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Posted in: Boeing spacecraft astronauts see new frontier for commercial space See in context

In the early NASA years, astronauts demanded some manual controls as they did not want to be simply cargo. Who can blame them. If some thing goes wrong you want some way to take control and survive.

automated Boeing CST-100 Starliner,

There is two worrying words together.

(Boeing) knew how big it was going to be, how it was going to be powered, but they really hadn't thought a whole lot about what the inside would be and how does the crew interface with the vehicle that's designed to operate automatically,

Nothing new there.

The design "is a great compromise between keeping it minimalistic yet at the same time giving the pilot the ability to understand where am I, where do I need to be, how am I going to get there, if things go wrong how do I fix them."

Yes, How do you fix a craft that will be fully automatic ?

"It comes down to watching (the spacecraft's) behaviour," said Ferguson, who led NASA's final space shuttle mission in 2011 and spent more than 40 days in space over his career. "We just want to make sure it doesn't throw us a curve ball."

An auto system caused the fatal crashes of two aircraft and they are still (months later) trying to fix it. So far they have a PATCH.

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Posted in: Crew describe climate of fear at Cathay Pacific after Hong Kong sackings See in context

papigiulioToday 08:42 am JST

Time to boycott Cathay. Phone searches? Is that even legal?

In China it is.

Once they landed in China they had no choice but to hand over their phones.

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Posted in: Man arrested for spraying NHK fee collector with fire extinguisher See in context

I would like this question answered.

Did the NHK collector try to enter the house ?

If some one tried to enter my house i would defend myself with what was handy.

So him using a fire extinguisher to stop an intruder is no surprise.

I wonder if it was a powder extinguisher ?

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Posted in: U.S. labels China a currency manipulator; China halts U.S. farm purchases See in context

Also Monday, China's official Xinhua news agency reported that Chinese companies have stopped buying U.S. farm products - a direct shot at Trump supporters in rural America.

It is not the China government fault if companies do not want to buy import stuff.

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Posted in: Apple will face tariffs on components imported from China: Trump See in context

Trump will be happy charging USA citizens his tariffs.

Trump should have enough from his tariffs now to pay for his wall.

What is he doing with all of the income from his tariffs ?

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Posted in: China accuses FedEx of 'holding up' Huawei parcels See in context

China has hit back by announcing it would create its own blacklist of "unreliable" companies and individuals

Would Boeing come under that list with its current problem aircraft ?

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic construction race raises worker safety questions See in context

They should increase the gap between picking the country and when the olympics are held there. Then there would be more time and less rush.

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Posted in: 2 Australians arrested, paraded before media in Bali over cocaine possession See in context

Risking death (you can never know how safe the drug is that you are smoking/injecting) in less harsh sentencing countries is bad enough without going to one where you risk the death penalty.

Using or dealing with drugs in those countries with such harsh sentences is totally stupid thing to do.

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Posted in: U.S. says Navy ship destroyed Iranian drone in Gulf See in context

So far Iran is winning the cost war.

Cost to Iran. "using off-the-shelf, commercially available drones"

Drone and missile to shot down USA drone $ 1,000,000 ?

Cost to USA ?

one of the US military's most advanced drones — it costs more than an F-35 stealth fighter

US drone shot out of sky by Iran cost $123 million

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Posted in: American Airlines extends Boeing 737 MAX cancellations for fourth time See in context

Boeing hopes a software upgrade and new pilot training will add layers of protection to prevent erroneous data from triggering a system called MCAS, which was activated in both the planes before they crashed.

That is not very reassuring.

How much time did the pilots have before the two crashes ?

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Posted in: 7-Eleven mobile payment users lose ¥55 million by unauthorized access See in context

Police arrested two Chinese men on Thursday in connection with the problem, investigative sources said. They are suspected of illegally using the ID and password of a customer

About 1.5 million users have registered for the payment app.

possibly some 900 customers using its mobile payment service have lost a total of 55 million yen ($510,000) due to unauthorized access to their accounts.

What was the maker of the phones of the 900 who lost money ?

Was it Huawei ?

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Posted in: China and Britain wage war of words over Hong Kong See in context

Hunt called on Beijing not to use the protests as a "pretext for repressions" and warned of "serious consequences" if China breaches the commitments it made to London decades ago under the terms of the handover.

The moment HK was handed over their fate was sealed.

The UK can do nothing to change that.

"I tell them: hands off Hong Kong and show respect," Liu said

Respect is earned, NOT given.

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Posted in: Kim-Trump border meeting: History or just a photo-op? See in context

Did he meet Kim Jong Un or one of his doubles ?

After all, would trump even notice the difference ?

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Posted in: Teacher arrested for allegedly abducting, confining female student in his car See in context

When police smashed the window, Uchida, who was in possession of a knife, stabbed himself several times in the abdomen.

At lest she was not stabbed on top of what happened to her.

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Posted in: 'Sitting cat pose' bags get cuter as you pack them full See in context


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Posted in: Iran's Revolutionary Guard shoots down U.S. drone See in context

trying to pressure Europe for new terms to the 2015 deal.

Iran pressure can not match the pressure Trump has as trade over rules common sence and preventing the possibility of war.

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Posted in: Rise of delivery drones has cities asking who owns airspace See in context

Why not have the drones follow the roads and deliver to the front door ?

There by avoiding flying over private land.

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Posted in: U.S. to send 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East, citing concerns over Iran See in context

Iran said on Monday it would soon breach limits on how much enriched uranium it can stockpile under the deal, which a White House National Security Council spokesman said amounted to "nuclear blackmail."

The 2015 accord, which Iran and the other signatories have maintained following Trump's decision, caps Iran's stock of low-enriched uranium at 300 kg enriched to 3.67 percent.

But Iran's Atomic Energy Organization spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said on Monday: "We have quadrupled the rate of enrichment (of uranium) and even increased it more recently, so that in 10 days it will bypass the 300 kg limit."

"Iran's reserves are every day increasing at a more rapid rate," he told state TV, adding that "the move will be reversed once other parties fulfil their commitments."

How have the other signatories maintained it ?

Donny pulled the USA out of the deal and threatened any country or company that deals with Iran, punitive punishment.

Iran was going with the deal, but the other signatories are doing nothing but sitting by as Iran economy is hit by USA sanctions

The companies from the other signatories countries have cancelled or unable to do deals with Iran due to Trumps threats.

Unless the other signatories stop being bullied by Trump and do what they agreed to in the deal, Trump will win and peace in the middle east will move further towards a possible war.

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Posted in: Boeing crisis, trade tensions cast pall over air show See in context

United States has threatened to cancel Turkey's participation in the Lockheed F-35 fighter jet program over Ankara's purchase of a Russian radar system

For a NATO country that is a stupid thing to do.

If Russia went to war with NATO Turkey radar system would be easy to block.

Now if Turkey is thinking of going over to the Russian side, then this could be the first step in that process.

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Posted in: 2 tankers with Japan-related cargo attacked in Strait of Hormuz as Abe visits Iran See in context

gokai_wo_manekuJune 13 10:28 pm JST

Ships carrying stuff for Japan while Abe is in the area (Iran). Who is trying to tell us what?

kurisupisuJune 13 11:32 pm JST

Why would Iran seek to embarrass Abe’s visit by attacking Japanese owned tankers?

The only ones to profit from such attacks would be those who hate Iran.

Sh1mon M4sadaJune 13 10:54 pm JST

LOL at all the conspiracy theorists here. If the Saudis was involved, they could have done it while it's still at their port.

It is possible that explosives were placed on the ships in the port and detonated while they were in the straights.

The ones who caused the explosions will not admit their involvement and anything else is speculation without confirmable evidence.

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Posted in: Do you consider dress codes forcing women to wear high heels at work power harassment? See in context

How many wear high heels before they start a job the forces them to wear them ?

Just because they are female does not mean they wore them before.

as said above high heels do cause damage to the feet, legs and back.

mu-daJune 12 08:14 am JST

High heels cause lower back, hip, knee and achilles tendon issues.

Any who suffer injuries at work because they have to wear them should sue their employer for industrial related injuries as high heels are part of the dress code.

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Posted in: Abe heads to Tehran to try and ease Iran-U.S. tensions See in context

A government official said Abe will not be in Tehran to "mediate between Iran and the U.S." and that "easing tensions" was the prime purpose.

While trump is in office there can be no mediation as he will not listen to anything but what he wants to hear.

While Trump is in office, the easing of tensions will be a useless purpose. He will not listen.

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Posted in: Packed in See in context

When i was last in Japan, it was a nightmare for me when it rained.

All of those umbrellas rib points at my eye level.

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Posted in: Flow of arms into Libya risks proxy war See in context

Iraq shows what happens when a dictator is removed and the area turns into hell for the ones living there.

Did the western powers learn from that ?


Removal of another dictator in Libya and a repeat of Iraq troubles.


It is easy for those supporting either side to supply arms and other equipment and avoid sending their own forces to fight and die.

They can tell their own people we are helping our friends without risking our own people lives.

A repeat of what happen to other countries that were caught in the USA and USSR proxy wars during the cold war era. Now with different backers.

The losers in these and any conflicts will always be the innocent civilians caught in the middle.

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Posted in: Police checking dash cam over car accident that left 2 toddlers dead See in context

stormcrowToday 06:59 pm JST

Dash-cams are the way to go folks, especially those of you who are foreigners driving in Japan. I don't trust the police to believe my version of events when up against a Japanese citizen. Anyway, I feel much better now with the dash-cam backing me up as a witness as to what occurs in front of my car.

I fitted two cams to my car. One front and one rear facing.

The number of tailgater i have reported.

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Posted in: Japan keeping tabs on Iran decision to quit part of nuclear deal See in context

use Tokyo's amicable ties with Tehran to ensure peace and stability in the Middle East

We hope to use our traditionally friendly relations with Iran to solve problems through dialogue and achieve peace and stability in the region

Trump actions make that impossible.

By pulling out of the deal and now demanding everyone else do the same and apply sanctions on Iran.

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Posted in: Iran says it will resume uranium enrichment if world powers do not keep promises See in context

Sources at the French presidency said on Tuesday that international sanctions could be reimposed on Iran if it reneges on commitments under its nuclear deal.

So far Iran has not reneged on their part of the deal.

If the ones who still support the deal FAIL to do what they agreed to, then Iran should be able to ignore the deal as everyone else (USA first) failed to uphold the deal first.

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Posted in: Parts of crashed F35 stealth fighter jet found in sea off Aomori See in context

Some debris, including a part of the flight data recorder, were recovered

but at this point, the all-important memory (of the flight data recorder) has not been recovered."

So they found part of the flight data recorder but not the important memory.

Did the air craft break up or went out of control and crashed at such speed that smashed the flight recorder apart ?

F35-As, each of which costs more than 10 billion yen ($90 million)

That is nothing compared with the cost of the pilot life that was lost and the loss his family and friends are suffering.

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Posted in: Asian finance chiefs to mull expanding currency swaps to yen, yuan See in context

TrevorPeaceToday 07:44 am JST

Damn good idea! First step back to the gold standard

I also thought why not go back to the gold standard till i read this article

Extract from article

The size and complexity of the U.S. economy would also make the conversion extremely difficult.

Just to back the dollars now in circulation and on deposit—about $2.7 trillion—with the approximately 261 million ounces of gold held by the U.S. government, gold prices would have to rise as high as $10,000 an ounce, up from about $1,780, causing huge inflation.

“It could do massive damage to the economy,” said John Makin, an economist at the American Enterprise Institute

A fixed link between the dollar and gold would make the Fed powerless to fight recessions or put the brakes on an overheating economy.

“If you like the euro and how it’s been working, you should love the gold standard,” said economist Barry Eichengreen.

Beleaguered Greece, for instance, cannot print more money or lower its interest rates because it’s a member of a fixed-currency union, the euro zone.

A gold standard would put the Fed in a similar predicament.

Going back to the Gold Standard could cause problems like Greece (and others) is having now due to it being part of the countries using the euro.

So increasing from just the US$ to include the Yen and Yuan is the better option.

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Posted in: Japan resists U.S. pressure on FX in trade talks ahead of Abe-Trump summit See in context

keeping the yen low

Compared to 2004 when i was in Japan, the yen has NOT dropped.

I got 186 Yen to the £ sterling (about 298 Yen to the $us)

Now it is about 143 Yen to the £ sterling

It costs more now to buy Japanese stuff than back then.

If I was to buy the same stuff now as back then it would cost me about 25 % more.

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