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  • Nov 21st, 2015 @ 7:21pm

    Same old same old

    Blahblahblah blah..... Been reading the comments and 99% of you are saying the same thing.

    Here's are questions that should be considered and haven't.
    What happens if the judge rules in favour of Rightscorp?
    Does Rightscorp get the names and whatever else they are after?
    Does Rightscorp get injunctions to deny internet service to 1 million or more people based on their accusations?
    What happens if these people are fired/forced to resign etc because their job is done over the internet?
    What alternatives are there if you or others are denied access to the internet?

  • Aug 5th, 2015 @ 6:54am

    Re: Line lines include fiber

    Does Verizon even have fiber installed? If they did then they should be offering the new 10Gbps service that NTT has just inaugurated here in Tokyo. I was checking Verizon's website and they're still offering services that died off 20yrs ago in Japan.

  • May 16th, 2015 @ 8:55pm

    JA aka Nokkyo behind lawsuit

    Japan Agriculture, which is a government agency is one of the groups behind the lawsuit. The TPP will break their monolithic hold over the agricultural industry (which is a closed shop) in Japan. JA has for half a century had a chokehold over the farmers in Japan, dictating what they grow, how they grow it and where, when and for how much they sell it. TPP is bad but, for the farmers may be the lesser of 2 evils.

    Another protected group is the pharmaceutical companies. Prices for over the counter drugs are 10 times more expensive than what the US consumer pays and prescription drugs, while subsidized by National Health Insurance are more costly than programs run by Britain, Canada, most European nations or the much reviled Obamacare. Again the TPP is the lesser evil in this case.

    Where the TPP will hurt Japan and most of the ASEAN countries is in the protection of intellectual properties.

    Japan is foundering under Abe's 3 Arrows, he's basically shot himself in the foot, in the ass and in the balls with his poorly managed economic strategies.

    Sure, the Yen dropped in value, the stockmarket rose and corporations were able to realize more actual profits but each of these policies were short term, didn't see more people being hired and saw more capital taking flight overseas.

    The last thing we need in Japan is a more aggressive military and a secret trade pact that will enrich the rich and powerful in the US and further cripple the Japanese economy.

    The rest of Asia, especially the PRC, Thailand, Vietnam, to a lesser extent Cambodia and Myanmar play fast and loose with copyright, trademarks, patents and such.

    Thailand has a thriving pharmaceutical and medical industry based on the use of new drugs and medical procedures that are still in the trial phases in the US and the rest of the developed world. China pirates and reverse engineers everything they can get their hands on and Vietnam is following their example.

    Singapore is a financial and intellectual powerhouse that doesn't need US or European intervention, interference or oversight and Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines while lagging behind the rest are doing much better than the much feted, loved and reviled US juggernaut.

    In short, Asia doesn't need the TPP but we do need a trade agreement that reflects our concerns and promotes the growing Asian potential to influence and grow the markets in a positive way.

  • May 7th, 2015 @ 9:25pm

    Sapporo Beer

    Sapporo Brewery of Japan already owns the trademark for Northstar and Polarstar Beer. Guess I'll write them a message about this and we'll see what their take on this will be. The uppity gaijin must pay through the nose.

  • Apr 27th, 2015 @ 7:52am


    Common sense is in short supply these days.

    I wouldn't dare say that TSA is a joke, I'm too busy making sure necessary body parts, keys, cash etc are still on my person after they get finished groping me.

    FYI Alec Baldwin is an idiot, a rich, overly coddled idiot but still and idiot despite the fact that some of his movies are actually watchable.

    And the whitehat computer genius, if he was truly a genius he would have spoofed the tweet so it appeared to come from Ted Cruz's Twitter account.

  • Apr 27th, 2015 @ 7:24am

    Re: Split System

    Way back when I worked for a large Canadian airline company the flight controls were all multiply redundant and firewalled to the nether regions.

    Back then Boeing made one of the safest planes ever.They don't now....

    Things change, the bean counters and not the flight crew or engineers have the last say these days, Boeing makes crappy, unsafe planes, it's suicidal to book a flight on Japan's national air carrier, the TSA and HLS consider it their duty to rob us blind and as botw mentions corners have been cut by the air carriers and manufacturers.

    It's a nasty world we live in.

  • Apr 26th, 2015 @ 6:19am

    Re: Calm down

    Can you post the exact pages of the manual? I'd like to check your information.

  • Apr 25th, 2015 @ 5:06pm

    Re: Re: Horribly, horribly misleading headline

    BTW the manual, in its entirety is online, searchable and gives detailed instructions on how to do this.

  • Apr 25th, 2015 @ 4:57pm

    Re: Horribly, horribly misleading headline

    All commercial aircraft either have the US designed EICAS or the European ECAM systems installed.

    And if you look at the B737's very hefty technical manual you will discover that the passenger O2 system can be activated by sending a test message over EICAS. You'll also discover that the system can be remotely activated if you have the proper codes and can broadcast them on the correct frequency.

  • Apr 25th, 2015 @ 4:39pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    And they are very likely in every product made by Boeing. I'd suggest you make all your future commercial flights on aircraft made by a Canadian, Brazilian or European aviation company.

    And, about those backdoors, I've come to the conclusion that the NSA, CIA and FBI have collectively sold their souls to the PLA's elite cyberwarfare group, Unit 61398.

  • Apr 25th, 2015 @ 6:43am

    Re: Re:

    He hacked into the WiFi, getting into the firewalled flight control system is quite a bit more difficult-unless he knows about the backdoors installed by the CIA and NSA.

  • Apr 15th, 2015 @ 7:33am

    Re: Re: Ignorant

    Obviously none of you have lived in or visited Singapore. Wonderful place! Climate is hot and dry or hot, humid and very wet. Only 3 things you can legally do in Singapore-shop, eat food and make money. Everything else is either illegal or too expensive to do.

    So, don't leave your toilet seat up, forget to flush, chew gum, grow your hair long, forget to tuck your shirt into your pants or go out to the pub in crowds larger than 5 people or you can be arrested, jailed and fined a lot of money.

  • Apr 4th, 2015 @ 5:48am

    Re: Re:

    Frankly who cares? The Chinese, Japanese (not so much these days) and Russians only use the USPTO as a convenient source for helping them to figure out which inventions to reverse engineer next.

  • Mar 12th, 2015 @ 8:01am

    Re: Re:

    Both I bet. Harper's people aren't known for being internet saavy and the PM has sold his soul to his American corporate masters. Diefenbaker did the same thing years ago when he destroyed Canada's aviation industry by yielding to US demands and it turned out badly for him.

  • Feb 28th, 2015 @ 8:13am

    So when

    Now that it's come to this Dotcom has 2 alternatives.

    1) Go to the United States and get assraped by Hollywood's bought and paid for judiciary

    2) Get the GOP to repeat what they did to Sony on all of the major Hollywood studios. Only this time they follow through with taking the money, take their cut and give Kim the rest.

  • Jan 31st, 2015 @ 7:40pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Zenbu loosely translated from Japanese means everything, in entirety as in "I want everything you own!" ie; As I hold a knife to your throat I scream out "Kusama! Omae no mono wa kore kara ore no mono!"

    But, no worries... You Americans are used to having a knife held to your throat. I get the feeling that you like it.

  • Jan 31st, 2015 @ 7:03pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: The Japanese Gov't hates Masayoshi Son

    Of course he does terrible things for personal gain.

    Terrible things like introducing really fast internet service and forcing KDDI and NTT to spend millions to catch up.

    Making secret deals with Apple, Samsung and HTC to get their new phones first.

    Hiring qualified gaijin and fast track promoting them instead of the "think in the box Japanese employees"

    Building infrastructure so all Softbank facilities are 100% off the grid.

    Creating a fund for Zaiinichi Koreans to help them start their own businesses.

    Making joint venture with Bloom to build power generating stations in Kanto and Kansai without permission from the Japanese Gov't, TEPCO or KANDENCO.

    Yes, Masayoshi Son is an evil, nasty person who will destroy Republicans, Democrats and fat, lazy, entrenched US TELCO's.

  • Jan 30th, 2015 @ 2:17am

    Re: So you missed the boat on hardware

    Japan is really bad when it comes to hardware, the Japanese Gov't sticks their nose in and makes it hard to get certified for non-Japanese companies. Before we could always count on the Gaijin to whine to the US and there would be action to force the markets open. That doesn't happen much these days. The US is too busy trying to get the Japanese to take their shoes off before boarding the airplane.

  • Jan 30th, 2015 @ 2:10am

    Re: Re: The Japanese Gov't hates Masayoshi Son

    Actually it's VERY GOOD. SoftBank gives me a 1.5TB service for my home system and fast keitai service all for under US$40/month. We can have any phone that we want as well, as Softbank carries the largest number of brands in Japan.

  • Jan 29th, 2015 @ 5:58am


    "Google having access to everything involving my phone? ha.

    Good luck with that, Google."

    Gaijin san it sounds like you have something to hide? Is it dirty pictures or plot to overthrow government of North Korea? Google doesn't care but maybe guy in black suit and wearing black googleglass sunglasses will recruit you into NSA.

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