Japanese Government Will Censor Fukushima "Illegal Information"
Look at the byline:
"Makiko Segawa is a staff writer at the Shingetsu News Agency. She prepared this report from Fukushima and Tokyo. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org"
Look up who the "Shingetsu News Agency" is. Note that they have no real press credentials and their articles, especially those by Miss Segawa fall well into the fear-mongering "OMG!! BIG GOVERNMENT COVERUP!!" end of the scale.
The situation in Fukushima is being watched by nuclear experts all over the world and the basic facts of the aituation are posted on the IAEA's site. Anything beyond the stating of pressure, temperature and radiation readings as well as remediation steps being taken should be taken as pure guesswork. There has been way too much "This could mean that the reactors are undergoing fission and could go critical" kind of speculation.
Researchers Race To Recover Radioactive Rabbits
Now that's some hot shit!!
Tesla Signs $60 Million Contract With Toyota
You're bringing up a false dichotomy of the electric vs human-powered bicycle as though an electric bike uses the battery all the time. Here in Japan what has become hugely popular are the electrically-assisted bicycles especially the type used by housewives to truck kids to and from school andto buy groceries. I live in Kanagawa-kan just outside Tokyo and there are LOTS of hills. I'll be riding around on the weekends slogging up a hill in the lowest gear on my mountain bike when a Japanese mum on her grocery-loaded electrically assisted "Mama-charin" will come cruising on by and not be breaking any sweat at all. With easily replaceable battery packs and short charging times these make bike commuting, even in hilly locations possible. The weather, of course, is a separate issue.
Toyota Adds External Speakers To Warn Pedestrians
Actually they start dinging at 110Km/h. Some cars increase the rate the faster you go.
Fun was had a long time ago going up the Kan-Etsu at 160.
Company Builds Fast Charging Station For Electric Cars
Sorry, but you are dead wrong.
In 2001 oil made up 50% of Japan's electrical energy production, coal 17%, nuclear 14%, natural gas 13% and hydroelectric contributing only 4%. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_in_Japan#Electricity_generation
Japan is VERY dependent upon imported oil and LNG hence the aggressive solar programs and attempts to upgrade nuclear facilities in the face of considerable opposition.
Google PAC-MAN Cost 4.8M Person-Hours
Yes, doing something worthwhile like, say, posting on Slashdot?
NASA Unveils Sweeping New Programs For Next 5 Years
Take a look at how the automobile has developed since the 60's and tell me that the private sector doesn't do anything "inspiring". (As long as there is some regulatory oversight for safety)
Japan To Standardize Electric Vehicle Chargers
Not a chance.
Japanese has many homynyms making puns a breeze.
A family on a TV show had a pet turtle that liked to chase their dachsund around the house.
Turtle in Japanese is "Kame" (pronounced "ka-meh").
The turtle's name was "Diji".
So they had "Diji Kame". (=Digital Camera)
SETI Is 50 Years Old; No Sign of ET
Don't you mean "[cetacean needed]"?
Programming the Commodore 64: the Definitive Guide
I remember writing that exact same program. The rising and falling of the speaker tones as I twisted the paddle knob back and forth.
EU Says Google Street View Violates Privacy
This is why a huge portion of Tokyo including the street where I used to live is no longer covered by Streetview. The wall outside our landlord neighbour's house is about 2m high. I couldn't see over it when walking by it but the Google pics when they were up it was easy to see into their living room. Most Japanese urban houses are less than 2 meters from the road. In these cases you are able to see what someone walking would not, hence the application of laws related to unnatural viewpoints.
Dune Remake Could Mean 3D Sandworms
Well DONE, sir!
Video Review of Hivision's $100 ARM-Based Android Laptop
From the article: "800×480 screen, 720p Video playback support"
Someone care to enlighten me as to how you get a 720 progressive-scan image on a screen that is only 480 pixels high?
Laser Fusion Passes Major Hurdle
What if it is not that our best minds couldn't produce to our expectations, but rather, they were prevented from doing so by our not-so-best minds?
Designing the Computer UIs In Movies
One amusing thing I found about the Family Guy Star Wars spoof was that the graphics weren't a cheap animated copy of the original, they *were* the original graphics and matched the quality of the rest of the animation perfectly. I lovely little comment that what was amazingly cool in a major blockbuster 30 years ago is now typical in a regular animated TV show.
NASA Will Crowdsource Its Photos of Mars
A bit sad to think that there will be places on Mars that we will have a better view of than ones on earth.
My mother-in-law's house in Japan, for example.
Maybe that's a good thing...
Tower Switch-Off Embarrasses Electrosensitives
That's probably an ancient joke (Henny Youngman maybe?) but I still laughed.
Thanks, I needed that.
Samsung Develops a Transparent OLED Laptop Screen
I'm not sure if that came out the way you intended...
Or maybe it did.
Hotmailers Hawking Hoax Hunan Half-Offs
Look at the order time. The order number is just the date and time. They'd better not have more than one order/second.
Order No. 20100108063848
Order Date 2010-1-8 6:38:48
The site is just there to pick up personal info.
A Brief History of Modems
After thousands of times listening to my various modems connecting from 300bps to 56K and with the various incarnations of error correction I was eventually able to knowing how fast I was connected by sound alone. The problem was that as modems got faster and more sophisticated the connection time kept getting longer and longer. Sometimes I'd have to wait through 45 seconds or more of whistles, grinds and groans before the two modem would train. Ah, the good old days.
In the vain hope that they'll have nostalgia value someday I still have in my possession:
1) Mint condition Hayes Smartmodem 2400. The original workhorse.
2) Practical Peripherals 14.4K. long box with a one-line LCD that displays the connection speed and error correction mode
3) US Robotics 56K Courier - The last great standard.
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