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    wanderlust

    Time for the IOC to wake up and review how they hold the games. Fewer countries are interested in bidding, with their people fearing the continual corruption, debts paid by taxpayers, and the legacy of crumbling, unused and wasteful infrastructure, already seen in Brazil and Athens.

    Posted in: Budapest to withdraw bid to host 2024 Summer Olympics

  • 4

    wanderlust

    Enter - work - leave. No different to the guest worker policy in numerous Middle Eastern countries, but it is not immigration. You are expected to leave when the work is done.

    Posted in: Japan aims to attract more foreign workers

  • 6

    wanderlust

    Targeting AirbnB? The hotels are probably behind this.

    Posted in: Bill on tougher regulations for private lodging drafted

  • 3

    wanderlust

    Bento boxes, sweets and make-up. A rather tenuous link to spending quality time with family and friends on Premium Friday? "

    Spend more money on shopping, dining and other leisure activities - getting to the nitty gritty.

    The average 90 minute commute in Tokyo still means that your afternoon is gone, even if you are able to leave at 1500, which for many/ most people will just not happen. Friday - end of the month is generally a very busy day for office staff, clearing accounts, sales, business, orders, etc.. I can just see staff coming in earlier at the crack of dawn in order to be able to leave earlier - counter productive.

    Posted in: Companies showcase ideas on how to spend 'Premium Friday'

  • 3

    wanderlust

    Microphones use XLR (Cannon) connectors, which have very firm locks on them. It takes a coordinated, deliberate effort to un-connect them, pressing a button and pulling them apart at the same time. You don't just kick them apart.

    Posted in: Grammy producer apologizes for Metallica, Caesar glitches

  • 1

    wanderlust

    Look for a minimum of three independent, non-syndicated reports on the same subject. Try and find something out about the author(s), such as background, possible conflict of interest, prior articles. Check with a couple of different search engines. Read it properly again!

    Posted in: How do you distinguish between real and fake news?

  • 3

    wanderlust

    Overseas, propofol is used in children, in ER, Surgery and short term in ICU; there are many peer-reviewed papers on its use in PubMed, and it possesses many advantages compared to ketamine and midazolam, the common alternatives.

    But there are some cautions: Facilities for continuous monitoring of heart rate and oxygen saturation must be available; Personnel in attendance must be expert in securing and maintaining an airway in children, including by use of endotracheal intubation; There must be adequate facilities to recover the patient after the procedure, including monitoring as described above; and The drug should be given slowly with close attention to oxygenation, level of consciousness and blood pressure.

    From PubMed (PMCID: PMC2791557) A potentially fatal complication known as ‘propofol infusion syndrome’ has been described in critically ill children given long term propofol infusion, the syndrome being characterized by the development of severe metabolic acidosis and rhabdomyolysis associated with hepatomegaly, lipemia, myocardial failure and hyperkalemia.

    This syndrome appears to occur primarily with long term propofol use in critically ill children who often have serious underlying pathology or are being treated with multiple drugs that may alter propofol metabolism, rather than with the use of propofol for brief procedural sedation.

    Although propofol is being blamed, it could be multiple factors that have caused the deaths.

    Posted in: Parents sue hospital over death of 2-year-old son following surgery

  • 1

    wanderlust

    Algorithms..chat bots..very primitive AI.

    Coming soon, or very nearly here:

    Big Data..powerful software and machines..advanced programming..self-learning AI.

    Trouble for Homo sapiens?

    Posted in: How algorithms (secretly) run the world

  • 0

    wanderlust

    When you check the licences and agreements of software, hardware and other devices that you buy; you often find that you are really reliant on the manufacturers' permission to use them, with small print affirming that they have the right to change, withdraw, modify, collect data, etc.. Too bad that few of us really read the 30-50 page EULAs and other documents we receive, and just 'click' agree!

    Posted in: Remote control: Companies blur lines over who owns devices

  • 6

    wanderlust

    I believe that Japan's 28 is more than the total accepted by the 6 Arab states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and the UAE), who are much closer culturally, socially, and geographically to where the refugees come from. Very different to Lebanon and Jordan, which have taken in some 1.5 million Syrians so far.

    Posted in: Japan took in 28 refugees in 2016, despite record applications

  • 4

    wanderlust

    But the money was facilitated by the infamous Dentsu - not the JOC - so they have plausible deniability!

    Posted in: JOC chief, others questioned over Tokyo 2020 payments at France's request

  • 2

    wanderlust

    Must have been watching the mighty Mitoizumi, nicknamed 'Saltshaker', the original big handful of salt throwing wrestler.

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  • 2

    wanderlust

    Diesel-gate vs. unintended acceleration-gate; both dwarfed by airbag-gate!

    Posted in: Toyota gives up No. 1 title with fewer vehicle sales than Volkswagen in 2016

  • 4

    wanderlust

    200 hours of training = virtually free work, maybe they even make them pay for it? Just like the usual Japanese training programmes.

    Expect a nicely embossed certificate at the end of the training period, certifying you as a level-one housekeeper, only valid in Japan, expiring in one year, and renewable only at the local ward office.

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  • 1

    wanderlust

    Although the Labor Standards Law sets guidelines to limit overtime and night-time working, they include many exceptions to the rules, such as managers or supervisors, health services; hotel, restaurant and recreation; janitorial and meat processing (!), government offices, There is also the all-encompassing 'extension of hours due to temporary necessity', such as typhoon, unexpected repair work, etc..

    Overtime may also be permitted if there is a labour agreement with employees! The Labor Standards Law does not govern or restrict the overtime hours of managers, supervisors and employees handling confidential matters.

    There are even overtime exceptions for women, such as managers and supervisors, and also 'Women in work requiring professional knowledge or skill, such as doctors, lawyers. CPAs, researchers, and system engineers; as well as jobs in hotels, media, food industries, and healthcare.

    By the time you've gone through all of these exemptions and averaging, you realise that the Labor standards Law is pretty much useless at protecting employees from employers abuse. In the words of Captain Jack Sparrow, 'They are not rules, but more like guidelines...'

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  • 3

    wanderlust

    So far robots have not survived more than 10-15 minutes in the intense radiation, before their chips and CCD optics fry. TEPCO and the nuclear village actively discouraged any research into emergency robots before 2011, to avoid any questions on the myth of safe nuclear power. Hitachi, Toshiba and the rest are working on it now, but so far the containment structures have proven to be a robot graveyard. For carbon-based life forms, safety is measure in seconds in there.

    Posted in: TEPCO delays removal of spent fuel from Fukushima reactor

  • 4

    wanderlust

    Japan claimed a large number of exemptions - around 380 if I recall, along with some rules that are not expected to be applied for another 16~17 years, mainly on agricultural products.

    Not exactly 100% in the spirit of TPP!

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  • 5

    wanderlust

    The image could be entitled, 'Waiting for the Shops to Open', and would elicit a totally different response.

    Posted in: Not many shoppers

  • 4

    wanderlust

    I tend to upgrade home laptop and desktop alternately every two years, so have a 4-year cycle. Office machines are on a 4-year replacement cycle, maximising depreciation. No need for the latest models; waiting 6 months for the initial launch glamour to die off, systems and software to stabilise and hardware faults to become uncovered has worked for me for years.

    Posted in: Personal computer sales fall for fifth year in a row

  • 2

    wanderlust

    Like the modern Olympic Games and the IOC, FIFA is just about the money, not football. Sponsorship, TV rights, increasing revenue are their focus, their overpaid officials keen to expand their dominion, just like the Lords of the Rings.

    Posted in: FIFA risks quality of World Cup to bring more teams to party

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