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    KnowBetter

    You all do what you're going to do but clearly the 80/20 rule is alive and well here. The world was flat once was it not? This is all a power struggle just like religion and the masses are eating it up due to peer pressure and/or fear. There's a saying "People are stupid, a person is smart". Think about it... alone, for once.

    Posted in: Do you consider global warming just a theory or a proven fact?

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    Here's an idea, lower taxes so people actually have money in their wallets to spend. The more money people have, the more they spend or at least the people in government sure as hell do.

    Posted in: Gov't eyes shopping vouchers, promotions to boost consumption

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    WOW! This story doesn't even mention how Netflix gained such a huge international customer base because of its tech savvy subscribers using VPN to access the US Netflix content and by word of mouth through forums and chat groups which by the way Netflix was well aware of and made Netflix $$$,$$$,$$$. Now Netflix decides that it's going to listen to its content providers and block ALL VPN. Great so if you're using VPN at work or have a tablet and you're staying at a hotel or in a free wi-fi area and you want to watch Netflix, you HAVE TO TURN OFF YOUR VPN security even if you are using a VPN server that is in your country and you are in that same country where your billing address is for your credit card. Netflix took the easy way out and now is starting to pay the price in lost revenue.

    Speaking of price, Netflix is raising the grandfathered pricing for loyal long term customers starting May 9 from $7.99 in the U.S. and Canada to $9.99 if they wish to keep the same plan but are blocking VPN and most Netflix customers have no clue that is about to happen. A lot of Netflix customers are now finding without VPN active that their Netflix service is slower or even stops streaming altogether now because their ISP can see (IP address) that they are watching Netflix and is throttling them. I have first hand experience of this slow crappy service. Content loading takes forever and the image quality is lousy. It takes several page refreshes to get a show or movie to start and then 10 to 15 minutes into it, the image get all pixelated.

    As soon as everyone loses their grandfathered pricing, there will be no incentive for them to stick around. That coupled with that crappy image quality if you're getting throttled by your ISP for watching Netflix and no VPN for security and/or more Netflix content options will see a MASSIVE downturn in Netflix's profit. I predict that people will now get Netflix for a month at a time only when big new releases come out, binge watch them and bail. This probably means most that leave Netflix will only come back for about 4 to 8 months out of the year at max. This will all start to play out starting May 9th as billing cycles start to reflect the 25% higher pricing.

    Posted in: In Asia, Netflix trips on regulation, content, and competition

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    If you think that looks cool, you should see the machines they use to clear that. Now that's a snow blower!

    Posted in: Awesome

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    Every Mc Ds is suffering right now because people might have just finally woken up and been grossed out enough not to eat there anymore. Back in the day when they ACTUALLY grilled the meat patties on a metal grill and assembled the burger right away it was good. Now the meat patties are cooked and stored in plastic tubs then stuck on a bun that is rarely if ever heated up. Back in the day they buns were actually put in a large clam shell style toaster. I know this because as a 15 year back then that wanted things, you started working at Mc Ds to pay for it. Oh yeah and the cheese actually melted over the meat patty. I have never seen that happen in the last 10 years, mind you I've only been to Mc Ds about 15 times in the last 10 years.

    Posted in: McDonald's targeting buyout firms as it seeks to sell North Asia stores

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    KnowBetter Apr. 16, 2016 - 04:41AM JST

    A M5.3 about 8kms to the west and a M5.5 about 5kms to the east of Aso hit just after 3am within 50 minutes of each other. Having family in Kumamoto is making me more concerned than normal about this as Aso is an active volcano and I've been on that beast and have been chased off when it 'burped'. Hopefully this is not a waking giant getting ready to let rip. Be safe and keep your wits about you, people of Kumamoto and surrounding areas.

    After posting the above at 4:41AM, I thought to myself, I hope it doesn't get worse and yet now you can clearly see a pattern of the quakes spreading from the main two quakes along a mainly eastward line to the north-east and a few to the south-west. Let's just hope that this is pretty much the end of Mother Nature's show of force and that has released all the pent up energy in those fault lines. The last thing anyone needs is Mt Aso coming to blows with the region. That whole area is one massive ring of volcanoes that no one needs springing to life and since this area was not known for these big quakes, it makes me wonder if this just might be the beginning of a new cycle for these volcanoes and this massive caldera. Afterall, these quakes just might be enough to 'rip open' the crust for the 'hot filling' to come out. It is after all under pressure just below the surface.

    Posted in: Small eruption on Mount Aso after earthquake

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    A M5.3 about 8kms to the west and a M5.5 about 5kms to the east of Aso hit just after 3am within 50 minutes of each other. Having family in Kumamoto is making me more concerned than normal about this as Aso is an active volcano and I been on that beast and have been chased off when it 'burped'. Hopefully this is not a waking giant getting ready to let rip. Be safe and keep your wits about you, people of Kumamoto and surrounding areas.

    Posted in: Baby rescued from collapsed house 6 hours after quake

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    It's bad enough that in North America UPS, FedEx, Purolator, USPS, Canada Post, DHL, etc. have drivers that drop and throw packages but I've never seen someone getting hit by one of those packages. As good as the delivery services are in Japan which by the way are by far the best I've EVER experienced on this planet, I'd be worried about a package being dropped by a drone or more likely by the 'butterfingers' recipient on the balcony MANY FLOORS UP OVER THE SIDEWALK. That won't end well.

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    I have been to Miyajima many times and have always found the island to be a very peaceful place. If you get there early in the day, I strongly recommend a hike up the trail to the top of the mountain and then take the tram down.

    Just watch your stuff around the waterfront tourist when you get mobbed by the deer as the little buggers can at times become overly 'curious' and poke their noses into low hanging bags and purses. One thought it had found a snack in my wife's shoulder bag and bit into her Nexus 7 tablet but luckily the flip case took the brunt of the bite pressure saving the screen from being shattered. That deer must not have had breakfast that day I reckon.

    Posted in: Cultural break

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    Russell Peters said it best when said that "soon there will be no white, black, brown, red or yellow, there will just beige". Since we are all pretty much the same under that 'skin label', when will the old cronies finally give up and get with the times? I'm guessing "when they're six feet under" as the saying goes.

    Posted in: Model Melody Yoko -- in tune with a changing Japan

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    "Another safety option on some vehicles automatically steers vehicles back into their lane if they start to drift into another lane without the driver turning on a turn signal."

    WOW!!! This might actually force people to use their turn signal now!!! Just checked the weather reports and there seems to be NO cooling trend in hell yet. Hmmmmm.

    Posted in: Self-driving cars not ready for U.S. roads, experts warn

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    Was just in the area and had a great in in Nagasaki. People were really friendly, the food was cho oishii and the sites were interesting. Definitely recommend going to Dejima and checking it out even though they are in the middle of rebuilding it. Will be great once finished, the history of the 'lost island' is great to learn about and how things most take for granted in Japan today were introduced back then. Also, I'd recommend a trip out to Hashima aka Gunkanjima.

    Posted in: Island hopping

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    “If young children are not used to seeing (male genitalia), they could get into a bit of a panic when the time comes,” Hiroyuki Nakamura told AFP, explaining the festival’s educational role.

    Right, so panic must be averted for 'male genitalia' which is not all that complex but let's not dare even talk about female genitalia and even jail people who would make a kayak with a vagina opening for the user to sit in because that would terrify all! Sucking on a penis lollipop is not at all even mildly sexual but getting into a vagina kayak must be. I love Japan but this is one of those things that really make me scratch my head and wonder.

    Posted in: Size matters at Japan phallus festival

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    China's military and government are very similar to that of an adolescent brain, poor judgement and impulse control due to being underdeveloped. Sadly, China thinks it knows every thing and what it's doing is right, much like a teenager but as we all know, teenagers tend to make some horrific errors in judgement and these go on to bite them in the arse in EPIC fashion.

    China, like a lot of teenagers has this monumental chip on their shoulder about never being respected or taken seriously and that I fear will eventually lead to that teenager aka China over reaching their accepted level of stupidity to where they end up needing a proverbial spanking!!! Now of course we all know those days of keeping bad little children in check with a little spanking is not PC now and thus we see the growth of these little brats' misbehaviour just about everywhere we go. So was is clearly becoming a "too little, to late" scenario with China needs to be addressed. And by the way that was yesterday about three years ago, give or take a year.

    Posted in: China says Japanese base on Yonaguni shows its hypocrisy on South China Sea

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    If Trump wins then one might seriously need to figure out a way to hide the keys to the red button.

    Posted in: Japan to stick to non-nuclear arms pledge despite Trump remark

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    THIS IS THE ONLY REASON why the world NEVER went forth with Thorium reactors. The US and all nuke building countries needed those dirty reactors for their bomb making supplies. Thorium reactors by design can't have those EPIC meltdowns and their waste is almost nothing when compared to today's nuclear reactors and of course make no waste by product for nukes.

    This ship sailing the high seas carrying that load of plutonium makes for a great Bond movie script whereby the ship gets hit and the 'cargo' goes missing for obviously nefarious acts to soon be disclosed. As someone once said, "I've got a bad felling about this".

    Posted in: Japan to send weapons grade plutonium back to U.S. this weekend, Greenpeace says

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    Kimino’s lawyer said he will appeal the ruling, saying he was under the influence of alcohol and that he regretted his actions.

    Why am I not surprised...

    Posted in: Man sentenced to death for murder of 6-year-old Kobe girl

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    Been there done that. If she wants to shop and there's nothing in the area for me to do, then I'm napping like those guys.

    Posted in: Nap time

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    Clearly some of the facts as to whether this woman was free or being held during the past 10 years of litigation is missing but if held during that time then maybe some solace can be taken that Karma played its role for this horrible act.

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    The negligence violates the International Covenants on Human Rights and the Convention of the Rights of the Child, and may force many children into social isolation, experts said in calling on those 41 municipalities to better deal with the issue.

    Oh yeah, that's priceless coming from Japan... where children get soooooo much support in school from bullying from other students and and the odd teachers.

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