Archive for November 2010

Mas Selamat was hiding in his brother’s house

We are slowly getting a clearer picture of how Mas Selamat escaped from Whitley Road Detention Centre and limped to Johor Bahru. It’s like those US drama where they slowly reveal the information bit by bit. If only local TV drama is as exciting as this.

Anyway, it was revealed today in Parliament that Mas Selamat was hiding in his brother’s house between 29 Feb to 1 Mar 2008. Mas Selamat escaped on 27 Feb, 4.05pm and managed to make his way to his brother’s house in Tampines on the 29th. His brother, sister in law and niece provided him with shelter, cash and assistance during that 2 days before he make his way to Johor Bahru.

Mr Shanmugam, who has taken over the Home Affairs Minister recently, said that Singaporeans will be understandably disappointed that Asmom and his family had helped Mas Selamat in his escape. Eeeeeerrrr….. actually no leh. At least not for me. Instead, I’m disappointed with the Singapore Police Force. SERIOUSLY! That guy escaped and seek shelter in his brother’s house. You mean nobody thought of monitoring his relative’s house just in case he tries to contact them?

And we also established that Mas Selamat was still in Singapore on 1 March 2008. By then, the border patrol had been heighten already. Then how did he managed to swim across to Johor Bahru? Oh…. they will reveal this piece of information in the next episode. So stay tuned.

It’s a pity that Mr Wong Kan Seng is no longer the Home Affairs Minister. I would really wish to see him present those facts to the Parliament. All these while we thought that Mas Selamat was hiding in the forest. Or maybe his friend or supporter’s house which the police doesn’t know. It’s shocking to discover that he hid in his brother’s house. Even more shocking was that the police only interviewed his brother on the 3rd March. That’s 5 days after Mas Selamat escaped from detention.

Mr Wong, what exactly was your ministry doing back then?

Angry Birds Peace Treaty

For those who are obsessed with Angry Bird…..

I’m still stuck in world 11…..

Mobile Editing in Google Docs

Hmmmm….. I don’t use Google Docs as much as I should. But with mobile editing in Google Docs now available on iPhone, I got this feeling I’m going to use Google Docs more often.

Mobile Editing is currently available for Android 2.2 and iOS 3.0 and above. The coolest thing about this is that no application is required. Everything is web based. Or should I say, mobile web based.

This looks like what Google Wave should had been.

Nokia creates the world’s first ice touchscreen

A team of researchers at Nokia in Finland has created the world’s first ice touchscreen. Nope, this is most likely not going to your next Nokia Smartphone. But there are other uses like advertising, point of sales or just entertainment.

I think it will be ultra cool if the Icehotel implement this.

Only a moron will take that tweet seriously

Wow, here’s a serious miscarriage of justice. Earlier this year, Paul Chambers posted a message on Twitter:

Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit to get your shit together otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!!

No big deal right? We see such tweets all the time. Anyone with common sense would know that the person is just venting his anger on Twitter and he doesn’t mean it.

But a off duty airport manager spotted that tweet 5 days later and made a police report. (Isn’t 5 days a bit too late if it is a real bomb threat?) I thought the police will brush away that ridiculous police report. But they didn’t. The anti-terror police arrested Paul Chambers for making a bomb threat. His mobile phone, laptop and desktop hard drive were confiscated during a search of his house. He was later charged with “sending a public electronic message that was grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character contrary to the Communications Act 2003”

Pretty unbelievable right? So I thought the judge will throw the case out and reprimand the police for wasting tax payers money. But no. On 10 May, Paul Chambers was found guilty at Doncaster magistrates court and ordered to pay £1,000 in fines and legal costs. Seriously!

OK, maybe the judge is weird. So Paul Chambers appealed and guess what? He lost the appeal. The judge said that the tweet contained “menace” and that Paul Chambers must have known that it might be taken seriously.

Wow, I don’t know what to say man. I thought UK have freedom of speech and people there generally have common sense. Who in the right mind would that that tweet seriously? And if someone really wants to bomb a place, he/she won’t be so dumb to Tweet about it.

Many Twitter users are protesting by retweeting that offending tweet with a #IAmSpartacus hashtag. The #IAmSpartacus hashtag is inspired by this movie.

So boys and gals, beware of what you tweet. You never know when some over-zealous manager, police, judge or moron might take your anger tweet seriously.

And for the record, I didn’t mean it when I tweet that message few weeks ago. Please don’t arrest me. I won’t shoot my colleagues with a shotgun for sending me large file attachments. I swear…..