Archive for July 2007

I’m on pownce

Finally registered my Pownce account. Thanks a lot to Kevin for sending me the invite.

I’m still trying to explore the features in pownce. Looks nice. They are also one of the few early Adobe AIR adopters. Cool. Still need to explore the features in order to see how they make use of Adobe AIR for their desktop application. Need more friends in my list too. PLEASE add me. My nick is DK lor. What else? :P

OK, I must return somethings to the society. I’m giving out 4 pownce invites. If you want, just put your email address in the comment, and I’ll send you the invite. (Don’t email me hor) First come first serve.

Live Earth – 1 week later

It has been one week since the Live Earth Concert held in 7 Jul 2007. The live earth concert was great. I missed the live broadcast because I was busy with the ping.sg party and my nephew’s birthday party. But thanks to MSN and youtube, I was able to catch all the performances.

Live Earth was a series of worldwide concerts held on July 7, 2007 designed to raise awareness about man-made climate change and advocate environmentally friendly living. The concerts brought together more than 150 musical acts in eleven locations around the world and were broadcast to a mass global audience through radio, television, and the Internet.

And one week after the Live Earth concent, I hope you guys got the message. We need to do our part to reduce our Carbon footprint. If you still don’t get the message, I’ll like to show you a disturbing article and hope you would wake up your idea, sit up and start doing something to save our earth.

The event’s total carbon footprint, including the artists’ and spectators’ travel and energy consumption, was probably at least 31,500 tonnes, according to John Buckley of CarbonFootPrint.com – more than 3,000 times the average Briton’s annual footprint. Performers flew at least 222,623.63 miles (about 358,278 km) — the equivalent of nearly nine times round the planet — to take part in the event, and this figure does not include transport of technicians, dancers and support staff. An estimate reported that 100,000 planted trees are required to offset total carbon emissions produced during the entire event, as well as a key sponsor for the event being Chevrolet, promoting a new hybrid four-wheel drive. However, as Live Earth-linked We’re in This Together campaign coordinator and climate-change consultant Steve Howard noted, “The important thing was not to have no carbon footprint and no acts, but to have really great acts.”

Source from Wikipedia

Yes, indeed it was a good act. Now its our turn to do something to the mess that YOU have created last week. Good job guys. Harm the environment so that everyone would wake up and think about the damage.

I guess Linkin Park sang this song specially to the guys behind Live Earth.

Linkin Park – What I’ve done

Everyone knows about climate change and global warming for years. The last thing we need is a 24hour major rock concert around the world to accelerate and contribute to the global warming.

Did 2LT Li commit an offence under the Official Secrets Act?

I’m sure all of you have read the email written by 2LT Li by now. It is all over the internet now, thanks to the new media. As I was reading the email, I was wondering, “Did he commit an offence under the Official Secrets Act?”

In the 2nd paragraph, 2LT Li provided some background of his duties in SAF. He mentioned that some XXX items are placed in YYY location instead of ZZZ location in order to maintain operational readiness of his unit.

Did 2LT Li commit an offence under the Official Secrets Act? Is this piece of information classified? Does everyone in the email list have security clearance to access this piece of information? If they don’t, then 2LT Li might have broken the Official Secrets Act, Section 5.

Wrongful communication, etc., of information

5. —(1) If any person having in his possession or control any secret official code word, countersign or password, or any photograph, drawing, plan, model, article, note, document or information which —

(a) relates to or is used in a prohibited place or anything in such a place;

(b) relates to munitions of war;

(c) has been made or obtained in contravention of this Act;

(d) has been entrusted in confidence to him by any person holding office under the Government; or

(e) he has obtained, or to which he has had access, owing to his position as a person who holds or has held office under the Government, or as a person who holds, or has held a contract made on behalf of the Government or any specified organisation, or as a person who is or has been employed under a person who holds or has held such an office or contract,

does any of the following:

(i) communicates directly or indirectly any such information or thing as aforesaid to any foreign Power other than a foreign Power to whom he is duly authorised to communicate it, or to any person other than a person to whom he is authorised to communicate it or to whom it is his duty to communicate it;

(ii) uses any such information or thing as aforesaid for the benefit of any foreign Power other than a foreign Power for whose benefit he is authorised to use it, or in any manner prejudicial to the safety or interests of Singapore;

(iii) retains in his possession or control any such thing as aforesaid when he has no right to retain it, or when it is contrary to his duty to retain it, or fails to comply with all lawful directions issued by lawful authority with regard to the return or disposal thereof; or

(iv) fails to take reasonable care of, or so conducts himself as to endanger the safety or secrecy of, any such information or thing as aforesaid,

that person shall be guilty of an offence.

I’ve highlighted the portion which I think applies to this case. I didn’t study law back in school. If anyone who study law finds that my interpretation of the Official Secrets Act is wrong, please kindly correct me. Thanks.

Punishment

(2) A person who is guilty of an offence under this Act by reason of section 5, 6, 8 or 11 shall be liable on conviction before a District Court to a fine not exceeding $2,000 and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years. A person charged with an offence by reason of a section mentioned in this subsection may with the sanction of the Attorney-General be tried before a Magistrate’s Court, and such person shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000 and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months.

Note that the punishment is a fine and imprisonment. Not fine or imprisonment.

So the question now is…. Did 2LT Li commit the offence?

PS: I’m not going to post the email on my blog because I believe that it is a restricted item. My advice to everyone is, don’t post that email on your blog or forum. Even though the important names, items and locations are being censored from the email, it still reveal quite a lot of information.

You won’t want to be invited to some coffee session.

iPhone – Will It Blend?

WARNING: This video is not suitable for iPhone fans. If you are a iPhone fan, please, don’t press the play button. Go visit Paddy’s blog instead.

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From the guys who blended a iPod, here is the iPhone blended.

And they really put it up on ebay. And the current bid is $660!!!

Everyone is equal

I guess you all read about what happen to PM Lee’s son in NS. This guy got guts man. Write complaint letter to almost every mother’s son in SAF, including Chief of Defense, Chief of Army and also Minister of Defense. He only left never include his papa and ah gong in the email.

When I saw the internet forums talking about this issue, I thought it would never go to the mainstream media. Sure cover up one lah. But I was wrong. It appeared in the news today. Guess the news is spreading so widely in the internet that there is no use for any cover ups. This is the power of the new media. You can even find his exact email in the internet too.

I’m not going to post because it is a damn long email and I almost fall asleep reading it. Wah piang. We all know you scholar, but also don’t need to write such a bloody long email to show everyone how scholar you are lah. Complaint letters, especially to the top should be precise and straight to the point. Not beat about the bush, wishy washy here and there, then say the things you want to complaint. You think those important people up there got the time to sit down there for 15 minutes to read your long long letter? Wake up your idea lah.

I wish this guy will not be our Prime Minister in the future. The national day rally by his ah gong and lao peh already very long winded liao. I cannot imagine how his national day rally will be like.

While I agree with his views and salute his courage to stand up and log a complaint, I feel that his method is totally wrong. This is not civilian life where you happily shoot email to the CEO of the company when you encounter poor service from the company. This is the army. OK, some of you may think it’s your grandfather’s army. But still, this is the army. The first thing I learnt at Tekong is chain of command. It is so important that they make sure you know the chain of command first, then bring you to shave hair. Serious. This is to ensure that if you are not happy with your haircut, you know you should first complaint to the barber, follow by your SGT, Paltoon SGT, PC then OC. Cannot happily happily go find Camp Commander to complain the barber cut your hair not nice. EVERYTHING must follow chain of command. Every Single Small Thing.

So this guy power. Email all the way up to minister. Perhaps they forgot to tell him about chain of command before they shave his hair. Or perhaps he thinks he can get away with it because his lao peh is the minister’s boss. But he is so wrong. Mindef issue a media statement claiming that disciplinary actions has been taken against the PM’s son for breaking the chain of command.

“2LT Li was found to have contravened the General Orders of Mindef by broadcasting his letter of complaint to many other servicemen – almost all of whom were neither directly under his command, nor in an official capacity where they could deal with the matters contained in his letter of complaint. 2LT Li has been formally charged and administered a reprimand after a summary trial,”

Everyone is equal. Even if you are Prime Minister’s Son and Minister Mentor’s Grandson, you will still be punished when you make a mistake in the army. There is no such thing as white horse in Mindef.

But some people are MORE equal than others. Break chain of command all the way up to minister and all he got is a warning. No DB or SOL. Not even extra duties. Nothing! Just a verbal warning. Everyone is equal, but some people are more equal.

Welcome to Animal Farm. Welcome to Singapore.