Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Homeopathy is banned from leading hospital in the UK

The UK seems to have decided to dismiss homeopathy, at last.

The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (RHLIM), formerly the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital, which has been the largest public-funded homeopathy provider will no more support homeopathy.

Independent: NHS stops funding for homeopathy at UK's largest alternative medicine hospital

Homeopathy is a representative of so-called pseudoscience. Its effect has not been proven so far. On the contrary, well-structured studies suggest that homeopathy is no more beneficial.

Furthermore, homeopathy is likely to indirectly harmful to the health. Homeopathy lovers often reject ordinary medicines, leading to deterioration of the diseases which are curable. There are fatal cases reported due to biased treatment policy.

Also in Japan, some people are fond of utilizing homeopathy. I never support them.

But NHS had been providing financial support to homeopathy-relevant organizations despite the evidence. I felt disappointed to the policy underestimating clinical evidence. Therefore, the present news is relieving.

There may be some medical treatments beyond our imagination. We should be openminded to the miracles. However, homeopathy is not the one, according to our best knowledge.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Uber's self-driving car killed pedestrian

An autonomous driving car caused a traffic accident, leading to the death of a pedestrian.

Tech Crunch: Uber self-driving test car involved in accident resulting in pedestrian death

The car belonged to Uber, a newly developed transportation company. Uber was eager to establish car sharing as well as the spread of self-driving car. This is the first case that self-driving vehicle kills a pedestrian's life. A few years ago, a self-driving car managed by Tesla crashed into a rolly which took the driver's death.

Not surprisingly, Uber stopped the experiment of self-driving cars operation.

BBC: Uber halts self-driving car tests after death

This case suggests that self-driving car is not perfect. However, it is a common sense that there is no technology without flaw.

It is important to know why this accident could not be avoided. If there is an obvious error in the algorithm, it should be fixed immediately. But, it will be difficult to identify the cause of the crash, I guess.

Afterall, the issue is whether is safer, the human driver, or machine. The answer is the machine, even now, I believe. If every car is operated by the machine, the rate of incidents will be reduced. Thus, there are many drivers whose driving skill is inferior to the machine.

I wonder how we can proceed auto-driving technology into reality. There is no zero-risk society. Even recognizing this fact, nobody wants to be hit by an auto-driving car. The machine never makes an apology.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Air India on sale, Singapore Airline to bid

Air India has been suffering from a large amount of debt. The Indian government is planning to sell this company to the private sector.

Singapore Airline seems to be one of the candidates. It is openminded to get this national airline company, according to a general manager.

Reuters: Singapore Airlines has open mind on making initial bid for Air India

Singapore Airline is popular for its highly qualified service. Its fiscal status may be good, though I am not sure. Since Singapore is functional as a hub of many big cities, getting Air India will be advantageous for Singapore Airline.

In recent years, airline companies are restructuring themselves one another. In Japan, Skymark was bankrupted in spite of its aggressive marketing. Not limited to LCCs, some flagship airlines are in peril. Who will be the new owner of Alitalia Airline is still under discussion.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Deadpool, not s dark hero

I watched Deadpool for the first time. This film was released a couple of years ago, but I had missed it. Because of his strange character, I had not been eager to see Deadpool on cinema.

Wade Wilson was a veteran. After the retirement from a special force, he was engaged in troubleshooting jobs. One day, he met Vanessa, to fall in love. But he fell due to cancer soon after promising the marriage. At last, he decided to get an operation offered by Ajax. Ajax successfully modified Wade's body into immortal, though his face became burned. Knowing Ajax' intention to make him a slave, Wade ran out from Ajax' institution. After that, Wade began to seek Ajax for revenge as well as getting his face restored.

Deadpool is different from other Marvel superheroes. Wade had been strong enough to match villains before changing into Deadpool. Also, his personality was originally twisted, perhaps due to his miserable childhood and traumatic experiences during troop.

As well, Deadpool has no conflict in his mind. Most heroes suffer from inner conflicts such as a dilemma between their instinct and heroic ideology. Deadpool's motivation is no other than the revenge to Ajax.

Therefore, this film is quite easy-watching. The audience never guesses the hero's thought. We have to simply enjoy the actions and bad languages of heroes.

I prospected that Vanessa had some intentions to contact to Wade. And also I wondered why Colossus was eager to inviting Deadpool to X-Men. But, this movie is not to consider such thoughts.

The scenes were not splendid. No monsters, no machines, no laser blades. I did not want to see this film on 3D cinema.

Personal Rating: 2 (poor)

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Strawberry picking

Today, I went to Toke for strawberry picking.

Strawberry is one of the most popular fruits in Japan. Most Japanese like strawberry because of its sweetness. Strawberry is used in cakes and other desserts. But eating raw strawberry is the best way to enjoy its taste.

In early spring, some farms conduct strawberry picking tour. Customers can pick and eat strawberries as many as you wish for a particular cost.

Today, I visited Nakamura farm in Toke located in Chiba prefecture. I ate approximately 50 strawberries in the 30 minutes.

There are several brands of strawberry in Japan. Tochiotome, Benihoppe, Yotsuboshi, Ohkimi, and some other type of strawberries are available on this farm. Each type varies in their taste. I enjoy them.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Google bans the advertisement of cryptocurrency

Following Facebook, Google also decided to forbid advertisement of cryptocurrency as its policy change.

The Guardian: Google bans bitcoin adverts in cryptocurrency crackdown

Google explained the policy as for improving ads experience across the web with removing harmful or intrusive ads.

Indeed, there are many fraud cases using ICO reported recently. The Japan government published the policy to prohibit citizens from participating foreign ICOs recently. If a customer is tricked through an advertisement on Google, Google might be sued for supporting illegal activities. I understand that Google is concerned about the risk since advertisement is still the main source of income for Google.

On the other hand, Google prohibits not only any advertisement of ICO but also those of cryptocurrency exchanges and wallets. This inclusive prohibition policy looks excessive. Cryptocurrency itself is an innovation in modern IT industry. If Google does not commit it at all, it will be left behind the modern era. What is expected for Google to judge the quality of service any advertisements suggest.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Rex Tillerson is fired from Trump administration

Donald Trump, the President of the US, finally dismissed Rex Tillerson, Secretary of States. Mike Pompeo, the CIA Director, will replace him. Donald Trump fires Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

So far, Tillerson had been critical to Trump. They were unfriendly in every political issue. Last October, he was reported to have called Trump moron.

Dealing with North Korea, Tillerson was relatively temperate so that he was willing to take a negotiation, while Trump was resolute. However, Trump recently changed his attitude to become ready to make a conversation with Kim Joun Un.

In Tillerson's last speech, he mentioned Russia as a nation to be carefully watched.

The Strait Times: Outgoing US Secretary of State Tillerson warns about Russia's behaviour

The Trump administration seems to have excluded persons who are opposing to him. It also means that the US has lost the diversity, I am afraid.