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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

Kyusaku Natsume Russia (313 comments)

We can say anything about their government, but we can't say that they are not really ambitious.

about 4 months ago
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Canada Introduces Privacy Reforms That Encourage Warrantless Disclosure of Info

Kyusaku Natsume Sad (99 comments)

This is ACTA by the backdoor. Is the same thing that they are pushing here in Mexico. Next thell will push the same legislation in the USA to "armonize" the laws in all the NAFTA countries.

about 4 months ago
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Religion Is Good For Your Brain

Kyusaku Natsume The key to the benefits is not religion (529 comments)

Is the social interaction enabled by religion:

So where does that leave non-believers?

“Out of luck, I guess,” Koenig joked.
“Actually, I would suspect that people doing the types of things like religious people do -- socializing, doing similarly complex cognitive tasks, would have similar benefits. But it is interesting that religion provides that whole package of things that people can adopt and pursue over time.”

It would be really interesting to make an additional study to compare that against a group of people that are not religious but that have a simmilar level of social interaction.

about 4 months ago
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Why You Shouldn't Buy a UHD 4K TV This Year

Kyusaku Natsume Re:4K makes sense for monitors (271 comments)

I was in Kyoto last year in the Gion Matsuri event that is used by Sony to showcase their 4K tv sets so I can compare the real life event versus the recordings. The accuracy of colors and the resolution are really impressive, and nothing like I or pretty much anybody else have seen before. I think that for the first time the resolution and color space of a recording can give a real sensation of "being there" instead of only seing a moving picture, even without any 3D efects.

about 8 months ago
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NSA Hacked Email Account of Mexican President

Kyusaku Natsume Re:careful what you wish for (242 comments)

A snowballs in hell chance. If USA's says "jump" our president's answer is "how much?"

about 9 months ago
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British NHS May Soon No Longer Offer Free Care

Kyusaku Natsume The problem are the politicians (634 comments)

Is absurd to expect any other result when people elects politicians that think that the State is a problem, an obstacle to society -instead of a tool to provide and protect the general welfare- that should be destroyed and then find that under their government the State's institutions start to fail. Is no wonder than after a long spell under conservative governments, Tory and New Labor, the welfare institutions are in shambles but well, the Great UK have it's army in action around half dozen countries around the world and boomers ready to strike the Soviet Union, and a great funeral for the Iron Lady, that's a better investment of taxpayer's money than wasting it in health care.

about 9 months ago
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China's State Press Calls For 'Building a De-Americanized World'

Kyusaku Natsume Re:I'm Sorry, China (634 comments)

As things currently stand, I think they have a better chance to take over Mexico than us take over them :(. Over our current ruling class, even a drunk monkey as a President or King would be an improvement. In fact, I have read essays by people claiming that in reality a stupid dumbass like Santa Anna was a military genious, just to point out our really low standards for statesmen and generals.

Best regards.

about 9 months ago
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China's State Press Calls For 'Building a De-Americanized World'

Kyusaku Natsume Re:Summary says it all (634 comments)

Mexico, that is what happens with Neoliberalism without counterweights.

When I was born Mexico was a richer country than South Korea. In 32 years of decadence, now I have found myself unable to park my car at home because a family in the neighborhood was murdered; taking detours because mobsters dropped human heads in the street; or being thankful because instead of the murder of the week we see in my community only the murder of the month. Beggars and homeless people everywhere, half the country living in worst conditions than the Cubans under the Castro brothers. Neoliberals call themselves Cristian democrats, but I would rather wish to be governed by Satanists than these scumbags.

about 9 months ago
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China's State Press Calls For 'Building a De-Americanized World'

Kyusaku Natsume Tea Party (634 comments)

Aren't we talking about the same guys that walked in front of the White House with a Confederate Flag? Judged by their policies and racial makeup, americans should be forgiving with foreigners that think that Lincoln was a Democrat and Jefferson Davis Republican.

about 9 months ago
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China's State Press Calls For 'Building a De-Americanized World'

Kyusaku Natsume Re:Summary says it all (634 comments)

Personally I think that if not on reality, de facto the Tea Party are the best agents that the Chinese government could have found to hasten the beginning of the New Chinese Century and put USA in the same place that the UK or France are today.

about 9 months ago
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China's State Press Calls For 'Building a De-Americanized World'

Kyusaku Natsume Re:I'm Sorry, China (634 comments)

Americans will be at a loss to find new words to describe the new failed states north of the border of the current USA-Mexico. I suggest New Michoacán, New Tamaulipas, New Chihuahua or New Ciudad Juárez. Considering the higly issolationist and selfish nature of most conservatives in America, I have serious doubts that they could manage to form even a county.

about 9 months ago
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Fighting the Number-One Killer In the US With Data

Kyusaku Natsume Re:Great use of govt money! (121 comments)

Conservative and libertarian americans are really desperate to hand over world's leadership to China. I'm from Mexico,you would be tempted to guess that americans would want to know why my country is almost a failed state and South Korea that was a very similar country to Mexico 30 years ago -development wise- no. We have implemented many of those "small government" ideas, and now we have to bury our neighboors and double check if the trash bag on the street is really a trash bag or it is filled with a mutilated corpse. And they wonder why people risk their lives in the desert triying to slip in the USA:

about 10 months ago
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Google ToS Change Means Your Photo Could Go In Ads

Kyusaku Natsume Attack on privacy (136 comments)

Attack on privacy is a far more correct and honest asessment.

about 10 months ago
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NSA Shares Intel On Americans With Israel

Kyusaku Natsume Re:In other words... (328 comments)

I wouldn't say that USA is Israel's government's pet, more like Israel's government's bitch or beaten wife; but, like in families, this sick relationship is bad and damaging for the couple.

about a year ago
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Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

Kyusaku Natsume Re:Stop with the conferences (773 comments)

The Apple II and the original Macintosh were mind blowing technology. Also, the iPhone and the iPad -mostly price wise, it was expected to have a price tag of USD$1000- were mind blowing technology. After all, there is a reason of why these products established technology trends.

about a year ago
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Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

Kyusaku Natsume And all the iWork and iLife Apps (773 comments)

This is something that everyone is missing. They are adding value not on the hardware and OS side, they are adding value in the apps included in the iPhone and trying to make a compelling case to use iCloud services.

about a year ago
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More Bad News From Fukushima

Kyusaku Natsume Please stop this bullshit (268 comments)

I don't have any love for TEPCO, because due their incompetence I was forced to cancel my trip to western Japan in march 2011, and lost at least 1000 dollars in the process, but what are you saying is absolutely wrong. The fuel in Unit 4 of Fukushima I has been cooling since November 30th 2010, it had almost 4 months of proper cooling and handling before the disaster. That's why the fuel despite the lack of cooling and the fire in unit 4 caused by the destruction of the core of unit 3 didn't got damaged. After almost 3 years, the heat output of this fuel has dropped considerably, and unless all, all the countermeasures in place fail, including the fire engines placed in the NPS and nobody does anything about this fuel in a week or two, then it could become dangerous. Also, most of the fuel in the pool of unit 4 is not irradiated, so it will not be a pressing source of concern. For the rest of the damaged units, the fuel has been cooling for even more time than the fuel of unit 4. The real, pressing issue, since march 2011 is all the radioactive contamination coming out of the damaged cores of units 1, 2 and 3.

The spent fuel pools are already more or less secured, and the cooling since august 2011 has been properly done, with heat exchangers put in place and redundant systems. The Unit 1 is already fully covered by a new structure, Unit 2 is closed, in unit 3 there is work underway to remove all the rubble and cover the building, and in Unit 4 they are building the structure to remove the fuel from the spent fuel pool an the pool itself has been reinforced, so the possibility of Tokyo or any city or village in Japan becoming uninhabitable by the spent fuel pools of Fukushima I is very close to 0.

about a year ago
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Why the Japanese Government Should Take Over the Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Kyusaku Natsume Pure scaremongering (211 comments)

They talk like all of the 6 units are equally damaged. Units 5 and 6 are, if not intact, in a good enough shape to be returned to be returned to commercial service like the surviving reactor from Chernobyl. The pool of unit 4 as been reinforced, and the structure, after having all the debris from the explosions removed, have a better chance to survive another quake. The building of Unit 2 is almost intact. Unit 3 is the one with the most damage, and have the crane and many large pieces of equipment and debris inside the spent fuel pool; that will be a real challenge. The good thing is that in Unit 4 they don't have to deal with the makeshift cooling equipment to the damaged cores and the radiation coming out from them. The task to clean up the mess in Fukushima I is actually easier in Unit 4, thats why they starting with the fuel removal from the spent fuel pools there.

about a year ago
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Why the Japanese Government Should Take Over the Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Kyusaku Natsume Re:Who writes this shit? (211 comments)

Well, I don't know Mr. Andrew Dewit and Mr. Christopher Hobson, but obviously they don't know technically what they are talking about. They should have restricted themselves to policy or economic matters. In this comment I outlined why these fears are so unlikely to happen: http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=4141363&cid=44704783

Nonsense, the arrays are already encased in boron cages in the fuel storage racks, they will not go critical even if they are not cooled. Cooling is needed to keep the fuel arrays mechanically sound so they couldn't release the radioactive materials inside them. There is no serious damage in the fuel arrays in the spent fuel pool of unit 4. The damage in each of the 4 units destroyed is very different, so a single event making all of the remaining fuel release their radioactive materials is highly unlikely, and even if it happens, they have in their favor that the fuel in the spent fuel pools have already undergone 2.5 years more of cooling and decay of its radioactive material since the accident, so any new emergency in the pools will be easier to manage than in 2011. The fire in unit 4 was caused by the hydrogen released by the damage in the core of unit 3, not by any release from the fuel in its spent fuel pool. Still, there are a bunch of morons of TEPCO's management that should be behind bars due their criminal incompetence and negligence.

The worst possible things about Fukushima I have already happened. The leaks from the storage thanks, the damage to reactors buildings, the evacuation, the radioactive contamination of the surroundings, the explosions, the makeshift equipment, all that could and should have been avoided if TEPCO's management had made the necessary expenditures to protect and improve the safety of their nuclear power stations. 4 nuclear power stations were hit by the quake and the tsunami but the only ones that suffered serious damage were the ones mismanaged by TEPCO. The scarecrow of new explosions and accidents only deflect the attention of the public away from the long delayed trial against TEPCO's managers for their criminal negligence.

about a year ago

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Why Onagawa Nuclear Power Station survived the tsunami

Kyusaku Natsume Kyusaku Natsume writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kyusaku Natsume (1098) writes "While the town of Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, was hit hard by the March 2011 tsunami, the nuclear plant it shares with the equally devastated city of Ishinomaki survived. The reason it did so is mostly down to the personal strength and tenacity of one Yanosuke Hirai, who passed away in 1986 and insisted that the plant should have been protected by a 14.8 m tall seawall.
A great quote from the article : "Corporate ethics and compliance may be similar, but their cores are different, from the perspective of corporate social responsibility, we cannot say that there is no need to question a company's actions just because they are not a crime under the law.""

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Yamato, Macross director Noburo Ishiguro passes away.

Kyusaku Natsume Kyusaku Natsume writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kyusaku Natsume (1098) writes "Anime News Network informs that Studio Nue co-founder Haruka Takachiho reported on Wednesday that Noboru Ishiguro, the veteran director of such works as Space Battleship Yamato, the first color Astro Boy anime series (1980), The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, and Legend of the Galactic Heroes, has passed away. He was 73.

Ishiguro directed some of the most highly regarded anime classics of the last five decades, including those listed above as well as Megazone 23, The Super Dimension Century Orguss, The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? film, and Ykai Ningen Bem. He also worked in classics like Doraemon, Ashita no Joe, Vicke Viking and many, many others."

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Spontaneous fission in Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2

Kyusaku Natsume Kyusaku Natsume writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kyusaku Natsume (1098) writes "Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday that some of the melted fuel in reactor 2 at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant may have triggered a brief criticality event. Tsuyoshi Misawa, a reactor physics and engineering professor at Kyoto University's Research Reactor Institute, said that if Tepco's data are correct, "it's clear that the detection (of xenon-133 and -135) comes from nuclear fission."

Tepco spokesman Junichi Matsumoto said the test results suggest that either small-scale fission occurred in the melted fuel, or conditions to trigger criticality were temporarily met for some other reason. He said the same thing could also happen at reactors 1 and 3.

But because the reactor's temperature and pressure level have not changed, the fission would not have been large-scale, Matsumoto said, adding it would not thwart Tepco's schedule for achieving a cold shutdown at the reactors.

In response, boric acid water was injected again in November 2. The Japan Atomic Energy Agency evaluated that the TEPCO's analysis result of the short-half-life radionuclide such as Xe-133 and Xe-135 detection was valid. On the plus side, the concentration of radioactive materials in air is low enough that in some areas inside Fukushima Daiichi for the first time since the accident workers will not use full face masks, starting next week."

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Why Tokai No. 2 Nuclear Power plant survived march

Kyusaku Natsume Kyusaku Natsume writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kyusaku Natsume (1098) writes "In a potentially damning report, the japanese government panel probing the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown as learnt that the nuclear power plant Tokai No.2 avoided station blackout thanks to making a 6.1 m high seawall ended in September 2010, but TEPCO failed to do the same in Fukushima. From the article:
"The tsunami that hit the Tokai plant on March 11 were 5.3 to 5.4 meters in height, exceeding the company's earlier estimate but coming in around 30 to 40 cm lower than its revised projection.

After the tsunami hit, the Tokai plant lost external power just like Fukushima No. 1 did, because the sea wall was overrun, knocking out one of its three seawater pumps.

But its reactors succeeded in achieving cold shutdown because the plant's emergency diesel generator was being cooled by the two seawater pumps that survived intact.""

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TEPCO readies plan to bring reactor under control

Kyusaku Natsume Kyusaku Natsume writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Kyusaku Natsume (1098) writes "TEPCO has released details of their plan to bring Unit 1 of Fukushima Daiichi under control, to improve the working conditions inside the reactor building of this unit and install a new cooling system. From the success of this operation maybe we will know how they will address the emergency in the remaining damaged nuclear reactors."
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Happiest places have highest suicide rates says ne

Kyusaku Natsume Kyusaku Natsume writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Kyusaku Natsume (1098) writes "Physorg.com carries this story of new research from UK’s University of Warwick, Hamilton College in New York and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco that leads to this conclusion. Acording to one of the researchers:

“Discontented people in a happy place may feel particularly harshly treated by life. Those dark contrasts may in turn increase the risk of suicide. If humans are subject to mood swings, the lows of life may thus be most tolerable in an environment in which other humans are unhappy.”

Maybe this research explains why in third world countries the suicide rates are generally lower than in developed nations."
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Japanese robots await call to action

Kyusaku Natsume Kyusaku Natsume writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Kyusaku Natsume (1098) writes "The Japan Times carries a report from Kyodo News showing the robots that japanese manufacturers have on standby to work in Fukushima Daiichi

Japanese robots designed for heavy lifting and data collection have been prepared for deployment at irradiated reactor buildings of the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power station, where U.S.-made robots have already taken radiation and temperature readings as well as visual images at the crippled facility via remote control.

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