zichi's past comments

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    zichi

    Some posters have a misunderstanding about cloud storage which does not suddenly go pop and your valuable files no longer exist. I've never heard of that happening because even cloud storage companies have their own backup systems.

    The only point about cloud storage is that you have to pay for it but there are many options including making your own cloud which is what I did so I can access all my files from wherever I can access internet. Internet in Japan is reliable.

    Much music these days is no longer available on CD's.

    Posted in: Japan overwhelmingly favors CDs to digital music

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    USNinJapan2

    Except they are not military or soldiers. Which military or soldiers do you know who can resign just with a months notice. Whatever the dictionaries or wiki's call them, nonetheless, legally under Japan laws they are only "special civil servants." Which other military do you know which is made up of civil servants?

    Posted in: Rescue work

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    zichi

    I prefer lossless files like Flac. They take up more storage space than mp3 but these days hard drives are so cheap. I have all my files, not just music, backed up in three places. CD's also have a play life. My mobile devices have mp3.

    For movies I try to find copies with 5.1 surround sound because films like The Lord of the Rings are so much better with surround sound.

    I don't use CD's anymore. I buy blank DVD's which are better because they hold more. 4GB/8GB compared with what CD 700MD.

    Posted in: Japan overwhelmingly favors CDs to digital music

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    zichi

    Could a Fuji eruption set from the Nankai earthquake or vice verser. Could they both occur at the same time? That would create one terrible mighty force of nature.

    Posted in: Japan's volcanoes: Could Fuji be next?

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    zichi

    The Kagoshima demonstration against the restarting of the Sendai reactors was planned before the eruption of Ontake. According to reports about 7,500 attended the protest.

    Posted in: Gov't says volcanic eruption will have no impact on nuclear restarts

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    zichi

    All of the members of the Self Defenece Forces are "special civil servants" and are not military, troops or soldiers. They can resign by giving one months notice, just like most other jobs. If Article 9 is changed then that might need to be reviewed.

    Posted in: Rescue work

  • -1

    zichi

    The tax hike made for some strange coin exchanges. Here in Kobe the price of any single bus ride was ¥200 and the little money machine next to the driver changed ¥1000 or ¥500.

    After the sales hike the fare was put up to ¥210. Making sure to have a ¥10 yen coin before getting on the bus because there's no way to get one. I used to try and get rid of my ¥10 coins but now need to hold onto them. When I didn't have one and i just paid the old ¥200 rate and smiled at the driver.

    Posted in: Vending machine dispenses cans with 5 yen coins taped to them

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    zichi

    I add a question mark if I feel its "maybe" or more of a question than a comment, like

    "none had expected to end their lives like that"

    well, I don't know the answer 100% because only those involved will know but I assume they never expected to end their lives like that. The question mark is more like "I think" but if it annoys the heck out of you guys I'll try to reprogram my fingers.

    Posted in: Recovery of bodies suspended at volcano due to toxic gases and ash

  • 0

    zichi

    SmartEyeGlasses like GoogleGlass for the time being are nothing more than very expensive toys.

    Posted in: Sony develops 'SmartEyeglass'

  • 2

    zichi

    I hope they'll recover all the lost people.

    Posted in: Long climb

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    zichi

    So many deaths from one event and none had expected to end their lives like that?

    Posted in: Recovery of bodies suspended at volcano due to toxic gases and ash

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    zichi

    The Ferguson Chief of Police has apologised to the Brown family for leaving the corpse of their dead son in the road for more than four hours but no apology from him for anything else. He said he won't resign his position over the shooting of Brown who's only crime when he was stopped and shot dead by officer Wilson was jaywalking in a quiet road. The community is still disturbed by those events.

    Posted in: Police officers shot at in Ferguson

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    zichi

    The last eruption was in 1979 and before that it was thought to be inactive. Never climbed Ontake but I been to the base area to make paintings.

    The JMA puts its at LEVEL 3 which means don't approach the volcano.

    There are unconfirmed reports of 4 hikers buried and another 280 stuck on the peak?

    Posted in: Volcano erupts in central Japan; 7 unconscious, 250 stranded

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    WillB

    Well, you could turn that around and point out that Christian nutters do not usually behead people when they feel upset.

    But they do knife and shoot them at pointblank range and in America in higher numbers than Muslims?

    Posted in: Oklahoma worker beheads colleague after being sacked

  • -6

    zichi

    Sounds more like another American nutter than a Muslim extremist who's only available weapon to vent was a knife?

    Posted in: Oklahoma worker beheads colleague after being sacked

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    zichi

    @taiga_1

    zichi, they will never make more electricity than nuclear. that is found by studies, solar energy is either too weak to make massive amount of electricity or either too much space. the gas turbines are worst than nuclear, it pollutes the environment and u can plant on the soil. whereas nuclear can hit up to 2,000GW. solar will only feed individual homes. the gas turbines you are talking about are a lot weaker as we speak. But even solar in every house will help but won't replace nuclear.

    Prior to the 3/11 nuclear disaster nuclear energy generated 27% of total power, or 48GW from a fleet of 54 reactors. If and when the reactors are restarted, according to the NRA less than 20 will pass the new safety standards and in future will only generate 10% of total power or about 28GW.

    Both fossil fuels and renewable energy will be needed. If the 80GW of solar is installed it will help to reduce the demand from fossil fuels. Gas turbines can also biogas and not just LNG.

    @star-viking

    Why should Kyushu Electric build gas turbine plants to accommodate people who want KE to buy their electricity - the solar suppliers should build those plants.

    That's probably correct but also power companies need to update their fossil fuel fired plants because too many of them are old ones not using available technology to make them more efficient and cleaner running.

    Posted in: Kyushu Electric shuts off renewable suppliers from grid

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    zichi

    yabits

    But the other thing the tragedy appears to reveal is how the mother appears not to have been with her daughter until late in the day.

    the little girls grandmother lives opposite them and she took some care of her.

    Posted in: What can be done to better protect children from child predators?

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    zichi

    Give your child a strong whistle on a cord which they can blow when in danger. They are useful for all people when trapped by an earthquake. I never go out with one, its always in my bag.

    Posted in: What can be done to better protect children from child predators?

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    zichi

    When spent nuclear fuel is removed from the reactors it spends five years in the cooling pool before being considered cool enough to move to another pool and then casks or whatever.

    Posted in: TEPCO having trouble with 'ice wall' at Fukushima plant

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    zichi

    Japan can't have a "national grid" because of incompatible frequencies between east and west Japan and inadequate conversion capacity that will never change because it walls off any competition between them.

    That is true and also very stupid. But there are two grids East & West with a small amount of conversion cross over. By 2016, these two national grids will operate in a very different way than current.

    Power generation will also change with the power utilities moving or extending their operational areas. For instance, Kansai Electric Power in partnership with another company will build a new power plant in Sendai in order to sell that power to Tokyo consumers which means an eventual price competition.

    Other utilities are moving into other regions to offer power sales.

    Power sales companies will buy power from the East or West grids and sell it onto its customers. Some companies will offer only power generated from renewables so some customers may decide to use that.

    Posted in: Kyushu Electric shuts off renewable suppliers from grid

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