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emcakiraJul. 18, 2012 - 11:12AM JST
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.
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emcakiraSep. 29, 2011 - 02:08PM JST
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.
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emcakiraAug. 21, 2011 - 12:32AM JST
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.
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emcakiraAug. 14, 2011 - 12:58AM JST
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.
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