LFRAgain's past comments

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    LFRAgain

    These IS people are no more than a band of thugs and murderers enjoying the worst combination of conditions one can imagine: A general brutish dim-wittedness combined with ready access to large amount of weaponry. They hide behind religion to satisfy their natural tendencies towards anti-social barbarism, and under the cloak of religion, seek to create a safehaven in which they can fully express their desire to commit wholesale murder without repercussions. If there was ever a group of people more deserving of being wiped from the face of the earth, then we haven't seen their like in more than 70 years.

    Posted in: Australian police say raids thwarted beheading plot

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    LFRAgain

    "“a logical, reasonable basis as a component of a plan to avoid loss of public trust in city employees.”

    What a load of hogwash. This wouldn't stand up in any logical, reasonable court of law charged with protecting rights ennumerated in the Japanese constitution.


    is against rights and the constitution therefore he can sue them with severe damages and compensations.

    Sometimes -- believe it or not -- people argue on principle alone and that is enough. It's not about the payday from a punative lawsuit. It's about setting things right. I applaud this man for not trying to turn what is really a civil rights issue into an opportunity for monetary gain. After all, if he sues the city of Fukuoka for huge amount of money, and wins, who do you think will pay out that settlement? Ultimately, it will be the taxpayers of Fukuoka. How does that help anyone?

    Posted in: Civil servant suing Fukuoka for one yen over employee drinking ban

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    LFRAgain

    Equality, that's a horrible, poorly sourced article you linked to.

    Poorly sourced, grossly biased “journalism” is part and parcel of Global Research's entire operation. Anyone with an even remotely discerning bent can see that.

    I swear if they didn't have the opportunity to whinge about Tepco and nuclear power in general, their raison d'etre would simply vanish and we'd see a rash of suicides within hours, if not minutes, of the conclusion of clean-up operations free of accidents or the much-ballyhooed IMMINENT DISASTER™ they're practically praying will happen. It's offensive on so many levels.

    Posted in: M5.6 quake jolts Kanto region; no tsunami alert

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    LFRAgain

    Ayna5Hj7,

    Hello. Everyone's fine. There were no reported injuried and no damage to speak of. Your swetheart is almost certainly fine as far as the earthquake is concerned.

    Posted in: M5.6 quake jolts Kanto region; no tsunami alert

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    LFRAgain

    That was a pretty good jolt alright. Like the article said, we shook for about a minute or so. It was weird, there was this little rumble like a gentle shake for about 10~15 seconds, then a second, more insistent shake, just as I thought it was over that lasted nearly a minute alone. Ah, quakes! Fascinating things.

    Posted in: M5.6 quake jolts Kanto region; no tsunami alert

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    LFRAgain

    Neutral, my heinie. The first tax increase was the cornerstone of his economic policy, and now he's claiming he wouldn't dare touch the issue?! He's covering his butt, is what he's doing. He realizes his popularity is dropping and knows that the electorate is not only still irritated with the first tax increase -- which he backed fully, BTW -- but also newly angered since Abenomics have yet to provide any tangible benefits for any families living just outside the reach of middle class. He's only looking to hedge his bets against potential voter backlash ad this little gem of his is blindingly obvious as such.

    "The economy is a living thing and we are thinking about this in a neutral way" : What a load of horse puckey. The central government takes a decidedly non-neutral approach every time it adjusts interest rates and manipulates currency flow. And he's the elected leader of that government. Unless Abe is openly advocating an entirely laissez faire approach to the ecoomy -- which we all know is virtually impossible given how deep in bed major corporations and the government truly are, then he's blowing substanceless smoke.

    That the tax increase is going to come is no secret to anyone. That Japan needs the tax increase is also no new revalation. The public understands it needs to do something to help Japan get a hanle on its insane public debt. But to try to free himself of any responsibility for the increase, as if the "living thing" that is the economy somehow willed the tax increase into being of its own volition? Give me a break. As I said, he's the elected leader of Japan. He should have a modicum of intestinal fortitude to act like it and accept responsibility for economic decisions that affect the electorate, either positively or negatively. If he can't do that much, then he needs to find a new line of work.

    Posted in: Abe says he is 'neutral' on whether to raise sales tax to 10%

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    LFRAgain

    Sorry but who is turning the screws into Asahi…?

    Well, it would be only speculation and conjecture at this stage to suggest that any sort of political will was behind Asahi suddenly walking back controversial past articles.

    And to be fair, that's a pretty heavy accusation. I mean, the implications of a democracy's free press not only being pressured by a political party to censor itself, but to actually give in to said pressure? My god… That's simply unthinkable.

    It would be an unconscionable assault on constitutionally protected civil liberties akin to, say, Shinzo Abe maybe asserting political pressure on a publicly funded broadcasting entity like, say, NHK, to censor unflattering portions of a 2001 documentary because he felt the content painted Japan in a negative light regarding, say, the comfort women issue.

    Oh, wait. Err… that actually did happen, didn't it? Never mind. Maybe the suggestion of something stinking here might not be too far off the mark.

    http://www.jpri.org/publications/critiques/critiqueXII3.html

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2005/01/13/national/abe-admits-telling-nhk-to-censor-tv-program/#.VBJwjtgcTIU

    Posted in: Asahi apologizes for erroneous Fukushima, comfort women reports

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    LFRAgain

    I've always maintained that the only reason society hasn't slid headlong into the sewer is because criminals, by and large, tend to be blindingly stupid. I need to amend this with bullies. Preeeeetty stupid, the sheer obnoxiousness of these clowns aside.

    It begs an interesting question though: If you were a customer walking in on this, what would you do?

    Posted in: Video showing convenience store workers being forced to kowtow to thugs leads to one arrest

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    LFRAgain

    Flowers,

    I forgot to mention as well that there are a host of issues involved in the U.S. simply "handing over" spy satellite images for the Russians to pore over. This same issue came up when Malaysian Flight 370 went missing back in March of this year. Many were demanding to know why countries with advanced surveillance capabilities like the U.S., Japan, and the U.K. weren't rushing to share surveillance satellite data to aid in the search. The answer came down to national security concerns. No one wanted rival nations to know how good their satellite resolution was.

    In this case, there's absolutely no way on earth the U.S. would be willing to hand over evidence of how good its intelligence gathering capabilities are to Russia in the midst of the worst crisis between these two countries since the Cold War ended. You can be certain that if roles were reversed, Russia would most certainly decline to share its satellite data as well.

    You might be thinking something along the lines of, "Well, the U.S. could simply send Putin a poorer resolution copy." There are two problems with that:

    1) A purposely degraded-resolution version of the data would not likely provide the information necessary to establish culpability. Used as-is, Kiev or the separatists and their supporters would most certainly declare this data as inconclusive, therefore useless.

    2) Putin is ex-KGB. He would know and immediately call out the U.S. for not providing data that was indicative of the U.S.'s true surveillance capabiltiies. This would then of course lead the Russians to accuse the U.S. of "hiding something." The resulting downward spiral of cooperation woud ultimately cripple what absolutely needs to be a fair and impartial investigation.

    Posted in: Report: MH Flight 17 likely downed by 'high-energy objects'

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    LFRAgain

    Flowers,

    All of your questions can be answered by the simple fact that no investigators have been allowed to comprehensively examine the actual plane wreckage itself, and neither the separatists who control the territory where the plane crashed nor Russia seem inclined to make it possible for the Dutch or Malaysians to reach the plane safely and conduct a proper investigation. Being able to properly examine the wreckage and debris field would do a lot to answer most questions about this disaster. But that's not likely to happen, and the longer we wait, the more degraded the evidence becomes of who and what actually brought the plane down.

    Posted in: Report: MH Flight 17 likely downed by 'high-energy objects'

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    LFRAgain

    There is no such thing as "standard Ukrainian camouflage". Ukrainian army is in a really bad shape, it soldiers are wearing anything, to begin with modern US or German camo patterns, and down to old Russian fatigues or even half-civilian clothes. The same goes to rebels.

    Which would make the well-uniformed, well-trained Russian soldiers stand out even more, I would imagine.

    Like in most other countries, local accents are a feature of mostly rural areas.

    Apparently, you've never been to Osaka, Hiroshima, Beijing, Shanghai, Delhi, Boston, New York, Houston, or Mexico City. That's just to name a few major cities throughout the world that possess their own distinct accents and/or dialects. Besides, I think the Russian separatists might take issue with you lumping them in with non-Russian Ukrainians as all sounding more or less the same. That sort of undermines their entire “distinct and unique Russian identity” justification for trying to secede.

    Ukrainian forces have several "Buk"-equipped REGIMENTS, at least one of them, 156th missile air defense regiment, was deployed near the battle zone and conducted exercises at the time of the crash.

    While the pro-Russia rebels claim to not possess any of the hardware capable of knocking a Boeing 777 out of the sky, it is pretty firmly established that the rebel do not possess the kind of heavy hardware the BUK missile system is designed to counter; No jet fighters, no cruise missiles, no attack helicopters. So, it stands to reason that the Ukrainian military would have little if any tactical need to forward deploy BUK missile systems to counter a threat the rebels consistently claimed to not possess.

    Unless . . . . The Ukrainian military knew perfectly well that rebel claims of being hardware impoverished rang false and that the Russians were beefing up their offensive capabilities. Oh, wait... That's what the international community and Kiev have been saying from the start, isn't it?


    ...whether either the Ukrainians ... or the rebels ... fired a rocket that " hit" MH17, we'll likely never know in fact.

    Oh, I wouldn't be so sure about that either. Computing impact trajectories based on analysis of blast patterns on the fuselage of the downed plane can tell a lot about where the missle was fired from, especially since the data flight recorders will provide a very accurate picture of the exact position and heading the plane was taking before it was hit. Modern forensic analysis used in conjunction with old-school mathematics can reveal many things. What needs to happen first though is for the rebels to allow the Dutch to remove the plane debris safely. That they won't is quite damning in any case.

    Posted in: Report: MH Flight 17 likely downed by 'high-energy objects'

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    LFRAgain

    *"Don't take candy from strangers." It's such an ingrained part of American culture that it spawned a Comedy Central series that ran for three years called, "Strangers with Candy," a parody of the morality/common sense heavy after-school TV specials that were an integral part of any kid's life growing up in the 80s.

    There isn't a Japanese co-worker or friend that I've spoken with about this story that hasn't said, "Why in the world would a 9-year-old be so foolish at to accept candy from a perfect stranger?!" So it’s clearly not just a Western sentiment to be stunned that she would do so.

    This isn't placing blame on the little girl. The warped individual who gave her the laced candy is squarely to blame and should be punished accordingly if and when he's caught. But it's not unreasonable to criticize what seems to be A) a lack of common sense on the part of this little girl, B) a serious lapse in fundamental parenting for failing to drill basic safety into this girl's head, or a combination of both.

    Refusing, out of some false sense of compassion, to shine a light of scrutiny on this little girl and her poor judgment only serves to perpetuate, if not increase, the chances that something like this will happen again, possibly with more dire consequences. This little girl is lucky to be alive, but only through sheer luck.

    One thing that disturbs me in particular about this story is that despite the event taking place on July 29th, more than a month ago, it only hit the Japanese news wires yesterday. That's a lot of time for the culprit to possibly refine his technique and try it again elsewhere. If news is to have any value to a society and serve the public good, then it needs to be disseminated in a much more timely fashion.

    Posted in: Police looking for man who gave 9-year-old girl tainted candy in park

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    LFRAgain

    The "multiple high energy objects" would be large caliber bullets from the two fighter jets(Ukrainian) that were identified as intercepting MH17 strafing the cockpit from both sides.

    No such jets were identified by anyone either on the Russian side or the Ukrainian side. This is 100% speculation without a shred of actual, concrete evidence, including projectiles and the actual airplane debris itself. This scenario is supported almost exclusively by a single German retired pilot who was asked to offer his opinion on the topic. The only people really asserting that Ukrainian jets were in the immediate vicinity of MH17, not to mention actually attacking it, tend to be, well, New World Order conspiracy kooks.


    Wakarimasen,

    Wouldn't a Buk be a single missile?

    Yes, it's a single missile, but it's also a missile designed to take out cruise missiles and smart bombs, in addition to aircraft. In order to accomplish this, it explodes just before it reaches its target, showering the target with high-speed projectiles made up of the fragments of the missile after being blown apart. This design is intentional, since hitting a high-speed moving target like a cruise missile dead-on is notoriously difficult (See American's failed Star Wars Defense Initiative). To increase success of downing, say, an enemy missile, "spraying" it, if you will, with countless high-velocity metallic shards is a common approach for these types of missile systems. It also bears noting that these countless exploded metallic shards travelling at high speed could easily produce the kind of damage that downed the Malaysian flight, but some seem to insist is conclusive evidence of a fighter jet's machine gun fire. Yes, a fighter jet could produce some of the damage seen. But firing on the cockpit most likely would not result in the airborne disintegration of a plane as large as a Boeing 777. Being riddled with a huge quantity of shrapnel and an explosive concussive blast from 150 lbs of explosives, however, just might.

    This is a video demonstration of 150 lbs of thermobaric explosives demolishing a car:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05X5V9Bfs94

    It's not hard to imagine the tragic consequences of just such an explosion going off just outside a commercial aircraft in mid-flight.

    Also, contrary to popular belief (thanks, largely to James Bond films, I suspect), a bullet hole in the fuselage of an aircraft will not usually cause the plane to spin out of control, much less explode mid-air.

    According to a Wiki article on the BUK Missile System (it seems well-sourced):

    A proximity fuse aboard the missile determines when it will detonate, creating an expanding fragmentation pattern of missile components and warhead to intercept and destroy the target. A proximity fuse improves the "probability of kill" given the missile and target closure rates, which can be more than 3,000 km/h (1,900 mph) (or more than 900 m/s (3,000 ft/s)).

    It also bears noting that the airplane’s cockpit recorder gave no indication the cockpit crew was the victim of a fighter jet strafing run, i.e., no screams, panic, sounds of pain or injury, or even the sound of machine gun bullets entering the cockpit and doing damage of any sort. The onboard mics would have picked up something investigators could key in on. In fact, the cockpit data recorders indicated that there was nothing amiss, and that the aircrew was unaware of anything being amiss, even up to the point that all data transmissions suddenly stopped as a result of the catastrophic disintegration of the plane mid-air.

    Posted in: Report: MH Flight 17 likely downed by 'high-energy objects'

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    LFRAgain

    turbotsat,

    You're right. My sincere apologies for lumping your entirely reasonable comments in with the myopia of two other posters. I allowed my irritation to spill over.

    I have no doubt that the incorporation of ZMP control would provide benefits, but I'm making what I think to be a fairly reasonable assumption that Ishikawa Watanabe Labs took the approach they did in order to address a specific mechanical or technological limitation that could not be addressed using Zero Point Movement control.

    In the same report you cite:

    In initial concept, ZMP controllers focus their attention on choosing ankle torques to keep the ZMP inside the foot contact polygon, thus keeping the foot flat on the ground.

    The engineering decision behind ZMP seems to have much to do with foot placement and the stability it conveys. But with ZMP comes a sacrifice in mobility and limitations in maneouverability. Trajectory changes become more difficullt to execute with ZMP control, which is easy to see with Asimo's movements. It has limitations in being able to execture turns at speed. I have no idea why Ishikawa Watanabe Labs are looking outside of ZMP, but I would speculate that it has something to do with increasing mobility beyond a single x-axis trajectory.

    As you point out, while there still seems to be power consumption issues associated with ZMP, they aren't insurmountable. But I would imagine that particular problem is being worked on in a lab somewhere in the world right now.

    Posted in: 2-legged robot runs at high speed

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    LFRAgain

    There isn't an Olympic host city out there that hasn't experienced some degree of "Oh, god, what have we gotten ourselves into?" shock after the euphoria of being awarded the Games wears off. This Negative Nelly nonsense 6 years away makes ittle sense and serves even fewer purposes. I have no doubt in my mind that Japan will be fully prepared for 2020. Over-budget? Probably. But Japan will most certainly be on time.

    When I start seeing things like venues not yet completed mere days before the opening ceremony, a la the Brazil World Cup mess, then I'll be surprised.

    Posted in: Tokyo’s preparedness for the 2020 Games is not as good as claimed at the time of the bidding after actual preparations started.

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    LFRAgain

    no, then stop developing such non sence

    Are you serious? The medical applications for this type of technology are unlimited. Amputees, people with nerve damage, people born with congenital birth defects who cannot walk under their own power: all of these could benefit from this research.


    Not exactly sure of the motive to not rely on ZMP, unless they're trying to avoid patents.

    The article states the reason clearly:

    • "Because it does not use a complicated control method such as ZMP, the amount of calculation required to control the robot is small."*

    Lower demands on computer processing results in lower power consumption. The benefits of that alone should be self-explanatory, but beyond that, with decreased need for heat-generating, power-gobbling computational power comes the benefit of less space being taken up by computers for an eventual real-world model.

    As for criticisms of the unit's need for visual correction and limited ability to balance itself, you all do realize that this is a prototype, right, a prototype that is the result of, well, research? It's not being sent to market as-is. This press release is essentially the researcher saying, "Hey, look what we can do in the field of robotics that no one could do yesterday. Let's see where we can go from here."

    Why the need for such, well, quite honestly, infantile whinging about how useless or pointless this unit is is utterly beyond me. Dare I say it, I doubt anyone of you are spearheading the kind of advanced robotics research that Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory is.


    come back to me with your none sense post about robotic

    It is widely agreed throughout the world of robotics that Japanese researchers have a commanding lead on cutting-edge research. Boston Dynamics is certainly no slouch in the field, but the Petman rig that you so graciously provided a link for, despite its impressive agility, also consumes a considerable amount of power that if it were independent of the lab, would require a 3 kg onboard go-kart motor to power not only the, at minimum, 8 hydraulic joint actuators, but also the onboard Pentium 4 processor. Not bagging on Boston Dynamics, after all Google snatched them up because they generally know a winner when they see one, but research teams from different labs around that world tend to focus on different aspects of the problem of mimicking human motion in robotics, and as a result achieve different things that on the surface may seem inconsequential, but on the broader canvas are huge. Ishikawa Watanabe Labs' work on this particular "running man" counts as just such a milestone.

    If anyone here believes Boston Dynamics researchers are looking at the Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory's announcement and saying, "Pshaw! We can do better than that!" then you clearly have no idea of the complexities involved in robotics that mimic human movement. Boston Dynamics researchers are more likely saying, "Wow! Why hadn't we thought of that? Let's figure out how to incorporate something like that into our designs." And the Ishikawa Watanabe Lab folks are also likely thinking the same about Boston Dynamics' contributions to the field.

    Not everything has to be a pissing contest, people.

    Posted in: 2-legged robot runs at high speed

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    LFRAgain

    For every “kiddy,” there are 10 professionals, he said

    Going with the shoplifting analogy, I would venture to guess the opposite is more likely true, i.e., for every 10 "kiddies" there is one professional hacker bent on really screwing things up. If not, the original 10:1 ratio proposed would suggest unfettered chaos across the Internet, which just isn't happening. That ratio, if applied to admittedly unprepared Japan, would suggest Japan should be on its technological knees by now. But it isn't. I suspect entrepreneur and technology expert William Saito is merely trying to find new ways to butter his own bread with this Chicken Little-esque revelation.

    This certainly doesn't diminish the seriousness of cyber threats to a nation's infrastructure -- I believe those to be 100% real and poorly prepared for -- but painting the vast majority of the hacker world as folks bent on complete and total anarchy? I think not.

    It's basically the same societal truism that prevents humanity from sliding completely into the sewer, namely that the average criminal is just plain dumb, and thus likely to never realize his or her full potential as an antisocial asshat, or likely to be caught in their initial forays into the Dark Side. After all, one can easily be a gifted programmer and still be astonishingly dumb, which is something I think folks like Saito are failing to take into consideration.

    As for the smart criminals out there, yeah, there are most certainly some very bad programmers/hackers out there looking to do real harm. But they are more than countered by "good" ones working in cyber security and for corporate and government cyber divisions for the greatest motivator of competency in a given discipline known: Profit.

    Besides, true criminal "masterminds" understand the basic laws of income source sustainability. Even the mafia and yakuza know well enough to that there are boundaries not to be crossed for fear of undercutting their own profits, i.e., you don't burn all the candy stores and factories in the area to ground when your main source of income is stolen candy.

    Posted in: Sony attack shows shifting online security threat

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    LFRAgain

    Love it. It's a great way to unwind and have fun with close friends. My friends and I do it once a month, and we never get tired of it.

    In past workplaces, it's been a great way to bond with co-workers and break down a lot of the inhibitions that arise from perceived language barriers. Tokyo working folk, on the other hand, seem to avoid karaoke like the plague. Don't quite know what that's about yet.

    With family, it's always fun to load the machine with songs our kids know and let them go at it while the adults partake of unlimited drink bars and stress-free conversation.

    I think karaoke's wonderful. Wish I had been able to do it when I was younger.

    Posted in: What do you think of karaoke?

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    LFRAgain

    NATO leaders on Thursday accused Russia of failing to take “a single step toward peace” in Ukraine

    And NATO would be 100% correct. What is still utterly astounding to me is how many people in the West and around the world still seem to believe Russia and Putin are simply being misrepresented.

    Russia unilaterally annexed Crimea.

    Now stop and think about that for a second: Russia took Crimea. Sure, few shots were fired, and few people died, but Crimea's national intergrity was violated just the same. A chunk of Crimea was taken under threat of violence by a vastly larger force, namely the Russian army. For Pete's sake, how that becomes in any way justifiable for Russian apologists is as baffling as it is troubling.

    Posted in: NATO leaders accuse Russia, aid Ukraine

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    LFRAgain

    Sorry, but I'm inclined to side with the woman here, mainly because we're talking about a incident that happened specifically in Japan. The fact that the law governing this particular type of offense seems designed to protect the privacy rights of women exclusively speaks volumes about what I mean by that. For those who still don't understand what I mean, three words: Women Only Trains.

    Japan is a society that has for so long openly embraced the idea that women exist almost exclusively for sexual objectification and gratification by men that laws seeking to drag Japan, or more specifically Japanese men, into a more enlightened 21st Century -- kicking and screaming, if need be -- have become a necessity.

    Enter the train photographer: Yes, in what many would consider a normal world, simply being in a public place like a train strips one of any reasonable expectation of privacy. However, Japan isn't like most places, and it's not at all unreasonable to find that the photographs this man took end up on some adult website somewhere to be ogled by other strangers. The poster Toshiko got hammered with the thumbs-down for suggesting as such, but she's absolutely on the mark. This is precisely what happens with the more prurient hidden camera work in Japan. And lawmakers know it (although I wouldn’t dare to speculate why).

    Even as a man, I too would be uncomfortable if some stranger decided to just randomly take a full body shot of me without saying a word. That's just . . . creepy. What compelled him or her to shoot a photo of me in the first place? And what does he plan to do with my recorded likeness from there on? And why didn't he simply ask for permission first? That, at the very least, is a common courtesy. Even professional photojournalists, protected as they are by freedom of press laws, generally tend to adhere to a simple, "Do you mind if I take your photo?"

    Do I think the guy who took the picture should be thrown in jail for what he did? No. It's a public nuisance violation, so the punishment should fit the crime with say, a monetary fine of some sort. But I'm afraid I don't believe Japanese society, or again more specifically Japanese men, are quite ready to embrace some of the responsibilities inherent in the exercise of basic freedoms, like brazenly (or secretly) taking a photo of someone on a train. As silly as it sounds, this guy likely would not have gotten into trouble if he had been more discrete about taking the photo, thus sparing the woman the discomfort that led her to report him to the police in the first place.

    Here's the thing about freedom: Just because the law says you can do something, that doesn't necessarily mean you should.

    Posted in: Man arrested for taking 'normal' picture of woman on train

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