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wanderlustMay. 29, 2015 - 07:22PM JST
Wish they would reduce their roaming charges for people from Japan who travel abroad, I guess I'll be subsidising these people who holiday here...
Posted in: SoftBank Mobile to offer free Wi-Fi service for visitors to Japan
wanderlustMay. 29, 2015 - 01:30PM JST
Pretty inconclusive video, blurred in most places. Could not convict anyone on the basis of those out-of-focus, shaky images.
Posted in: S Korean court finds swimmer Tomita guilty of stealing camera
wanderlustMay. 28, 2015 - 07:18AM JST
So why has he done nothing about it to date?
Posted in: Blatter: FIFA will root out corruption, regain soccer's trust
wanderlustMay. 27, 2015 - 04:37PM JST
Blatter still Teflon-coated. Many are waiting for the 'sblatt' when he finally falls...
Posted in: Swiss open criminal proceedings in 2018, '22 World Cup votes
wanderlustMay. 26, 2015 - 07:52PM JST
It is very easy to run up ¥100,000+ on a mobile phone without looking at it 24/7 or being glued to FB. Global roaming charges for business email and web connections for a couple of weeks can easily exceed this amount, especially if your preferred or contracted carrier is not available, as may occur in some regions. It does not mean that the payee is a cellphone zombie...
Posted in: Woman arrested for pocketing change given to her by mistake
wanderlustMay. 26, 2015 - 02:31PM JST
Qatar - that's the place where the workers are exploited on construction sites, and collapse from heat exhaustion. Just the sort of place TEPCO would feel at home after their treatment of nuclear power plant workers at Fukushima...
Posted in: TEPCO, Mitsubishi win Qatar utility contract
wanderlustMay. 23, 2015 - 12:50PM JST
Finally a good decision by a judge here. The UK Highway Code is very clear that pedestrians also have a responsibility to cross safely, and should not assume a driver will automatically stop the instant that they try to cross the road...
A. First find a safe place to cross and where there is space to reach the pavement on the other side. Where there is a crossing nearby, use it. It is safer to cross using a subway, a footbridge, an island, a zebra, pelican, toucan or puffin crossing, or where there is a crossing point controlled by a police officer, a school crossing patrol or a traffic warden. Otherwise choose a place where you can see clearly in all directions. Try to avoid crossing between parked cars, on a blind bend, or close to the brow of a hill. Move to a space where drivers and riders can see you clearly. Do not cross the road diagonally.
B. Stop just before you get to the kerb, where you can see if anything is coming. Do not get too close to the traffic. If there’s no pavement, keep back from the edge of the road but make sure you can still see approaching traffic.
C. Look all around for traffic and listen. Traffic could come from any direction. Listen as well, because you can sometimes hear traffic before you see it.
D. If traffic is coming, let it pass. Look all around again and listen. Do not cross until there is a safe gap in the traffic and you are certain that there is plenty of time. Remember, even if traffic is a long way off, it may be approaching very quickly.
E. When it is safe, go straight across the road – do not run. Keep looking and listening for traffic while you cross, in case there is any traffic you did not see, or in case other traffic appears suddenly. Look out for cyclists and motorcyclists travelling between lanes of traffic. Do not walk diagonally across the road.
Posted in: Driver who killed cyclist in crosswalk accident found not guilty
wanderlustMay. 23, 2015 - 11:48AM JST
...human rights violation?
The more rights you claim, the less freedom you have.
Seems more like a modicum of common sense was required...
Posted in: Jetstar Asia apologizes for not allowing disabled man on plane
wanderlustMay. 22, 2015 - 12:10PM JST
600,000+ more recalls in the UK...the malaise is spreading quickly far and wide...
Posted in: Everyone has to keep them alive so they can fix the mess they made.
wanderlustMay. 21, 2015 - 03:36PM JST
Do they really need him on set? The last Pirates disaster was 90% Computer Generated Imagery...
Posted in: Depp storms off 'Pirates' set in pursuit of wife
wanderlustMay. 12, 2015 - 03:25PM JST
Always interesting how the Japanese middlemen, and women are never prosecuted. And it is not just prostitution; many of the scrap metal works, loading docks, car parts/ electronic vendors, farms and restaurants rely on low price/ under the radar workers to keep their prices low and competitive...
Posted in: Cabinet panel meets on human trafficking, forced prostitution
wanderlustApr. 25, 2015 - 12:11PM JST
The late United States Marine Corps Major General Smedley D. Butler is perhaps most famous for his post-retirement speech titled “War is a Racket.” In the early 1930s, Butler presented the speech on a nationwide tour. It was so popular that he wrote a longer version as a small book that was published in 1935.
War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people.
Only a small ‘inside’ group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.
President of the United States (and five-star general during World War II) Dwight D. Eisenhower used the term Military Industrial Complex in his Farewell Address to the Nation on January 17, 1961:
A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction...
This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience.
The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military–industrial complex.
The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together.
Posted in: Why war is bad for people but good for business
wanderlustApr. 23, 2015 - 11:33AM JST
Would have been interesting to see a Terminator movie tie up all the loose threads, the different canons and time zones of the franchise, including the Sarah Connor Chronicles. T1, T2 and T4 are coherent, T3 is looser, while SCC is off at a tangent, plus Summer Glau as Cameron was the most beautiful Terminator! Would loved for her fate to have been revealed...
wanderlustApr. 23, 2015 - 11:24AM JST
So the rumours were true!
Someone will make good money on the shares after buying them low, and being able to sell them high...
Posted in: ANA to buy stake in bankrupt Skymark Airlines
wanderlustApr. 17, 2015 - 08:37AM JST
No wonder the level of psychiatric care in Japan is so low...
Posted in: Accreditation revoked for 20 psychiatric care physicians at Kanagawa hospital
wanderlustApr. 16, 2015 - 05:47PM JST
British Airways used to be famous for 'breakfast in London, dinner in New York, luggage in Bermuda!' The airline itself was misplacing baggage, sending it to the wrong destinations; the airport where you landed had no control over the lost baggage.
Kansai International has improved a lot since its opening in 1994, it was a barren empty place after 18:00 with few services, and it is good that they have managed one top ranking. It would be interesting to know how they fare in some of the other categories.
Posted in: Kansai International: The airport that’s never lost a passenger’s bag
wanderlustApr. 15, 2015 - 04:52PM JST
Whoever has the most money for advertising and media exposure will probably win, forget the message or political intentions...
Posted in: What do you think about the long, drawn-out U.S. presidential campaign that has already begun more than 18 months before the election?
wanderlustApr. 15, 2015 - 04:49PM JST
Like telematics in vehicles, 'infotainment systems' and car or flight management systems should be 100% separate and totally independent; firewalls and software are not 100% reliable. It's very simple and easy to achieve.
Posted in: Investigators warn aircraft computers could be hacked
wanderlustApr. 07, 2015 - 10:35PM JST
Once we move from 'in vivo' to 'in silico', we might not want to return...and I guess machines won't have sex.
Posted in: Computer sharing of personality in sight: inventor
wanderlustApr. 07, 2015 - 10:05PM JST
Makes bad drivers worse, and takes away any sense of responsibility.
Posted in: Nissan to make automatic braking standard feature in Japan
May. 29, 2015 - 09:18PM JST
I just did a search on a Korean news sites (surprisingly little coverage actually), you are…
May. 29, 2015 - 09:10PM JST
And, in other news, Putin makes information about the Russian president's wealth a state secret and…
Posted in: Putin makes troop deaths in peacetime operations a 'state secret'
The quality of the footage that's been linked here is quite bad but it's also obvious…
May. 29, 2015 - 09:06PM JST
*The once proud yen is no longer a "safe-haven" in reality.***** and that is a good…
Posted in: Policymakers warn against excessive yen volatility
May. 29, 2015 - 09:05PM JST
Putin signed an amendment adding to what Russia classifies as “state secrets” any “information revealing losses…