Frungy's past comments

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    Frungy

    EthanWilberOct. 22, 2014 - 10:11AM JST In the case of TPP, Japan does not have luxurious options available when it comes to negotiate with the US. It’s an either-or scenario. Cut the tariffs significantly or be left behind.

    The TPP isn't an all or nothing thing. It isn't even standardised from country to country. That was the original intent, but compromise and negotiations have left only small portions of the TPP that are standard, and most of it has been watered down or altered to the point where the original intent of the TPP - a standard agreement amongst Pacific nations for trade - is no longer even remotely true.

    As for Japan being left behind... don't make me laugh. There's nothing stopping Japan from concluding individual trade agreements... which is fundamentally what the TPP has become, individualised.

    If Japan is ditched from TPP table, the benefiter could be Japan’s nemesis, that would be an irony.

    If Japan had any common sense it would hand the TPP to whoever it hated most. The thing is pure economic poison.

    Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to be bolder in opening markets

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    StrangerlandOct. 22, 2014 - 09:20AM JST I've made videos with girls a number of times in the past.

    Multiple girls, multiple videos... playboy. My advice stands. I'll be telling my daughter (when she's old enough to have this conversation) to dump any guy that even suggests making videos. And that's not an over-reaction. A guy who suggests it and is rejected might decide to go ahead and record anyway without consent.

    Posted in: Court orders Facebook to reveal revenge porn IP addresses

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    JTDanManOct. 22, 2014 - 09:12AM JST North Koreans, of course, were shocked: "We have nightclubs?!"

    I must admit this was my reaction too. It doesn't exactly fit with the popular image of North Korea promoted by the Western Media, does it?

    Posted in: N Korea frees U.S. man; 2 more still detained

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    Frungy

    What a steaming pile this article is. It mentions the issues Japan is reluctant to compromise on, but makes no mention of the issues the US hasn't compromised on, creating the impression that Japan is the only problem.

    And most importantly I still see no mention of the insane copyright clauses in the TPP. These would ban the export of anything copyrighted/patent/etc. in the receiving country. Not so bad I hear you thinking? Think again.

    Japan's copyright rules are pretty strict, so only relatively major innovations are patentable/copyrightable. The same for most of Europe.

    The U.S.'s definitions of what constitutes a "new" invention are much more lax, which is a big part of why the U.S. has so many "new" inventions every year, many are just minor improvements on existing ideas.

    What this means in practical terms is that the copyright clauses in the TPP would ban a lot of Japanese products from going to the U.S. because the goods or components in the goods would be considered patented/copyrighted in the U.S. as even minor changes in design are new intellectual property in the U.S.

    However Japan could do nothing about incoming U.S. goods that didn't exactly correspond to their stricter intellectual property laws where only major innovations constitute a new copyright.

    It would also mean that any product tried up in patent litigation in the U.S. couldn't be exported anywhere else in the world, which would effectively allow any U.S. company to use malicious litigation to block or delay the release of competitors' products. This has been a problem in the U.S., but now it would become an international problem, and given the US courts' track record of favouring U.S. companies it doesn't take a genius to see how the TPP's copyright clauses could be abused systematically.

    Not to mention of course that the TPP also attempts to enshrine the idea of "eternal intellectual property", where copyright and patents can be extended until the sun dies and grows cold, which is possibly the most dangerous idea to competition and innovation in the history of the planet.

    All in all, accepting the TPP as it stands would be economic suicide.

    Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to be bolder in opening markets

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    Frungy

    ... Perhaps it is just my generation, but If someone wanted to make a video of us having sex I'd hear alarm bells going off in a big way.

    If they weren't going senile then I'd seriously question why they need video evidence. The entire idea of video taping sex is pretty darned suspicious to begin with. It smacks of carving notches on bedposts and showing them to buddies to prove "conquests".

    Unless you're in a committed relationship (like married - where there's a risk that one day you WILL go senile and limp and need reminders of the good times) any guy asking to videotape sex... yeah, red flags. Dump him and find someone else who doesn't want to treat you like an unpaid porn actress.

    Posted in: Court orders Facebook to reveal revenge porn IP addresses

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    Frungy

    ... in other news, drivers crash as phantom cars appear on the road.

    Its a cool invention, but I think it will probably have to be carefully restricted because it has tremendous potential for chaos in the wrong hands. I can already think of about a dozen illegal uses.

    Posted in: Japanese firm showcases Bat-Signal of the future

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    PandabelleOct. 21, 2014 - 09:37AM JST Hah, I drive more than most, usually 12-15k km a year, a large portion of that in urban areas.

    12 to 15km a YEAR? That's averaging about 3 to 4 meters a day. Yeah, at those distances you could afford to drive at 2km/hr and still get where you're going... or you could just walk, it would be faster.

    I know how pedestrians act as well as bicyclists. They are unpredictable, and a driver must always be aware and prepared when driving.

    Then please, all knowing pedestrian, how would you prepare for someone jumping out in front of your car? There's no physical way to avoid the accident even if you drive half the speed limit.

    But hey, I take responsibility for my actions, I am not complaining that the laws are unfair and biased against me! I choose to drive, it's a privilege, and I am perfectly willing to do what it takes to be a safe driver on the road so that others can be safe. Apparently not everyone feels the same way.

    And I take responsibility for my actions. I do not take responsibility for the suicidal actions of others. There's a difference that you cannot seem to appreciate.

    Posted in: Man killed in hit-and-run in Aichi

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    Frungy

    So stock brokers should be taxed only when they make a profit, but can't offset gains against losses? Because stockbrokers are the biggest gamblers in the world and only make money by playing the odds.

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    Frungy

    A justice minister who stretches the law to suit herself? No, we're all better off without her.

    However I do agree that the systematic targeting of the female ministers stinks of bullying and harassment. The same standards should be applied to the men, and I think the remaining female ministers should be bringing up the same issues about their male colleagues.. then maybe Japanese politics will get a little less corrupt.

    Posted in: Justice minister undone by cheap paper fan

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    zichiOct. 20, 2014 - 10:56PM JST Yes that right, whenever a driver of a vehicle hits and kills someone, they are always guilty and in Japan if found will be sent to prison for at least five years.

    I've been in a situation where I could have hit someone and it was only through sheer luck (good and bad) that my car spun and I ended up describing a neat circle around the pedestrian. It could very easily have been otherwise. Was I guilty? Guilt would require some sort of negligence or criminal intent on my behalf.

    I couldn't see the guy until he stepped out into the road, there was a tree blocking my view. He stepped out about 2 meters in front of my car, and there's no way a car going at about 30~35km/hr (UNDER the legal speed limit) can stop in 2 meters. The braking distance (excluding any reaction time) is about 6 meters.

    How would I have been "guilty" if I hit that guy? As it was I just lucked out. I slammed on brakes and counter steered, missing the guy by centimeters. My aquaplaning was the best thing that could have happened in the situation, because without that it would have been impossible to miss the guy.

    If anyone was "guilty" in that situation it was the pedestrian who knowingly walked up to the street, failed to look, decided to jaywalk and caused a situation that wrecked my car and cost me a ton in repair and medical bills. But the legal system in Japan places absolutely zero responsibility on the pedestrian.

    The reasons for hit and runs are usually because the driver had been drinking alcohol and over the limit.

    Bull. A bigger reason for hit and runs in Japan is that the driver is automatically assumed to be guilty and is facing a 10 year sentence, regardless of who actually caused the accident and whether it was even physically possible to avoid the accident.

    When your life is already ruined then why not run? This is the problem I'm trying to point out with the current system, but you seem intent on ignoring it. If the legal system was prepared to contemplate the fact that the pedestrian could be at fault then you'd see more drivers sticking around in the hope that they could prove that the pedestrian created a set of circumstances where the accident was inevitable.

    The current system gives them no reason to do stick around.

    Additional prison time will be given for leaving the crime scene and not reporting it to the police. Guess you don't live or drive here then otherwise you would be aware of the laws? The fleeing driver has committed many serious offenses.

    I'm aware of the laws. I'm pointing out that they're stupid laws that encourage fleeing the scene. These laws have doubtless killed many people as prompt medical attention COULD have save lives, but instead the driver knows that their only hope at avoiding prison time is to flee the scene. If the law allowed for the possibility that the pedestrian was at fault (such a small change that just seems like common sense) then you'd see more drivers sticking around and less lives lost.

    I sincerely hope you're never in the situation of hitting someone with a car, because maybe then you'll see that the current legal system is idiotic. I still relive that situation in nightmares, the moment of recognition, my foot slamming on the brake as I desperately spun the car and the crash into the pole... and the dumb look on that pedestrian's face and then his cowardly decision to run off rather than check if I was injured.

    No. Pedestrians need to take responsibility too or the law is a joke.

    Posted in: Man killed in hit-and-run in Aichi

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    zichiOct. 20, 2014 - 09:48PM JST yes, blame the victim!

    So, because he's dead he's automatically guiltless? ... that is the least logical thing I've ever seen. I've just figured out how to commit the perfect crime in Japan. All the criminal needs to do is get hit by a car and whatever they're doing automatically becomes 100% legal and they're absolved of all guilt. Apparently most JT readers would support this idea.

    Posted in: Man killed in hit-and-run in Aichi

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    ebisenOct. 20, 2014 - 06:25PM JST That's certainly not true, the recalls are done by the automotive manufacturers, not the supplier, and the manufacturer has usually safety first in mind. As the part is obviously not made to the given and contacted specification, the supplier will bear the costs...

    You're mistaken. There's a formula that is applied and it is calculated on the expected number of civil suits.

    If the number is below the cost of the recall then the manufacturer just issues instructions to all authorised dealers to replace the malfunctioning part when the cars are next in for a service. This lowers the cost as it spreads it across years as people bring their cars in for servicing. The odds are calculated on how many people will have an accident between servicings, the damage for each claim, the percentage of cars not serviced at authorised dealers, etc.

    I know this because I have worked with Toyota, Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz and BMW, and all of them use a similar formula.

    Recalls are tremendous expensive and damaging to companies' reputations, and are avoided if at all possible.

    Posted in: Takata engineers struggled to maintain air bag quality, documents reveal

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    PandabelleOct. 20, 2014 - 05:34PM JST Frungy, if you are in an area with lots of pedestrians then the speed limit is likely 40, which is very easy to stop quickly from. If you cannot, you are probably exceeding this speed. You shouldn't be able to spin your car braking from 40!

    You obviously don't drive or you'd know that what you've just written is completely untrue.

    On a rainy day and slamming your foot down as hard as possible on the brakes as you turn your car to avoid the person who has just stepped out just a couple of meters in front of your car it is MOST DEFINITELY possible to spin your car. I was actually doing a bit under 40, and I ended up with a dent in the door of my car from where I bounded off the pole and the window next to me was cracked (but didn't shatter).

    I was badly shaken up and bruised and the idiot pedestrian stood there for about a minute before running off. I ended up paying the full cost for the accident, including my own medical bills. Fortunately I had insurance, but I'm still paying for the cost of claiming. The police acknowledged that I reacted in the best way possible and was not at fault I still had points taken off my license for being in an accident.

    And I see similar idiocy from pedestrians on a weekly basis. Running across the road when there's a pedestrian crossing just a couple of dozen meters away (honestly, is it too much to ask that they just walk down there and cross legally?), cyclists coming full-tilt out of the dark to zip across the road without so much as pausing at the intersection to look for oncoming traffic, and a hundred other idiotic moves.

    But it is obvious from your response Pandabelle that you're a career pedestrian, and just like the law because it means you're never held responsible for anything.

    Posted in: Man killed in hit-and-run in Aichi

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    Frungy

    Pandabelle - the day cars come equipped with the ability to reach a complete stop in under a meter you'll have a point. Ive had a pedestrian run out in front of my car and I nearly killed myself trying to avoid him (I spun my car and nearly hit a pole). If I died the pedestrian wouldn't have been punished. If the pedestrian died I would have been punished, despite the pedestrian illegally entering the road at night in an area not for crossing.

    No. Everyone needs to be equal before the law or the law is wrong.

    Posted in: Man killed in hit-and-run in Aichi

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    Frungy

    Ebisen- if only that was true. Generally the fines issued are a lot less than the savings, and recalls are only done if there are enough civil suits (the real cost - which relies on citizens taking the costly and risky measure of suing).

    Overl the goverment regulators fined just provide evidence to back civil suits, which generally end in confidential out of court settlements.

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    Frungy

    Hold on a second. Was a blood alcohol test done on the victim? Was he wearing dark or reflective clothing? Where was he hit, on the sidewalk or on the road? Was he at a crossing point or jaywalking?

    The traffic laws in Japan made it homicide the moment you hit someone, regardless of whether they were stinking drunk and walked out in front of your car or whether the driver hit them on the sid walk. This is the reason there are so many hit and runs in Japan. There seems my is no incentive to stop. The article reflects this thinking, with not even a hint about who was responsible. The assumption is that the driver was 100% in the wrong.

    A drunk staggering out into the road from behind a tree meters from your car at 1am is every driver's worst nightmare and in Japan your only hope of escaping a career ending jail sentence is to drive on and hope no one saw it

    There should be some legal incentive for drivers to stop, such as contemplating the possibility that the pedestrian may have caused the accident.

    Posted in: Man killed in hit-and-run in Aichi

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    Frungy

    Halloween is coming up and I went online to find costumes for the kids (yeah, I'm late this year). My son's costume? No problemo, he's going as an ewok, covered head to toe in furry brown fluff.

    ... my daughter? Holy cow! Have you seen the costumes they're selling for little girls?? And do you know where these costumes are from? The U.S.A. (made in China of course!).

    So all of you trying to pretend that this is just a Japanese problem and that the US (with its stricter laws and draconian punishments) has all the answers... think again. The US objectifies children on a much wider scale... just look at the Halloween costumes.

    Posted in: The fuel for Japan’s pedophiles

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    Frungy

    Was it safer? Well, it is hard to say. We hear about every case in the country these days, but back when I was a kid the media dealt with these sort of things a lot more circumspectly when a minor was involved. It is hard to know whether the number of cases has really increased, or whether we're just hearing about a lot more cases these days.

    Posted in: Nowadays, for fear of child predators, it is no longer considered safe to let young children go by themselves to and from school, to a friend's house, play in parks or at the beach, go to shops and so on. Was it like this when you were young?

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    zichiOct. 19, 2014 - 08:52AM JST I have never stated there are no problems with the Sendai plant but the question which needs an answer is whether the reactors could continue to be cooled if the plant was hit by ash from a volcanic eruption. There are many unknowns in the question.

    Assume the worst realistic scenario is the rule. Assuming "normal" event is what caused the Fukushima disaster, and we all know the problems with that sort of logic.

    When the eruption occurs which way will the wind be blowing at the time and how much ash will land on the Sendai NPP. If the eruption is from Mount Sakurajima which is the most likely I guess the real concern would be for the residents of Kagoshima.

    Typical wind patterns for the area are north-easterly or north-westerly. Go and do some research.

    I don't understand how ash would short out any exposed circuits boards since first they are never exposed and secondly the ash isn't conductive?

    Dry volcanic ash isn't conductive. Volcanic ash combined with moisture from the air (and Japan is a very moist country) is most definitely conductive (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1474706511002592).

    And if you read the paper you'll notice that volcanic ash shorting out electrical systems IS a real concern.

    The PWR cooing systems are closed systems so I don't see how it could be contaminated by ash. In all my years working has an electrical engineer I never saw what you state.

    You claim to be an electrical engineer. If you were you'd be aware that volcanic ash + moisture is highly conductive and is known to short out systems.

    As for the system being closed, the diagram of Fukushima daiichi published by Asahi shimbun disagrees with you, several articles on nuclear power station cooling systems disagree with you. Your only "evidence" is your claim to be an electrical engineer... one who isn't aware of a common danger to electrical systems in volcanic countries.

    The current safety systems are completely insufficient for this sort of contingency. The bottom line is that if something like a volcanic eruption happens near these plants then a melt down isn't a possibility, it is guaranteed.

    No its not guaranteed!

    It is guaranteed. You're simply not in possession of all the facts, like that volcanic ash + steam = problem.

    I don't see why the eruption and the ash would cause the loss of the offsite power but if some of it was lost then there are emergency generators and a cooling system which could cool provided the reactors are in shut down position which I would assume would happen if there was any volcanic eruptions.

    Read the article. Volcanic ash is a real risk. One that you are unaware of despite your claim to being an "electrical engineer".

    I do not accept your opinion that in the event of the plant being hit by some level of ash would cause meltdowns in the reactors and you haven't shown enough reasons to back up your claim. But since there has never been a nuclear plant covered with volcanic ash we can't know for sure what would happen.

    You're arguing from a position of ignorance. Similar facilities covered in ash have shown the dangers of your type of thinking.

    Posted in: Expert says 2 Sendai reactors in danger from active volcano

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    zichiOct. 18, 2014 - 11:56PM JST I don't know what I need to back down about. I understand and agree with you that if volcanic ash were to hit the nuclear plant there could be a problem with any external filters. But I disagree with your comment that the ash would lead to reactor melt downs. There are systems to cool the reactors without the need for external filters or offsite power. Those I believe would prevent meltdowns because the reactors would continue to be cooled if in a shutdown position.

    Really? Please name these magical systems that need no offsite power and don't rely on anything being filtered from outside, because I am dubious about their existence.

    The pool of water for isolation condensers are located indoors in the reactor buildings but I retract my comment because I believe PWR's use another emergency cooling system.

    You believe incorrectly. If you check out Asahi Shimbun's illustration of the Fukushima reactor you'll note that it is open to the air through a vent for the steam. This vent would allow ash in, and become clogged (water + heat + ash = problem think ash brick), resulting in steam being unable to escape and the system becoming ineffective.

    The auxiliary feedwater system and the steam dump system work together to allow the operators to remove the decay heat from the reactor. The auxiliary feedwater system pumps water from the condensate storage tank to the steam generators. The water is allowed to boil to make steam which can be dumped to the main condenser through the steam dump valves. The water will then condense the steam and take the heat to the environment. If the dump system fails the steam can be dumped directly through the atmospheric relief valves.

    Without external power the main condenser system certainly will be taking strain and will dump occasionally to the asmospheric relief valves... which will contain ash. Ash + water + heat again. Problem!

    Well, I disagree there would be a complete disaster from the plant being hit with volcanic ash.

    That's because you've decided there's no problem and are unprepared to even contemplate it. We have adequate proof that the safety systems in these plants have been badly neglected, the personnel under-trained, and some of the safeguards even omitted because of cost-cutting.

    Add to that something as simple as volcanic ash and I have every confidence there will be a meltdown.

    Sadly I won't be in a position to say "I told you so.", which is the real problem with these things. Once the worst happens people who were claiming that it would never happen are nowhere to be found.

    I recall some people a few months ago denying that Ebola was any danger to the US and that it would never make it to the US... now that it has happened I see there's no sign of them.

    Posted in: Expert says 2 Sendai reactors in danger from active volcano

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