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smithinjapanJun. 03, 2015 - 07:52PM JST
If it's deadlier than SARS (regardless of being less infectious) it should be declared an emergency YESTERDAY.
Posted in: Schools close as MERS virus spreads in South Korea
smithinjapanJun. 03, 2015 - 07:45PM JST
nishikat: You can get different sims with Apple now, according to Japanese law. So there. And who the heck wants some crappy piece of machinery with a faulty and virus-full OS like Android? A far higher number of people have switched from Android to Apple OS than vice-versa, and for very good reason.
zootmoney: "It's been a long time since Apple "raised the bar" with any of their products."
Yeah... only invented the smartphone, gave meaning to tablets, and revolutionized the mp4 music device field. You still using your old mini-disc player or something and upset? And lest we forget professionals in most fields use Apple, unless they are data-processing.
In any case, the other smartwatches -- even the one Samsung literally rushed out when they heard news of the Apple watch being under development -- don't hold a candle. Overpriced, 100% yes, and yet the sales show what the people prefer.
Posted in: Wearables fight back as Apple Watch raises bar
smithinjapanJun. 03, 2015 - 07:36PM JST
fxgai: "The sooner we see it the sooner we get to shove it you know where, haha!"
Until then, try not to take it out too quickly! :)
"He’s very capable of winning a Grand Slam".
So is every other player very capable of doing it. Why shine the spotlight on only one of them and take it off the others?
Posted in: Federer, Nishikori ousted on day of drama at French Open
smithinjapanJun. 03, 2015 - 05:43PM JST
All part of Abe's "Beautiful Japan" -- paint lipstick on the pig, every facet, and try to present it to the people of the nation as something other than what it is. In any case, what this is saying is that 'tax revenue is better than cutting government spending', which means expect more taxes so that Abe doesn't have to reign in his lunacy and risk hurting the big companies that benefit from his pet projects.
Posted in: Japan to use rosier tax revenue estimates in fiscal plan
smithinjapanJun. 03, 2015 - 04:19PM JST
wtfjapan: "lol yeah Kei and the media have a habbit of doing that, playing up the hopes as tournaments progress only to see the pride pop at the end"
Precisely. I couple of people in my office who talked about Nishikori yesterday and said he had a good chance of winning the whole shebang this time didn't say a peep today.
fxgai: "I'm completely right about it."
Maybe this time. And other times, like when he slid into sixth place, you were not only wrong, but dead wrong. Still bet your tennis pride on it, though! Was this double or nothing, or triple?
"Having it "easy" and "looking good" is completely different!"
No, saying one player "has it easy" or "is looking good" based on the opposition they face is not that different at all. If you are talking about their condition (ex. looking good as opposed to playing badly or something), then they are not related at all, but that's not what you were talking about. And my hat's off to you for knowing more about Tsonga than I, but you clearly said whomever wins the Nadal/Djokovich match "is looking good in the final", meaning that they are looking good to win, no? What else could you possible mean by it? Obviously they'd be looking even better if their opponent would have been Nishikori.
"Yeah, but it's OLD. Very old!"
Old to people who feel some sort of guilt by association, perhaps.
Original Wing: "Overall, I don' t think there's much to take away from this tournament to further our views on Nishikori. He dominated weak opponents (great!) and couldn't win the first challenge from a strong opponent."
Exactly. That's one reason why it's irritating that the media plays him up so much and sets him up for a fall. By all means encourage and support your favourite player, and Nishikori has heaps of potential, being as young as he is and as good as he is. But really up until this match, and even with Tsonga being not that highly ranked by comparison, he was given some VERY easy draws and yet the media was touting him as if he were the greatest thing since sliced bread. Makes him losing against Tsonga seem like some of the flops you mentioned in his performance seem downright amateur.
smithinjapanJun. 03, 2015 - 04:03PM JST
Pukey2: "Taiwan figured it out:"
Exactly! The women only cars are not only NOT a solution, they are a detriment to solving the problem. They ENCOURAGE acts of molestation because ultimately, if they can't flat out find or pin it on the criminal they ask the woman, as they asked a friend of mine, "Why weren't you in a women-only car?", as though it was her fault. It says, "Women can ride in these 'safe' cars, or risk being molested" instead of actually trying to do something about the problem. And yes, although I don't care unless they put the train right in front of the stairway (as they sometimes do), women-only cars are discriminatory any way you slice it.
Society needs to look at the problem as a whole and first, address it by admitting it IS a serious, national problem. Second, they need to start cutting off the sources; kiddy-porn at convenience stores (sexualization of little girls), rape and other 'hate' pornography; better awareness education at schools and companies (including for CEOs and also police and teachers!), stop blaming women for what they wear, etc. I mean, how on earth do they think any campaign pushed by police will be a success when they commit half or more of the chikan incidents themselves?
Posted in: Tokyo police, train operators launch campaign against deviant behavior
smithinjapanJun. 03, 2015 - 03:51PM JST
"New kids on the block at Taiwan’s Computex tech fair insisted that style and simplicity were more important than myriad features, in the face of Apple’s intimidating offering."
Nope nope and nope. The only things that will give any watch an edge over Apple are battery time, and cost. Nothing else will put another brand in the competition in any way.
"Taiwanese smart watch “Noodoe” also trades off its simplicity—with its founder boasting it has “zero features”."
Ummm... yeah... that'll work as well as Docomo boasting about it's 'new' Gara-kei that has smartphone-like functions. Heard about that in the news for about all of one day.
Anyway, I applaud any and all competition if it helps people who want certain functions the Apple watch doesn't and/or can't afford it, especially if it will help improve the Apple watch for later releases.
For now, though, Apple continues to not only set the bar, but dominate. And I forget who it was that said "This (Apple watch) will be another flop, like the iPod"... was it gogogo?
smithinjapanJun. 03, 2015 - 03:44PM JST
The water is definitely a good idea, and while the idea of someone or some people using the toilet in a packed, trapped elevator is not a pleasing thought, I suppose it's a practical one, and better than the person going to the bathroom without one. Still more unpleasant to think about is being stuck in an elevator at all -- and if it WERE for the big one... the potential for being trapped in an elevator for a LONG period of time is quite high. Sigh.
Posted in: Gov't eyes emergency toilets, water in elevators after quake
smithinjapanJun. 03, 2015 - 03:37PM JST
You notice how this time there are no stats? Usually when it's around 50% or more seniors they say flat out the number, which makes you kind of feel like, "Well, a lot of seniors don't like to use their air-conditioning, so it can't be helped." When there are no stats it probably means the majority were situations where it could easily have been prevented, and if you know anything about Japan you'll know that a great number of schools held their sports day on 30th and 31st of May, with rigid outdoor drills being held every day up to the events. Do they cancel the events because of the dangers of heatstroke? No, not at all. Do it early morning or wait until after school instead? Nope. Peak day time temperatures under the sun at its apex, on dirt fields that absorb and give off heat and blinding light.
Yes, by all means, people, keep hydrated. But also be smart -- if it's too hot to be doing stuff in the sun, don't. And please for the love of god, don't let those under you do it either, especially for the sake of some show.
Posted in: 1,196 hospitalized for heat exhaustion May 25-31
smithinjapanJun. 03, 2015 - 12:58PM JST
"The plan “reflects the Abe administration’s goals of lowering reliance on nuclear power as much as possible,"
EXCUSE ME?? If by "lowering reliance on nuclear power as much as possible" means raising it from zero to up to 25%, then yes, that's exactly what it means... it just means that in bizarro land. Even the operators of the NPPs are hesitant about Abe's plans to make Japan 21-25% dependent on nuclear power!!
And as for this, "To the fullest extent possible" BS, that means nothing when your willingness is ZERO! "Unambitious" is an understatement when talking about Abe and Co.'s plans. Arse-backwards is a far more apt description; especially in this nation where the "KYOTO Protocal" was signed into being and Japan, along with other nations, backed out of.
Posted in: Abe to pledge 26% cut in greenhouse gas emissions
smithinjapanJun. 03, 2015 - 12:50PM JST
LFRAgain: " That was some fun tennis to watch."
It sounds like it. Good luck with the rest of your workday!
"Both Tsonga and Nishiokori were obviously exhausted and frustrated by the end of the third set, particularly with strong and unpredictable wind gusts to contend with, but they never gave up. You can't really ask for any better from professionals like these two"
Precisely! I wish you worked for the mass media and could make comments like this.
smithinjapanJun. 03, 2015 - 12:18PM JST
Fxgai: "I bet you my tennis pride that he'll be ranked fourth by ATP when the numbers are updated next week"
That's at least the third time this year so far, maybe the fourth. I think said pride has been spent.
"I didn't say the will have it easy,"
Fair enough, you said, "they will be looking good". Semantics. So, Nishikori was "looking good" but lost, then. And who's whining (not 'whinging')? I'm saying people shouldnt complain about Nishikori losing, nor should they undermine Tsonga (not saying YOU did either of them, btw).
Yes, I have a chip on my shoulder about people who claim it's "saving energy", "because of unfair height advantage", or other excuses when certain players lose, be it Nishikori or otherwise, especially the media. It disgraces the sport and undermines all the players' ability. No one on here saying "he was saving energy" sarcastically are mocking Nishikori, they're mocking such people.
smithinjapanJun. 03, 2015 - 10:10AM JST
Didn't think Federer would lose to Warwrinka, but maybe both were due, the former to lose and the latter to win. Also didn't think Nishikori would lose to Tsonga, but I have to admit bowing next to nothing about the latter. Guess Nishikori won't be getting fourth seed.
Fxgai: to say whomever wins the Nadal Djokovich match has it easy into say Nishikori lost even though he had it easy, and that's after being handed a match by Becker and handed th next in the draw. Why not give Tsonga a little more credit and just say we don't know what will happen?
smithinjapanJun. 03, 2015 - 09:17AM JST
Good riddance! Now if the selfish little man had not waited until now FIFA already WOULD have a new leader and wouldn't have to go through the election process again, which he will no doubt willingly stay on as head until it happens. I hope they still nail him on corruption.
Posted in: Blatter says he will resign as FIFA president
smithinjapanJun. 03, 2015 - 09:16AM JST
Great picture. I'm glad that despite losing after receiving many easy draws Nishikori can keep his chin up and give the victor a good hand shake (or hand grab). It does indeed sound like this was a tough match. Congrats to both, and good luck to Tsonga -- next match is going to be even tougher, likely!
Posted in: Tough match
smithinjapanJun. 02, 2015 - 09:22PM JST
Stuart: "It wouldn't be the first time a government has created a false flag to achieve its agenda."
So, the very same thing that toppled Abe once, you're saying he's going to do AGAIN and risk further damage to his reputation? because so far that's all it's accomplished, and if HE himself doesn't know what such a leak did the first time to his career he's even more unfit to be a leader than most people know he is.
Seriously, guys, think for a second. If the Japanese government were behind this, why the pension fund private info? Surely with Abe demanding people trust him on national security issues it would benefit his plans to leak the information of defense documents or something and claim it was China and that's why we have to better defend Japan, etc. They are on DAMAGE CONTROL because of this leak, and FAILING! No way they did this on purpose. And you guys seem to forget that this kind of leak happens ALL THE TIME because the system here is so weak at stopping hackers and cyber-crime. It's a coincidence, plain and simple. And for the government, a very bad one given the damage that's been done. People aren't suddenly saying, "YES! We need to team up with the US and improve cyber-security!". They are demanding heads roll.
Posted in: Gov't tries to reassure public over pension data leak
smithinjapanJun. 02, 2015 - 09:15PM JST
tinawatanabe: "Many J companies shifted production overseas. The importers are suffering."
Yes, they are outsourcing for LABOR and parts, but that does not mean the company that sells the product is domestic if it's outside Japan, nor does it mean you're paying any less for an EXPORTED, Japanese product if they've sent it from a factory in China, does it?
There are some domestic businesses in Japan, yes, but you clearly stated "Japan is not an export country" when in fact it is, and VERY dependent on being such.
Posted in: Money talk
smithinjapanJun. 02, 2015 - 06:34PM JST
tinawatanabe: "People, Japan is not an exporting country."
Are you kidding? Japan imports raw materials -- the companies for which are suffering immensely now thanks to this man and Abe's INTENTIONAL deflation -- in order to create electronics and products for export. Abe wants this to return to levels it used to be, and exporters are LOVING it, tina!
"Japan's huge debt is the reason that Japan need inflation."
That's too simple. There wouldn't be such huge debt if they didn't keep printing off money in the hopes that people will buy bonds and what not. They are creating further debt that the country can NEVER repay on the gambles of this psychopath and that fool Abe. How long as Kuroda promised 2% inflation? how many times has it failed? how many times did he add more stimulus to the economy only to see it fail again? The man is in his own little world, and you and your kids and grandkids will never, ever, get out of it.
smithinjapanJun. 02, 2015 - 06:29PM JST
crustpunker: "Online banking for example is extremely convenient here in Japan and hassle free."
Maybe it's the difference in banks, but I found the Japanese online banking system to be the most backwards, frustrating, and inconvenient of any I've experienced. It IS pretty secure, which is the topic at hand, I'll grant you (with the extra card you have to check for the rotating code number after your PIN). But convenient? NO WAY. You can't do international wire transfers or pretty much any other international business, and in many cases you can't do regular wire transfers or other things if it is past a certain time at night. It's getting better, but it's still pretty crappy.
fxgai: "Sad to say, but people should just be happy that they are even getting a pension from this ridiculously indebted government. Enjoy it while it lasts."
For a change we're in agreement. I have had a number of Japanese people recently telling me, since I'm getting older, "You should go now while the going's good. Japan will be hard enough for Japanese in the future. For foreigners? I'd be pretty worried."
smithinjapanJun. 02, 2015 - 04:59PM JST
BS! Abe has already been caught red-handed in this lie about intentional deflation of the yen. It is 100% their goal to do that in order to try and meet this wacko's promises.
Jun. 04, 2015 - 12:34AM JST
he. Funny how some ppl think that every South East Asian and East Asian Nation bordered…
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Jun. 04, 2015 - 12:25AM JST
Do you know the meaning of international ?
what did Bush use to deceive the…
Jun. 04, 2015 - 12:21AM JST
The last leader of the US was prepared to throw thousands to their deaths while draining…
Jun. 04, 2015 - 12:20AM JST
Too many weak teams in the World Cup (this includes Japan). Speaking of which you gotta…
Posted in: Japan calls up big guns for World Cup qualifier
Jun. 04, 2015 - 12:13AM JST
So the one vote per country rule by FIFA is not democracy to you. Well I…
Posted in: Sponsors say Blatter resignation one step in FIFA reform