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Maintenance After Undergoing Lasik Eye Surgery}

  • Posted on February 28, 2018 at 3:19 am

Submitted by: Larry Lim

Lasik eye surgery presents a permanent solution to common vision problems, most notably nearsightedness. The procedure is a simple and safe one that has been perfected over the two decades or so since its introduction, and side effects are rare. However, there are some simple precautions that eye surgeons recommend for patients who have recently undergone Lasik eye surgery.

+ Immediately After Lasik Surgery

Patients should avoid showering and washing their hair for a day after their Lasik surgery. Exercise should be avoided for two days afterward, and the goggles which are provided after the surgery should be worn when sleeping for the first three nights after the completion of the procedure. It is important to avoid eye makeup and to be careful not to get soap, shampoo, conditioner or even tap water into the eyes for at least a week after the operation. Hair coloring and perms should be avoided for at least ten days afterward. Most importantly, patients must avoid rubbing their eyes for at least a week after their Lasik procedures.

+ Longer Term Precautions

Sunglasses should be worn whenever possible on bright days for the first year after the surgery. This prevents scarring that can be caused by bright sunlight. Once patients return to sports and other strenuous activity after the procedure, eye protection is recommended for at least one month following the first return to activity.

+ Follow-up Care

Most eye surgeons provide patients with an after-surgery appointment the day after the procedure. A follow-up appointment is usually available after the first week. This is followed with what is usually a final appointment six to eight weeks after the initial surgery. Patients should contact their surgeons immediately in the event of any bleeding or discomfort after the operation, as well as in the event of any visual difficulty at any time afterward. Complications of Lasik surgery are rare and can often be reversed easily so long as they are attended to promptly and professionally.

Lasik surgery is basically a safe and reliable procedure. The precautions that should be taken after the surgery, combined with proper follow-up care from a practitioner with experience and training in Lasik surgery, will ensure the success and safety of the operation as the patient returns to fully or almost-fully normal vision. Once the eyes have fully healed and adjusted to the surgery, there is no need for any further post-operational care or any restriction on any activities whatsoever.

Lasik has improved appearance and quality of life for thousands of patients, but as with any surgical procedure there are some risks and precautions to be taken. Candidates for Lasik surgery should contact an experienced surgeon at a reputable Lasik surgery clinic to discuss whether the procedure is right for them. Those looking to undergo the procedure are advised to be mindful that not everyone is a suitable candidate for this type of surgery and it is best to be well informed before attempting to free yourself from your vision problems.

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Intel launches 45nm “Penryn” processor aiming for energy-efficiency

  • Posted on February 28, 2018 at 3:07 am

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

This week in Taiwan Intel and other technology companies showcased server and computer hardware with processors built using “Penryn” technology, the second generation of quad core technology that is produced with the high-k metal Hafnium that has come to replace halogen and lead components, which are not environmentally safe.

This new 45 nanometer (45nm) process technology included features on Intel Streaming SIMD Extensions 4 (SSE4) compatible with video decoding (encoding) software, “Radix 16” which increased computing efficiency, and “deep power down” technology for energy efficiency. For the SSE4 feature, this will benefit makers of high-definition and AV-media, as both HDMI and 1080p are supported.

Companies that will participate in the Taiwan Informonth exhibition next month, announced that some products with “Penryn” processors will be on the market by then. Some companies like Tyan and Supermicro will provide small business solutions as well as enterprises solutions. This launch will be tied to other unveilings by the IT and AV-media industries in Taiwan.

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Banned film ‘The Profit’ appears on Web

  • Posted on February 28, 2018 at 2:47 am

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Copies of The Profit, a 2001 film blocked from distribution in the United States due to a court injunction won by the Church of Scientology, appeared on the Internet Friday on peer-to-peer file-sharing websites and on the video sharing site YouTube.

Directed by former film executive Peter N. Alexander, the movie has been characterized by critics as a parody of Scientology and of its founder L. Ron Hubbard. Alexander was a Scientologist for twenty years, and left the organization in 1997. The film was funded by Bob Minton, a former critic of Scientology who later signed an agreement with the Church of Scientology and has attempted to stop distribution of the film. Alexander has stated that the movie is based on his research into cults, and when asked by the St. Petersburg Times about parallels to Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard said: “I’ll let you draw that conclusion … I say it’s entirely fictional.”

The film was released in August 2001, and was shown at a movie theatre in Clearwater, Florida and at a premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in France. A Scientology spokesman gave a statement at the time saying “the movie is fiction and has nothing to do with Scientology”. The Church of Scientology later took legal action in an attempt to stop further distribution of the film. The Church of Scientology claimed that the film was intended to influence the jury pool in the wrongful death case of Scientologist Lisa McPherson, who died under Scientology care in Clearwater, Florida.

In April 2002, a Pinellas County, Florida judge issued a court order enjoining The Profit from worldwide distribution for an indefinite period. According to the original court injunction received by Wikinews, the movie was originally banned because the court found that it could be seen as a parody of Scientology. In his April 20, 2002 ruling on the injunction, Judge Robert E. Beach of the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court in Pinellas County, Florida wrote: “…an average person viewing the film entitled The Profit could perceive that it is a parody of the Church of Scientology”.

“To the extent that any person considered as a potential juror in evaluating any issues involving the Church of Scientology, the process of voir dire provides a fair and complete remedy to eliminate any potential juror that may possibly have been influenced to be less than fair and impartial,” added Beach.

Luke Lirot, the attorney for the film’s production company, announced on the film’s website on April 7, 2007 that “We have absolutely no exposure for any repercussions from the court order,” but that the film was still blocked from distribution due to an ongoing legal battle. Lirot wrote: “all that’s stopping the release of the movie is the legal battle with the partner who was compromised by Scientology (Robert Minton) and is currently using his power as partner to stop the release of the film.”

In an October 2007 article, The Times described the film as “banned in the US because of a lawsuit taken out against it by The Church of Scientology,” and Russ Kick’s The Disinformation Book of Lists included the film in his “List of 16 Movies Banned in the U.S.”. An 8-minute teaser segment from The Profit appeared on the film’s website and on the video sharing site YouTube in February 2008, and an attorney representing Bob Minton sent a letter to Luke Lirot requesting that the film clip be taken down. In a response letter, Lirot wrote that “Rather than damage any asset of the LLC, the short clip merely keeps the film in the public eye, and in a positive way.”

On Friday, copies of the film began to circulate on peer-to-peer file-sharing websites and on YouTube. A link related to the film’s appearance on the Internet on the community-based link aggregator website Digg.com had 3,638 “Diggs” – and hit the front page of the site’s Entertainment section on Saturday.

I had nothing to do with this release at all. But I’m happy it’s out there.

On Saturday, Scientology critic and Emmy award-winning journalist Mark Bunker put a streaming version of the film on his website, www.xenutv.com, and encouraged others to watch and discuss the film on a real-time chat channel. In a video posting to YouTube Saturday, Bunker said “I did not do it. I had nothing to do with it … I had nothing to do with this release at all. But I’m happy it’s out there … people are finally having a chance to see it. A lot of people have been curious over the years and there’s been a lot of interest in seeing the film, so finally you can.”

We have all wanted to see this movie that scientology kept hidden away from us. We have all wondered just how damning could this story be that we were banned from watching it.

On the newsgroup alt.religion.scientology, a poster by the username “Alexia Death” commented on the film’s appearance on the Internet in the context of censorship: “It is out! And so it is a WIN if many people review it even if they say it SUCKS! … Being bad is no cause to allow censorship … And being censored is no cause to assume its good”. A post to the blog Blogsreel commented: “We have all wanted to see this movie that scientology kept hidden away from us. We have all wondered just how damning could this story be that we were banned from watching it.”

In a post on Sunday to the message board attached to the official website for the film, attorney Luke Lirot asked that individuals stop distributing copies of The Profit over the Internet. Lirot wrote: “It has been brought to my attention that several unauthorized transmissions and downloads of this protected work have taken place over the last 72 hours. Such actions are copyright violations and are unlawful. I request that any further distribution and/or dissemination of this important work cease immediately and any copies of the work that have been downloaded please be deleted.” In his statement, Lirot recognized the rights of individuals under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, but also said that unauthorized distribution of the film “will only serve to harm the goal of vast distribution”.

Blog postings have attributed the film’s appearance on the Internet as part of the anti-Scientology movement Project Chanology organized by the Internet-based group Anonymous, but this has not been confirmed. Wikinews previously reported on international protests against Scientology which took place as part of Project Chanology on February 10 and March 15. A third international protest by Anonymous is scheduled for April 12. Titled “Operation Reconnect”, the third international protest will focus on highlighting Scientology’s practice of disconnection.

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Blown for Good author discusses life inside international headquarters of Scientology

  • Posted on February 28, 2018 at 2:25 am

Friday, November 13, 2009

Wikinews interviewed author Marc Headley about his new book Blown for Good, and asked him about life inside the international headquarters of Scientology known as “Gold Base“, located in Gilman Hot Springs near Hemet, California. Headley joined the organization at age seven when his mother became a member, and worked at Scientology’s international management headquarters for several years before leaving in 2005.

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Choosing A Shop For Auto Part Installation In Warrensburg

  • Posted on February 28, 2018 at 2:21 am

byAlma Abell

Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident leaves you shaken an unable to think clearly. Once you recover from the initial shock, the prospect of finding the ideal auto body shop to repair your vehicle properly is enough to send your anxiety levels soaring again. In the perfect situation you would find quality work, performed in a timely manner for a fair price, but how do you accomplish this with several body shops clamoring for your business? Use the following tips to help you choose a shop forAuto Part Installation in Warrensburg.

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Ask for referrals – One of the best ways to choose a quality shop to do your auto part installation is by asking for referrals. Ask your friends, family members and associates if they have recently utilized the services of any body repair shops in the area. Find out how they rate the service that they received and if they would do business with the company again. Whether they say yes or no, probe them to find out more details on why they feel that way before making a decision.

Get estimates and compare – Another good method for selecting a shop to do your auto part installation is getting estimates from a variety of sources. It is very rare that you get the best deal on auto repairs at the first location you visit. In order to get the best deal possible, visit several vendors and compare the estimates you receive before narrowing down to your ideal candidate. Along with price, use factors such as customer service, location, estimated time to completion and your overall impression of the business to help you make a decision.

Do sufficient research – Take the time to perform adequate research before deciding on a parts installer with whom to do business. Performing a simple internet search on the name of a company you have in mind often reveals a lot of information about the quality of their services. Read past customer reviews and see if they have complaints lodged with any customer affairs bureaus before taking a final decision.

Use these tips to help you select the ideal auto body shop for your needs. For fast and efficient auto body repairs, visit Warrensburgcollision.com today. Schedule an appointment to receive a free estimate and get immediate answers you any questions you may have.

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Author Amy Scobee recounts abuse as Scientology executive

  • Posted on February 27, 2018 at 2:49 am

Monday, October 11, 2010

Wikinews interviewed author Amy Scobee about her book Scientology – Abuse at the Top, and asked her about her experiences working as an executive within the organization. Scobee joined the organization at age 14, and worked at Scientology’s international management headquarters for several years before leaving in 2005. She served as a Scientology executive in multiple high-ranking positions, working out of the international headquarters of Scientology known as “Gold Base”, located in Gilman Hot Springs near Hemet, California.

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Blown for Good author discusses life inside international headquarters of Scientology

  • Posted on February 27, 2018 at 2:36 am

Friday, November 13, 2009

Wikinews interviewed author Marc Headley about his new book Blown for Good, and asked him about life inside the international headquarters of Scientology known as “Gold Base“, located in Gilman Hot Springs near Hemet, California. Headley joined the organization at age seven when his mother became a member, and worked at Scientology’s international management headquarters for several years before leaving in 2005.

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Predictable random number generator discovered in the Debian version of OpenSSL

  • Posted on February 27, 2018 at 2:19 am

Friday, May 16, 2008

A major security hole was discovered in the pseudo-random number generator (PRNG) of the Debian version of OpenSSL. OpenSSL is one of the most used cryptographic software, that allows the creation of secure network connections with the protocols called SSL and TLS. It is included in many popular computer programs, like the Mozilla Firefox web browser and the Apache web server. Debian is one of the most used GNU/Linux distributions, on which are based other distributions, like Ubuntu and Knoppix. The problem affects all the Debian-based distributions that were used to create cryptographic keys since the September 17, 2006. The bug was discovered by Luciano Bello, an argentine Debian package maintainer, and was announced on May 13, 2008.

This vulnerability was caused by the removal of two lines of code from the original version of the OpenSSL library. These lines were used to gather some entropy data by the library, needed to seed the PRNG used to create private keys, on which the secure connections are based. Without this entropy, the only dynamic data used was the PID of the software. Under Linux the PID can be a number between 1 and 32,768, that is a too small range of values if used to seed the PRNG and will cause the generation of predictable numbers. Therefore any key generated can be predictable, with only 32,767 possible keys for a given architecture and key length, and the secrecy of the network connections created with those keys is fully compromised.

These lines were removed as “suggested” by two audit tools (Valgrind and Purify) used to find vulnerabilities in the software distributed by Debian. These tools warned the Debian maintainers that some data was used before its initialization, that normally can lead to a security bug, but this time it was not the case, as the OpenSSL developers wrote on March 13, 2003. Anyway this change was erroneously applied on September 17, 2006, when the OpenSSL Debian version 0.9.8c-1 was released to the public.

Even though the Debian maintainer responsible for this software released a patch to fix this bug on May 8, 2008, the impact may be severe. In fact OpenSSL is commonly used in software to protect the passwords, to offer privacy and security. Any private key created with this version of OpenSSL is weak and must be replaced, included the session keys that are created and used only temporary. This means that any data encrypted with these keys can be decrypted without a big deal, even if these keys are used (but not created) with a version of the library not affected, like the ones included in other operating systems.

For example any web server running under any operating system may use a weak key created on a vulnerable Debian-based system. Any encrypted connection (HTTPS) to this web server established by any browser can be decrypted. This may be a serious problem for sites that requires a secure connection, like banks or private web sites. Also, if some encrypted connection was recorded in the past, it can be decrypted in the same way.

Another serious problem is for the network security software, like OpenSSH and OpenVPN, that are used to encrypt the traffic to protect passwords and grant the access to an administrative console or a private network protected by firewalls. This may allows hackers to gain unwanted access to private computers, networks or data traveled over the network, even if a not affected version of OpenSSL was used.

The same behavior can be applied to any software or protocol that use SSL, like POP3S, SSMTP, FTPS, if used with a weak key. This is the case of Tor, software used to offer strong anonymity on the TCP/IP, where about 300 of 1,500-2,000 nodes used a weak key. With 15-20% of weak Tor nodes, there is a probability of 0.34-0.8% circa to build a circuit that has all tree nodes weak, resulting in a full loss of anonymity. Also the case of only one weak node begin used may facilitate some types of attack to the anonymity. The Tor hidden services, a sort of anonymous public servers, are affected too. However the issue was speedly addressed on May 14, 2008.

The same problem also interested anonymous remailers like Mixmaster and Mixminion, that use OpenSSL to create the remailer keys for the servers and the nym keys for the clients. Although currently there is no official announcement, at least two remailer changed their keys because were weak.

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Electronic voting disputed in France

  • Posted on February 27, 2018 at 2:11 am

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

In France, voting has traditionally been a low-tech experience: voters isolate themselves in a booth, put a pre-printed sheet of paper indicating their candidate of choice into an envelope. After officials verify the voter’s identity, the voter drops the envelope into the ballot box and signs the voting roll. French electoral law rather strictly codifies the proceedings. Since 1988, ballot boxes must be transparent so that voters and observers can witness that no envelopes are present at the start of the vote and that no envelopes are added except those of the duly counted and authorized voters. Candidates can send representatives to witness every part of the process. In the evening, votes are counted by volunteers under heavy supervision, following specific procedures.

In the past, voting machines, though authorized by law, were scarce. But this year, during presidential elections (the first round was April 22, the second is on May 6), the country is shaken by controversy about the machines intended to count about 1.5 million votes.

As in the United States, there is a group of academic computer scientists that oppose voting machines. They argue that voting machines replace a public, easily understandable counting process, where large-scale fraud would entail large-scale corruption, by an opaque process where votes are counted by machines that voters have to blindly trust. Voting machines have to be approved by the Ministry of the Interior, but this approval is based on confidential reports by private companies. Opponents to the machines point out that the Ministry was long held by Nicolas Sarkozy, who happens to be the leading candidate. Opponents also list a number of weaknesses and discrepancies that have occurred in other countries using voting machines.

All main political parties except UMP, Mr Sarkozy’s ruling party, oppose the voting machines. Some citizens have filed for court injunctions against the voting machines. Opponents have given detailed instructions that voting witnesses should check whether the machines correspond exactly to an approved type, including software versions, and fulfill all legal conditions. In a sign of the frenzy over the issue, on April 12 the Ministry of the Interior issued a last-minute authorization for a specific model (hardware, firmware). The stakes are high: votes on unapproved machines should be canceled by the Constitutional Council for the official count.

The opposition has crystallized on the Paris suburb of Issy-les-Moulineaux. Issy’s mayor, André Santini is a well-known technophile; his city organizes a “World E-Gov Forum”. Here too, last minute fixes are at work. The machines delivered to the city are of a yet-to-be-approved type. The manufacturer, the American company ES&S voting systems, is now delivering older 2005 machines. Le Monde reports that other municipalities have already replaced their recent machines by an older, approved, model.

Proponents of the machines, such as the French company France Élection, claim they are being defamed and dispute the competence of their critics. Elected officials supporting the machines claim the machines save on paper, time, and the need to find volunteers to count votes.

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Five Special And Lovely Sixty Fifth Birthday Gift Ideas For Her}

  • Posted on February 26, 2018 at 3:37 pm

Submitted by: Danica Reynes

For a woman turning 65, you can involve your kids in making a scrapbook, record greetings for the celebrant, recognize her hobby or introduce a new one, let it be her day of relaxation and fun, and please her with diamonds, gold, and the like to come up with a memorable and heartwarming birthday gift.

Heart-warming and sentimental gifts are the best presents to a 65-year-old woman. Choose the best 65th birthday gift that will make the celebrant feel more appreciated as a mother, a grandmother, an aunt, and a good friend. Below is a list of great gift ideas that may be perfect for her:

Make a scrapbook together with your kids

A scrapbook made by loved ones, is one of the greatest and most poignant 65th birthday gifts for a woman. Consider creating a scrapbook filled with wonderful photos and memories of the celebrant. Include your kids in the creation of the scrapbook by making them draw and write some greetings and quotes for the celebrant.

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Get sentimental with recorded greetings

As women grow older, they tend to be more sentimental. Record some personal best wishes from family and friends on a CD and give this to her on her 65th birthday. Include her loved ones and relatives, as well as her long lost friends to make the record more special. Not only will this gift be great during the birthday celebration but as a keepsake that will be treasured forever.

Consider her hobby or give her a new one

It is more helpful to make the celebrant the point of reference when you are looking for a birthday gift. On her 65th birthday, give her something that relates to her hobbies and interests. For example, you can give her a new set of cookware or a book of recipes if she is a cooking enthusiast. You may also inquire what hobbies she would want to pursue and give her a present to start a new one. This may sound very simple, but you may be surprised to find out what your gift means to her.

Let it be her day of relaxation and fun

When a woman turns 65, all she considers doing is to feel at ease and loosen up. Pay for her spa or salon treatment for a day. You can also treat her and her husband to an out-of-town vacation or even on a cruise if you can afford it. You can ask your siblings to share the costs of the gift, if the celebrant is your mother, to make it less burdensome on your part, yet equally thrilling.

Charm her with precious gems

Who does not love jewelry? Jewelry is every woman’s best friend. On her big day, surprise this special woman in your life with a piece of jewelry that marks her 65th birthday. You can give her a locket with her picture during her younger years. You may also consider giving a pendant or bracelet with her name and birth date engraved on it.

Donating a tree in her name, giving her a new pet, throwing a picnic for her at her favorite vacation house, or giving her a dinner voucher for two at her favorite classy restaurant are among the other wonderful 65th birthday gift ideas for her.

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