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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.
20th Feb '16 12:50:25 PM dmeagher13
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* Sega's 8-bit system, the UsefulNotes/SegaMasterSystem, failed to compete head-on with the original NintendoEntertainmentSystem in both the United States and Japan; it wasn't until their release of the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis that the infamous rivalry began. However, the Master System sold very well in both Europe and Brazil.

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* Sega's consoles have a history of this
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8-bit system, the UsefulNotes/SegaMasterSystem, failed to compete head-on with the original NintendoEntertainmentSystem in both the United States and Japan; it wasn't until their release of the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis that the infamous rivalry began. However, the Master System sold very well in both Europe and Brazil.Brazil.
** Later, the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis managed to become popular in the U.S., in addition to most of the countries that the Master System was successful in. However, it still failed to catch on in its native Japan, which upset Sega's Japanese management to no end, and may have led to some questionable decisions on their part when it came time to make the UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn, leading it fall under the [[AmericansHateTingle opposite trope]].
10th Feb '16 4:12:39 AM Korodzik
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* The Oric-1 was an 80's era computer which never really caught on... except in France, where it became one of the most popular computers back around 1984. So great was its influence that one of the most important French video game companies of that era was named Loriciels, a portmanteau of "Oric" and "logiciels" (software).
24th Dec '15 6:20:52 PM Prfnoff
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* UsefulNotes/Atari8BitComputers, years after they had begun to fade from popularity in the US, caught on in Poland, of all countries.
2nd Dec '15 5:32:31 PM nombretomado
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* Sega's 8-bit system, the SegaMasterSystem, failed to compete head-on with the original NintendoEntertainmentSystem in both the United States and Japan; it wasn't until their release of the SegaGenesis that the infamous rivalry began. However, the Master System sold very well in both Europe and Brazil.

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* Sega's 8-bit system, the SegaMasterSystem, UsefulNotes/SegaMasterSystem, failed to compete head-on with the original NintendoEntertainmentSystem in both the United States and Japan; it wasn't until their release of the SegaGenesis UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis that the infamous rivalry began. However, the Master System sold very well in both Europe and Brazil.
30th Nov '15 2:06:21 AM Khathi
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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 even 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.
* GPS apps and navigation devices are popular in Japan because the streets are often unnamed, and the buildings are numbered by the order they're built within the block rather than sequentially along the street makes navigation daunting even for natives. It reaches the point that even the classified ads almost always include the little maps outlaying the route from the nearest landmark such as a convenince store, bus stop or train station.

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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 even 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.
* GPS apps and navigation devices are popular in Japan because the streets are often unnamed, and the buildings are numbered by the order they're built within the block rather than sequentially along the street street, which makes navigation daunting even for natives. It reaches the point that even the classified ads almost always include the little maps outlaying the route from the nearest landmark such as a convenince convenience store, bus stop or train station.station. Online navigation fills this niche so nicely that [[TechnologyMarchesOn it's hard to imagine how the people had lived before]].
28th Nov '15 3:04:19 PM 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 even have the 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. Most Japanese large stores even have the 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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