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Posted in: Biden's chip dreams face reality check of supply chain complexity See in context

The chip supply chain is complex.

At the start you have process one, in country one

Shipped to country two for process two

Shipped to country three for process three

Shipped to country four for process four

The number of process for each different chip design can be much more.

Then as has been a fire in one part of a chain, that cut down supply of that chip.

The steps from to finish chip are not done in the same country.

Maybe not even in the same continent.

Too many steps seperated by many miles (kilometres) increasing time to make each type.

So when something happens, it hits the aviability of the chips.

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Posted in: Putin signs law allowing him 2 more terms as Russia's leader See in context

in power for more than two decades — longer than any other Kremlin leader since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin

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Looks like he wants to hold power and break Stalin length of dictatorship.

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Posted in: Olympic torch relay to be barred from Osaka public roads: governor See in context

Instead of postponing the Olympics for a year, they should have put it back 4 years.

That would have given time to sort out the virus world wide.

Another 4 years preparing would also have been better than meeting deadlines that might be hard to meet.

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As i said before in other Olympics related posts, They should have the Olympics in the same place every year and avoid the expensive building that goes on and costs hosting countries billions more than first estimated.

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Posted in: 48 dead after train derails in Taiwan See in context

people heading home at the start of a long weekend traditional holiday to tend to family graves.

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Sadly there will be more graves to be tended.

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The official Central News Agency said the truck was suspected to have slid off the sloping road into the path of the train, as its handbrake had not been engaged, and added that police had taken in its driver for questioning

killing at least 48 passengers and injuring 66

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I hope he gets sent to prison for his lack of judgement in leaving the handbrake off.

And never gets out.

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Posted in: China pushes to expand virus origin search to other countries See in context

The WHO report concluded that the virus or a progenitor of it was most likely carried by a bat, which infected another animal that infected a human. Researchers have not been able to trace the bat or the intermediate animal yet, but suspicion has fallen on bat habitats in southwest China or nearby Southeast Asia.

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How about this theory.

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Virus taken from bat. ..............................................Bat

injected into mouse to see what happens. ......intermediate animal

Researcher is bitten by the mouse. ....................human

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Posted in: Evidence emerges of 'brand new' physics at CERN See in context

particles known as quarks, many of which are unstable and exist only for a split-second, can form heavier particles such as protons and neutrons.

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quarks appeared to also decay into another type of lepton -- muons -- less often than they decayed into electrons.

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So the building blocks for atoms (protons, neutrons and electrons) come from quarks.

So where do quarks come from ?

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Another possibility is the currently hypothetical "lyptoquark", which can decay quarks and leptons simultaneously and which "could be part of a larger puzzle that explains why we see the particles that we do in nature".

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So much more to find and know.

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Posted in: EU leaders grapple with surge of infections, vaccine issues See in context

European Union leaders struggled Thursday to solve quarrels about the distribution of COVID-19 vaccine shots as they tried to ramp up inoculations across their 27 nations

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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz criticized the sharing of shots in the EU, saying that some countries were receiving more than their fair share.

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As the leader of a coalition of six countries, he demanded a correction mechanism, raising tensions between capitals from where the leaders were holding their remote summit.

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Not looking good for being a union.

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27 countries will never agree fully on everything as each government looks to get the best deal for their country..

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Posted in: Whiskey makers face worsening hangover from trade dispute See in context

Covid has also hit the sales.

How much whisky was not drunk because pubs, clubs, etc were closed due to covid ?

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The tariffs on whisky was in response to Trump tariffs on EU steel and aluminum

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So whisky makers suffered for Trump decision and they will continue to suffer till the tariffs are sorted out and returned to pre Trump level.

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Just one of the messes Trump left for President Biden to sort out.

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Posted in: Stuck ship in Egypt's Suez Canal imperils shipping worldwide See in context

The Ever Given, built in 2018 with a length of nearly 400 meters (a quarter mile) and a width of 59 meters (193 feet), is among the largest cargo ships in the world

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Tuesday marked the second major crash involving the Ever Given in recent years. In 2019, the cargo ship ran into a small ferry moored on the Elbe River in the German port city of Hamburg. Authorities at the time blamed strong wind for the collision, which severely damaged the ferry.

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Two major crashes (inside its first 3 years) and both blamed on the wind.

Wind is the major problem for container ships and as they get bigger, it will be worse.

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In Egypt, if the 50 km wind was blowing straight across the canal, that that would be a serious problem for any container ship.

The wind would hit the massive flat side of the ship (which would act like a sail) and push it sideways.

They should have know this was likely if they had studied the wind speeds, direction and how large the side of the ship is.

Even with bow thruster, they would have had difficulty.

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An initial report suggested the ship suffered a power blackout before the incident, something Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement denied Thursday.

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If they admit to a power failure, the ship owners would be liable for all claims from other ships that are delayed.

While they denied that, the canal pilots can also be blamed and share in the costs..

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BigYenToday 04:46 pm JST

Really? I find it very hard to believe that 50 km/h winds are anything unusual in Egypt or anywhere else, for that matter. If this ship was heading for the Indian Ocean, 50 km/h winds would be nothing out of the ordinary.

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Try holding a quarter square meter board flat to a 50km wind and see how well you can walk in a straight line on a bed of marbles, as the wind blow straight from the side.

Even low winds can affect a ship.

The larger the ship, the more it is affected.

In open water you can angle the ship to the wind, unlike in a narrow channel.

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They should increase the canal width to at lest 100 meters longer than the longest ship.

So if even if it runs aground, the other end will be in deep water.

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Posted in: China's embassy in Philippines takes swipe at Japan over South China Sea See in context

"swarming and threatening presence" of Chinese vessels at the Whitsun Reef.

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Soon to be the latest air strip for China if their aggression behaviour against its neighbours and international law does not stopped.

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If companies started moving their industries out of China to other countries, that would send a message.

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The world relies too much on China for its cheap goods.

And its knows it has other countries over the barrel because of that.

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IF war with China happened, China has the ability to switch to war manufacturing with ease. The rest of the world would have severe problems as most of the manufacturing factories have gone (to China) since WW2.

How many car plants are there left compared to the 50s and 60s that could be turned into war production ?

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Posted in: Life sentence upheld for man over 2017 murder of 9-year-old Vietnamese girl See in context

The high court also rejected an appeal by prosecutors, who sought the death penalty for Shibuya, saying the murder was not premeditated.

rt ruling in July 2018, Shibuya abducted Linh while she was on her way to school on March 24, 2017. He then went on to sexually assault and strangle her before abandoning her body near a drainage ditch in the city of Abiko, Chiba Prefecture, two

Sounds like it was premeditated to me.

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Posted in: Thousands ordered to evacuate as floods hit Sydney See in context

tooheysnewMar. 21 06:29 pm JST

droughts, bushfires, floods,

If it is not one thing, it is another.

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Posted in: EU chief threatens to ban AstraZeneca exports See in context

"But we haven't received anything from the Brits, although we are delivering to them," she said, adding that the European Commission had sent a "formal letter" to the company to complain.

EU-based manufacturers have shipped 41 million vaccine doses to 33 countries since early February, von der Leyen said, making the bloc one of the world's biggest export regions for COVID-19 vaccines.

"I can't explain to European citizens why we are exporting millions of vaccine doses to countries that are producing vaccines themselves and aren't sending us anything back," von der Leyen said.

The UK placed their order THREE months before the EU.

Other Non-EU countries placed their order before the EU.

If the EU had not delayed ordering the vaccine, they would be further up the queue.

Is the EU going to hijack those orders ?

Did the factories under pressure committed to supplying more than they could ?

Or did the reduced product amount (due the problems at the EU factories) cause the failure to supply the late EU order ?

The EU governments seems to be passing their blame onto others.

Did no one foreseen the problems at factories that were expanded to maximum out put in a short time ?

Or could the problems have been foreseen and dealt with before the problems got serious ?

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Posted in: Manga-reading bus driver stirs tweetstorm See in context

Our drivers are even required to leave their smartphones behind in their individual locker at work

So if they do not have their phone with them, how are they to use a track and trace app ?

There is a lot of people getting on and off in each bus route.

our work regulations state that drivers may not carry aboard items that are unnecessary to their operation of the vehicle

He did break this rule.

But for a passenger to go and snap a picture and post it, did that person not have anything better to do ?

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Posted in: Microsoft and Google openly feuding amid hacks, competition inquiries See in context

Microsoft, meanwhile, faces scrutiny for its role in back-to-back cybersecurity breaches.

Russian hackers who compromised the Texas software firm SolarWinds Corp also took advantage of Microsoft's cloud software to break into some of the company's clients.

Chinese hackers abuse previously unknown vulnerabilities to vacuum up emails from Microsoft customers around the world.

Will MS Windows ever be safe against attacks due to more unknown vulnerabilities in its software ?

Patch after patch comes out.

Breach after breach comes to light.

Come on MS, develop a windows basic OS without unwanted programs auto installed by default or any of the bells and whistles fancy stuff.

Such a windows would have fewer holes, if any, to be exploited.

May also be more stable.

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Posted in: Britain advises citizens to leave Myanmar See in context

even traditional Myanmar ally China calling for "de-escalation" and dialogue.

If troops are sent in to restore the elected government, China will want to be in control of the operation.

and you will end up with another China satellite province after a new fresh election under China watchful eyes.

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Posted in: At least 10 hacking groups using Microsoft software flaw: researchers See in context

is anyone surprised that more flaws have been found in Microsoft Software ?

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Posted in: Prevent food waste by enjoying these delicious fruit pastries from Paul Bakery in Japan See in context

"imperfect produce," fruits that are grown the same way and taste the same as other fruits, but are not sold because they don't meet size standards or have small imperfections.

In the UK before we joined the EU and rules like these came into force, apples and other fruit and veg was sold by the weight and came in different sizes and shapes.

Odd funny shaped like carrots with two leg was sold.

Smaller and larger apples sold by weight, now (even after leaving the EU) the EU size rules are still applied.

Now any fruit or veg not to EU standards is used in tins or pies.

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Posted in: 16-year prison term upheld for man over fatal abuse of daughter See in context

Kurihara caused the death of his daughter Mia by not giving her enough food, depriving her of sleep and showering her with cold water for a period of time between Jan 22 and 24, 2019

The court also determined Kurihara should face the harshest sentence possible for bodily injury resulting in the death of a single person.

16 years is too little for what he did.

defense lawyers had claimed there were factual misunderstandings in the lower court ruling

What factual misunderstandings ?

He tortured his daughter and she died.

and his sentence was too severe.

Not severe enough for what he did to his 10-year-old daughter.

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Posted in: Asian shares rise after vaccine maker boosts Europe supplies See in context

coronavirus vaccine maker AstraZeneca agreed to increase supplies to Europe

So which country will lose out as supplies are diverted to EU to make up the loss of production at a EU factory ?

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Posted in: After outcry, EU reverses plan to restrict vaccine exports through Irish border See in context

the eu contract with the anti-virus makers was placed 3 months after the UK placed theirs.

The eu supply problem was caused by failure in a eu factory and not in the two factories in the UK.

Brussels had said it would trigger clauses in the Northern Irish Protocol .

Did the eu even bother to tell the Republic of Southern Ireland what it was planning to do?

Following an outcry in London, Belfast and Dublin,

does not look like they did.

If the previous Prime Minister May hadn't delayed, delayed, delayed the starting of the leave the eu. Things would have been different now for PM Boris.

Instead of handling just Brexit, he also has to deal with covid.

Had we left sooner (instead of having the constant delays from PM May) PM Boris would only have the covid to deal with.

Althou the difference of 3 % between the stayers and leavers votes. I think they should have had another 6 months to properly inform what would happen for a leave vote.

No one expected the UK to be fractured with a eu border spliting part of the UK off from the rest.

To the above posts about irish citizenship.

Since 1 January 2005, if you are born in Northern Ireland, you can claim Irish citizenship if your parent (or parents) are either British or Irish citizens, or one of them has lived on the island of Ireland for at least 3 out of the 4 years immediately before your birth

So anyone born in Northern Ireland, since 1st January 20055, does not have automatic claim to irish citizenship unless they are covered by the above.

Further details can be found here https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/moving_country/irish_citizenship/your_right_to_irish_citizenship.html

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Posted in: Turkish pilots, official face 12 years jail for Ghosn flight See in context

Aly RustomToday 08:09 am JST

Insane. They didn't commit any crime in Turkey.

Did you not read this ?

The pilots and the MNG Jet employee are accused of "illegally smuggling a migrant"

Weather Ghosn committed a crime or not.

They brought a person in from one country and then out via another flight.

Ghosn was not on the passenger list or any flight details.

He did not go through proper airport procedures.

Now they are being made escape goats to avoid the Turkey government being embarrassed over Ghosn escape via a Turkey airport.

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Posted in: Chinese court jails 10 Hong Kong democracy activists for up to three years See in context

illegal border crossing.

How can it be called illegal or a border crossing, as China has always said Taiwan is part of China.

Families of the accused were only notified of the trial date three days before the hearing and were unable to attend due to the short notice and Covid-19 restrictions.

That may be more notice time than pre-covid trials.

Their lawyers were barred from meeting the detainees, with authorities instead appointing state-approved legal representation.

They will approve what ever the state says they should. China justice in action again.

The lawyers on Wednesday said the sentences were too heavy and the allegation of organizing a border crossing was not substantiated.

The communist party does say Taiwan is part of China, so they were only organizing a trip to another part of China.

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Posted in: No time to rest: EU nations assess Brexit trade deal with UK See in context

This could have been settled years sooner if the former prime minster May had not just added an extension after extension of delay to the starting of the process.

lostrune2Dec. 26 08:08 pm JST

If it loses Scotland or Northern Island,

Scotland my vote for independence and leave the UK, but Northern Ireland can not a ford to leave the UK. It relies too much on the money from parliament in London to pay for all.

If / when Scotland becomes independent, it would be able to join the eu but the terms may not be good. Having a border with England (like Northern Ireland has with the Republic of Southern Irealand) will be a problem.

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Posted in: More EU nations ban travel from UK, fearing virus variant See in context

Have they also cut off Denmark and the Netherlands flights, trains and road traffic ?

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Posted in: More EU nations ban travel from UK, fearing virus variant See in context

A growing list of European Union nations were banning travel from the UK on Sunday and others were considering similar action, in a bid to block a new strain of coronavirus sweeping across southern England from spreading to the continent.

She said the strain had also been identified in Denmark, the Netherlands

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Posted in: Trump downplays Russia in first comments on cyberattack See in context

It will take years to sort out the damage done by Trump and his fellow followers of Putin.

Throughout his presidency, Trump has refused to blame Russia for well-documented hostilities, including its interference in the 2016 election to help him get elected

When it is obviously Russia, Trumph (most likely under orders from his master Putin) will deny the facts and put his own warped, fact less theories out as the truth.

How much more damage will be discovered under Trumph's watch when Biden take over the White House in January 2021.

Will Biden have to call in the bug exterminators to exterminate the Russian bugs investing the White House ?

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Posted in: Canada says U.S. border measures to last until virus under control See in context

ban on nonessential travel with the United States will not be lifted until COVID-19 is significantly more under control

That should happen several months after Biden is in office.

The current USA leader has had the most infected and dead by covid19 than any other country in the world.

Once in the White House, it will take Biden months to get covid19 under control.

Covid19 is a really nasty virus, due to its ability to start infecting others before symptoms show.

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Posted in: Denmark plans to cull its mink population after coronavirus mutation spreads to humans See in context

a mutation of the coronavirus found in the animals spread to humans

What other animals have been infected ?

If it gets into the wild animal population, then there could be numerous virus strains in the future to be passed back into humans.

showed decreased sensitivity against antibodies, potentially lowering the efficacy of future vaccines

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Posted in: UK says no to more EU trade talks See in context

Without the free movement of people, many who came to the UK for seasonal jobs will be missed.

Those needed workers were already getting harder to get, before Covid19.

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Most of the food i buy comes from local sources or from countries outside the EEC.

Corn Beef from Brazil for example.

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There is a few EU types of cheese i like, which will be more expensive.

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The UK imports more from the EU than the UK exports.

So it may hurt EU producers/manufacturers more than UK ones.

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on fisheries, which President Emmanuel Macron insists should offer more for the French side

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He may have more trouble on his hands if he can not get a deal on fishing for the French fishermen.

Why is he insisting on an offer for the French side. Why not insist it for all of the EU.

Is it because a lot of the fish caught by French fishermen comes from UK waters ?

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With EU fishing fleets no longer in UK waters, Will the amount of fish sales in the EU will drop and the prices go up.

Fish quotas in UK waters normally taken by EU ships could pass to UK ships and help improve the UK fishing fleet..

BUT it also means UK fishermen who fished in EU waters, will not be able to do so. So some types of fish in The UK may become more expensive or vanish from the shelves.

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Who knows what the true trade effects will be after 1st January 2021.

It was a mad house with many different views of the future.

and now Covid19 has thrown an even mightier spanner into the mix of predictions.

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