JohnBecker's past comments

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    JohnBecker

    Sad that they died, but they accepted the risk of leaving the trails.

    Posted in: 4 skiers dead in avalanches; 3 missing in Northern Alps

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    Being so thoroughly defeated after their impotent performance while in power should have been enough evidence for the DPJ that "we're not the LDP" won't be enough to get them elected again. Putting someone from those failed administrations at the head of the party shows the party rank-and-file to be complete idiots. What they need is a young firebrand with no connection to the failures of the past.

    Posted in: Okada elected leader of main opposition DPJ

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    Somehow, this isn't psychiatric ailment? The reader assumes the finding was, it is possible to commit these crimes and be sane.

    kcjapan, I'm generalizing based on the way things are done in the U.S., but it's probably not much different in Japan - if the suspect knows right from wrong, he/she is culpable. The fact that she read up on juvenile law indicates that she knew what she was planning was illegal and, by extension, that she had a clear sense of right and wrong. It's almost a given that she has some sort of psychological problem, but that fact doesn't necessarily prevent her from facing charges.

    Posted in: Sasebo girl who killed classmate judged criminally responsible

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    Hyatt isn't feeling charitable, they're reacting to Marriott's practice of jamming cell phone data signals so that guests have to buy wi-fi service from the hotel. Marriott is even asking the government to make this practice legal, so they can continue to do it without repercussions.

    It makes Hyatt look like a much better deal, even if they're slowing down the free wi-fi to make their "premium" wi-fi look more attractive.

    Posted in: Hyatt Hotels to offer all guests free Internet

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    Actually, Detroit is a perfect example of what happens to a city when it loses half its population and its biggest industry is decimated.

    Posted in: New hope and old woes as Detroit exits bankruptcy

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    Nice "slice of life" kind of photo.

    Posted in: Eel-viewing

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    JohnBecker

    I'm not an Apple fanboy or anything, but this lawsuit is silly. Apple doesn't advertise "available" storage, they advertise total storage, some of which is taken up by the OS. This would be like suing Dell for advertising computers with 2TB hard drives that have only 1.9 TB available because Windows is installed.

    Posted in: Apple sued for promising more available storage space than it actually delivers

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    Hacking Sony is an illegal act, and an annoyance. Messing with infrastructure is an act of war, and one that won't be answered with just strong words. I think NK understands its limitations.

    Posted in: For N Korea's cyber-army, long-term target may be telecoms, utility grids

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    I'm glad he's leaving. I hope he never comes back.

    Posted in: Ishihara retires from politics

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    Ideology aside, it's a shame that they picked this time of year to open up. Anyone who cares has probably visited already for the Emperor's birthday or New Year's, when things probably look more or less the same as they do now. It would be nice if they would do this in the springtime when, I imagine, it would look pretty spectacular.

    Posted in: Tens of thousands get rare peek at Imperial Palace

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    The real Santa is from the North Pole, just north of Finland.

    And the real Santa doesn't fly FinnAir, he flies Air Rudolph.

    Posted in: Santa Claus arrives from Finland

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    JohnBecker

    ....wrong colors blah blah blah..... ....wasting energy blah blah blah....

    There! I saved the naysayers all the trouble. Merry Christmas!

    Posted in: Niagara night

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    JohnBecker

    That may well be the case, SimondB. But it's worth keeping an eye on this. We don't really need tight regulation on the e-fluid, but there have to be some rules about what goes in it. I hope they achieve some kind of happy medium that keeps e-cigs available, and relatively safe. (Full disclosure: I'm a former smoker who quit by using an e-cig for 5 months.)

    Posted in: E-cigarettes contain up to 10 times carcinogens: Japan researchers

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    JohnBecker

    I think I would prefer to use that 350 yen to buy beer that doesn't need to be made "more delicious."

    Posted in: Stir-in powders promise to make beer even more delicious with boosted malt, fruit flavors

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    JohnBecker

    It should have been Cristo Redentor, wearing green, yellow and blue Adidas warmups.

    Posted in: Rio Games choose yellow feline as mascot

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    JohnBecker

    Let the government start making noises about deporting them to NK and see how fast the Chongryon shut up.

    Posted in: Real estate company gets control of de facto N Korean embassy

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    JohnBecker

    What a well-composed, powerful photo. Fantastic!

    Posted in: Lonely protester

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    JohnBecker

    OssanAmerica, you say yourself that the rising sun ensign was flown during the Sino-Japanese War, the Russo-Japanese War, and WWI. The author didn't say it was inherited from the WWII Japanese Navy, he said it was inherited from the wartime Imperial Navy, which fought in the three conflicts you mention. He did not say anything about WWII.

    Posted in: Japan raises military profile in naval war games with U.S.

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    JohnBecker

    Fuel cell vehicles run on compressed hydrogen gas, which in the Mirai’s case is stored in two tanks mounted underneath the vehicle. They emit no exhaust, though fossil fuels are used in the production of hydrogen and to pressurize it.

    Fossil fuels are used currently to produce the electricity needed to produce and pressurize hydrogen. If the electricity comes from renewables or nuclear, there are no fossil fuels involved. Vehicles that run on electricity (whether it's generated on board by fuel cells or externally) don't care where the electricity comes from, and can take full advantage f the cleaner generation technologies of the future.

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    JohnBecker

    No surprise, this was a foregone conclusion when the nuclear plants went offline. Until they come back online and/or alternative power starts getting some traction, this won't change.

    Posted in: Japan CO2 emissions hit record yearly high

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