26 April 2015

INC in the BOC

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INC in the BOC 

For the people, by the people is a myth. We live in a failed democracy, it's all an illusion. No different from president BS Aquino's mantra of "Daang Matuwid" (Straight Path). 



No less than four (4) I would say highly placed government officials have pressured Sevilla to quit his post because the ex-chief of customs refused to give Atty. Raval the helm for the Bureau of Customs (BOC) intellectual property division, enforcement and security services (ESS). 

The Raval appointment is being lobbied by Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC), a popular religious group in the Philippines. 

It is a fact that corruption is rampant within our government. It is also a fact that religious groups with their claims of a "bulk vote" can exert a lot of influence onto our morally ambiguous and power hungry politicians. So there are no surprises there. 

My questions are...

1. Are the four cabinet dorks, members of INC? Did they act because they were instructed by the higher ups in government or by their religious leaders, maybe even both? 

2. It is moot if the appointee got his post or not, but it would be good to find out if he is a member of INC as well would it not?

3. What interests are held dear by INC leadership or it's prominent members that would benefit from a grateful appointee in customs?

4. What will our government do about this shameful breach of ethics by these four douchebags masquerading as public servants? 

BS Aquino needs to flush the four turds in his cabinet but don't bet on it. He is absurdly over protective of his cabinet, even if they are already failing him or giving him a worse image than the one he already has. This is great advertising for INC who's membership may yet grow once word spreads that they have the ear of highly placed officials. Let the vicious cycle continue. Move along, move along... 


16 April 2015

Windows Phone 10 Technical Preview on Lumia 535 - Not Recommended

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THIS IS A TECHNICAL PREVIEW, BUGS ARE A PART OF IT. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO INSTALL THIS FIRMWARE IF YOU ARE FAINT OF HEART, OR IF YOUR DEVICE IS MISSION CRITICAL. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
Windows Phone 10 Tech Preview
Updated while I was sleeping
As a member of the Windows Insider Program, I was able to get the 1st release of Windows 10 Tech Preview for my Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual SIM.

In retrospect I shouldn't have enabled automatic updates with the TP. I knew it was going to be buggy but I guess curiosity got the better of me as it always does with new versions of an OS (I play around with Windows 10 Tech Preview for PCs, iOS firmware betas, and OSX betas) 

The 1st tech preview is very buggy if your device is mission critical please do not install it. That being said I am very pleased that Microsoft is going with a wider release on Windows Phone 10. 

So as I am typing this I am using the Windows Phone Recovery Tool to rollback to 8.1 

waiting for the restore software to download

I will not elaborate on the bugs that I encountered as I have already reported these to MSFT. I will not post an initial impression also because I don't think it's fair to the engineers. I will say this though when they get the bugs sorted I think Windows Phone 10 would be a great follow up to 8.1

Especially excited about Outlook Calendar and Outlook Mail for Windows Phone, both of which the desktop versions I already use daily for work.

THIS IS A TECHNICAL PREVIEW, BUGS ARE A PART OF IT. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO INSTALL THIS FIRMWARE IF YOU ARE FAINT OF HEART, OR IF YOUR DEVICE IS MISSION CRITICAL. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. 


10 April 2015

Jeepneys are a not a symbol. They are a symptom.

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Jeepneys are a not a symbol. They are a symptom. 

Jeepneys are not a sign of Filipino ingenuity. They are in fact a sign of Filipinos refusing to move forward and clinging to an obsolete and unsafe concept left over from WWII. Until we remove jeepneys from our roads and move them into art galleries or museums, this country will not truly move forward. 

The DOTC / LTO / LTFRB do not have the balls to do the right thing and slowly phase out these rolling piles of junk with a misplaced sense of being engineering feats and works of art, while in fact they are not. They are a scourge to other motorists, traffic, safety, and the environment. 

I'd love to see a plan implemented that our roads would be Jeepney free in 5-10 years. Start by not giving new franchises, then stop renewing them, and of course you need to re-educate / retrain the drivers and provide them with modern safer vehicles. 


Being anti-Jeepney is not anti-poor, it's pro-safety and pro-progress.