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Japanese Publishers Lash Out At Amazon's Policies

fullback Re:The world's most protectionist economy (110 comments)

Sorry, but it is not "patriotic duty." I've lived in Japan for over 20 years and most markets are not locked up. There is a sense of community in Japan. Patriotism is not teary-eyed nonsense looking at a colored cloth. It's a sense of living within a society and doing things that benefit a society that's been around for over 1,200 years.

Japan is small, has no resources, half the population of the US packed into a place the size of California. Police don't kill people and a convenience store robbery (no one gets hurt) is national news.

The used book business in Japan is huge. People read in Japan; they like books and magazines. They like the touch of paper. It's the most widely read population in the world. People stand at bookstores and read and read and read. The pricing model assures that small publishers exist and a wide variety of books and authors can be published. They are not all gobbled up by conglomerates.

Japan can do business in Japan however it chooses.


Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

fullback I understand it. (548 comments)

Try having a fact-based discussion with a woman and see where it gets you.

On second thought, that doesn't work with men either . . .

2 days ago

Hundreds of Cities Wired With Fiber, But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unusable

fullback And Outside the U.S. (347 comments)

I'm moving and my new place has 200Mbps down/100Mbps up fiber, so that's an upgrade from the 100Mbps I've had for about 15 years. And the price is going down to about US$38/month. Not bad, huh? I could choose 1 Gbps, since everywhere has been upgraded with it for years now, but it would only be useful for content inside the country. The infrastructure is far more advanced than the U.S.

Of course there are no caps and no provider-conspired speed throttling. I've never had a provider-caused outage in 20 years of internet service.

That's that service level and pricing that competition has created over time in Japan. I'm in a small town, so don't even think about the "U.S. is too big" reply. Every time I go the U.S. I'm shocked at the level of service. You are really under the thumb of the internet provider mafia.

You need to vote in representatives that will actually to start representing you. I don't see any hope for you without that.

about 3 months ago

Percentage of Elderly In Japan Continues to Grow as Number of Children Drops

fullback I've Lived in Japan for 20+ Years . . . (283 comments)

I couldn't even begin to comment on all of the misinformation and wrong assumptions posted.

Suffice it to say that the Japan has existed as an entity for well over 1,200 years and the stories about the future "last Japanese person alive" probably started with the first written records of Japan.

Japan has survived events that ended other civilizations, so they will find a way to survive and thrive with less people.

about 4 months ago

First Arrest In Japan For 3D-Printed Guns

fullback Re:Hey Tim (274 comments)

"There is plenty of violent crime in Japan."

No there isn't. I've lived in Japan for over 20 years and never once ever felt the slightest apprehension anywhere, any place, any time of the day of night, period. I live a life free of fear of having to watch my wallet, look over my shoulder, or worry that i might stumble into the wrong neighborhood.

You have no idea what you're talking about.

about 4 months ago

Internet Transit Provider Claims ISPs Deliberately Allow Port Congestion

fullback Re:Details please (210 comments)

Her are those details:

I live in Japan and not in the middle of a city. I'm in a suburban area and have lived in what would be considered almost rural at one time.

I've had fiber for over 13 years. The only time I've ever had a service interruption was during the major earthquake 3 years ago. Internet came back up within an hour, though. That was the only time I've had a power outage too, in over 22 years of living in Japan.

I was in several major cities the southeast U.S. - Orlando, Atlanta, Nashville, etc. I needed to ftp data to my servers and it was almost impossible. So slow that I had to give up and wait until I returned home. I was at a friend's house and he lost internet service at least once per week. He had to scream answers for 5 minutes through his phone to a silly automated service before he could talk to a person. He said he has to do it weekly...

I couldn't get any emails from Asia through his connection. They're all blocked, and those were from the major ISP's in Japan - NTT and Softbank. Blocked! Every foreign web server was like pulling teeth.

Public WiFi was, well, pathetic.

It has nothing to do with size of the country. I had faster, more reliable service in the middle of nowhere surrounded by rice paddies in Japan 10 years ago than exists in U.S. urban areas now.

The reason is that there is competition in Japan. No area franchises. It's a free country.

about 4 months ago

Internet Transit Provider Claims ISPs Deliberately Allow Port Congestion

fullback Three Weeks in ISP Hell (210 comments)

I just spent three weeks in the U.S.

The internet service was like being in a third-world country, but no one would believe it if you told them.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Communicate Security Alerts?

fullback I Like Paper (84 comments)

Type it; print it; deliver it.

It worked for generations.

about 4 months ago

Will Living On Mars Drive Us Crazy?

fullback Stress? (150 comments)

Millions of people live like that now in Tokyo. No big deal.
You can't even let the water run while brushing your teeth.

about 5 months ago

A Third of Consumers Who Bought Wearable Devices Have Ditched Them

fullback Yea, but... (180 comments)

wearable devices are a hit compared to the rate of married couples who stay together. Does that mean marriage is a fad?

about 5 months ago

eBay Japan Passwords Revealed As Username+123456

fullback Same for all Four Users? (80 comments)

I've lived in Japan for over 20 years and I, like probably most people in Japan, didn't know it even existed.

about 5 months ago

Spinoffs From Spyland: How Some NSA Technology Is Making Its Way Into Industry

fullback WTF (44 comments)

Patent attorneys and a marketing department?
It has to be true because you can't make up shit like this.

about 5 months ago

Computer Spots Fakers Better Than People Do

fullback It wasn't the computer (62 comments)

The people who programmed "the computer" were better.

about 5 months ago

Is Weev Still In Jail Because the Government Doesn't Understand What Hacking Is?

fullback The Free World Defense? (246 comments)

Maybe they should have told the court that they had no authority to charge or even know any information about the case or the defendant's actions since national security and the safety of entire free world was at stake. That seems to scare every other court off, right?

about 5 months ago

How Steve Jobs Got the iPhone Into Japan

fullback 37% (104 comments)

That's the iPhone market percentage in Japan, but 8 out of the 10 most popular smartphones sold for the last four months are iPhones. So yes, the iPhone market share is increasing.

Oh, and the "East-Asian concept of 'face'..." post above is utter nonsense. The real esoteric reason it's popular is because people just "like" it.

about 6 months ago

3 Years Later: A Fukushima Worker's Eyewitness Story

fullback Nothing New or Interesting (148 comments)

The article offers no insight that I didn't know three years ago. I live 90 miles from the Fukushima plant and I've posted several times about what that time was like, as it was happening, from Japan.

No one is living (or dying) in school gymnasiums, as someone above said.

about 6 months ago

Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

fullback I'm not surprised. (625 comments)

Look at the number of Americans who believe a guy named Jesus was born to a virgin mother, turned water into wine and rose from the dead. Not much different than astrology, is it?

about 7 months ago

Apple Forges Agreement With China Mobile

fullback Re:Peak Apple 2012 (79 comments)

I live in Japan and it seems like everyone I see has an iPhone.

I just got back from a business trip to Beijing and it seemed like everyone had an iPhone.

But hey, what would I know?

about 8 months ago

NSA Uses Google Cookies To Pinpoint Targets For Hacking

fullback Okay, that's it. (174 comments)

I've had enough of the NSA. I'm going to unplug from the Internet. I'll just yank this cord from my keyb

about 9 months ago

The Status of the Fukushima Clean-Up

fullback I Live 90 Miles From the Site (136 comments)

And I have two things to say.

1. It's an incredibly difficult job where new challenges have to be met with new thinking every day.

2. The people who are doing the difficult work deserve a huge gratitude of thanks for their effort. Working in full radiation suits and masks in 35C temperatures in summer took extraordinary strength of purpose and determination.

All of you that are going to make jokes about glowing whatever and Godzilla can go fuck yourselves. And I mean it. Go Fuck Yourself.

about 9 months ago


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