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    Ah_so

    Repackage Windows 7 and call it Windows 9. Everyone will be happy.

    Posted in: Microsoft to offer early look at next Windows

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    I buy CDs - the first thing I do with it is upload to the computer and then onto itunes. The CD itself is largely redundent, but that is no problem. I can sell it. In fact, I have bought quite a lot of CDs on ebay and can sell them back on ebay for what I paid for them - postage the only difference.

    I know that if Apple goes bankrupt and a virus hits my computer, I will still have a CD collection to fall back on.

    Posted in: Japan overwhelmingly favors CDs to digital music

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    Could Fuji be next?

    Of course it could!

    Will it be next?

    No.

    Posted in: Japan's volcanoes: Could Fuji be next?

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    Ahh, the myth of trickle down economics being regurgitated once again.

    @Strangerland: are you saying that the ordinary population of a country has never become wealthy from an export-led economic expansion? Japan used to be the classic example of this, but has subsequently been joined by S. Korea and large parts of the rest of East Asia.

    Also, the theory of "trickle down" economics has never been put forward by economists - I can only give you a wiki link because Google is full of left-wing criticisms of a theory that never existed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trickle-down_economics

    As for home FX trading, the Mrs, Watanabe's, are all playing a zero sum game, and they are playing against professional banks and trading houses. Overall they will lose, so I am sure that the idea of all these housewives generating extra income from home is a myth.

    Posted in: Mrs Watanabe jumps on yen-selling bandwagon as tide turns

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    Michael, I suspect you did not read the article properly - it refers to British composers, not classical music played in Britain. Well known British composers would be Elgar, Purcell, Handell, Britten, Vaughan Williams.

    There are few Australian composers, but plenty of Austrians!

    Posted in: Japanese violinist aims to bring British classical music closer to Japan

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    The Shinchan manga are excellent, particularly the early ones. They are funny, and despite the full use of furigana throughout, contain quite a lot of smutty jokes. However, a lot of the jokes would pass over a child's head. Good for learning Japanese, too.

    They are written in a way that they can be enjoyed on different levels, but there is a lot in it for adults. I think some of the subtlety is lost on TV.

    Posted in: Indonesia to censor 'pornographic' Japanese cartoon

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    That's more than a little scary. Just replace "shoe camera" with "cell phone," or "lap top" or "car keys" under the same justification ("It could be used to break the law.") and we've got ourselves some full-fledged authoritarianism here.

    LFRAgain: Before I comment further, I do not agree with the products, but do not agree with the largely illegal way in which the police have collected them.

    But I do not accept the 'slippery slope' argument you have presented. Whereas the cell phone, lap top or car keys, or just about anything else, could be used to commit a crime, the camera in question is the only one designed for the express purpose of committing crime.

    Posted in: Own a pair of secret camera shoes? The police should be by shortly for a visit

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    Aesthetically, much better to have them burried. However, this needs to be balanced agains tthe need to have the roads dug up on a very regular basis because one of the companies needs to replace one of their wires. If they are put under the roads, they should be in an easily accessible place, and not covered in tar macadam.

    Posted in: Why does Japan have so many overhead power lines?

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    Puerto Rico is a COMMON WEALTH just like GUAM

    You seem to have a problem with your caps lock, because you keep capitalizing certain words. "Commonwealth" is of course a polite term for a de facto (and willing) colony.

    The fact remains that Puerto Rico would like to be a full US state, rather than 2nd class citizens. It is an interesting contrast to those people who would like there state to become independent.

    I wonder which state had the most pro-independence support? Texas, probably.

    Posted in: One in four Americans want their state to secede, but why?

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    By contrast, a majority of Puerto Ricans want to join the USA as a state, but must remain a colony.

    Posted in: One in four Americans want their state to secede, but why?

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    It is impossible to be totally "neutral", but you can make an attempt at it, by ensuring that opposing views are given equal weighting, and having staff with various opinion.

    In the UK there is an odd rule, in that newspapers are allowed to openly support political parties whereas broadcast media (TV, radio) must seek to be independent, or at least not overtly political.

    It is an approach that seems a bit inconsistent, but I think it works.

    Posted in: Do you think it is OK for media organizations to support candidates in elections or should they remain neutral?

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    Minecraft is loved by children, including my own. However, it is a one-off purchase after which you can use it forever, so there is no continued revenue stream. Many or most of those who would ever purchase it have already done so. The only way Microsoft can get money out of this is to start some kind of monthly subsription service to get an income stream. They will do this and destroy the game loved by millions.

    Posted in: Tokyo Game Show: Looking for the next big thing

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    I have long supported independence, but have moved over to a "No" vote (although I actually do not have one), but that is probably more about how the Yes campaign has conducted itself.

    Financially things will balance out in the long run, but I really do not feel Scotland to be a particularly foreign place. Go back 50 years and you would have been considered a crackpot for wanting independence, even within Scotland. Have Scots really discovered a sense of national identity that their parents and gransparents did not have?

    Posted in: Should Scotland be an independent country?

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    They are not faking anything, but releasing units for sale in a fashion that can create a Sold Out announcement is good publicity.

    Posted in: Apple a decade behind Japan on mobile payment curve

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    This is symptomatic of Japan's approach to cell phone technology over the last twenty years. It developed new technology before the rest of the world and then failed to export it. The Japanese all had colour cell phones with cameras and email while the rest of the world was using black and white Nokias.

    That has changed. Apple and Samsung are common in Japan and Japan has nothing to offer the rest of the world. In fact, it seems a little backwards - like those quaint WIFI boxes people carry around with tgem.

    Posted in: Apple a decade behind Japan on mobile payment curve

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    Why? Not everyone like kids. Kids in parks aren't always happy and playing. There are often tears and plenty of fights between the kids over toys and the like. I'm not saying kids shouldn't be able to play in the parks but the idea that everyone should "welcome" the sounds of kids playing is a joke.

    tmarie - perhaps not everyone does like it, but I have never met anyone who does not. The sound of carefree children playing is as old as humankind and something that reminds us of the continuiing cycle of life and optimism for the futre.

    I do not understand what kind of bitter people want to stop children playing outdoors. I would consider it a human right for children - they must play and can only do it noisely. If you do not like it, do not live near a park or even in a City.

    Posted in: Growing restrictions make for frustrated park users

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    Jizmo - Scotland is both a country and a region of the United Kingdom. Until 100 years ago, Scotland was often referred to as 'North Britain' (or N.B.), including within Scotland itself, showing a regional approach.

    Let's put semantics aside - we all know what is being discussed.

    Posted in: Independent Scotland will need big currency reserves - Bank of England

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    How did he keep his job, you wonder. Obviously he knelt on the floor in front of kouchou sensei and yelled,

    "MOUSHIWAKE ARIMASEN!"

    What principal in Japan could not accept this apology and allow the paedo to retain his job working with children?

    Posted in: Teacher arrested for taking photos of girls in toilet

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    This should be called child abuse.

    Only because it is incredibly dull. Throwing a ball under arm is never going to cause damage or physiological exhaustion.

    Posted in: High school baseball championship sets record for longest game: 50 innings and four days

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    Do what the French did, make it a law that you can't sell below 5% of the selling price. That way you don't create unfair business practices that are criminal. It's a concept I suppose

    This type of practice is already common in Japan - look at the price of domestic CDs, DVDs, car shaken and all sorts of activities. Japanese industries have found ways to keep their products more expensive for decades, which only keeps the population poor. Your solution? More of the same!

    Actually, books in Japan are not that expensive, but the publishing industry appears to be unwilling to e-publish at competitive prices and clearly dislikes innovation.

    Posted in: Japanese publishers blast new Amazon book sale rules

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