City Harvest’s Kong Hee arrested

Latest after the Commercial Affairs Department probed into the alleged misuse of church funds in May 2010, this has led to the arrest of the pastors:

City Harvest church founder Kong Hee and 4 others arrested

City Harvest church founder Kong Hee and four others from his ministry were arrested by the police on Tuesday morning, two years after investigations first began into the homegrown church.

Mr Kong, deputy pastor Tan Ye Peng and three other church leaders were picked up by the police at their homes early on Tuesday morning and taken in for questioning over the alleged misuse of church funds as well as alleged breaches under charity laws.

Source: Straits Times

And on Channel News Asia:

CAD arrests 5 City Harvest Church members, including Pastor Kong Hee

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean has stressed that the charges filed by CAD are against the five individuals from the City Harvest Church regarding the use of church funds.

He said the charges are not filed against CHC itself and the church is free to continue its church services and activities.

Mr Teo added that CAD carries out investigations when it receives information that a criminal offence may have been committed.

Sun Ho has not been arrested but is suspended from her position as an Executive Member of the Church. Story is still developing.

Password policy that tires

From Pearson VUE:

And they say in their help:

In our ongoing effort to secure the privacy of your personal information, Pearson VUE now requires all users to supply a strong password. Choose your new password carefully to make it hard for anyone to guess. Strong passwords must adhere to the following rules:

  • It must be a minimum of 7 characters and contain 3 out of the 4 following attributes:
    • Uppercase Latin letters (A, B, C, … Z)
    • Lowercase Latin letters (a, b, c, … z)
    • Westernized Arabic numerals (0, 1, 2, … 9)
    • Special characters (&, *, %, etc.)
  • Passwords cannot contain your username

These are policies good to have but there’s too much words to go through to understand the policy.

But wait, there’s more:

This is a huge challenge for the ever-changing self. I don’t remember much of my childhood and now the form is making me sad.

Out of all the questions I can only answer the first company I worked for. This is too hard!

Define your terms

What do you think of Voltaire’s quote?

“If you wish to converse with me, define your terms”

— Voltaire

My take is, yes, you should define the terms, it does help in the discussion. But it still doesn’t stop terms from being redefined in the middle of the discussion. Presumably, as discussion continues, in the long run, there should be sufficient consensus in the terms to both parties. However that is hardly in my case.

Microsoft proposes S&M

Just learnt about Microsoft’s S&M proposal. Horrible naming — almost like dark humour for journalists.

S&M vs. SPDY: Microsoft and Google battle over the future of HTTP 2.0

Lumbered with the truly awful name of HTTP Speed+Mobility, or HTTP S&M for short, Microsoft’s vision of HTTP 2.0 is mostly very similar to SPDY (and it admits as much on the Microsoft Interoperability blog), but with additional features that cater towards apps and mobile devices. “The HTTP Speed+Mobility proposal starts from both the Google SPDY protocol and the work the industry has done around WebSockets,” says Jean Paoli from the Microsoft Interoperability team. WebSockets in this case refers to a feature in HTML5 that allows websites (or indeed web apps) to open up bidirectional, real-time channels with remote servers over TCP, which is something that neither HTTP nor SPDY is capable of.

In short, the entire purpose of SPDY is to speed up the web — which isn’t a bad thing, and nor is it surprising, considering Google’s fanatical penchant for speed, but Microsoft is basically saying that speed isn’t everything. With HTTP Speed+Mobility, Microsoft is saying that we should also take into account factors such as battery life and bandwidth cost, both of which will play a big part in Windows 8 in specific and mobile computing in general.

Source: Extremetech

Not exactly new news but still worth watching.

The forgotten compliment

Most people take things for granted, remembering the bad cases and failing to celebrate the right. In this case, I was way ahead of time in a software release. For this, no one said a thing.

Petty blames are placed on mistakes I’ve made and it’s enough to negate all the good I did previously. We have an odd culture here.