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.
Looks like I'll have to uninstall iTunes immediately...
Card payments can be accepted without power — that's what the raised numbers printed on the card are for!
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.
The UK government's use of "abstracting" fits the article exactly.
Please excuse my language
Would it be any different if he was charging a cheap Nolkia - or even his shaver?
For all the good reasons already posted here. Which just goes to show how out of touch most politicians are.
What's really funny is that "Joe Poster" imagines that it will happen and thinks up endless ridiculous scenarios.
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.