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    Fadamor

    I saw some of the hearing on TV. The Japanese guy (maybe a VP) is trying to explain completely the problems, but the Senator seems only to have a twitter attention span, and only wants to hear YES or NO. NOW! And the senator is really enjoying lording over the Japanese guy.

    The "yes or no" question was pretty straight forward:

    Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) challenged Takata Vice President Hiroshi Shimizu about whether his company supported a nationwide recall rather than limiting the recall to humid regions where the air bags have been known to malfunction.

    “It’s hard for me to answer yes or no,” Shimizu said.

    “It’s not hard to answer yes or no,” Markey responded.

    “I can’t answer,” Shimizu said.

    “I’m going to take that as a no,” Markey said. “I think that you’re plain wrong. Your company is making a big mistake in not supporting [a nationwide] recall.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/senate-quizzes-manufacturer-of-defective-airbags/2014/11/20/2d296adc-7043-11e4-893f-86bd390a3340_story.html

    Posted in: After 4 hours of questions, U.S. senators get no clear answers on air bag safety

  • 1

    Fadamor

    Solid reason for why humans should drive cars instead of computers. Computers Do not think, they simply run preprogrammed logic.

    Solid reason for why computers should drive cars instead of humans. Drunk humans do not think NOR run any sort of logic, pre-programmed or not.

    There is simply No way to preprogram all possible scenarios, conditions, exceptions, nuances and possibilities with all possible actions.

    And there is simply no way a human can respond correctly to all possible scenarios, conditions, exceptions, nuances, and possibilities with all possible actions. You've just made the case that a computer is going to be just as effective as a human in out of the ordinary situations.

    Yes a computer can probably avoid accidents better, But the situation is accident with death is going to happen, so choose who dies.

    The computer would choose the result with the least amount of damage and deaths. A car loaded with four passengers isn't going to intentionally ram head-on into the oncoming truck just to avoid hitting the single pedestrian. It's not rocket science, though it may seem cold and calculating. When you're faced with the "Kobiyashi Maru" scenario, there IS no "right' answer, only a bunch of less than desirable outcomes. This is true whether a human or a computer is controlling the vehicle.

    Only a thinking being can Do this.

    As I've noted above, computers can make decisions that minimize injury and death and do so faster than the human nervous and system can implement, so your statement is false.

    Plus there will always be unknowns, something No computer can handle.

    Just as there will always be unknowns, something no human can handle. Again, you're not really making a case for how superior a human driver is over a computer driver.

    (All the discussions of liability were very hard to read - apparently you were getting drunker while you were typing) Liability IS always a concern - whether a human is operating the vehicle or a computer. What seems to be lost in all your liability scenarios is the CAUSE of the computer-operated vehicle having to swerve in the first place. If we accept the fact that a computer-operated car isn't going to speed, change lanes unsafely, nor run stop signs/red lights, then we're left with corollary fact that the only accidents actually CAUSED by the computer-operated car would be due to catastrophic failure of a component in the car which causes the computer to be unable to safely control the car and bring it to a safe stop. In those cases, liability would depend on whether the owner was performing proper maintenance and whether there was a flaw in design/programming. In all other cases the liability would fall on the other vehicle which put the computer-controlled vehicle in the situation of having to choose one life over another. The answer really isn't that complicated.

    Posted in: How to teach self-driving cars ethics of the road

  • 1

    Fadamor

    It obviously wasn't a 787, or the article would have been about nothing but that fact. 95% of the article's content would have been re-hashing the previous problems suffered by the 787. Other news reports say the plane was a 767.

    Posted in: ANA flight makes emergency landing in Manila

  • 0

    Fadamor

    As Nishinoshima is almost halfway to Guam from Japan's main island, China would be hard-pressed to justify any claims.

    Posted in: Volcanic island still growing after one year

  • 1

    Fadamor

    There are problems with this article - most notably the use of hyperbole. (Really? "A ton of trash in their dugout"?) But as others have note here, where in those pictures do you see a trash receptacle? I don't see one. Before anybody starts complaining about trash being left by the MLB team, they need to point out what was SUPPOSED to happen to the trash and explain how the MLB team was supposed to know this.

    MLB stadiums have staff that handle clean-up of the stadiums after games and that includes the dugouts and locker rooms. I guess Japan's stadiums don't bother with such employees?

    Posted in: Japanese baseball fans disappointed by filthy conditions visiting Major Leaguers left dugout in

  • 2

    Fadamor

    The initial picture made me think this was some hokey side-scrolling fighting game:

    a. The fighters are in high heels b. The fighters are not dressed in a way you would expect the normal population to be dressed c. Good luck getting that close to Fujisan without having forests, buildings, and telephone poles in the picture

    Posted in: New ad campaign features Japan in all its stunning glory

  • 0

    Fadamor

    Her company admitted they "only" got paid $500,000.00 for her songs from Spotify. How greedy are you when you've sold the largest number of albums in 12 years. She bitches about Spotify then turns around and lets her song be played on the new Google music which has a free option.

    Sounds more like she was promised "more" from Google then Spotify.

    Google Play has a 30-day fee TRIAL, after which you have to pay $9.95/month. That's very different from a free "option".

    From another article where they are interviewing Scott Borchetta, the head of the record label (Big Machine) that publishes Taylor Swift's albums:

    Big Machine is rewarding fans that pay for music. As he explained in a radio interview with Nikki Sixx on Nov. 7, letting people listen to Swift's music for free would be "completely disrespectful" to fans that paid for her music. So Big Machine draws a line between services that offer free, ad-supported listening and those that offer only paid subscriptions. "Now if you are a premium subscriber to Beats or Rdio or any of the other services that don't offer just a free-only, then you will find her catalog," said Borchetta.

    http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6312452/taylor-swift-spotify-earnings-scott-borchetta

    AND of course there's still the issue of Spotify only paying the record label, not the artist.

    Posted in: Sony takes hard look at streaming after Taylor Swift snub

  • 0

    Fadamor

    A broader recall isn’t supported by the evidence, the company says.

    Considering that 3 out of the 4 U.S. deaths attributed to the airbags happened in regions OUTSIDE of the ones Takata is accepting, I have to wonder just what "evidence" they are citing? One more death outside the "humid" regions Takata has agreed to and the civil suit brought by the victim's survivors will put Takata out of business permanently.

    Posted in: Showdown looms between U.S. gov't, air bag maker

  • 1

    Fadamor

    Isn't this illegal?

    Which is probably why the police are still questioning her after she has already admitted the call was a hoax.

    Posted in: Police question NHK reporter over hoax 110 call

  • 1

    Fadamor

    Thank you. I was happy to do my small part. :-)

    Posted in: No. of foreign visitors to Japan this year exceeds 11 mil

  • 0

    Fadamor

    Many other Chinese are unable to afford health care despite government efforts to provide a basic safety net, which has also prompted attacks in the past.

    Hmpf! And the country calls itself COMMUNIST?! They need to change the political engine's name to "Elitist"

    Posted in: 6 nurses among 7 killed in latest attack on Chinese medical workers

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    Fadamor

    7? It took 7 before the police put the puzzle together? Now I kinow to keep mine to 6!

    The article implies that she killed all 7, but unless she found a 100% surefire way to induce a stroke in someone else, I know she had nothing to do with at least ONE of the deaths. There wouldn't really be a motive for killing the fiance unless she had managed to get him to take out an insurance policy in her name. That normally doesn't happen (the insurance policy) until AFTER you get married.

    Posted in: 'Black widow' with seven dead partners arrested

  • 1

    Fadamor

    Fiction: a story that is not based on a real event.

    I'm unimpressed with the original author. Anything he says is immediately suspect because of his own history of questionable "truth":

    Another viewer, Shinzo Abe, the prime minister, declared himself “moved” by the film. Naoki Hyakuta, the author of the best-selling novel on which it is based, is close to Mr Abe. Last year Mr Abe chose Mr Hyakuta as a governor of NHK, the public broadcaster. Mr Hyakuta’s beliefs are right-wing even for a conservative and, while campaigning for another right-winger, Toshio Tamogami, in the race for the governorship of Tokyo this month, he declared that the massacre of Chinese civilians by Japanese soldiers in Nanjing in 1937 “never happened”.

    http://www.economist.com/news/asia/21597946-film-about-kamikaze-pilots-gives-worrying-boost-nationalists-mission-accomplished

    Posted in: Author says 'The Wind Rises' is full of lies

  • 0

    Fadamor

    And...? Why is it the man's name is all over the news when convicted, but not when released/proven innocent?

    Because the general public is generally stupid, and even though the article says the man was falsely accused most people will take "jailed for rape" and the man's name and tie them together. The man would never have a chance at a normal life if you keep attaching his name to an alleged rape case. Unless you're related to the man, the man's name is irrelevant to this story.

    Posted in: Man jailed for rape released after accuser's testimony proven false

  • 3

    Fadamor

    Surprised you didn't know that, but yes, and that's what I was touching on earlier with 'tradition' and Takurazuka review not being 'traditional', per se. Kabuki, on the other hand, IS traditional.

    TRADITION: 3. a long-established or inherited way of thinking or acting: (dictionary.com)

    Considering the Takurazuka review has been around for over a century, I'd say that qualifies as "a long-established way of acting". Kabuki actually started as an all-female performance, but in 1629 the Shogun disliked the mischief the performances caused and banned the female performances. The all-male performances were then started.

    Posted in: 5 traditional Japanese arts that are distinctly female

  • 1

    Fadamor

    Charges could also be dropped if the victim doesn't want to recount the embarrassing incident in front of a courtroom full of strangers. Prosecutors will test the victim's resolve to testify because they don't want to get to trial only to have the victim refuse to take the stand.

    Posted in: Man arrested for molesting student on her way to school

  • 2

    Fadamor

    Not a word to Toyota Owners here in Japan.

    In the U.S. Toyota dealerships are being told to disable the passenger-side airbag and to recommend to owners that no one ride in the passenger seat until replacement airbags become available:

    Toyota, meanwhile, said it was instructing its dealerships to disable air bags and warn against riding in the passenger seat. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/regulators-demand-massive-recall-of-potentially-dangerous-airbags/2014/11/18/a68b2760-6f7d-11e4-893f-86bd390a3340_story.html

    Posted in: U.S. auto safety regulator calls for nationwide recall of Takata air bags

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    Fadamor

    Isn't this e time of the year when a lot of pollution comes into Japan from China?

    It may be, but that has nothing to do with this article. The article talks about Japan's emissions for the whole year, not the current measured CO2 in the air.

    Posted in: Japan CO2 emissions hit record yearly high

  • -1

    Fadamor

    Why do you think the boy's mental health had anything to do with this? I'm not saying his behavior was 'sane', but a person does not have to be mentally ill to do something like this. Criminal behavior and bad mental health are not intrisically related and neurotypicals are capable of doing all sorts of terrible things.

    Someone who can only come up with murder as the way to solve a problem has mental issues. Normal human beings can come up with solutions to problems that don't involve violence.

    "Neurotypical" is a term coined by the autism community to describe those who do not have autism. There's nothing in this article that indicates autism is a factor here.

    Posted in: 17-year-old boy arrested for stabbing mother in Akita

  • 3

    Fadamor

    Celebrities have to expect to be the subject of paparazzi when they are in public, but they have a right to privacy when they are in their own home. Paparazzi entering the celebrity's private property and/or taking pictures through the window of the celebrity's home (assuming the curtains are drawn) are trespassing and should be arrested.

    Posted in: Jennifer Lawrence: Privacy loss takes heavy toll

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