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Comment Corporate Japan (Score 2) 85

Accounting coverups will become more common in future as more transparency is forced upon them. The Japanese corporations still live in the old world, and in that world rising sales and profits was the norm where future figures could be almost plucked from the air. How things have changed. They now struggle with a deflating economy and competition from China and Korea that is impossible to beat.

I really don't know where Japan is heading. Although it has little foreign debt the government is heavily in monetary debt to the people. The future is bleak.

Comment Re:Corrupt or retarded (Score 2) 274

In this rare instance the government did the right thing. They introduced a new law clarifying that personal use was ok. It was a recent court case brought by the Musicians' Union and industry representatives that caused a judge to repeal it.

Looks like I'll have to uninstall iTunes immediately...

Comment Re:Don't worry (Score 1) 294

Card payments can be accepted without power — that's what the raised numbers printed on the card are for!

Indeed:

Just as I'd finished filling up there was a power cut. I presented my card - as I had no cash - and the clerk fished out a dusty old manual machine form under the counter. After being shown how to use it by her supervisor, she checked that my signature matched my card, and it was done. Yes my chip and pin contact-less card is backwards compatible for all occasions. Lucky really as I would not have been able to draw cash from an ATM.

Comment UK rules (Score 2) 63

In the UK we have specific rules about this for broadcast TV (from OFCOM document ): http://stakeholders.ofcom.org....

A potentially harmful flash occurs when there is a pair of opposing changes in luminance (i.e., an increase in luminance followed by a decrease, or a decrease followed by an increase) of 20 candelas per square metre (cd.m-2) or more (see notes 1 and 2). This applies only when the screen luminance of the darker image is below 160 cd.m-2. Irrespective of luminance, a transition to or from a saturated red is also potentially harmful. 3.1.1. Isolated single, double, or triple flashes are acceptable, but a sequence of flashes is not permitted when both the following occur: i. the combined area of flashes occurring concurrently occupies more than one quarter of the displayed (see note 3) screen area; and ii. there are more than three flashes within any one-second period. For clarification, successive flashes for which the leading edges are separated by 9 frames or more are acceptable, irrespective of their brightness or screen area.

Nanny state or not, it makes no sense to have a set of rules for one screen and not another, within a household.

Comment Wealth = power (Score 1) 503

We are already at a point (in western countries) where most stuff is dirt cheap. If I didn't worry about style or location, I could re-start my life each month from almost nothing. What this means is that the thing that differentiates the rich from the average is not wealth but control. The powerful can control my access to stuff by setting the prices and rules/laws. The most powerful are the lawmakers - most got there (or were substantially helped to get there by wealth.

"The number of Unix installations has grown to 10, with more expected." -- The Unix Programmer's Manual, 2nd Edition, June, 1972

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