Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Look back to 2014 (2)

Look back to 2014 (1)

July 2, 2014
Japan has right of collective self-defense

"Collective self-defense" was elected in Japan Buzzword Award this year. But I do not think many Japanese are concerned to this decision. Collective self-defense dose not mean the ideology of militarism, despite some people are worrying. There is another issue how Japan will go on the way in the future.

July 6, 2014
Banned account case of Instagram for child porn

The issued account is now owned by Michael Adamo, a father of four children. The owner is continuing to upload lovely photos of children.

July 20, 2014
iPad mini has come

I am utilizing this iPad mini with satisfaction. The storage is small, but enough for business use.

Unfortunately, I cancelled the monthly contract. Besides, I began to use Scribed, an e-book subscription service. Just after I joined to it, it started Audiobook service in addition. It was fortunate for me to find a textbook I had been seeking in it.

August 5, 2014

Since I came to the UK, I have not ridden in an airplane. I would like to take a trip again.

September 20, 2014
Scotland chose not to be independent for a while

It was a historic decision. It is no doubt that English people were relieved by the decline of the proposal to independence. But how about Scots?

By the way, I visited Scotland recently. Houses were a little different from England. So beautiful.

October 14, 2014
Ginger crash my IME?

A couple of months after, I challenged again to use Ginger. But it made another trouble on my PC. I uninstalled it immediately. Perhaps Ginger has several problems for stable activation.

October 23, 2014
Immature Kindle Unlimited

As described above, I introduced Scribd. There are some other similar services, such as Oyster. In the US, there is also a collective subscription service named "Next Issue." You can access lots of online magazines with $10 per month.

November 18, 2014
Mikan, a gunslinger exercise of English

For unknown reasons, it has disappeared from the App Store. I will investigate it, re-installing via iTunes.

November 20, 2014
reCAPTCHA, an unconscious internet project

Soon after I wrote this entry, Google introduced a new architecture. In this solution, you can choose some pictures matching the image suggested above, instead to inputting a series of letters.

Google Online Security Blog: Are you a robot? Introducing “No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA”

Selecting images is easy to do in a touch screen. I guess this task is contributing to improve the accuracy of image identification, as well as reCAPTCHA.

November 26, 2014
Sankei lawsuit in Korea

The trial has been continued. I wonder how Korean court make a judge about this kind of scandal.  Western media are criticizing the attitude of Korean government. The result will influence to national reputation of Korea.

The Washington Post: In South Korea, journalists fear a government clampdown on the press

November 29, 2014
James Watson to sell Nobel Prize medal

This medal was sold to an anonymous buyer for US$ 4.76 million. I was surprised that the buyer did not disclose the name, suggesting that he or she abandoned a great opportunity of advertisement. Maybe he or she is a retired millionaire, not an active entrepreneur.

Scientific American: DNA Laureate James Watson's Nobel Medal Sells for $4.1 Million

December 1, 2014
Threatening on Facebook: US Supreme Court case

The defendant is still appealing against the conviction. The decision of Supreme Court is yet to be published.

Mail Online: EXCLUSIVE: Criminal at center of landmark Supreme Court after being jailed for telling ex-wife on Facebook that he wanted her 'soaked in blood and dying' is STILL abusing people on social media

December 8, 2014
Bitcoin is recognised, but not accepted in the UK

I think Bitcoin has been stabilized in financial market. However, it is difficult to estimate its value in reality. The chart is still volatile.

December 11, 2014
Torture by CIA published

Criticism for CIA torture is still burning. Some people insist that the authorities involved in this issue should be prosecuted, but it is difficult to realize, I guess.

December 14, 2014
General election 2014 in Japan

Shinzo Abe seems to be willing to rewrite the constitution. This matter has been hardly discussed ever before, because it is not advantageous in general election. Wide discussion is needed for the both sides.

December 21, 2014
Nut rage case in Korean Air

Cho Hyun-ah was prosecuted with violating air safety laws.

Fortune: Former Korean Air executive's 'nut rage' lands her in custody

It is a disgrace for Korean Air. On the other hand, it is relieving that public justice is functioning in Korea. I wonder if the court will sentence to her.

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