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Posted in: Sony revitalizes smartphone franchise with movie-style screens See in context

Silly Sony, people don't want tiny movie screens on phones. They want fisheye lenses, compound telescopes, confocal microscopy, tasers, cardiac defibrillators, smellovision, cigarette lighters, pez dispensers, breathalyzers, breadboards, circuit testers, and convenient handheld consoles for programming in python. Obviously.

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Posted in: Japanese service creates wearable super realistic replicas of your pet’s head See in context

So, in the eyes of the cat, is this way into the uncanny valley?

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Posted in: 7-Eleven store owners submit request for shorter business hours See in context

A good example of why it's better to go it alone in the wild world of konbini than to operate a franchise. In a franchise you're on the hook for all the bills and you don't get to make any of the decisions, and it's a one size fits all operating code.

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Posted in: Beautiful onsen complex opens in downtown Osaka See in context

Free time? That's what my German teacher used to give us in between lessons.

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Posted in: IS teen 'shocked' after UK revokes her citizenship See in context

Apparently Bangladesh is refusing to take her. I'm not surprised. Why would they want her? So England is going to have to relent, unless she conveniently sits on a bomb first. Hopefully they can get her a nice long prison sentence. The kid will be cared for by her family, who screwed up raising one kid but hopefully will do a better job with this one. When the kid grows older it will be hard to keep the knowledge of all of this away from him, and that will not be fun.

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Posted in: Japanese couples increasingly begin to arrange prenuptial agreements See in context

This is all very silly. Prenups are not sufficient protection against or in the case of failure and don't represent a rational response to the uncertainties of marriage.

Clearly the best thing to do is to not get married. The relationship will be healthier for it. Or it will dissolve with a minimum of fuss when it no longer serves anyone's needs.

What's that you say, children need a two parent household? Indeed. If a married couple is committed enough to their children to stay together despite wanting a divorce, then they would also stay together for the children without being married. And if they don't stay together, then when the woman moves away, she will get custody whether or not they were ever married. If you can't accept this fact of life, don't have kids.

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Posted in: Cockroaches found in chicken bowl at Yoshinoya restaurant See in context

In a country of over 100 million people, at a chain with hundreds of locations, once upon a time someone noticed an insect in his bowl. The shop closed, dumped anything that might be dirty, and worked with local health inspectors to improve their procedures.

This is not news.

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Posted in: Barbara Ehrenreich tweets about Marie Kondo widely condemned See in context

Everything is racist. Soft racism, subtle racism, positive racism, unconscious racism. Bias against a religion is called racism, bias against a foreign language called racism, bias against a minority dialect or regional/class speaking pattern called racism, bias against specific nations or cultures, that's racism too now. Positive regard for anything in any of these categories, racism. When people move into the suburbs, racism, when they move into the urban core and gentrify, racism. Credit scores, those are a type of structural racism. I'm not just being facetious here, you can make decent logic chains about how why issues in all these areas should be called racist. But once you do, the word is so far broadened, that it becomes meaningless. It's just becoming a sort of generic empty insult. So why are we still using it?

Why not just say that Ehrenreich was being rude, tasteless, and mean? That actually means something.

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Posted in: 'We don’t need an age of women,' Japanese commercial says; then hits actress in face with cream See in context

Say hello to post-feminism?

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Posted in: Women in Tokyo strongly back single-sex transport amid security fears: global poll See in context

Women-only cars is a good stopgap, but doesn't end the problem. Creating male-only cars would make some people feel good about fairness, and perhaps mitigate some risk of false/mistaken accusations, but then all the non-offender guys would get in those cars and leave the mixed car an even more dangerous place. Completely segregating the cars would totally work, but then people couldn't travel with their opposite gender siblings/partners/friends/co-workers/etc. Teaching men to respect women is the sort of thing that people love to call for, for some reason, but never leads to anything really changing.

I think the problem won't go away until the trains are less crowded. That's hard to do with current infrastructure. But on the up side, self-driving automobiles are coming. They're supposed to be so efficient with routing, road-training, speed-matching, etc that they can greatly improve the throughput of even Japan's narrow streets. Shoot, there's no reason they have to be full-sized sedans. They could be little one person pods that put Kei cars to shame, traveling two abreast in a lane. I don't think it'll replace subways, but by 2030, maybe shifting 15% of the ridership off the subways is possible. Maybe investing in more tunneling for streets (Boring Company style) can shift more.

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Posted in: Japanese government separated families by deporting 47 Vietnamese See in context

Normally the wife of a lawful resident could apply for lawful residency, but she overstayed, had a deportation on the books already, and used a false ID to reenter. Normally they could both leave together, but he is a refugee. Normally the child could go with the mom, but he speaks only Japanese....

This is an edge case. There will always be edge cases. No matter where you draw a line, there's always someone who gets bisected by it.

You could try to make lines fuzzy, give the law the ability to make humanitarian exemptions... but that always seems to invite discrimination, and sometimes corruption. An exemption is by nature subjective, up to the whims of a crazy judge; who knows what he's thinking. And if you drew the line so far out there that no tragedies like this could ever occur, you'd end up letting outright criminals stay and other people would have to bear that burden.

This is just the nature of governing, the organizational equivalent of a natural disaster. In theory any given casualty is preventable, but in every case, if you decide not to live by the sea to avoid the tidal wave, you end up on the mountain and someone gets crushed by a landslide. All you can do is try to steer things into the best outcome for the greatest number, and when a tragedy inevitably gets someone, maybe run a donation drive.

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Posted in: University professor tweets sexual harassment is his hobby See in context

I think that employment contracts should come with a "delete your twitter" clause.

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Posted in: Man, presumed dead, returns home a year after family cremated wrong body See in context

So... what was he up to for that year? Lived with his mistress? Crazy yakuza mission? Went to Brazil? Became a monk? Assumed someone else's identity and lived in another man's house?

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Posted in: Health-conscious parents look to escape soiled diaper blues See in context

It seems the problem here is that the facilities do not have daily garbage pickups and feel that this would be a financial burden. There are ways to make a weekly pickup feasible without letting the dumpster breed bacteria and stink up the area for a week.

I used to work in a laboratory setting that had to deal with things worse than human waste. We had a way for bagging things that didn't allow air to escape. Then we autoclaved it at the end of the day. For certain other materials that regulation didn't require we autoclave, but would be unsanitary to leave out, we kept chilled until it was time for disposal.

If sanitizing on site or keeping the waste chilled sounds too expensive, an airtight bag alone would be sufficient. Just seal the bag, leave it in the dumpster, place a warning sign on the dumpster. Problem solved.

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