Category Archives: general interest

Remove PLDTHOMEFIBR SSID prefix

After several months of poking around, it is now possible to remove PLDTHOMEFIBR prefix from the PLDT provided FiberHome ONU. Credits to the enterprising users at TipidPC for figuring out how to access the WebUI after PLDT locked everyone out, leading me to telnet access.

Devices affected

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Ten years of Core2Duo

Ten years ago, Conroe Core2Duo was released, superceding the P4 NetBurst architecture. This marked a change from the megahertz chasing era into the trend of more instructions-per-cycle (IPC) and efficiency. It kept the original LGA775 socket, moving pins from the more expensive processor to the less expensive motherboard, as first introduced with the Pentium 4 Northwood or Prescott family, if I’m not mistaken. This processor also marked a huge leap in performance, not seen again until Sandy Bridge.

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A standard set of software among users

I’ve met people from other countries, and sometimes, I get to see their desktop. I’ve noticed that there is a set of software commonly used by people of a specific country. Granted, this is behavior is not new because of market segmentation and all that, but hey, it’s nice to notice.

Koreans

  • GOM Player
  • Line
  • KakaoTalk

Chinese

  • 360 Security (eww!)
  • Tencent QQ
  • Sogou Input
  • QQPlayer
  • Weixin (WeChat for international users)

These observations are in no way rigorous and scientific and are solely based on experiences. Still a good topic to look at though.

Do you have a common set for your country?

Number porting in The Philippines (or lack thereof)

For those who aren’t familiar with number porting, it is a process where if a person has a telephone number, that telephone number will not change even if that person changes carriers throughout its lifetime. The telephone number follows the person, to put it in another way. Telcos in the Philippines, unfortunately, do not offer such a service. It is a generally accepted social fact that telephone numbers (cell numbers, to be specific), are transient. One person may change numbers anytime during their lifetime and the work with re-establishing a telephone number-to-person association is accepted as a natural part of the process.

While we are not offered such a provision, it is possible to emulate this behavior with a few tools:

  1. Call divert/forwarding
  2. A dual-SIM phone

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How Iglesia ni Cristo is destroying the Philippines

Post header picture is a friend and I walking smack in the middle of EDSA Crossings (Shaw) southbound lane. It’s the first time we’ve done so.

First of all, get the fuck out of EDSA. Your actions are highly uncalled for and your organization’s hypocrisy is astounding. Your call for separation of church and state is highly out of context. The constitution’s concession for that is to prevent the state from having a preferred religion. Second, kidnapping (or ‘illegal detention’ as how reports put it) is a criminal offense, a crime against the people. No amount of protection will help you on that. Attempting to justify said action as a ‘religious ritual’ is invalid and blatantly stupid.
In addition, if your call for separation of church and state because the Department of Justice is allegedly interfering with your religious affairs, you are completely wrong. Remember: an alleged crime against an individual has been done and a case has been filed. The department is doing its job. See this? Even when you’re all being an asshole to Filipinos, the justice department is still working on the case. That, my friends, is being fair.
If the claim of separation is to be apolitical, dear lord, that is delusion. Please explain to me your bloc voting system and doctrinal suppression of mass movement. That, in itself, is a highly political gesture.

Second, congratulations on paralyzing an already congested road. If your plan was to endear your organization to the people, well, don’t even bother. Plan on refunding the economic losses you’ve caused to the government, people, and economy?

Third, local governments: WHY THE FUCK DID YOU GIVE THEM PERMITS. WHY.

In school, I was taught that freedom is well and good as long as you don’t impinge on the rights of others. What you are doing right now is not freedom. A little more and I’d happily call your cult of a religion a threat to national security. Your organization deserves nothing from the people.

A friend and I were joking on “what if the Church of Scientology managed to set foot in the Philippines”. A little later we realized that they already have, only localized: the Iglesia ni Cristo.

edit: OH FOR FUCK’S SAKE http://www.rappler.com/nation/104252-inc-ending-protests-citing-agreement-government YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME YOU FUCKING COWARDS

Facebook games

You know those games on Facebook where people tag you and you have to answer a set of questions? It’s a great way for me to profile you a lot more. Combine that with other sources such as your interactions with other people within your social graph, some details I know about you, other social network profiles, I could profile you and your interests to a good degree.

Bonus points because you’re voluntarily giving that away.

It’s nothing new. Facebook, Google, and Twitter (but not limited to) does that in their analytics anyway, only with richer sources of information. That includes things that you click, and items being generally interacted with.

Clouds

Today’s buzzword is “cloud”.
“Cloud” denotes elasticity, flexibility, easily scalable (is this a buzzword too?) infrastructure or whatever thing to it. In user parlance, usually remote file storage.
For example:
“Put that file on the cloud so I can sync that later.”

Okay.

I’m very averse to this word. If this is the definition of the cloud, it’s pretty much describing the internet. People are forgetting that. Private data in Dropbox accounts, hack attacks, and the impression of privacy of remotely stored files. Usually, what stops these providers from actually looking at the data are legal terms and laws, privacy policies, acceptable use policies, and reputation. Granted, it may be good enough, but you can’t trust everyone.

Jeff Atwood of Coding Horror sums up my sentiments nicely with this picture:

There is no cloud, just other people's computers
from https://fsfe.org/contribute/spreadtheword.html by Markus Meier, CC BY-SA 4.0

This post was inspired by an entry in Coding Horror: http://blog.codinghorror.com/your-password-is-too-damn-short

2016-01-10 edit: fix attribution