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Bloomberg BusinessWeek, July 14, 2014

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发表于 7-12-2014 11:12:47 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
(1) Yuki Yamaguchi, Japan's Pachinko Industry Eyes a Big Gamble.
www.businessweek.com/articles/20 ... nce-to-stem-decline

Quote:

“Although there is some skill involved in determining the amount of force to use when shooting the balls, pachinko is mostly a game of chance.

“Japan prohibits gambling except for state-run options such as horse and boat racing. Pachinko has been allowed to operate in a legal gray area

Note:
(a) summary underneath the title in print: Japan's homegrown pastime considers casinos for growth
(b) Yuki YAMAGUCHI  山口 祐輝 (“ki” is Chinese pronunciation for 輝)
(c) pachinko: “1953, from Japanese, ‘pinball machine,’ also ‘slingshot, handgun,’ from pachin, of echoic origin, + diminutive suffix -ko”
Online Etymology Dictionary, undated
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=pachinko

(d)
(i) Tokyo’s Suginami district  杉並区
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suginami,_Tokyo
(ii) nami 並 【なみ】 (n,n-suf[fix]): "(2) line; row of (eg houses)"

(e) “Best known outside Japan for its discontinued video game consoles, the company gets almost half its $3.7 billion annual sales from pachinko machines.”

Sega
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sega
(“derived its name from the first two letters of SErvice GAmes” a company name)
(f) Konami
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konami
(The name "Konami" is a conjunction of the names Kagemasa KŌZUKIi 上月 景正 [founder], Yoshinobu NAKAMA 仲間 義信, and Tatsuo MIYASAKO  宮迫 達夫)
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 楼主| 发表于 7-12-2014 11:12:57 | 显示全部楼层
Joshua Brustein, The Jet Engine Efficiency Race: Pratt vs GE.
www.businessweek.com/articles/20 ... ace-pratt-vs-dot-ge
(“CFM, a joint partnership of General Electric (GE) and French aerospace company Safran [touts] its new engine, the Leap * * * with a carbon composite used in the engine’s fan blades, which can weigh one-third less than conventional aluminum ones. It’s making carbon composite engines by molding a woven, flexible carbon fiber and cooking it with epoxy resin to yield a material as durable as metal. Other parts of the engine use materials with the low weight and heat resistance of ceramics. Three-dimensional printing has enabled GE’s team to create one-piece parts that used to come in 20 heavier pieces”)

Note: summary underneath the title in print: The quest for fuel efficiency leads to unconventional designs
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