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    Cool, hopefully some day the robot can also do my job, so that I don't have to.

    Posted in: Intelligent robots threaten millions of jobs

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    randomenigma

    it's hard to DDOS fax machines

    Not really.

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    I won't have time to read everything on my list if they do this. If you want to write an essay, do that on another site and then link to it from Twitter if you want us to know about it.

    Posted in: Tweets too short? Twitter mulling 10,000 characters

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    I really want to hate the Apple Watch, but lately I have been deliberately trying to avoid buying one, and the market seems to be doing everything in its power to prevent me buying anything else.

    Posted in: Wearable tech market surge led by new gadgets

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    Interesting. I was always under the impression that crossbows fired bolts, but are there types which can fire arrows?

    Posted in: Duck with arrow in its neck spotted at Saitama park

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    Don't know about America but in New Zealand they don't tax on the money in your account but they do tax on the interest that money may earn.

    Tax-wise Australia is the same, but what about social security? Here, if you lose your job but you have savings in your bank account, they force you to spend your savings before they will pay out social security. I would rather them not know about it in that situation.

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    The term "download" did exist in 1985.

    Posted in: 'Back to the Future II' - Truth is stranger than sci-fi

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    I always use one, even if the other person isn't.

    See, that is the kind of KY behaviour which tends to piss me off when I see other people doing it. If someone is talking with a certain level of formality, you should try to notice and follow.

    Posted in: Modern etiquette: Caution required when dealing with email

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    I don't think a salutation is necessarily required for every email. Sure, for the first email in a thread to somebody you don't interact with on a daily basis, put in a salutation. But feel free to omit it if you're replying to something the other person just asked.

    What annoys me personally in emails:

    * Putting your reply at the top. The correct way is to quote the fragment you're replying to and put your reply below it. If you put it at the top and don't even cut down the email, I can't tell what you're replying to.

    * "Cleverly" putting your replies at the bottom but not actually quoting the stuff above, so I can't even see which parts of the text are yours and which ones are the previous sender's.

    * Not including the required context when forwarding a mail from a thread that I was not already on. Nobody wants to read the entire thread just to see what you mean by "Please see below", and I have decided that it is a waste of time to read it at all.

    * Putting me as a To even though there is nothing in the email which I care about or even want to know about. To means that the recipient is the direct recipient of the email and that it is being sent for a reason. If you use it as if it's a Cc, I will start ignoring you.

    * Conversely, putting me as a Cc and then later complaining when I didn't act on the email, even though it's your own fault for not putting me in To.

    * Hijacking a thread with an irrelevant discussion. Create a new thread instead.

    * Conversely, creating a new thread to continue another thread. Use the existing thread instead.

    * Using "Reply to All" for every single email.

    These are some of the real rules of email etiquette. Basically it all comes down to understanding the medium you are using, what the different things mean and then using them like they were intended.

    Posted in: Modern etiquette: Caution required when dealing with email

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    "The real-life divers were concerned that the character shows only the appeal of a young woman’s body"

    Old bags feel insecure about a young girl with better assets. Naturally they're going to want her gone, then.

    Posted in: Shima City’s 'ama' girl mascot faces backlash from shellfish divers

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    What's with the hate on MSG? I personally find MSG delicious. So many of the tastiest foods have it in there as a natural ingredient, yet as soon as you extract it and put it in something else, it's now disgusting? I don't really understand that point of view.

    Posted in: What are some of the most unpalatable sandwiches, pastries or other food items you have seen in Japanese convenience stores?

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    randomenigma

    Awesome. I need to rejuvenate my pencil.

    Posted in: Pencil rejuvenator

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    randomenigma

    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

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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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