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Comment Re:Is there anything useful on the non-Western 'Ne (Score 2) 505

Yeah, I'm British - but I'd miss being able to access Japanese Websites (especially certain blogs, and news sites), and things like KeyHoleTV, as a CS student, who is also studying the language as a hobby. I'd also miss being able to easily obtain Japanese music, and other products (e.g. electronics, and replacement components, books, and audio CDs); and generally being able to communicate with other people from outside of this miserable island.

Comment Re:224MB memory? Forget it. (Score 1) 75

Hmm, what about trying to build Escort (http://code.google.com/p/es-operating-system/wiki/UsingEscort) for the Raspberry Pi?

It seems to be very lightweight; already runs on Linux; and it's based upon a new architectural design, and a brand new rendering engine. It shouldn't be too much of a hassle to build, time/dependencies-wise.

Comment Re:Pius? (Score 3, Informative) 84

I've established from reading the Katakana text that it has a double-wishbone suspension with rigid axles, and disk brakes. It also has a 1500mm wheelbase; a 0.6 kW electric motor; and a 36 Volts, 38 Ah battery. Its tyre size is 3.00-10; the "FR tread" is 1130mm, and the "RR tread" is 920mm. It also seats 1 person, and weighs 200kg.

I couldn't understand much more of the Kanji-heavy text.

Comment Re:Disaster waiting to happen (Score 1) 221

Yes!

In fact, I managed to obtain a reader compatible with ISO14443-A/B cards (as used by European PayPass/PayWave, and public transport card implementations), and FeliCa (as used by Japanese payment systems) for about GBP35 from a Belgian online store, and a prepaid PayPass card for GBP5, ages ago; and successfully managed to read data from the card under Linux using a modified version of some scripts supplied with LibNFC.

I even discovered that it was possible to open the reader's case, remove the Secure Application Module card, and either insert a GSM SIM card, or hold an EMV card's contacts to the contacts on the device, in order to read data from it.

Comment Re:The most evil SSID... "Free Internet" (Score 2) 165

At least in the part of the UK where I am, I've found that to be a great idea as far as reverse-psychology is concerned. (If you set the SSID to "Free Internet Access", and disable encryption, no-one will connect to it - but if you set it to anything else, pretty much everyone with a smartphone or laptop will attempt to connect).

Comment Prior cases... (Score 1) 365

I'm surprised that *no-one* has mentioned ExpressLogic vs Green Hills (see http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4061092/Express-Logic-seeks-injunction-against-Green-Hills) at all, during this sordid saga.

It seems that was probably one of the earliest cases regarding the legitimacy of API cloning (GH tried to implement a "ThreadX"-compatible API on top of one of their proprietary RTOSes), and eventually lead to Green Hills winning against ExpressLogic (see http://www.zdnet.com/blog/gardner/ruling-expressly-denies-express-logic-its-copyrighted-api-logic/2530).

That said, I also thought of the Sony vs Connectix case - but there, Connectix used reverse-engineered PlayStation BIOS code heavily in their own product, if I remember correctly.

Comment Re:So what changed? (Score 1) 33

They display adverts to users who have their interface language set to Japanese - but I don't know what their return on investment is. Most of them seem to be for cosmetics, TV shows, restaurants, and weird racing events (and have no bearing on what a user Tweets about), anyway.

Comment Re:This is good news (Score 1) 345

On another note, I neglected to mention that Ford also build some vehicles in Turkey (certain vans, if I remember correctly) and Germany (at least one iteration of the Fiesta). I also had an idea of building a public "It's Not Made in China" database - so that people could submit details of products that they've either seen or own that (obviously) aren't made in China, in the hopes of tipping the balance a little (or at least to satisfy people who say "Why I can't I buy anything that's made domestically?").

Comment Re:This is good news (Score 2) 345

It might sound counter-productive (and maybe even hypocritical) - but if you want a British-built car (or at least a European-built one), then why not buy a new Honda (http://www.honda.co.uk/cars/campaigns/2011/madeinbritain/ says that they're built in Swindon), a new Nissan (made in Sunderland), or a new Ford (built in Dagenham)? After all, many of their European/UK-market models are either built by British people in plants based in England, or at least built in plants in the rest of Europe by native workers. Still, I don't care too much - but as a Brit, I'd rather the Japanese or Americans got my money if I was buying a car, than the Chinese.

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