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Posted in: Going back home See in context

NetNinja

Louis Pasteur would be more appropriate...

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Posted in: Going back home See in context

The suits are just to keep irradiated particles from sticking to their clothing and following them outside of the contaminated area. The area they're going to is not that heavily irradiated, so they should be more or less safe with even those masks. Probably not effective for a long time stay, but for an in and out event it's better than nothing.

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Posted in: Insular Toyota should listen to outsiders See in context

Amazing how many Japanese "multi-national" companies have almost no foreigners in significant positions here at HQ.

Yay Nissan!

Although Sony sure takes a lot of heat even with Stringer around.

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Posted in: Heavy load See in context

I think they got the boat off the building last week, had to use two cranes to do it. This picture is incredible, amazing to see the scale of the recovery efforts.

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Posted in: Disasters send Japanese economy back into recession See in context

lovejapan21

I bought a new computer... did it help?

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Posted in: Sony resumes part of PlayStation services in U.S., Europe See in context

been using prepaid cards from the beginning, and all of my info was false (er, sorry sony, we're even now)

Bring back the network, I just got Portal 2!

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Posted in: Do you think Prime Minister Naoto Kan made the right decision when he asked Chubu Electric to shut down the Hamaoka nuclear plant which stands in an area where a magnitude-8 earthquake is strongly pro See in context

I thought the number was closer to 15-20, wasn't it?

Most of the electricity here comes from Gas, imported from...Bolivia, maybe?

If anyone can prove or disprove this I'm fine either way, I recall hearing it on TV, might have got it wrong.

Moderator: Back on topic please. You haven't answered the question.

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Posted in: Sony resumes part of PlayStation services in U.S., Europe See in context

When will it be online again here?

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Posted in: Norika Fujiwara touts kiwifruit See in context

YongYang

Agree completely!

(Ate kiwifruit yesterday. Article possibly related)

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Posted in: Facebook-Google rivalry intensifies with PR fiasco See in context

Facebook does have legs, but that also gives it vulnerability. The youth, those who are most valuable for advertisers and always hungry for something new, will not want to be in the same online place as their grandparents, parents, and teachers. There will always be a counterculture online that seeks the next big thing, and FB needs to appeal to that group, not just now, but also in the next few years. Since the net has began, there has never been one single site that maintained popularity and innovation forever.

Remember, Google is in business of selling ads, and they do that very well. Facebook is in the business of selling you.

If that doesn't scare you, you should take another look at their business model.

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Posted in: For smartphones, what's too big or small? See in context

I don't think any smartphone has a really good battery, more of a case of processor and screen technology outstripping energy storage technology.

If you're worried, eneloop sells a pretty nifty rechargeable USB charger that is good for a whole weekend of recharges for only about 5,000 Yen. Get one of those and use it as much as you like.

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Posted in: Facebook-Google rivalry intensifies with PR fiasco See in context

I think being bought by MS might be the end of Skype. Wonder what "improvements" will come out?

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Posted in: Facebook-Google rivalry intensifies with PR fiasco See in context

Papigiulio:

AOL at one time marketed themselves with "there's the internet, and then there's AOL"

They made billions, merged with TimeWarner, seemed to be an unstoppable juggernaut that some predicted would replace the web as the online experience of choice. And now, nearly gone (they still exist as a content provider, but a shadow of their former self)

Sound familiar?

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Posted in: For smartphones, what's too big or small? See in context

Nice try HTC shill! iPhone forever!!!

(kidding, Android user. Great phone, loads of useful apps)

The only thing we lack is the sheer number of games on iOS, but that's getting better every week.

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Posted in: Facebook-Google rivalry intensifies with PR fiasco See in context

Papigiulio:

Tell that to AOL.

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Posted in: Bin Laden's diary shows he was looking for new targets, big body count: U.S. See in context

Couldn't it have been anyone's sandal? Was it monogrammed?

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Posted in: Government red tape, cock-ups slow disaster recovery, aggravate victims See in context

miamum,

Sorry, the mods deleted my explanation of SNAFU. Let me try again:

Situation Normal: All (insert bad word here) Up

Military slang from WW2, I think.

Moderator: Back on topic please.

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Posted in: Government red tape, cock-ups slow disaster recovery, aggravate victims See in context

I can't believe people, especially government, are still using fax machines! Has there been a timeslip to 1991 or something?!

Believe it or not, it has much to do with privacy laws. Lots of documents can't be transmitted by email without encryption, which is troublesome to set up for all users. Fax machines sidestep the issue and are generally quite reliable. Add to that the fact that every office has one, and you can see how they would stay in place. Heck, they're still using hankos...

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Posted in: 'Talent' Miyu Uehara dead after apparently hanging herself at home See in context

Killing yourself because you hadn't found true love by 24?

I hope there's more, because that's depressing to hear. Possibly an undiagnosed or unnoticed mental condition, poor girl. I hope this tragedy opens some more eyes to the dangers of depression.

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Posted in: Long, polite briefings reflect Japanese crisis style See in context

What, exactly, does the reporter want? Not enough detail? It's a cover up! Too much detail? Cut it down! Highly technical information delivered in dull and excruciating detail? Heaven forbid!

I'm with Smorkian on this, how can a briefing on an out of control nuclear disaster (two months after the incident) focus on anything but technical details? It's not like they can jazz this up for the public, this is a very long, tedious process that is far more about engineering, chemistry and physics than it is about human interest.

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Posted in: Tokyo Girls Collection See in context

USARonin

That woman doesn't age well. The one on the right is very attractive, though.

You owe me a new keyboard!

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Posted in: Could Fukushima provide catalyst for Japanese youth to reach criticality? See in context

Not quite sure I agree with the beginning of this article, how does nuclear power equate to a repressive government? Yes, many people here would do better by taking a more active role in politics/the world, but the author seems to imply that it is only by standing up to nuclear power that their voices will be heard. I'd like to see a lot more initiatives taken by the populace before worrying about nuclear power.

To begin with, would be good to develop more interest in voting, work at fielding actual candidates with actual initiatives, then work at creating a more entrepreneurial culture for people to create their own bright futures.

Stating that anti-nuke rallies are their best way to achieve "criticality" is a false dichotomy at best and nonsense at worst.

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Posted in: Apple upgrades iMacs with quad-core processors See in context

Does anyone know if the Apple stores are carrying them yet? Was going to head down to Ginza today anyways, might be nice to finally pick up a new toy. My five year old macbook is getting a little long in the tooth...

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Posted in: May Day See in context

JeffLee

Maybe they're related. Do you think the cops would make trouble for their brothers, fathers, and uncles?

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Posted in: Sony says stolen PlayStation credit data encrypted See in context

@Toddo

Pick up Mass Effect II or Uncharted (1 or 2), neither of them need PSN access and are a good way to kill a good chunk of Golden Week.

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Posted in: Obama releases full birth certificate to end controversy See in context

Donald Trump or his company has declared bankruptcy HOW many times? You want this guy in charge of your fiscal policy?

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Posted in: Obama releases full birth certificate to end controversy See in context

I think President Obama played this masterfully, he let the birthers froth at the mouths for years, while us moderates looked on in dismay as the lunatic fringe of the right went more and more crazy. Trump can play this up as a victory, but now he looks like Geraldo Riviera standing outside Al Capone's bank vault; lots of hype, no payoff.

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Posted in: Sony unveils tablet to compete with Apple offerings See in context

Does it have the personal identity theft app? That's the one I'm waiting for...

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Posted in: Vets to enter evacuation zone to deal with abandoned animals See in context

@kittyjump

Cows have been bred for centuries to provide more and more milk than necessary. Without human intervention (or lots of baby cows) they continue producing milk with no method of removing it. I don't think the whole cow "bloats", but the udders do. When they rupture, dead cow.

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Posted in: Evacuation zone widened beyond 20 kms from nuclear plant See in context

BurakuminDes

The SDF were probably (hopefully?) all busy working to help the tsunami/earthquake victims. I feel bad for the animals, but in this situation I think the priorities were pretty clear.

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