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    KnowBetter

    This same type of aircraft, the Airbus A320 was involved in the same type of crash on 29 March 2015 in Halifax, Canada when Air Canada flight AC624 landed 350 metres short of the runway first cutting through powerlines up on power poles on a street perpendicular to the runway just before completely trashing the ILS array. In that crash, 23 were injured however there was heavy snow and winds gusting to 101Km/h at just after midnight, the time that crash occurred.

    This Asiana A320 approach crash sounds more like the Asiana 777 SFO crash based on the weather and visual sight-lines. My question is do pilots at Asiana ever look up from the controls and have a look out front through the windscreen? Clearly ANY GOOD pilot after a few hundred landings will be able to judge during good weather whether they are too low and that altimeter should also be giving you a clue as to the fact as well not to mention the audible cockpit warnings when minimums are reached. Maybe there was a technical glitch and something failed but based on Asian's track record and Korean Pilot's culture, I am placing my bets on human error.

    Posted in: Asiana suspends Hiroshima flights for safety check

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    The capital has labelled the Seth Rogen comedy about a fictional CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, a "wanton act of terror".

    I was laughing so hard at that statement that I was in tears.

    Posted in: 'The Interview' DVDs dropped into North Korea by balloon

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    "It's a shame that they have to die in the end. What encourages us to keep going through all the options is that, although they have been convicted, in this country every person has the right to life and to defend his life."

    Maybe the lesson in all this (doubtful it will ever be learned though by the next group of idiots) is that if you want to live DON'T break laws that have a death penalty. Pretty simple stuff ,no?

    It's not like someone accidentally starts up an international drug trafficking organization and doesn't know that it's against the law and punishable by death if caught in that country. What did they think would happen, they'd get a slap on the back of their hand and told not to do it again?!

    Posted in: Indonesian court rejects death row Australians' appeal

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    It can not be stated enough how good a job that JAL 767 pilot performed by making such a quick decision to go from reversing engine thrust, applying spoilers and brakes as the main wheels touched the runway to applying full power which takes longer for the engines to react to than our cars do to spool up to full and getting back into the air without striking that car on the runway AND ALL IN 800 metres traveling between 200-260Km/h. 800 metres at that speed goes by in seconds. That's a job well done!!!

    Posted in: JAL plane aborts landing after car spotted on runway at Tokushima airport

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    NK reminds me of that school yard bully that would blame you for telling on him after he beat you up.

    Posted in: N Korea slams Japan over abductions probe

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    'Kaerimashita", I'd say that having Mukumoto posing right next the vehicle gives you an idea of size and as for power/engine size, well, the 'kei car' yellow plate and the car's model 'S660' (660cc engine size) gives the answer away. So unless you've never lived in Japan, which might be be the case, it's pretty easy to know what you're looking at in terms of size.

    Posted in: Mini Honda

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    Does this also mean an end to the ID check point when we arrive via Keisei or JR Lines at NRT? It doesn't mention that but I'm guessing it would make sense, yeah?

    Posted in: Narita airport ends ID security checks for non-passengers

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    Earth Hour is nothing more than waste of time to do nothing but make yourself feel good about one hour as if you'd never do that if it wasn't for 'Earth Hour'. Clueless Lemmings. There are better things to do IF you actually want to make a difference and that would be something you'd need to do everyday NOT just for one hour in a year that contains 8760 hours.

    Posted in: Earth Hour

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    These patent trolls need to be charged in court when they try to 'extort' the real firms that designed and implemented the technology.

    A lot of you may not even know just how much the patent trolls end up costing us all in end consumer pricing. You may not even realize just what is even affected by these patent trolls. Sometimes companies will just refrain from 'paying the piper' in protest of the extortion but in the end it is us the end consumer who ends up paying the price because something that already exists will not come to market in some regions or at all.

    Case in point that some maybe aware of are the colour printers that can print directly onto white CD/DVD/BluRay discs. In Japan, those have been sold to the end user since 2001~ ish but in North America they were not sold by Canon or Epson because of a patent troll. Epson gave in first a paid those extortionists but you can imagine what it did to the price of those printers.

    Just think about how many other cool items out there not sold in certain markets might be really affected by these patent trolls and not because a company thinks it won't do well in that market. Makes your blood boil that some POS is holding a ransom over potentially cool and useful products that they did nothing to invent or invest in but just found out about and beat the designer to the patent application to make easy money.

    Posted in: Mazda joins network to counter litigation by patent trolls

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    ...And they are filming in Vancouver starting around June 2015,... yeah, this summer! The best episodes were filmed in Vancouver thanks to the dark, gloomy and crappy weather with lots of variety in locations. Sadly, it went to hell in a hand basket when they moved filming to LA. Sun and palm trees and a lot of desert gets real old, real fast. With the exception of Area 51, not much else could play out in that locale.

    Looking forward to the six and possibly more episodes.

    Posted in: 'X-Files' to return after 13 years

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    I guess it's now time to rethink security in the cockpit from the other side of the door as well. Lets hope they learn from this tragic event and put into place safety measures and protocols to reduce or even prevent altogether a re-occurrence of an event like this one. Rest in peace to the 149 innocent souls aboard.

    Posted in: Co-pilot appears to have intentionally crashed plane, says French prosecutor

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    Yup, already planning out where to lay down the small tarp for our spot for this year's Hanami. Just one of the many cool things about Japan that NEVER gets old. :)

    Posted in: First cherry trees blossom in Tokyo 2 days earlier than last year

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    It said the launch would constitute "the gravest politically-motivated provocation" against North Korea and "a de facto declaration of a war", according to Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency.

    The move is aimed at "deliberately escalating tension on the Korean peninsula where the situation has reached the brink of a war due to... joint war rehearsals" by South Korea and the United States, it said.

    Yawn...

    I really find it hard to believe that winters can be so cold in South Korea (I been there) with all that constant damn hot air coming from North Korea.

    Posted in: North Korea warns against airdropping DVDs of 'The Interview'

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    Carry them as an emergency kit, yes a great idea, but like the helmet under my desk at work for when a big earthquake strikes, I won't be wearing UNTIL the ACTUAL NEED arises!

    Posted in: Mount Fuji climbers to be urged to wear helmets

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    I don't want to point out the obvious but have you noticed that the suicide rate has gone down accordingly over the last three years as the stalking cases have gone up and the main reason they're citing is...

    In 51% of all stalking cases, the perpetrators were ex-partners of the persons being victimized, the report said.

    Does no one see the correlation between the two? It can't be a coincidence. That would be far to convenient to write-off.

    Posted in: No. of reported stalking cases hits record high in 2014

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    It is hard to believe that a gas detection sensor is not attached to their work gear.

    Posted in: Three men die in hot spring gas poisoning in Akita

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    Curious as to whether any space program would have equipment that could be used to view the damage. One would think that out in 'space' there would be far worse 'radiation' to deal with since stars are in themselves 'nuclear reactors' of ginormous proportions and 'leftover' old stars and Quasars can be just as bad or worse than a 'normally' functioning star but then what do I know, I'm not a rocket scientist. ;)

    Posted in: Nearly all fuel in Fukushima No. 1 reactor has melted, says TEPCO

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    The fact that a person has to justify that they are not racist when they have not been called a racist on that they use the word racist so freely when in fact it's NOT racism is far more confusing than this sentence was to construct to make even a little sense. How about we drop the use of the word racism altogether because like the word 'cloud' for computing, most people have overused the word so much as a 'key word' and really don't understand what it really means anymore.

    The signs those protestors are holding up are their concerns that there are too many signs that are not in Japanese. So what? That's their opinion just as its your opinion that it's not a problem. Move on, nothing to see here other than what you all wish to make out of something that is a real problem but don't want to address so you paint it with a label and shift the blame. Very human nature of you not to deal with the real problem but take the easy way out and blame someone else. Ask yourself when was the last time you openly accepted blame for your error? Just listen to arguments and you'll always hear the same from all involved, it never anyone's fault and almost always it was an accident. Anyone reading this unless they're a sociopath will agree and be angered by it so their natural human response will be to thumb it down. Let see how many grow a conscience and see it for what it is.

    Posted in: Sign of the times

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    Trying to understand insanity is pretty much insane in itself.

    Trying to understand what causes a person to go insane or be lured into an insane world is something that I doubt we the sane will ever understand for how can you ask someone that is sane if they feel as if the are going insane when they are not insane and asking someone that is insane, what caused them to become insane could not be accepted for how can you trust what the insane say?

    You see where I'm going with this? You'd have to be insane to understand what an insane person is thinking and then you couldn't be taken seriously because you're insane.

    Not learning from what has happened in the past and allowing it to go on uncheck expecting a different outcome is in itself a sign of insanity.

    Posted in: Japan marks 20th anniversary of Tokyo subway sarin attacks

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    What always amuses me are the ones using the word 'racist' are almost always the closet case racists. It takes one to know one as they say. There is nothing wrong with wanting signs in Japanese in Japan after all it's Japan. Why should one in their own country be forced to learn a foreign language just so they can understand a sign in their own country? That's the point here which clearly most of you have missed. If want to place another language on a sign then go right ahead as long as that country's official language is first on that sign and equal or larger than the foreign language.

    Posted in: Sign of the times

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