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Free Wi-Fi Coming To Japanese Vending Machines

k-macjapan Re:Isn't this need slowly disappearing? (81 comments)

As another person living in Tokyo, I can say that I've rarely if ever had issues with the performance of 3G/4G in the Tokyo area.

Granted, if you venture outside of the metropolis you'll likely run into speed decreases.

more than 2 years ago

GPS Log Analysis Uncovers Millions In NYC Taxi Overcharges

k-macjapan Re:Won't someone PLEASE think of the cabbies! (232 comments)

Taxis are incredibly expensive in Japan. However, the people are generally speaking honest. Therefor it doesnt shock me in the least that they would do this.

Plan on spending about $20 to go a few blocks.

more than 4 years ago

Scientists Discover Booze That Won't Give You a Hangover

k-macjapan Re:Do NOT Want (334 comments)

The Magic Beer Scooter

How many times have you woken up in the morning after a hard night drinking and thought 'How on earth did I get home?' As hard as you try, you cannot piece together your return journey from the pub to your house.

The answer to this puzzle is that you used a Beer Scooter. The Beer Scooter is a mythical form of transport, owned and leased to the drunk by Bacchus the Roman god of wine. Bacchus has acquired a large batch of these magical devices. The Beer Scooter works in the following fashion:

The passenger reaches a certain level of drunkenness and the "slurring gland" begins to give off a pheromone. Bacchus or one of his many sub-contractors detects this pheromone and sends down a winged Beer Scooter.

The scooter scoops up the passenger and deposits them in their bedroom via a Trans-Dimensional Portal. This is not cheap to run, so a large portion of the passenger's in-pocket cash is taken as payment. This answers the second question after a night out 'How did I spend so much money?'

Unfortunately, Beer Scooters have a poor safety record and are thought to be responsible for over 90% of all UDI (Unidentified Drinking Injuries), such as skinned knees and a sore spot on the top of your head.

An undocumented feature of the beer scooter is the destruction of time segments during the trip. The nature of Trans-Dimensional Portals dictates that time will be lost, seemingly unaccounted for. This answers a third question after a night out 'What the hell happened?'

With good intentions, Bacchus opted for the REMIT (Removal of Embarrassing Moments In Time) add on, that automatically removes, in descending order, those parts in time regretted most. Unfortunately one person's REMIT is not necessarily the REMIT of another's and quite often lost time is regained in discussions over a period of time.

Independent studies have also shown that Beer Goggles often cause the scooter's navigation system to malfunction thus sending the passenger to the wrong bedroom, often with horrific consequences.

For the family man, Beer Scooters come equipped with flowers picked from other people's garden and Thump-A-Lot boots (Patent Pending). These boots are designed in such a way that no matter how quietly you tip-toe up the stairs, you are sure to wake up your other half. Special anti-gravity springs ensure that you bump into every wall in the house and the CTSGS (Coffee Table Seeking Guidance System) explains the bruised shins.

The final add-on Bacchus saw fit to invest in for some scooters is the TAS (Tobacco Absorption System). This explains how one person can apparently get through 260 Marlboro Lights in a single night.

PS: Don't forget the on-board heater, which allows you to comfortably get home from the pub in sub-zero temperatures, wearing just a T-shirt.

more than 4 years ago

James Cameron On How Avatar Technology Could Keep Actors Young

k-macjapan Re:I'd go the opposite. (404 comments)

I was recently in Vienna and went to see an opera(The Barber of Seville) performed at the Wiener Staatsoper. The lead charcter was played by a Korean by the name of Tae Joong Yang( I really enjoyed his performance.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Blurs the Server Line With Mac Mini Server

k-macjapan Re:I can see plenty of uses for it. (557 comments)

Perhaps there is something wrong with your eee. I run mine at least 8-10 hours a day and it appears to get no hotter than 30 degrees C.

more than 5 years ago

Google Serves a Cease and Desist On Android Modder

k-macjapan Re:Le Shocque! (336 comments)

Remove the / at the end of the url and it will load.

more than 5 years ago

Japan's Cell Phones May Get DRM, At Music Industry Behest

k-macjapan Re:No connection? (189 comments)

I am currently living in Japan about an hour outside of Tokyo. I can state with 100% confidence that there are large areas here where cell phones DO NOT work. Mainly in the mountainous areas and sparsely populated areas. Docomo has the best coverage in Japan. However, they also are by far the most expensive.

As for subway coverage it does drop in between the stations on most lines. Although some lines have repeaters in them. This is not for people to talk it for people watching TV, text messaging or playing games.

more than 5 years ago

Japan Plans $21B Space Power Plant

k-macjapan Re:seriously? (550 comments)

Well your not going to like the new government here then. They have 'Promised' $6000 per newborn and $300 a month per child.

more than 5 years ago

Japan Plans $21B Space Power Plant

k-macjapan Re:Oh, them unfortunate Japanese (550 comments)

$10 for a watermelon, thank you very much. Assuming you don't buy one shaped to fit in a drawer.

more than 5 years ago

EMC Co-Founder Committs Suicide

k-macjapan Re:Suicide Rate in Japan (538 comments)

Actually, the suicide rate is much higher than that here in Japan. Due to the fact that a fair amount of deaths are officially classified as something other than suicide.

more than 5 years ago

Chevy Volt Rated At 230 mpg In the City

k-macjapan Re:stagnation of gasoline? (1006 comments)

I am by no means knowledgeable on the topic however, when you store a lawn mower and boat they are completely immobile for a long period of time. Where as the car is moving around and causing the gas to stir.

more than 5 years ago

Lawyer Jailed For Contempt Is Freed After 14 Years

k-macjapan Re:Why didn't this happen sooner? (408 comments)

The player in question is Donte Stallworth. For what it is worth, there were also trace amounts of weed in his system. For complete coverage of the situation check this link.

It is quite likely that he will be suspended indefinitely by the commissioner of the NFL Roger Goodell.

At any rate, I know sports isn't the flavour of the week,month,year here however, if you are is interested in the NFL then I would suggest the following site.

It is run by a lawyer by the name of Mike Florio.


more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 Hits Build 7600 (Possible RTM)

k-macjapan Re:I just got sweaty palms... (671 comments)

Daemon tools lite is a grand total of $0.00 and spyware free.

more than 5 years ago

Bike Projector Makes Lane For Rider

k-macjapan Re:3 hour life? (856 comments)

Or how about powering it via the bike?

more than 5 years ago



EA to ban you from your games for forum behavior.

k-macjapan k-macjapan writes  |  about 6 years ago

k-macjapan (1271084) writes "Electronic Arts has a new policy in its forums: misbehave and violate the publisher's terms of service, and not only will you be banned from the forums, but you'll find yourself unable to play any of your EA games, too. The news came today when a community manager posted information regarding the new version of EA's website and forums, which is set to launch next week."
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VMware ESX/ESXi 3.5 Update 2 Bug

k-macjapan k-macjapan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

k-macjapan (1271084) writes "VMware has a serious issue on its hands. The recently released update 2 for ESX/ESXi 3.5 contains a timebomb in it that went of today August 12th. The link is to the thread on VMware's community forum. The issue is being tracked on KB 1006716 on According to VMware it will be 36hours before an update is released. Goodluck to all effected by this."
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