theFu's past comments

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    theFu

    How about the candidates talk about issues? What an idea?

    Name calling is immature. I expect my President to be more mature than a 6 year old child .... Mr. Trump.

    Don't know much about Mr. Cruz - scanned his list of accomplishments and I disagree with many of them, so he isn't likely to be my favorite candidate.

    Posted in: As Cruz rises in U.S. presidential polls, Trump calls him 'maniac'

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    theFu

    But when will women be allowed to drive in SA?

    Posted in: Saudi voters elect 20 women candidates for the first time

  • 0

    theFu

    I live in Georgia and have worked with a Japanese company who were our clients. We'd take turns traveling to each others' locations. Atlanta's climate is similar to Tokyo's, though some of our more severe thunderstorms can be scary to a visitor.

    No earthquakes here. Well ... not entirely true, but someone from Japan wouldn't "feel" the one we have every 50 yrs. We do have tornadoes, but not enough to worry too much, plus The Weather Channel is here, so you'll have almost an exact path and plenty of warning to get out of the way or take cover.

    The hardest part of the travel for our Tokyo-based friends was that our offices weren't anywhere near MARTA (the subway system in Atlanta), so finding a taxi was always necessary and out in the suburbs, taxis really only work if called. Plus the different foods, though we do have excellent Japanese restaurants, they are on the expensive-side. I understand that after a week in a foreign country, normal people really do miss the comfort foods from home.

    For companies located walking distance from a MARTA station, I think most Japanese visitors wouldn't have too many issues, provided they avoided the not-so-nice parts of Atlanta. Most places are safe and love visitors. Plus we have a great work life/home life split. Not too hot nor too cold. Snow happen 1-2 days a year and is usually light, though it will shutdown the entire city. ;)

    I don't golf, but we have some great bowling and go-kart racing! Plus DragonCon if you are into that sort of thing along with 60K other people. There is always something to do every day of the week here.

    Come on down and let me fix ya'll some grits or BBQ. Everyone likes BBQ, right?

    Posted in: Japanese culture takes center stage for businesses expanding in Georgia

  • 0

    theFu

    Youtube changed their rules months ago for small content providers, because they wanted to run ads. Many vid-casters left over that, even when their content was 100% self-made. Video-gamers posting guide were hit very hard too by "Content-ID."

    Oddworld Inhabitants, Inc posted to their blog. It reads,

    “We at Oddworld Inhabitants, Inc. would like to reassure YouTubers that we continue to give our explicit permission to anyone on the service to broadcast using Oddworld games, including Abe’s Oddysee, Abe’s Exoddus, Munch’s Oddysee, Stranger’s Wrath, and the upcoming New ‘n’ Tasty (and any updated, HD versions).This includes Let’s Plays, commercial trailers, and screen shots.

    Other game creation studies have followed.

    Seems to hurt the people trying to make a living out of youtube videos through pure viewer counts, not smaller people like me posting how-to guides or conference recordings as a separate service to clients i.e. ZERO monetization from youtube.

    Posted in: Japanese music and vocaloid content disappears as YouTube rolls out new paid service

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    theFu

    It should be obvious that you don't prevent 20K refugees fleeing possible death over concerns about 5 people. Living is dangerous to our lives. It is much more likely that I will be harmed in a car accident than by any terrorist action anywhere in the world. The true risks are small. Fear levels are not a valid way to assess true risks.

    Political leaders need to use their brains a little more. Please.

    Were any Muslim or Buddhist or Hindu leaders included in those calls to admit refugees? If not, that says much about these organizations too. Certainly the Muslim leadership must be included, though they cannot take the lead for political reasons. I'm still pissed that 99.99999% of Muslim leaders aren't on TV condemning these attacks. Until the radicalized Islamic people see that, they will continue to believe their efforts are silently approved.

    Posted in: U.S. religious leaders make forceful appeals to admit refugees

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    Pregnant women should get a bonus for working.

    1.75M yen is NOT sufficient penalty to make companies take notice and stop this illegal behavior.

    Japan has a worker shortage and doesn't like immigration. Last time I checked there is one way to make more workers - women make babies who grow up to be workers. Japan needs to support all her women, but especially those who are pregnant. It is good for Japanese society.

    Or I suppose they could import people from China. Heard something about an over population problem there.

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  • 0

    theFu

    Wc626: what happened to compassion, helping others? What would Jesus do? Or the Conservatives live with Christians principals or they don't. Again, hypocrisy...

    Being "conservative" has NOTHING to do with religion.

    Posted in: Republicans rush to shut U.S. borders to Syrian refugees

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    theFu

    I bet the world would have been more receptive to this if governments hadn't been illegally capturing all communications of their own citizens for decades without any legal reason or authority.

    OTOH, that horse has already left the barn-meaning that encryption is already easily available to anyone with a web search device.

    I don't use commercial encryption. Switched to F/LOSS encryption about 15 years ago which isn't controlled by any single company or country. I've never heard of it being broken when reasonable protections are made to protect the access methods with 2FA. Even if any government wanted, it is fairly certain that for people using gpg properly there isn't any known method to access the encrypted data without access to the private keys. Good luck with that. Think we are good for at least a decade with current 512-bit encryption for symmetric streams and 4K for asymmetric encrypted data.

    The main risks to web-encryptions is DNS. If the encryption trusts DNS, then governments can and have been caught performing man-in-the-middle attacks. Things liike HTTPS have been broken for years because of the reliance on DNS.

    Posted in: Paris attacks revive debate on encryption, surveillance

  • 0

    theFu

    The US is responsible for killing more US citizens than any other nation. Gun control?

    Actually, vehicles kill more Americans. Should we outlaw all powered vehicles? Many of those devices come from our closest friends. I've never seen a gun kill someone without active participation of a human.

    There is a double standard. Regions of the world where the people don't stop killing of their own people makes outsiders think those people do no value human life in the same way that "civilized" parts of the world do. It isn't about the religion or the skin color. It is about the value of a human life displayed and if there is a direct "national interest". The national interest part relates to news coverage back home. In France, there was national outrage. The country basically shutdown over this. Thailand basically shutdown after their country was hit with terrorist. Do places in the middle-east or Africa shutdown? Maybe they do? It doesn't get covered here, so I wouldn't know.

    Look at the issue through that viewpoint and everything becomes clearer.

    Is it right? I don't know. It is the way it is for now. The world-web connections of the internet can only help us gain more understanding of each other. That is a good thing.

    Most people want very similar things. I have a number of middle-eastern friends. They are some of the kindest and warmest people I know. In my travels, I've seen similar traits from pretty much everywhere. Basically, we want to be left alone to raise our families so they have a little better life than we have.

    Posted in: As world mourns for Paris, many in Middle East see double standard

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    theFu

    Hopefully, we will learn that calling something a religion when it appears to behave more like the NAZI organization cannot be allowed.

    Freedom of religion cannot be absolute. Any religious leaders calling for violence need to be silenced.

    Posted in: France seeks united U.S.-Russia assault on Islamic State

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    theFu

    They should share any relevant intelligence. Suspect that equates to nothing¸ but maybe it does. For example weren't lots of bitcoins sent through servers in Japan?

    Posted in: What do you think Japan, as a member of the international community, should do in the fight against Islamic State and other terrorist groups?

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    theFu

    I like both, but it really depends on the personality of the animal.

    A cat who acts like a dog would be nice, if some of the other behaviors could be stopped. Some cats don't seem to care about their humans. Others care too much and want to be "lap-cats" all the time. OTOH, one of my sisters had a cat who pissed all over their house for years. When they moved, the cat pissed all over that house too. Cost them $10K to clean each house before it could be sold. If a cat peed on my house more than 2-3 weeks, it would be gone. I know this is an exception.

    We've had a few dogs over the years. Some were stupid (or is that smarter?) and others were willing to be trained. We had fun with both and loved them, but it was nice to have a trained dog who we could trust off-leash. She was gentle, big, but protective. Nobody would break into our house, that is certain. Seeing a chow-mix growling and barking at a stranger through the door until told to quiet down is a good thing. With the other dog, she would be found hiding under a bed if anyone broke in. She was a smaller, beagle-mix. Easier to handle, but always had to be on a leash or she'd be gone for 2-3 days.

    Both cuddled nicely. Both liked to play. Both were happy to see me (us) when we came home and immediately lowered any stress - assuming we let them outside quickly. ;)

    The only downside is that dogs need daily socialization, so they are more work. OTOH, having to take a dog for a walk daily isn't a bad thing for a human. ;)

    Posted in: Which do you think make better pets: cats or dogs?

  • 0

    theFu

    Rick: Had some nice cider last trip to London. Tasty stuff.

    The large distributors buying up micro brews is concerning, but it does help get regional beers distributed farther. Sadly, quality tends to drop as the amount of beer goes up. Seems that quality drops as a micro-brewery grows to become a regional brewery too.

    When traveling, used to just order a "local bier on tap", but that turned out badly way to often. Not always, but about 80%. Often, it it just weak beer similar to Miller Lite. Yuck.

    Posted in: Big beer merger leaves future uncertain for competitors

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    theFu

    in the US, this may not be a problem, because a firm can fire its employee at whim. The situation is different

    That just is not true. Some states have laws that require "cause" for firing. Harassment of any kind is "cause." Plus middle-management usually cannot fire someone without clear, documented reasons. In larger companies, if many people are being "downsized", a public announcement is required by law.

    Even in so-called "right to work states", like were I live, most companies are afraid of harassment lawsuits, so documenting multiple issues with a worker is normal before firing. 3 seems to be the number. A formal meeting to let the employee try to resolve the issue(s) is standard.

    It is only very small companies or food-service-jobs where someone might be fired "on a whim." This is usually by a mean owner/boss who feels that fear and intimidation are good management techniques. So I hear.

    It can work in Japan if HR and the CxO guys are held accountable 1-2 times in court.

    Posted in: Survey shows maternity harassment still a problem at workplace

  • 0

    theFu

    "Cloud" = "running on someone else's computer"

    Amazon might be the leader, but they are also very expensive compared to most of the competition.

    Posted in: Amazon flies high in the Internet cloud

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    theFu

    Hopefully more of the impacted women AND men will sue.

    Sexual harassment wasn't handled correctly in the US until a few cases were highly publicized. Then HR departments started having training sessions to teach those doing the harassment THEIR JOBS were at risk. It took about a decade and harassment still happens, but I've seen Sr.VPs forced out of the company over this improper behavior. I've also seen temp secretaries forced out after harassing me.

    The same solution can work in Japan for this type of harassment. Huge fines for the company and having the managers fired. Their jobs need to be a risk for not handling harassment complaints promptly.

    Posted in: Survey shows maternity harassment still a problem at workplace

  • 1

    theFu

    Don't forget that every webpage with a "Like" button is tracking both facebook users and anonymous people who are not facebook users. Belgium has ruled that facebook tracking of non-users is illegal, BTW.

    All this data can be requested in a government request.

    Posted in: Facebook reports spike in government requests for data

  • 2

    theFu

    This is a time to celebrate! Building a safe, commercial, jetliner is a major technical feat. Congratulations.

    Posted in: 1st Japanese domestic passenger jet makes maiden flight

  • 0

    theFu

    “Renegotiation is not an option,”

    Let me fix that: “Renegotiation will be extremely difficult, but, if necessary, we will do what THE people demand.”

    Posted in: Japan, White House rule out re-opening TPP talks

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    theFu

    You cannot put sexually explicit photos on Facebook. This guy is just telling large porkies to get out of the real reason he has been hacking accounts. The iCloud account hacks are the real danger. He can gain access to highly sensitive data through iCloud, which is supposed to be unhackable. This little deviate has some serious issues and also some seriously dangerous skills.

    Do you really believe this? You CAN put any photo on facebook, it just might be removed.

    Any account can be hacked, especially if the user believes it is "unhackable." I doubt this guy did much more than guess the password using a little personal knowledge - like a pet's name. Users don't set facebook passwords expecting them to need highly secure 40 random character passphrases.

    Password cracking teams (there are competitions) routinely crack 50% of leaked online userid/password databases in less than 2 days. In a week, they crack 80% of all the userids. Longer than that doesn't crack too many more passwords. For the last 20% of difficult passwords, there are other attack vectors.

    Cracking passwords really isn't that hard. Most PC gamers have a GPU with 512 cracking engines waiting to be put to work. A $1000 PC today is capable of cracking passwords like only the NSA could to in 1995. Put in another $300 GPU and double the cracking speed.

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