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    gonemad

    For example, if you have 5 people with the following salaries, $10k, $5k, $1k, $5k and $500k the "median" value is $104.2k, which in no way represents what the average man is earning.

    Many of you don't seem to understand what the median is. In your example, the median is $5k. When you have a few rich people, the impact on the median is almost negligible.

    Posted in: Japan's child poverty rate hits record high

  • 3

    gonemad

    If what the article claims were true, we would see a sharp rise in wages. I haven't seen any statitics which supports that, so my b*llsh*t indicator started to flash heavily...

    Posted in: Japanese firms near crisis point as labor shortage deepens

  • 4

    gonemad

    So does that mean I can write a novel about Tom Sawyer as a terrorist enlisted by the US President to rid America of zombie nuns?

    Yes, in a free society you are allowed to write (almost) any crap you like. Just because the author might start to spin in his grave doesn't mean we should put limits to free expression.

    Posted in: Sherlock Holmes belongs to the public, U.S. court rules

  • 1

    gonemad

    Not really. It's extremely easy to hide all your personal information, as well as your browsing history, from Facebook.

    No, it is not easy and most people, including you obviously, don't understand how to hide personal information from Facebook. What you have to do is to block connection to any of the Facebook sites (including all the cdn sites) when you are surfing on other sites than Facebook itself. There are browser plugins which can do this, but they are inconvenient and not easy to use for the ordinary user.

    Facebook is still relatively easy to filter. When it comes to others like Google it becomes much more difficult. The reason is that many sites - including this one, do you listen moderator? - don't give a damn about the privacy of their users and in order to save writing a few lines of own code include scripts from Google which you cannot block without losing the functionality of the site.

    Most people believe that technical information like IP addresses, browser and OS type and version etc etc. does not constitute personal information. That was true more than ten years ago, but it is not the case anymore in the days of Big Data. Trackers store complete fingerprints for every access, which consist of hundreds of pieces of technical information, each for itself harmless. In combination, the fingerprint is unique for every single device/user. Even when some parameters change, which they typically do, there are many additional techniques which allow to join the different tracking profiles again. So every single access from any site which references the tracker is added to your profile.

    Now you might think that the tracker still doesn't know your name. Well, for his purposes he typically doesn't care. He can assign all activities to one unique person and just adding a name to the profile would be redundant. But when the tracker sells the profile to other companies which know your name, the connection between name and profile can be indirectly established through the fingerprint.

    Let me give you one example how this works. You apply for a job at company A. You receive an email back from them, asking you to click a certain link in order to see a status, get some more information, fill in a questionnaire or whatever. They either ask you for your identification on the web site or they sent you a personalized link in the email (in case you have ever wondered about the long strings of seemingly random characters in links in emails to you, you now learned the purpose). Now that you accessed the website of A, they have your fingerprint and they have matched it to your name. A then sends the fingerprint to tracking company B and B returns the browsing profile, from which A might see that you have a preference for sites with the wrong political colour, wrong religious belief, sites which are about certain diseases, whatever. Based on this, A refuses the job to you.

    Posted in: Facebook expands users' ad targeting profiles with website data

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    gonemad

    Unless the operator can present evidence that reverses the current analysis, Tohoku Electric would have to re-evaluate the seismic impact and reinforce the facility before it could reopen, a process that could take years.

    According to my technical understanding, this upgrade is impossible for an existing plant. You have to consider it before you build the plant. It is not a small change, as we are talking about at least 10~100x higher acceleration factors.

    Posted in: Tohoku Electric applies for safety checks on reactor in Aomori

  • 5

    gonemad

    So authorities can't tell the number of missing children yet they claim to know how many people have been abducted by North Korea?

    Posted in: Nobody really knows how many children are missing

  • 0

    gonemad

    yes, but only when payed by the yellow press and not by public money.

    Posted in: Do you think there is a role for monarchies in this day and age?

  • 2

    gonemad

    How do you see a tail of black smoke during night time?

    Posted in: Australia probes possible MH370 witness account

  • 2

    gonemad

    You can't have your cake and eat it too, it's extremely fair for Youtube to say "here is the deal, take it or leave it, it is upto you", if they don't like it then they don't need their content on Youtube then.

    As long as you stay within the limits of antitrust law, which is not so clear in this case.

    Posted in: YouTube resists indie music streaming ultimatum

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    gonemad

    “The very principle of democracy is that local citizens should make decisions,” Inamine told AFP.

    This is not true for public infrastructure projects. But there has to be a reasonable share of the burden for all citizens.

    Posted in: Nago mayor takes anti-base case to U.S.

  • 0

    gonemad

    @driftnet, and next time you want to enter the US you will be denied entry because you lied about your criminal record...

    Posted in: Agreement between Japan, U.S. to share fingerprint data proceeds in Diet

  • 2

    gonemad

    Like always with these questions, the "case by case" answer is missing...

    Posted in: When big companies look like they are going under, should governments use tax money to bail them out?

  • 3

    gonemad

    There is no tax at all, whatsoever, on any Japanese car sold in America, period.

    There are import tariffs ranging from 2.5% to 12.5% depending on the type of car.

    But, all imported cars are subject to individual inspection

    This is only the case when the car does not have a Japanese type approval. Any maker can obtain a type approval of his cars. This is exactly the same as when you import a car to the US, just that Japan allows some exemptions while the US does not. The US would like to have Japan accept the US type approval so that the makers don't have to do double qualifications. Fine, but it should also go the other way around.

    and are distributed by third parties which have financial ties to Japanese domestic manufacturers

    Any maker can freely set up his own distribution network in Japan. Nobody is forced to sell his competitor's cars. This is called a free market.

    Posted in: U.S. steps up pressure on Japan to make good on trade promises

  • 1

    gonemad

    There are just too many ignorant comments

    Well, for the sake of not getting my comment removed, I will refrain from writing a sarcastic reply here...

    No one is "forcing" Japan to buy rice. They are requesting that Japan offer the same access to foreign rice that other countries offer Japan. Why should Japan get what they want but not give anything back in return?

    Will the US drop their agricultural subsidies in exchange? We could have a much better and wider free trade agreement already if it weren't for the US and EU to block all progress in the WTO.

    They are simply requesting that Japan stop taxing and putting prohibitively high tariffs automatically on every car that is imported into Japan.

    Look, it is the US which is taxing imported cars. In Japan the rate is zero. It is the US industry who doesn't want to open the domestic market and they're coming up with all kind of nonsense to get political support.

    Have you ever seen the cars Ford produces with Opel in Europe?

    You are aware that Opel/Vauxhall have been in deep trouble since many years? Nonetheless, I think Ford and GM would be much more successful in Japan if they stopped their self-defeating strategy to prioritize US-made cars and would focus on selling cars made by their European and Korean subsidiaries.

    BTW, Opel is a subsidiary of GM, not Ford.

    Posted in: U.S. steps up pressure on Japan to make good on trade promises

  • -1

    gonemad

    Ok, let's see. In the Oklahoma trial the jury came to the - not unreasonable - conclusion that the car's software could be the culprit. On the other hand, Toyota has made no further recalls regarding the unintended acceleration issue and thus the old problems should still persist. Yet we haven't heard of any new unintended acceleration case since then. The hype is gone, the accidents are gone... But what will happen to Toyota when any other driver who has an accident will come up with claims of unintended acceleration? It doesn't matter whether right- or wrongfully, it will put Toyota in a terrible situation.

    Posted in: Toyota to pay $1.2 bil to settle investigation over defect cover-up in U.S.

  • 0

    gonemad

    Cellphone towers on earth are not designed to connect to phones in the sky. Rather, antennas are optimized that as little energy as possible is wasted to unintended directions. Even if the phones could still catch a signal at cruising altitude, the phones are too weak to transmit a signal back to the tower. What makes it even more difficult is that the body of the plane is a good shield for radiofrequency signals.

    Passengers can only use satellite phones on board and when that is turned off, whether by intention or caused by technical difficulties, then there is no way for the passengers to communicate to the outside world. Some planes, but not this one, are equipped with a micro base station as relay. Still, that connection is routed through a satellite link.

    Even during 9/11 according to my knowledge, most calls from the plane were made through the in-plane satellite phones. Some direct mobile phone connections were possible because the planes were flying at very low altitudes. Compared to 13 years ago, today's mobile standards (3G, LTE) have significantly smaller ranges of coverage for the base stations and more optimized antenna designs, making connections outside the intended areas on ground even more difficult.

    So, as a summary, the fact that there were no mobile communications from the passengers indicates that the plane didn't fly low enough over any inhabited areas, that the passengers didn't notice anything special was going on or that they were dead before they could use their phones.

    The WashPost reports that one of the most eerie rumors came after a few relatives said they were able to call the cellphones of their loved ones or find them on a Chinese instant messenger service called QQ that indicated that their phones were still somehow online.

    This is normal behaviour of mobile networks. The roaming information is only updated when someone tries to establish a new connection. During the time the network tries to locate the phone, which can be quite long, a normal ring tone is provided to the caller as initial response so that he doesn't think the network is dead. This is exactly what happened here, nothing eerie at all.

    Posted in: Why do you think that passengers on board the missing Malaysian Airlines plane didn't make mobile phone calls when they realized something was wrong? Authorities say there were no phone calls, Twitter or Weibo postings, Instagram photos or any other communication from anyone aboard the aircraft after it was apparently diverted. Any theories?

  • 0

    gonemad

    More than 80% of parents believe that schools should require Internet companies to set clear polices to protect personal information.

    And how about at home? I have serious doubts that more than an extremely tiny fraction of the parents understand how the tracking works and how to protect themselves, let alone their children.

    Posted in: Japanese parents say no to Internet services that target online ads at children in schools

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    gonemad

    There is a gap between the northern and southern corridors, which only makes sense when you can be sure that you have searched the area in between sufficiently. Has this really been the case? Has Indonesia confirmed that there are no unidentified radar traces in any area on the west coast? In an extreme scenario, the pilot could have taken the same route back which he took to fly out west. Have Malaysian authorities checked the radar traces at the later times of the morning? Why don't they disclose the locations of the satellite signals received between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m.? Although we would just get a few more rings, they could still give hints about speed and direction of the plane to at least some extent.

    Last but not least a question to the aviation experts: could the B777 pass undetected by passive radar when flying at very low altitudes when e.g. passing Java or more southern parts of Indonesia or when flying over the Java Sea?

    It looks like whoever flew the plane had precise ideas of where he wanted to go and was willing to take unconventional steps to stay undetected. Hence we shouldn't exclude any possibilities prematurely...

    Posted in: New uncertainty about missing Malaysian plane

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    gonemad

    The latest recall of nearly 1.8 million vehicles linked to three new problems comes as a result of an internal probe into why it took the largest US automaker so long to acknowledge a deadly ignition defect.

    Simple answer: they were just happily bashing Toyota, so it would have been a bad time to come out with own issues...

    Posted in: GM recalls another 1.8 mil vehicles amid safety probe

  • 0

    gonemad

    China has been criticizing Malaysia's response, yet these pictures that were taken on sunday are just being released on Wednesday. By now, the ocean currents could have taken them anywhere!

    Somebody has to analyze the pictures and find the debris. Do you think this happens in zero time?

    Posted in: Malaysia: No debris at spot shown on China images

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