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  1. What really surprised my about the Galaxy is that it's priced well above the iPad, even though it's smaller.


    Since it can't support Android 3 (Honeycomb) I can't see much future for it. I would rather wait a few weeks till 3.0 comes out and then chose. I would also go rather for a 10" screen. 7" it's too small as a work tool, for simple email etc. I use my iPod Touch.


    iPad2 will probably be announced within the next 3 weeks too.

  2. Originally Posted By: thursday
    it's only recently that Europe have cotton on. And even so, it's not widely used there at all (in Restaurants).

    I wish you were right. Even in the EU you need to go to 'better' places coz many places don't make food by themselves anymore and use 'convenience' products. When you buy ready made, microwave, instant food in EU/US it will be very hard to avoid.

    In the US I saw some Asian restaurants that advertise with "No MSG Added". This is good, but then, in the USA most (western) restaurants belong to one franchise or another, and they use lots of ready made products (and therefore MSG).

    What puzzles me about Japan is simply that Japan has a very high food standard and seems to be addicted to that chemical.

    For me it's not a religious issue. At home I avoid it. Outside I take care not to get too much and get sick (got sick in Hakuba from a Curry lunch once).
  3. Originally Posted By: Black Mountain
    Are you skiers or boarders? I always like to spend a day at 47/Goryu which are a short shuttle bus away.

    How you compare Happo and Goryu?

    I always plan to spend a day in Goryu, but so far never did. I think there is a lift pass that covers both, the just Happo pass is slightly cheaper though.

    What I like most in Happo is the long roads through the forest. Not too fast, but relaxing to slide down.
  4. Let's have a look at some points:


    No junk mail thumbsup

    Well, I got a lot in my physical mailbox then.


    The trucks are not allowed to overtake on Autobarn and sticks to the slowest lane thumbsup

    They are allowed to overtake, but they do have to stick generally to the slow.


    Aldi thumbsdown thumbsdown and so do the shops and supermarkets. thumbsdown

    Not sure what you look for. Aldi has certainly a narrowed selection. "Normal" markets have way more stuff.


    price of food (fruit and veg, fish) thumbsdown

    What you compare it to? DE is certainly much cheaper then HK or JP.


    Compulsory medical insurance thumbsdown

    Well... the social system.... I get that point.


    low wages thumbsdown



    Public transport price thumbsdown thumbsdown thumbsdown

    It can be expensive for those that just hop on a train. But there are all sort of discounts, special tickets, whatever passes etc. Takes a bit of study though. A casual inner city bus ride is certainly expensive. (There seem to be no discount for JR whatsoever). I usually rent a car when visiting Germany.


    No china town (overpriced and shitty Japanese and Chinese food) thumbsdown No thai food thumbsdown

    That would take some dedicated searching in the larger cities. (Just helped a friend to locate green papaya in Augsburg.)


    Lack of sea food. thumbsdown

    I'm from the sea and there was plenty of sea food. Plenty of lake fish too.


    Pay toilets thumbsdown

    I avoid those. I know that shopping malls also sometimes have a 'tray with coins plus a keeper', but I am not sure if you are legally obliged to pay. On the Autobahn Tankstelle you need to pay, but on unmanned "Raststelle" you don't.


    ticket vending machines that only takes to the closest notes. Example, if you buy a 7euro it will only take 10euro notes, not 20. thumbsdown thumbsdown thumbsdown


    ...and if there is one it would probably be vandalized. IMHO there is nothing in the world that beats the Hong Kong Octopus System.

  5. Originally Posted By: thursday
    Boney M were Germans no?

    Sort of. Boney M was a synthetically created group just like The Monkeys or The Sex Pistols. It was invented and produced by Frank Farian (which also created Milli Vanilli).

    The main "singer" (Bobby Ferrel (sp?)) was Dutch, however, he didn't sing at all. It was the voice of Farian.

    I find Germany cool:
    Best cars
    Nice to drive
    Good location with easy access to plenty of EU countries
    Close to good good ski resorts
    Cool music
    Best döner in the world
    Best breads

    Yes, TV is mostly dubbed, but sometimes it's two channels and one channel will be original language. I however don't watch TV, and specially wouldn't watch dubbed English movies. (Usually it's done well, but I can't see how "Curb Your Enthusiasm" can be dubbed at all into any other language - and it's coming in German language soon.)

  6. I found this article in a German Newspaper about 17m snow in "the Japanese Alps" (no location given other then Honshu). Is that real or what? That particular newspaper is not known for the accuracy.










    PS: am just back from Sölden in Austria. Have to say I can't see too much difference with Hakuba. Both offer excellent quality. Sölden has a better Apre Ski though.


  7. Originally Posted By: TJ OZ
    Cathay have the best economy class that I have been on. The shell seats with power supply and very good inflight entertainment make for a very comfortable ride. I would choose them above all others.

    Pro (in eco):

    Power supply in seat for notebooks
    HUGE video list
    Videos can be stopped at your choice
    Videos with F words still have them in it.

    Cons (in eco):

    In the new seat system the back rest does not move back (which I appreciate if I got a moron in front of me), but the ass rest moves forward, which is ok if you are under 1.5m tall, otherwise your knee space goes from nearly zero to minus.

    Beside that CX is one of the worlds top 5 airlines.

    Lufthansa has those seats too on some machines.

  8. Originally Posted By: thursday
    apparently, this is true.

    It happens mostly when you hold it in your left hand. The antennae bit is affected most that way. Solution? get a case for it.

    Basically you short circuit the antenna as its base. The issue is really shortcutting and not shielding.


    • Hold it differently
    • Use a cover
    • Cover that antenna area with some scotch tape

    I would do the last one and would use some transparent scotch tape. If you got an i4 and want to try that, use brand tape (3M, Scotch, Tesa) and not some no name shite were the tape comes off later, but not the adhesive.
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