JohnBecker's past comments

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    JohnBecker

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

    Posted in: Ishihara retires from politics

  • 0

    JohnBecker

    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

  • 0

    JohnBecker

    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

  • 2

    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

  • 12

    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

  • 1

    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

  • 0

    JohnBecker

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

    Posted in: Rio Games choose yellow feline as mascot

  • 0

    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

  • 2

    JohnBecker

    What a well-composed, powerful photo. Fantastic!

    Posted in: Lonely protester

  • -1

    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.

  • 0

    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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  • 8

    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

  • 0

    JohnBecker

    Ah_so, there are plenty of ways for Facebook to make money that don't involve appropriating the intellectual property of its users.

    Posted in: Facebook to curb promotional posts on user timelines

  • 0

    JohnBecker

    It's even easier than that, Mark_McCracken... just put up a fence anywhere that a standing person could be struck by any part of a roller coaster or any other ride, and pour concrete on the ground inside the fence so there's no tending to be done. Problem solved.

    Posted in: Employee hit by roller coaster at Kagawa theme park

  • 1

    JohnBecker

    That's a lot of money for what, on paper, looks like a very pedestrian vehicle. 3.3 liter V6 making just 233 horsepower? In a car that weighs more than 3,000 pounds? And looks funny?

    Maybe the paint job will disguise the weird looks.

    Posted in: Things to pick up at 7-Eleven: Milk, melon bread, Evangelion sports car

  • 1

    JohnBecker

    I think we can assume that Spotify is great for less known artists, not so much for big stars. If Taylor Swift does better financially by taking her music off Spotify, there's really no reason for her to stay.

    Posted in: Spotify defends payout norms after Taylor Swift withdraws music

  • -1

    JohnBecker

    There's no need for Japan to arrest anyone. The world environmental community needs to come down hard on the Chinese government until they arrest the poachers, confiscate the boats and destroy the catch. Take care of the problem at the source.

    Posted in: Coral in Ogasawaras under threat from poachers

  • 3

    JohnBecker

    Lovely. although sure it will draw firw for being a waste of good electricity.

    Beautiful colours (although I find them rather too "cool" for winter - a little more "red" would have made them "warmer")

    Every year, the illuminations come out. And these two comments come out about 5 minutes later.

    Posted in: Night lights

  • 0

    JohnBecker

    Formula One is nearly finished.

    Formula 1 is far from finished. It is still wildly popular in most of the world. The core teams will always carry the sport while the fringe teams come and go (see Caterham and Marussia). It's true that costs are too high. I imagine that has always been the case for all but the core teams. Living on the bleeding edge of technology is always expensive.

    As for building up popularity in the U.S., that's going to be tough. The European races start at 8:00 am in the eastern U.S., at 5:00 am in the west. The Asian races start in the middle of the night in the east and late on Saturday in the west. The only races Americans get to see in the middle of the day are Brazil, Canada, and the U.S. race.

    While the Texas circuit is very nice, I think the only race that would really capture Americans' (and the world's) attention would be a street race in New York City. I don't know how in the world they would pull it off, but that would become the greatest racing event on the calendar. They're trying to do a race across the river from the city in northern New Jersey, but it wouldn't be the same.

    Posted in: F1 should look to Hollywood, says U.S. Grand Prix boss

  • 18

    JohnBecker

    Wow. I can't think of a sadder way of saying, "I give up."

    Posted in: Solo wedding service for single women who want to be brides for a day

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