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    theFu

    I live in a city where the head of household is required to own a firearm AND ammunition. Our crime is 30% less than similarly sized metro areas in the USA.

    There are exceptions for some specific reasons. Don't think I'd file for an exception - it would be like a Steal stuff here! sign for crooks.

    Posted in: After years of declining crime, a spike in U.S. city violence

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    Great, then she'll look at reducing the number of H-1BVisas allowed? Doubtful. I have highly skilled friends who are unwilling to lie on their resume/CV that go without jobs for years as the seek a position that pays within 10% of their prior position.

    Posted in: Clinton to make boosting wages central to her economic plan

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    theFu

    Breakthroughs are good.

    Competition is good. Seems that AMD isn't competing well against Intel. Doubt that IBM will make an x86 chip. Haven't touched a "Power" systems since the Power6 line. I wanted one for home, but couldn't justify the price even for a low-end system.

    I've worked on IBM computers used in space. I'd be worried about cosmic ray interactions. Yes, those are real things. A flipped instruction bit can be bad. 7nm is small, so spacecraft system need lots of extra validations against data corruption.

    Posted in: IBM unveils 'breakthrough' computer chip

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    Individual privacy always trumps massive, warrant-less, data collection of citizens in my book. Shame on any government doing these things. Government is FOR THE PEOPLE.

    Posted in: Balancing act: Security of a country and individual privacy

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    Hats off to the USA ladies.

    Impressive play and some dumb luck so far reflected in the score.

    I love watching two great teams play with high levels of skill.

    Posted in: U.S. beats Japan 5-2 to win Women's World Cup

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    theFu

    Actually, I think the article nailed some aspects, but left off other important considerations. I haven't left NRT to be inside Japan since the 1990s so my experiences may be out of date.

    I found Tokyo to be extremely expensive. Then on vacation, I don't intend to stay at a 4-star hotel for $250+/night or eat every meal out for $30/pp.

    Japan is famous for raw fish and expensive steaks. Some people DO NOT LIKE IT, especially with their kids. A close relative took her family to Japan in 2010 and her kids all lost weight and were constantly complaining about the food. This is a blessing AND a curse. Japan has many other foods, but those aren't highlighted in the travel advertisements that I've seen. I would loose 7 lbs every week worked in Japan. Just couldn't find enough food that was edible to me in the allowed time. Since then, I've matured as a traveler and see the various foods as a major part of the travel experience, but for many people, they want the same foods from home, especially for b'fast. I remember being very happy to get maple syrup with waffles in Bangkok just last year. It was a nice surprise. Yes, it is stupid, but it made me happy at the time.

    Trains and buses need to be just as easy to use for English speakers as for Japanese. Something like an "Octopus card" for all public transport is needed. No more cash. I recall having to carry lots of cash around with me - not just for trains, but to purchase food. I couldn't use the buses at all and taxis only worked if I had a business card for the destination.

    The idea that some hotels are not open to foreigners is troubling. Is that still the situation?

    Last time I was there, getting from NRT to the hotel was a minibus for almost 3 hrs and $75. Hopefully that has been fixed?

    Cell phones - is it trivial to pick up a GSM SIM at the airport for 2 weeks of use for less than $20?

    I believe Japan has a free English translation service available by phone. Make that on the front of all tourism advertising.

    Earthquakes. For people who aren't from places with Earthquakes, this is a real fear. There was a tiny quake during 1 of my visits at 2am. Don't think any of the locals noticed it at all, but the room was on the 29th floor, I it freaked me out a bit.

    There are many things unique to Japan that are different and wonderful. For some travelers, those unknowns will always scare people away. Japan was my first travel overseas and those experiences changed my life. For that, I shall always be grateful to the all the nice people I interacted and worked with for those few years.

    Posted in: Four areas in which Japan needs to improve if it wants to attract more overseas travelers

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    If these polls truly reflect the beliefs of both peoples, I'm just sad.

    I've visited both of these countries and have many friends in both and back home who are descended from these wonderful places. Both have rich histories and both have some embarrassing items in their past. Every country does.

    Certainly we can all find a way passed this distrust. We are more alike than different as people.

    I hope we can.

    Posted in: Distrust between South Korea, Japan sky high: poll

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    theFu

    He will be on "death row" for another 10 yrs thanks to automatic appeals in all death penalty cases.

    It is cheaper to keep him in prison for life, but American society will not allow that. He needs to be killed to make people here feel like justice has been achieved.

    The idea of a bullet in his brain tomorrow, just isn't the way this works. Death is an extraordinary measure of justice and "the system" tries to really be certain it is deserved. Certainly there have been innocent people put to death based on bad evidence, FBI lab lying, etc. In this case, I have no doubts this person did the crime and deserves the sentence.

    Posted in: Boston Marathon bomber sentenced to death

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    Voting for "None of the Above" myself. All the options are so very flawed.

    Posted in: Iraq war casts shadow over Republican White House hopefuls

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    15 yr old is a minor. Parents are 100% responsible for all behavior and control.

    I wasn't there, but I have been on flights where adults had tantrums and the flight crews behaved poorly, which lead to escalation.

    Gag and straight jacket would be my solution, no inconveniencing 200+ other people.

    I'd put that entire family on my "no fly list" if I were United. They can drive or take a bus or some other airline.
    Flying is not a right.

    Posted in: Mom plans to sue after autistic daughter removed from plane in U.S.

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    Who? Never watched these "talent" shows. Can't wait for them to bring back Wipeout!

    Posted in: Fox calling an end to 'American Idol'

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    theFu

    Over populated areas - a $10M insurance policy should be mandatory to get a commercial license. Larger RPVs/ROVs require higher insurance policies - up to $100M. Get caught - $10M fine.

    Over unpopulated private areas - go for it. I'm thinking farm, ranch, industrial areas in the middle of nowhere.

    Over unpopulated public areas - permit from the specific management org (Dept of Interior, Nat Park Service, State Park Service, etc.... )

    Current areas where drones are prohibited remain so - 5mi near airports come to mind.

    Private use - over your own property or private land where it is allowed, good. Over any roadways or more than sparsely populated areas, prohibited.

    For example, a homeowner should be allowed to use a camera on a "drone" to check out hard to see places on his property - roof, trees, chimneys, etc.

    Posted in: What do you think about the increasing use of drones?

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    theFu

    No line jumping.

    What the USA needs is a foreign worker program. This lets workers come into the USA for agri-jobs and leave as the season dictates. They have have their families in their home country and come back season after season to work. This must limit the sorts of jobs for migrant workers too and limit the right to protest and have an automatic deportation clause for being arrested more than 5 times or convicted once.

    We also need a constitutional amendment that being born in the USA doesn't automatically create a US citizen. That would end "anchor babies."

    I'm not against a path to citizenship for illegal aliens, just against anyone here illegally getting ahead of anyone following the rules for entrance.

    Posted in: Clinton challenges Bush on immigration

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    theFu

    Everyone should be able to play dress up. Too many skinny girls in Japan anyway, IMHO.

    Posted in: Marshmallow girls want to cosplay too

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    It depends.

    If the person is the primary subject in a commercial photo, then permission should be required. This assumes the person isn't a minor and is able to legally provide permission.

    If the person is in the background, not in detail, then permission shouldn't be required if taken in a public location - street, public land, public park or with the land owners permission.

    I think of the Virgin Mobile ad campaign http://techcrunch.com/2007/09/21/virgin-mobile-ad-campaign-ruins-girls-life/ that stole a flickr photo of an underage girl and printed up 1.5m posters of her at bus stops.

    Posted in: Should media be able to take photos of, or film people in public, and then use it without asking their permission?

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    theFu

    3000+ dead and they haven't really gotten outside KTM yet. This is terrible.
    Haven't been able to reach any of my friends there yet - 3 days since the quake. At least the airport is open.

    Posted in: Over 700 dead in Nepal quake; Everest shaken

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    theFu

    These people have all met before. They may not be life-long friends, but they probably are more than acquaintances. A hug, when on American soil, is perfectly acceptable.

    I hug old friends I haven't seen in 20 yrs and only communicated with because of a visit to their town. Sometimes they aren't ready for it either. ;)

    Posted in: Give us a hug

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    theFu

    So ... they want a salary-man? Yuck. Just kill me already. If I had to go to the same desk job, even if it wasn't boring, day after day, I'd rather have a bullet in the head.

    Posted in: Survey asks Japanese women what professions they don’t want to date

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    theFu

    My thoughts go out to all the people impacted. Only spent a few weeks in Nepal around Holi time and found the people there to be wonderful, generous, and fun! Took about 5 days to be a tourist. Was there upgrading the wifi network infrastructure at a Buddhist Monastery. The monks need their youtube. ;) Worked on my karma at the same time. I haven't been able to check-in with my friends there yet.

    Nepal has rolling blackouts as a way of life - 6hrs of power, 6 hrs without, 6 hrs of power, 6 hrs without. The power schedule shifts daily by 1 hour to make it equally inconvenient for everyone in the country. Many businesses are used to working without power.

    Their roads and hospital infrastructure can't handle this. They need help. Read that Pakistan has offered everything they have - it will be needed. Hopefully India and China and USA and Japan and Australia will help too. This is massive. Many thousands of people are likely buried and dead. There are probably many missing people in slides on many other mountains in Nepal where people live and work.

    If you can't go there to help, please open your pockets and give to a charity helping there like the Red Cross. They will need this help for years.

    Posted in: Over 700 dead in Nepal quake; Everest shaken

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    theFu

    Don't think I'll be going to the movies this summer - at least not for these. I'm tired of no-imagination stories.

    Bring something new, imaginative. Though I would see a new Iron Man. The climax in the last Avengers just went on-and-on-and-on-and-on. The scene AFTER the credits was my favorite. I like shawarma. ;)

    I can wait for the DVD (won't use BR here) to be shipped from Netflix for most of these.

    Perhaps Xmas will bring something interesting?

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