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Posted in: Do you think smartphones are becoming too complicated with too many functions? See in context

I think the opposite is true. A regular Japanese keitai is a lot more complicated to use, and they have a lot of functions that people just don't use, whether they are too difficult to use, or just not something they want to use. Smartphones allow the user to pick what applications or functions their phone will have, so they are easier to use and more useful to the owner of the phone.

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

The news has stated that she had told her father that she wanted to go where her mother was. She was depressed because of the death of her mother. Something must have happened with her boyfriend which acted as a trigger. A sad story, she seemed like a nice person.

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Posted in: Amazon offers free online movies to Prime members See in context

It would probably work if you had a US ip address. I use a free one called Hotspot Shield to watch HULU. I heard that it worked with Netflix, but I haven't tried it. Do a search for free vpn service.

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Posted in: Japan may send chatty humanoid tweet-bot to space station See in context

But will it be able to do the knife trick like Bishop...

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Posted in: Diet soda tied to stroke risk, but reasons unclear See in context

I had a case of reverse culture shock when I went back to the States and saw rather large people ordering cake and diet soda, like it would make a difference. I guess they think that since they are "saving" calories by drinking diet soda, they can afford to eat whatever they want. The cake or other food is what's killing these people, not the soda. Completely agree with JeffLee. You can't really compare water drinkers to soda drinkers, probably completely different lifestyles.

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Posted in: Monster cyclone pummels northeast Australian coast See in context

There are always idiots during a storm. Hope that everyone comes out alright.

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Posted in: Japan lifts Asian Cup with 1-0 win over Australia See in context

I watched the game with the sound off. It was great. I agree with Ironchef about Cahill. What a whiner. Also, do you think the Australina player who drove his shoulder into Kawashima while he had his arms up catching the ball? The ref didn't see it, but it is pretty blatant on the videos I saw.

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Posted in: A journey into the world of movies See in context

You do have to wonder about a theme park that has a big attraction based on Waterworld....

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Posted in: Tensions high after North, South Korea trade shelling See in context

1 dead on the SK side. No word on NK casualties from SK 80 shell response.

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

She's actually not that rich. She's working hard to remain in the entertainment industry, because her only real claim to fame is having been a member of the Onyanko Club. Not necessarily a talented member, but a member nonetheless. Lucky to have won the lottery. I'm still waiting...

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Posted in: Nao Matsushita to play detective in Fuji TV drama See in context

Yes, a great musician and good actress. By the way, since it is listed under entertainment news, I would say it IS news.

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Posted in: Burger King's Stacker See in context

This is all well and good, I would just be happy if there were a Burger King in Hiroshima. When are they gonna expand?

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Posted in: Pocket AM/FM radio See in context

Perhaps the "better" volume settings means it can go up to eleven, whereas before they could only go up to ten...

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Posted in: Berry fruit mix juice See in context

Still, it is refreshing to be able to get 100% fruit juice rather than 10% fruit juice and sugar water.

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Posted in: Yahoo to upgrade e-mail, search results this fall See in context

I hope for Yahoo's sake that they aren't a day late and a dollar short. It's about time.

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Posted in: Construction begins on new Mazda Hospital wing See in context

Wow, I live in Hiroshima, and I could care less about this. This is national news? Give me a break.

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Posted in: 3D Shot Cam See in context

That viewer reminds me of the old View-Master I had as a kid. This will quickly go the way of the panorama camera.

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Posted in: Florida pastor cancels plan to burn Qurans on 9/11 See in context

Another reason for the outrage may be that the image of burning books brings back images of HItler and the Nazis to some people.

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Posted in: Tokyo International Film Festival to commemorate Bruce Lee’s 70th anniversary See in context

Gurukun, you're right! I just wasn't writing phonetically. ;-)

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Posted in: Tokyo International Film Festival to commemorate Bruce Lee’s 70th anniversary See in context

Ooops, the moon, not them moon...

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Posted in: Tokyo International Film Festival to commemorate Bruce Lee’s 70th anniversary See in context

I always liked: "It's like a finger pointing to them moon. Don't concentrate on the finger, or you'll miss all that heavenly glory."

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Posted in: Afghan militants in U.S. uniforms storm 2 NATO bases See in context

In this case, they can be treated as spies, right? Different set of rules for them.

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Posted in: E-reading: Revolution in the making or fading fad? See in context

I love books. I especially love used book stores. Not like Book Off, the real old bookstores. Lots of gems out there. That being said, I have read more books in the last 5 years or so than I had in the previous 10 years. They are all e-books, which for me also includes pdfs. I have also enjoyed a fair number of audiobooks too. The Bourne Trilogy (original by Ludlum) is a really excellent audiobook. These are not fads, they are here to stay. With the iPad they may get more showy, with background music and perhaps moving illustrations, but I wouldn't get into that. I just like reading, and reading on my pda, or listening to an audiobook on my iPod is a lot easier when commuting in Japan on a bus or a train.

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Posted in: Google plugs free PC-to-phone calling into e-mail See in context

Sounds great, but will all this internet telephone stuff affect the speed of the internet? Just curious if anyone knows. It would be nice to get lower rates on calls to the States.

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Posted in: Cameroon designer reinvents the kimono See in context

The design looks great, like the pattern.

Cool photos here: http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/wafrica-kimono

The makeup on the model unfortunately reminds me of Al Jolsen or Rats And Stars.

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Posted in: The Complete Guide to Fake Toys See in context

If I buy this book, and it is not a "Complete Guide to Fake Toys" as it is titled, I'm gonna sue somebody.... Looks like a fun book to flip through.

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Posted in: Osaka man arrested for employing 50 high school girls as prostitutes See in context

This story has a huge mistake in it. It starts, "Police on Monday arrested an unemployed 60-year-old man for..." It seems to me that the man is employed, and doing quite well for himself at the expense of these girls. What happens to all of the money that he has made during this venture? Is it confiscated? If so, where does it go?

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Posted in: Drunken man arrested after man falls to death off train platform See in context

This is a very sad story, and I feel for Masaya Sato's family, colleagues, and friends. Everyone has stated the problems with drinking and crowded platforms, etc., in Japan. I can't help but wonder, if this hadn't been a famous person, how big would the headline be? Or would we have even known about it? I have a sad feeling that it would have been a three-line story in the back of the paper somewhere.

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Posted in: 5,000 movie extras take part in 'Princess Toyotomi' See in context

With the possible chance of seeing Haruka Ayase, I would do it.

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Posted in: Collapsible pet enclosure See in context

Agree with cleo and proudnippon. Any dog owner will soon see that this is a waste of money. Let's think "eco", a cardboard box is collapsible and could be used in much the same way. A more important question is, why is such an enclosure necessary? It really bugs me, maybe it shouldn't, every time a new product or magazine comes out with the blanket word "pet". Pet does not equal dogs and cats. There are loads of other pets out there. Our bird would either chew its way out, or just fly out of this thing, depending on its mood.

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