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Jeff OgrissegJan. 30, 2015 - 09:30AM JST
And here's where some powerful corporate madman sees the light come on: mandatory self-driving cars for the elderly.
Posted in: Police discuss measures to reduce accidents caused by drivers going wrong way
Jeff OgrissegJan. 23, 2015 - 10:55AM JST
Can anyone explain why the shadows under the men's chins are facing each other? I've worked in video, and the sun here is shining on them from the left and the right. This is obviously a composite video shot, which casts an even longer shadow on this whole affair.
Posted in: Japan awaits news of hostages as deadline passes
Jeff OgrissegJan. 23, 2015 - 10:12AM JST
Spend the 200 million yen on something worthwhile here in Japan. Why waste it on two guys who went to a dangerous place on purpose? Don't be an enabler of these IS shenanigans. Hell, build a school in Japan and nurture in younger Japanese to sense to not become IS hostages. Unless these two guys are government agents: Let 'em go... let 'em go...
Posted in: Japan says it is looking at all possible ways to free hostages
Jeff OgrissegJan. 22, 2015 - 04:19PM JST
They are definitely off to a good start with "The Man in the High Castle" (based on the novel by Philip K. Dick). But it will be interesting to see the Japanese reaction to this series. Check Amazon.co.uk for the preview.
Posted in: Amazon to produce, acquire original movies
Jeff OgrissegJan. 19, 2015 - 03:59PM JST
scipantheist: Look up the Japan American Football Association, founded in 1934. There's even the annual Rice Bowl (no kidding) held between the college champs and corporate/club team X-League champs.
Patriots vs. Seahawks? This Super Bowl match-up could be one for the ages.
Posted in: Seahawks rally past Packers to book Super Bowl return
Jeff OgrissegJan. 19, 2015 - 11:03AM JST
"Portable washing device" is a misleading description. After some digging, I found a photo that reveals it's only for removing spots or stains, with the business end only as large as a 100 yen coin. Rather limited use for an item that will cost you more than 10,000 yen. The selling point seems to be that it comes in orange, gold and pink.
Posted in: Portable washing device that looks like hair spray
Jeff OgrissegJan. 15, 2015 - 02:59PM JST
Cui bono? Sony just made $30 million more than they probably would have over the holiday season had the hack not occurred, while all Pyongyang got was a great big bag of rehashed sanctions and new threats. What is the harm in showing them the proof? Unless there is none.
It's unlikely that Sony would shoot itself in the foot for this, so what's in the bigger picture?
Posted in: N Korea wants U.S. evidence of its role in Sony hacking
Jeff OgrissegJan. 15, 2015 - 02:27PM JST
Until there is actual in-store camera coverage of the entire sequence, who's to say there's not an accomplice walking right behind, immediately picking up the punctured package and then paying for it? As video pranks go, this one is twisted, but not very deceptive.
Posted in: Police investigate online prank video taken in supermarket
Jeff OgrissegJan. 08, 2015 - 10:52AM JST
More plate tectonics rubbish. The 3/11 quake was caused by a collapse into the Japan Trench of the brittle shelf all along Japan's eastern coastline, beyond which lies some of Earth's oldest ocean floor. This has been happening there since time immemorial.
Posted in: 9-year buildup of pressure unleashed 2011 tsunami, scientists say
Jeff OgrissegJan. 07, 2015 - 11:26AM JST
To start with, "unruly" and "inconsiderate" are miles apart, even when being squeezed into an ever-more confined space. I used to love flying. Now I dread the thought of it.
But the obvious answer to dealing with a lot of the unruliness would be to stop serving alcohol altogether, and not allow bars near the boarding gates. Sure, it ain't a popular idea, but neither is non-reclining seats, which several airlines plan to install in order to solve the legroom problem that the carriers themselves created.
Posted in: How should airlines deal with unruly and inconsiderate passengers during a flight?
Jeff OgrissegDec. 19, 2014 - 09:29AM JST
How the Grinch Stole Christmas -- the original one, not the 2000 remake. And, of course, It's a Wonderful Life.
Posted in: What are some of your favorite Christmas-themed movies or TV shows?
Jeff OgrissegDec. 16, 2014 - 02:16PM JST
Vision, schmision... Even Google Translate, with it's nearly infinite communication base, can't properly translate most keyboard-typed English expressions into Japanese (or vice versa), so real-time voice translations are just a pipe dream for the foreseeable future. Of course, that hasn't stopped companies like DoCoMo from trotting out this breakthrough promise every other year. Skype is great, but Microsoft should keep quiet until this works flawlessly.
Posted in: Microsoft's Skype moves toward auto-translation
Jeff OgrissegDec. 12, 2014 - 02:31PM JST
No one of consequence will be punished for this. And before calling for the dismantling of the CIA, remember what they did to JFK after he suggested it. This monster will never be tamed from within, and they have ensured there's nothing we can do about it.
Posted in: To deter U.S. from torturing again, those involved should be prosecuted
Jeff OgrissegDec. 09, 2014 - 03:13PM JST
The little hot-head probably should have waited until the plane landed in Seoul to dress down the crew member rather than inciting a quarrel in first class. Make the errant crew member sit back in economy for 14 hours. That'll teach 'em a lesson!
Posted in: Nuts! Korean flight delayed by first class spat
Jeff OgrissegNov. 26, 2014 - 04:45PM JST
Except for the crust, there is nothing pizza-ish about this giant cookie, or possibly pie. It's simply NOT a pizza.
Posted in: Japan serves up yet another weird pizza
Jeff OgrissegNov. 25, 2014 - 03:50PM JST
It's likely that they've been selling in bulk to those discount ticket shops you see everywhere. Still, this averages out to more than 600 per store, which is a lot of missing inventory to not notice sooner.
Posted in: 16,000 New Year greeting cards stolen from 26 Lawson stores in Hokkaido
Jeff OgrissegNov. 17, 2014 - 02:42PM JST
There was plenty of butter on the shelves of the local store today, in three different brands. So I'm not buying into rumor of a "severe" shortage. What's next, a red wine shortage before the beaujolais nouveau arrives?
Posted in: Seasonal celebrations threatened by nationwide butter shortage
Jeff OgrissegNov. 17, 2014 - 10:19AM JST
How about turning off the posts that ask me if I want to donate money to something? Getting fairly sick of those and I see no way to block them. (Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas this year is an invitation to Ello.)
Posted in: Facebook to curb promotional posts on user timelines
Jeff OgrissegNov. 13, 2014 - 02:27PM JST
This morbid human obsession with post-life baffles me more with each passing year. You're here, and then you're not. Big deal. At most, mix my ashes with some natural resins and make a picture frame or a vase out of me. Otherwise, toss me unboxed into the ground and let me fertilize a shade tree.
Posted in: End-of-life preparation
Jeff OgrissegNov. 12, 2014 - 03:34PM JST
Of course it should. I'm surprised the consumer protection agency lets them get away with this. Tokyo to Honolulu for 37,000 yen sounds great until it becomes 67,000 yen.
Posted in: Do you think airfares advertised online or at travel agents should include the fuel surcharge?
Feb. 02, 2015 - 09:12AM JST
The men and women in uniform who serve this nation need to be shown a great…
Posted in: No war
Mr Goto's fate yet remains unverified. A video showing a masked goon moving his lips behind…
Posted in: Abe expresses outrage at IS video purportedly showing Goto being beheaded
Feb. 02, 2015 - 09:11AM JST
Posted in: Goto's mother expresses sorrow over his murder
Posted in: Japan mourns Goto as caring and courageous reporter
Feb. 02, 2015 - 09:08AM JST
No no no! Goto's dead was tragic but let's not do anything stupid.
Posted in: Japan to debate rescue missions by SDF after Islamic State executions