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    KnowBetter

    Japan has done this many times before so it can do it again if it so chooses... manipulate the Yen and devalue it before they can't return from the edge. That edge is soon approaching and two more quarters like this will be all it takes to ruin Japan Inc. Perception is everything.

    Posted in: Japan logs surprise trade deficit in August

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    American colonial forces killed many Muslims in the southern Philippines more than a century ago “because you were here as imperialists, you wanted to colonize my country and because you had a hard time pacifying the Moro people,” Duterte said in the speech.

    WOW, the Philippines elected this guy to represent them? That's a massive chip on your shoulder to be governing with if you still live in the past. Kind of reminds me of a few other nations in the neighbour who seem to live in the past while they try and get their way today. You seriously don't expect to be taken seriously, do you?

    Posted in: Philippine president wants U.S. forces out of restive south

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    Never saw that coming...

    Posted in: Ayumi Hamasaki headed for second divorce

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    I don't understand the priorities here. The US invaded Iraq when they knew they had no WMD but won't attack a country where they've let them build up their nuke programme to the point it keeps getting to be a bigger threat. At what point will someone say that in hindsight, we should have acted sooner? Have we not already gone way past that and every day continue to keep letting the monster get stronger?

    Does anyone have a real action plan or are we going to wait for war to begin and then react to the fallout?

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    Abe said, “If North Korea did conduct a nuclear test, it is absolutely not acceptable, and we must lodge a strong protest.”

    IF North Korea has launched a nuke or tested one in such a manner that there's a problem that concerns you enough to start testing the air, I'd say you're LONG PAST lodging a strong protest...

    Posted in: Japan tests air for radiation levels after N Korean nuclear test

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    @ Strangerland

    Considering his popularity world-wide, I'd say that a LOT of people would disagree with you.

    Popularity as a DJ doesn't make you a good DJ, it just makes you rich.

    There's a difference between being popular and actually having the raw skills to mix on stage and most popular DJ don't mix live on stage, some have admitted it. Most shows are now pre-recorded sets. How else do you think these so called DJ have so much time to THROW CAKES and wave their arms around in the air and act like complete fools?

    Real DJs work the crowd but have to be on their game with the media i.e. vinyl that's what DJ stands for Disc Jockey. These guys on stage are on auto pilot and have the time to dance around, throw cakes, do Jesus poses, etc.

    If you made them DJ live on a table in front of you and watched them closely, they wouldn't have time to do anything but mix, change vinyl, mix, change vinyl, mix, etc. More than half these stage monkeys don't even use headphones and having been DJ in clubs and live events during the 80's and 90's, I know there is NO way no matter how good you are that you can do mixes without headphones. How are you supposed to hear the beat and then beat match to the what's playing on the floor as you cue up the track to drop into the mix? That's one of the key ways to tell a poseur DJ from a real one.

    Posted in: Aoki traces father's shadow in path to DJ stardom

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    What can you call those so addicted to their Pokemon Go game that they poke at the screens of their smartphone even on congested station platforms during the rush hour, except what they are—world-class junkies?

    What to do then? Start slapping the mindless zombies who use their smartphones in public with fines, the way Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward now does with public smokers. The ward initially identified nine areas of heavy use, including Yurakucho, Kanda and Akihabara, and 12 years ago began levying fines of 2,000 yen on pedestrians who walk while puffing on cigarettes.

    This is clearly not about saving them from themselves but more to do with saving us from them. Just as second hand smoke or a burning cigarette butt to a child's face does lasting damage, so does the impact of those who are either injured physically and/or mentally by some smartphone zombie crashing into them or getting killed by the vehicle they are in control of. This needs to be addressed in the most vigorous way possible before it becomes the norm. Anything short of that is irresponsible and knowingly an action of culling the lower end of human intelligence.

    Posted in: What to do about mindless smartphone zombies?

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    “Plenty will be killed until the last pusher is out of the streets. Until the (last) drug manufacturer is killed we will continue,” he said.

    While that is the most effect way of getting rid of the likes of who will laugh at due process and kill you where you stand if you asked them to stop doing illegal business, I would not have EVER used that language EVEN if the person it was aimed at was not doing more to rid the world of such blight and then criticized you for your methods of doing so. You catch more flies with honey than with...

    Posted in: Obama cancels meeting with Philippines' Duterte after insult

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    Scientists who study earthquakes in Japan have detected a rare deep-Earth tremor for the first time and traced its location to a distant and powerful storm.

    Start the countdown to when we hear the eco-mentalists link all the earthquakes to global warming. I joke not.

    Posted in: Japanese scientists detect rare, deep-Earth tremor

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    Yup, damn beer goggles got me again as I tried to read this before dozing off last night...

    It's just too bad the Yanks don't have a third option system. At least they did get one thing sort of right, no dynasty terms. Two and you're out, funny that, since their past time sport requires three strikes.

    Posted in: Divided America: Diverse millennials are no voting monolith

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    America’s oldest millennials — nearing 20 when airplanes slammed into New York City’s Twin Towers — are old enough to remember the relative economic prosperity of the 1990s, and when a different Clinton was running for president. The nation’s youngest adults — now nearing 20 themselves — find it hard to recall a reality without terrorism and economic worry.

    Should that not read America's 'youngest' millennials - nearing 20...? Otherwise I fear my beer goggles have got the best of me.

    Posted in: Divided America: Diverse millennials are no voting monolith

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    Kishida said Tokyo lodged a protest to the North over the missile, and urged his counterparts to step up cooperation as they face the latest development.

    “I hope to coordinate closely in order for Japan, China and South Korea to lead the efforts of the international community,” he said.

    Yes, yes, yes. Okay, the next move and the only logical one is to invade North Korea once and for all, kill off the nutter regime and free the enslaved population. We all know it's eventually going to end at that but still seem to be waiting for the nutter to go too far. Why not just pick the fat bastard off in the middle of the night when he least expects it. I'm sure they could figure out a date and then move on it.

    Posted in: Japan, China, S Korea slam N Korean missile launch

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    Even with fans moving air around, I can NOT think straight at 28c and don't think most people used to working in cooler climates. No amount of time in my life has ever changed that. Add moving around the office and carrying heavy computer components and everyone I work with ends up soaked from head to toe in sweat. Yeah, that's good for workers. I have to drink almost four litres of water each day at work just to keep the headaches away and that leaves me as sweat for I might need to take one leak during the day. Who pays for all that water?

    Posted in: Lights off, hold the elevator - Japan Inc's answer to the rising yen

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    It totally depends on the city and where it is transit wise BEFORE. Vancouver as an example ended up FINALLY building a fixed rail line from the airport to downtown and they said it would take decades to ever reach capacity. It has almost reached its maximum capacity of 30 two car trainsets and after that they'll be screwed. The 99 Sea to Ski highway was FINALLY widened and more safety measures put in place but it appears that they could have done more. Both those examples would never have been done had it not been part of the Olympics bid promise.

    Posted in: Do you think mega-sports events such as the Olympics are good for the host city’s economy and infrastructure in the long run?

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    An update from Georgia Power...

    "A spokesman for the local electric company, Georgia Power, said the problem started with a piece of Delta equipment called a switchgear, which direct flows within a power system. No other customers lost power, he said."

    Source of updated quote:

    http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/delta-cancels-more-flights-in-wake-of-computer-system-outage-1.3020668

    I am amazed by the fact that Delta didn't have proper back up UPS (uninterruptible power supply) on key components which would have given them the key time of 5 to 30 seconds needed for the emergency back up power generators to come online and provide power until the main system service power was restored. Every high-rise building I have ever lived in or worked in has these back up checks annually or bi-annually. You'd think with so much riding on your data centres and IT infrastructure that this would be a top priority for Delta to keep running with many redundant backups in place to avoid a EPIC MELTDOWN like this.

    Posted in: Delta shutdown strands 1,000-plus at Narita airport

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    Delta and NWA became the beast they are today but Delta has always been known for having some of the oldest aircraft flying followed closely by NWA. I wouldn't be surprised if this mindset of squeezing every last penny and then a few more didn't just bite them in the a$$ because they didn't listen to their IT department's constant screams to update their system infrastructure. I've worked for quite a few companies who's 'good enough' mindset caused them to lose customers and unknown financial loses because their IT systems weren't backed up properly. UPS backup on every item plus back up power generation on the whole data centre when you're as big as Delta would be the minimum. What really went wrong and is being blamed on a power outage is complete BS but of course I doubt we will ever really know.

    Posted in: Delta shutdown strands 1,000-plus at Narita airport

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    WOW!!! People seem to have missed the point that it's still around $900 USD for one month of roaming charges on top of your regular month plan rate. The roaming charges are still a rip off anyway you slice it.

    Posted in: Gymnast Uchimura gets $5,000 roaming bill from playing Pokemon Go in Brazil

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    I for one hope she fights hard to change the old boys' club mentality and pull Tokyo's ruling mindset out of the 50's and into the modern world. She has one hell of a battle before her to make changes that will benefit Tokyoites.

    Ganbatte Koike san!!!

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    Yea, I'd like to be rolling up on that beach too minus all that hardware. Then I'd pop up a brelly, open up the cooler and grab a nice cool bevie, sit back, drink it and then take a nap. That's my beach assault plan in a nutshell.

    Posted in: Beach assault exercise

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    Haruku Sanada, a high school student in Osaka, said, “I fell down the stairs. I’m worried that I may become unaware of what’s going on around me when I play the game.”

    And this is what is wrong with a lot of today's youth... they just can't help themselves however they get quite angry when we don't give them responsibilities that give them more freedom. Clearly they can't handle that.

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