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Posted in: Tuna tussle: How much fishing is too much? See in context

Hawkeye limiting birth rate, that sounds a bit extreme don't it (actually the Chinese have such a rule). Actually the amount of food available is not an issue (we are after all really talking about a select few prized species). In order to feed the world population enough food is being produced.. distribution of it to the needy is where things fall short.

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Posted in: NZ may lose 'Hobbit' filming over actor dispute See in context

talking2U why is this a problem of capitalism? Investors deserve what is coming to them, why? Because they are the ones who put up their money and risk losing all. They are ultimately the losers when what they invested in flops, and therefore they deserve to be compensated when it goes the other way. People who work for the "man" have the security of a pay check and the peace of mind of not having any of their own capital at risk.

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

I wonder if the author of this article has eaten anywhere other than fast food chains like MacDonalds. These places operate under small margins so its understandable for the folks that work there to pretty much have a manual of do's and don'ts.

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Posted in: Karate kid See in context

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Posted in: Karate kid See in context

Like somebody said previously the kid looks like side show bob, very funny looking. I'm not sure it doesn't represent "today's" look. I'm sure it'll be a fun movie for twelve year olds or people on this thread defending these folks (who obviously are twelve year olds themselves or are just as smart).

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Posted in: Karate kid See in context

like somebody else already mentioned.. kid looks like sideshow Bob. I'm sure it'll be a fun movie for twelve year olds..

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Posted in: Playing for high steaks See in context

Don't they only serve Aussie beaf at Yoshinoya, yeck!

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Posted in: Toyota's easy ride in Japan See in context

All of this for some reason reminds me of that one line in fight club..

A new car built by my company leaves somewhere traveling at 60 mph. The rear differential locks up. The car crashes and burns with everyone trapped inside. Now, should we initiate a recall? Take the number of vehicles in the field, A, multiply by the probable rate of failure, B, multiply by the average out-of-court settlement, C. A times B times C equals X. If X is less than the cost of a recall, we don't do one.

Maybe Toyota took too long to figure out whether X was less than the cost of a recall ? =)

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Posted in: Sony revamps Blu-ray Disc recorders See in context

Yes with most recorders out here you can record to blueray in HD, however you are restricted in the number of times you can make a copy (believe 10 times in general).

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Posted in: Collision course See in context

This is a nice photo, I hope they sink the rest of SS's boats soon so we can stop hearing about this nonsense.

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Posted in: Depp shoots 'em up See in context

Just saw Public Enemies on a flight I was on. A bit boring if you ask me.

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Posted in: Taxi driver See in context

Coming from the perspective of somebody that drives frequently, taxis are such a pain. They stop where ever the hell they want to when picking up/kicking out a passenger which means they frequently block traffic. All too often a friggen taxi cuts me so short I have to brake hard to avoid hitting their cheap ass crowns. The only thing worse are the pedestrians who like walking in the middle of the street and the dumb ass cyclists who ride against traffic.

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Posted in: Most expensive, most livable … with Tokyo, it’s all about who you ask See in context

USARonin, yeah they have all the foods first-world countries have. They just don't make it good =D.

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Posted in: Most expensive, most livable … with Tokyo, it’s all about who you ask See in context

Kind of amusing how this is becoming more of a London vs Tokyo conversation. For me I would pick Tokyo over London simply because food in the UK is horrible. As far as the expensive fruit goes, right there well always be overpriced produce. I don't believe most people buy that for daily consumption (the word omiyage comes to mind). I'm just happy with my 500 yen momo.. mmm pricey still yes. But just so worth it.

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Posted in: Beach volleyball See in context

Spidey agree looks like that guy from SMAP.

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Posted in: Nissan designers seek to appeal to aging Japan See in context

escape_artist, I take it you probably never took part in any sort of product development? Unfortunately most end users don't know what they want and won't be capable of coming up with what they want. The hard part is actually coming up with these innovative redesigns which normal people who don't have the necessary background won't be able to come up with. With that said I'm sure the product is test piloted with some old folks (err I mean the target user) before its actually put to production... Nissan can't be that dumb.

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Posted in: Nightscape See in context

nic pic.. such an average scene however.

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Posted in: Twilight zone See in context

Amazing how unattractive these 3 look. Is it just a bad photo?

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Posted in: Asashoryu in trouble again for pumping his fist after victory See in context

All the other sumo wrestler (gaijin or not) seem to have respect for the sport. One of Asa's many faults is he is unsportsman-like. This isn't football and this isn't the US (and yes I'm American). If you don't respect the local rules and standards of conduct you will of course become a target of criticism. Too bad he actually kicks butt, I so am looking forward to the day he goes on a loosing streak and is forced into retirement.

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Posted in: Cars are no longer as appealing to young people in Japan See in context

After getting a car earlier this year can't imagine life without one. Glad ownership counts are down, traffic here is bad enough as it is anyways.

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