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    Awesome. I need to rejuvenate my pencil.

    Posted in: Pencil rejuvenator

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    A laser mosquito defence system was invented many years ago. I take it this never went into production? What went wrong? Is there a story?

    Posted in: Scientists race to beat mosquito resistance in fight against malaria

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    "Proprietary formats"... like MPEG-4, AAC and H.264?

    Posted in: Microsoft opens Windows 10 to Apple, Android apps

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    @M3M3M3 Agreed. Logos which are too prominent are enough reason for me to avoid buying something. If Apple stuck their logo on the front when it's already on the back, that would be gaudy too. I don't buy laptops which put Windows logos on the top of the keyboard either. Keep that crap for surfaces nobody has to look at.

    Posted in: Samsung removes logo from smartphones in Japan

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    "Idols" are supposed to be different from "stars".

    "Stars" are these untouchable, ultra-popular people who have perfect skills, appear on TV and who you never meet.

    "Idols" aren't ultra-popular, generally you do get chances to interact with them but their dancing and singing can be less than perfect, but your support encourages them to grow as a performer.

    Maybe I'm over-romanticising it. I'm not even an idol fan. 3dpd.

    But my point is, if you're not going to take the shows, or at least the promotional events, overseas, then the fans can't interact with your performers, so you're not promoting them as idols, you're promoting them as stars.

    Posted in: Project kicks off to promote Japanese idol culture

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    @harvey pekar, I believe multiple countries have discovered that extra daylight makes us healthier, but I don't think the reasoning you provided says why that particular point is a bad argument.

    The reason it's a bad argument is that the studies have been done (e.g. by Russia) which found that not only does the extra hour in the evening make people happier in Summer, but it also makes them happier in Winter!

    So if people want to play that argument, just tell them to add the hour all year, because: * During summer, you get all the benefits of DST * During winter, you get the same benefits while other countries aren't (except maybe Russia) * You only have to change the clocks once ever again, instead of twice a year - so problems of tiredness on the day of the switch don't exist * You make the life of people who have to deal with time zones (both in your country and in all others) less shit

    Posted in: Abe asks gov't employees to start work early, finish early in July, August

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    Not that the metric system is perfect, a kg is yet to be defined as a base unit under a new measurement system.

    Um, no. The kilogram is still a base unit, and even if it were, "yet" would not be the correct word to use in a context where something used to be something.

    Posted in: Why doesn’t the U.S. adopt the metric system?

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    HTC's is due at the end of this year and now Sony's is due at the start of next year. Oculus... yeah, I like Oculus a a company, but I wish they would actually deliver a product.

    Posted in: Sony plans to launch virtual-reality headset in 2016

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    Doesn't the U.S. have a "fair use" rule for copyrighted material, which explicitly allowed parodies? I wish this rule would extend to more regions in the world.

    I remember reading somewhere that Japan technically didn't have such a clause (someone was using it to explain why Japanese Wikipedia articles often lack pictures) but that the copyright holders simply let doujin creators do what they want, because it just gets their franchises more popularity anyway.

    So this whole deal with the TPP supposedly imposing rules on Japan which would impact parodies seems a bit hypocritical, like the U.S is saying it's okay if they parody stuff, but everybody else has to pay.

    Posted in: If Japan joins the TPP, would it be the end of parody and self-published works?

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    Have fun. Treat being connected as abnormal while you can.

    In 30 years we'll be the ones trying to cure you of your lack of connection.

    Posted in: Fear of missing out drives Internet addiction in Japan

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    Weaker yen? I have been watching it all year and from my perspective, the yen hasn't gotten any cheaper. The US dollar has gotten expensive, though.

    Posted in: Room at the top

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    Passbook.... it's that feature that sounds awesome but nothing seems to support.

    Airline tickets would be a good use case, but even though my airline supposedly supports the feature, there is no documentation anywhere telling me how to get my ticket in there and it certainly isn't obvious how it's supposed to work.

    Concert tickets would be another good use case, but all the companies I have seen so far still use those physical paper tickets and force you to pick them up from a konbini.

    Posted in: Review: IPhone user tries to go back to BlackBerry

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    "Unfair competition"? Isn't that what the airlines are doing? If an airline around here tried to sue people who figured out how to get a cheaper fare, the consumer commission would crush them for anticompetitive behaviour.

    Posted in: Airline, travel site sue over 'hacked' airfares

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    Not sure about "taco rice" lacking the taco shell, i.e. the one thing that makes a taco a taco. Why not call it "chilli rice"...

    Posted in: Taco Rice: Tex-Mex cuisine, Okinawan style

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    Even though there are only supposed to be 2-3 ingredients, there is often flavouring or sweeteners involved, and who knows what might be contained in those. Some flavourings common in food were determined to be carcinogenic years after they were put into use. Maybe some of the flavourings which are totally fine to eat turn completely nasty with a bit of heat applied.

    But really, if you're going to post findings like this, it is proper to name the exact brands you used, not only so that people know which ones to avoid, but also so that others can verify or dispute the claims. The fact that they didn't name names just makes the whole study seem completely bogus (and if it seems bogus, it probably is.)

    Posted in: E-cigarettes contain up to 10 times carcinogens: Japan researchers

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    ¥20,000 for one night? What a ripoff.

    Posted in: Japan's first transit hotel to open at Haneda airport

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    No physical presence at all, thus: (1) No easy way to browse for it randomly in physical stores yet (this might change.) (2) No easy and legal way to lend it to a friend.

    No booklet, thus: (1) No nice artwork aside from the single image you may not even get in the track metadata. (2) No lyrics info whatsoever. (3) No decent metadata for the tracks (MP3s have the ability but nobody does it right.) (4) Nothing to display on my shelves to show who I like.

    No attached physical bonuses. A good number of the CDs I buy come with posters. You could have a digital poster, but what's the point? The note they say about goods is spot on. The CD is just another form of goods.

    Soft distribution may just completely replace the media at some point in the future. But the industry can't just sit back and expect that to happen. They have to provide solutions to all the above issues so that people don't look at soft distribution as an inferior method.

    Posted in: Japan overwhelmingly favors CDs to digital music

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    It doesn't even have to be a train service. A night bus running the same train lines would be sufficient. The only problem with this one was that it was a poorly chosen single route which was never going to be useful to anyone (except, I dunno, someone who happened to live in Shibuya and really didn't like walking?)

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    Meetings for me are just a way other people in the office waste my time. I'd rather get work done.

    Posted in: Modern etiquette: Meetings still matter

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    @Extra Virgin Palm Oil

    It's not a donut (nor a doughnut, either).

    An enclosed, fried thing with jam in it is called a jam doughnut. Logically, an enclosed, fried thing with ramen in it would be called a ramen doughnut.

    So I guess if you're going to make outrageous claims like "durrhurr, it's not a doughnut", you should at a minimum: 1. Explain why you think it's wrong, so that people can point out the exact reason you're wrong, and 2. Provide a superior alternative.

    Otherwise you just end up looking like an idiot, like you did in that comment.

    Posted in: A ramen donut exists

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