Archive for April 2010

Cooling off day

I know the parliament is debating about some amendment on the election bill. Personally, I’m against the cooling off day. I think NCMP Sylvia Lim covered all the points that I wanted to say.

While she brought up a good argument, I can’t help but sit in front of my computer feeling hopeless. Like it or not, the cooling off day thing will pass thru parliament. It’s already a done deal. And nobody can do anything about it. It’s pointless speaking to your MP about it because end of the day, he/she has to vote according to the party direction. And not the wishes of the people who voted him/her into parliament. Sigh…..

Its good to watch the speech made by Sylvia Lim even though we know that end of the day, it still means nothing. Let’s hope after the coming election, she will finally have a voting rights in parliament.

ThinkPad Edge Torture Test

Found this torture test video on Engadget.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad Edge and Dell’s Vostro V13

I know, I know. Some people might say the video is from Lenovo and how do we know they didn’t use a faulty Vostro to begin with. Or use less energy for the Thinkpad. Blah blah blah blah blah……. But then, having reviewed the Thinkpad Edge before, I’m pretty sure it can take a fair bit of torture. Can’t comment on the Vostro cause I’ve never used it before.

Lenovo should have told me about this test when I had the review unit. I could sit on the Thinkpad Edge to proof that it can really take a great deal of torture. Hahaha….. Kidding kidding.

Speaking of which…. I still haven’t write the Thinkpad Edge review. On the way!!!

Making huge assumption

If you do a Google on Prof Stephen Hawking, you will notice that lots of news outlet and blogs talking about his warning against making contact with aliens.

In a series for the Discovery Channel the renowned astrophysicist said it was “perfectly rational” to assume intelligent life exists elsewhere.

But he warned that aliens might simply raid Earth for resources, then move on.

“If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans,” he said. Prof Hawking thinks that, rather than actively trying to communicate with extra-terrestrials, humans should do everything possible to avoid contact.

He explained: “We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet.”

You see, Prof Stephen Hawking is making a huge assumption here. He is assuming that the Alien civilization are nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach. He assume that earth has the resource that they need. He assume that they have the capabilities send an invasion army to earth and wage war against human. He assume that their weapons has effect on humans. He assume that they are not peace loving.

That is a lot of assumption here. I’m sure Prof Stephen Hawking has lots of credential. But I can’t help but wonder why is everyone publishing his huge assumption which has no proof at all.

What if the Alien civilization that we make contact with is a peace loving one. What if they are advance in science and decide to share their technology with us? What if they want to trade with us? We might gain a lot from making contact with them.

Or what if Earth is totally not suitable for that Alien civilization to live in? What if they don’t need the type of resources found on earth? Or what if they are not short of resources to begin with? Being advance in Science does not means they have finished up their resource in their home planet and are roaming the universe in search of more resource. What if they have advance technology on renewable resource? Something they can share with us when we make contact.

Just because humans are not peace loving doesn’t mean the advance Alien civilization out there is war like. Maybe they don’t even have the concept of fighting. Maybe they are just advance in space exploration but not in weaponry? Who knows, they might still be using sword and spear despite having the technology to travel in light speed.

Or maybe they are too small in size (perhaps the size of ants) and can’t possibly fight against us.

Wait….. I’m also making a lot of huge assumption here. But the only difference is that I don’t have a PHD and none of the news agencies will bother with what I’m crapping here.

Damn, why did I study IT? I should be a astrophysicist instead.

You can’t make fun of Hitler on Youtube anymore

Do you remember the Hitler parodies on Youtube with clip from The Downfall (Der Untergang). Well, all these are going to be gone soon, thanks Constantin Film (the movie’s producer and distributor). Constantin Film has issued take down notice to Youtube for all the Hitler parodies using clips from The Downfall.

Whoever came up with this decision is a fool. The parody did nothing but publicity for the movie. Before these parodies start appearing on the internet, not many people heard about this movie. There were many reports that people bought the actual DVD after watching the parodies. Constantin Film should had just leave the parodies alone. Besides, these parodies falls under fair use.

There are still a few Hitler parodies on Youtube. But some of the famous ones like the Hitler banned from Xbox live has already been removed. It’s a sad day for everyone. The Hitler parody is one of the best Internet Meme ever. It’s sad to see it being ended by some stupid copyright holders who has totally no idea the benefits these parodies bring to their company.

And of course, some people can’t help but do a Hitler parody about the Hitler parodies being taken down. I have no idea how long will this video be online. So watch it quickly before they take it down.

Maybe we should observe a minute of silence for all the removed Hitler parodies.

McAfee shutdown thousands of Windows XP PC with faulty update

Thousands of Windows XP (Service Pack 3) computers running McAfee Antivirus software couldn’t use their PC after a faulty virus definition update was pushed to the computers on Wednesday. According to reports, the faulty update causes computers to shut down within a minute of starting up. The problem was caused by virus definition file 5958, which quarantined svchost.exe.

svchost.exe?!?! How the heck did someone misidentified svchost.exe as a virus? Svchost is a generic Window host process name for services that run dll. It’s a very important process. (I know because I always see it running in the background when I see the Task Manager.) Although there are also worms and malware called svchost.exe, they shouldn’t be mistaken for such an important process in Window. According to McAfee, they changed their quality assurance process recently which resulted this error.

There is no way to fix the problem automatically since the affected computers can’t even boot up. If your computer is affected, you can check out the fix by McAfee for Corporate and Consumer.

McAfee has apologized for the mistake.