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    JohnBecker

    When he was doing his 12:30 am show on NBC, it was hilarious. It was inventive and irreverent. He could get away with a lot more there than he ever tried on his 11:30 pm CBS show.

    Posted in: Final Letterman show draws record 14 million viewers

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    I was 22 when Letterman started his NBC show. I'm 55 now. I've watched him for all of my adult life. As much as I like Stephen Colbert (or the "Stephen Colbert" persona from the Colbert Report), I have to wonder if his version of the show will click with me and others my age the way Letterman did all those years ago.

    A few items that should go to the Smithsonian: Letterman's desk, chair and microphone, Paul Shafer's organ, Biff Henderson's headset, and the velcro suit.

    Posted in: David Letterman signs off as late-night host

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    JohnBecker

    a book * 2. a boat * 3. fire * 4. steel * 5. a wheel * 6. a battery * 7. a light bulb * 8. a transistor * 9. a jet airplane * 10. a network server

    Posted in: If you had to pick 10 objects that would go on a history of the world list, which 10 items would you pick?

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    JohnBecker

    Looking like a sad year for the Tigers.

    Posted in: Japanese baseball results

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    JohnBecker

    Thanks for the scores and standings, JT. And for adding "GP" to the column heading, even if you didn't go with a fixed-width font. ;-)

    Posted in: Japanese baseball results

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    Boeing took a huge risk and revolutionized the industry in the '60s when they brought out the 747. I have a feeling they did the same thing with the 787. It's a big gamble to put so much new technology into a brand new product. Even if there are some hiccups in development and in early examples (none of which have caused any accidents), it's a big step forward.

    Fuel prices are down. That won't last, and every airline executive in the world knows it. The most this situation will do is delay some orders (and not affect others at all) for a year or two.

    Posted in: American Airlines debuts new jet aimed for long flights

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    Not very big, but still enough to ruin your day if it fell on your head. It's just good news that it's not a structural problem with the bridge.

    Posted in: Concrete slab falls from elevated Tohoku shinkansen bridge in Miyagi

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    I wonder if any representatives of the Tokugawa family are present. They're certainly no threat to the current government, so it would be pretty great to see them involved.

    Posted in: Kanda Festival

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    JohnBecker

    If I'm in the seats at Tokyo Dome, and I show up in a photo of the grandstands at Tokyo Dome, no worries. If I'm in Ueno Park sitting on a bench reading a book, and someone takes a picture of me with Shinobazu Pond in the background, he/she should get my permission (with or without compensation) for using the photo commercially.

    But this causes problems for classic "street" photography. Henri Cartier-Bresson never could have produced the shots he's famous for, if he'd had to stop all those people and get releases signed.

    Final answer: it depends.

    Posted in: Should media be able to take photos of, or film people in public, and then use it without asking their permission?

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    Back in the '70s, when there were 4 networks in the US, they had the means to produce something that qualified as an "event." And it was an event in the minds of the viewers, who had precious little choice on TV. Among what used to be called "mini-series," I can recall Roots and The Six Wives of Henry VIII (on PBS, produced by BBC) as being the biggest and the best.

    Posted in: U.S. TV to remake 1970s slavery classic 'Roots'

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    JohnBecker

    Thanks for the scores and standings, JT!

    You might consider changing the header on the standings to read, "GP W L T Pct. GB". Yes, it should be obvious that the first number is games played, but if you're going to label columns, it's worth labeling all of them. Also, it might be more readable if they were enclosed in a div with the following attributes:

    pre { display: block; font-family: monospace; white-space: pre; margin: 1em 0; }

    Just a suggestion.

    Posted in: Japanese baseball results

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    JohnBecker

    The "war on drugs" is a sham. Prohibition in the U.S. proved that as long as there is demand, there will be supply. Either legalize and regulate drugs, or jail the users as well as the sellers. Anything else is a waste of money and manpower.

    Posted in: Australia calls for regional fight against drug trade after executions

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    If there was ever a time to tell an unsuspecting friend that you'd slipped some LSD in his/her drink.....

    Posted in: Pikachu outbreak to happen again in Yokohama this summer

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    I wonder whose technology they stole to be able to produce these watches?

    Posted in: Chinese smartwatch makers say clock ticking for Apple

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    JohnBecker

    The fact is, Boeing did most of the development on the 747-8 45 years ago. It wasn't a huge expense or a big risk to modify an existing airframe. Airbus ran into a bit of bad timing, bringing out the A380 just before the global financial meltdown. It's still a great hub-to-hub plane, and they'll do fine.

    Posted in: Jumbo jet faces a make or break year

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    JohnBecker

    www.voxpupuli.sucks What a bunch of trolls.

    You don't think they were the first company to buy their own domain name?

    Posted in: New .sucks domain stirs up storm over free speech

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    JohnBecker

    As the $ rises more Im guessing the Boeing profit margin will drop.

    I imagine it would be just the opposite - margin would go up, even if sales/revenues declined.

    Posted in: Boeing clings to lead over Airbus in long-haul jets

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    JohnBecker

    I have a sneaking suspicion that the commenters who are taking the U.S. to task for not doing more, are the same people who would be admonishing the U.S. for trying to be the world's policeman if they actually did more.

    Posted in: Arab nations create joint military. Is that good or bad?

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    They could use a catchy name. How about SAI48?

    Posted in: Saitama police set up Japan's first all-female forensics team

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    JohnBecker

    All this in a country where simple smoke alarms aren't exactly ubiquitous. I just don't get it.

    Posted in: Disaster expo shows innovations in thriving industry

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