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Posted in: Apple ups hiring, but faces obstacles to making phones smarter See in context

Instead of making our phones smarter, why don't we try to be smarter ourselves? We need more work in that area, I think.

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Posted in: Kanye rants at VMAs; Miley Cyrus flashes breast See in context

I don't know why there have to be so many entertainment awards shows anyway. What other industry feels the need to pat itself on the back in public repeatedly year after year after year? How insecure are you? Strange cult of celebrity, I guess.

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Posted in: Fired reporter kills 2 former co-workers on live TV in Virginia See in context

Liberals -- both foreign and domestic -- can shake their li'l leftists fists all they want, but my 2nd Admendment right trumps their whining and day of the week . . . .

And which "well-regulated Militia" do you belong to?

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Posted in: Yamada was questioned by police in Tokyo 2 days before Osaka child murders See in context

Didn't Tokyo police have access to his criminal record? I thought I read that he was recently released from prison for other crimes involving handcuffs, children, etc. Surely, the Tokyo police must have known that. They kept him for 3 hours and must have checked. And he was allowed to keep the stun gun? I know these things in themselves are not illegal to possess, but if they knew his record, how could they let him go? Couldn't they hold him on some charge for having those things in his possession given his criminal history? None of this makes any sense to me.

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Posted in: Traces of blood found in minivan of suspect in child killings See in context

From The Japan Times:

Tokyo police stopped and questioned Yamada around 12:15 a.m. on Aug. 11 while he was driving a car with a male passenger in the capital’s Akiharaba district. Aside from the stun gun and handcuffs, a syringe was also found in a bag of his, prompting police to conduct a drug test, the sources said.

His urine sample tested negative and Yamada told the police the stun gun was for self-defense, leading the police to release him three hours later after deeming that he had not violated any laws.

The police asked Yamada to hand over the stun gun voluntarily but he refused, the sources said.

Because the stun gun appeared old and did not have a battery inside, Yamada likely did not intend to use it immediately, the sources said.

Didn't Tokyo police have access to his criminal record? Wasn't he on parole, or don't they have that system in Japan? I thought I read that he was recently released from prison for other crimes involving handcuffs, children, etc. Surely, the Tokyo police must have known that. They kept him for 3 hours and must have checked. And he was allowed to keep the stun gun??? None of this makes any sense to me.

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Posted in: 59% of 'salarymen' find family life more exhausting than work See in context

@lolozo79

Bottom line, not everybody is meant to get married and be a parent. I'm often asked "but won't you feel lonely in your twilight years?" Well, I'll take my chances. I cherish my freedom and peace of mind.

Exactly. I always reply, "You have a spouse and children now, but do you have any guarantee that you won't feel lonely in YOUR twilight years?" Who can say what the future will bring? I know lots of elderly people who were married, but their spouse has died, or had children, but they moved away or just don't take the time to visit. Having a family is no guarantee of happy twilight years. Better to just build the best life you can, whether that's as a married or single person.

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Posted in: Folding fan emblem proposed for 2020 Olympics soars in popularity See in context

I like this much better, but can anyone tell me why the Paralympics always have to have a different logo? Why can't they use the same logo? Is it just "tradition"? Just wondering...

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Posted in: 'Children of the aggressors' - Japanese war babies adopted by China See in context

So sad that he couldn't see his adoptive mother again. She cared for and raised him for 13 years, from age 3 to 16, all of his childhood. She must have missed him dearly. How lucky he found his birth mother, but still a pain in his heart that he never saw his adoptive mother again. What a terrible chapter of WWll, made worse by both governments after the war.

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Posted in: New Tokyo hotel lets you sleep in a bookstore See in context

The hotel says they are targeting overseas and out-of-town travelers as their main customer base

If this is the case, if would be helpful if their website offered info in some languages other than just Japanese for their overseas guests. Anyway, looks like a unique idea.

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Posted in: Sexual images of minors in manga and anime: Art or obscenity? See in context

Jaws1387

People keep saying 'as long as no one gets hurt', yet it's the sexualization of children, among other things, that lead some people to the conclusion that child pornography, sex abuse don't cause any harm. Children are people, not objects.

Exactly.

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Posted in: Olympic emblems unveiled See in context

You'll never please everyone with the design. By the way, if the Paralympic Games are equal, why do they have to have a separate logo? Can't they share the same logo? It's the Olympics, for everyone. Just curious.

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Posted in: 3 dead, 7 wounded in Louisiana movie theater shooting See in context

Yes, let's all just pray, for all the good that will do us. Because we're just too stupid or cowardly, or lack any political will or guts to change anything about the gun culture in the U.S. For God's sake, what will it take to make people wake up!!! Honestly, I just despair of it ever changing, it just gets worse. I wish they could take the bodies from this latest crime to Washington and lay them at the feet of the congressmen/women who are the biggest supporters of the NRA. Maybe they need to have it made real to them. I mean, if the murdered children in Sandy Hook wasn't enough, what will it take? And it's not just these mass shootings; what about the gun deaths that happen DAILY in the U.S.? I doesn't have to be like this, people. It wasn't like this 50 years ago, so what has changed? More guns? More pissed-off people? More mentally ill people? More violence on TV, in movies, in video games? Whatever it is, can't we work to change it rather than just pray?

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Posted in: Video asks young Japanese adults what they know about Canada See in context

I thought it was fun. It wasn't meant to be some serious research, and I don't know if you'd get a much better result asking a small group of average American college students the same questions. At least one boy said he'd study Canada more! ;)

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Posted in: Trump stirs new controversy by criticizing McCain war record See in context

I have no opinion on whether John McCain is a hero or not, but he certainly did his own part in firing up "the crazies" during his campaign for President when he chose Sarah Palin as a running mate. He's responsible for putting that looney on the national stage. And now Donald Trump is whipping up the same group of mouth-breathers. If only the media would just ignore him, but the story is too good, I guess. Oh, please let it be over soon!

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Posted in: Film starring Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe booed at Cannes See in context

I know it's pedantic, but I can't help myself.

ovate adjective chiefly Biology having an oval outline or ovoid shape, like an egg. ORIGIN mid 18th cent.: from Latin ovatus 'egg-shaped.'

ovation noun 1 a sustained and enthusiastic show of appreciation from an audience, esp. by means of applause: the performance received a thundering ovation.

2 Roman History a processional entrance into Rome by a victorious commander, of lesser honor than a triumph. ORIGIN early 16th cent. ( sense 2): from Latin ovatio(n-), from ovare 'exult.'

I couldn't find any dictionary that lists ovate as a verb. (Not the topic of the article at all, but, oh well.) :)

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Posted in: Boston Marathon bomber sentenced to death See in context

I suppose he will be seen as a martyr now by other terrorists. Not good. I would have preferred to see him spend the rest of his long life locked up in a prison cell for 23 hours a day, every day, until he goes mad and/or dies. Death is too good for him, particularly since it's what he really wants, I expect.

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Posted in: Man says he stabbed girl on train to see if he had guts enough to kill someone See in context

It's a very good thing he turned himself in. The chances of catching him otherwise would have been small, I think.

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Posted in: The real problem for Republicans: Too much money See in context

"Every nation gets the government it deserves." We have no one to blame but ourselves.

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Posted in: Mass beaching fuels fears of imminent quake See in context

"So long, and thanks for all the fish."

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Posted in: Parents explain why they donated organs of dead 4-year-old daughter See in context

What brave and wonderful parents to think of others at a time of such grief for their own loss. My heart goes out to them.

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Posted in: Stem cell therapy used to treat damaged hearts See in context

This is amazing and wonderful news! I hope the trials go well.

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Posted in: Sony cancels Dec 25 U.S. release of 'The Interview' after threats See in context

Everyone seems to be blaming Sony specifically, but would any other movie company have acted differently? I don't think so. Sony had no choice since the major theater chains refused to show the movie. But, really, they are damned if they do and damned if they don't. It was a "no win" situation the hackers presented Sony with. If they had tried to go ahead and people were hurt = big trouble. If they cancel the whole thing = big trouble. They've already got big trouble from all the personal information released - emails, employee salaries & health records, SSNs, etc. Sony is just basically screwed whichever way they go. The bigger picture is that other terrorist groups will see this as an effective tool to use even more in the future. Why blow yourself up when you can cause more damage where it really hurts, economically, and make an even bigger impact?

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Posted in: Polio vaccinator shot dead in Pakistan See in context

The truly sad part is the U.S. government has made it much more difficult for the vaccination teams to do their work. According to NBC news, several years ago, the CIA did use agents traveling in vaccination teams to gather intel in the country. Not a good thing when you are trying to build trust among already suspicious, uneducated, backward people. I watched an interview with a vaccination team member, a young woman, who said she will continue to try to help her people no matter the risk to her own life. I don't know where that kind of courage comes from.

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Posted in: Burger King Japan’s new Premium Berry burger may sound awful, but it tastes fantastic See in context

"Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing that a tomato doesn't belong in a fruit salad." - Miles Kington. ;)

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Posted in: Do's and don'ts for Thai tourists in Japan See in context

"Japanese society is very unique."

Uh-oh. Here we go again. ;) But, it is good advice and helpful for tourists. Well done.

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Posted in: Japan's dated, smoky cafes unfazed by Starbucks success See in context

He's 100 years old, still working, and his business is doing well. He must be doing something right. Strong coffee, second-hand smoke, and his pipe haven't seemed to hurt him so far (but maybe he's just lucky).

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Posted in: Man gets 7 years in prison for kidnapping, confining 9-year-old girl See in context

I believe pedophilia has a very low rehabilitation rate. I doubt he will be able to change in 7 years or 70. The challenge to our society is how to deal with these people.

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Posted in: Recovering crown princess attends 1st imperial banquet in 11 years See in context

It may be important to remember that her problems began in ernest after the birth of their daughter. It may have started with postpartum depression or some other hormonal imbalance made worst by her living situation. In any case, I'm glad that she seems to be doing better and could take part in an event that she seemed to enjoy. I hope she will continue to do well.

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Posted in: Google teams with Oxford to teach machines to think See in context

Exactly what I was thinking Farmboy!

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Posted in: The fuel for Japan’s pedophiles See in context

@timbo

My point might best be summed up, then, as 'much ado about nothing'. This woman's complaints will continue to receive much support, but I can't say I side with her views much. [...] If non-nude material featuring girls of very young ages is a hot commodity, and fuels erotic fantasies of the men who buy it, so long as they are not rabid rapists and child molesters as a result (take a good look at the adult porn here in Japan, first, and make your correlations between it and public behaviour; to date, rare example anywhere in the world of images spawning anti-social bahaviour have been clearly and validly documented), what is the problem?

The problem is one of consent. If someone wanted to take a photo of an adult in their underpants with their legs splayed open, they would have to have that adult's permission to do so.

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