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Sa ikauunlad ng bayan… Aklat ni Lourd ang kailangan.
Bili na kayo, para manalo tayo sa Cannes! — Jun Sabayton
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Sa ikauunlad ng bayan… Aklat ni Lourd ang kailangan.

Bili na kayo, para manalo tayo sa Cannes! — Jun Sabayton

(Source: ktrn-s)

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[DOC] Trusting in HackersYou might think it’s crazy but it’s the best way you can ever imagine when asking for help. It’s because of the following statements, 

1. Hackers knew the system very well; than those veteran IT papas ( even though they have more sophisticated software, etc. ). Hackers tend to do things manually than do it with a premade program to the job. Fairly and to some cases, humans are more compelling than machines. Since in the beginning, humans created machines to do the tasks which WE humans aren’t able to do.

2. Hackers have more resources than IT papas. IT papas have their own resources with a big but. They’re old! ( no offense ), really; When a person makes it’s entry point in hacking. In time he will gain such knowledge in resource gathering and utilization which he can benefit from it.

When approaching a hacker to the job for you. You must appeal to their interest which drives them to do it. And what would that be? Of course, MONEY. It’s a basic principle in life that, money makes the world go round. You can propose in this way also.

"Hello!, I would like you to fix some bugs in our infrastructure. In return we will grant you a position in the company with a great pay"

If you’d like an example for it. I would really announce Jeff Moss. Last April, Jeff was appointed as Chief Security Officer for ICANN. ICANN the abbreviation for “The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers”, or simply it’s the company who runs a computer network who administers domain utilization.

Now what kind or type of hacker are we going to hire? The black hat. Black Hats are the type of hackers who posses greater knowledge and understanding in how an infrastructure works. They are very commited to do the three things which every hacker does these days

- Reconaissance
- Research
- Execution

I’ll discuss about the three things in the next DOC release.



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i die wothout seeing the sun rise on my country, you who are to see the dawn, welcome it, and do not forget those who fell dring the night. 
José Rizal
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It’s not about who’s first but who’s better!

The telecoms industry have always been slugging it out in terms of “price wars”. Sometimes, they’d also do the same in the technology front and being the first of anything new is always considered a prized trophy. Globe and Smart (and Sun, pre-PLDT acquisition) have been like that for years.

Who was the first one to offer WAP again? What about mobile TV? Or 3G? How about WiMax? Now the talk of the town is LTE.

Frankly, I don’t care. I think most customers would not care. After seeing what happened to their 3G/3.5G roll-out and the big promises of their WiMax, it all feels like just mere war of words. Ask any customer if they feel their brand new, hi-tech network connection has improved their internet experience.

From a Corp Comm perspective, being first is nice — it gets you a lot of good publicity (and avoids being called a “me too” competitor) and it’s good for the year-end corporate report (not to mention pogi points to the shareholders).

From a marketing perspective, it’s also good since you get the first-mover advantageand you get support from 3rd party manufacturers and service providers ahead as well.

Lastly, the good news helps divert attention away from existing issues such as bandwidth capping. Wait, what capping?

For us customers, the bottom line is all about “good service” (set aside pricing first). What good use is a technology that promises up to 50Mbps when one cannot even get a decent connection on the existing 2Mbps line? No new technology can guarantee good customer service.

We discussed this in detail during the time when the hot topic what about bandwidth capping and throttling (I have defended the idea for some time, and I still do. See related story herehere and here). If those 2Mbps mobile subscriptions are being shared by an allocated number of subscribers, the factorial could still be the same for a 50Mbps connection. If they’d share 10 subs on a 2Mbps line, then it’s not surprising if they’d share 250 subs on the 50Mbps line. Same 5 is to 1 ratio (I’m just throwing theoretical numbers here). But that’s how “bandwidth provisioning” is done so we’ll just have to deal with it.

How about lowering the “sharing ratio” (or making the bandwidth provisioning more efficient)? How about offering more affordable “up to” DSL plans? How about pushing your current 3.5G network to serve up to 7.2Mbps instead of the measly 2Mbps that’s now in place. At least, even if I don’t get the full 7.2Mbps, a 50% efficiency will still get me a solid 3.6Mbps connection.

Being first can only get you so far. What use is being first when you cannot sustain customer confidence, good quality service (QoS) and uphold a fair policy (can’t even downgrade my 7-year old PLDT line without paying a Php10k downgrade fee). But then again, that’s how our telcos roll.

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Smart to offer mobile LTE up to 6Mbps

The details are still sketchy but an insider has tipped us that Smart Communications will be launching mobile LTE (3GPP Long Term Evolution) this week with promised speeds of up to 6Mbps per subscriber.

Back in November 2010, Globe demonstrated their mobile LTE with maximum speeds of up to 60Mbps (see story here). Now, it’s Smart’s turn to offer LTE to the public (they also did field tests back in November, about two weeks after Globe did theirs).

3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE), is the latest standard in the mobile network technology tree that produced the GSM/EDGE and UMTS/HSPA network technologies. It is a project of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP).

The LTE specification provides downlink peak rates of at least 100 Mbps, an uplink of at least 50 Mbps and RAN round-trip times of less than 10 ms. (source: wikipedia)

Unlike the current 3G networks that all of the telcos provide, LTE has a much higher bandwidth capacity so this could help solve the congestion problem (read: slow 3G connections) a lot of the customers are experiencing right now. It’s not clear how their new LTE offering will position against the current 3G network.

LTE USB dongles will be provided (just like the Smart Plug-It dongles they currently offer) for customers to hook up to the service and corresponding monthly service fees have not yet been revealed.

While LTE can easily do between 50Mbps to 100Mbps, they’ll only offer retail subscriptions between 4Mbps to 6Mbps to customers. I’d expect competitive pricing of these subscription to range from Php1,200 to Php2,000.

More on this as we get the details.

Update 1: They’re calling it Smart Evolution.

Update 2: Public demo will be done in Boracay from April 21 – 24.

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BayanTel offers 3Mbps at Php899, 15GB cap

So there you go — another ISP offering capped plans on a faster pipe. I’m sure a lot of you have seen those big billboard ads while plying the roads of Metro Manila.BayanTel has a special package of 3Mbps BayanDSL for only Php899 a month.

That same monthly fee is equivalent to their 768Kbps plan with unlimited bandwidth. So if you think you don’t consume that much amount of data a month, you’d be better off with the capped plan.

But then again, if you think 15GB isn’t enough, the 768Kbps plan is still available for the same Php899 monthly fee. At least you have a choice between two plans at the same price point.

Last month, Sky Broadband also offered a 5Mbps plan capped at 15GB.

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Globe to enforce 1GB per day Bandwidth Cap

So it looks like all the draft memo with the NTC actually forced telcos to lift their iron fist — Globe Telecom has just sent out a press release that they will be strictly enforcing a daily data cap on all broadband subscribers, starting with 1GB/day.

It was just this January when we first heard of NTC doing consultations and public hearing regarding the broadband cap. Telcos reasoned out why they have no other choice but to put some sort of capping for their residential subscribers (see: 5 Reasons ISPs Implement Bandwidth Cap).

And we thought that was the end of it — the revised draft of the NTC Memo scrapped out the provision allowing for bandwidth caps. I was wrong – they even went the other way:

In a press release, Globe said about 5 percent of abusive subscribers use 80 percent of the available broadband Internet bandwidth in the company’s network.

This leaves only 20 percent of the capacity to be shared by 95 percent of the remaining users.

Globe said its new policy aimed to preserve the “quality of resources in order to provide subscribers with seamless, uninterrupted and reliable Internet connections.”

The company said network bandwidth was a finite resource, making it necessary to adopt regulations that promote responsible and fair use of the Internet to prevent abuse and misuse of services from a relatively smaller group of consumers. {source}

We’ve already seen proof that Globe has a provision in their Service Contract allowing them to cap bandwidth at 15GB to 35GB per month depending on your data plan. It’s possible they added that provision but have not implemented it before. Now, they’re actually saying they will enforce it.

Looks like Globe is saying “if you don’t like it, don’t buy it.” Fair enough? You decide.

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Foto Contributor Friday Post:
 “Capas National Shrine” Capas, Tarlac
Submitted by:brybrio
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Foto Contributor Friday Post:

“Capas National Shrine”
Capas, Tarlac

Submitted by:brybrio

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