Those Black Dots on Your Nose Are Probably Not Blackheads

Blackheads are big business. Products that promise to remove them, treatments that totally tackle them and mesmerizing videos that show people popping them (yes, it’s totally gross and, yes, we’re guilty of tuning in) are undeniably all the rage. But, as New York dermatologist Doris Day, MD, reveals, not are all blackheads are really blackheads at all.

“Some people think the black dots on their nose are clogged pores or blackheads,” she says. “They are, in fact, mostly fine hairs or sebaceous filaments, which is a combination of sebum and skin cells.”

So now that all our skin care beliefs are shaken to the core, how can we tell what’s what? “They’re different from blackheads since those are formed from an obstruction of the follicular opening and are pathologic, while sebaceous filaments are more common and often normally found in the nose, as this is an area with more active sebaceous glands,” Dr. Day explains.

While Montclair, NJ, dermatologist Jeanine B. Downie, MD, does note that many people do have actual blackheads on the nose, she says that, regardless of which one ails you, the course of treatment for both is pretty similar. “They are both treated with light/medium exfoliation, extraction, use of sunblock and chemical peels.”





The Core Exercise Trainers Love (No, It’s Not A Plank)

We’re not here to play games: The truth is, there’s no magical workout move that does it all. However, there are certain exercises that set you up to move better and lift things more easily. Many of these involve strengthening your core, because a strong midsection is essential for every workout, sport, and fitness activity — not to mention daily life. And that’s where the core reach (also known as the dead-bug exercise) comes in.
This move — think of it as a flipped-over version of a moving plank — is functional, safe, and strengthens the same muscles you use for everything from doing squats to hauling groceries. It’s also especially useful for runners because it teaches trunk stability and control while you’re moving your arms and legs in opposition. This mirrors what you do when you’re walking and running, explains Ashleigh Kast, trainer at Drive Clubs in New York City and founder of Sophisticated Strength. This stability helps establish a more efficient stride pattern that controls breathing and prevents lower back pain often caused by poor running form.
You can include the core reach as part of your warm-up before a gym workout or run, or try it as a quick exercise first thing in the morning. Plus, it’s simple to increase or decrease the intensity level depending on where you are in your fitness journey. Just lace up a pair of supportive and cushiony adidas UltraBOOST X sneakers and follow along with brand ambassador Jera Foster-Fell. Time to kick-start your workout.
The Core Reach
Start lying on your back with arms extended straight in the air with wrists over shoulders. Bend your knees to a tabletop position, making 90-degree angles with your shins parallel to the floor. While pushing your low back against the ground, extend your right arm overhead and your left leg outward until they hover a few inches off the floor, but not so low that your back arches. Immediately return to the starting position, and repeat on the opposite side. Do 10 reps on each side, alternating arms and legs each rep.
“The most common mistake I see people make is beginning with the back arched,” Kast says. Fix this by flattening your back on the floor before you start moving, and be conscious to maintain that position throughout the entire exercise.
“This move is an amazing opportunity to begin linking your breath to your movement, which is key for mastering any exercise or sport,” says Kast. Inhale as you lower your arm and leg and exhale as you pull them back in.
Just Getting Started? Try This Beginner-Friendly Variation
Keep your arms extended by your sides on the ground or directly overhead. Bring your legs into that same tabletop position and — keeping your knees bent at 90 degrees — lower your right heel to tap the ground. Return your leg to the starting position, and repeat with your left leg. By shortening the length of your legs, you reduce the load on your core, thus requiring less stability, and you’re using your arms to help you balance. Do 10 reps on each side, alternating legs each rep.
For More Of A Challenge, Add Some Weight
While holding a five- to 10-pound medicine ball (a kettlebell or single dumbbell does the job, too), extend your arms directly above your head and perpendicular to the floor. Keep your arms in place while extending one leg at a time. The goal here is to create maximum tension in the body, so imagine you’re trying to crush the ball between your hands. This tension helps stabilize your core and adds work for your upper-body muscles. Do 10 reps on each side, alternating legs each rep.

DEA does not need warrant to subpoena Oregon prescription drug information

A three-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the Drug Enforcement Administration does not need a court-ordered warrant to subpoena information from Oregon's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. It also found the ACLU should not have been allowed to intervene in the case.  (Associated Press photo)

A three-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the Drug Enforcement Administration does not need a court-ordered warrant to subpoena information from Oregon’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. It also found the ACLU should not have been allowed to intervene in the case. (Associated Press photo) (AP Photo)

A federal appeals panel ruled Monday that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration can issue a subpoena for information in an Oregon database that tracks doctors and the narcotics they prescribe without getting a court order, reversing a lower court ruling.

The three-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found the federal law that grants subpoena power to the agency preempts Oregon law, which requires a court order.

Congress enacted the Controlled Substances Act, in part, “to strengthen law enforcement tools against the traffic in illicit drugs” and allows federal authorities to obtain such information through a subpoena, the appeals panel noted.

State law directly conflicts with the federal statute, providing that the Oregon Health Authority disclose information from its prescription monitoring program in response to a court order based on probable cause.

Oregon’s law undermines the intent of Congress to empower the Drug Enforcement Administration, the panel ruled.

The appeals court also found that the U.S. District Court shouldn’t have allowed the American Civil Liberties Union to intervene in Oregon’s case against the DEA because it failed to establish independent standing.

U.S. District Judge Ancer L. Haggerty ruled in 2014 that patients have a reasonable expectation of privacy for their prescription records and that law enforcement officials must seek a warrant for information from Oregon’s database.

The Drug Enforcement Administration appealed.

The Oregon Legislature created the monitoring database in 2009 to log prescriptions filled by pharmacies in the state, the physicians who prescribed the narcotics and the patients who use them. The state included privacy protections, including the court order. The database went live two years later.

The Drug Enforcement Administration argued it could use administrative subpoenas under the Controlled Substances Act.

The state sued the agency after it issued three subpoenas for database information. The American Civil Liberties Union joined the case on behalf of four patients and a doctor, taking the state’s argument one step further in contending that federal agents must have probable cause and a signed search warrant for the information.

The subpoenas could violate a person’s Fourth Amendment right to privacy and unreasonable search and seizure, the ACLU argued. The ACLU sought a court injunction.

Haggerty didn’t analyze whether the ACLU had the right to intervene, and instead found that the DEA violated privacy rights asserted by the ACLU, the appeals panel’s opinion said.

“We reverse without reaching the merits of the Fourth Amendment claim,” the appeals panel said. Because the ACLU is seeking a different outcome than the state, it needed to show independent standing to intervene in the case and it did not, the panel ruled.

The DEA’s two administrative subpoenas sought records of a single patient and two prescribing physicians, not records related to the ACLU, the appeals court said.

The appeals panel said it recognized the “particularly private nature of the medical information” at issue and said the ACLU’s concern about disclosure wasn’t unreasonable. Yet even so, the ACLU lacked standing because it and those it represented weren’t “under an impending threat of disclosure.”

The appeals court did point out that the state still has the power to resist a DEA administrative subpoena, which would require the DEA to then get a court order for the information.

The appeals panel described this step as “a critical safeguard in light of the particularly important privacy interest implicated here.”

Attorney Nathan Freed Wessler, a New York-based lawyer who argued the appeal for the American Civil Liberties Union, said he was disappointed.

Next month, the ACLU will appear in federal court in Utah in a separate lawsuit and make the same argument that the DEA violates privacy rights by using “mere administrative subpoenas.”

“The court recognizes that medical records are private and sensitive and therefore require strong legal safeguards,” Wessler said. “Regrettably, it held that our clients lacked ‘standing’ to press for those safeguards in this litigation.”


AI beating humans? Not in my lifetime, says Google’s cloud chief

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Diane Greene, senior vice president of Google, speaks at the Code Enterprise conference in San Francisco on November 15, 2016. Credit: Martyn Williams

The head of Google’s cloud business says she doesn’t expect machine intelligence to exceed that of humans during her lifetime, despite recent rapid progress that has surprised many.

Diane Greene, who turns 61 this year, said that while researchers are making strides in programming intelligence into computers, there’s still a long way to go.

“There is a lot that machine learning doesnt do that humans can do really, really well,” she said on Tuesday at the Code Enterprise conference in San Francisco.

Her remarks came hours after Google said Greene’s division had hired two leading machine learning and artificial intelligence experts:Fei-Fei Li, who was director of AI at Stanford University, and Jia Li, who headed up research at Snap, the operator of SnapChat.

“Nobody expected some of the advances we are seeing as quickly as were seeing them,” she said, “but, the singularity i dont see it in my sentient lifetime.”

Greene had been asked to evaluate, on a scale from one to ten, how close the industry was to “the singularity” — the moment, forecast by technologist Ray Kurzweil, when machine intelligence would go beyond that of humans.

Greene never got around to putting a number on the current state of research. But she did acknowledge that some people would lose their jobs as machine learning became more useful.

“I think its really incumbent on us to get the education out there to make sure everyone is digitally literate, because thats where the divide is, and because if youre digitally literate, youre going to have jobs,” she said.

At least for now, there aren’t enough qualified people in the job market for the number of research jobs available, but that situation’s unlikely to last, so Silicon Valley is being asked tough questions about where this push into machine intelligence will take the world.

Greene said the industry was taking the matter seriously but offered only small efforts to solve it, like supplying Chromebooks to schools.

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Excess saffronisation of education might not be ideal for children

The RSS has endorsed re-writing textbooks and upholding Sanskrit, citing the importance of science, atomic concepts and plastic surgery in ancient India practiced by the Hindu geniuses.



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The Shangh Parivaar has been advocating saffronisation of education at the national level. After BJP’s sweeping victory 2014, this task has become far easier to walk through.

The RSS has endorsed re-writing textbooks and upholding Sanskrit, citing the importance of science, atomic concepts and plastic surgery in ancient India practiced by the Hindu geniuses.

Saffronisation of education:

  • RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat replaced historical facts with Hindu mythology in his books, citing ancient India had aeroplanes and atom bombs
  • Sushruta, the ‘father of surgery’ practiced over 300 surgical procedures including the process of stitching intestines by using ‘ant-heads as stitching material’ in ancient times
  • These aforementioned are some pivot subject elements as pointed out by the RSS science and technology wing, Vijnana Bharti, for the examinations to be held on November 20 across 2,000 government and private aided schools
  • Over 140,000 students from classes 6 to 11 are due to take the three-hour long examinations on ‘Life of former President APJ Abdul Kalam’ and ‘Indian contribution to science’
  • Apart from the Vijnana Bharti, several schools, including the Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Vidyalayas, DPS, Amity International schools and have directed the teaching staff to quickly prepare for the upcoming examinations through engaging in special classes for these subjects
  • While a lesson on the Vedic civilization appears quite a matter of importance, it is not mandatory to conduct examinations of such on children, as says a Hindustan Times Editorial.
  • source”cnbc”

Alcatel Idol 4s with Windows 10 will not be sold in Europe

After many rumors and leaks, the Alcatel Idol 4s running Windows 10 Mobile was finally made official a couple of days ago. The smartphone pairs most of the specs of the Android-running Idol 4s with Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system, resulting in an intriguing high-end package for fans of Windows 10 Mobile. It will be out in the US at T-Mobile on November 10, priced at $469 full retail.

But what if you’re in Europe? Are you interested in this handset and wish you’d know when it’s expected to hit that particular continent? If so, we have some bad news. It turns out that the Idol 4s with Windows is not intended to be sold in Europe. So it looks like it might stay a T-Mobile exclusive forever.

The news comes from Alcatel’s arm in France, responding on Twitter to a question regarding availability in that country. The company says this product is only going to be sold in other regions. That’s certainly a shame, as many fans of Windows phones are located in Europe, and this means they won’t have access to the latest device running Windows 10. Hopefully Alcatel will reconsider, but for now this is the situation.


Toshiba OCZ’s TL100 review: A budget SSD that’s not a bargain

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There are two types of products that send the PCWorld lab into retest mode: those that perform better than expected, and those that perform worse. Toshiba’s 2.5-inch, TLC NAND-based, OCZ-branded TL100 definitely falls into the latter category. As a matter of fact, after seeing a sustained write speed of less than 100MBps, a far cry from the “up to 530MBps” you’ll see advertised, we started kicking tires with particular energy.

Three TL100’s were tested on four separate PCs and three different operating systems (Windows 7, 8.1, and 10) to confirm that the bad write numbers it was pulling weren’t somehow related to our MO or hardware. Results varied only slightly. The drive will write around 500MBps, but only for a few seconds, then speeds decline precipitously to the 100MBps level and stay there.


There’s no nice way to say this: Unless priced ridiculously low, buy something else.

HD Tune, CrystalDiskMark, and several other benchmarks not normally used were also run to make sure it wasn’t an issue with our usual go-to, AS SSD. CrystalDiskMark didn’t see a problem with the drive in its 1GB test, but beyond that, it was the same slow-sustained-write story.

Still faster than a hard drive

To be fair, read speed and read random-access have more to do with the apparent speed of a system than write speeds, because they are what you experience when the operating system and programs load. In that regard, while the TL100 isn’t the fastest SSD we’ve tested, it is indeed an SSD; replacing the hard drive in your system with one will make it seem like you just strapped a rocket to it. Okay, a bottle rocket. However, the first time you copy an even moderately large file to it, you’re going to wonder if you somehow broke it.

The TL100 might’ve gotten more love around here if it had hit the market at 10 or 15 cents per gigabyte. But it showed up at $45 for the 120GB version and $68 for the 240GB version, or around 35 and 28 cents per gigabyte, respectively. That’s inexpensive, but a dollar or two in savings is not enough to offset a four-fold drop in sustained write performance. Not nearly.

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We were a bit stunned by the TL100’s performance: The preceding Trion 150 was a great improvement over the original Trion 100. This drive is two steps backward.

At first, as the write speeds declined so quickly, we suspected a lack of cache. After consulting OCZ/Toshiba, the company explained that there indeed is cache in the drive, but it’s used differently than with previous drives in an attempt to smooth performance. It didn’t work, unless you consider 60MBps to 100MBps in our real-world tests a successful levelling.

Note that our real-world copy tests utilize compressed files that negate the minimal performance advantages offered by SSD controllers that compress data. That’s the beauty of AS SSD as well. This was a choice made several years ago to eliminate fantastical test results generated using highly compress-able files that didn’t remotely mirror users’ actual experiences. Highly compress-able files such as text or raw images comprise a very small percentage of most users’ data.

As you can see below, the TL100 is an okay reader. As mentioned, you will definitely notice a boost in performance if this SSD replaces your hard drive, just not as much as you would with similarly priced SSDs that read 15 percent faster and write 400 percent faster.

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So far, Samsung’s 750 EVO is the only TLC NAND drive that’s gotten it right. Longer bars are better.

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When it comes to writing large amounts of data, the TL100 is actually slower than some hard drives. Shorter bars are better.

This next chart was a real puzzler. We’ve never seen an SSD write access-time even remotely as slow as the TL100’s. This may have been an interaction between the TL100 and AS SSD. The drive handled operating system duties, which stress random access, just fine. We were still investigating at the time of this article.

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 Shorter bars are better.


It would be nice if TLC always stood for tender loving care, and not triple-level cell (3-bit) NAND. At least when it comes to writing data. It’s inherently slower than MLC (multi-level cell/2-bit) and SLC (single-level cell/1-bit) at writing, but the TL100 is uniquely slothful. Samsung manages to wring a very respectable 400MBps out of its TLC on the 750 EVO, and Toshiba manages 240MBps with its Trion 150. The TL100’s 94MBps? Wow. And that’s not a good wow.

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It’s hard to believe Toshiba could put out an SSD this slow. But here it is.

Note that this is not a diatribe against TLC per se. Not in the least. If the performance shortcomings and cost savings are appropriately balanced, TLC can be a great thing. But so far, only Samsung’s 750 EVO has delivered sustained write performance commensurate with price, when compared with MLC NAND SSDs.

Also, this is not about whether you’ll get a boost in performance when you replace your hard drive with an SSD. Again, any SSD, even a slow one such as the TL100 will do that. This is about how much of a boost you get, and for how much.


Let’s keep this short and sweet. Unless you see this drive in a bargain bin for $20 (120GB) or $40 (240GB), don’t buy it. There’s no pleasure in saying that—in fact, it pains me to see what Toshiba is doing to the OCZ brand.

Instead of the TL100, brown-bag it for a day and get the Samsung 750 EVO ($70 for 256GB on Amazon) or a nice MLC drive such as OCZ’s VX500 ($97 for 256GB on Amazon) or the Transcend SSD370 ($93 for 256GB on Amazon). If you absolutely must go with the cheapest drive available, there are several like-priced TLC drives, including OCZ’s own Trion 150 ($75 for 240GB on Amazon) and Crucial’s MX300 ($70 for 275GB on Amazon) that offer significantly better all-around performance.



ECHR European Court of Human Rights

An artificial intelligence system designed to predict the outcomes of cases at the European Court of Human Rights would side with the human judges 79 percent of the time.

Researchers at University College London and the University of Sheffield in the U.K., and the University of Pennsylvania in the U.S., described the system in a paper published Monday by the Peer Journal of Computer Science.

“We formulated a binary classification task where the input of our classifiers is the textual content extracted from a case and the target output is the actual judgment as to whether there has been a violation of an article of the convention of human rights,” wrote the paper’s authors, Nikolaos Aletras, Dimitrios Tsarapatsanis, Daniel Preoţiuc-Pietro and Vasileios Lampos.

The system examined public court documents relating to 584 cases of violations of articles 3 (prohibiting torture), 6 (right to a fair trial) and 8 (respect for private life) of the European Convention on Human Rights, which has been ratified by 47 European countries.

The court documents have a distinctive structure, discussing first the procedure by which the case reached the court, the facts and circumstances of the case, relevant law, and the legal arguments applied. Then, for each alleged violation of an article of the convention, they examine the parties’ submissions and the judges’ evaluation of their merits, before concluding with the verdict or, in the court’s terminology, the operative provisions.

The researchers extracted clusters of words (N-grams) from the procedure, circumstances, relevant law, facts and legal argument sections of the case documents, and to generate lists of topics, or semantically related groups of word clusters, for each case.

Then they applied machine learning algorithms called support vector machine (SVM) classifiers to determine which of those data inputs most accurately predicted the outcome of the cases. They set aside 10 percent of the cases to test the accuracy of their system.

Of all the data, they found that it was the topic list and the circumstances of the case that provided the best predictors of case outcome, allowing them to predict 79 percent of verdicts in their sample of article 3, 6 and 8 cases correctly.

The researchers don’t see AI replacing judges or lawyers, but say it could help them rapidly identify patterns in cases that lead to certain outcomes.

“It could also be a valuable tool for highlighting which cases are most likely to be violations of the European Convention on Human Rights,” said Aletras.

That could well be of interest to the court in managing its workload: In 2015 it delivered 823 judgments — but struck out or dismissed 43,100 as inadmissible. The previous year, almost twice as many were ruled inadmissible, for 891 judgments delivered.

This suggests that judges at the court are realists, not formalists, and choose to take into the importance of non-legal facts, such as the life circumstances of a plaintiff. Studies of other high-level courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, have uncovered similar patterns, the researchers said.


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Odisha Board

The Board of Secondary Education (BSE), Odisha may not conduct the matriculation examination in February 2017 due to elections being held at the same time.

According to a report published in Press Trust of India (PTI),  BSE President Sushant Das said, “In view of the ensuing panchayat elections likely in February 2017, we will not be in a position to conduct the matriculation examination around the same time.”

Last year, the Board conducted the class 10 exams from February 22 to March 4 at 2,822 centres. Over 6,01,348 candidates appeared for the examination.
Every year, the Board conducts the examination in the month of February and March. The results for the same is being declared in April.

About the Board:

  • The Board was formed in 1953 and started working in 1955. It regulates and controls Secondary Education. It offers different courses in order to prepare students for university education. It is associated with all state schools, private schools and colleges in the state of Odisha
  • There are 5 central zonal offices, in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Balasore, Baripada, Berhampur and Sambalpur.

For any query, the candidates can visit the official website.


Samsung SM-G532F to be called Galaxy Grand Prime+, not Galaxy Grand Prime (2016)

Remember the Galaxy Grand Prime (2016)? The existence of this successor to the originalGalaxy Grand Prime from 2014 has first been outed by a benchmark database back in August. Then last week we heard that it would launch with the same Grace UX software layer on board as the Galaxy Note7.

And now it’s become rather clear that this phone will not in fact be called Galaxy Grand Prime (2016). Samsung has filed a trademark application for Galaxy Grand Prime+ in its home country of South Korea, as evidenced by the screenshot below.

Since it’s doubtful that the company is working on two Grand Prime devices at the same time, this will thus be the name of the phone bearing the model number SM-G532F. The name has also reportedly been confirmed by a “reliable source” from inside the Samsung, as apparently there’s a (not detailed further) link between the SM-G532F model number and the Grand Prime+ product name in the company’s internal database.

The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime+ will arrive with a 5″ or 5.1″ touchscreen, the MediaTek MT6737T chipset at the helm (with a 1.4 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU), 1.5GB of RAM, and 8GB of built-in storage. It should run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow from day one.