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theFuNov. 02, 2013 - 06:33AM JST
The first time I read Ender's Game, it was fantastic.
Each re-read has revealed subtle items that I've missed. I hope the movie does it justice.
The other titles in the Enderverse are good too.
If LOTR gets 3 movies, this series should easily.
Oh ... and please don't ruin the ending for people who don't already know it. I loved The Sixth Sense for that reason.
And the plot for this movie is nothing like Hunger Games. Nothing at all.
Posted in: 'Ender's Game' explores complexity of youth, isolation and warfare
theFuOct. 28, 2013 - 10:17PM JST
I am not married to a Japanese wife ... nothing for/against that.
On my first trip to Japan, I was trying to be very considerate and dropped back to the teachings from Mom on being polite.
Got into a half full elevator of women ... when the door opened at our floor, I moved to let them out first. They knew I needed to get out too, so they waited.
The doors closed - nobody left.
Posted in: Japanese women list their foreign husbands’ odd behavior
theFuSep. 24, 2013 - 08:42AM JST
In America, technologically savvy people pirate using RSS feeds and overseas torrent hosts. Making illegal copies is easier than paying for cableTV ($$$), lets us have access to the content on any device ... laptop, smartphone, tablet, HTPC and higher quality than paying a service. Plus downloading a HiDef movie is about 70% smaller than streaming it and it is possible to keep a copy forever.
Why so much smaller? No commercials (those are removed) and better compression. Commercials are about 40% of the storage for any TV recording. I was shocked to learn that.
*Of course, I don't know anything about this first hand.
The only downside is almost all ISPs in the USA have data caps (150G-250G/month) which will easily be surpassed if HiDef streaming daily. Working from home and running into the datacap sucks, it means going into work the last week of the month. I use Amazon streaming and free hulu to stream stuff and have an OTA antenna to get about 70 local TV channels. More content than we can watch, but I do miss some shows only on cable like Pretty Little Liars - a guilty pleasure. I know that the data network provider can figure out if I'm illegally copying content by the sort of traffic.
Notice that I don't call any of this piracy or stealing - those terms imply that someone else cannot make use of the asset. A small, but important difference. If someone makes an illegal copy, they haven't prevented anyone else from buying the content or stopped the license holders from making 1,000,000 more copies to sell.
The copyright holders have been overly successful in getting copyrights extended. The goal is to allow creators to make a profit, but not to keep the material out of the public domain indefinitely. That harms societies and prevents new ideas and new creations. Derivative works were expected when copyright laws were originally created. Disney has been leading this and abusing the system, IMHO. But that is a different comment for a different article.
Posted in: World watches American TV, not always legally
theFuSep. 18, 2013 - 11:05AM JST
I don't know the laws of France, but protection of personal property seems like a reasonable use of force to me. Whether deadly force was too much or not, I cannot say based on the article. If the shopkeeper was beaten, perhaps.
Owning an illegal firearm definitely needs to be charged, in a completely separate case.
The use may have been justified.
Posted in: Uproar as French jeweler charged for killing thief
theFuSep. 18, 2013 - 10:49AM JST
Religious freedom is critical.
Public safety is a concern too, so operating a motor vehicle should require unobstructed views.
The fact that a hidden face is disconcerting to many in the "western world" doesn't seem to matter. I'm willing to be uncomfortable, provided it is for someone elses' religious freedom. That doesn't mean I have to like it, but certain principles matter more than my comfort. I find it off-putting and suspicious - like they are hiding something. Cultural difference is all it is.
I've asked Muslim women about hiding their faces, explained how it made me feel. They find it empowering. That shocked me, but it lets them go out into the world without fixing more than their eye makeup. No need to worry about full-face makeup or a hairstyle if the day is busy. Clearly, this was a small sample poll.
Posted in: Britain faces up to Muslim veil ban debate
theFuSep. 14, 2013 - 07:04AM JST
All over the world, there are rules that are different from what we see at home. As a visitor to a different country, I expect to follow the normal rules, even if I think they are dumb, foolish, anti-religious or too religious. There is an entire history and/or cultural reason for most of them. I'll be leaving in a few weeks or months anyway.
Learning to understand some of the new-to-me rules is fun!
OTOH, if I don't agree with a rule in my own country, I can and should work to get those changed.
Posted in: Hokkaido onsen bars Maori woman over her face tattoos
theFuSep. 14, 2013 - 06:36AM JST
The USA needs 4 things:
Campaign finance reform - only a human voter in any specific election should be able to provide soft OR hard money to a candidate. This stops elected officials from paying attention to corporations, unless individuals agree
Term limits for all elected offices - dog catcher to President
Defund the NSA, TSA, DHS; I've been embarrassed as an American in what these agencies have done the last 10 yrs. Take away their funding and toys. Solve the deficit.
Patent and Copyright Reforms - every few years, Congress has been voting to extend copyrights so that corporations maintain ownership of stories which would have passed into the public domain. Characters could be re-envisioned, expanded, taken into a different way. Most of all, shouldn't we be able to sing happy birthday without fear of being sued by now? Infinite time protection was never the intent for either of these intellectual property systems.
I was against "Obama-care" - but I'm also seeing how it will free Americans with health issues from being stuck at a specific employer. Many friends continue to work in terrible jobs just for the health insurance it provides. It was modeled after Mit Romney-care, so this really isn't about what is best for Americans, it has become a purely political fight over nothing.
Posted in: Congress bickers as U.S. government shutdown looms
theFuAug. 08, 2013 - 12:22AM JST
War is terrible.
We are showing selective memory here. Some facts:
* Potsdam Declaration on 26 July 1945 - US asked for Japan to surrender. Quote:
"prompt and utter destruction"
"prompt and utter destruction"
* Bombed Hiroshima on 6 August 1945 - no surrender
* Bombed Nagasaki on 9 August
* Official Surrender of Japan on 15 August
Germany and Japan started that war. To an American, suicide bombers and training women and children to fight makes us believe that Japan will never surrender until the last child is dead. Those were the beliefs of the US leadership. Whether Japan could or would eventually surrender was unknown. Americans believed that house-to-house fighting throughout the entire country would be required. The costs in human lives - US and Japanese would have been terrible.
The US dropped 1 bomb on an industrial town, then asked for surrender. Japan did not. America thought it was madness. To an American, it showed resolve to fight to the very last Japanese person alive, so another bomb was dropped. Nobody talks about the tremendous restraint not to drop other bombs every 3 days until the surrender.
The Japanese people should be furious at their leaders of the time - military and civil, not the USA.
Posted in: Do you consider the A-bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be war crimes?
theFuAug. 07, 2013 - 09:15PM JST
Golf. Those guys dope 1000x more than football and baseball. I'm positive!
Posted in: In view of the latest MLB suspensions, how widespread do you think doping is in pro sports? Are there any sports that you think are clean?
theFuAug. 06, 2013 - 08:48AM JST
I'm embarrassed and outraged.
Posted in: U.S. directs agents to cover up program used to investigate Americans
theFuAug. 03, 2013 - 11:25PM JST
Vodka is a staple of US drinking, just like whiskey, rum, tequila and gin. I barely drink at all, but there is vodka, rum and beer in my home - always. I don't like gin and we're out of tequila.
I hope Snowden enjoys a long and successful life and look forward to any new leaks about the US government performing illegal activities around the world. Perhaps this will be enough to get the US "security" agencies to stop?
Posted in: Lawyer: Snowden has a place to live in Russia
theFuAug. 01, 2013 - 05:42PM JST
"Tourists" from any country are an embarrassment. They expect behavior that is tolerated at home to be ok everywhere. I've seen people from almost everywhere acting against local customs when on travel, not just Americans.
"Travelers" are a different breed. Considerate of others, considerate of local customs.
When I was younger, I was a "tourist." I like to think that I've changed into a traveler the last 10 yrs.
Being too drunk is never good, especially overseas. Regardless, physical violence is never ok.
Posted in: American killed in Thailand bar after he wouldn't stop singing
theFuJul. 27, 2013 - 10:26PM JST
10k yen seems a little steep. I'd think 5k yen would be sufficient.
OTOH, around there, high schools have free (donation) carwashes almost every weekend. I wait for the dance squad or cheerleaders to have my car washed, but my wife prefers the work from the band or football team instead.
Down the corner, a handwash runs about 2k yen, but they vacuum the inside and wash the inside windows too.
Posted in: Get your car washed by girls in swimsuits for Y10,000
theFuJul. 22, 2013 - 05:16AM JST
This is just sad. Everyone has some body image issue. Just screw it and get on doing the things you enjoy. Forget what other people who you will never see again think.
Women need to understand that almost any body is attractive to men. It is more about attitude then anything else. For every body, there are lots of men who love it. Skinny, fat, shapely, small bottoms, big tops, small tops, big bottoms. Forget the people shown on TV - those are 0.5% bodies.
A smile is the most attractive thing for most people anyway.
Posted in: 94% of Japanese women don’t feel confident in a swimsuit, survey reveals
theFuJul. 12, 2013 - 06:41PM JST
Japan brought this on herself. Where I'm from, the longer it takes to get an apology, the longer it takes for it to be accepted. 1993!!!!? That is a little late. Denying it for 48+ yrs is the issue. Being stubborn has a price.
So, around 2040 is about the time Korea and China might accept the apology. I just hope it doesn't become an issue that continues for thousands of years like other disagreements around the world.
The best way to get over this is to show real contrition - perhaps a national holiday for the survivors, fund "never again" museums in the Korea and China and to have Japanese people travel to those places, interact with the kindness and warmness that we've all experienced with our good Japanese friends. Building trust and understanding 1 person at a time works.
Now if my government, USA, could learn that lesson that most people are taught in kindergarten, much of the world would be a happier place.
Posted in: Chasm grows between Japan, neighbors: study
theFuJul. 02, 2013 - 11:52PM JST
I'm with you, @SuperLib, but suspect that every article had tags (slightly different spacing) and word order changes to help trace the source later.
I think the "fame" aspect came to avoid being quietly killed.
If the USA were smarter, they'd have left him with a working passport, waited and watched. As it is now, Snowden will end up in a country aching for internal knowledge about US security practices. That isn't good for the USA or our allies.
OTOH, if the USA government would stop doing stupid, secret things that can't stand the light of newspapers, then this wouldn't be an issue anymore. I can't believe the US government actively spies on NATO member governments. Citizens of NATA countries, I understand completely, but not government officials. Countries share intelligence with these people ... as part of a way to bypass local laws against spying on citizens. Local spying is usually illegal, but gaining intelligence about your people from other, outside, sources isn't. Loophole.
Posted in: Snowden asylum requests sent to 21 countries: WikiLeaks
theFuJun. 30, 2013 - 10:14PM JST
I'm with @FalseFlagSteve -
* Google / Facebook - most people have NO idea how dangerous all that data is.
* Apple - any "walled garden" is a danger. People are locked in and don't seem to care.
* Monsanto / other drug companies - gouging humans for medicine and food just seems wrong. Monsanto has converted food into "drugs".
Posted in: Who gets your vote for the three most hated companies in the world?
theFuJun. 25, 2013 - 07:27AM JST
Read last week that Google compared interview statistics to performance reviews of everyone they hired. They were looking for specific interviewers that had a talent for picking great employees. There was no correlation between these numbers. People that interviewed well did not perform better on the job that random statistics would predict.
Predicting future "great employees" is still elusive. No test, question, credential is currently weeding out non-great people.
Posted in: Firms seek grads who can think fast, work in teams
theFuJun. 24, 2013 - 10:50PM JST
Much of the airport infrastructure would need to be modified to support aircraft that look different. Heck, the 747 was disruptive because it had 2 boarding passages. The Airbus 380 has boarding on 3 levels and many airports just aren't configured to handle that, so 2-level boarding is used for loading that requires 10 minutes longer. Minimizing ground time is a huge part of airline operations. Customers don't like to pay to sit on a plane on the ground.
How would you board a flying wing with 300-800+ passengers? What changes would be required at the gates to make that happen since it is not a tube? What additional infrastructure is required that will create the needed cost savings to pay for the infrastructure updates?
How does a new aircraft alter the operations of airports? For example, the A380 creates larger and more powerful wake effects, so other aircraft need to be spaced further after a take-off or landing.
Posted in: Air travel changes at less than supersonic speed
theFuJun. 21, 2013 - 07:35AM JST
For other Americans not into the km/L ... these are 165mpg and 70mpg ratings. Don't know if the "track used" is similar to the US standard or not, but 70mi/gal is impressive regardless.
Did they fix the remote-unlock issue that thieves in the USA have been using to break in?
Posted in: Honda to release all-new Accord Hybrid and Accord Plug-in Hybrid premium sedans
Steven C. Schulz
Dec. 13, 2013 - 10:50AM JST
To be fair to Stalin, he used thibgs like this to encourage efficiency. He was not…
Posted in: N Korean leader's 'traitor' uncle executed: KCNA
Dec. 13, 2013 - 10:49AM JST
This sounds to me like it was rigged....
Posted in: 輪 chosen as kanji character best representing 2013
Dec. 13, 2013 - 10:48AM JST
It looks as though the national government believes that default is now inevitable, and that the…
Posted in: Cabinet OKs Y5.5 tril stimulus package to cushion impact of sales tax hike
Dec. 13, 2013 - 10:46AM JST
Abe-nomics is ineffective Trickle Down Economics with a fresh coat of paint. It's an invitation for…
Dec. 13, 2013 - 10:45AM JST
Corporations are earning the highest profits in human history. Profit margins are also at record levels.…
Posted in: Does Japan show us the way out of secular stagnation?