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Posted in: Retractable tsunami wall being tested off coast of Wakayama See in context

I've been reading about this for a while. Great idea and if it can block a surge or two from a tsunami, great.

But what pumps the air? A bunch of tanks and gear, both underwater and on the surface, apparently. What if this connection and/or power goes out in a big one? A really expensive Lego project that does nothing.

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Posted in: Ten IC cards become compatible for trains, buses nationwide See in context

^ of course where you get on/off and recharge is no doubt logged, but I never gave them any personal info to get one.

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Posted in: Ten IC cards become compatible for trains, buses nationwide See in context

Just to add a data point here: Icoca (Kansai) regular/rechargeable cards don't have any of your personal info.

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Posted in: Bullet train derails in Akita See in context

I saw this on the news last night. Maybe I misunderstood, but I think they said it was traveling on a section of track that's also used by non-Shinkansen trains. Never heard of that before. Sounded odd.

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Posted in: Where to enjoy cherry blossoms See in context

Thanks for the info zichi. The Arboretum is great, never been up there during hanami though. Will give it a whirl.

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Posted in: Where to enjoy cherry blossoms See in context

zichi, You're in Kobe, yeah? What river is that (if you don't mind me asking)? ;-) Shukugawa is beautiful but I'm getting sick of the insanity there around sakura time.

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Posted in: Softbank no longer sole network as KDDI set for iPhone 5 See in context

Good for customers all around!

AU is a different network though, CDMA, not 3G (Softbank/docomo). Wonder if the new iPhone will have dual band or be like the Verizon phone in the US (CDMA only). One drawback of CDMA is you can't use data while on a call. Data or voice, not both. Not a huge deal, I suppose, but there have been plenty of times I needed to look up something while chatting with someone... As much as I'd like to go back to AU, I don't want to give ability up.

If nothing else, it will get Softwank to beef up their infrastructure to compete.

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Posted in: Japanese whaler, activist ship Bob Barker again collide off Antarctica See in context

Produced by Greenpeace, but a good rundown on the "Tokyo Two" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kumi-naidoo/un-japanese-authorities-b_b_453407.html

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