Nintendo's new president, Satoru Iwata, has come up with a novel solution to the problem of pirated software in China. He is thinking of flooding the country with old hardware. Talking to gaming site IGN.com, Mr Iwata said: 'We want to sell hardware and software products in China within a year or two. Due to piracy problems, we are studying several marketing methods, such as selling machines several generations old, rather than the latest models.' Sounds like a brilliant plan. Of course, the reason a piracy exists at all is because people have already bought Nintendo players on the grey market. Word has it that if the idea works, the PC, music and movie industry are lining up to export their old 386 desktops, record players and Betamax video recorders to the mainland. An Okinawa civil servant has been arrested after his unofficial business in Urasoe City's planning data policy office was raided by police. According to Japanese newspapers, the unnamed 43-year-old man was in charge of the city's 'Cyber Town' project, which aims to computerise the city's records and to connect residents to local government. Bored with his daily toil, the man took to ordering uncensored Japanese porn DVDs from Web sites in the United States. He then made copies of the disks and marketed them over the Internet from his city hall PC. After the raid, the man was imprisoned for two days, fined 200,000 yen (about HK$13,000) and given a five-month suspension from work. 'He was our most computer-savvy employee, even the mayor used to come to him for advice,' said one shocked staff member. The Mainichi Daily reported that 14 co-workers, including two of his bosses, who bought bootleg DVDs from him were hit with one- to two-month pay cuts. The report did not mention whether the mayor was among those fined. The solution to Hong Kong's budget deficit could be easier than the government claims. Instead of firing civil servants, we should buy them DVD burners. Japanese inventor Daisuke Inoue has barely earned a cent from the millions of karaoke sets around the world. When he invented karaoke 30 years ago, he could not imagine the huge cultural impact that the 'empty orchestra' would one day have, so he did not register the patent. But Pravda reports that Mr Inoue, once listed by Time as one of the 20 most influential Asians of the 20th century, is hoping to cash in on his invention. It seems 80 per cent of karaoke machine failures are caused by cockroaches and he has come up with a machine to catch them. Never thought I would feel sympathy for a cockroach. The appropriately coloured forums on Slashdot were green with envy over Christmas. For a change, the source of their envy was us. One user said Hutchison Global's new power-line broadband service cost just US$17 per month, but warned that 'users are forced to sign a seven-month contract'. The thought of such low prices appalled many Slashdotters from the US, where 12-month contracts at US$65 are common. But a visitor called Lingqi came up with an interesting explanation: 'Seven months is a fung shui thing; it [sic] more lucky to make seven-month contract because 77-year-old wise grandma of CEO predicted so. And what 'selected area' really means is that only those people where the power-line enters the house from the south get service. People who has [sic] power-line from south-east/south-west is [sic] okay as long as there are three windows, live near a pond (with live goldfishes inside), and must be in viewable range of five bushes.' Makes sense to us. Residents of an apartment in Boulder, Colorado, were evacuated by a heavily armed SWAT team last week. The cops arrived following a report that an armed man had been seen in one of the flats, screaming abuse and waving a handgun. The gunman turned out to be just a regular guy having trouble with his home PC. When his computer misbehaved, he lost his temper and began shooting it with a BB-gun.