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Comment Re:The myth of Japan being 10 years ahead (Score 3, Insightful) 327

btw, you know what was the comment of my gf, when I said that I would like to have a phone with a full qwerty-keyboard, complaining that, at that time, no phone was available?

The Japanese I know prefer cellphone-style input for Japanese to qwerty. The Japanese alphabet just so happens to split up logically into ten groups, so it makes a lot of sense to use a number pad to type them. Combined with predictive text, it's pretty quick. On the other hand, the layout of the qwerty keyboard is basically random. So, the Japanese aren't really interested in using micro keyboards when a number pad works well enough and doesn't hurt your thumbs.

Comment Re:Everyone hates congress too (Score 2, Interesting) 327

Yes, but the Japanese web is mostly designed for use with crappy cellphone browsers, so it already sucks. Because their phone company charged by the minute, no one used dial up internet back in the day, but their cellphones were really good, so everyone used cellphones. So, their web has always had the assumption that your browser sucks built in.

Comment Re:Like the Copyright Black Hole? (Score 1) 398

In fairness though, isn't Atari a special case? They were developing what they thought of as unimportant children's toys (did we lose the spec to the original Hula Hoop too? Oh noes!) and then they went bankrupt several times. The current holder of the name "Atari" and attendant IP has absolutely zero connection to the original Atari.

That said, copyrights that are longer than 20 years are insane.

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