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Google Boosts the Privacy Control of their Users

On Monday, Google improved their users’ privacy controls and rolled a webpage that caters frequently asked question to address the growing concern over how the search giant gathers and utilizes its huge amount of data.

Users have the capacity to manage particular privacy settings for several months or even years, for instance whether to save location history and web browser, which is used as well in targeted advertising. However, running the controls is confusing and takes so much time since the settings are in different places all over the webs that are not always easily located.

Now users will be able to access My Account, which gives a security and privacy checkup, or lists where individuals can check of what kind of data they like to be private and public. The new website of Google answers frequently asked questions, similar as whether the firm sells personal information and what data is provided to the advertisers.

“We are aware that users find security and privacy really mysterious so we liked to create it to be very approachable,” according to Guemmy Kim, the product manager for account settings and controls.

Data control has turn to be increasingly significant to users in the recent years as more and more daily activities have shifted to the Internet.

If for instance you are researching for the best nightlife experience within your locality or overseas or perhaps you want to search on the web the finest kind of whisky drink, you can now have the choice to make your search be private or leave it public. The data that you want to keep on yourself or be publicized is now within your control with this new feature of Google.

In 2014, the leaked classified documents of Edward Snowden that shows the National Security Agency of U.S was holding in mass collection of phone records, putting companies that great amounts of data, such as Facebook, Google and Apple, under growing scrutiny.

Google’s New Privacy Setting in Summary:

  • Enables user to control settings for Maps, Search, Gmail, Youtube and other products in one setting
  • Offers step-by-step guides to control the most significant Google security and privacy settings
  • Users can access sites and apps they’ve logged in with their credentials in Google
  • My Account central dashboard can be utilized to turn on and off location tracking, targeted advertising and also app and web activity history

In the recent Pew survey, there are only 9% of people who felt they have a “great” control with their data.

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Being Emotionally Healthy when Dating

You might feel that you’re just one step away from having the man of your dreams in which you think that if you give it a little more push, he’d finally start to get it and would love you back (or the other way around). It may be difficult to admit to yourself, but this is just a delusion.

Unfortunately for us, life isn’t a movie. Any grand gesture you do to the object of your affection is bound to backfire, thereby hurting your self-respect in the process.

Instead of thinking of ways for someone to like you, you need to focus more on boosting your self-respect and loving yourself more.

So before you engage in gratis dating, here are some things that you need to learn when you’re single.

Learn to be assertive and pay attention to what you want.

There are only a few disadvantages to being assertive, open, and honest. Remember that you actually owe it not only to yourself, but also to everyone you meet, to be upfront about who and what you are, as well as what you are looking for a partner. Note that, like any other skill, being assertive takes practice.

Although it is pretty scary to directly state your intentions, it is also a bad move to be friendly to someone and pretending to be someone you’re not; be honest instead. As we all know, “confidence is sexy”.

By being honest to yourself, you’d be able to prevent from chasing someone who isn’t sure to be a part of your life as you are in theirs.

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Look at people in different shades of grey.

The most common mistake we make when dating is that we have the tendency to overlook someone’s flaws. When we get attracted, we label that person as “ideal” and we are put on a pedestal. Most of the time, we forget that someone’s character is neither black nor white. Note that everyone has flaw; that is why it is important for you to be honest if you notice red flags in other people. It is relatively easy to force yourself to be in a relationship with the wrong one because we fear being lonely.

There’s a difference between anxiety and attraction.

More often than not, we usually mix up anxiety and attraction. If you feel like you want his/her attention more when he/she starts to pull away from you, then you are mistaking anxiety for attraction.

Do not stay in an unsatisfying relationship. Know what real attraction is and how it feels like instead of being afraid of possibly losing someone.

Let go if you aren’t getting enough interest or respect from your partner.

Don’t waste valuable time with someone who doesn’t love/like you back. People who are emotionally available will respond positively when they are truly attracted to you. If they aren’t, then you should walk away.

Being confident enough to walk away when someone isn’t treating you right is the one of the best ways to keep your self-respect.

Make sure that when it’s over, it is really over. Do not fantasize about someone who got away as this will undermine your self-respect.  Note that, this will help you keep a healthy level of self-respect; whoever you decide to settle down with would be thankful of your confidence.

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UK Needs to Ration Internet Access

According to an academic in Britain, the internet consumes approximately 8 percent of UK’s power output which is equal to the output of about 3 nuclear power stations, but still the demand for the internet in the country is still sky high.

Rationing of Internet

The access to the internet will soon be restricted or rationed primarily because the supply for power and communications network cannot compensate for the demand of the consumers to access domains with high PR that contain videos.

The 8 percent consumption of Britain’s power output is composed of energy demand from transmission of data and storage, and also from laptops, smartphones and televisions. And according to some studies, these demands will double every 4 years. By that time, the optical cables and switches are also set to reach their capacity of carrying data by the end of 10 years.

Royal Society Hearing

The Royal Society will conduct a hearing this week regarding the communication networks of the country to face a potentially dangerous capacity overload, as the academics gather to address the problem at hand.

Andrew Ellis, a professor of optical communications at Aston University, told the Sunday Times, “The Internet is already consuming at least 8 percent of Britain’s power output, equivalent to the output of three nuclear power stations, and demand is soaring.”

“It is growing so fast, currently at exponential rate, that, in theory, it could be using all the UK power generation by 2035. We cannot make all that extra power, so we will have to restrict or reduce access, perhaps by metering consumers so they pay for what they use,” he added.

Extra Cables

Adding extra cables in order to get more data will likely lead to increase in costs of internet access along with the amount of power needed. New cables can also quickly reach their limit as well, at the current rate of demand.

According to Professor Ellis, the public may need to start deciding on whether they are now prepared to pay for a higher cost of internet access.

There have been technical advancements that increased the amount of data that is fired through the optical fibers, but scientists are afraid that they are already reaching the physical capacity limit of the cables without interrupting the signal.

Andrew Lord, the head of the optical access at BT, said that rationing is one solution. “New cables laid now could fill in a year or two of being installed, which is far too short. If we don’t fix this in 10 years time the internet could have to cost more,” he said.

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Figure 1: An Instagram for Doctors

This new app is called the socialized medicine of today’s digital age, the Figure 1. It is a new app that allows doctors as well as other medical professionals worldwide to swap information and pictures about their cases. This app is described as an Instagram for doctors, the description given by the chief medical officer and founder, Dr. Joshua Landy. His words do not really capture the whole intent of the app but for sure, Figure 1 is a big help to the medical industry. Landy further said that this app is going to be a great help for health care professionals to discuss complex cases both diagnostic and therapeutic.

This was launched in 2013 and has been downloaded for hundreds of thousands. Mostly, the users are medical students, board-certified doctors, registered nurses including other medical professionals. Their credentials are verified by strict internal vetting system, if the user is cleared, they are then allowed to post requests and images by asking the feedback of the community. To launch an app, the developer must think of strategies on how to make it well-known and a hit to his targeted market. This is similar with domains, you must have domains with high Trust Flow in order to achieve high rankings on Google at the same time, easily increase the search engine rankings.

In addition, this app does not only cater to the medical industry but includes anyone who is interested. This app is free for download; interested individual can take a peek of the body images such as the branching pattern of the skin or an umbilical cord which are tied in two knots. Also, a user can take a glimpse of the various amazing medical features like a surgeon who is holding a beating heart prior to the transplant into a patient with congenital heart failure. Generally, the medical industry embraces the whole idea of information and image swapping but the impact can be very limited, according to Dr. Peter Rasmusses of the Cleveland Clinic. He said that there are very limited numbers of cases which can be practiced by only using video-sharing and secure photo.

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However, Landy expressed that he came up with an idea of creating this app when he was an investigator while at Stanford medical school. His research manifested that other doctors were sharing images through email and text and creating this app is a great way to modernize the doctors’ meet-and-greet in the hospital’s hallways. Most of all, this is a way to communicate with other doctors about a patient’s case, seek some help or even a second opinion when faced with challenging cases.

With regards to the matter about privacy standards of the legal patient, Landy said that the images will be sent upon the appropriate consent of the patient; at the same time all identifying features should be blacked out or blurred including scars and tattoos. This is the reason why almost all images depict x-rays, limbs and MRIs. In case there are instances of misdiagnosis, Landy stressed out that the app was developed for information and education exchange. He hoped that Figure 1 is a tool that can help the medical industry become less fragmented.

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Cada quien puede expresar sus ideas

Algunas personas que acostumbran expresar puntos de vista en los programas de opinión insisten en arrogarse el puesto de voceros del pueblo costarricense.

Al estilo de los viejos políticos de este país a quienes se viven atacando, esos “opinadores profesionales” caen en el error de presumir que sus especulaciones, suposiciones, prejuicios y elucubraciones, son el pensamiento vívido del pueblo costarricense.

Como ejercicio de la libertad de expresión irrestricta de la que disfrutamos en Costa Rica, está bien que ejerciten ese oficio, pero como contribuyentes a la formación de juicio valedero ante al realidad nacional, acaban resultando una parodia.

Debemos ser muy cautos cuando en cualquier espacio de opinión nos referimos al pueblo costarricense. Ese pueblo es un conglomerado absolutamente heterogéneo de pensamientos y criterios.

La profesión de un determinado pensamiento debe ser articulado con absoluta disposición a tolerar y admitir el pensamiento contrario.

La fuerza de nuestra democracia ha sido manifiesta en muchas ocasiones precisamente por su capacidad para dar cabida y reconocer la presencia de las diversas opiniones. A la hora del debate nacional, no solo es vital la presencia de todos los puntos de vista, sino el trato igualitario y moderado a cada uno de sus exponentes.

Cada quien puede expresar sus ideas; es más, debe expresarlas, si quiere participar eficazmente en el fortalecimiento de la sociedad abierta, democrática y tolerante que queremos para Costa Rica.

Lo que no debemos admitir es que nadie se arrogue representar, porque se le dio la gana, al pueblo costarricense.

Muchas veces ni siquiera las autoridades democráticamente electas son representantes cabales del pueblo costarricense, pues aunque nominalmente han sido escogidos para ejercer funciones específicas, sus criterios y decisiones los son, en sentido estricto, los de una parte y no el todo del pueblo al cual gobierna.

Debemos acusar, ciertamente, el uso demagógico que muchas veces los políticos han hecho del concepto “pueblo, pero igualmente lo debemos condenar cuando cualquier hijo de vecino quiere presentar como ideas del “pueblo” lo que no son más que sus propias, particulares, y tal vez hasta equivocadas opiniones.


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Problemas con las arterias matan más personas en nuestro país que el cáncer

Así lo afirmó el especialista en cardiología del hospital San Juan de Dios, Carlos Calderón, al destacar la importancia de la técnica de angioplastía carótida, que puso en práctica ese centro médico.

El doctor Calderón recordó que la arteria carótida es la que lleva la sangre al cerebro. El problema es que en las personas de más 60 años, esa arteria tiende a ser obstruida por las grasas y cuando el problema agrava, es cuando sobreviene el derrame cerebral.

Con esa técnica, añadió el galeno, se consigue expandir la arteria.

Sólo el año anterior, en nuestro país, 446 personas murieron víctimas de un derrame cerebral.


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Suspendido juicio por naufragio de embarcación en el Golfo de Nicoya

Este martes terminaron 4 años de espera al iniciar el juicio por el hundimiento del Pacific Princess, hecho sucedido el 15 de febrero de 1997 y que dejó como saldo la muerte de dos mujeres.

Información divulgada por el departamento de Relaciones Públicas de la Corte Suprema de Justicia, indica que el capitán de la embarcación, Alvaro Campos Villagra, figura como el único imputado en el debate, que sin embargo, fue suspendido porque una de las empresas demandadas civilmente, no fue notificada.

Según la fiscalía el desprendimiento de la cubierta principal ocasionó el accidente cuando el Pacific Princess regresaba de Isla Tortuga, con 54 personas abordo, todos empleados de la empresa Tornillos Centroamericanos S.A (TORNECA). Dos mujeres fallecieron ahogadas.

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Infantil arranca el proceso rumbo a Trinidad y Tobago

Luego de la clasificación obtenida en el premundial de San Pedro Sula y en donde la selección infantil cosecho su boleto en forma invicta ante México, Honduras y Haití, los seleccionados han iniciado al mando del técnico Juan Diego Quesada la nueva etapa antes del mundial que se realizara en septiembre próximo.

El trabajo que esta realizando la tricolor son principalmente el retomar de nuevo los errores que se dieron en el torneo realizado en territorio hondureño y en donde los nacional consiguieron la visa al Mundial de Trinidad y Tobago luego de su triunfo ante México y Haití y un empate a uno ante su similar de Honduras.

Para el guardameta Pablo Quesada, “el trabajo que viene será triplemente duro, ya que si queremos llegar al mundial no simplemente para ser un equipo mas tendremos que luchar de principio a fin en este periodo”.

Sobre los cuestionamientos que se han hecho en los últimos días sobre la aparente apelación que estarían dispuestas a dar las federaciones de México y Honduras por la presunta edad de Pablo Quesada, Róger Estrada y Saúl Phillips, el propio arquero argumento en tono humorístico que “ ellos pueden investigar lo que quieran, yo tengo 16 años y si soy grande es por herencia”.

Al final de cuentas en esta historia cabe aquel refrán que dicta “ el que nada debe, nada teme”.

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La sele a la cancha

Por Tatiana Fernández Bejarano

Hoy a las 6:00 de la tarde, en la cuidad de Guadalajara en el estado de Jalisco, la Selección Nacional Sub-23 se enfrentará a su similar de Jamaica, en el primer encuentro de la última fase eliminatoria a las Olimpiadas Atenas 2004.

El timonel nacional Rodrigo Kenton, no ha dado la alineación titular, pero haciendo una síntesis de las que hemos vistos en juegos anteriores, esta es la posible alineación:

El guardameta Adrián De Lemos, los defensas Michael Umaña, Pablo Salazar, Júnior Díaz, en la media cancha Daniel Vallejos, José Luis López, Carlos Hernández, Pablo Brenes, y en la delantera Winston Parks, Álvaro Saborío y Berny Scott.

Los nacionales, ayer hicieron el reconocimiento de la grama del Estadio Jalisco de Guadalajara, ahí trabajaron en estiramientos y tocar el balón.

El clima

Durante el partido contra Jamaica, la tricolor vestirá su uniforme de manga larga y algunos con guantes, ya que el clima a las seis de la tarde es muy frío.

Los nacionales asimilarán el clima gracias a la concentración en el Hotel Altavista, en Tarbaca, donde el clima era bastante frío.

Los jamaiquinos estuvieron una semana en Fort Lauderdale, Florida,  tratando de adaptarse a las inclemencias del clima, que es muy parecido al te Guadalajara.

Lo que sigue

El próximo miércoles los nacionales se enfrentarán a las Selección de Trinidad y Tobago, y posteriormente el viernes ante la Selección de México.

Los primeros dos lugares de cada grupo, pasarán a la semifinal y los finalistas tendrán el cupo a las Olimpiadas de Atenas 2004.

El grupo A está integrado por Costa Rica, Jamaica, Trinidad y Tobago y México; y el grupo B por Estados Unidos, Canadá, Panamá y Honduras.

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Campo pagado de Alvarez Desanti responde a una estrategia para informar la reforma fiscal

Esta semana un campo pagado en medios televisivos le informa a los costarricenses acerca de la Reforma Fiscal. El espacio es de  Antonio Alvarez Desanti, precandidato del Partido Liberación Nacional y con el intenta que los costarricenses conozcan su posición en torno a los cambios propuestos por el Gobierno para el sistema tributario.

Esta campaña responde a una estrategia de información. Así lo respondió el precandidato liberacionista al ser consultado por Radioperiódicos Reloj, si era una forma de competir con el anuncio del próximo jueves en el que Oscar Arias anunciará su precandidatura.

Alvarez Desanti aseguró que es una forma de informar a la población acerca del plan de Gobierno donde se aliviará la carga a los grandes empresarios pero donde la clase trabajadora tendrá que pagar más impuestos.

En cuanto a la percepción de los costarricenses en la encuesta publicada por el Diario AL DIA y elaborada por DEMOSCOPIA, Alvarez Desanti aseguró que aun es muy temprano para hablar de diferencias entre él y el expresidente Arias.

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