Ah_so's past comments

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    Ah_so

    it is almost amusing how the article dismisses the fact pilots handled the situation of the Hudson river

    Good point. However, we may not have to wait too long for the AI onboard flights to make that kind of decision. The logic is surely "Can't land in preferred landing area due to engine failure switch to nearest/preferred emergency landing area land on Hudson river."

    The article is clear that computers are already better at landing than humans - the humans switch to the computers when it gets too difficult for them, so in reality, the pilot take off and landing is nothing more than a glorified in-job training. The computer can usually do it safer and better.

    Saying that, computers still go wrong. There are errors and having a human on-board can override that with the common sense that a computer can never have. We can also see what happens when you have pilots who rely too much on autopilot - the Air France 447 crash could have been avoided with sufficiently experienced staff who can see through the confused flashing lights. Air France did have that pilot, but he was asleep for nearly the whole time.

    Posted in: Full auto pilot: Is it really necessary to have a human in the cockpit?

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    Ah_so

    "I have three children, all boys. 5, 3 and newborn. I am much stronger than them and they cant break free from my hands if they tried."

    How do you do it? Baby on back and the other two in each hand with an iron grip?

    Posted in: 5 year-old boy hit and killed by minivan; driver arrested

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    Ah_so

    " Gives him more attention for his useless cook books - good luck finding most ingredients in Japan."

    His cook books are fine. It is western cooking, so do not be do surprised that the ingredients are hard to find in Japan. Bit have just leafed through one of his books and it did not appear to difficult to find the ingredients or decent substitutes in Japan.

    Posted in: Chef Jamie Oliver urges compulsory food lessons worldwide

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    Ah_so

    My point is the education system here doesn't allow the kids to expand on their natural, god even talents. Everyone is taught equally until the end of high school. Its all about passing exams so the school looks good.

    Since1981: Your daughter clearly has talents, and they may not all be in the traditional academic subjects. However, Japan does have differentiating high schools that specialise in particular areas and do not mean that the curriculum is identical. She might benefit from attending a kougyou high school where the specialism is in practical subjects.

    Posted in: LDP panel proposes new teacher recruitment system

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    Ah_so

    How many more children have to die before the Japanese national and local governments start requiring children under age 12 to have adult supervision when commuting? It's insane to allow an 8 year old girl to walk alone in today's society. Mind boggling!

    When you say "today's society" I presume you mean that there are a higher number of predatory paedophiles, rather than accidents involving swollen rivers, as seems to be the case here.

    But even so, there are a handful of children that go missing at the hands of others in Japan each year, but far more die at the hands of their parents. Considering how many children go out and about by themselves, very few ever going missing, suggesting that the "stranger danger" paranoia of the West is an overreaction to the threat (the latest incarnation of this is doing the rounds with a viral video to show how children can be led away from playgrounds by the sight of a puppy).

    One or two children die a year at the hands of strangers each year.. Very, very sad for the parents, but does this mean we should change our way of life for the worse? I suggest not.

    Posted in: Body of missing 8-year-old girl found in river in Kagoshima town

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    Ah_so

    The myth that they're just doing it for 99 virgins (which is pretty laughable when you realise that most all Muslims can read Arabic and know it actually translates as "dates")

    72 virgins. You would probably need to know Syriac rather than Arabic for the fruit translation.

    Posted in: Do you think of Japan's World War II kamikaze pilots as brave? How would you compare them with today's suicide bombers?

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    Ah_so

    I do the same in Izakaya. I refuse to be served a drink by someone of non-drinking age.

    Not sure if you are joking or are being deadly serious.

    Posted in: Man buying porn refuses to be served by female convenience store clerk

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    Ah_so

    Time to pass legislation and local ordinances requiring minors to have some form of adult supervision to and from school.

    Absurd overeaction

    Posted in: 14-year-old girl knifed by man while walking home in Himeji

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    Ah_so

    There may be, but they are often difficult to obtain. In most bars there is one beer available, which goes by the name of "beer". It all tastes the same, so it hardly matters which of the 4 brewers it comes from.

    In trendier places you can see a very limited choice of beers, sometimes foreign (Bud, Heinekan, yawn), but rarely anything interesting.

    There are some great craft beers in Japan, but they can be hard to obtain.

    Posted in: There are dozens of brewers in Japan making fabulous, highly rated craft beers.

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    Ah_so

    When a baby is born to the Japanese imperial family and if any foreign country gives the same name to a newly born monkey in their zoo, many Japanese would feel uncomfortable.

    But Brits do not feel uncomfortable. If they hear that a monkey has been named after Charlotte, they would think, "nice idea". It would not be deemed disrespectful at all.

    Posted in: Oita mayor says no name change for Charlotte the monkey

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    Ah_so

    I can tell you right now. This isn't going to go over very well with the North Korean government.

    Are we reading the same article?

    The government of North Korea has agreed to support the walk

    Posted in: Women plan peace march across Korea's DMZ

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    Ah_so

    Despite the degrees being offered in English, the wider society will operate in a different language. This could make life pretty difficult for someone who has only English language.

    Posted in: Japanese students overlooking education opportunities in Europe

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    Ah_so

    I just had a talk with a Docomo store about an hour ago to switch from my old garake to an iPhone 6. The guy at the store said there is no simfree option.Very confusing...

    He obviously does not know that the rules have changed.

    Posted in: Mobile phone service operators lift SIM locks

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    Ah_so

    i wholly disagree. i find my Western friends are waaaay more punctual than my Japanese ones.

    I guess they are not Spanish then!

    In my experience, Japanese tend to consider an agreed time to be a deadline ("not after"), whereas most Westerners consider it a guide, and some have an unwritten "later than..." before the time. It is a cultural thing - different cultures treat time differently.

    Posted in: Michelin-star sushi restaurant in Tokyo defends foreigner rules

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    Ah_so

    The Japanese, like their British cousins, understand that excess physical contact can give out the wrong signal. You may be mistaken for a professional footballer or people may even think you are trying to be friendly.

    albeleo: amusing post - very witty. I particularly liked the final phrase.

    The English understand that hugging should be reserved for young children, elderly relatives and dogs.

    Posted in: Why do Japanese people seldom hug friends or family in public?

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    Ah_so

    I always thought Doraemon was gay!

    Posted in: Rainbow Pride

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    Ah_so

    Yes a generic vagina, whatever that my appear like, sends a completely different message. I find the display of ones private parts in public offensive and vulgar and women may find it demeaning as well. A generic version is much more palatable to the public I feel.

    Steven Crichton: I just wondered, have you seen a picture of the canoe in question? It does not look much like a real or generic one to me. It looks like a slightly weird canoe, but would not be immediately recognisable as a vagina if you saw it floating down a river.

    Posted in: Vagina kayak artist denies obscenity charges

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    Ah_so

    You think you have seen it all, when this comes along.

    But do not think that Northern Illinois University is a minor institution. No. Forbes rates it as #147 in the American Midwest. That means only #146 universities in the Midwest outrank it.

    Junior accounting major Alex Weier said the show is deeper and more in-depth than many realize.

    Thank you for your contribution, junior accounting major Alex Weier.

    Posted in: University offering 'Game of Thrones' course

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    Ah_so

    I have never had any problem getting into a Japanese onsen or any problem with the tattoo ban. But then again, I do not have any of those ridiculous permanent ink stains on my body that mark me out as 21st century conformist, while foolishly imagining that they make me look like an individual who is expressing oneself. If I wanted to do that, I would simply buy an iphone!

    Posted in: Nagano onsen welcomes foreigners with tattoos, as long as they patch ’em up

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    Ah_so

    I have been to a yabusame demonstration, and it is genuinely quite terrifying. It was easy to imagine their effectiveness in battle.

    Posted in: Take aim

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