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Random observations during Chinese new year

I’m always a little slow in blogging. As you already know, it’s lunar new year or Chinese new year or maybe the super long weekend for some.

I visited some of my relatives and made some random findings and observations.

  1. Everyone’s playing Candy Crush Saga
  2. Kids call my red wine Ribena
  3. Shoes can get stolen while you’re doing visiting
  4. BMW cars need to be opened twice from the inside

1. Everyone’s playing Candy Crush Saga

Oh my god, really? I have so much to talk about this game I could spend 20 minutes just babbling how truly lame the game is. I cannot reiterate how much I hated this game’s weariness factor. Today’s games have this terrible formula of tiring you out and eventually getting you to pay some pennies to make your life easier. Your life could very well be easier had you not started on the game. The motive of the game itself is profit and the moment I learnt of this I feel manipulated.

Candy Crush Saga is a Bejeweled-like game. I will get you a screenshot soon, I couldn’t figure out how to get the screenshot thing done in Windows and I have a degree in information systems and ignorance. Here you go:

Candy Crush Saga

Candy Crush Saga

 

I was stuck at level 35 for so long I uninstalled the game in spite (of?). Chloe advanced my level past that only to have me now stuck in level 37. Well done, KahWee, well done.

2. Kids call my red wine Ribena

The kids are adorable. They call my red wine Ribena. I nodded, red-faced.

3. Shoes can get stolen while you’re doing visiting

I shan’t reveal the name of the victim but my brother lost his shoes during the visit to my uncle’s house. Everyone felt terrible and he was sulking over his loss.

Listen, if you bring expensive new shoes, beware of losing them. Don’t leave them outside the gates. Monsters steal shoes, not the ones from Pixar, the fucking horrible ones which looks human. You would think — or I imagine you would think — who would steal a pair of shoes during Chinese new year?! We stopped brooding over the question as it’s time to move on.

As I suck at cheering people up, my brother went home with slippers and major sadness.

4. BMW cars need to be opened twice from the inside

WHY does the door take two times to open? Okay here’s my theory.

It’s to make sure the owner has a chance to say oh it’s the first time you been in a BMW, BMW always requires you to pull open the door handle twice.

What’s up with that distinction? Some secret code?

The only right reply to people who say that to you is: Sorry, I always had my BMW doors opened for me, I’m caught ignorant again!

Japan lost track of their old folks

Japan lost track of some 230,000 centenarians (over 100 years of age).

More than 230,000 Japanese centenarians ‘missing’

More than 230,000 elderly people in Japan who are listed as being aged 100 or over are unaccounted for, officials said following a nationwide inquiry.

Officials have found that hundreds of the missing would be at least 150 years old if still alive.

The inquiry followed the discovery of the mummified remains of Sogen Kato, who was thought to be the oldest man in Tokyo.

However, when officials went to congratulate him on his 111th birthday, they found his 30-year-old remains, raising concerns that the welfare system is being exploited by dishonest relatives.

Reports said he had received about 9.5m yen ($109,000; £70,000) in pension payments since his wife’s death six years ago, and some of the money had been withdrawn. (Source: BBC)

T-Mobile customer database stolen?

These kind of things always scare me. I never could trust saving my card number into any online services because of this.

Unconfirmed Reports of Massive T-Mobile Breach

Early reports indicate that hackers have penetrated the T-Mobile U.S. network and stolen proprietary operating data, customer databases and financial records. According to a post on insecure.org, the hackers have claimed to be auctioning the pilfered data to the highest bidder. T-Mobile competitors, they say, turned them down.

There are no details as to how the hackers achieved the breach, but they did post code to show that they did penetrate the T-Mobile network.

T-Mobile was the target of a masssive 2005 hack, in which Nicholas Jacobsen was charged with unauthorized network access by the U.S. Secret Service. According to published reports, Jacobsen had access to all the information about T-Mobile’s 16 million U.S. subscribers.

T-Mobile subscribers are also the frequent target of e-mail and text messaging phishing scams.

UPDATE: There is no mention of a security breach or incident on T-Mobile’s Web site. We spoke with T-Mobile Saturday night, and they were unaware of the reported incident. They were looking into it, but stil have not provided a formal response.

From: http://blogs.channelinsider.com/secure_channel/content/data_security/early_reports_of_massive_t-mobile_breach.html

Robber of luxury watch retailer Cortina turns himself in

So Jerry Ee has turned himself in, probably pleads to be forgiven. His little victory-sign photographs is all over the news last December and that I guess he didn’t quite win this round.

Ex-staff surrenders

THE man believed to have robbed luxury watch retailer Cortina of $13 million in timepieces has turned himself in.

Mr Jerry Ee, 35, surfaced at the Singapore Embassy in Bangkok yesterday morning with a friend and Singapore lawyer Amarick Gill.

In one of Singapore’s biggest robbery cases ever, Cortina lost 386 watches in six designer brands – Audemars Piguet, Girard-Perregaux, Panerai, Patek Philippe, Rolex and Vacheron Constantin – and 194 guarantee cards.

Yesterday, the three men hauled three large suitcases and three backpacks out of a dark grey Toyota Fortuner sports utility vehicle and made their way into the embassy.

The driver, who left almost immediately, is understood to be a childhood friend of Mr Ee’s named Chang Jun.

Mr Chang, a Singaporean in his mid-30s, has a Thai wife from a town about a two-hour drive outside Bangkok.

Mr Gill told The Straits Times that Mr Ee, who worked at the Raffles City store where the robbery occurred, would hand over a ‘substantial number’ of the timepieces. (Source: The Straits Times)

The lawyer says he would hand over a ‘substantial number’ of timepieces? As if he is donating timepieces.

I am just wondering what was he thinking when he made the decision to rob the store. What actually made him do it? I mean it’s a rather crazy act don’t you think?

Critical IE vulnerability found, browser switch recommended

Critical Internet Explorer vulnerability found, browser switch is recommended.

Serious security flaw found in IE

The flaw in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer could allow criminals to take control of people’s computers and steal their passwords, internet experts say.

Microsoft urged people to be vigilant while it investigated and prepared an emergency patch to resolve it.

Internet Explorer is used by the vast majority of the world’s computer users.

Said Mr Ferguson: “If users can find an alternative browser, then that’s good mitigation against the threat.”

But Microsoft counselled against taking such action.

“I cannot recommend people switch due to this one flaw,” said John Curran, head of Microsoft UK’s Windows group.

He added: “We’re trying to get this resolved as soon as possible.

“At present, this exploit only seems to affect 0.02% of internet sites,” said Mr Curran. (Source: BBC)

Browsing vigilantly is not something a normal user can do unless only use your web mail. The internet is filled with links all around. Even once in a while I ended up on phishing sites I try hard to avoid. It could be just an innocent advertisement.

Description:

A vulnerability has been discovered in Internet Explorer, which can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a user’s system.

The vulnerability is caused due to a use-after-free error when composed HTML elements are bound to the same data source. This can be exploited to dereference freed memory via a specially crafted HTML document.

Successful exploitation allows execution of arbitrary code.

NOTE: Reportedly, the vulnerability is currently being actively exploited.

The vulnerability is confirmed in Internet Explorer 7 on a fully patched Windows XP SP3 and in Internet Explorer 6 on a fully patched Windows XP SP2, and reported in Internet Explorer 5.01 SP4. Other versions may also be affected. (Source: Secunia)

I would recommend a temporary switch to a competing browser.