Sh1mon M4sada comments

Posted in: Japan should ban confiscation of foreign employees' passports, lawyer says See in context

It's a minefield designed to exploit foreigners and Japanese workers.

Foreigners and non SOFA family members are already required to register as an alien. Tourists must carry passport at all times.

The need to hold passport is both confusing and restricting, but serves no real national security purpises.

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Posted in: Millions go hungry in wealthy Canada - and some die young as a result See in context

This story implies there is a negative correlation between country wealth and hunger. IMHO, that's not always the case, rich means high cost of living, so unless you're earning enough, you'll likely not have enough to buy food.

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Posted in: Restaurant operator Skylark to end 24-hour operations by April See in context

All night diners in the cities I've lived in will always have a special place in my heart

Me too! Lots of fond memories are made in the wee hours of the morning. Yoshinoya in Harajuku (may be not 24 hrs) is a dependable late night cheap eats for me.

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Posted in: Gun-rights activists gear up for show of force in Virginia See in context

Regardless of which side of the political divide you're on, side arms for civilian is symptomatic of a dysfunctional society.

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Posted in: Estranged Australian husband freed after trespassing to find his children See in context

I usually hear about Japanese fathers abandoning wife and children wholesale, and penniless. This case is not the norms, and I do wonder why in this case the wife is doing the leaving.

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Posted in: U.S., China tiptoe around holes in new trade agreement See in context

The Boeing 787 is a great long haul airframe (imho, market leader), but Boeing screwed up its marketing. With focus (now that they have new leadership), and better effort on marketing, it should have airlines queuing up to buy it.

The Chinese would buy the 787 regardless of any trade friction.

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Posted in: U.S., China tiptoe around holes in new trade agreement See in context

I can't see how this is even considered a deal. It's a bilateral adjustment andcrearrangement may be, but not a deal.

Agri products will be produced for global consumption. If China have to buy from USA, they will dump contracts from Brazil, depressing global prices, and it's all back to the beginning like before the deal.

Meanwhile, China will go on enjoying structural advantages, eg state subsidies, state sanction IP theft, state sanctioned trademark theft, market manipulation....

USA like the rest of the world, left it until it's too late, and now expects the situation to be fixed without pain, ie for China to roll over and fix it for everyone. Not going to happen.

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Posted in: Ghosn says French envoy told him of inside plot See in context

meh, PR campaign to restore what's left ofvhis integrity. The only forum to properly clear his crime is in a court room.

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Posted in: Iran makes arrests in plane shootdown; police crack down on protests See in context

Russia wouldn't be blamed?

I'm also wondering why not a single news outlet has dared to involve Russia and its technology in their reporting. This, like MH17 is a massive failure of the IFF system used by the missile system. Yet no calls to ban it.

Yes there are human errors, like drawing up overlapping missile defence boundaries with civilian air space, and not communicating with civilian traffic controllers before deploying missiles etc., but at the end of the day, IFF failed.

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Posted in: Lawmaker in casino scandal indicted on bribery charge See in context

Despite the small amounts involved I think the pertinent issue is 'not reporting/notification of payments received'. A good mechanism imho.

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Posted in: Abe among first visitors to Oman to meet new sultan See in context

Just like the sands of hour glass, so are the days of Middle East rulers...

and the military muscle that stands behind them.

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Posted in: Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday See in context

what a rort and a punitive cronk on the environment. Forced upgrade cycle continues tonkeep Bill Gates's mansion running.

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Posted in: Queen agrees to let Harry, Meghan move part time to Canada See in context

Genius, the attentiion is off Prince Andrew, and the clan enters a new chapter where earning your own living is shared with public duties.

What's there to complain about, unless you're Murdoch press.

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Posted in: Frank Lloyd Wright designs Japan’s Imperial Hotel during a mid-life crisis See in context

Genius! If anyone get a chance, go see his other works, like Falling Water, utterly spellbinding.

@BigYen - agreed, Japan doesn't know how to conserve. I am dismayed by the thoughts of bulldozers demolishing the brick armament factories in Hiroshima that survived the blast.

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Posted in: France, others line up to probe plane crash in Iran blamed on missile See in context

I hope that who ever that this tragedy belongs to has learnt from MH17, ie the truth will come out. Modern technologies makes hiding things a futile excercise.

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Posted in: Iran downed Ukrainian jetliner, U.S., Canadian officials say See in context

Technically it worked properly.

I'm struggling to picture someone, anyone who says this ^ with a straight face.

459 innocent lives...well if the Russian setout to needlessly destroys innocent lives then they have 'technically' succeeded.

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Posted in: Iran downed Ukrainian jetliner, U.S., Canadian officials say See in context

Could be anything, system malfunction(IFF not responding) or human error.

Seems curious to me that of the two 'recent' events relating to missiles strikes on civillian aircraft involve Russian technology relating to IFF.

I agree, lets wait for the investigation, but this is a forum, and I'm just posting 'my' hunch.

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Posted in: Iran downed Ukrainian jetliner, U.S., Canadian officials say See in context

There is no such thing as “dumb” or “clever” missiles, there are dumb and clever people who launch the missiles

I never said 'dumb', how did you arrive at that? I said accurate, in terms of identifying the threat.

Have read of this, how I inrerpret it is Russian system couldn't correctly identify MH17, and the BUK system was supposedly state of the art.

http://www.whathappenedtoflightmh17.com/buk-crew-had-very-limited-information-about-the-target/

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Posted in: 'Megxit' trumps Brexit and Iran in UK after royal bombshell See in context

No one foot in, one foot out, it is all or nothing, in or out

a bit like Hotel California 'you check out anytime you like but you can never leave'

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Posted in: 'Megxit' trumps Brexit and Iran in UK after royal bombshell See in context

They're running far away from the hateful racist mob and the Murdoch tabloid empire of filth.

They can do that without running away to the other side of the world, nor give up their position in the royal household.

Andrew is toast, even his mother knows that.

Which is why Prince Andrew needs a distraction. The Queen would never cutoff one of her own.

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Posted in: Iran downed Ukrainian jetliner, U.S., Canadian officials say See in context

So a non-response is assumed as a foe.

which is what I also wrote

They may not know a foe, or a friend that doesn't comply with IFF spec

non response or incorrect response/transmit is assumed foe.

I don't think you can assume anything

it's a Being 737, the FAA makes IFF mandatory.

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Posted in: Iran downed Ukrainian jetliner, U.S., Canadian officials say See in context

So basically all a US adversary has to do is retrofit a civilian airliner with weapons and "western" missile systems will be unable to shoot it down.

No. As I understand it, eg the Turkish buying Russian S400. The Turkish is providing the encryption IFF portion of the system to pair with the Russian radar. The Russian don't have it on their own.

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Posted in: Iran downed Ukrainian jetliner, U.S., Canadian officials say See in context

Should we blame Tehran or Moscow for this?

To be fair...all else being equal, it's most likely a technical deficiency of the targeting system in identifying friend or foe, and given the heightened alert in the region, the operator would most likely be assuming foe more than friend.

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Posted in: Iran downed Ukrainian jetliner, U.S., Canadian officials say See in context

What 'Missiles for Dummies' missed out is that missiles just know targets, not whether they are military or civilians

They know whether a target is friendly or not per the IFF spec. They may not know a foe, or a friend that doesn't comply with IFF spec. I would assume this plane transmitted the correct IFF signal (so that allied systems can tell it's friendly).

It finally comes down to the accuracy and intelligence

Yes, but I'm referring to Russian radar capable of correctly operating to IFF spec. There are reports the hybrid Turkish/Russian system (part of planned purchase S400) due to be deployed meets NATO IFF spec and that Turkey is testing it on its fleet of F16s.

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Posted in: Lebanon issues travel ban for Ghosn See in context

Ghosn plotting to use Lebanon to obtain info from the Japanese. Move on nothing to see here, unless you fall for Ghosn's trap. Theo Japanese should be very cautious about handing over sensitive info.

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Posted in: 'Megxit' trumps Brexit and Iran in UK after royal bombshell See in context

Team player, taking a hit for Prince Andrew.

IfMHO, if history is anything to go by, this is no sudden unanticipated move. It's a strategic empire building move.

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Posted in: Iran downed Ukrainian jetliner, U.S., Canadian officials say See in context

If there is evidence, share it

That's not it works.

My money on the Russian and Iranian is that they just want to know 'how did the Ukrainian know what they know'.

Russian missiles whilst deadly, are notorious for mistaking civilian for military targets. This is not the first.

Western missiles also have issues, but have been addressed (because of information sharing), but the Russian aren't interesred in sharing info, so their missiles remain 'inaccurate'.

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Posted in: Ghosn denies wrongdoing; says his arrest in Japan a conspiracy See in context

Still think he will end up regretting this.

without a bounty, he is as good as a freeman in Lebanon. My guess, he is sunning himself at the Riviera Resort sipping cocktails on a sun lounge overlooking the beach.

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Posted in: Ghosn denies wrongdoing; says his arrest in Japan a conspiracy See in context

He was indeed arrested again to prevent him to do that conference

you can keep saying it...still doesn't make it fact. Let mexsay it slowly...he...was...re-arrested...for...new...offence/s...his...lawyer...whinged...about...it...and...ask...prosecutors...to...press...all...charges...asap...NOT...rely...on...new...charges...to...detain...him.

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Posted in: Seeking justice: The legal risks facing Ghosn See in context

If the Japanese are serious about Ghosn, their only chance now is to have a bounty out for Ghosn and his helpers. Ghosn knows as it is, he is virtually free (at least whilst in Lebanon).

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