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    donkusai

    "Malaysia Airlines" is 4th... their PR people will be happy. Any publicity is good publicity in the weird little world they live in, isn't it? (yes, the comment involves sarcasm...)

    Posted in: The 10 fastest-rising search requests on Google

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    donkusai

    I'm a little torn about this whole saga. While I am 100% against hackers attempting to decided for the rest of us what can and can't be shown in cinemas, I do think it's kind of bad taste making a movie about assassinating a country's leader. Could you imagine the outcry over a movie depicting an attempt to assassinate the U.S. president? Oh, hang on... the way politics are over there, it'd probably be quite popular in some quarters.

    Anyway, despite any question of taste, it is only a movie. If the cinemas decide they don't want to show, fine. They reject poor quality movies all the time. But for a group of hackers (or anyone) to threaten strife to try and blackmail companies to not show a movie is unacceptable.

    Posted in: Sony cancels Dec 25 U.S. release of 'The Interview' after threats

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    donkusai

    Strangerland, letting logic come into the argument is a dangerous move. Who knows where that might lead...

    On saying that, I think the police in Sydney are doing a great job keeping everything calm and giving the hostages the best possible chance of survival. Calls for snipers and such are a last resort (though some more trigger happy folk here certainly want it to be first). The guy clearly has a political agenda. He wants to talk to the PM and wants a ISIS flag. With luck, the police will be able to talk him out, and if not, then they can deal with him with whatever force is necessary. If this guy thinks he is doing his cause a justice, all he is doing is hardening the average Australian's hearts against everything he stands for.

    Posted in: 5 hostages escape from Sydney cafe

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    donkusai

    While the internet is a great thing and wonderful for finding information and alternate views on issues, one problem we have is that there is no real way to filter the honesty of what we read. Views such as those expressed by the author in this story become freely available, which isn't such a problem, but all the crazy stuff is mixed in with speculation and actual evidence, all given the same weighting. People can choose whatever they want to believe, no matter how crazy, and they'll find voices online to confirm these beliefs, thus validating them.

    With all this information available, schools really should be teaching children critical thinking skills. Memorising information is pretty useless when you've got access to so much information instantly through your phone. We need to focus on searching for facts, weighing evidence and comparing points of view to find the strongest arguments. These are the skills kids need today. We'll always have people claim things like 'the Jews let off an atomic bomb underwater to destroy Japans economy'. The only way to protect our kids from such stupidity is to teach them to think.

    Posted in: Sankei newspaper apologizes over ad for anti-Semitic books

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    donkusai

    I like the idea, but anorexic women in over-stereotypical scenes leave me cold. There is so much beauty in Japan. These photos just seem so plastic to me. I tried to like them, but most of them seemed so soulless.

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

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    donkusai

    I've come to love Japan vs. Australia games. This is really turning out to be a great friendly rivalry developing. Will be interesting to see how Japan go in the Asian cup on Australia's home turf.

    Posted in: Japan ready for Australian aerial assault

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    donkusai

    The natural name would have been Windows 9, but Microsoft is eager to suggest a break with the past. “We’re not building an incremental product,” said Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group.

    But it is incremental. Clearly it is an evolution of Windows 8. Between this sort of stuff and Apple's marketing, there seems to be more hype than product these days.

    Posted in: Windows 10 tries blending new with familiar

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    donkusai

    No. There are already too many permanent votes on the UNSC with veto rights and vested interests. There should be no permanent members, though nations with the highest populations and economies should get regular turns there (including the likes of Japan, the US, Russia and China). Perhaps a wider voice is what the UNSC needs. More nations inputting into the discussion and less opportunity for vested interests to ride roughshod over it.

    Posted in: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants Japan to have a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council. Would you support such a move?

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    It would be good for Japan not to have redbacks, but I regularly have them under my back steps and in the garage. They're not aggressive and are only likely to bite if you stick your fingers into their webs (usually under clutter). I don't think anyone has ever actually died from a redback bite, not that I know of, anyway.

    Posted in: Redback spiders found in Tokyo for first time

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    donkusai

    The Russian aircraft flights coincided with a visit by Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko to Washington

    Seriously, Putin? Do you think these sorts of intimidation tactics will make the West step back from supporting Ukraine? With Russian weapons and soldiers pretty much keeping the civil war going, this sort of nonsense can only strengthen Western governments' desire to draw a line in the sand and stop this chest beating.

    Posted in: Six Russian fighters intercepted by U.S. near Alaska

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    donkusai

    _Jack: I was already a bit suspicious about the foiled plot. And now, fifteen arrested. Dozens of homes invaded. Only one still in custody. Not even sure how they know about this supposed plot.

    Jack, these were associates of people who have already left Australia to fight for ISIS. They were already being monitored by intelligence agencies as they had known links to ISIS. that's how they knew about the plot.

    Posted in: Australia to bring in tougher anti-terror laws

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    donkusai

    Great effort by Nishikori! I really hope he does well in the final. And thumbs up to Djokovic for saying that he was simply outplayed. No excuses, it's great to see an athlete give credit where it is due. Respect.

    Posted in: History-making Nishikori beats Djokovic to reach U.S. Open final

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    donkusai

    Loved the original mad max, but I'd like to add the car chase from the Blues Brothers to the list. :)

    Posted in: George Miller reboots 'Mad Max' with '105-minute chase scene'

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    donkusai

    Why on earth wont they add a south pacific team based in Fiji, Samoa or Tonga? Are New Zealand blocking that idea because it's from those nations they get a lot of their good players from?

    Posted in: Super Rugby to add team from Japan or Singapore

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    donkusai

    They get rid after of the carbon tax because "it doesn't work" (according to Australian PM), yet after it's first full year in effect, Australia saw it's first non-downturn related fall in carbon emissions. Great work there, Tony. Not only is your head in the sand, but you've replaced a market based system that actually worked with a wish-list policy ("direct action") that economists pretty much all agree will do absolutely nothing. Great job. With that sort of logic, I'm interested to see what you'll stuff up next.

    Posted in: Australia abolishes divisive carbon tax

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    donkusai

    I don't care whether you hate guns or love them so much you take one to bed with you at night... there's something wrong here. Can't we just get all the interest groups to take a step back, do some serious research into what causes people to do these sorts of things, and then try to do something to make these sort of events less common.

    Posted in: Texas gunman kills 6, including 4 children

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    donkusai

    I remember the 2006 world cup and Japan drew Brazil in the same group. Everyone was talking about how the Brazil-Japan game would decide the group winner and how Japan could win it. No one talked about their first game against an Australian team who were in the world cup for the first time in over 30 years. They lost that first game 3-1 and didn't even make it to the playoff rounds.

    Just concentrate on the group matches first, guys. Talk like this nearly always indicates you're not focused on doing the hard work needed to succeed in the tournament. Let's not have an early exit.

    Posted in: Japan has potential to win World Cup, says Honda

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    donkusai

    Didn't we learn anything from the last world cup? Leave the ball design alone and let the players play football. Print a fancy new design on the outside if you want to "brand" it, but don't destroy the player's ability to play the game by messing up the ball again.

    Posted in: Ninja knowledge underlies new World Cup ball

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    donkusai

    My deepest thoughts are with the families of the victims. While I'm no fan of guns, the issue here is a young man who thought he could end his pain by taking other people out with him. I don't know the solution to this. A less adversarial world perhaps? A more understanding community? All I know is that it is yet another sad day.

    Posted in: 7 killed in California drive-by shooting

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    donkusai

    Well done to the Wanderers - a club that didn't even exist 2 years ago. To make 2 A-League grand finals and the quarterfinals of the AFC Champions League is a great effort in the first 2 years of a club's existence. I hope they can progress even further and send off Shinji Ono in style.

    Posted in: Wanderers beat Sanfrecce to reach ACL quarterfinals

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