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  1. many moons ago as a liftie in the US of A. I got to do test runs on brand new Doppelmayr detachable. We cranked that bad boy up to 7m a sec (they usually run no faster than about 5.5 to extend the life of the l/ift parts) at 7m a sec we hit an E-stop, emergency stop - which is exactly that - an instantaneous slamming on of the brakes. At 7 m/s and hitting an e-stop causes the chair to swing near 90 degrees and get rocked violently back and forth and up and down - all the chairs on the haul rope. Pretty freaky - like a theme park ride. If you were leaning forward looking down at your boot say when it stopped violently like that, you could easily get catapulted out the chair. The lift maintenance guys would chew you out for hitting an E-stop in normal ops unless someone was in mortal danger as they are horrendoulsy stressful on the whole lift apparatus.


    p.s if the lift ever starts rolling backwards? then jump off or prepare to meet your maker!

  2. iphone 5 and ipad 3 on docomo with LTE? sayonara softbank, that will kill them.


    Klingon - root your phone and do whatever you want, make the un-deletable- deletable.....or get the Galaxy nexus - it runs stock android - no custom skins and crap added (yet) plus it's the best android phone yet, so they say and its a docomo now.

  3. Mick.


    Payment methods: PayPal

    Next Payment Amount 1: US66.82 U.S. dollars (Y 5,197)


    »The following breakdown of the total settlement« 1

    Auction Price: US54.00 U.S. dollars (Y 4,200)

    U.S. Shipping: US0.00 dollar ($ 0.00)

    U.S. taxes: US4.72 dollar (367 yen)

    Shipping insurance in the U.S.: US0.00 dollar ($ 0.00)

    Sekaimon fee: US8.10 dollar (630 yen)


    yeah so there you go, the shipping was not included and that was The C.O.D bit. Yes Sekaimon took 15% . I actually used Paypal to pay the US side of things.


    In the end, it was well worth it for something that you cant buy in Japan.


    I guess it would add up though on marginal price products, but if there something you really want it the option exists.

  4. i used it once, just recently, worked out OK, price was still decent. Though one thing that confused me that I need to check out (thanks for the reminder!) was the delivery was C.O.D I don't remember checking that option I assumed it would have been taken care of on the CC.



    that should say the delivery charge was C.O.D,. the rest was on CC

  5. http://www.japanprob.../#disqus_thread


    it official softbank really does suck- not only crappy coverage but turtle speeds too. Heard that softbank was undercuting Au by about 500 yen a month, they would have to given their hopeless network.

    Softbank will soon see their customers gain records of late being quickly wiped out.



    "The test was conducted in Shibuya, an area of downtown Tokyo that should theoretically have better mobile coverage than almost anywhere.

    The AU phones measured speeds of 1.68Mbps and 1.26Mbps. The Softbank phones scored 82.13kbps and 88.3kbps. Softbank’s speeds were laughably terrible"

  6. indeed GG, who? pioneers but not household names. Bram Cohen came up with bit torrent which worldwide could have more 'fans' than itunes....


    Interesting the day Steve died, I told a class of 39 teenagers (all returnees, many who had lived it the US) that Steve Jobs had died, Most said who? only 5 in the class raised their hand when I asked if they knew who he was, just 5. ( unsurprisingly the stereotypical otakus)

    When I asked who had on ipod, about half raised their hands, iphone - 6 of them and 4 had ipads. I told them Jobs was the guy behind all things "i" and they were surprisingly indifferent, Very little appreciation for where their silver backed 'precious' came from.



    FWIW I asked "do you know who Bill Gates is?" and about 2/3 of them raised their hands.

  7. Karlheinz Brandenburg revolutionized the way we listen to music - he developed the mp3 codec. John Fanning and Shawn Fanning who developed napster they showed that getting music digitally on the interwebs was the future. itunes built on what napster did but above board, a progession rather than a revolution Heck you could argue that Bram Cohen has revolutionized it just as much too with what he did.

    Still, all credit too him - Jobs. he really played the last 10 years sublimely, from the ipod, to itunes to iphone to Ipad. Whatever faults the guy had, it was a phenomenal wave he rode since 2001, heck he didnt just ride the wave he was the wave.

  8. which 10.1? the first aborted one or the much improved newer one? not sleek? it's thinnner, and lighter than the ipad 2 which gives me the impression you played with the early version 10.1 not the latest edition, which is "too" sleek and upset the applecart.

    It shudders? really? sorry but you must have got a dud, wipe it an reinstall from scratch. I find it very usable, I think I am a lot less fussy than you, but there you go, and as a phone - read my post - I use a bluetooth earpiece.


    Also "why mention it?" I didnt - you brought it up, I defended it. I initially only talked about the new 10.1 which is a seriously nice piece of hardware, but with disputed usability it seems.


    I have just one device for all my needs - the 7inch, Not rich enough for multiple toys :-)

  9. What a load of old bollocks.


    I don't know enough about the court cases, but isn't it just them trying to retain advantage in the marketplace? Would you protect your business if you could?


    I remember you were loving the Galaxy Tab. I have one too, remember. It's basically now my car navi. It is a pathetic attempt compared with the ipad.

    I had a play with 10.1. It is better than the original Tab, but to say Tab is the best tablet on the market? :rollabout:



    Sigh... face palm..... spec wise the 10.1 is a better tablet, App wise (which it seems is the only factor that counts) the ipad is untouchable. that is undisputed.


    Don't confuse the current 7 inch tab and the 10.1 they are totally different products, they oddly share the same name Pathetic attempt compared to an ipad? its not an ipad! its not in the same category. its a 7 inch hybrid oversized phone, treat it as such and it great highly portable tool. And yeah, I love my current 7 inch tab, use it hours everyday, watching HD video on the train, browsing the net, as a navi, as a video player at school. as a phone with a bluetooth headpiece, it is my phone.. The damn thing fits in your pocket. Obviously it's not for everyone, but for me commuting a lot - it's perfect.

  10. Funny how there STILL isn't an ipad killer.


    Funny how Apple are whining and crying to courts of the world to stop Samsung trying to sell a "better" product. Slimmer. lighter, better screen, better contrast ratio, better battery life, better camera's, ....so .whats the main problem? apple says it 'looks' like their product.

    The only place that the Ipad wins hands down is the app store, there are undoubtedly far more apps for the ipad, but 99.9% don't interest me. Android has enough apps that I want and use.


    Ipad killer is just fluff for the media to harp on about. The Galaxy tab 10.1 is the best tablet on the market (or currently banned in some markets). the Ipad has the best package.

  11. GN - you are all class. What did you say during the 2009 Bush fires? "It's only Victorians - a few of them frying isn't such a loss, I can assure you"

    There a time and a place for black humour, but on a public forum where there are people closely affected by the floods???, heck third post in snowhuntress said her friends had lost everything.



    back on topic.


    This is becoming a heavily watched video - pretty insane.


    I heard on the news that one river was running 9m higher than its normal level - 9 metres, that's just shy of an Olympic high diving tower.

    Hope my friends in Brisbane come through tomorrow unscathed.

  12. Dunno, but it streams very well, been watching the Ashes cricket all over the place on it, out in the yard today while I did some bicycle maintenance.

    That's something the ipad cant do - most streaming sites use flash player.


    EA mobile games are 80yen at the moment to buy on Android - get them while they are cheap.

  13. Originally Posted By: grungy-gonads

    If I had the ipad and the tab on my table and I wanted to do anything I want to do either on, the ipad wins easy each time. The screen is bigger, it really is a considerably smoother experience. The tab is generally more jerky and doesn't have that same silky smoothness that the ipad does. Hard to describe but there's just an extra layer of quality and finish to the ipad.

    Really? I guess with problem with the tab is you need to tweak it to get the best out of it, the stock browser on the tab is slow, but the I have mostly been using "Opera mini" and that is fast and smooth, you would have to be really fastidious to be disappointed with what it delivers.

    Sitting at a table, sure the ipad would win, but I carry the tab everywhere with me, it fits in all pockets except Jeans font pockets, and since I am not a Jeans guy thats alright.
    Everyday on the train, its my go to weapon: Net, email, video and the bloody Angry birds!!
    It slips in and out of my pocket with ease, at the supermarket yesterday there was a long queue - I pulled it out and sent of a email and played angry birds. Sure you can do that with a smaller smartphone, but mailing on the is better, and this is my phone now.

    I use it in an many of my private lessons, English learning games for kids and advanced grammar tools for adults. Its always with me.

    Similar tools but very different.

    If a "ski" analogy is used, the Ipad is fat powder skis. Brilliant in powder but not a all round tool.
    The tab is all mountain skiis, can handle the powder but can also perform other tricks in other conditions - more versatile.

    So are you a powder skier ( at home at a table, on the cough ) or All mountain skier ( all over the place) ?

    As they say "horses for courses". TBH if someone gave me a Ipad I would not so no and use it all the time at home, and take the tab out and about - but I am a one set of skis guy for now.

    FWIW GG. Some more good shit on the tab.

    Google Earth - is rocking!
    Flashlight (by Devesh)- turns the camera flash into a incredibly bright flashlight - brighter than many normal flashlights.
    Interactive "Cat in the hat" - kids love it.
    Dolphin HD - just got it -trying it, powerful browser with add ons - including "ad block"
    Tubemate - for youtube
    Google Reader.
    Realcalc - good calculator.

    p.s bought a wi-fi router. Can get 24Mbps - on the tab. Using my HTC phone can get just 4-5 tops. Interesting.
  14. Indeed, had Apple gone with docomo I would more than likely be sporting an iPhone - as it is they forced my hand towards Android and now I sporting a gTab - and very happy.


    Softbank needs to sort out its coverage and strength of signal, so often you will be out with guys with iPhones or regular softbank handsets and they can't get any signal at all and you have 2-3 even 4 bars of signal, inside buildings is the the worst.


    Still not a bad deal. can imagine they would be pretty stringent giving away the free pads to gaijins not with spouse or permanent residents visa's.

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