2008 COMPUTEX Taipei: Three awards, One target

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Monday, June 23, 2008

2008 COMPUTEX Taipei, the largest trade fair since its inception in 1982, featured several seminars and forums, expansions on show spaces to TWTC Nangang, great transformations for theme pavilions, and WiMAX Taipei Expo, mainly promoted by Taipei Computer Association (TCA). Besides of ICT industry, “design” progressively became the critical factor for the future of the other industries. To promote innovative “Made In Taiwan” products, pavilions from “Best Choice of COMPUTEX”, “Taiwan Excellence Awards”, and newly-set “Design and Innovation (d & i) Award of COMPUTEX”, demonstrated the power of Taiwan’s designs in 2008 COMPUTEX Taipei.

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Disney buys Pixar

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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The Walt Disney Company has finalized a US$7.4 billion deal to acquire its long-time partner Pixar in an all stock buy-out. The deal will make Steve Jobs, current Pixar and Apple CEO, Disney’s largest shareholder with about 7% (valued at over $3.5 billion) and a member of the board of directors.

The merger was speculated all day Tuesday on the stock market and the announcement came just after trading closed for the day. Terms of the merger include Pixar’s John Lasseter becoming Disney’s new chief creative officer in charge of animation at the combined Disney-Pixar Animation Studios, as well as principal creative advisor at Walt Disney Imagineering, the unit of the company responsible for research and development of Disney theme parks worldwide.

Jobs purchased what became Pixar for $10 million in 1986 from George Lucas’s computer animation division at Lucasfilm. Toy Story, its first feature film, came a decade later, and began a long string of animation hits, including Finding Nemo. Such successes proved to be increasingly elusive for Disney to manage on its own. The partnership between the two studios had become shaky in recent years, as former Disney head Michael Eisner clashed with Jobs over the renewal terms of their agreement. In 2003, prior to his dismissal from Disney, Eisner infuriated Pixar’s creative team by predicting Finding Nemo would be a failure. Steve Jobs broke off negotiations in January 2004, having told one executive previously, “I don’t see how the relationship can continue as long as Eisner is there.”

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When you shake hands with new faces, you can see an ocean of new opportunities. Far away from your imagination, you can see the existence of several new ideas which you never thought of before. It s like you joined a new health club or your first day at college. You get exposed to ways that you never would have pondered before.

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Every human being sees things in a different way and when you fence in yourself with similar frames of mind, you can never see things from different angle, can you??? That is why you need to meet new people to see different shades of things.

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You can learn most while exchanging words with new faces. By meeting new people you can easily expose yourself to a world of new knowledge. Think about what you didn t know about different religions until you started working in varied workplaces? Essentially, the more people you meet up, the more augmentation you can notice in your knowledge level.

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It s not easy to understand why people behave in a certain manner. On the same token, if you are not a social butterfly then situation can become too byzantine for you. By talking and spending time with new friends, you can perceive behaviors slickly. This will give you a rich understanding of life too.

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Some individuals are a bit lonely as they ve gotten into a monotonous daily pattern wherein they re either hanging out with same faces, or pursuing solitary chores. That s common and fine, but if they want to shake up that same routine, they might need to take help through social websites where people are interested in sharing same interests.

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Face-off at Islamabad Mosque

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Sunday, July 8, 2007

Since last Tuesday, following violent confrontations with Pakistan’s army, up to 1800 clerics and students are still holed up in Islamabad’s Red Mosque. Clashes began last week following mounting antagonism between the mosques hard-line leaders and the government lead by President Pervez Musharraf.

The mosque has been accused of enforcing its own Islamic law in the capital, notably the illegal detention of Chinese foreign nationals working in massage parlors.

20 people have been reported killed over the past six days, which have seen multiple gun battles and demolition of the mosques exterior walls. Currently, there seems little chance of a negotiated resolution. A delegation of Islamic leaders were refused access, and the mosques leader Abdul Rashid Ghazi has declared suicide a favourable option to surrender.

The mosques leaders follow the Hanafi school of thought, believing that the Koran is the authority by which justice should be metered. Historically the mosque has had close links with the Pakistan leadership, and members of the current administration have resisted calls for a crackdown on the mosques provocative behaviour.

The stand-off represents a decisive ideological challenge to the president who is walking a fine-line between Islamic extremists at home and foreign pressure to crack-down on militancy in the lawless tribal regions.

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What Causes Gum Recession?

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By Dr. Vito Clarizio

When gums are healthy, they are positioned up against your teeth covering your tooth roots and keeping food particles from getting below your gum line. With gum recession, the gums move away from the tooth, exposing the tooth roots and making it easy for food and bacteria to get below the gum line sometimes creating periodontal pockets that can become infected, resulting in tooth loss or jawbone deterioration.

Gum recession is typically caused when the tissue of the gums becomes damaged either due to poor dental hygiene, trauma to the mouth, or periodontal disease. Crooked or irregular teeth or thin, fragile gum tissue can also be the reason for gum recession. There are several symptoms that can indicate gum recession, and when they occur are warning signs letting you know that it’s time for a visit to your dentist to correct the problem before more serious issues can develop. Signs of gum recession are:

–The roots of your teeth begin to show.

–Your teeth start appearing longer than they normally do.

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–When brushing your teeth or running your tongue over your teeth you may feel a notch at the gum line.

–You may start to notice that you have bad breath.

–The spaces between your teeth seem to be getting bigger.

–Your gums may bleed when you brush or floss.

–Your gums may look red or swollen.

–You might notice tooth decay below your gum line.

–The color of your teeth may look different because the color of your tooth enamel is actually different than the color of the cementum which covers a tooth root.

The first step for treating gum recession is to determine the underlying cause and to correct or eliminate it. By examining your teeth, your dentist can quickly determine what is causing the issue. Since poor oral hygiene habits are often the culprit behind the issue, your dental professionals can help you determine good daily oral hygiene habits along with instructing you on the right way to brush your teeth, which will often be enough to correct the problem.

When the gum recession is located on just a few of your teeth in the front of your mouth, the way that you are brushing your teeth is most likely the cause and your dental hygienist can quickly instruct you on how to brush your teeth without causing damage to your gums. Sometimes the way your teeth are aligned or a habit of grinding your teeth can be the cause. However, if all or the majority of your teeth have receding gums, it is most likely that periodontal disease is involved. A thorough periodontal screening and examination will help your dentist diagnose the extent of the disease and the best treatment method for stopping the problem and correcting the damage.

The important thing to know about gum recession is that it should not be ignored because it can quickly develop into a larger problem such as serious periodontal disease, which can result in tooth loss and bone deterioration.

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Cleveland, Ohio clinic performs US’s first face transplant

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

A team of eight transplant surgeons in Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, USA, led by reconstructive surgeon Dr. Maria Siemionow, age 58, have successfully performed the first almost total face transplant in the US, and the fourth globally, on a woman so horribly disfigured due to trauma, that cost her an eye. Two weeks ago Dr. Siemionow, in a 23-hour marathon surgery, replaced 80 percent of her face, by transplanting or grafting bone, nerve, blood vessels, muscles and skin harvested from a female donor’s cadaver.

The Clinic surgeons, in Wednesday’s news conference, described the details of the transplant but upon request, the team did not publish her name, age and cause of injury nor the donor’s identity. The patient’s family desired the reason for her transplant to remain confidential. The Los Angeles Times reported that the patient “had no upper jaw, nose, cheeks or lower eyelids and was unable to eat, talk, smile, smell or breathe on her own.” The clinic’s dermatology and plastic surgery chair, Francis Papay, described the nine hours phase of the procedure: “We transferred the skin, all the facial muscles in the upper face and mid-face, the upper lip, all of the nose, most of the sinuses around the nose, the upper jaw including the teeth, the facial nerve.” Thereafter, another team spent three hours sewing the woman’s blood vessels to that of the donor’s face to restore blood circulation, making the graft a success.

The New York Times reported that “three partial face transplants have been performed since 2005, two in France and one in China, all using facial tissue from a dead donor with permission from their families.” “Only the forehead, upper eyelids, lower lip, lower teeth and jaw are hers, the rest of her face comes from a cadaver; she could not eat on her own or breathe without a hole in her windpipe. About 77 square inches of tissue were transplanted from the donor,” it further described the details of the medical marvel. The patient, however, must take lifetime immunosuppressive drugs, also called antirejection drugs, which do not guarantee success. The transplant team said that in case of failure, it would replace the part with a skin graft taken from her own body.

Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, a Brigham and Women’s Hospital surgeon praised the recent medical development. “There are patients who can benefit tremendously from this. It’s great that it happened,” he said.

Leading bioethicist Arthur Caplan of the University of Pennsylvania withheld judgment on the Cleveland transplant amid grave concerns on the post-operation results. “The biggest ethical problem is dealing with failure — if your face rejects. It would be a living hell. If your face is falling off and you can’t eat and you can’t breathe and you’re suffering in a terrible manner that can’t be reversed, you need to put on the table assistance in dying. There are patients who can benefit tremendously from this. It’s great that it happened,” he said.

Dr Alex Clarke, of the Royal Free Hospital had praised the Clinic for its contribution to medicine. “It is a real step forward for people who have severe disfigurement and this operation has been done by a team who have really prepared and worked towards this for a number of years. These transplants have proven that the technical difficulties can be overcome and psychologically the patients are doing well. They have all have reacted positively and have begun to do things they were not able to before. All the things people thought were barriers to this kind of operations have been overcome,” she said.

The first partial face transplant surgery on a living human was performed on Isabelle Dinoire on November 27 2005, when she was 38, by Professor Bernard Devauchelle, assisted by Professor Jean-Michel Dubernard in Amiens, France. Her Labrador dog mauled her in May 2005. A triangle of face tissue including the nose and mouth was taken from a brain-dead female donor and grafted onto the patient. Scientists elsewhere have performed scalp and ear transplants. However, the claim is the first for a mouth and nose transplant. Experts say the mouth and nose are the most difficult parts of the face to transplant.

In 2004, the same Cleveland Clinic, became the first institution to approve this surgery and test it on cadavers. In October 2006, surgeon Peter Butler at London‘s Royal Free Hospital in the UK was given permission by the NHS ethics board to carry out a full face transplant. His team will select four adult patients (children cannot be selected due to concerns over consent), with operations being carried out at six month intervals. In March 2008, the treatment of 30-year-old neurofibromatosis victim Pascal Coler of France ended after having received what his doctors call the worlds first successful full face transplant.

Ethical concerns, psychological impact, problems relating to immunosuppression and consequences of technical failure have prevented teams from performing face transplant operations in the past, even though it has been technically possible to carry out such procedures for years.

Mr Iain Hutchison, of Barts and the London Hospital, warned of several problems with face transplants, such as blood vessels in the donated tissue clotting and immunosuppressants failing or increasing the patient’s risk of cancer. He also pointed out ethical issues with the fact that the procedure requires a “beating heart donor”. The transplant is carried out while the donor is brain dead, but still alive by use of a ventilator.

According to Stephen Wigmore, chair of British Transplantation Society’s ethics committee, it is unknown to what extent facial expressions will function in the long term. He said that it is not certain whether a patient could be left worse off in the case of a face transplant failing.

Mr Michael Earley, a member of the Royal College of Surgeon‘s facial transplantation working party, commented that if successful, the transplant would be “a major breakthrough in facial reconstruction” and “a major step forward for the facially disfigured.”

In Wednesday’s conference, Siemionow said “we know that there are so many patients there in their homes where they are hiding from society because they are afraid to walk to the grocery stores, they are afraid to go the the street.” “Our patient was called names and was humiliated. We very much hope that for this very special group of patients there is a hope that someday they will be able to go comfortably from their houses and enjoy the things we take for granted,” she added.

In response to the medical breakthrough, a British medical group led by Royal Free Hospital’s lead surgeon Dr Peter Butler, said they will finish the world’s first full face transplant within a year. “We hope to make an announcement about a full-face operation in the next 12 months. This latest operation shows how facial transplantation can help a particular group of the most severely facially injured people. These are people who would otherwise live a terrible twilight life, shut away from public gaze,” he said.

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SpaceX Falcon I rocket fails to orbit test satellite

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The SpaceX Falcon 1 rocket has failed to place a DARPA demonstration payload into orbit, on its first flight into space. The rocket launched from Omelek Island, at 01:10 GMT on 21 March, just less than a year after its maiden flight which failed just seconds after launch.

The rocket, which is the first privately-funded liquid-fueled launch vehicle, was intended to place the payload into a low-Earth orbit, but all contact with the rocket was lost just over five minutes into the flight.

The first stage burn proceeded nominally, and separation occurred on schedule. As the first stage fell away from the second, it was observed to have impacted on the engine bell of the second stage. About five minutes into the flight, the second stage began to roll out of control. All data was lost at T+5 minutes, 5 seconds.

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Armed police shoot man dead on London Underground

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Friday, July 22, 2005

London Metropolitan Police have confirmed that armed police officers shot and killed a man at Stockwell Underground station just after 10 a.m. BST this morning. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Sir Ian Blair, the Commissioner of London Metropolitan, told a press conference this afternoon that the man was challenged by police officers (not in uniform) but refused to follow instructions. Some witnesses claim he did not appear to be carrying any arms, but wore a heavy coat that may have concealed a weapon. One passenger, Anthony Larkin, said the man appeared to be wearing a “bomb belt”.

Mark Whitby, apparently the closest eye witness said; “He half-tripped, was half-pushed to the floor. The policeman nearest to me had the black automatic pistol in his left hand, he held it down to the guy and unloaded five shots into him.”

Police have revealed that the shooting was connected with yesterday’s attempted attacks, but but have not confirmed him to be one of the four bombing suspects. Police sources have indicated that the man who was shot had been followed covertly, and after he was confronted he ran off and was followed on foot by up to twenty police from street level into the Underground station.

London Underground suspended some services on the Victoria and Northern lines, citing a request by the police. The Northern line was then completely suspended for a short time mid-afternoon after a security alert at Mornington Crescent Station.

The London Ambulance Service have dispatched ambulances and the air ambulance to the scene. The Metropolitan Police have cordoned off a 200 metre perimeter around the station.

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The State Council Start To Check The School Bus Accident}

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(Reporter Chu toward new) yesterday, the provincial government approved the establishment of value-South “12.27” major accident investigation team, the survey group requested the responsible department heads Hengnan not leave south balance, the survey reported in 2011 around January 15 to submit.

29 afternoon, the accident investigation team commissioned by the deputy director of Hunan Provincial Safety, Provincial Work Safety Supervision Bureau as deputy director Li Jian, Hunan Provincial Commission for Discipline Inspection addition, the Procuratorate, Education Department and other departments to send representatives to attend, the State Security Committee supervise the handling of the accident is.

Li Jian introduced, the accident was the illegal operation of a typical, severe overloading of the major road traffic accidents, road traffic safety Hengnan exposed serious loopholes in the management of dead. The tricycle owners ignore safety regulations, illegal carrying, severe overloading, county and city governments and the relevant functional departments to combat illegal trading and lax.

Li Jian, said the driver of long-term illegal transfer students, so long the illegal violations, relevant local governments, the relevant functional departments in the “fighting rule violation,” the operation is how to deploy, how to check, how to rectification, to investigate thoroughly clear.

Li Jian introduced, the accident investigation team as soon as possible after identification, causes and direct economic losses, identify the nature and responsibilities of the accident, the persons responsible for processing of suggestions.MIDDLE related to the accident with the relevant officials are not free to leave the value for the South, standby survey group interviewed, 15 January 2011 for about the first draft of the submission of investigation report.

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Parents said the victims were forced to sign a compensation agreement

Magistrate denied the South a balance, said the hospital to mobilize large number of police to maintain order

Yesterday, several parents of students killed, said the local government spend a lot of police after the incident, forcing parents to sign consent compensation agreement.MIDDLE six deputy governor said Shaw, large number of police deployed at the hospital for the maintenance work order, no sign of forced villagers.

Police said the families of the victims of conflict

29, Wang Yuanfu, WANG Cheng States and many other parents of students killed, told reporters that the early evening of 27 and 28 was a threat to the local government, the large number of police was forced to sign consent suppressed compensation agreement.

“Scene is heavily armed police, Politics and Law Committee secretary surnamed Wu said, you have to take the body away for cremation signature, should not sign away cremation.” Wangyuan Fu said local officials also proposed the first 1 million signing bonus money.

Yesterday, the network news that the local police carrying batons, forced the villagers to sign it. Lung Shun Leung family members of students killed, said when police clashed with some parents do to show the hands of reporters in the lead in pulling a slight injuries.

Yesterday, Deputy Mayor Xiao six Hengnan said, the scene a number of “those who know the truth,” the work order to maintain the hospital that night really mobilized a lot of police, but no sign of forced family members, family members are voluntary signature.

Sorry kids, said the county party secretary

Yesterday, the county party secretary Zhou Qianshan Hengnan accident investigation team to Hunan Province, said the accident killed 14 students, as a county party secretary has the responsibility, “so many children dead, I’m sorry these kids and their parents, how can I accept the punishment” .

Qianshan week said such a big accident, and the county poor management Hengnan education, the work of traffic police and other departments are not usually implemented, management is not in place related to serious dereliction of duty, lack of supervision issues.

MIDDLE Politics and Law Committee officials, many villagers spontaneously participate in saving time of the incident, the local has verified the plot, save for some villagers to return to do justice.

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Further reading:

Hunan Heng South “School Bus” responsible person to be free Zhuihe 6

Hengnan County Education Bureau, the traffic police and other departments confirmed the existence of a local elementary school students with a tricycle pick, they are informed and reported to the government six months ago, but did not pay attention and take measures to prohibit. Yesterday, the Standing Committee held Hengnan County, decided to remove the Secretary for Education and other six counties responsible positions. [More] (Beijing News)

Hunan, “School Bus” Zhuihe car accident Reading continued non-compliance is common to send

After many know, the reporter found, the lease does not meet the requirements of the vehicles to transport children to study, not an isolated phenomenon in rural Hunan. Many primary and secondary schools in Yueyang county, usually ten or two parents of the students combined rental van, responsible for the children to and from school. “This phenomenon is common ah, than let the children walk more comfortable.” A parent said.[More] (China News)

School Bus Zhuihe case reflects the status of working families: children left unattended

Almost all the village primary school students were at the bike Zhuihe tricycle, so the East Village, most of the students died. And almost all of the young East Village is the parents of those children are in the vicinity of the garment factory in Dongguan Chashan work. Today, children are not around perennial parents heartache, guilt, self-blame, but to make a living off the Lunar New Year have to stay away from children, continue to return to the original factory. [More]

Comments: What can save the farm school bus safety school bus charge three people hurt

Foggy days, farm vehicles do not have the operational status, condition poor, this may be an important reason for the tragedy from the traffic, but the helpless children learn the car leasing or agricultural deeply hurt our eyes. Have to ask is that some officials are not always the “no matter how poor is not poor education, no matter how tough the child can not be bitter,” talks about you, then the safety of these children where the school bus?[More] (China News)

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Blizzard Entertainment’s victory over bnetd sealed in Appeals Court

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Saturday, September 3, 2005

Blizzard Entertainment has won a federal ruling in the U.S. Court of Appeals against the programmers of bnetd, a software package that emulates Blizzard’s Battle.net service. The court reaffirmed the original judgement, given in October, that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and click-through EULA’s prohibited the reverse engineering of Blizzard’s software in order to improve their playability. This was the first real test of the DMCA’s applicability.

Bnetd, released under the GNU General Public License, was created to enable users to play multiplayer games, bypassing Blizzard’s freely accessible Battle.net servers, which have sometimes been unreliable or slow for gamers. The software also disabled the CD-Key check which is present in Battle.net to prevent users of pirated copies from being able to connect to Blizzard’s servers. Offers by bnetd developers to incorporate Blizzard’s CD-Check system were declined.

The CD-Check system itself has faced controversy, with some users complaining it borders on breaching privacy in the same way as adware and other malevolent software. This is not confined to Blizzard: controversy occurred when Sony Online Entertainment’s EverQuest had a similar system which was later disabled due to complaints. Other games designed for network play are also known to have similar systems in place, the most prominent perhaps being Valve Software’s Steam system developed for Half-Life 2.

Blizzard has produced many popular titles such as Starcraft, World of Warcraft and the Diablo series.

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