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    Good back-and-forth game. Both teams keep coming back!

    1985 - that's Back to the Future, and the "future" in that film already passed in 2010!

    "Moneyball" still couldn't win Oakland any winner-take-all game since the turn of the century.

    First time since 1993 that neither BoSox nor Yanks are in the playoffs.

    BoSox became first team in MLB history to finish last one year, win the World Series the next year, then finish last again the year after that.

    In the past 30 years, whopping 19 different teams have won the World Series. 19! Name any major sports league in the world that even has that many teams!

    Posted in: Royals beat A's 9-8 in 12 in AL wild-card thriller

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    Bring MMA on the Olympics instead.

    Posted in: Scuffles, protest over Asian Games boxing decisions

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    Where are the other self-called superpowers

    Posted in: 1,400 U.S. troops soon headed to Liberia for Ebola mission

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    Just like China is making up its own definition for democracy, depends on what is their definition of universal suffrage is.

    Posted in: Cameron reminds China of obligations over Hong Kong

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    About the J-music industry:

    "5 Reasons Japan’s Music Industry Is Booming… For Now"

    http://evolver.fm/2013/07/02/5-reasons-japans-music-industry-is-booming-for-now/

    1.) Things are more expensive in Japan

    2.) Price fixing on CDs

    3.) Obsessive collectors inflate the market

    4.) The illegal download revolution never happened here

    5.) Physical rules because digital is still in its infancy

    But this article brings up some points about that:

    "The Great Shift in Japanese Pop Culture"

    http://neojaponisme.com/2011/11/28/the-great-shift-in-japanese-pop-culture-part-one/

    Part One: Incomes and Consumer Expenditures in Decline

    Part Two: The Implosion of Cultural Markets

    Part Three: Mainstream Consumers vs. Marginal Subcultures

    Part Four: The Rise of Marginal Subcultures

    The best explanation is that mainstream consumers stopped buying music, even single song downloads, so the favorite acts of marginal subcultures now appear to be the most popular.

    Japan may have become the world’s first consumer market without a mass core.

    Part Five: The Difficulty of Exporting Marginal Subcultures

    At least from what we have seen from the big subcultural moments in the last decade, the culture of Japan’s marginal pluralities is almost unexportable.

    In short, the Japan music industry has declined because mainstream consumers stopped buying CDs. Not only that much less people are buying music, but the J-music industry is propped up by the "marginal" consumers who are fewer in number but buy multiple copies, tens, hundreds, thousands - meaning they're dependent on fewer people but a loss of mere one could mean the loss of hundreds of sales (a.k.a. "house built on stilts"). And unfortunately for them, practically "unexportable," even if they tried.

    Posted in: Japan overwhelmingly favors CDs to digital music

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    What's with the mask on the guy

    Posted in: All insolvent idol group The Margarines to debut; total debt of all members: 127 million yen

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    China with personal data security and privacy............. Ha! Good one!

    A lot of new iPhones are bought to be flipped and resold for huge markups in China:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/fights-at-apple-stores-over-iphone-6-2014-9

    A black market iPhone 6 can go for $3,000 to $4,000, according to NBC. iPhone 6 has not launched in China due to a delay caused by Chinese officials, who have not yet approved the phone. China is one of the biggest markets for tech products — and not a single iPhone 6 is yet available there for sale, legally.

    So black market resellers are organizing gangs of Chinese people to stand outside Western stores and buy as many iPhones as they can. Put together days-long lines, financially motivated customers, and a shortage of product, and the result is conflict.

    The fights illustrate the fact that the people who line up early for iPhone 6 are often not fans of the product. Rather, they're people who are being paid to stand in line by resellers. As the Huffington Post noted when it inspected the lines in New York:

    It was surprising that more than 90% of the people in line wearing warm jackets and sitting in portable chairs were Chinese. They weren't Chinese tourists or Chinese-Americans, but the workers you often see doing the lowest-wage jobs in Chinatown.

    The damn lines wouldn't had been so long if it weren't for them.

    Posted in: Apple to launch iPhone 6 in China Oct 17

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    Let hope they don't pull another page from Apple's play book and call every future major release of Windows a subset of 10. Windows 10.1 10.2 10.3 ..... 10.10. Apple's upcoming OS is actually Mac OS 20 under any standard numbering scheme.

    Apple wants to keep the X in OSX (as with Gen X, Xtreme, X = cool, etc).

    So Microsoft skips Win9 - "9" could probably be erred for "6" anyways.

    Like when they went too far to digital with the original plan for Xbox One, Win8 just went too far to touch. They need to hit the proper balance between touch and the old familiar. Major businesses depend on the old familiar yet the new upcoming generations grow up on touch. They prefer incremental changes, not revolutions. Hopefully Win10 lives up to letting you choose depending on how you're used to and what device you're currently using.

    Yet, the biggest thing that could come out of this is the concept of universal apps. Developers would just write one app, then the underlying OS would just scale it automatically to different platforms. Saves time and money. For the consumers too, e.g. just buy a game app in your Xbox, continue playing it on your PC or smartphone.

    Posted in: Windows 10 tries blending new with familiar

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    He could've been shot to death.

    No wonder he was charged with weapons possession.

    Maybe time to put laser detectors at the foot of the inside fence.

    Posted in: Fence-jumper ran through much of main floor of White House

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    I also find it interesting that we can't find a single comment of what Assad is saying about any of this, I'm sure he has made statements by now.

    Syrian TV hasn't said anything neither, so it's probably untrue.

    Posted in: U.S.-led airstrikes hit Syria oil refinery held by Islamic State

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    People hated Vista, they hated 8, and they'll hate the next one, too.

    Actually, if the trend continues, people should like the next one. It's like Star Trek movies - people like every other one. XP yes, Vista no, 7 yes, 8 no, so 9 yes.

    Posted in: Microsoft to offer early look at next Windows

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    Damn it guys, there's a truce!

    Posted in: Deadly attacks by pro-Russian rebels threaten Ukraine truce

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    Was it previously operated by Assad?

    Taken over from Assad, or from other rebels who took it over from Assad.

    Just like they were taking over refineries and dams in northern Iraq.

    Posted in: U.S.-led airstrikes hit Syria oil refinery held by Islamic State

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    Washington Nationals, no hitter on last day of the season, incredible catch for last out.

    Posted in: Still chasing: 3 MLB playoff races go to last day

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    No one has ever succeeded, on all sides.

    Posted in: Iran says no progress in nuclear talks

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    NATO needs reliable spotters before they bomb. They can't mistake who's friendly and who's foe when they look similar from the sky.

    Posted in: Islamic State defies airstrikes by shelling Syrian Kurdish town

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    If other countries want to be more part of the deal, they just have to put more stuff on the table.

    Posted in: Iran-6 power talks turn into mostly Iran-U.S. show

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    The Libya thing was led by Italy as its former colony. So what does Italy have to say about this?

    Posted in: Libya pleads for help in battling terror groups

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    Karzai wanted NATO out, so..........

    Posted in: Up to 100 Afghans killed, 12 beheaded, in Taliban offensive

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    'Cause it's the one big bug that breaks the iPhone and turns it into a glorified iPod.

    Posted in: Apple acknowledges bug in iPhone software, offers fix

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