Thursday, November 17, 2011

all about Stop Online Piracy Act

PROTECT IP Act Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

Stop Online Piracy Act explanation video at lifehacker


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

american censorship day

Today, Congress holds hearings on the first American Internet censorship system.

This bill can pass. If it does the Internet and free speech will never be the same.

Join all of us to stop this bill.

Website Blocking

The government can order service providers to block websites for infringing links posted by any users.

Risk of Jail for Ordinary Users

It becomes a felony with a potential 5 year sentence to stream a copyrighted work that would cost more than $2,500 to license, even if you are a totally noncommercial user, e.g. singing a pop song on Facebook.

Chaos for the Internet

Thousands of sites that are legal under the DMCA would face new legal threats. People trying to keep the internet more secure wouldn't be able to rely on the integrity of the DNS system.
How you can help
If this law passes, sites like Twitter, YouTube and Tumblr could be shut down for letting users post freely. Join the protest to stop it. 

windows family raffle - i'm not qualified

I'm a bit disappointed that I do not qualify for the windows family raffle. I bought a Lenovo Z470 recently with win 7 home. If you look closely at the rules, my local SM is not included and I missed the nov 14 start date by 3 days. Oh well.

Buy genuine Windows 7 software and get a chance to win a brand new Mitsubishi Montero Sport, a trip to Singapore, a Windows Phone family package or family dinner at Circles Event Cafe.
*Applicable to both purchases with a PC/Laptop or FPP SKUs
**Starter not included

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Surgical headlamp - preview

The bigger of the 2 headlamps I bought on ebay has arrived, the 800+ peso one. around 5 weeks from order time. Arrived 2 days ago and I've been busy so I haven't had time to test it out fully. More or less it looks like this.

So far i've used it to dress one patient and excise a lipoma. It seems bright enough and the light collimation/concentration is OK enough for what I call (I'll mention this headlamp classification in my blog post and my paper if and when it comes out) "against the light" usage with or without loupes, although I havent tested it like that yet.

"Against the light" is one of the classifications of medical headlamp usage that I invented. Its the most demanding. It essentially means its bright enough that you can use it to see into a deep body cavity which is in dark shadow because of OR lights. This situation often comes up with a resident coz the surgeon is operating somewhere else nearby and he's hogging the OR lights.

Elastic straps are slightly too small for my head but I can fix that easily. Battery charger is not the best and can damage the 18650 lithium batts if left to overcharge the batt but it works. The major modification I need to do is to make a remote switch so i can turn it on and off without breaking sterility (thats one of the differences between civilian and medical headlamps in an older blog post.).

After full modification and testing, I plan to write a post here and maybe enter it into next year's PCS surgical innovations contest thingie. Maybe even write a paper. But for now, it looks promising.

Again, this is only a preview. Stay tuned for a future blog post with a more in depth review.

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