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    lostrune2JUL. 22, 2014 - 02:41PM JST Yep, for the simple reason that more and more countries are getting more powerful weapons.

    For example?

    Industrialized countries working on more powerful bombs and cyberwarfare.

    North Korea working on nukes and missile delivery systems.

    Insurgents fielding more powerful rockets.

    Even poorer countries buying the old but still more powerful arsenal that rich countries are selling off.

    Everybody is upgrading.

    Posted in: Do you think the world is more dangerous today than, say, 10 years ago?

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    Yep, for the simple reason that more and more countries are getting more powerful weapons.

    As technology becomes cheaper and as knowledge spreads faster and wider, it's become easier and easier for just about any state or group to improve their weapons arsenal destructive power. There will always be conflicts - human history has shown this - left to their own device even without outside interference,

    Posted in: Do you think the world is more dangerous today than, say, 10 years ago?

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    There's a couple quick ways to help determine when and where.

    When the surface-to-air missile's radar system was turned on to track a target, that radar signal was also detected by the other radars around. So they'd know when a missile system had been turned on.

    The radars then track the plane and the missile's flight. By tracking back, they'd know how fast and where the missile was fired.

    If the timing of the events matches, they'd know it is a missile system in what place that shot down the plane.

    Anyway, I hope you are wrong. I know Putin is a hard man, but I don't believe he would knowingly conspire in the deaths of 300 people who have nothing whatsoever to do with the Ukraine or Russia. Bringing down all this international condemnation on his head ... he'd have to be an idiot.

    Providing people the means without proper oversight is liability. Usually a surface-to-air missile operation goes thru several military checks to be sure of the target. Obviously the separatists wouldn't have their own check capability, so if Russia still gave them the means and training to use such a powerful weapon yet not provide the oversight that the separatists wouldn't have, then that's still on Russia's hands. (That's why the US won't provide the Syrian rebels with these powerful weapons because without proper oversight and if they shot down a civilian plane, then it's still on the US for an improper operation.)

    Posted in: Investigators struggle to reach MH17 crash site in Ukraine

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    Most of the cuts are from Nokia:

    The company said it would slash 18,000 jobs from its global workforce over the next year, the majority from the Nokia handset unit acquired this year.

    Just makes sense, when there's an acquisition, to cut some redundancies to be lean and mean. Microsoft continues to be a very profitable business.

    There's not a single product you've came up with in the last 10 years that was innovative or exciting.

    Businesses don't need something to be innovative or exciting, but something they can use. That's why they held onto WinXP and servers for the longest time. (Same happened with Unix - nothing flashy but just does its job.) Consumers can get excited; businesses just want to be able to do their business quietly.

    Posted in: Microsoft cuts 18,000 jobs from global workforce

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    I think the Netherlands should call this a direct attack on their citizens and call the shots from here on out.

    Malaysia owns the plane, so they should decide what happens to the plane and where the blackboxes would go, not Ukraine, not the separatists, not Russia.

    The second interpretation is that Russia is falling apart as mercenaries move themselves and heavy military equipment at will within Russia and across its borders.

    This is the not likely scenario. Russia is fighting its own separatists and has the capability to tightly control its borders around there. The border doesn't get porous unless Russia lets it so.

    Posted in: Global anger intensifies over downed Malaysia Airlines jet

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    There's no reason for Kiev to shoot down large planes - the separatists don't use large planes.

    The separatists already shot down a transport military plane and a fighter plane in the last few days. They obviously have the capability and using that capability.

    Occam's Razor: the separatists thought it's another Kiev plane and pulled the trigger. Simple. Even Vlad "there's no Russian troops in Crimea" Putin isn't saying that the separatists didn't do it - he's just saying that it's not their fault for pulling the trigger on the gun that killed the victims.

    Posted in: Global anger intensifies over downed Malaysia Airlines jet

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    People are too used to the smooth fluidity of CG anime these days

    CG anime and smooth fluidity don't mix

    Posted in: Ghibli transition to first TV series doesn't look all that smooth

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    What Japan's rigorous methods do is weed out the injury-prone arms early on while still in high school.

    Yes, this method kills a lot of arms before they even get a chance to develop to the next level, but that smaller portion of arms that do survive the method tend to be more durable than most. Extreme survival of the fittest.

    At least it's OK for the short-term. But then, that's all the NPB teams need - there are only a dozen NPB teams, while there are hundreds of pitchers every year. They only need the ace pitchers to pitch a few years in their 20s before the mileage on their arms catches up to them - then the teams could just replace 'em with the next batch. Teams don't need to have that ace pitcher healthy for a couple decades.

    Posted in: Japan's high school baseball looks to save pitchers

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    MLB also has higher level of competition, so the stress on the arm is higher.

    Posted in: Japan's high school baseball looks to save pitchers

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    Its all about marketing and recently gay has become a selling point, its fashionable and trendy to cater to the gay group now.

    Used to not be that way once and will probably go that way again in time, but right now it sells.

    Yuri and yaoi also sell.

    Posted in: Archie to be shot saving gay friend in comic book

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    Why didn't they just leave Archie alone instead of creating this Archie as adult series?

    They did - this is a spinoff. Australia?

    Posted in: Singapore bans Archie comics featuring gay marriage

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    Hayao Miyazaki should call on his friend John Lasseter for CG help.

    Posted in: Ghibli transition to first TV series doesn't look all that smooth

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    Samsung research: the next Galaxy smartphone will be an exact copy of iPhone 6.

    Didn't Samsung come up with the larger screen earlier?

    Posted in: Samsung battles on two fronts as Apple readies iPhone 6

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    What's more sad is the thousands of amateurs out there who would never make it to the pros and earn pro benefits yet have to live with bum elbows.

    Posted in: Japan's high school baseball looks to save pitchers

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    Ya guys should bow too

    Posted in: Why do Japanese cleaning crews bow at trains?

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    There'd be a market for chastity belts

    Posted in: Woman robbed of underwear while walking home

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    His hits left him with a .481 All-Star average (13 for 27)

    Jeter bats well against the best of the best, so clutch in the playoffs.

    Last 5 champions came from the League that won the All-Star game for home-field advantage.

    Posted in: Jeter, Trout lead AL over NL 5-3 in All-Star game

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    that's fortunate there's no sex rape

    Posted in: Woman robbed of underwear while walking home

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