Ah_so's past comments

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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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    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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    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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    Ah_so

    I don't like the festivals myself, but maybe because it is not a mold taken from some guy?

    tinawatanabe: So under Japanese law, a canoe that just resembled a generic vagina would be OK, as long as it is not a mold from an actual vagina? It seems like Megumi has a very good defence - she simply tells the court that it is not her actual vagina after all but a conceptual vagina.

    The only way to disprove this claim would be for a vagina identity parade. Would the judge demad that Megumi lifts her skirt so that he could have a look?

    However we look at this, the Japanese obscenity laws, as applied here, are absurd.

    Posted in: Vagina kayak artist denies obscenity charges

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    Ah_so

    Except that the Apple mini is cheaper and you don't have to hack it to run OSX.

    Just had a look - the Apple is a bit more expensive than the cheaper model, but appears to be far better value.

    the next stage is for cell phones to also have this type of functionality i.e. function as mobile PCs that can be easily plugged into a VD, keyboard and mouse. This would be great for businesses and private users alike.

    Posted in: Palm-sized desktop PCs

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    They have DVD players in NK?

    No of course not - Park was sending them over so they could look at the pictures on the back.

    (just to be clear, should be read in a sarcastic voice)

    Posted in: S Korean police block 'Interview' DVD launch into North

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    You are in possession of an entire video (one that shows what happened at the start of the incident; not this edited one of Scott running away from Officer Slager)? If so, please provide a link. Otherwise, you and the others whom have already convicted Officer Slager without a fair trial have no clue as to what Scott did or didn't do to make Officer Slager to shoot him. Who knows? Perhaps Scott wanted a suicide by cop.

    Very desperate arguments, Texas. I think you would still be supporting the cop whatever the full video showed.

    To shoot a lumbering fat man in the back, running at the speed of a small child, the only thing I would need to justify it is if he had recently killed someone and was running to kill another, who was just out of shot. If he had assaulted the officer it would in no way justify the shooting. It does look like there was some sort of scuffle, but once he was running away, and it was obvious he was unarmed, he should not have been shot.

    Suicide by cop? Don't make me laugh.

    Posted in: Video of South Carolina police shooting inflames debate

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    Ah_so

    There hasn't been a trial yet. He hasn't been found guilty of anything.

    Things look pretty black and white to me. However, as the case last year showed, many support the shooting in the back of anyone even vaguely resisting arrest, as shown in the comments section of this site following the events in Ferguson last year.

    I have seen the video of the victim fleeing the policeman. Wow, I could walk faster than that guy could run. A healthy cop would have taken him in a few seconds and brought him down with a truncheon. No need for a hail of bullets. The manner in which the cop sauntered over to the dead or dying man afterwards was quite sickening. So casual, as though he was wandering over to pick up a piece of litter.

    But as you rightly say - there has been no trial yet and the dead man was black, so who knows?

    Posted in: White South Carolina officer charged with murder for shooting black man

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    These things really pander to the juvenile nature of most Japanese people.

    In my country, town halls waste money by redesigning their logos and publishing mission statements. In Japan they waste it on mascots. At least the mascots are not officious, self-important garbage.

    Posted in: Japan's mascots face cull or combination

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    Ah_so

    I believe that there is probably intelligent life out there in the universe somewhere. It is statistically improbable that we are alone. In the billions of years in which life could have exidted, whole civilisations may have risen and falken.

    However, they are probably so far away that they have no way of getting to earth and humanity might be extinct before they even work out we are.

    Posted in: UFOs haven't invaded Japan, defense minister tells Diet

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    Tips to avoid being ripped off:

    1) Do not take investment advice from a broker. 2) See '1'. 3) Repeat. 4) Remember Woody Allen's quote: "A stockbroker is someone who invests your money until it's all gone."

    Posted in: 4 tips to avoid getting fleeced by your broker

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    We should forgive his use of "ironic" - it may be a translation from the Japanese - I see that the source is Asahi Shimbun.

    But he should remember that while America is Japan's top ally, Japan is well away from being America's top ally.

    Posted in: It is an ironic result, given that the United States is Japan’s top ally.

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    Boulderdash!!!- Everyone knows Cherry trees are as American as Apple Pie!

    Well said! A point re-enforced by the fact that applie pie is from England and taken to the US by settlers. The most American of dishes is form England. The most Japanese of trees is from China.

    Posted in: Blooming row over cherry blossoms splits China, S Korea, Japan

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    Ah_so

    Many parallels between Japan Inc and Nokia. Both were caught napping by the smart phone revolution and neither has ever regained its historical share prices highs (Nokia still about 90% down on its 2000 peak).

    I loved Nokia phones back in the day - trusty, reliable work horses. I still have one knocking about somewhere.

    Posted in: Network connections

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    Ah_so

    Can anyone tell me how long it would take to have a thorough look at every part of the Castle?

    I think the tour took an hour or so. But after a while, one vast empty room of tatami mats begins to merge into another. However, definitely worth doing.

    Posted in: Himeji Castle reopens after 5 1/2 years of repair work

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    Ah_so

    Media reporting on other media is never good, these audio recordings are held and analyzed at the highest security levels, not even the CEO of the company is allowed to hear these recordings.

    Really? The black box transcript of Air France 447 that crashed in 2009 has been published Ending with the words: "Damn it, we're going to crash... This can't be happening!"

    Posted in: Report says one pilot locked out of cockpit before Germanwings crash

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    Ah_so

    No, sue the individual

    smithinjapan: there is nothing for the school board to sue him for - it has not suffered a financial loss for which it needs compensating. He needs sacking, but we do need to understand exactly what we thought he was doing. If there was really no home or hope for these kittens, they should have been despatched in the kindest way possible, pas devant les enfants.

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    Smithinjapan: discipline the teacher yes, but cannot see what a law suit would achieve. Are you suggesting that the the prefectural board should effectively sue itself? And for what financial loss?

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    Ah_so

    As to temperature, Fahrenheit is Also base 10 and more granular. Every 3 degrees of F is one in Celsius making it a better base 10 scale. Moderately ridiculous to arbitrarily decide a scale must be based on the freezing point of water and the boiling point must be 100 units higher. at least the kelvin scale starts at absolute zer, Celsius is pointless because two better alternatives exist.

    Todd Topolski - The ratio of F to C is approximately 2:1, not 3:1 as you state.

    The arbitrary nature of Fahrenheit is that it is based on the freezing point of sea water (0F) with 100F measured against the human body (later refinements have seen this change slightly).

    Imperial still has some very odd uses, such as US stock prices. Why measure in fractions? The dollar is already in a perfectly good metric system, so why price a stock as $55 1/8? An eighth of a dollar? Come on, this is 2015.

    Posted in: Why doesn’t the U.S. adopt the metric system?

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