sf2k's past comments

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    sf2k

    when all the managers researchers programmers and professors have replaced managing research programming and teaching with robots, only then will they realize they were insane, but maybe not even then.

    Posted in: Tech world debate on robots and jobs heats up

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    sf2k

    Actually I already am, thanks for asking

    Posted in: Language schools to help athletes prepare for 2020 Games

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    sf2k

    Yubaru

    That's a bit general as the Olympics are in Tokyo, not all of Japan. It's not about the number, it's about the utility to deal with scale. Also there are Japanese who speak Esperanto in Tokyo already. A few clubs here and there. Not much! But it's not from scratch either.

    Esperanto is not a replacement language. It's a practical (even temporary) shareable tool to use under tight time constraints that's available as a mutual second language that's also easy to learn. English just isn't, and given how it's used in Japan, an open failure. I hope they get enough volunteers but given how trivial language issues are seen I doubt it.

    Let's say you've invited the world. And you have to communicate with different people from all over the world in multiple languages not your own for a few months. You have six months to three years preparation. What languages do you choose? Hope they all speak English? Ok for me. But that's the depressing thought for Japan. Three years to improve? Doable but unlikely across occupations intertwined in the Olympics. This is a pen.

    But wait. Esperanto is a save here. Athletes don't have to work too hard. Helps the hosts talk to people and helps people going to Japan talk to them regardless of where they're from. Many roots (84%) are basically English with Esperanto grammar on them so it would be really simple without the hiccups of a native language. It's different but not completely. The English they learned helps them. Their English, no matter how bad, is still an in.

    It's okay though, the athletes have 3 years to learn more English. So do 119 workers. So do civic workers putting up signs. So do chemists doing the blood testing. So do taxi drivers. Judges. Coaches. Transit workers. Police. Information call centres. Mom and pop stores. Restaurant workers. And of course Olympic volunteers. Where are their government language programs? Just athletes? My god.

    Tokyo is woefully unprepared for the scale. When it gets to the point when there's six months to a year to go and the realization of their language requirements goes beyond just athletes, it is therefore not a stretch to understand that Esperanto may be useful after all.

    Could it work? Yes. Will it happen? No. I'll get the popcorn

    Posted in: Language schools to help athletes prepare for 2020 Games

  • 1

    sf2k

    who frees a country and a workforce that doesn't want to be free?

    Posted in: Japanese firms still slow in reducing overtime: survey

  • 0

    sf2k

    veejay

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esperanto

    Esperanto was invented in 1887 and has been doing well for a constructed language. It has it's own culture music and arts if you can believe it. Maybe 1 million around the world but those estimates vary. Lately though from the Internet it has been doing well, considering.

    Indeed, it'll never replace English, or another native language. That's not the point. All I'm saying is that it's a useful tool as a mutual secondary language. Based on the time constraints and failures in English already in Japan, that it's a useful tool that works in months not years and years of futility.

    16 rules of grammar and that's it man. Versus improving on existing English training we all know will never improve. Something new may be in order to shake out the loose threads

    Posted in: Language schools to help athletes prepare for 2020 Games

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    sf2k

    Yeah because you're informed about Esperanto? It picked up again recently because of recent Internet success over that last few years. Even in a year, still outdoing a Japanese person learning English in their 6th or 7th year, sadly

    The goal is not to troll but to inspire communication. What are you against? Failure in language learning?

    Posted in: Language schools to help athletes prepare for 2020 Games

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    @pacint

    So sorry, but it's growing like a weed on Duolingo, with over 700,000 learners in a year. Even outpacing other native languages, just not the major ones of course. Don't think I'll see 700,000 signups for an English class anytime soon

    @Jimizo

    Yeah I know what you mean. I figured since both parties are speaking the same second language, then there's less angst about speaking perfectly. The notion of speakingly perfectly kills all language learning in Japan unfortunately.

    I know it's a lost cause, but compared to the part time English teaching I did in Japan Esperanto at least would leave a lot of that wasted effort behind and still use parts of their 6 years of learning English in seeing Esperanto root words for a more practical purpose under a exception free unified grammar.

    Posted in: Language schools to help athletes prepare for 2020 Games

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    sf2k

    Brings a new meaning to waiting for turnover

    Posted in: Japanese firms still slow in reducing overtime: survey

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    sf2k

    Another perfect use case for Esperanto. Let's break down the requirements shall we.

    How many hours? About 1500 for English all for the few hours during the Olympics (let's say 336 hours tops, roughly 8 hours for 7 days for 3 weeks, then times two for Olympics and Paraolympics) ?

    English doesn't fit. It's too impossible to ask for too little payoff. Not just athletes. All the volunteers, Restaurateurs, liaison staff between countries, media of all kinds. Anyone connected to the Olympics. There's more people who would benefit from language instruction to make opportunities.

    But not English. It's too much. Also consider the baggage of learning a language that many people already tried, and failed. Not exactly motivating.

    Enter Esperanto. At only 150 hours of instruction plus a bit more for non European, EASILY fits into the 336 hours of possible usage during the games. And that's completed study twice over. Even with 336 hours of English to match, it can't compete.

    Esperanto at 1/10 the time requirement works as a perfect tool for the job. It could be learned in months not years, and perform its primary function, to be an easier secondary language to facilitate communication. No "little fingers" by Japanese oyajis to make it sound Japanese. Keep it international for international communication. That's all.

    Also everyone would be using it as a second language, there would be no first language bias holding over anyone. Given similar roots English knowledge is thus not wasted but helpful in learning Esperanto. In a year it could be learned at a high level versus one year of English.

    In a year people in Japan can learn it, people going to Japan can learn it. Everyone would be in the same position. It doesn't represent any country, just people communicating. There are Esperanto clubs in Japan and all over the world that can get people started too. It would be an Olympic thing that would connect people.

    Esperanto may not be great as a language one to one, but Esperanto here is the perfect bridge that can help people locally and from all over the world, on time, on budget, all to provide a means of mutual communication for the world.

    Not even English can do that

    Posted in: Language schools to help athletes prepare for 2020 Games

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    sf2k

    Western America - California, Oregon, Washington, BC, Yukon and Alaska - would be one of the best countries in the world.

    That would be amazing! But it would be called something else. That would end the annoying problem of citizens naming themselves after a continent that already contains other nations.

    Posted in: California approves vehicle pollution rules in rebuke to Trump

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    sf2k

    CEFR is a good reference, A1/A2 (conversational), B1/B2 (school), C1/C2 (business, high fluency). From the article it sounds like they'd be happy if anyone can say anything at a pre-A1 phrasebook level versus the notion that people can actually learn a language in 2-3 years with proper instruction up to and past the B2 level depending on initiative. To reach A2 wouldn't take that much time, certainly not 3 years. I guess it never occurred to them as this is outside their experience

    The first rule of learning English in Japan is to not learn English from Japanese. Thankfully there are videos online and many one on one video chat programs. Even video teachers.

    Posted in: Language schools to help athletes prepare for 2020 Games

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    sf2k

    But the prefectural government has not punished any violators so far and will not impose penalties on violators in fiscal 2016 out of fear that it would disturb the business of restaurants and other facilities, according to the sources.

    SMH

    Posted in: No violator punished under antismoking ordinance launched in 2010

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    sf2k

    We'd be happy to take your left coast off your hands, along with Oregon and Washington State, to join British Columbia, and the rest of Canada. Throw in Hawaii as well. We need some winterlude options. Poor Colorado

    That way the rest of Mordor can rise at last

    Posted in: California approves vehicle pollution rules in rebuke to Trump

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    sf2k

    @Robert Dykes

    My point is if the kids spent 100 hours learning English and master 5%, or 100 hours learning Esperanto and master 90% of it. The end result is the pretty much identical. They still spent 100 hours learning.

    As it stands now learning English at such a low ability defeats any sense of accomplishment, motivation, or strength in learning that Esperanto gives away for free. I was merely reporting on what other countries do, because they want success. The Japanese system has nothing to do with useful outcomes as many teachers can attest.

    Kids learn the recorder before moving on to the oboe or tuba too. It's the same principle, applied, and tested

    Posted in: Why can't Japanese teachers of English ... speak English?

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    sf2k

    Why not learn about successful language acquisition from other countries? If they wanted to learn a language as a subject they picked the wrong language to help. English just has too many exceptions to learn it well. Many give up and I have total sympathy.

    Esperanto on the other hand has a unified grammar, and is designed to not be a replacement for a natural language, but provide a simple auxiliary utility. It is being used this way in the UK, not to make Esperanto speakers, but to help students have the tools they need to understand languages as they move on.

    from wikipedia:

    "...Many schools used to teach children the recorder, not to produce a nation of recorder players, but as a preparation for learning other instruments. [We teach] Esperanto, not to produce a nation of Esperanto-speakers, but as a preparation for learning other languages.[70]..."

    "...The Institute of Cybernetic Pedagogy at Paderborn (Germany) has compared the length of study time it takes natively French-speaking high-school students to obtain comparable 'standard' levels in Esperanto, English, German, and Italian.[69] The results were:

    2000 hours studying German = 1500 hours studying English = 1000 hours studying Italian (or any other Romance language) = 150 hours studying Esperanto...."

    Holy smokes man! If I only had Esperanto in high school!

    "...Studies have been conducted in New Zealand,[71] United States,[72][73][74] Germany,[75] Italy[76] and Australia.[77] The results of these studies were favourable and demonstrated that studying Esperanto before another foreign language expedites the acquisition of the other, natural language. This appears to be because learning subsequent foreign languages is easier than learning one's first foreign language, whereas the use of a grammatically simple and culturally flexible auxiliary language like Esperanto lessens the first-language learning hurdle. In one study,[78] a group of European secondary school students studied Esperanto for one year, then French for three years, and ended up with a significantly better command of French than a control group, who studied French for all four years...."

    Boom! That's putting it to the test

    Therefore based on their success and the data available across half a dozen countries it would be reasonable to say that Japanese who learn Esperanto first, and then English, are more likely to acquire it at a higher level faster than English alone. Given the 10x fewer hours to learn it as well, it's more likely to be attained by the general population, and free up time for overworked students.

    Also, while there is a fixed fundamental grammar, there is no country of Esperanto. There would be more freedom to incorporate it without fears of any latent Imperialism of another country. It might even be spared a Japanesto mix it would so easy who knows.

    Even now for merchants getting ready for the Olympics it would be much easier to be internationalized without extreme effort

    Don't worry, it won't happen. But if you wanted to know how you could do it, you could.

    Posted in: Why can't Japanese teachers of English ... speak English?

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    sf2k

    sf2k: Windows is just the most popular thus people attack it more. Everything is just about as secure as each others.

    Um, no. BSD and Linux based system are far more secure than Windows has ever been or will ever be. If you have a technical question ask it, don't parrot demonstrable falsehoods

    The reason it doesn't work on Linux systems is because it's easier to get under the hood and root out the problem. So the payoff of a hack is much harder to achieve because it requires a higher level of computer knowledge to pull off versus Windows. (ie HeartBleed OpenSSL hack for example that was fixed. ). With Windows it's the lowest hanging fruit out there and thus the highest reward. Millions of people daily for decades. Doesn't require a lot of knowledge to pull off, and with millions of gullible users clicking every clickbait email they get only ensures rewards for decades to come.

    For it to be a comparison would require something approaching equality to compare Windows to. Nothing is close to that junk

    Posted in: Daily cyberattacks more than double to all-time high in 2016

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    sf2k

    The latest slaughter means more than 1.67 million birds will have been killed in a dozen mass culls at several farms across the country since November when the virus was detected in the northern Aomori Prefecture

    Maybe stop eating chicken? Eggs and dairy too.

    http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/cholesterol/. Lots of data and videos about the peer reviewed science not marketing. Quite an eye opener.

    Time to cut out artery clogging cholesterol and move to a plant based diet. Japan doesn't get the obesity but it is getting record diabetes levels, all because of increasingly poorer meat diet.

    Posted in: Japan culls 288,000 more chickens for avian flu in Miyagi, Chiba

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    sf2k

    And how many of those computers were running old versions of Windows?

    Get rid of windows OS on city computers across the land and replace the OS on the same computers with free OpenBSD (known for high security) or another Linux flavour and it'll drop incidents overnight. Won't cost new hardware, only installation. Maybe it won't cure all the hacking, but maybe it may for some common issues. It would be a significant beginning. Beats doing nothing

    Abe needs a pet project to distract and rolling out an cyber threat recovery initiative would be actually useful

    Posted in: Daily cyberattacks more than double to all-time high in 2016

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    sf2k

    until you elect people who will turn it off it doesn't matter

    Posted in: Are you in favor of daylight saving time?

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    sf2k

    Lost in the story

    The group currently runs a kindergarten with a similar curriculum.

    As long as it's private it would seem there are no laws to stop them from restarting Imperialist Japan again.

    Scary

    Posted in: School operator head testifies in Diet he got Y1 mil donation from Akie Abe

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