Stonecoldsoba comments

Posted in: Domestic abuse case against Japanese consulate official resumes in San Francisco See in context

@semperfi

"... eradically ..."

Excellent new word! A brilliant combination of erraticaly and sporadically.

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Posted in: 4 dead, more than 900 hospitalized for heatstroke See in context

...put out about 400kW total during that time

Wrong.

... would equal 50kW in the same month period

Wrong.

A person perfectly still for a whole year or more, or only one second, would still put out 70 W (accepting your figure). The power, usually measured in watts, doesn't depend on the period. The energy output does depend on the period and that is measured in joules or kilowatt-hours or some other units of the same dimensions.

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Posted in: To conserve power, TV broadcasters should shut down See in context

Could the writers of such articles please learn to use the units correctly?

1.21 million kilowatts per hour

makes no sense at all!

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Posted in: Japanese composting may be new food waste solution See in context

The solution is not to compost (or burn) the waste but to reduce the wastage!

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Posted in: 21-meter-long dock found in Oregon is tsunami debris See in context

if it's entirely made of concrete and metal, how does it float?

Just do a bit of arithmetic. It floated because it's bigger than 165 tons of seawater. Evidently there's some empty space inside.

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Posted in: 2,500 march in gay pride parade in Tokyo See in context

I have no problem with gay people of any gender until they start wearing it as a badge and demand to be treated differently because of it.

No; they demand not to be treated differently because of it.

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Posted in: 2,500 march in gay pride parade in Tokyo See in context

@ stonecoldsoba - are you saying that sexuality-based "discrimination" is wrong. What if somebody's sexuality involved bizarre or criminal acts?

YES!

There is no good reason at all to object to other people's sexual acts which you consider 'bizarre'. Why should any sexual act (which does not materially affect anyone else) be criminal? That is discrimination.

Where should the line be drawn?

Very simple: consent. Anything without consent is unacceptable. As alluded to above, collateral damage is also unacceptable.

And if it's just their "sexuality" and not what they do behind closed doors, why is it such an issue? Why aren't there hetero pride parades?

It's not just sexuality. The issue is discrimination in other aspects of life, such as employment, because of sexuality.

Why aren't there hetero pride parades?

Haven't you seen any carnival parades involving celebration of hetero sexuality? ( intentionally written as two words).

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Posted in: 2,500 march in gay pride parade in Tokyo See in context

sensei, your question should be:

Why should they (or anyone) suffer discrimination based on sexuality (not habits)?

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Posted in: 4-year-old boy dies in tractor accident See in context

I wonder if there is any law against endangering a child by, for example, allowing him/her to ride on a tractor without a secure passenger seat.

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Posted in: Woman dies after being hit in face with beer glass in Tokyo bar See in context

Patrick:

It just had to be Adachi-ku eh.

Why?

tairitsuiken:

Adachi-ku. Have you ever been there? It is a shitty area.

Have you seen all of it? I've seen some pretty shiity areas in other, supposedly prestigious parts of Tokyo and elswhere.

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Posted in: Megasolar rush a band-aid on a bullet hole See in context

Yet another example of incompetence in journalism!

Two units are expected to commence operation in July and September, respectively, and will have capacity to supply 4.2 million kilowatts per hour, sufficient for up to 1,000 households.

There really is no excuse for someone writing about electricity supply to screw up the units. Watts are used to express power, i.e. the amount of energy transferred (or converted) in a given unit of time, hence 'kilowatts per hour' is plain wrong (unless, of course, you are talking about a rate of change of power).

And in English, 4.2 million kilowatts is expressed as 4.2 gigawatts.

According to that part of the article, the average household uses at least 4.2 megawatts. My household uses about one thousandth of that.

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Posted in: Recently in Japan, there has been a number of cases of people dying in isolation in their homes. What can be done to prevent this? See in context

One move toward a solution -- encourage people in Japan to develop a stronger sense of empathy, concern for others, selflessness, a nurturing attitude and a willingness to act as caregivers to both children and the elderly.

Might be easier to develop immortality.

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Posted in: Twitter buys mobile blogging startup Posterous See in context

Hmmm... yes, Twitter always seemed to me a bit pre-posterous.

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Posted in: Speeding Ferrari driver caught after YouTube post See in context

Why was his name withheld? Because he's a doctor? Because he's rich? Because he greased someone's palm? Because he's a friend of the police chief? If this goes to court (is that likely?) will his anonymity be protected?

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Posted in: Craftsman makes two violins from pine tree debris in disaster area See in context

I wish they made guitar necks.

Maybe if you ask nicely ...

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Posted in: Robot artist 'draws' crowds See in context

Image capture --> image processing --> output to plotter

Nothing really new here. If it were (successfully) progammed to distort the image automatically to produce a caricature (as the first sentence implies, although it isn't) that would be impressive.

But the street artists of the world can rest easy for the moment, as they still have the advantage of price.

Whereas a caricature might set you back $20 or so, this robot is worth at least 40,000 euros ($52,000).

An absurd comparison. The $20 is for a single picture but the 40,000 euros is for a machine that can produce thousands of pictures - or do something more useful.

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Posted in: Truck driver found stabbed to death in company parking lot in Mie See in context

No mention of wounds to the arms or legs, which suggests he didn't have a chance to defend himself. I reckon he was attacked by someone who was already inside the cab, so probably someone he knew.

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Posted in: Tokyo to relax rules on poisonous puffer fish See in context

@WillieB

Let them eat it, as long as it is properly labelled.

Anyone here ever heard about mislabelling of food in Japan?

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Posted in: Tokyo to relax rules on poisonous puffer fish See in context

@Cos

They get a week or less of training in average, then they take the test (99% pass).

Where did you get that from? Give us a source. Until you do, I'll believe this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fugu#Regulations

@GW

Cooked fugu isnt an issue

Really? Also from the Wikipedia article, under 'Poison': "Tetrodotoxin is not affected by cooking." And there's a reference to a paper published by the HK Centre for Food Safety.

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Posted in: Things that foreigners find annoying about life in Japan See in context

Seems to be something wrong with the thumbs up/down system. The last couple of times the effect was wrong. I clicked on 'good' but the positive numbers went down! (Yes, I'm completely sure I clicked on 'good', not on 'bad'.)

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Posted in: Things that foreigners find annoying about life in Japan See in context

Yet if I, with my non-Japanese palate, put a bit of Tabasco on a bowl of noodles, to make it more enjoyable for me to eat, they look at me like I've started emptying my bladder into it.

Completely agree, l love the looks of horror when you get your meal and then make changes too it. Its hilarious to watch their faces.

Sounds like the time I ate my korokke with the 'wrong' sauce.

I don't think anyone has yet mentioned the hideous squeal of bicycle brakes; or the 'road-rules-for-cyclists-don't-exist' and 'everyone-will-keep-out-of-my-way' attitudes which seem so prevalent among the riders.

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Posted in: Escaped pigs cause traffic jam on Hanshin expressway See in context

On the Hamshin expressway?!

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Posted in: What do you think are the good and bad points about the subway systems in Japan's cities? See in context

I too would like a 24 hour timetable but, as Vernie pointed out, regular maintenance work such as replacing worn out rails is carried out between the last train at night and the first train in the morning.

@ExportExpert:

..., crime free, crime free, crime free and crime free.

You haven't heard about the groping, then?

My complaint is that the trains are over-heated in winter and over-cooled in summer. It amazes me that in a country with such widespread everyday application of modern technology, the climate control systems in trains seem to have only three settings: heating full blast, off, and cooling full blast.

Another improvement I would suggest is that the toilet cubicles should be fitted with high sensitivity smoke detectors finely tuned to tobacco smoke and linked to industrial strength sprinklers.

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Posted in: Shangri-La joins fight against shark fin soup See in context

It does really taste very good, ...

Maybe it does but the taste doesn't come from the shark fin.

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Posted in: Athens Games delays fueled Greek debt: IOC chief See in context

Heck, that's nothing compared to the U.S. national debt of over $15 TRILLION.

So the national debt of the USA is about 30 times that of Greece. Well, the population of the USA is about 30 times that of Greece too so their national debts per capita are about equal. More significantly, perhaps, the US national debt is about equal to its annual GDP whereas that of Greece is about 1.5 times its annual GDP. (Based on the $457 billion quoted in the article, and figures from Wikipedia and usdebtclock.org)

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Posted in: Clinton urges Japan to take action on child abduction issue See in context

By the way, Japan has signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Children which states the following under Article 9:

"Parties shall respect the right of the child who is separated from one or both parents to maintain personal relations and direct contact with both parents on a regular basis, except if it is contrary to the child's best interests."

Japan continually violates this internationally guaranteed right.

Unfortunately Article 9 has a built-in loophole. The courts can simply rule that maintaining direct contact with both parents would be contrary to the child's best interests. Voila! No violation of any rights or conventions!

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Posted in: Kim Jong-Un: North Korea's enigmatic heir apparent See in context

I think the Swiss school that educated needs to come clean about him - and why they took him.

I expect they took him because the fees were paid on time. Do they need any other reason?

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Posted in: Panasonic Let'snote S10 See in context

The Let’snote S10 mobile notebook is intended for use in Japan.

I assumed that as soon as I saw its name.

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Posted in: Make your bento look like your favorite anime characters See in context

Any child who will not eat food which looks like ordinary food is obviously not hungry.

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Posted in: Wheldon killed in massive, fiery IndyCar crash See in context

Of course it's easy to say after the event, but that track looked horribly overcrowded, even on the 12th lap. With 34 cars on 1.5 miles of track, it's twice as crowded as the shortest Formula 1 tracks. And why did so many of the cars burst into flames? Of course they carry fuel but F1 cars don't seem to catch fire so easily.

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