March 2019: The train station near my house gets a robot with AI setup.
Sept. 2019: Instead of the robot, a sign appears: "I am on a business trip to Shinjuku".
On the internet, also a proper press release appeared :)
I moved to #japan , and some things are strangely 'just right'. Mount Fuji has just the right height so someone like me can climb it.
An other thing: my typographic senses are satisfied as my surname has 4 letters, which expressed in half-width letters are just perfectly lining up with Japanese names, which typically have 2 full width Kanji.
Example meeting attendees list:
Everybody looking at mp3 players: you might want to have a look at devices capable of running https://www.rockbox.org/ . I recently bought a FiiO M3K, with rockbox I can now again play exotic file formats like mod (from the #amiga ), and rockbox provides all kinds of features which normal players do not offer.
visa paperwork in the time of #corona , when one can not use equipment at the office: at the nearby convenience store, one can print, scan, fax things and more
Nice! #unreal99 is still receiving patches. Not from the vendor, but a group of contributors, with the vendors blessing.
I remember being on LAN parties with a Linux box, and this being one of the few titles that were available. The multiplayer gameplay is just fantastic.
If you do not have the original data files around, it's on steam:
#japan has next level burocracy.
Ministry of immigration publishes the list of papers one needs to bring, with details and footnotes, for me hard to grasp.
In this next level burocracy you can not even walk up with a print of the list to a different ministry or town hall, and ask "can you give me a cert as described here?".
If they misread the footnotes and advice you wrong, you might come back on them later.. so many refuse _to_even_read_that_list_ ..
That's what I do these days: my 5 year visa will expire, and I need to either try 'permanent residency' (PR), or extend the existing visa.
The paperwork for PR are crazy: proofs you payed taxes, healthcare, have work, written texts with your reason asking for PR, and so on.
PR is 永住 in Japanese: 永 is 'eternity', and 住 is 'to reside/live'.
„Ich bin mir auch nicht sicher, ob das was bringt, wenn Wissenschaftler jetzt einfach mal ne Untersuchung machen, sondern ich sage: Wir brauchen Fakten!“ 🤦♂️
Is this also a topic in Europe?
As GreatBritain pulls out of the EU, and America moves away from China, Japan gets tighter to India and USA, seeking protection.
Japans own army is allowed to defend the country, but defending just alone against China would not work out.
There are also stories about Japan becoming "the 6th eye" in the USA/CA/NZ/AUS/GB spy network.
Do you use name-san when addressing colleagues in #japan ?
The rules when to use ~san seem simple.. but it gets complicated quite fast, like for me this week:
Looks surreal, as if a propaganda poster from Asia got merged with a typical scene from my childhood in east Germany..
Picture from 1984, when the north korean Kim II-Sung was visiting east Germany.
Event Blog: rC3 – remote Chaos Experience https://events.ccc.de/2020/09/04/rc3-remote-chaos-experience/ #CCC
"Selbe Regierung, die US-Drohnenmorde von deutschem Boden aus zulässt und zu Misshandlung Assanges schweigt, kritisiert Russland für Mordversuch an Nawalny"
I had a look at #pixelfed .
My guess is that even when people successfully get it installed and like it, they won't run it as it depends on hundreds of modules which you then need to keep an eye on and constantly patch.
Nah, I stay with my simple galleries for now, that's better for my sleep..
Did you notice that the 2025 Osaka Expo logo got announced?
It's getting picked up greatly:
Why is the “Save” button on MS Excel represented by the picture of vending machine? (with purchased drink at the bottom)? 🤦♂️
My company grants a 'recharge day' per quarter, I spent mine today at the "NTT history center of technologies", highly recommended!
More pics: https://fluxcoil.net/files/2016_japan_move/out/36_20200821_NTT_history_center_of_technology/
Kursiert die Geschichte hier schon?
Ein Tippfehler in #OpenStreetMap (212 statt 2 Stockwerke) hat es in den Microsoft Flugsimulator geschafft.
Der Fehler in OSM wurde schnell entdeckt und gefixt, aber da hatte MS wohl schon den Datensatz gezogen und weiterverarbeitet.
Linux / Japan / tinkering with technology
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