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    gonemad

    Still, there is too much speculation here. It is unknown whether the sick leave certificate had anything to do with his mental illness. The kind of illness is not written on the certificate. Furthermore, it is unknown whether the doctor who treated him knew anything about his job. Health insurance data does not typically include the profession.

    Prosecutors in Duesseldorf, where Lubitz had an apartment, said the psychotherapy occurred over an extended period before he received his pilot’s license, and that medical records referred to “suicidal tendencies.” They provided no dates.

    When it was before he received his pilot's license, then probably doctors didn't know anything about his future profession. Whom should they have warned and how?

    All pilots must undergo regular medical checks that include a cursory psychological evaluation, according to Dr. Hans-Werner Teichmueller, the agency’s head. But such tests rely on patients being honest with their doctors, and even a seriously mentally unstable person would have been able to put a “mask” on for the investigation, he said.

    The key point is that without cooperation of the pilot, medical evaluations will find anything but the most extreme cases. Is there any incentive for the pilot to cooperate? His career will fail and then...? To me, it looks like pilots have every reason to hide mental illness from their employer. How can we win over pilots to cooperate?

    Posted in: German co-pilot was once treated for suicidal tendencies

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    In other words, US auto makers want to sell polluting and dangerous cars in Japan.

    While I don't agree with the "dangerous" here, the first part is right. Main concern of US makers is the progressive taxing with the strong preference of kei cars. The US is the only(?) developed country which has no progressive taxing based on engine displacement or emissions, which results on comparatively large engines developed for and sold in the US market. Although the additional tax burden over the lifetime of the vehicle is rather small compared to the price differences of different cars, cars with such large engines are almost unsellable in Japan. It shows that the psychological control effect of the taxes is more effective than the purely economical impact of the higher fuel consumption. Since the (addressable) market is obviously judged too small to justify developments specifically for the Japanese market, US makers turn instead towards complaining about alleged non-tariff barriers.

    Posted in: U.S., Japan have significant gaps on auto market access

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    gonemad

    Sorry, but this is only because Germany and Sweden threatened to mirror Japan's practice of individually inspecting each and every new car, and increasing the distribution costs of foreign cars.

    The individual inspection is only required (for any importer, from whatever country) when you don't have a type approval. Thus it is only relevant when you plan to import just a few cars, so mainly for small series luxury cars. The same kind of procedure exists in the US and Europe, btw.

    If you want to buy an American car in Japan, you will have to pay about 1/3 more for it than it would cost in America.

    You know that price is determined by supply and demand, not by cost.

    Ford has produced some of Europe's best selling cars, like the Cortina, Fiesta, Focus, and the ever popular Combi. All of these were available with RHD, yet, despite all being the world's top-selling cars, you will never see one in Japan.

    These cars were/are developed and made in Europe and it has been Ford's policy for a long time to favour US made models in many markets. It is only since a couple of years that a more globalized thinking started at Ford, and GM for that matter.

    Posted in: U.S., Japan have significant gaps on auto market access

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    gonemad

    This is completely false. Safety and emissions standards are higher in America and Europe than they are in Japan. No car made for the domestic Japanese market may be sold in America, as these cars do not meet minimum safety requirements. Japanese cars sold in America must have heavier bumpers, door reinforcements, and gas tanks relocated before they can be sold in America. No car made in America requires any modification whatsoever to be sold in Japan.

    @sangetsu03: if what you write were true, then why do US makers complain? Fact is that there are different requirements and you cannot cannot simply sell cars made according one country's requirements in the other without making modifications. It goes both ways and when you call it a non-tariff trade barrier, then the US has probably more than Japan. There are discussions ongoing between the relevant authorities in all major industrialized countries on a unification of the (emission) standards, but there is still a very long way to go.

    What I'm afraid of is that TPP will rather be a step back in this context. Maybe the partners will agree to accept each other's standards to some extent, on the basis of the lowest common requirements. On the other hand, TPP will cement existing requirements where any future improvements with regard to safety or pollution have to be agreed by all trade partners. Japan or California moving ahead with emission standards like in the past will practically not happen any more.

    Posted in: U.S., Japan have significant gaps on auto market access

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    gonemad

    Well, there are always two sides to every question. What do you do when you are small company with some patents, which you offer for license to one of the large corporations. They chose to ignore you and use your invention in their products, assuming that you are too small to have the resources to fight them in court without putting your own business in danger. Then, one of your options is to sell your patents to the so-called patent trolls. You get at least some money, get rid of the risks and can focus on your key business. This is absolutely not an unusual case.

    The problem is not the non-practicing entities, but rather the quality of the patent granting process. Especially the USPTO is known to be rather poor in terms of filtering out prior art or trivial "inventions" and it is based on deliberate political decisions, driven by the lobbies of the large corporations. You can't have your cake and eat it, too.

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

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    gonemad

    It would seem that in Germany (and probably many western countries) doctors don't inform the employers of their patients if they have a mental illness such as depression even though the patient's work is as critical as an airline pilot. Sounds like it is time for a change in the laws and if anyone disagrees then do a web search as to how many people have been killed by airline pilots going over the edge and crashing their aircrafts.

    @Hawkeye: as a result, people with depression or other mental problems will lose trust and not consult doctors any more when they fear their career may be disrupted. Things would become worse instead of better. But perhaps some regular and mandatory screening by the airline companies could be a solution.

    Posted in: Germanwings co-pilot hid illness prior to crash

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    gonemad

    “By winning the upcoming elections, let us bring the dawn, a new morning to Japan, as we emerge out of a period of darkness,” Abe said.

    Political lingo for "I don't want to tell you my plans, as the truth would just put you off..."

    laying the groundwork to push controversial legislation, including bills to expand the role of the Japanese military.

    This is his real aim.

    Since returning to power over two years ago, Abe has issued a series of big-spending stimulus programs to boost the economy, assisted by aggressive monetary easing by the Bank of Japan

    The first one is the same like Japan has tried so many times in the last two decades - without any lasting success at all. The only result was the tremendous public debt. The second is being tried in many other countries with no visible success so far. All the cheap money goes into new financial bubbles and additional public debt, but doesn't touch the earth. Companies sit on vast amounts of money. How should even more cheap money motivate them to invest more? Consumers to see any of the cheap money. No incerease in salaries. Interest rates have always be record low in the last two decades, so why suddenly take a loan now? Obviously, monetary easing just helps to increase public debt ever more. Without corresponding inflation, it's a recipe for disaster. Economic growth and inflation obviously need the 3rd arrow, but as long as that is limited to nationalistic propaganda, Japan continues to head into disaster, faster than ever.

    The Japanese government now consumes more than 1/3 of GDP

    @sangetsu: this is about the lowest of all industrialized countries, only undercut by Switzerland. Typical rates are in the 45-55% range. Just to put your comment into perspective. Otherwise I fully agree with you. Japan does not need less government spending, but different government spending.

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    gonemad

    Two people killed by IS is just an excuse. When the NPA takes the lead, the direction is clear: the target are Japanese citizen in Japan.

    Posted in: Japan eyes MI6-style spy agency

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    gonemad

    “From the time the malware left North Korea to the time it got to Sony’s headquarters in California, it crossed four different commanders’ lines or areas in the U.S. construct.”

    This sounds so much like auto-translated Japanese, yet this guy is American. Can anybody make any sense out of these words?

    Posted in: NSA chief says Sony attack traced to N Korea after software analysis

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    gonemad

    It's about time that some company gets sued for this practice. True, as several writers mentioned, it is general industry practice and not at all limited to Apple. That doesn't make it any better. The minimum requirement from my point of view is that companies inform the typical size of the OS, pre-installed applications and other space which may be reserved for system purposes. This gives users the possibility to make an informed decision about how much memory they should buy in their device. It is even more important for devices which do not allow any hardware upgrade of the memory in the form of memory cards - which leads us back to Apple... Cloud storage is not a solution for everybody.

    Posted in: Apple sued for promising more available storage space than it actually delivers

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    gonemad

    And that certain set of nutritional guidelines would be......?

    I was wondering the same. I cannot imagine that any bento sold at a convenience store would ever get this label if the guidelines were meant to be honest...

    Posted in: 'Health food' certification mark to be placed on prepared foods

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    gonemad

    Technically speaking, digital download should be best, but only when you get uncompressed files, which means FLAC or lossless file formats. The lossless formats support higher resolution and sample rates than the CD, so the sound quality should be superior in theory. I don't hear the difference, so I don't care to shell out extra money for overpriced high-resolution audio files.

    Ripping FLAC from CD is not the same as downloading a 16bit/44.1kHz FLAC. Reason is the poor error correction of the CD and that you almost never get a perfect CD.

    MP3 can be anything from terrible to very good quality, depending on the type of music and the data rate used. Therefore I never buy MP3s.

    Vinyl sounds different, whether it is better or worse depends on your taste. Technically it is just additional distortion and noise, which you could as well emulate with a digital filter it you really want...

    Posted in: Which offers the best sound quality for listening to music?

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    gonemad

    The Sendai plant cleared the Nuclear Regulation Authority’s (NRA) initial safety hurdle last month, but the utility was supposed to hand in additional, detailed paperwork on specific safety features at the site and how they planned to construct them.

    Considering the schedules, in plain text this can only mean that the NRA is willing to allow the restart based on plans, which do not have to be implemented before the plant starts again but rather some more ot less distant future. Nothing will ever change in this industry...

    Posted in: Japan's nuclear restart may be delayed until 2015

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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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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