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    emcakira

    Wow, it's amazing to see how many people on this site don't understand how energy works. I learned about it in the 6th grade, and haven't forgotten since.

    Energy isn't something that you can store up in large scales like you can a cell phone battery. They have to keep a current running through the whole grid constantly. This current has to be large enough to supply enough energy to fulfill the demand, but not so much that it will wreck the system. Current green technologies can't supply that.

    Let's just say that solar is currently supplying 10% of the Japanese energy demand on paper. What that translates to is that solar is supplying more than 10% when it is available and 0% at night. How about all those dark hours? Fall is here and it's getting dark earlier. Do you want to start lighting candles again at night? Because that's what will happen if we start to rely too much solar energy without a way to store it. Wind is the same way. Energy can only be converted, and if there is no input to convert from, then there's no way to get usable energy.

    If one of the geniuses on here can come up with a way to store some of the excess converted energy, other than "build a really big battery," then nuclear is the cheapest and, despite the Fukushima disaster, cleanest consistent source of energy that Japan has.

    And finally, it's really easy to complain about a problem. The current generation of green technologies aren't the answer to our problems. They're a decent enough crutch, but they'll end up creating just as many problems as they fix (ie pollution from the chemicals used to manufacture solar panels, and available land space for wind turbines, grid overload, etc).

    There are some interesting bleeding edge technologies for energy, but last I checked, they were at least 20 years out for production if they even get the green light.

    TLDR: If you want to continue enjoying the type of lifestyle that you are used to, nuclear is the best currently available option Japan has.

    Posted in: Green power floods Japan grid as premium prices bite

  • 0

    emcakira

    Some people just want to have access to their music. A lot of my family has old records that have either not been remastered in digital format, or they have just not gotten around to replacing their old collection with the new digital copies.

    This would be perfect for them.

    Secondly, at a price point of 7000 yen, I doubt that Sanwa is targeting audiophiles.

    Posted in: Convert music on vinyl into MP3

  • 0

    emcakira

    Meh, thought there was actually going to be some useful info here. Nobody actually follows these "etiquette rules"

    Posted in: 10 little-known rules for eating Japanese food

  • 0

    emcakira

    My ex-wife attacked me with a hammer and I only held her arms to stop her from hitting me. She claimed DV against me! The stupid judge asked me if I knew for sure that she would hit me with the hammer if I did not stop her by taking her arms!

    At that point, assuming that she was Japanese, I would have pointed to her Japanese honesty and integrity as evidence that if she threatened it, then she would have done it. This is seriously crazy. With people getting stabbed everyday, I don't want to take a chance.********

    Posted in: Japanese pro boxer condemns law for classifying him as a dangerous weapon

  • 0

    emcakira

    Yeah, it's nice and all to look at utilities like that (ie if they own it, they should pay for it, otherwise the people own it), but it's not really realistic.

    It's not realistic for the same reason that power companies cannot name their own price for energy. They have to get it approved by the government. If the government doesn't approve a price hike on energy, then the power company has to take the hit. If they can't build up emergency fund reserves, then they can't pay for disasters like the Daiichi plant.

    Despite living in Fukushima, I'm still all for nuclear power. More people die every year in accidents relating to fossil fuel based power generation than to deaths from all the major nuclear power plant accidents. Large amounts of land are made uninhabitable from extensive mining operations, not to mention sink holes caused by those operations. Granted, radiation can cause some really bad problems for years to come, but it's in a limited space, and much less wide spread than other forms of energy.

    What really needs to happen alongside using nuclear power for any country is a very strict set of safety guidelines. Basically, they need to do what they can to apocalypse proof the reactors. Everything at daiichi could have been avoided if they had a proper power backup in a more elevated area. They never took into consideration that there may be a tsunami that large. Well, now we know. They should also plan for other things, like meteorites, volcanoes, and the earth ripping open and eating said plant.

    People forget that power consumption is only increasing. The Japanese people were willing to reduce their power usage after the disaster, but that is not a permanent solution, and I would argue that in any other developed country, they wouldn't have gotten that much. You can cry out for things like solar power and wind power as a supplement, but that's not realistic for places that have high density housing or many factories. It's getting too hot, and people need their air conditioner in the summer. We could continue to use coal and oil to generate power, but that is only making the problem worse (ie climate change). In the future, there may be other technologies that can replace nuclear power as a safe clean energy source, but until then, we're not just going to stop using power, and anyone who believes that we are is naive.

    Posted in: The Japanese gov’t says nuclear power remains essential, saying the economy cannot afford the mounting costs from importing gas and oil, resulting in utilities hiking rates by up to 30%. Do you agree?

  • 0

    emcakira

    The headline is pretty misleading here and everyone missed the whole point of what they are saying.

    They're not saying that they want to make it a social tool or anything like one. They're saying that they want to make it easier to use for people who aren't so computer literate.

    Basically, if you want to be a contributor on Wikipedia, you have to have at least power user skills (understand links, tags, and formatting by scripting). What many want to do is make the site user friendly enough for normal users.

    I personally think this would be a welcome advancement.

    Posted in: Wikipedia hits defining moment in social media era

  • 1

    emcakira

    Actually, I have to agree with the Mixi spokesman. The fact that you can use alias' makes it a real person connection tool. We must meet in real life for you to add me, and know who you're adding.

    I have Mixi, FB, and G-Plus, and with FB and G-Plus, anyone and they're mom can send a friend request. If you don't want to add them, then they get their feelings hurt and try to start crap with you. With Mixi, if you use an alias, people don't know it's you unless you tell them, and once you do, they know where to look to follow your news.

    It also seems like Mixi has much better privacy settings than FB (something that has been bothering me a lot lately).

    While I don't use Mixi much, it does have many strengths over FB, and I doubt that the Japanese will migrate to FB in hordes anytime soon.

    Posted in: Mixi spokesman gives views on Facebook, Twitter & social media in Japan

  • 2

    emcakira

    First of all, why are you setting rules on friendships? Language was designed as a way to communicate. Why can't you accept that and use it for its intended purpose? If shewants to communicate in English, then so be it. You understand what she's saying, and if she understands what you're saying, then great. You have achieved your goal of communicating with each other. I'm teaching English in Japan. I don't know Japanese, but I study everyday. If a friend says something to me in Japanese, I try to answer in Japanese, but my friends understand the limits of my Japanese, so many times I stumble over a few words and then add some English. They understand, and everyone is happy.

    Friendships have limits, but shouldn't have rules. To apply rules like that is just offensive. If one of my bilingual friends got upset at me for trying to piece together a paragraph in Japanese, I probably wouldn't want to talk to them again either. That's not a crazy Japanese thing, it's a common courtesy thing. No, she wasn't using you, but I'm betting she thinks you were using her, and quite frankly, so do I.

    Posted in: Was I a date, a friend or just a potential English teacher?

  • 0

    emcakira

    China has been pirating products for years, and still, the companies who keep getting pirated send their designs to China for production. I can understand wanting to save a buck on labor, but you'd think at some point they would learn their lesson. If they stop sending the jobs to China, then perhaps they'd be able to keep their products secure... at least until launch date.

    Posted in: China finds another 22 fake Apple stores

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