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Ground-Based GPS Mimic Is Inch Perfect

kiwijapan improved cellphone location? (140 comments)

I wonder how long it will take before this becomes available for use in cellphones to improve the accuracy of tracking. It would make services like 'find my iphone' even better, but would also enable government agencies and stalkers to get an even better lock on those they're tracking.

more than 3 years ago

Computer Opens Unmanned Store For Holiday

kiwijapan WaIkato? WTF? (333 comments)

The name of the newspaper is the Waikato Times - not the WaIkato Times ( Mind seem pedantic, but kiwis are proud of our maori heritage and place names. Oh, and the store manager is a dickhead.

more than 3 years ago

Electric Car Goes 375 Miles On One 6-Minute Charge

kiwijapan Re:Too good to be true (603 comments)

Audi A2 modified by DBM Energy was able to achieve its 375 miles range at an average speed of 55 mph

It was going downhill all the way.

more than 3 years ago

Electric Car Goes 375 Miles On One 6-Minute Charge

kiwijapan what they don't tell you (603 comments)

the Audi A2 modified by DBM Energy was able to achieve its 375 miles range at an average speed of 55 mph.

mind you, it was going downhill all the way.

more than 3 years ago

British Airways Chief Slams US Security Requests

kiwijapan Re:What is "Kowtowing" ? (335 comments)

Kowtow is a Chinese word actually. Formally it's kneeling and bowing your head to touch the floor three times.

I think you'll find the word currently used in English comes from Japanese (kohtoh - where the "o" is long as in "or" and the "h" is not pronounced). In Japanese it means to lower one's head (in reverence to a superior or higher ranked person) and from what I can recall, came into the English language during WW2, when POWs were forced to lower their heads to Japanese POW guards and commanders. In the same way, the word "hocho" comes from Japanese as well (hancho - where the "o" is again made long), and means the head of a unit or group (han). Unit leaders or guard leaders among both Japanese army and POWs where given this designation. Identically, the word "tenko" (the "o" is short) means "roll call" or "line call" and POWs were expected to line up and number off in the morning, before meals or whenever they were told to, in order to ensure that they were all there. It was also the name of a popular Australian soap about female POWs in WW2.

more than 3 years ago

The First Photograph of a Human

kiwijapan Re:I was hoping for an actual person. (138 comments)

I was hoping for a photo of the first human .... how knows, maybe in another 100-200 years or so (mind you, gotta figure out the whole time travel thing first)

more than 3 years ago

Long In Development, Toshiba 'SCiB' Battery Debuts

kiwijapan Re:Erm... (284 comments)

Toyota? Or Toshiba?

Toshiba, as in TFA. The title is just wishful thinking to get this in the Prius.
Seriously, one of the main issues (other than price) keeping people from buying electric or hybrid vehicles is the time it takes to recharge, which doesn't make them a viable option for long (read: hundreds of kilometres in one go) trips.

more than 4 years ago

Ozzy Osbourne To Be Genetically Decoded

kiwijapan Re:you dunnnowhattyertalkin (256 comments)

" Ozzy Osbourne To Be Genetically Decoded" So that's why we can't understand what he's saying .... it's all encoded. Doesn't seem that complicated a code though; I'm pretty sure one of the boffins at Bletchley Park could figure it out in a few days ... (former) President G.W. Bush on the other hand - there's a challenge that would stump even the geniuses over at the NSA.

more than 4 years ago

'Peak Wood' Offers Parallels For Our Time

kiwijapan Re:heh, he said "peak wood" (604 comments)

For some reason reading the words "virgin timber" and "peak wood" makes me want to break out in song.... "Ohhhh... He's a lumberjack, and he's okay. He sleeps all night and he works all day. "

more than 4 years ago

Japanese Guts Are Made For Sushi

kiwijapan Re:Am i missing something? (309 comments)

I thought that everyone started out with pretty much zero gut bacteria and acquire them based on what they eat. (And sometimes people lose all their gut bacteria from various medical treatments and have to work to restore them.) So the japanese end up with the bacteria/enzymes do digest sushi because... they eat a lot of sushi. Presumably anyone else could develop a colony of such bacteria/enzymes by also eating a lot of sushi? That would mean the division isn't whether you're Japanese or American or something else. It's just whether or not you eat a lot of sushi.

I doubt it really has that much to do with eating sushi per se. I have been living in Japan for over 12 years, and I have no problem digesting any form of seaweed. It's not just used in sushi, but also on 'onigiri' rice balls, in miso soup, in side dishes etc. It is true that most people don't each sushi all the time; maybe we go to a cheap sushi place once in a while, but that's about it for most people. But Japanese people love eating seaweed, and there are many other ways to ingest it. I think the original researchers should have also tested foreigners living in Japan for long periods of time, and Japanese people brought up in the US or else living there for a long time, to see just how the enzymes in the gut change with diet. I think they'd find that people like me have more enzymes than they expected.

more than 4 years ago

"Gigantic Jets" Blast Electricity Into the Ionosphere

kiwijapan Re:I can recall (168 comments)

pilots in the 60 who spoke quietly about these. Of course, scientists said that no such thing exists and as such, most pilots kept real quiet about it. Only at wild 60's parties would I hear some of these guys talking about it.

Maybe an even larger, as yet undiscovered type of these ""gigantic jets" can be used to explain the images taken from the shuttle, Mir space station etc. orbiting earth that clearly show something (an object) leaving the earth's atmosphere, and which have for a long time - at least in particular circles - been used to 'prove' the existence of UFOs on earth. If the jets in the article can reach 80km, could it not be possible that some as yet undiscovered phenomena could reach even higher, with enough power to break through the ionosphere into outer space?

about 5 years ago

Judge Dismisses Google Street View Case

kiwijapan Re:Tresspassing no longer exists? (258 comments)

It doesn't seem to matter to Google whether or not you mark the property as private property. This is not the first time the Google maps van has entered property they had no right to. They have previously ignored clearly posted "No Trespassing" signs and entered private property: Google Maps Trespassing Again.

Trespassing does exist; it's just a matter of whether or not the property owner decides to enforce it or not - and Google saying that they provide opt-out functionality to removed pictures from Google Maps is no excuse for blatantly ignoring the "No Trespassing" signs in the first place. This is like saying I can get away with selling door-to-door even to households with "No Hawking" signs posted (which to be honest most door-to-door salespeople do anyway).

more than 5 years ago

Major Cache of Fossils Unearthed In Los Angeles

kiwijapan Re:Flintstone (215 comments)

So while this find is quite nice, it's by no means the best ever.

Considering where it was found, I don't think the researchers will be complaining. The interesting point to this story though is the fact that the "nearly intact" (FTA: "he appears to be about 80% complete") mammoth was found in L.A., which is hardly frozen Artic tundra.

Researchers from the George C. Page Museum at the La Brea tar pits have barely begun extracting the fossils from the sandy, tarry matrix of soil

If it was the composition of the soil in which the body was buried that preserved it for so long, then perhaps similar finds could be made in other non-tundra climes.

more than 5 years ago

Doctors Will Test Gene Editing On HIV Patients

kiwijapan Re:Price Tag? (263 comments)

As with any new technology, there's going to be a large cost involved with the development and research in the early stages.

Reading the article, it seems that the patient can only receive their original T-cells, but with enough experimentation and development, it may be possible to create a 'generic' T-cell that is close enough to natural T-cells to be accepted by anyone's body.

If this is achieved, then it's just a matter of mass producing the 'generic' T-cell. It might even be possible to create a 'generic' T-cell that causes a mutation in the CCR5 cell in existing T-cells to render those cells inactive, which means that only a small amount would be needed per person.

If we can advance the process this far, the only remaining problems would occur with patients or people being innoculated who have naturally occuring mutations or extreme differentations in their T-cells that prevent the developed T-cells from working properly. But by the time we reach this hurdle, it should be easier to develop the necessary T-cells for those people as required.

Just a thought.

more than 5 years ago

Nintendo Files Patent For Game That Plays Itself

kiwijapan Re:This patent might be thrown out: (152 comments)

The new system, described in a patent filed by Nintendo Creative Director Shigeru Miyamoto on June 30, 2008, but made public today, looks to solve the issue of casual gamers losing interest in a game before they complete it, while still maintaining the interest of hardcore gamers..

I don't think this is "un-patent-worthy". A company is free to patent a new technology that they think will make them money, assuming it doesn't infringe on other patents. I do think that this is another way to keep casual (read: only on the weekends etc) gamers interested enough to keep buying games that they have no real interest in completing.

Maybe they should put more effort into making games that casual gamers won't lose interest in, rather than admitting by way of patent that a great deal of games on the market just aren't made well enough or with a sufficiently interesting storyline to keep gamers interested...

more than 5 years ago

Asus Reveals the Eee Keyboard

kiwijapan Re:And it's still... (312 comments)

You know, I've been using computer keyboards since the mid-1980's, starting with the Amstrad CPC 64 and I still get along fine typing using just one finger on each hand...

Mind not be as fast as you younguns, but I make way more typing mistakes.

more than 5 years ago

6-Year-Old Says Grand Theft Auto Taught Him To Drive

kiwijapan Re:Prosecute the parents (504 comments)

Archie: Would it make you feel any better, little girl, if they were pushed out of windows?

Only if they were pushed into Linux...

more than 5 years ago

The Inexact Science of Carbon Neutrality

kiwijapan Re:A first post should be more like this (302 comments)

To Admins: Will somebody please block the IPs of the adolescent, racist, small-minded morons who insist on posting this type of message. I know that I could raise the level of posts to read in order to block these out myself, but I shouldn't have to. I don't mind the majority of trolls or flamebait, but this is getting ridiculous. And yes, I really that the purpose of these posts is to incite this type of response, but their are too many intolerant, ignorant people in the world now without pathetic idiots like this influencing others.

more than 5 years ago


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