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Fat Fingered Sumo Wrestlers Given iPads 69

Posted by samzenpus
from the 100-finger-slap dept.
The Japan Sumo Association is handing out about 60 iPads to training stables to help the wrestlers communicate because their fingers are too fat to use a regular mobile phone. From the article: "The iPad was chosen because the sumo association believed the device was big enough to cater to wrestler's fat fingers, unlike the smaller keys on mobile phones, according to reports."

Comment: Re:A new low? (Score 1) 253

by l3ert (#30613168) Attached to: Apple Censors Dalai Lama iPhone Apps In China
The use of "voices" to denote cultural/ethnic background is common and apparently accepted (at least in North-America). Some examples include stuff like "camarade, da, ..." for Russian, "eh" for Canadian, cowboy lingo for Texans, etc... It's prevalent on TV, specially in sitcoms and animated shows. If you find that offensive, fine. If you feel the need to point it, fine. But don't call people racist or accuse them of using racist slurs when they probably didn't intended like that.
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Games Workshop Goes After Fan Site 174

Posted by Soulskill
from the don't-anger-your-base dept.
mark.leaman writes "BoingBoing has a recent post regarding Games Workshop's aggressive posturing against fan sites featuring derivative work of their game products. 'Game publisher and miniature manufacturer Games Workshop just sent a cease and desist letter to boardgamegeek.com, telling them to remove all fan-made players' aids. This includes scenarios, rules summaries, inventory manifests, scans to help replace worn pieces — many of these created for long out of print, well-loved games...' As a lifelong hobby gamer of table, board, card and miniature games, I view this as pure heresy. It made me reject the idea of buying any Games Workshop (read Warhammer) products for my son this Christmas. Their fate was sealed, in terms of my wallet, after I Googled their shenanigans. In 2007 they forbid Warhammer fan films, this year they shut down Vassal Modules, and a while back they went after retailers as well. What ever happened to fair use?"

Comment: Re:Linux. (Score 5, Funny) 442

by l3ert (#29499523) Attached to: Net Radio Exec Says "Don't Mention Linux"
You are saying that because your are bitter that your previous plan of them going "Ooh what is that?... OMG a penguin how cute! Wanna go out?" failed. And now your new plan for "Ooh a Mac, how hip! Wanna go out?" isn't giving any results either but it was too expensive for you to admit failure yet. All along the solution was so simple: "no one has ever not been laid because they run Windows!"

Comment: Re:In other words... (Score 1) 453

by l3ert (#28967955) Attached to: <em>StarCraft II</em> Delayed Until 2010
I had those bugs for a while but I play almost everyday and usually do some daily quests and never seen it happen since then I assumed they were fixed. I don't level alts though, maybe they are specific to some areas. I'm not pretending the game is bug free, like you said, with that many player and objects spawning constantly, glitches are bound to happen.

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