bad weather lasts...

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Posted in: Sounds of science: Japan leads push for high-res audio See in context

No point in buying this stuff. Nobody hears the difference anyway: http://drewdaniels.com/audible.pdf Only for recording engineers this matters when working in the studio. Once you master it for release as either a CD or higher quality next to nobody (tests say probably nobody) is going to hear the difference between CD-quality and Hires.

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Posted in: Four ways Japanese isn’t the hardest language to learn See in context

Once you start to break up kanji in their component parts kanji learning becomes easy. I set up a special site to do just that: http://rtega.be/chmn/

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Posted in: Japan's whisky makers drum up global market for their drams See in context

I will buy anything advertised by Bill Murray

Yeah! For relaxing times, make it Suntory time! But honestly, Japanese whiskeys are really worth their money. The whiskey lovers here in Europe who've never heard about them really loved them when I gave them a taste.

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Posted in: Why the 50-yen coin has a hole and other fun facts about Japanese coins See in context

That Byodo-In is represented on the 10 yen coin is apparently lost on the author...

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Posted in: Boeing warns of engine icing risk on 747-8s, Dreamliners See in context

Princess SheilaNov. 24, 2013 - 01:16PM JST

Remeber the accident JAL flight 123 dont let it happen again.

JAL 123 went down because of bad maintenance.

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Posted in: Koizumi defends changing stance on nuclear power See in context

'The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water & breeds reptiles of the mind.' William Blake

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Posted in: World leaders who are actually leading See in context

So far, "Abenomics" is producing some impressive results.

The chances of it burning down the entire japanese economy are actually quite big.

Abe is young, ...

What did this guy smoke? I don't consider 58 to be particularly young.

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Posted in: Decontamination of Fukushima hotspots costly and complex See in context

thanks to the corrupt idiot fools in the LDP

During LDP's rules more and more is coming to the surface, it was DPJ which covered it all...

OK, but it was LDP which supervised the building and "inspection" of these things...

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Posted in: Japanese viewers go wild after TV show introduces mackerel as possible slimming product See in context

"Eat to weigh less." There's an oxymoron somewhere in the previous sentence.

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Posted in: Cherished 'Start' button returning to Windows software See in context

Been using Ubuntu/Linux for years and haven't had any of the problems (virus/malware/interface idiocy/bloat/you-name-it) that everybody complains about for years in Windows.

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Posted in: Why you shouldn’t learn Japanese See in context

You can say the most profound thing ever in Japanese, make the funniest joke, talk about the earth being taken over by space robots, whatever — and all you’ll get back is “Heeeeey.” But say any stupid thing off the top of your head in English and everybody will bust up laughing. English is a pretty upbeat language; Japanese, eh, not so much.

Strange, over the 10 years that I've been visiting Japan this never happened to me (apart from drunk men in izakaya's). Maybe you talk to the wrong people in Japan?

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Posted in: Microsoft slams Google on 'proper' YouTube app See in context

I repeat: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." M$ is apparently in the one but last stage.

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Posted in: Microsoft ads deride Google as bad place to shop See in context

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."

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Posted in: Who do cabin crew think is the perfect passenger? See in context

I'd like to see a similar survey of what makes the perfect air steward. Bottom of the list would be the snotty woman on Air Italia who when I dared, 5 hours into a flight from Narita to Rome, asked could she bring me a beer, snapped back "No, it's not drinking time". It was 5.00 PM Japan time.

You shouldn't fly Alitalia if you want service.

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Posted in: 100 mil will die by 2030 if world fails to act on climate See in context

The sky has been falling since humanity has existed and there's always a subset of the population that believes it and runs around like chickens with their heads cut off.

Except in this case nobody is running around... Everybody seems to carry on business as usual. I think it will probably only weigh in when some western countries start to be affected. By then it'll be way too late.

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Posted in: Espresso journey provides unique coffee experience at world’s first Starbucks pop-up store See in context

What kind of junk is this? "supreme espresso experience" and Starbucks in the same sentence smells like ***t. Never drunk a coffee at Starbucks that's worth it's name.

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Posted in: Nuclear safety boosted to help avert another Fukushima See in context

Funny how the nuclear industry always talks about "progress" without detailing what it constitutes. For an industry known to hide facts most of the time, this doesn't sound very encouraging.

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Posted in: Who needs a license? Self-driving cars coming our way See in context

Can't wait for it to happen so I can spend all that lost time behind the wheel on reading some books.

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Posted in: Ikea to launch budget hotel chain See in context

You will probably be expected to make your own bed. Halfway through the night your going to fall through your bed. It's all part of the Ikea experience.

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Posted in: Bullying – the problem that won’t go away See in context

Punishment seldomly brakes this cycle.

Then expel him/her. The problem is that they are together within a closed system.

Thus making him/her feel even worse and in the other school everything is simply going to start over. Chances are that the bullied pupil is simply going to be bullied by others.

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Posted in: Bullying – the problem that won’t go away See in context

MasterBapeAug. 03, 2012 - 09:05AM JST

sillygirl and movieguy, couldn't agree more.

That's where the problem lies.

Bullying exists in every country, but it's usually because of problems kids/adults have in their own lives and then make someones life a misery by taking it out on them, which is bullying.

As one who has been bullied myself I can tell you you are spot on. This problem is usually not solved by the teacher trying to intervene too much publicly. It usually makes the problem worse. The person bullying then sees that what he is doing actually has effect and in effect encourages him to bully more. Punishing won't help either. They will take their battle "underground".

The problem is seldomly looked upon from both sides. The person bullying is, for some reason feeling bad himself because he/she doesn't have control of his own life (I've seen no exceptions in my life) and tries to feel better by wielding power over somebody else. The person bullied is usually a quite sensitive person. When being bullied he/she is going to immediately show that he doesn't like so the person bullying immediately sees that he is having power over that person and is encouraged to go on.

Punishment seldomly brakes this cycle.

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Posted in: New resident's cards run into technical glitch on first day See in context

Let me guess: the system was "developped" by Accenture?

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Posted in: 46 things that surprise foreigners in Japan See in context

The fruit is really delicious (There’s a lot of cross breeding)

Why this one got the second spot is beyond me. Where I live, fruit is a lot more delicious than it is in Japan. All fruit that you can get in other countries seems to have the same bland taste in Japan. Apart from tropic fruit, there's imho not much fruit to be cherished in Japan.

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Posted in: Einstein was right, neutrino researchers admit See in context

“If this result at CERN is proved to be right, and particles are found to travel faster than the speed of light, then I am prepared to eat my shorts, live on TV,” Jim Al-Khalili, a professor of theoretical physics at Britain’s University of Surrey, declared at the time.

What a pity we couldn't find fault in the theory then ;)

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Posted in: Under Microsoft, Skype aims for one billion users See in context

As long as they stick to using Linux-servers for running Skype it will probably survive. If they somehow get the idea in their head to move everything over to Windows I can see Skype go the way Hotmail went after the acquisition by M$. It'll be braindead in a few years.

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Posted in: Diet begins debate on new nuclear regulatory agency See in context

The major problem with such an agency is that practically all people in Japan who are experts on Nuclear energy are tied to the nuclear industry. The same holds for most of the nuclear experts in the world.

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Posted in: Software piracy costs record $63.4 billion in 2011: study See in context

Washington-based BSA is a non-profit trade body that works for copyright protection and counts among its members some of the world’s biggest technology companies, including Apple, Microsoft, Symantec and Adobe.

Haha, non-profit my *ss...

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Posted in: Efficiency can't replace nuclear power See in context

Given that nuclear power is zero carbon-emitting, a phase-out will only make climate action, already lagging scientists’ warnings, more difficult.

When will people stop promoting this fallacy. Nuclear is absolutely not zero carbon emitting. The cost of mining Uranium (in third world countries), transporting it, working it up, processing it after it has been used, cleaning up the stuff and storing it for 10.000 years actually emits carbon. Nobody ever dared to make a study so we don't exactly know. Neither is this cost taken into account when talking about the so called cheapness of nuclear energy. Talking about a skewed discussion...

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