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    The fact that they didn't bother to release any new lenses at all with the M2 shows Canon doesn't really care about the mirrorless market.

    Posted in: EOS M2 mirrorless camera

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    Great. If the price was even remotely reasonable. For that much money (and the weight) you might as well either get an entry-ish DSLR or a mirrorless, even if you are a beginner. The 1" sensor is very nice I'll admit, and the combination of the big-ish sensor with long zoom could be tempting for some people, but those people don't want to spend more than maybe 50,000.

    Posted in: Powerful Cybershot camera

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    A friend of mine who was in the tv business in Japan told me a different story. He told me most of the variety shows don't pay that much at all, and that the point of being in them was to get enough face time on tv that you become more popular. Get more popular and you get hired to be in very lucrative commercials. Repeat this cycle enough, and you might just get a big part in a regular drama. There you increase the value of your name, earn more and bigger cm bits, and so on. Then of course the truly talented/lucky stars get big parts in movies and if they make enough money and earn enough respect they can just go from movie to movie without jumping through all the hoops. Not sure if this is 100% accurate, and even if it is I'm sure there are a lot of exceptions, but I think it explains the prevalence of the same talents better.

    Posted in: Why it’s so important for Japanese celebrities to star in commercials

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    This article sounds intelligent on the surface, but when you think about it for even a second you realize the same thing happens everywhere, and there is nothing special or unique about the ramen shop in Japan that despite being awesome sells its ramen at cheap prices.

    As a real world example, take any one of dozens of Chicago pizzeria that all sell great food or they'd go out of business because the standard of quality is so high, but most rely on world of mouth to get customers, and have fiendishly loyal fans. They, like the ramen shops in Japan, are also cheap because that's what the market dictates.

    The author is simply trying to find uniqueness when it's just the way certain elements of the restaurant (and other) industries work.

    Posted in: Quality vs cost in Japan

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    If the battery life is good when you turn off these extra features, it'll be a great phone. Otherwise I say pass and get a HTC One.

    Posted in: Review: Tech in Galaxy S 4 doesn't come together

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    Never mind that Japan has tons of sources of geothermal energy, but they don't bother to tap them. Nuclear power is safe in general, when there are proper checks in place by unbiased 3rd parties and when the plants are built to properly deal with local conditions. Alas, in Japan we have neither. The people doing the checking are all in cahoots with the plant builders ,and corners are cut all the time to save a few bucks.

    Posted in: Gov't to restart nuclear reactors once safety assured

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    Saw it yesterday. Overall it was good, but the insistence on constant close-ups got old quick. There's a lot going on in the world but you just don't get to see enough of it. I would pay serious cash to be able to see this movie again, filmed with a little more movement and a few wider camera shots, just to mix it up a little.

    Posted in: 'Les Miserables' relies on close-ups for emotional punch

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    As long as it's not Ishihara and Hashimoto I'm happy about that.

    Posted in: LDP favored to win lower house election

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    Want to know the biggest difference between make and female otaku, as I've experienced it? Body odor...

    Just kidding. I agree with CrisGerSan for the most part. You can't pin down the differences in such a simple way. But I also think a lot of the anime made specifically about otaku-ism are themselves over generalizing and over simplifying things, or inventing character types and presenting them as if they are a real category of otaku.

    Posted in: Differences between men and women otaku

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    Cool ideas... Until you pause and remember that fish didn't evolve to be caught by people. People found places where you can fish and returned again and again to get food. Yes, the thrill of fishing may be a part of the activity now, but the goal of fishing is to get food. Fish live to eat, reproduce and carry on their species, not to become food for anything.

    Posted in: Thoughts on nature and agriculture in Japan

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    One question: did they bother to put on a 2nd dial so you can control shutter and aperture without having to switch?

    Posted in: Digital SLR camera D5200 from Nikon

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    I wonder if glasses with no lenses, which are apparently popular nowadays, will enter his collection right along with the radio TV.

    I certainly hope so, tho they aren't really in the same category. I love old crazy stuff like he collects. And sometimes they do the job better than newer stuff, they just couldn't sell because of cost, size or bad luck.

    I think the era of Japanese innovation will come again. Yes, JP companies lost a lot of maneuvering room when they got too big, but look at phone makers. The best phones in the world were all made by JP companies until the iPhone came along and toppled a stagnant market. And at the moment all the phones are dominated by android or iOS, but the JP companies are starting to make good handsets again. Japan will come around in other areas, too, especially as big companies shave off the fat. Or if they don't they go under as they should.

    Posted in: Japan's gadget failures: One man refuses to forget

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    I think whether subunits of a metropolis are called boroughs, wards, or are themselves separate cities depends on the culture and how the metropolis grew up. When they drew up the ku plan for Tokyo I think it was to try to unify areas that had been up till then under separate leadership. I think boroughs are more for places where the city as an entity existed long before it grew to a huge size requiring separate govt for each area.

    Oh, and I'm pretty sure Los Angeles also has the same system, right? They call the sub-units Cities. Anyone from LA want to correct me on this?

    Posted in: Some interesting tidbits about Tokyo's 23 wards

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    It may seem like boasting or showing off or trying to ingratiate yourself with new markets, but who cares? Son has donated so much the past two years first after 311 and now to New York. It helps people. That's all that matters. And publicizing donations may seem to be in bad taste but it also raises awareness.

    Like in the case of AKB48 giving after 311. Say what you want about the group, but they gave huge donations in comparison to their individual salaries, and their donations could easily help shame bigger stars into being more giving and being more aware that help is needed.

    Posted in: Softbank CEO embroiled in Twitter war after donating $500,000 to Hurricane Sandy relief

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    Ugh, just think about the roads that could've been fixed and jobs that could've been created if all the money spent on courting an Olympic bid would've been spent on something that actually benefited the city.

    Posted in: Tokyo 2020 says public support for Olympics rising

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    Ah, gaijinfo, you beat me to it. Study after study always show that the big illegal downloaders are also people who spend money on legitimate music. Just look at the stats the article cites: "analysts suggesting that just one in 10 downloads were legal." 1 in 10 tho still results in a profit. 0 downloads = no money made by anyone.

    Posted in: A month after download law, consumers spending less on music: survey

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    OK. He may have gotten only 20 millisieverts in that situation, but the people who were in the water got much much higher, especially someone who got enought radiation to cause beta burns. Fortunately for them, exposure would be mainly on their legs and feet. If they'd been in the water up to their waists it would've been a lot worse. My gut, though, says whenever they mention how much rads a certain worker gets it is almost always rounded down significantly. Truly tragic.

    Posted in: Worker says Fukushima nuclear plant crisis crew not told of danger

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    I'd like to think when they tear down my old apartment building they'll probably find a few.

    Posted in: Skeleton found in closet of house being demolished

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    I have to agree with Thomas Proskow completely, animatronics are always better. Can you imagine how awesome Grievous might have been if he'd been all real pieces on stage (and given a better end, sheesh)? I think somewhere along the line people got drunk on CGI, whereas really, for a robot there are so many ways you can do it for real and cheaply and still look great. I mean, a close-up of a robot only requires a remote controlled head on a stick and it's fine. Maybe add CGI for lights, force-fields and coloring touch-ups but that's all. And if cutting back on CGI forces you to make fights without fake ninja moves, then even better.

    Posted in: New 'Star Wars' movies - dream come true, or cosmic yawn?

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    I just hope someone finally realizes this old fool needs to be sent out to pasture and we can all forget about him and his racist comments, money wasting quest to get the Olympics and strange crusade to make Japan swing to the right.

    Posted in: Ishihara resigns as Tokyo governor to launch new political party

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