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ScroteMar. 09, 2014 - 12:04PM JST
It's about time someone held the Saudis to account for their support of terrorism and extremist groups throughout the world. Bombing their extravagant palaces should help to concentrate their minds.
Posted in: Iraqi PM says Saudi Arabia, Qatar have 'declared' war on his country
ScroteMar. 09, 2014 - 12:01PM JST
Abe seems to be promising to spend more than he will gain from the increase in the consumption tax and that might keep the economy stable for the next year.
What I can't understand is, given the government's 2% inflation target, why is it possible to take out a 35 year, fixed rate loan at 1.7%. Does this mean the markets don't expect the inflation target to be met? Any banks making such loans would surely become insolvent if interest rates spiked in the future.
The same applies to bond yields: why would I lend money to the government at 0.5% when they have a stated aim of devaluing that money by 2% per year? It seems like a foolish move to me, but the banks continue to buy up government bonds without a care in the world.
If inflation and the interest rate did increase to 2% the government would soon be bankrupt, as would the banks. Some old fools would be shown on TV bowing and apologising, but your savings would be gone, replaced by "New Yen" of significantly lower value. There's a reason these thieving politicians hold most of their assets in the form of land and property, rather than cash: they know what is coming.
Posted in: Ex-BOJ official sees little risk of tax hike harming Japan recovery
ScroteMar. 07, 2014 - 02:39PM JST
If cars do become driverless then presumably taxis will also be driverless. Without the driver's salary taxis will become cheaper to use. There would be no real difference between using your own car and using a taxi. In that case, why bother owning a car at all? Why buy an expensive model over a cheaper one when the computer drives both in exactly the same manner?
Posted in: In a driverless future, drivers will do anything they like
ScroteMar. 07, 2014 - 02:31PM JST
If Bitcoin is not a currency, but is taxable, the Japanese government will have to set up en exchange to allow people to pay the taxes they incur using Bitcoin in Yen.
Posted in: Gov't says bitcoin not a currency, but taxable
ScroteMar. 06, 2014 - 11:39AM JST
These days I only use Windows to write grant applications that require Word. An old version of XP suffices for that.
I've got Suse Linux on this work machine and it's fine. It almost never needs to be rebooted, it's not forever downloading unwanted updates in the background and I'm in control of it. There is a graphical interface for downloading most programs and I believe you can now use Steam on Linux if you want to play games.
I was forced to use a Windows 7 computer last week to install some software for the students. It was a horrible experience. After installation I had to edit a license file, but it was in a hidden directory, then it had some user access issues, then there was no simple text editor, then the machine has to be rebooted etc etc. Eventually it worked, but it took an inordinate amount of time to do something that should be very simple.
Posted in: Microsoft to end support for Windows XP on April 9
ScroteMar. 05, 2014 - 09:57AM JST
I've been there. I particularly remember a picture of a man with space-hopper sized testicles.
Posted in: From protozoa to tapeworms: Visiting the Meguro Parasitological Museum
ScroteMar. 05, 2014 - 09:53AM JST
When Abe brings back conscription it must apply equally to both men and women. Instead of sitting around all day reading fascist claptrap those stay at home housewives will be able to enjoy crawling in the mud and being shouted at. Then they will be sent off to invade China and give their lives for the emperor. They will die with the comforting thought that Abe will pray for their souls at Yasukuni.
As his wife seems rather soft in the head, Mr Ito should change his router settings to redirect the fascist sites to pictures of kittens.
Posted in: Husbands aghast at wives' infatuation with rightwing causes
ScroteMar. 05, 2014 - 09:43AM JST
I'm surprised London isn't on the list.
Posted in: Singapore named world's costliest city; Tokyo 6th
ScroteMar. 05, 2014 - 09:35AM JST
So Bitcoins can't be stolen can they? I think the NSA is behind these thefts and they are using the stolen Bitcoins to fund illicit activities.
Posted in: Bitcoin bank Flexcoin shuts after theft
ScroteMar. 05, 2014 - 09:31AM JST
The paper this morning said he had worked eleven days in a row. Maybe that had something to do with it.
Posted in: Bus driver in fatal crash suffered from sleep apnea
ScroteMar. 05, 2014 - 09:26AM JST
It sounds to me like he was copying the stabbings in China.
Posted in: Man killed, 3 others stabbed in same street within 10 minutes in Chiba
ScroteMar. 04, 2014 - 10:03AM JST
If the aeroplane crashed your company would manage just fine without you, so turn off the gadgets and get some sleep.
Posted in: Wi-Fi in the sky looks set for takeoff
ScroteMar. 04, 2014 - 09:59AM JST
I saw the other day that banks are offering 35 year loans at a fixed rate of 1.7%. If Abe succeeds in getting inflation up to 2% banks will be making a loss on such loans. Perhaps it's time to start borrowing?
Posted in: With too few borrowers, Japan's regional banks are urged to merge
ScroteMar. 03, 2014 - 12:03PM JST
That United first class is worse than ANA's business class, which has staggered seats and almost feels like a private compartment if you are next to the window. It's very nice when I get the occasional upgrade, but I wouldn't spend the extra money myself.
Posted in: Latest airline perk: Safe distance from the masses
ScroteMar. 03, 2014 - 11:55AM JST
Kerry "will reaffirm the United States' strong support for Ukrainian sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity"
and he will also stress
"the right of the Ukrainian people to determine their own future, without outside interference or provocation"
So maybe he can explain why Serbia's territorial integrity was violated and the right of the Serbian people to determine their own future ignored when Kosovo was given independence against the wishes of the majority of Serbs? Doesn't a similar situation apply in Crimea?
If you say that Kosovans are a distinct ethnic group with the right to self determination, you cannot then say that the Russians in Crimea do not have the same right.
Putin is a nasty piece of work, but neither the west nor Russia can claim the moral high ground given the events of recent years.
Posted in: Kerry to visit Kiev as Russian forces control Crimea
ScroteMar. 03, 2014 - 11:46AM JST
One example of profiteering: Apple charge an extra $130 for an iPad with cellular capability, yet I can buy a mobile phone for less than $10, hence the components cannot cost more than $10. Plus, in Japan at least, the mobile phone operators charge an arm and a leg for service. Too much greed and not enough need.
Posted in: Mobile world prods tablets to get off the sofa
ScroteMar. 03, 2014 - 11:38AM JST
gogogo: government workers are not getting a pay rise, in fact civil servants had an 8% pay cut the year before last, allegedly to pay for reconstruction work in the north east.
Posted in: Abenomics struggles to deliver public works boom
ScroteMar. 03, 2014 - 11:28AM JST
So the finance minister "was thinking that this sort of thing won't last long" and "it would collapse sometime" but did nothing?
Isn't Aso responsible for regulating financial activity in Japan, including the activities of stockbrokers? MtGox can be considered a kind of broker, allowing people to buy and sell shares in BitCoin. Yet Aso, despite feeling something was wrong, sat on his fat backside and did nothing whilst people lost their money to fraudsters.
Aso has once again demonstrated that he is not fit hold his position and should be sacked.
Posted in: Aso says he always thought Bitcoin was suspect
ScroteFeb. 28, 2014 - 12:30PM JST
ryuusei: average wages are still falling, according to the BOJ figures. Therefore I must be a winner with my above average, zero pay rise.
Posted in: BOJ's Ishida: Recovery on track even if GDP falls after tax hike
ScroteFeb. 28, 2014 - 12:26PM JST
It will be a sweaty, somewhat overweight and unattractive "former" member of a black van fascist group, probably in his 30s, living in a shabby six mat room and working part time jobs.
That's the opinion of this "expert".
Posted in: Experts speculate on likely Anne Frank book vandal
Mar. 10, 2014 - 09:42AM JST
No I would not concur, and they are essentially the same thing.
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Mar. 10, 2014 - 09:40AM JST
I'd like to be Oscar from The Rose of Versailles.
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