theFu's past comments

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    theFu

    Remembering past mistakes so we can avoid them again is always good. Not looking for an apology. He didn't order the attack. In the USA, the sins of the father do NOT fall on the sons. It is in the US Constitution.

    All I hope for is that Mr. Abe comes, has an experience, shows respect for the dead. Nothing more. We have some shared, awful, history. It is difficult for each side. Respect is the only requirement.

    I would act the same way when visiting any grave site in the world, particularly where 2400+ people are interned.

    Posted in: Abe to visit Pearl Harbor with Obama later this month

  • 5

    theFu

    Violence in the name of religion shouldn't be tolerated by anyone, religious or not, but those inside the religion doing the violence must step up, be vocal against it, and "fight" internally to stop it.

    Posted in: 200,000 join blasphemy protest against Christian governor in Indonesian capital

  • -2

    theFu

    Offline viewing has worked with Netflix for years. It is called their DVD subscription.

    If you travel and want to watch offline, seems this would be a good option. Their DVD collection is probably 20x larger than what they stream online and those titles don't "disappear" at the end of a random month.

    Posted in: Netflix launches offline viewing, matching Amazon

  • 0

    theFu

    This was a chartered flight. Commercial flights in South America are fine and appear to follow normal safety regulations from my experience. Though it is odd that the exit rows were always empty unless English speakers asked for them. On a flight inside Argentina it was a French couple and me in the exit row of an A320; 3 people for 2 full rows of seats. Seeing the empty sees, a Chinese traveler decided to relocated. The flight crew asked if he spoke English, which he ignored. A few minutes later, he was forcibly removed from that seat and police were waiting for him when we arrived. He didn't speak Spanish either.

    This wasn't a tiny plane. It holds about 70-95 passengers normally and has 4 jet engines. The maximum range is if there aren't any issues. The pilot should have seen this issue and raised concerns with the company logistics team. Of course, if they had made the flight before, with less weight, perhaps they felt the risks were worth the income? I dunno.

    https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/cp-2933#bbef1b9 will show the flight path, including the 2 circles outside Medellin. The track is probably truncated, but shows the plane at 15K ft. That link will break in a few days.

    Posted in: Pilot told Colombia air traffic controllers 'no fuel' before crash

  • 2

    theFu

    Losers:

    H1-b visa workers; hopefully, just the people and companies gaming the system.

    People working illegally in the USA. USA really needs a guest farm worker program so migrants can come, work, and leave seasonally.

    Winners:

    Hotels and casinos - clearly his policies will help his family business and buddies.

    I can only hope that treaties and agreements negotiated in complete privacy and not given public airing are all wiped out too. Govt should represent people, not companies.

    Posted in: The top three global winners and losers in a Trump presidency

  • -1

    theFu

    Stimulants? Really? I thought the most popular illegal drugs were depressants or mild psychedelics.

    Is Sudafed legal in Japan? It contains a stimulant. I've probably brought some (5 pills for a few weeks use) with me on travel because it works for 12 hours to clear stuffy nose. Those tiny red pills work miracles with no adverse affects that I've seen. Clearly, I'm not bringing thousands of pills and converting them into meth.

    Posted in: According to Japanese media reports, there has been a spike in the number of people in their 40s and 50s (including several celebrities) getting arrested for possession and use of illegal stimulants this year, while the number of such drug users in their 20s and 30s has declined. Why do you think this is?

  • 3

    theFu

    Validating that voting was accurate seems like a duty for every election to ensure the voting actually reflected the will of legal voters. If we don't check our work, how do we know which issues need to be addressed?

    Posted in: Trump claims millions voted illegally; divisions emerge over Romney for cabinet post

  • 1

    theFu

    No. It isn't my place to recommend health care choices to other people.

    Flu vaccines are a best guess for the most likely strains expected for the year. Lots and lots of guesswork. I don't get the vaccine, but if I were elderly where getting the flu can lead to health complications or even death, then I would as a risk management technique.

    I do get vaccines and boosters for all the other things (provided the shot isn't too expensive), so it isn't an anti-vaccine thing to me. It is a risk management technique.

    Posted in: Would you recommend that people get a flu shot before the onset of winter?

  • 0

    theFu

    A recount/validation of the votes should be standard practice for all above-board elections.

    I think the states don't want to pay the overtime necessary to make it happen or for their voting machines to show huge weaknesses for audits. My state only uses voting machines and no paper record of my vote is created. I just don't think those votes can honestly be audited - proved to be what each voter actually pressed.

    BTW, I didn't vote for Ms. Clinton.

    Posted in: Trump slams recount push as a scam; says election is over

  • 0

    theFu

    Sugar bombs, but very tasty.

    Not sure where sensei258 gets free Krispy Kreme donuts just because they are being made. The shop nearby is always making donuts and the "HOT" sign is lit about every 20 minutes. The excess are boxed and shipped to local supermarkets and retailers. There are lines out the door most mornings. Vegetables and rice just don't work for American b'fasts.

    Think there are only 2 days a year to get free donuts from KK - 7/7 - the anniversary of the company and national donut day (whenever that is). Could be wrong.

    Posted in: Christmas doughnut range from Krispy Kreme

  • 0

    theFu

    I refused to go through their new people scanner at Schiphol and the person working it got really, really upset. I don't do scanners, period. Family history of disease that we haven't figured out. After I refused, and it took a few minutes to be clear I wouldn't go through, got the normal pat down.

    As for my stuff going through these scanners - go for it. Certain scanners at my home airport haven't required pulling liquids out for years or perhaps it was the TSA being flippant with their jobs again? Only have to remove shoes in the lines for the masses, not pre-check lines.

    I'd much rather see 5-50 trained dogs sniffing everyone than go through $250K/ea scanners that fail to work (or humans fail to interpret). Those machines seem to only help profits for defense contractors. Can't say how many times I've accidentally left a pocket knife in my carry on and not had it flagged. Also have left 10+ knives they found at security. Wish they had a leave-a-knife, pickup-a-knife program at airports. A small knife is just so useful for all sorts of things.

    Posted in: New scanners to reduce need for unpacking at airport security

  • 2

    theFu

    Our house was destroyed in a tornado on a Sunday years ago. Family was all huddling in the basement surrounded by mattresses (9 of us) and survived with just scratches after the house implosion. Neighbors pulled us out a few hrs later. Govt emergency services were busy elsewhere. It was only an F3.

    Since then, I've been careful to pick where we live to avoid most natural disasters - floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, snow/ice events. Even looked at tornado track history BEFORE purchasing our current home.

    A few years ago, my city wasn't prepared for a little snow. Thousands of people were stuck on the roads overnight. I worked from home that day and didn't notice there was an issue until seeing the news the following day. ;)

    Posted in: What is the worst natural disaster you have experienced?

  • 5

    theFu

    IT people have about average IQs. Been in the business 25 yrs. Sure, there are some really smart people, maybe 1% of the total. This is about cost of labor, nothing more.

    If the skills are THAT specialized (and they aren't), then this top talent should be worth at least 50% more than the going rate for local talent. Local talent should always be used first. Doesn't matter if we are talking USA or Japan or India. The butts-in-seat contractors abusing the visa system and the companies using those contractors need to be hit with a 50% tax on outside "talent" which would be used for training local people for the positions. This would provide an appropriate incentive to use local people except under truly exceptional situations. It would also remove all the paper-mill "graduates" from getting work in foreign countries for 10% less than locals.

    Doing IT things really isn't about the training. Actually, the so-called training teaches about 5% of the knowledge, the other 95% is experience/mentoring/aptitude and the desire to learn new things, constantly. It isn't just a job. Staying up-to-date is a daily effort, more so that what medical doctors do to stay current. I spend at least 30 minutes a day just trying to stay informed.

    Posted in: Tech worker visas face uncertain future under Trump, Sessions

  • 0

    theFu

    The average pay for an RN in my state is $54K, about 5.9M yen. Location matters. We are about middle-of-the-road for cost of living in the USA. There are many cheaper places to live and many much more expensive places.

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  • 1

    theFu

    President Obama can't really speak for Mr. Trump at this point.
    Why is that hard to understand?

    Mr. Trump doesn't know what he will do (or what will be allowed) any more than President Obama did when he was just elected. There are things that cannot be known until you ARE actually the President and get the feel of the new congress just elected too.

    The election is over. Mr. Trump won under the US system of counting. The US is not a democracy, it is a republic (actually a democratic-republic). If citizens want to change that, they can work on amending the US constitution. Amending the state constitutions for how each splits their electoral votes would be a start as well. Something like 2-3 states split those with all the others being all-or-nothing. There is a process for to amend both state and US constitutions. Complaining about this now is like complaining about the rain. Get over it.

    BTW, I wasn't going to be happy with either outcome.

    Posted in: Obama arrives in Peru facing tough questions on Trump

  • 0

    theFu

    Abe is a politician. Trump is learning to be a politician. He becomes one on January 20th.

    Neither can trust the other. A healthy amount of mistrust is necessary when people have different goals, even when they align on some level.

    We can only see what actually happens. Actions, not words.

    Posted in: Abe says he is confident of building trust with Trump after 90-minute meeting

  • 3

    theFu

    I think her advice applies to every US citizen. Just appears that the GOP was better at it on Nov 8th. While I am uncomfortable with the term "fight", it is used commonly in a non-violent way and in sports.

    I don't think that my, Ms. Clinton and Mr. Trump's values are THAT different. We are probably 90% similar, maybe more. But on the 10% which are different, oh boy.

    Posted in: Clinton says: 'Fight for our values'

  • 0

    theFu

    albelio, do you really think this is a christian vs muslim problem?

    Think it is a religion problem. As long as 1 man can claim to be an expert on what an imaginary entity wants from another man, this will happen.

    Posted in: Police pursue blasphemy case against Jakarta's Christian governor as tension simmers

  • 6

    theFu

    He didn't ask for it and shouldn't be under any obligation to receive it.

    Perhaps he's at a point in his life where he doesn't do things he doesn't want to do? The reason just doesn't matter.

    Posted in: Bob Dylan won't attend Nobel ceremony: Swedish Academy

  • 1

    theFu

    '70s was a different time. Free love. Whether Mr. Ford and his wife at the time followed that idea, is between them and not any of my business.

    Posted in: Carrie Fisher reveals 'Star Wars' affair with Harrison Ford

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