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  • -1


    I love Android, but I hate how it's usually deployed. Many problems that people report about Android is actually no fault of Google or Android, but of the manufacturer of the device.

    Since the underlying system is Google's Android, they catch all the blame when something doesn't go right.

    Here's a bit of advice for anyone with an Android phone. If you're having problems with your phone, then look at the manufacturer. If it's Samsung, they use inferior components for their Japanese lines. I initially bought a Galaxy S3 thinking it would have the quad core super fast processor that the rest of the world got, when in reality, it had a dual core processor and couldn't run intense apps at the same pace with the same phone from different countries. Also, the apps that are preinstalled from manufacturers usually have more bugs and cause more problems that are not usually problems in a native Android environment. Samsung's Mail app was a good example of this. So many problems connecting to mail servers on the S3. Tie this with the manufacturer neglecting to update the phone after getting your money, and you're stuck with these problems indefinitely.

    Since then, I've bought a Nexus 5 and threw my Docomo SIM into it, and it works really well. Updates come in a timely manner, and continue to support devices that are up to two years old. Apps all work really well. Crashes are extremely rare, and when they happen, the data is usually easily recoverable. The hardware is split into two categories (US and International), but differ only in the radio wavelengths they support. It's not a perfect phone by any means, but it is so much better than any other phone I've ever had. The best part of it is that it was a $400 SIM free phone. I can take it anywhere in the world that supports GSM and get at least 2G service, 3G in most places. It was infinitely superior to the $800 Galaxy S3 that I bought a year before (the phone that was supposed to be the top of the line phone, but due to the differences in the hardware in Japan, was really just a cheap block of plastic).

    One final thought,

    JeffLee: Google is the one that created the eco-system and set the specs and standards, so it's ultimately responsible.

    Google created the underlying system, but it's open source, which means that anyone can change anything they want in the system. It's not like Windows, which is only editable by one company. Most of the manufacturers make many changes to the system that end up breaking the services that otherwise work perfectly. This is no fault of Google's and they shouldn't receive the blame for it. Honestly, I believe that the blame should be placed on the people who continue to buy devices without researching the problems associated with them. This enables the companies who make inferior broken products, while simultaneously taking little to no blame for their problems.

    Posted in: Google unveils Android's latest technological tricks

  • 4


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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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