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Posted in: Trump administration plans to add Nigeria and six other nations to travel ban list See in context

The important part of the story:

that countries that failed to comply with security requirements, including biometrics, information-sharing and counter-terrorism measures, faced the risk of limitations on U.S. immigration.

I'm not in favor of biometrics, but lots of govts already have my fingerprints and a few have retina scans. Still haven't figured out how to change either of those when they are stolen.

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Posted in: Iranian MP offers $3 mil to anyone who kills Trump: report See in context

So they want to be like America. Got it.

I doubt any country in the Americas feels threatened by US nukes. That includes Venezuela and Cuba, BTW. And I doubt any NATO countries, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, feel threatened either.

Heck, Canada is part of NORAD - an early warning system for polar attacks in North America.

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

Questioning sessions should have a lawyer for the alleged criminal present, should be no longer than 2 hrs with 30 min breaks and not last more than 8 hrs in any 24 hour period.

There appears to be a right to be silent, but the investigators will keep asking questions. The right to a lawyer is only for the trial. So, when the defendant is eventually brought into a court, they get to see their attorney - after months without one? Barbaric.

And if there aren't any formal charges for a criminal offense within 48 hours, the alleged criminal should be released. In Japan, it seems they can hold you for 23 days without any charges. Barbaric.

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Posted in: Chinese sentences ex-boss of Interpol to 13 years for bribes See in context

Why is it that Chinese disappear for months before admitting to every charge by the PRC govt?

“is complicit in the internationally wrongful acts of its member country, China.”

I'm guessing the wife and kids will never visit China again after a statement like that.

China claims he accept 14.4M yuan, but only got fined 2M yuan? Is this supposed to be a deterrent for others?

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Posted in: Iran acknowledges Russian-made missiles targeted Ukraine jet See in context

Modern surface-to-air missiles have automatic threat tracking and friendly object removal. Nobody is pressing a button with "FIRE" on it.

Friendly craft data is feed into the system using multiple sources. Anything flying that isn't removed automatically is a threat, gets targeted, and if the operation team isn't watching closely, the missile automatically fires at targets.

So, the investigation is why wasn't the airliner squaking a commercial airline code, why didn't the missile pick it up, or why didn't a filed flight plan exclude the airliner as a threat. Lots of details may have caused inaccurate data. I have know idea how the missile system handles conflicting data entries.

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Posted in: Iranian MP offers $3 mil to anyone who kills Trump: report See in context

$3M isn't enough to disappear or hide in a sewer under the grassy knoll for hours.

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Posted in: Warren wants task force to investigate Trump administration See in context

After the bum is gone, no need to look back. The best we can do is ensure Trump only gets 2 footnotes in US history books - Elected 2016. Impeached 2019. Nothing more. He loves exposure. If you want to hurt him the most, ignore him.

Let the next state and federal attorney generals do what they do regarding his behavior.

Warren isn't all bad, but she needs to remember that about 50% of the country doesn't care. It seems 100% politically driven. That isn't a good look for any democrat.

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Posted in: Taylor Swift reveals her mother has a brain tumor See in context

There are many problems in the world that money can't fix.

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Posted in: Nearly half billion people lack decent jobs: U.N. See in context

Education is the way up.

Unskilled labor will always struggle compared to high school graduates.

On average, a college education will lead to a better paycheck than no college, but that isn't always true.

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Posted in: Thousands of armed U.S. gun rights activists join peaceful Virginia rally See in context

Someone asked if they should be more afraid of the people or the gun. Dumb question. The people. Guns don't kill anyone. Some human does using the tool they have, which might be a gun or a knife or a car or chemicals or ....

Guns aren't a republican or democrat thing. It is more an urban or rural thing. Plenty of democrats in the midwest have firearms and enjoy hunting with their families.

The anti-gun groups just like getting everyone worked and suggest non-workable options. If you don't know how amending the US Constitution works, best to keep your ignorance inside. For at least the next 20 yrs, there will not be any way that the 2nd Amendment will be removed. After then, perhaps. Just depends on how deathly afraid the public schools can instill fear into kids. When I was growing up, we had nuclear bomb drills at school, but I lived near/on 1st strike military targets. Fortunately, I'm not afraid of all nuclear power because I have a brain and learned critical thinking. The anti-gun people get so emotional they can't see anything.

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Posted in: Rising inequality eroding trust in capitalism - survey See in context

online interviews

Another self-selected survey.

Exactly who fills out online surveys? What is their motivation? Who would take 30 minutes?

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Posted in: U.S. envoy say it's his mustache; South Koreans say otherwise See in context

So Harris just needs to be knifed while in SK to be liked? Good to know.

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Posted in: Thousands of armed U.S. gun rights activists join peaceful Virginia rally See in context

The changes to VA law didn't seem all that unreasonable to me. Only the mandatory background checks for all firearm sales/transfers will make any difference to crime. Everything else is just fluff.

Limiting the number of handguns bought to 1 a month means that collectors will not be allowed to purchase pistol sets. It is common to get ornamental sets with consecutive serial numbers in a nice case for display. These may never be fired or may be from Olympic competitions or from locally famous duals in the 1700s. Every once in a while, a husband and wife might like to get a pair for their shared hobby.

When did name calling become ok in these comments?

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Posted in: 'Sad' Harry says he did not want to end royal role; Meghan's father criticizes them See in context

We all know what Meghan wanted - everything her way.

You can't always get what you want

But if you try sometimes

Well, you might find

You get what you need

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Posted in: Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government See in context

Iraqis should govern Iraq without interference from any outside countries or organizations.

They deserve to live in a prosperous, safe, place void of govt corruption.

The natural resources of their country should be exploited in a way that benefits all Iraqi citizens. Everyone there should gain from their riches.

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Posted in: University of Tokyo fires associate professor over anti-Chinese Twitter posts See in context

I can't speak for Osawa. It may be an ethnic Chinese thing for him assuming that he wouldn't hire someone from Singapore or Indonesia or the USA or Canada who happened to be ethnic Chinese. If true, then I would agree that is racism. Otherwise, if he's only speaking about someone from mainland China, then he's being nationalistic.

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Posted in: Man arrested for leaving father’s ashes in toilet at Tokyo Station See in context

Perhaps this would be a good time to let your family know what you'd like done after death? The son would know exactly what was to be done if the father had told him. My Dad was very clear. So was Mom.

I've been clear about my wishes to my family. Open bar at the funeral. Hawaiian shirts, mandatory. Spread my ashes on the roadside of Tx-71 near Bastrop - being sucked out the back of a pick-up truck going 80mph would be ideal.

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Posted in: 'Simpsons' actor says he'll no longer voice Apu after controversy See in context

Apu is a stereotype character. That's the point and what makes that character so funny. A real person from India wouldn't be able to pull off all those stereotype comments.

Stereotypes are commonly used on TV. "You might be a red neck if ..... " is funny too. Or the Puerto Rican from NYC or the save-the-planet vegan from California. Or to cattle rancher from Texas ... all stereotypes. Or the bad female asian driver from ... er .... anywhere.

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Posted in: Wrong-side drivers near air base used by U.S. worry UK police See in context

Anyone driving on the wrong side of a road needs to be ticketed, at a minimum. Any injury deserves reckless driving charges.

The husband was a low-level diplomat and not stationed at the US embassy. Seems like a stretch for his wife to be granted complete immunity.

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Posted in: Migrants enter slowly at Guatemala-Mexico border after scuffles See in context

BTW, saw that flights from Houston to Honduras are $40 one-way today. Seems like that would easier and cheaper than walking for months.

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Posted in: Migrants enter slowly at Guatemala-Mexico border after scuffles See in context

I hope they bring valid documentation for seeking asylum. Otherwise, it is just a waste of their time.

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Posted in: University of Tokyo fires associate professor over anti-Chinese Twitter posts See in context

He didn't want to hire them out of fear they'd steal his work and run back to China where the govt would fun their new AI startup. He could attempt to keep the sensitive techniques away from any foreign worker or just not hire them.

Sadly, that is the real world.

The US is worried about the same thing.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-china-exclusive/u-s-widens-blacklist-to-include-chinas-top-ai-startups-ahead-of-trade-talks-idUSKBN1WM25M

AI is one of those tools which will reward whoever gets there first, since AI can build better AI. Being 6-months behind means forever being behind due to the rates that AI generations are expected to progress. Imagine AI that gets 10,000 smarter every 6 hrs. What happens in 6 months? The 2nd place team is like a cockroach to humans.

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Posted in: China calls for 'appropriate preparations' for Xi's visit to Japan See in context

Perhaps they should collect the Chinese entourage's cell phones, install tracking software, social media "scoring" applications and remove all GPS applications?

While they are there, blocking all mainland Chinese-based applications, especially WeChat and Baidu, would be good. Force them to use Line, play Minecraft, and use google for searching.

Set the background image to Winnie the Pooh holding a "Free Tibet, Free Taiwan, Free Hong Kong" sign.

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Posted in: Skymark Airlines still using Windows XP See in context

It is a check in system, it connects to network hence it is still a security risk.

Not nearly the same as being internet connected. Air-gapped networks wouldn't have much risk for WinXP.

Rick - WinXP was NOT the first stable OS from Microsoft. WinNT 3.51 was over 5 yrs before. WinNT 4 was a joy to use and stable for over 30 days at a time.

Calling MS-Dos bulletproof isn't accurate either. Due to the architecture, any program or TSR had full access to the memory used by any other program. It was common to see 1 program write to RAM used by other programs.

The best thing that ever happened for MS-Dos was OS/2 which could run DOS in protected memory and prevent system crashes. OS/2 was the best MS-Dos programming environment I ever used.

Moving from Win7 -- Win10 is most definitely NOT any upgrade. It is a downgrade. Further, it isn't the only choice. Linux isn't just for nerds. I'm with BertieBooster https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2020/01/reasons-to-switch-to-linux-from-windows Linux is extremely stable.

$ uptime xx:xx:xx up 197 days, 11:10

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. hail security pact which Trump branded unfair See in context

There needs to be a Pacific/Asian Common Defense Treaty Organization that allows like-minded countries to pool their defense needs together. Separate, but together.

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Posted in: Skymark Airlines still using Windows XP See in context

Newer isn't always better, provided that any risks are mitigated. New programs also has risks, some of which cannot be mitigated so the choice becomes the devil you know really well vs the devil you know very little.

But we all need to pick our battles.

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Posted in: 2 alleged ringleaders of Thailand-based phone scam arrested in Japan See in context

Who would have a paid website that costs over $200/yr?

There must be extortion or some other aspect to this story which hasn't been provided.

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Posted in: China calls for 'appropriate preparations' for Xi's visit to Japan See in context

Free Tibet!

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Posted in: University of Tokyo fires associate professor over anti-Chinese Twitter posts See in context

This guy's "private company" is in a run-down old apartment on a residential back street - so I doubt he has even one employee.

Which is basically, like Google, Apple, HP, all started. AI isn't all about equipment. It is about software and the brains to help code software that lets the machines far surpass that initial code. Inside a software company, it is easy to steal code.

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Posted in: Moonstruck: Japanese billionaire's girlfriend applicants top 20,000 See in context

Out of 20,000, there are probably 1000 who are scientists and would put up with taking it for $9M. Women put up with a bunch of male crap for all sorts of lesser reasons.

The other 19,000 seek fame or the money or both. Just look at the "Flavor of Love" TV show.

He's taking artists along too, right? Is this "girlfriend" position to be shared by everyone on-board? Transvestites allowed? My money is on a skinny blonde being selected.

6 days spent in close quarters with other people, all eating, farting, and crapping into bags, isn't nearly as much fun as a camping trip.

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