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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

《新年快乐》


Happy New Year!

All the best on life's endeavours, and I hope that 2015 will bring more joy to your already joyous lives!


Thank you to all those who reads this blog, and even to those who just drop by to have a look.

I will be back with more to write on. Things keep getting in the way, positive things are.

No Doubt, I will Not Stop Blogging!

           Till We Meet Again in 2015! 




Sunday, December 7, 2014

Internet Freedom

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Hello,

I would like to bring about a short message today 



Something that has been lingering in my mind for awhile, but has never been truly clarified until today. 


Although we use the INTERNET all the time, one does tend to forget the restrictions it has. The ones placed by your very own country. 


In fact, you wouldn't realise that these restrictions were there at all. Until you actually use the Internet in another country, particularly those coloured in Green.


Now that I am studying overseas I have so much Internet freedom (probably from here, you can guess which country I'm studying in since there aren't that many coloured green on the map), I can search anything I want and view an array of topics. Yes, even controversial ones.



I find such a hassle when I go back to Malaysia and realise sites/ links that worked no longer do,

.......  & not forgetting the tremendously slow internet speed in KK ! 


Malaysia doesn't block so much of Internet but there are countries like China that do.

After reading an article in The New Yorker, my mind is now so much clearer about the Internet and the reasons for restrictions.

In the past, tyrannical authorities always have use information and education to suppress their people, which were in the form of books, paper and other tangible sorts.

Keeping them unaware of real facts and brain washing them as a result.

As huge populous countries go online ever more, their governments keep an ever more closely watch over their people. Preventing facts, forums and People from organising rallies or organisations that could over turn their reign. 

The Internet is a powerful tool, (little did the people who invented Arpanet knew at the time) governments of various countries are just beginning to see the potential treats. However, you knew that already.

Lets not repeat history again, so much information and long years of effort placed in to works were gone during tyrannical suppressions. The burning of books were never a great sight. So if history has taught us anything, lets work our efforts in gaining Internet Freedom for all!


It might sound unachievable at this point, since other countries are taking China as their role model. 

However, don't forget that there was once a time where the British ruled over Malay and the chances for independence seemed bleak. 

A time where blacks weren't treated equally but now despite their colour, live like any other human being on the face of this planet.

All because of what? 

Great determined individuals, that never backed down on what they believed in. 


You, could be one of them.


Never doubt, because whatever that hasn't been achieved yet doesn't mean it can't be. 



Ending with a quote from Nelson Mandela, the legendary man who never gave up fighting for a cause.

There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.



Do leave a message in the comment section if you have other views on this ! I am open for discussion. 


Did you know that the internet is becoming more and more surveillance over the past decade?

Countries are becoming more strict on their citizen's Internet usage, especially in China. 

READ MORE HERE --->

Source : The New Yorker



Sunday, November 30, 2014

On a Short Hiatus

Hello! 


You are probably wondering if I would still keep up with my promise on writing a post every week.


 Well, DO NOT FRET because I am still up for that. 


I have just been really busy lately and  Thanksgiving occupied so much of my time.  I do hope you have had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed Black Friday as well. 


However my verdict on it would be that online shopping would have been much better since you have a better choice of stuff and comparison of prices are so much easier. Plus the deals are still on Bestbuy since their site crashed due to overload on that day. 


Anyhow, don't give up on me yet!



Till next time and I bid you adieu ! 



Sunday, November 16, 2014

Glenn Greenwald: Why Privacy Matters





This is a thought provoking message presented by Glenn Greenwald, that kept me thinking about privacy on the Internet for a few days.

I hope this will intrigue you as well.






Friday, November 7, 2014

It's Getting Warm in Winter





As winter comes ever closer, I tell myself I can do this.

The wind here is exceedingly cold, it's like a wet bucket of water is thrown at you every time the wind blows.

And yes, it's wet too and I can hardly feel my limbs when I walk out of my dorm.



Rain Drops on Fongyinyin.blogspot.com



Distasteful as it sounds, I am actually really liking this.

I am really looking forward to seeing everything covered in a thick layer of snow. No kidding.

Clothing myself is a challenge. It's a game I play every morning from Monday to Friday. The weather forecast is like the dictionary to the game Scrabble.

Back home all I do is put on shorts, a shirt, everything underneath and a pair slippers to go out. Never thinking twice about the weather. Most times it wouldn't even cross my mind at all.


Summer Clothing fongyinyin.blogspot.com


It isn't half bad, I don't stay outside for more than 2 hours max.

Plus, my room is getting comfier and warmer.

New additions to it, include fluffy pillows and a new heater. These things does wonders. Who knew that ordinary objects could improve one's life so much?

I find talking to my mum and dad ever more easier. A great improvement I must say.

Even my friends are showing that there for me (whenever).

Homework is also manageable.

I really happy on things are going lately. "Keep it up Cheryl.", a voice whispers in my mind.



Ending this post with my favourite song.








Thursday, October 30, 2014

.:. Holding on .:.

      Hello !

                     


If you have read my previous blog entries on my out burst of feelings ...

I'm not just all about that you know 
  
Life moves on and I got to get going!



I'm not going to sit down and feel sad for myself anymore,

there are plenty of things out there to discover and learn.  




No one else loses out except 
for me if keep crying over spilled milk.  

Like in this gif for example, toppling over seems bad but something good eventually happens in the end. WE all need to stay positive!     



"When one door closes, another opens.
"


I made tons of plans for myself after my semester ends, and to give you a clue...

It has something to do with NEW YORK in it !!!

Hurray! Now more sad hovering over me!





Not matter what happens, no one should ever stay sad. 
 That's including you !


So go on write your very own adventures and step out into the deep unknown, the world is your oyster. Savour it and squeeze out every last drop. Things are waiting to happen but it is not going to wait forever.





I bid you all a very Good Night 
                                                        &
                                                                   dream of wonderful dreams  !!!


Thursday, October 23, 2014

My Blogging Challenge

Hello people out there ! 


                           
      
                          I would like to challenge myself to blog at least one a week !

(From today onwards) 


I will be pretty much blogging about everything, just to name a few: life events, technology, places/travel, product reviews and so on.


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Through the course of this, I hope that I'll be able to improve on my writing and my self expression.


Eventually captivating the minds many people, hopefully !!! ^_^



Good Night 
Have a Wonderful Weekend Everyone! 


Monday, October 13, 2014

Privacy Implications of Prepaid Cellphones

People make a commotion about their information being tracked, stored and used for various reasons . The internet isn't the only means of transferring information back and forth that I had discussed here & here. (although most of the technology now do use it more than others)



Advancing through the technological age, people are bound to be even more immersed in a life full of silicon chips & wireless connections. Implying that, the more technology we carry, the more we are being watched.





Now, nobody likes to be watched 24/7 literally or not. We all need our own space to be just who we are without jugde-ful eyes. Which brings about the issue on privacy, like I said here. Everyone craves it and there is nobody in the world who does not need it.

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The invasion of privacy can be viewed in 2 ways:


  1. The information gathered about someone is used against them or for wrong doings i.e. crime.
  2. The information gathered about someone is used for the benefit of everyone else including the person in question.

I won't be discussing view number 1 in this post because I already have done so here.


  • Now lets use an example to illustrate the view that is labeled number 2:




Mobile service providers have been offering prepaid cellphone services for a lot of years now, & is considered one of the most marketable business areas of any company of this sort. Offering attractive plans of variable costs and features that suit personal preferences. 




The great thing about prepaid services are that, there isn't a legal bonding with the customer, as in a contract that a customer must comply with in accordance with the mobile service being used. e.g. the user must use the service for at least 2 years before cancelling the service or otherwise they would have to be subjected to a cancellation fee.   

Due to this, there are no billing records in detail associated with prepaid cellphone services. Basically Nothing about the user is recorded. Anyone could buy it over the counter (sundry shops, convenient stores, not necessarily mobile carrier branches) in a matter of minutes, hassle free.

Only until recently a few years back, while I was in middle school, say around 2006. People who sold prepaid cellphone services had the obligation set foot by mobile carriers to record down the IDs of people who bought a prepaid phone number & report back. 

Before this, there was a lot of crime associating with the un-identifiability of criminals using prepaid phones. e.g calling for ransom & plotting scams using prepaid phones. To minimise whatever crime that could arise from this, all mobile services now can be traced and tracked down. 

If you noticed, the collection of accurate personal data about people help make the community a better place. As in the matter of the issue above, it helped deter crime. Because someone knows you have this number, and it is recorded in your name that this specific number is yours indicating that you bought it with your ID and from which store. The chances of you committing crime or escaping blame for example is very unlikely. Of course, they wouldn't tell you things like these or go through the possible events that might occur with you handing over your information before buying the service. 



Some legitimate uses of prepaid cellphones could be, like if you forgot to pay your monthly postpaid service bills and needed a phone temporary; travelling in a new country and you need some form of reliable communication system with your travel companions or with home (there isn't always free wifi); or you just needed an extra phone number to have in case of an emergency but don't want to go through the hassle of getting a contract, the list goes on. 

Now think about it, there is a fair trade here of give and take and weighing the benefits with the cons. If you were to willing to surrender some bit of your personal information in order to use a service and by giving up this information about yourself you could help make it fair to all others implying that whoever buys it needs to register. Speak of which, could help deter crime and trace delinquents acting out then why wouldn't you not give out your information? The possible abuse of this is discussed here, but I am ignore that for now and I am idealistically picturing that people who keep and manage the database are rational and morally constraint. 

Establishing this as a law is I believe, applied in Malaysia. As seen over the years, crimes associating with prepaid service has dramatically dropped in that country. However criminals are getting smarter and working around the obstacle but, this is just something out of the topic for now. 

As Malaysia is realistic example of the positive feedback from registering prepaid phone users, I strongly agree that other countries should follow in it's steps in promoting a safe 
environment through this method. 
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I do believe this is the way (not only the way) to keep crime at bay. Hence, the intrusion of privacy is sometimes necessary, as a positive right.














Sunday, October 12, 2014

✵ Implantable Identifiers

Keeping track of anything that is valuable to anyone has always been the main priority. People go through great lengths to keep their material objects safe from anyone who is untrustworthy and could intentionally do harm it.

So when your child becomes the subject of this matter, wouldn't you go the extra mile to protect them, more than your material objects?




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The above images are just used for illustration purposes.



Global positioning systems (GPS), cellphones, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and with the innumerable people using iPhones, tracking people's every move is now not a question of can they do it but a question of should we?

Despite having to answer that question, many manufactures, mobile service providers and even apps track information on our whereabouts and store them locally on our devises or, are transferred to servers. This substantial amount of information can lead to potential threats in privacy.

People could misuse this information and could even use it against you. A person doesn't have to be paranoid to think about the possible uses of that information whether for good or bad. There was already an uproar when people found out Google was storing search queries of users in 2006.




Sure, you are probably guessing. Hey, I didn't do nothing bad. Why should I be worried? All I searched for are good things like how to bake a cake or like the weather. As for tracking your location, you would probably say, the places I go to are back and forth from work/school, grocery stores and occasionally the mall. I have nothing to hide.

Everyone is concerned about privacy, no matter how much they deny or contradict their claims on the issue. How would you like if you handed me your google account? Since you have nothing to hide, and I could scroll through your google search history, or Any online account for that matter. I strongly believe that no one would actually do this, because we are all concerned about privacy. If you do change your mind, go ahead and email it to me.

This is a great point that Glenn Greenwald had pointed out in a TED talk, I just changed the analogy a little. Not claiming that it's mine.



So how does the above relate to tracking the whereabout of children?
Well, essentially having a tracking devise (e.g. smart phone) on a child's body is like having all their online accounts and monitor everything that they do.

We already have major companies & the government overseeing our every move and now we want the added pressure on children?

Needless to say, people have already started tracking their livestock & pets using implanted computer chips, because any loving pet owner would be worried to the max if their cat/dog didn't come home for dinner.

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I am not comparing children with pets or livestock, but naturally anyone would be extremely worried if their child went missing. To prevent this problem from ever happening, People have started to implant microchips into their children's bodies. If it does happen, not saying to anyone that it will for sure, the pursue of finding their missing child would be a whole lot easier. Plus, parents get the aided advantage of knowing the location of their child at all times.



Now, there's a few problems with this.




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1.     People would get complaisant and rely on the technology. You would probably see more kids out and about in public places if this technology does become preferably popular. 

2.     As the child grows up, would they be allowed the choice of removing it so they don't have to be mothered all the time. I certainly can foresee this happening. 


3.     In regards to the issue above, should children be told that they have a chip implanted in them? (Think if you were in their parent's position)

4.     Concerning issue number 1, would this potentially bring about more child molesters? Maybe they could work around the system, and use handheld devises to scan over a child body to see if they had a chip implanted. 


5.     WHERE would the chip be implanted on the child's body? It should be somewhere hard to remove, am I right? 
6.     Doesn't this profoundly violates the child's privacy? They may not be able to think for themselves yet but they have a right to be left alone. Does this mean going against their will?

7.     Would children grow up to be tremendously depended on their parents because of this?

8.     Children could grow up with the mindset that they don't need to worry about the safety.


9.     Parents would probably think that, they could lower their guards down and focus more on work.


10.  There is a high chance that the government may want to impose this system legally on kids under the age of 5.  ~ My views are on this in this link

I could go on and on about the issues of using this system to keep track of your kids but I don't think it would ever end. 


Anyway, I totally would think that teenagers would Not want this implanted in them. 
When I was a teen, I was absolutely rebellious. So putting myself in that position, and on behalf of all teenagers out there with similar thinking, it's a definite NO answer. 

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So far as for now, I do not see the benefits outweighing the risks and problems that would arise from using such a system. Children need to learn how to be independent and think for themselves, Knowing what's right from wrong, To know how to have constraints and have limits, Keep with curfews, etc.

Sure, parents will have a piece of mind. Sleepless nights worrying won't be an issue anymore and parents could always have reassurance if their child does go wondering about without their knowledge. Parents do have the right to know the whereabouts of their children but not through a way of implicitly knowing. Think about it, children would always have to assume that they are constantly watched which could alter their true behaviour. Even though it would make them more compliant. Would you rather have a child that express him/her-self truly as themselves or just someone who unquestionably obeys?

You are probably thinking at this point, that this author does not have the right amount of credibility to be listened to since I am not a mother, and I do not have kids. However I was a kid once, and I know that from learning anything, there is no easy way to it and we all need persistent coaching and advise from our loving parents. We need to trust one another, that's what relationships are all about.

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Plus we all go through this phase in life, and by using a system like this to shortcut our way through it is never going to be a steadfast solution.


All that has been mentioned here are my personal opinions and are based on adequate researching that I have done. If you have any views on this, you are welcome to comment!  

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