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6th Sep '16 4:19:26 PM Jake
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** Speccy was huge in UK, true, but it was essentially THE home computer in the ex-USSR. Its cheap off-the-shelf construction made it trivially easy to clone, and the lack of the expensive custom chips meant that anyone who knew from which end to hold a soldering iron can make them in his basement or garage.

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** Speccy * Speaking of which, the ZX Spectrum was huge a success in UK, true, but it was essentially THE the UK as a budget home computer in but never really broke into the ex-USSR. Its cheap business sector, being something of a PoorMansSubstitute for higher-spec competitors like the UsefulNotes/BBCMicro. But in Russia and Eastern Europe it (or at least its various clones) enjoyed a virtual monopoly; its off-the-shelf construction components and broad manufacturing tolerances[[note]]legend has it that Sinclair sometimes used capacitors that had failed their manufacturer's quality-control process and were going to landfill![[/note]] made it trivially easy to clone, produce even for the decidedly unimpressive Soviet semiconductor industry, and the lack of the expensive custom chips meant that simple design could be repaired by anyone who knew from which end to hold could work a soldering iron can make them iron. They stayed in his basement or garage.regular use until a good ten years after British techies had moved on to IBM PCs and their various clones, and the embedded variant developed for controlling industrial machinery is still in limited production to this day.
6th Sep '16 9:53:20 AM DavidDelony
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* Online shopping is very popular in Japan, likely due to a lot of people not owning cars. Amazon, while huge in its native U.S., is one of the biggest retailers there along with home-grown shopping sites like Rakuten, which also has an extensive international reach of its own. It's a lot easier to have bulky/heavy items delivered than to borrow someone's car, pay the steep parking and gas fees or to attempt to take these items home on the crowded trains. Most Japanese large stores have a special service counter where you can order the item to be shipped even if you bought it by directly visiting the store, and even those little mom-and-pop shops will call the delivery service if asked.

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* Online shopping is very popular in Japan, likely due to a lot of people not owning cars. Amazon, while huge in its native U.S., is one of the biggest retailers there along with home-grown shopping sites like Rakuten, which also has an extensive international reach of its own. It's a lot easier to have bulky/heavy items delivered than to borrow someone's car, pay the steep parking and gas fees or to attempt to take these items home on the crowded trains. For this reason, mail order was popular in the country long before the rise of the Internet. Most Japanese large stores have a special service counter where you can order the item to be shipped even if you bought it by directly visiting the store, and even those little mom-and-pop shops will call the delivery service if asked.
23rd Aug '16 9:45:22 PM DavidDelony
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* The Boeing 747 is more popular with Asian and European airlines than with U.S. carriers (only two active US airlines, United Airlines and Delta Airlines, have Boeing 747-400s in their fleet). There are no American airlines that have ordered the latest incarnation, the 747-8 (which combines the iconic hump design of the 747 with the technologies of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner), and the largest fleet of passenger 747-8s is, ironically, that of Germany's flag carrier Lufthansa. This is because in modern terms the 747, with its 4 engines, is far less fuel efficient compared to smaller planes of these day such as Boeing 777 or Airbus A320. As a result it is only really practical for cargo, or when transporting ''large'' numbers of passengers became an absolute necessity--for example, the trans-Pacific routes in Asia which has always been the bread and butter of Asian airlines.

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* The Boeing 747 is more popular with Asian and European airlines than with U.S. carriers (only two active US airlines, United Airlines and Delta Airlines, have aging Boeing 747-400s in their fleet).fleet with plans to retire them). There are no American airlines that have ordered the latest incarnation, the 747-8 (which combines the iconic hump design of the 747 with the technologies of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner), and the largest fleet of passenger 747-8s is, ironically, that of Germany's flag carrier Lufthansa. This is because in modern terms the 747, with its 4 engines, is far less fuel efficient compared to smaller planes of these day such as Boeing 777 or Airbus A320. As a result it is only really practical for cargo, or when transporting ''large'' numbers of passengers became an absolute necessity--for example, the trans-Pacific routes in Asia which has always been the bread and butter of Asian airlines.
23rd Aug '16 9:42:51 PM DavidDelony
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** [[HistoryRepeats History has repeated itself]] with UsefulNotes/BluRay. Developed jointly by Sony and Philips, it's the dominant video format in Japan. While fairly popular in North America, it pales in comparison to the ubiquity of DVD and streaming services such as Creator/{{Netflix}}. Japanese consumers value having physical copies of movies and TV shows.

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** [[HistoryRepeats History has repeated itself]] with UsefulNotes/BluRay. Developed jointly by Sony and Philips, it's the dominant video format in Japan. While fairly popular in North America, it pales in comparison to the ubiquity of DVD and streaming services such as Creator/{{Netflix}}. Japanese consumers value having physical copies of movies and TV shows.shows more than Americans do.
3rd Jul '16 10:57:37 PM DavidDelony
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** [[HistoryRepeats History has repeated itself]] with UsefulNotes/BluRay. Developed jointly by Sony and Philips, it's the dominant video format in Japan. While growing in popularity in North America, it pales in comparison to the ubiquity of DVD and streaming services such as Creator/{{Netflix}}.

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** [[HistoryRepeats History has repeated itself]] with UsefulNotes/BluRay. Developed jointly by Sony and Philips, it's the dominant video format in Japan. While growing in popularity fairly popular in North America, it pales in comparison to the ubiquity of DVD and streaming services such as Creator/{{Netflix}}.Creator/{{Netflix}}. Japanese consumers value having physical copies of movies and TV shows.
3rd Jul '16 6:53:04 PM DavidDelony
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** [[HistoryRepeats History has repeated itself]] with UsefulNotes/BluRay. Developed jointly by Sony and Philips, it's the dominant video format in Japan. While growing in popularity in North America, it pales in comparison to the ubiquity of DVD and streaming services such as Creator/{{Netflix}}.
22nd Mar '16 11:20:22 AM Jhonny
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* Railways were first invented in Great Britain and while it is hard to figure out who first made trains go with electricity, it's safe to say it ''wasn't'' a Swiss person. Which country has the highest per capita rail ridership and the longest electrified network for its land area? Switzerland. To say Swiss people like trains would be a gross misrepresentation of the facts. One in four Swiss people has a half fare card, which means they pay to get reduced fares (which of course only makes sense if you take the train a lot). Several times major (expensive) rail proposals are put to a vote. They almost always pass with flying colors. Compare this to Britain, which had the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Beeching Axe]] in the 1960s that cut the network in half almost overnight and has not fully recovered since in terms of rail travel.

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* Railways were first invented in Great Britain and while it is hard to figure out who first made trains go with electricity, it's safe to say it ''wasn't'' a Swiss person. Which country has the highest per capita rail ridership and the longest electrified network for its land area? Switzerland. To say Swiss people like trains would be a gross misrepresentation of the facts. One in four Swiss people has a half fare card, which means they pay to get reduced fares (which of course only makes sense if you take the train a lot). Several times major (expensive) rail expansion proposals are put to a vote.vote on a regular basis. They almost always pass with flying colors. Compare this to Britain, which had the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Beeching Axe]] in the 1960s that cut the network in half almost overnight and has not fully recovered since in terms of rail travel.
22nd Mar '16 11:19:09 AM Jhonny
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* Railways were first invented in Great Britain and while it is hard to figure out who first made trains go with electricity, it's safe to say it ''wasn't'' a Swiss person. Which country has the highest per capita rail ridership and the longest electrified network for its land area? Switzerland. To say Swiss people like trains would be a gross misrepresentation of the facts. One in four Swiss people has a half fare card, which means they pay to get reduced fares (which of course only makes sense if you take the train a lot). Several times major (expensive) rail proposals are put to a vote. They almost always pass with flying colors. Compare this to Britain, which had the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Beeching Axe]] in the 1960s that cut the network in half almost overnight and has not fully recovered since in terms of rail travel.
22nd Feb '16 9:18:30 AM DavidDelony
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* While Bulletin Board Systems (BBSes) fell out of use in the West with the rise of the Internet in the '90s, they're still very popular in Taiwan, according to TheOtherWiki. The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PTT_Bulletin_Board_System PTT Bulletin Board System]] has over 1.5 million registered users discussing any manner of topics.

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* While Bulletin Board Systems (BBSes) ([=BBSes=]) fell out of use in the West with the rise of the Internet in the '90s, they're still very popular in Taiwan, according to TheOtherWiki. The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PTT_Bulletin_Board_System PTT Bulletin Board System]] has over 1.5 million registered users discussing any manner of topics. It has its own slang and memes, similar to Website/FourChan.
21st Feb '16 8:38:29 PM DavidDelony
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* While Bulletin Board Systems (BBSes) fell out of use in the West with the rise of the Internet in the '90s, they're still very popular in Taiwan, according to TheOtherWiki. The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PTT_Bulletin_Board_System PTT Bulletin Board System]] has over 1.5 million registered users discussing any manner of topics.
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