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Comment Re:But it's not crazy (Score 1) 226

If a 10-second message is sliced into 10 overlapping 2-second pieces, then 10 different humans across the globe have to parse the few words out of each piece and send it back. The software (running on an in-house computer) can then process the overlapping transcriptions and put together the full text, even applying automatic spell- and grammar-checkers to smooth out the result.

What a terrible solution. Don't you see the problems with that? If you split a sentence into shorter parts then you lose both the context and the meaning of bigger entities (idioms, compound words/adjectives, phrasal/prepositional verbs). You will have trouble with homophones too (the input is audio, after all). Taking as an example part of your first sentence, imagine that you have to transcribe "...the globe have..." into text. Without the "across" you wouldn't know whether to transcribe as "glove" or "globe".

Comment Re:Why Not Use Body Parts? Or higher tech? (Score 1) 268

Ok, let's say that you have one of those ID chips inserted in your fingers, and that I'm mugging you. You don't have any cash on you, but you have your ATM card in your wallet. If the ATM is using biometrics as you propose then it would make sense for me to take your ATM card, then just cut your finger and use it to authenticate.

Comment Re:Having read TFA... (Score 1) 121

Having read the first 2 pages of TFA, I still don't see how fast of a connection you need for these to become playable. I mean, where I live, the best connection you can get is a ~1 Megabit DSL connection.

Not everybody lives where you live. Here in Japan the standard is now fiber optics at 100Mbps. I could see it working.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 252

While I admittedly have never applied for a job in Japan, I find it very hard to believe that employers would base their hiring decisions on the attendance policy of the school, rather than technical drilling of the applicant. I realize that it's a very difficult thing to cite, but do you have any sort of evidence to back that up?

If you're really interested in the subject, I recommend this book:

The Japanese Mind

I've been living in Japan for over 7 years now, and this book has been really useful in helping me understand some of the weird behaviour that I have to deal with on a daily basis. It's a collection of articles written by Japanese students on several topics related to Japanese culture.

Comment It's not Japanese, but Chinese (Score 1) 212

The article says that it's a Chinese phone. And the smaller print in the box is indeed Chinese, not Japanese.

The title of the CNET Japan's article clearly states that the phone comes from China. The whole review is written in a "WTF?" undertone. You would think that the CNET UK writer would have gotten in touch with his Japanese colleague in order to confirm the source of the device.

And yes, I live in Japan and can read the original article.

Comment Re:Impact? (Score 3, Informative) 316

Not, like the article implied (it's a general public article, after all) WoW with a single shard, but something different. EvE shows it's possible[...]

It's possible on EvE because the place is basically empty. A space station here, an asteroid belt or two there, a couple planets... In the end, it's just a bunch of generic models thrown around in what otherwise is a lot of empty space.

Now imagine doing the same on a WoW-style game. You would have to do a huge work of world design. Surely there are algorithms that can generate assloads of terrain, cities, etc, but your designers still have to tweak things in the gameworld to make it interesting.

Not to mention the amount of disk space that would be required for the data files making up this non-empty gameworld.

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