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Posted in: SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test See in context

@Strangerland - I should have rephrased that to Private Business and Government funded Businesses.

The latter receives our Taxes, the former does not.

The latter may be able to try out new and exciting / experimental things which cost a lot to develop - but then... how is it that a Lean organisation such a Elon's is able to beat them at their own game ?

My point is that Government Organisations need to become more aggressive towards meeting goals within fixed budgets rather than being a sink hole for endless streams of Cash without any returns - which as we all know enables Corruption.

I can understand Trump eulogizing Musk in this context recently...

Though, say NASA is closed down, and we're left to the private Companies to provide these services, then the prices can be hiked and we're left at the mercy of those said Private organisations.

Government Organisations need to be run like Private organisations and not seen as a retirement place for people to doss around in. Run them more effectively, and challengingly, and have in the end a more effective Government ?

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Posted in: Domain sale could do 'irreparable harm' to millions of charities, NGOs warn See in context

3 little characters at the end of the URL are causing such a big fuss ?

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Posted in: ANA begins autonomous electric bus trial at Haneda Airport See in context

Those features are needed by the Driver who's based in India.... Bus Drivers are being now outsourced there under the guise of being automated..... !!!

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Posted in: SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test See in context

Q. How is it that Elon Musk is doing what NASA can't do ?

Perhaps this is a question for all Government Organisations... what's holding them back, that isn't holding back the Entrepreneurs ? Fix that, and perhaps, you have a Fixed Government.

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Posted in: British royal satire featuring 'modern Aunt Meghan' coming to HBO Max See in context

They were the Smarter ones of the Royals to jump the HMS Britannia early, which is slowly heading towards a Sinking, like the Titanic. Canada was a decent choice, so William & Kate will have to go elsewhere now... ... perhaps heading off to New Zealand would be a good Option - but South of the Equator, they don't go for the airs and graces of the Royal superiority complex, so they may not really fit in very well to the local Culture there. Doesn't leave many other places for them to escape to ...

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Posted in: School headmaster charged in gold robbery-murder in Thailand See in context

Geez... when you pick up a gun, and load it with Live Rounds for use in an activity that you know is a Crime... then you will receive little sympathy from anyone, especially after you take away the lives of those so innocent, and those providing the food on the table for family members.

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Posted in: Japan Olympic, Paralympic team uniforms for Tokyo Games unveiled See in context

At least both Able-bodied Olympians and Disabled(Para)-Olympians are both having to wear the same "Uniform"... that is on the Plus side - no distinction...

At least, when they compete, they won't have to wear those Uniforms - so the best of luck to them all.

All Para-Athletes deserve admiration for overcoming both the mental & physical challenges, of not only participating in, but competing, in a Global Sporting event. So best of luck to them all!

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Posted in: Sellers petition for antitrust probe over Rakuten free shipping See in context

Free Shipping within Seller's locality but to anywhere... More profits for the go-between company (Amazon/Rakuten) and less to the Seller. Seems like it's one way to curtail a Global Marketplace...

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Posted in: Grounded Boeing jet holds back profits, growth at airlines See in context

Max trouble... Min Flight-time... send the planes back to Boeing, no one wants to fly in them.

Geez, it's like a Hindenburg moment for Boeing's 737 Max.

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Posted in: Japan confirms 2nd new coronavirus infection See in context

It's not unexplained.

Chinese Army received immunization shots for it in October... how so ?

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Posted in: Rakuten to expand free mobile phone trial before full-service launch See in context

They should give the free phones to those who are homeless due to misfortune and need to find a job.

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Posted in: Japan has trade deficit for 2nd straight year See in context

For those of you thinking/worrying that the big R word is coming slowly back again to Japan ...

It's actually never left. The average man on the Street could tell you that. The Economists simply don't get it as they don't live in the real world anyway.

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Posted in: PayPay announces 40% bonus points campaign See in context

Only recall seeing a Yoshinoya near my usual haunts, though I doubt I could stomach as much as 1000 yen of the stuff to get my 500 yen off...

However.... were Yoshinoya to repeat this during Feb...

Then I'd be a taker, I doubt for eating much though ;-)

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Posted in: Trump threatens big tariffs on car imports from EU See in context

You could almost imagine Trump dancing around the Oval office to James Brown's - "I Feel Good", whilst he comes up with what's next on his Tariff hit list.

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Posted in: Saudi crown prince's WhatsApp linked to Bezos cell phone hack See in context

You'd think a Tech Savvy Business leader of a Tech Company would know something to two about Security... doesn't bode well for their whole Business Security does it... not surprised they didn't get the DoD contract.

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Posted in: MUFG replaces CEO after one year See in context

What's required is an outsider to come in and shake things up... buy hey, Japan shot themselves in the foot with the whole Ghosn thing.

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Posted in: Mori Building completes construction of Toranomon Hills Business Tower See in context

Another Tower, another Wind tunnel... they should install little wind turbines up the sides of these buildings and make them power self-sufficient.

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Posted in: Boeing's new CEO sees 737 Max production resuming in spring See in context

Hold the press... the latest is now Summer 2020...

All passengers on a 737 Max should look at buying the Travel Insurance with the biggest payout on Death... that may put pressure upon the Insurers to increase their charges to Operators of these aircraft which in turn... may make them reconsider holding onto their Purchase plans... contractually I wonder if Boeing has failed to deliver a product that lives up to the sold for requirements, and can the purchaser now walk away ?

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Posted in: Japan, UK discuss handover of 3 robbery suspects despite no extradition treaty See in context

Tricky one. Deport from the UK and face cries of inhumanity. Keep them locked up in the UK and the UK Taxpayer foots the bill ??? Wonder whether its cheaper to keep them locked up in the UK or Japan ? Bet that may come into consideration

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Posted in: 'Hostage justice?' Japan fights back with an internet FAQ See in context

This FAQ is akin to a Husband defending his rape of his Wife.

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Posted in: Japan faces decision over contaminated Fukushima nuclear plant water See in context

Hmm... wonder how long it will take to evaporate ?

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Posted in: Actor Will Smith goes undercover as Lyft driver in Miami See in context

I wouldn't know whether to be embarrassed or happy to have a Movie Idol drive me around the place....

Anyway I probably wouldn't recognise them early morning, and may just end up thinking that they looked pretty much like a famous guy whose name I couldn't quite recall in that time of day... but geez, they must be getting a lot of date requests....

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Posted in: Woman, 3 children found stabbed to death in car See in context

Every Country has it's own weird side.

I feel sorry for the Kids involved, they had no choice in this matter

This chap certainly deserves to be taken out of contact with the General Public.

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Posted in: Costs for managing Japan's nuclear plants to total ¥13 trillion See in context

It's both the TEPCO Subscribers and Tax Payers who are footing the bill... :(

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Posted in: Gov't to strengthen functioning of food banks in Japan See in context

Food Banks are a huge embarrassment for Developed Countries. Such Countries should focus their Charitable efforts on their own Home Country first before flooding corrupt African and Eastern Nations with Development support / charity monies...

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Posted in: Osaka mayor wants to legally control when kids can and can’t use smartphones in their own home See in context

Good luck... he's up against Apple, and Apple will always Win.

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Posted in: France's Michelin, the go-to guide on fine dining See in context

Restauranting prima donna's. And like Opera isn't everyone's biscuit.

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Posted in: Royal rift: UK monarchy will look smaller when dust settles See in context

Well, it's also going to be interesting to see how they fare... Harry becoming a House Husband looking after the Kids whilst Megan returns to Showbiz ?

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Posted in: New study shows wildlife thriving in areas evacuated after Fukushima nuclear meltdown See in context

I haven't heard of any super large Ants around the Fukushima plant, nor of any mutated Giant Fish monsters.... so I guess we have to wait some more time.

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Posted in: Trump hails China trade deal as 'much better' than expected See in context

Which Translation read better ?

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