Sunday, 4 December 2016

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST

An article dated 30 November 2016 bearing the  headlined "The Heat M'sia turns one and is no more" caught my eye.

I clicked on the link and amongst 10 paragraphs of fluff written by Staff Writer was one paragraph which announced the demise of this opposition-leaning online news portal.

"The staff of The Heat Malaysia has been informed that the portal will cease operation on Dec 1. It is a business decision, we were told."

http://www.theheatmalaysia.com/Main/The-Heat-M-sia-turns-one-and-is-no-more



Hopefully, those journalists and other staff who have lost their jobs as a result will find new employment elsewhere.

A business decision! Just like the business decision to closed down The Malaysian Insider in March 2016.

http://itsheiss.blogspot.my/2016/03/so-thats-it-malaysian-insider-finally.html

It also was a business to close down both the online and print editions of the business publication Kinibiz on 1 February 2016.

Veteran pro-opposition online political news portal Malaysiakini reported:-

"KINIBIZ Independent business news publication KINIBIZ will close on Feb 1, 2016, nearly three years after it started, after an unfruitful search for new investors.

"The search began in mid-2015, shortly after the subscription-based business news portal launched its fortnightly print magazine in April. It culminated in an equity crowdfunding campaign announced in December, although this has since been called off due to the lukewarm response owing to uncertain economic conditions."

“We had a good run and covered a lot of breaking issues,” said founding editor and publisher P Gunasegaram. “Unfortunately, we are a niche product and the funding just wasn’t forthcoming for us to stay long enough in the business for a turnaround."

“ Malaysiakini believed that an independent business news site would be a great complement to our current affairs news,” said Premesh Chandran, CEO of Malaysiakini and KINIBIZ director. “The team did really well these past three years with some great business stories. It’s sad that we could not get sufficient subscribers to make it profitable.”

"According to Malaysiakini editor-in-chief Steven Gan, who is also a KINIBIZ director, both partners in the joint venture have limited funds and without new investors, it would be impossible for KINIBIZ to continue its operations."

Read more: https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/328327#ixzz4RqUWxRbn

And it was a business decision to close The Rakyat Post. On 29 February 2016 The Star reported "The Rakyat Post closes shop".

"The company, owned by Wespacom Sdn Bhd, told its staff of the decision to cease operations at a meeting with several representatives of its 60 employees at Menara MBSB here on Monday."
"It told its employees that they would have to lodge a complaint with the Labour Department or seek industrial action in order to get their two months’ unpaid salaries."

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/02/29/the-rakyat-post-closes-shop/

Then on 10 March 2016, Astro Awani reported that the Rakyat Post had rether mysteriously sprung back to life:-

"The Rakyat Post resurfaced after shutdown, ex-staff in the dark"

"KUALA LUMPUR: After it was announced that The Rakyat Post would be shutting down their operations beginning March, the online news portal today resurfaced, much to the surprise of its ex-staff.

"The news portal's former editorial team claimed to be in the dark over this new development, as there had been no communication between them and the management since the shutdown announcement last Feb 29."

http://english.astroawani.com/malaysia-news/rakyat-post-resurfaced-after-shutdown-ex-staff-dark-98141

So that's four media portals shut down so far in 2016 minus one which came back to life under rather mysterious circumstances and continues publishing until today.

What! journalists and staff working for free? Hmmm. I wonder.

Now back to The Heat. Earlier it was called The Heat Online and owned by HCK Media, the same publisher which publishes the Focus Malaysia print and online business publication. However, on 29 November 2015, The Heat Online reported that it would be under new ownership and that it would henceforth be known as The Heat Malaysia.


"The Heat Malaysia under new management"
"By Eddie Hoo

"From Dec 1, 2015, The Heat Online will be renamed The Heat Malaysia and it will come under a new management and ownership. HCK Media will hand over the portal to Regal Edition Sdn Bhd, following a decision by the former to strategically realign its business and exit the news portal business to focus on developing its social media websites." 

"The new owner takes over full financial and editorial responsibility for the website following the sale. The Heat Malaysia, like its predecessor, will be a patriot first and foremost. It owes its allegiance to the King and country, and is not beholden to any political party."

"Our credo: We believe in playing our role as a vanguard of truth and justice. We will do our part in helping to uphold the Federal Constitution as the supreme law of the land. We believe in the rule of law, maintaining a secular state and showing respect for all religions. The Heat Malaysia will speak out against bigotry in any form."

http://www.theheatmalaysia.com/Main/The-Heat-Malaysia-under-new-management

Below is The Heat's closure announcement in full:-

"The Heat M'sia turns one and is no more"
"By Staff Writer

"Journalists are not the only ones subscribing to ideals. Along with other pursuers of justice, fair play and equality from other circles, we plod on and rage against a system that has strayed from the right path.

"Reformists abound in our society. And like them, we tried to be the vanguards of truth without a hidden agenda.

"We are not cowed by the bullies. Nor do we fear the bigots or the crooks that mask themselves as patriots and champions of race and religion.

"We sought to highlight the wrongs, and be the voice of those who are unable to speak for themselves. That voice is no more.

"The Heat Malaysia is not the first, nor will it be the last to lose that voice.

"The staff of The Heat Malaysia has been informed that the portal will cease operation on Dec 1. It is a business decision, we were told.

"We “have done well to push back the boundaries of political and societal correctness”, according to an intellectual in our society. And that is the biggest compliment a news website could get. 

"As it is, there is a paucity of rational and creative thinking. We are seeing intellectual life getting drained out of our society. To suggest we don’t ask tough questions and meekly submit to prescribed thinking is akin to making society dumb."

"We will take a step backward if we close the forum for intelligent exchanges among our citizens, discourage positive dissension and applaud the parroting of government views. The fear of self-examination by the authorities dilutes the intellectual substance of our nation. Society can never grow without proper introspection."

"As one of our columnists has said — keep reading the news, keep forming an opinion, and keep sharing your thoughts. Goodbye."

http://www.theheatmalaysia.com/Main/The-Heat-M-sia-turns-one-and-is-no-more

So The Heat portal was not viable financially under HCK Media' nor Regal Edition's ownership.

In common between The Heat, The Malaysian Insider and The Rakyat Post is that they all primarily featured political news and opinion, with some non-political articles on lifestyle, community, consumer affairs and so forth which may interest readers and whilst Kinibiz was a business publication, it however was very closely associated to the Malaysiakini portal.

So English language portals left standing are:-

Malaysiakini
http://www.malaysiakini.com/

Free Malaysia Today
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/

Malay Mail Online
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/

Malaysia Chronicle (the access to which is blocked within Malaysia)
http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/

I guess that would also include the U.K. based Sarawak Report (also access blocked within Malaysia).
http://www.sarawakreport.org/


Meanwhile, more pro-establishment or neutral, English-language news portals still standing include:-

The Mole.
http://mole.my/

Malaysian Digest
http://www.malaysiandigest.com/

Launched on 8 July 2016 is Malaysia Outlook.
http://www.malaysiaoutlook.com/

And more recently Tanjak
http://www.tanjak.my/

Malaysian Chinese News (in English)
http://www.malaysianchinesenews.com/

The bottom line is that without a sugar daddy with deep pockets propping up such such portals financially, most of the above portals would have to close shop, unless they are financially viable enough from subscriptions, advertisements and so forth to be able to support themselves independently, and few of them are.

Most of these sugar daddies remain anonymous behind the scenes but if they feel that their portal is not providing enough political or commercial returns for their investment or no longer serves their political or commercial purpose, they will sooner or later pull the plug on them.

The Future of Journalism

As I have oftentimes said - unless online advertising rates and revenue match current advertising rates and revenue of print media, I foresee that journalism may no longer be a viable paying career on which one can rely on for a decent, stable and liveable income in 10 or 20 years time. Instead, journalists will have to be like bloggers, most of whom have a daytime career, profession or business which earns them a living, whilst they write for free in their spare time.

In fact, right now, many media offer what I call "journo-prostitution" services - i.e. paid articles in order to earn revenue.

Thus compromised are those journalistic ideals and ethics or being a neutral observer reporting or commenting on one's independent observations on the ground. Of course, no journalist or publication is free of personal or political biases in their reporting and neither am I who would rather describe myself as a polemicist, rather than a journalist.

However, when one practices journo-prostitution and writes paid articles which positively hypes up a client's products, services or viewpoints, when readers expect a journalist's independent perspective, then one's journalistic integrity is compromised. The right thing to do here is to clearly identify the paid article as an advertorial (advertisement-editorial) but many publications in Malaysia no longer do that

Yours trully

IT.SCHEISS
http://itsheiss.blogspot.my/


Thursday, 6 October 2016

PRESSURE BUILDS ON MUHYIDDIN OVER 1BESTARINET FIASCO

I haven't posted an IT.Scheiss commentary for almost four months now and my last IT.Scheiss post on the Ministry of Education's 1Bestarinet online learning system for close to 10,000 schools in Malaysia was almost a year ago in October 2015 - hmmm! how time flies.

http://itsheiss.blogspot.my/2015/10/teachers-union-says-1bestarinet-useless.html

Whilst my criticisms of the effectiveness of the project mainly involve socio-economic and infrastructural issues, on 4 October 2016, pro-government political blogger who goes by the name "Seademon" ("John F. Seademon") revisits a question raised by the Pan Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), alleging corruption on the part of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin, the then Minister of Education and former Deputy Prime Minister in awarding of the project to YTL.

For those who may be unaware, "John F. Seademon" actually is Captain Abdul Rahmat Omar, formerly of the Royal Malaysian Air Force and son of a former Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Hanif Omar.

Earlier in March 2015, Free Malaysia Today carries an article by Zairil Khir Johari, Democratic Action Party MP for Bukit Bendera, Penang about how the government had cut the budget on teacher training by RM350 million and instead allocated RM200 million for spending on information technology (IT) facilities in schools, which are used by as few as 1% (one percent) of students, according to Auditor-General’s 2013 Report and Zaril argues that such spending only benefits IT companies.

Zaril is the son of Tan Sri Mohd Khir Johari, a former Malaysian Minister of Education during the time of Malaysia's first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman.

As a matter of interest, Muhyiddin is no longer with UMNO, having gone over to the Tun Dr. Mahathir camp, hence the opposition, after having been sacked from UMNO in June 2016, over a year after Zaril's article  criticising 1Bestarinet.

Sure, there are complaints about the quality and dedication of teachers in Malaysia's schools today compared to the 1950s and 60s and this human problem needs to be solved, not throw IT at the problem and expect it to work magic.

Well, that my friends is the "IT.Scheiss" (IT shit), which this blog is all about.

Besides about 20 years of writing about the IT industry in Malaysia, I earlier worked in the IT industry in a technical and executive capacity for about 10 years, so they cannot bull-scheiss me with their marketing hype, hoohah, bull-scheiss and ballyhoo about how IT can be an effective substitute for good human teachers.


Articles follow below.

Read on

IT.Scheiss


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1BestariNet: When Will Muhyiddin Be Investigated?

by: seademon

Muhyiddin recently appeared on a PAS platform in Kuala Terengganu to speak about 1MDB etc.  He was invited on the capacity of a former Deputy Prime Minister before the formation of Parti Pribumi which he is a pro-tem President.  Not once did he address the long-standing question from especially the PAS members – how much did he make from the 1BestariNet scandal?

PAS first asked this question back in April 2012. Mahfuz Omar of PAS asked then why was the project not given to known telecommunications players such as Telekom Malaysia, Celcom or TimeDotCom who would be able to provide better Internet backbone to support the project.

The 1BestariNet project is a RM4.077 billion project over 15 years to provide 4G Internet connectivity as well as virtual learning environment for 9,924 schools nationwide.  YTL, a known favourite of Parti Pribumi’s founder Mahathir, secured a RM663 million package signed by Muhyiddin when he was the Minister of Education.  The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in 2015 concluded that the implementation of the First Phase of the project is a failure. Not even a project steering committee and project technical committee were established at ministry-level to ensure its smooth implementation.

Responding to the PAC report, Economic Advisor to the Concerned Social-Minded Association (Persatuan Minda Sosial Prihatin) Suud Ridzuan called for Muhyiddin, the then Deputy Prime Minister cum Minister of Education to step down to facilitate the investigation into the scandal.

“According to the PAC, this project is a failure. Why was there a need to spend so much for this program?” he asked. “I urge the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission to investigate.”

The BN-friendly portal www.pru14.tv also raised a few doubts about the project.  They are among others:

1. the installation of 1BestariNet Receiver Integrated System (1BRIS) communication towers that are supposed to transmit and receive high-speed wireless data in schools that do not have the appropriate LAN (Local Access Network) structure,

2. the refusal by YTL to pay RM1,200 per month to the Ministry of Education (MoE) as recommended by the Property Valuation and Service Department for each 1BRIS site. The MoE has thus far bowed down to YTL by allowing them to pay RM1,000 for each 1BRIS site instead;

3. the installation of the 1BRIS towers increased the electricity bill for each school by RM120 to RM150 monthly.  With YTL’s refusal to pay the RM500 for each 1BRIS tower site, the MoE would have to fork out between RM5.77 million to RM6.92 million each year until the expiration of the contract.

The portal also alleged Muhyiddin’s son-in-law’s involvement in the project, an allegation that has gone unanswered by Muhyiddin.

Perhaps the MACC should seriously look into this issue as it has gone almost forgotten.  Nabbing errant GLC office-holders may be a good thing, but letting a former senior Minister go free after hunderds of millions tangible rakyat‘s funds have been spent without tangible good results will not go down well with the majority.

https://seademon.wordpress.com/2016/10/04/1bestarinet-when-will-muhyiddin-be-investigated/

Zairil: Spend money on teachers, not machines
FMT Reporters

Huge IT projects only produce profit for companies, not better educations, says MP.

Zairil Khir Johari, copyGEORGE TOWN: Pointing out that good teachers make for good students, an MP has criticised the Education Ministry for wasting the “huge funds being pumped into the education sector” on machines instead of people.

Zairil Khir Johari, MP for Bukit Bendera, said the government had cut the budget for teachers training and wasted billions on computer hardware and software, only to see it collecting dust.

“If the government thinks that better computers will make up for the weakness of our teachers, then it has not learned its lesson from the PPSMI fiasco,” he said, referring to the now-defunct programme for teaching science and mathematics in English.

He pointed out that expenditure on teachers was cut by RM350 million in this years’ Budget, but the allocation on IT rose by RM200 million. Government spending would not produce better performance if the money went on unnecessary big-ticket IT projects that were rarely used. Instead, the government should invest in teachers and students.

“What is truly shocking is the government’s denial syndrome and misplaced sense of priorities as they continue to channel billions of taxpayers’ funds into non-productive areas such as big-ticket infrastructure projects that only benefit private technology suppliers at the expense of the people that really matter – our teachers and students,” Zairil said in a statement.

He was responding to remarks by education minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Thursday, when Muhyiddin had said he was “shocked” by Malaysia’s poor performance in international assessment tests, which had shown that Malaysia’s “education standards, although said to be good, is not good enough”.

Malaysia placed 52nd out of 65 countries ranked by OECD in its Pisa international assessment, while 38 per cent of Malaysian students had failed to achieve the minimum benchmark in the TIMSS internatonal mathematics and science assessment.

Zairil pointed out that the government invested more than RM3 billion on computer hardware and software meant for the Mathematics and Science in English programme, but “most of this investment ended up collecting dust in school storerooms” as the programme had been discontinued.

“The same fate appears to be awaiting the RM4.1 billion 1BestariNet project; the Auditor-General’s 2013 Report revealed that less than one per cent of students actually used the system even though close to 9,000 schools throughout the country had already been equipped with it.”

By contrast, the budget for 2015 had cut spending on professional development of teachers from RM1.54 billion to only RM961 million.

Funds for “in-service training” of teachers was drastically slashed from RM410 million last year to RM48 million, “leadership training” slashed by two-thirds from RM181 million to RM62 million; and “pre-service training” were trimmed from RM948 million to RM851 million.

New expenditure of RM250 million was earmarked for “transformation of education service officers,” but even so, total spending on teachers was only RM1.21 billion, a drop of RM350 million compared to the 2014 budget. However, funds for IT expenditure were increased by about RM200 million for this year.

It was truly shocking, he said, that the government continued to channel billions into non-productive projects that would only benefit technology companies at the expense of the people that really mattered – the teachers and students.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2015/03/14/zairil-spend-money-on-teachers-not-machines/

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

CHINESE DAILY SIN CHEW HAMMERS THE OPPOSITION KAU KAU (PROPERLY)

The opposition in Malaysia has been hammered left, right and centre by many quarters for the manner in which it had shot itself in the foot in the Sarawak state elections in May and in the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar elections on 18 June.

I really love this statement in an article by the Chinese language Sin Chew newspaper, which is reflective of the IT Scheiss (IT shit) which I have been going on about all these years.

"The opposition, meanwhile, has placed too much faith in the power of Internet and overlooked the importance of man-to-man interactions. Undeniably people in rural areas are more passionate about localism and are largely repulsive to brainless political jargon that brands opponents as 'stupid".

Those of you who have been reading my IT.Scheiss posts will recall me saying several times that the biggest political changes in history happened since long before there was the Internet - major events such as the American War of Independence, the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, the rise of Hitler and Mussolini, the post World War II independence struggles, the anti-Vietnam War protests, the fall of the Shah of Iran, the collapse of Apartheid in South Africa, the fall of Marcos in the Philippines and so forth.

After mass availability of the Internet, people such as those in the US, have not been able to fight back against the foreclosure of their homes by the "too big to fail" finance capitalists whom the US government bailed out with public money to the tune of hundreds of billions.

So much for the"power" of the Internet.

IT.Scheiss
http://itsheiss.blogspot.my/

Two-party system at risk of collapse

2016-06-21 18:39

By LIM SUE GOAN
Translated by DOMINIC LOH
Sin Chew Daily

I wonder why seasoned opposition leaders in the like of Lim Kit Siang would commit some serious errors in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar, dealing a fatal blow on the Pakatan while boosting the morale of the opposing camp.

Among the errors was a gross negligence of the 'limitability" of by-elections. And since they were only by-elections, BN could throw in all its resources to promise more developments in a bid to offset any opposition onslaught.

Normally in a by-election the voters will be more concerned about local developments and day-to-day issues. And due to the narrowed scope of a by-election, local issues come more effective than national ones in luring votes.

Pakatan has no doubt positioned the by-elections too highly. Some say the by-elections would determine the success of the agenda to replace the current federal administration while Mahathir saw them as a referendum on PM Najib's public acceptance.

Pakatan has also overlooked the importance of their choices of candidates and approachability to the local residents. BN's candidate for Sungai Besar Budiman Mohd Zohdi is known for his amiability and people=-friendly attitude, and will visit any place of worship including Chinese temples and churches in a bid to dismantle the barrier between him and the voters.

The opposition, meanwhile, has placed too much faith in the power of Internet and overlooked the importance of man-to-man interactions. Undeniably people in rural areas are more passionate about localism and are largely repulsive to brainless political jargon that brands opponents as 'stupid".

Perhaps Pakatan has its own reasons to have committed the same mistakes over and again, including their inability to entice more Malay voters. As a result, they have to resort to the strategy of tirelessly pursuing national scandals to cushion the impact from PAS' draining of their support votes. Pakatan has also banked on Mahathir's influences to make inroads into the Malay areas but this has proven to be a futile attempt.

Pakatan Harapan has hoped to make use of the by-elections to start a powerful anti-establishment in the Malay society, and has therefore exaggerated the importance of these by-elections.

Unfortunately such a strategy has failed. Pakatan has underestimated Umno's grip of its fundamental support base and Malay voters, as well as their loyalty to the party, including that of PAS.

Pakatan's flop could be attributed primarily to its own overpositioning of the by-elections, giving the party members and supporters unrealistically high expectations. The bigger the hopes, the stronger the sense of frustration.

And BN is also happy to borrow Pakatan's own slogans to hit back at it. For instance, communications and multimedia minister Salleh Said Keruak has bragged that BN's thumping victories in these two by-elections have been the public's vote of confidence towards PM Najib.

The humiliating defeat of Pakatan has also exposed the opposition pact's dilemma and conflicts.

First and foremost, Pakatan's biggest problem is its inability to win the hearts of majority of Malay voters. According to news reports, Umno commands 60% of votes in Malay villages, PAS 35% and Amanah 5%.

Despite the presence of a multitude of negative issues, Umno is able to win impressively. Pakatan is unable to break through Umno's protective umbrella concept and this will remain a huge dilemma for the opposition pact for a very long time to come.

Securing under 20% of Malay votes, Amanah has once looked to mixed constituencies to claim its first victories, but even that is no longer a bet now. In Malay areas, with PAS hopping into the picture, that gives Pakatan very little if any hope of winning.

It is anticipated that Pakatan can only pin its hopes on urban constituencies in the coming general elections. Wrestling the federal administration is too distant a dream.

Secondly, the opposition is slowly losing its Chinese support, beginning with Teluk Intan, Sarawak and now the two by-elections.

While more than half of Chinese voters will still support the opposition, the support rate definitely pales compared to the 80% it secured during GE13. Unable to win the hearts of Malay voters and the outflow of Chinese votes may put the Selangor state administration in a very precarious position.

Which ways should the opposition parties be headed to after the by-elections? It appears that PAS doesn't look too worried about this but PKR is beginning to get very worried. The existing situation is highly unfavorable to the party.

If PKR is unwilling to sever its ties with PAS, Pakatan is well on the way to a decisive split, because DAP will never want to let the hudud issue to scare away its fundamental Chinese support.

As a matter of fact, it is a little too late to worry about the Malay votes now, as the general elections will not be too far away.

There are several formulas to break through the current doldrums. A merger of the three parties is a feasible solution. Next, it has to focus on the administration in Penang and Selangor with the hope of boosting its image and luring some votes to its side.

If Pakatan leaders do not have a clear direction for the future, the destiny of the country's hard-earned two-party system will as well be put at risk once again.

http://www.mysinchew.com/node/114463/tid=13




Sunday, 5 June 2016

THE INTERNET CULTURE IS A PARIAH CULTURE

I have often times said that the Internet culture is a PARIAH CULTURE and the article by The Mole should tell you why.

The anonymity afforded by the Internet encourages people to indulge their worst characteristics without fear of being identified, thanks to SMART PARIAHS who help to abet their PARIAH activities, all in the name of "privacy" and "freedom".

The Mole article follows below.

IT.SCHEISS

Dark web menace, where everything vile resides


Written by Zaidi Azmi
(The Mole does not endorse and encourage Malaysians to enter the dark web and therefore will not provide any links to the sources and sites that we have visited in the dark web)




KUALA LUMPUR – June 3, 2016: If Malaysians think that the recently reported paedophiliac news was extremely morbid, then they are in for a rude awakening.

In fact, what most of us probably knew about such disgusting sexual fetish was only the tip of the iceberg.

The shocking reality is that the demand for Austronesian (Malays, Filipinos and Indonesian) children pornography has been steadily rising.

Although these children’s presence in the so-called “dark web” is not as abundance as those of Caucasians or Latinos, ‘caramel kids’ (as they are generally called) were definitely the in-thing among paedophiles.

The dark web is a lawless underbelly of the internet and according to experts, it accounts around 90 per cent of what is vile on the internet.

It is a place where your IT technician would usually warn from going into, and thankfully it cannot be entered thorough conventional search engines.

The dark web can only be accessed via unique web browsers that will conceal your internet protocol address that makes it extremely difficult for anyone to trace and monitor your activities.

The lack of accountability made the dark web a hot bed of criminal activities and it has become the breeding grounds of illicit drug markets and violent paedophilic behaviour.

And the fact that it is not a place for the faint-hearted was absolutely true.

The Mole has discovered that most of the children pornographies littered in the dark web were not your-run-of-the-mill industrial grade porn acted out in studios.

These despicable contents were real sexual abuse videos acted on unwilling victims, usually children aged 5 to 15 years old.

And with the help of a local ethical hacker (who wanted to remain anonymous), The Mole has managed to locate several sites hosting hundreds of videos of kidnapped ‘caramel kids’ being sexually abused.

One of such videos showed a child tied to a wooden stool as he was being tortured and singed.

Shockingly, it garnered almost 14 million views.

It was not disclosed when the torture took place but the video was uploaded two months ago.

Also, there was no telling if the child survived the ordeal.

But what was even more sickening was that some of the viewers, had, during the first time the video was uploaded, suggested other ways of torture in exchange for bit coins (internet money).

“I like the way his nose gave of that red afterglow after being burn,” an anonymous paedophile commented at the comments section of the video.

Another commenter wrote: “I have donated 200 bit coins so please do a video where you shove that d#%*o up his a$$.”

A viewer from another paedophile websites remarked that he wanted “a change of pace”.

“I find these kind caramel kids rather intriguing,” said a viewer using the moniker, SpankRay67.

“I don’t care if you think it’s sickening but I’m not the one doing harm to those Malay or Pinoy or whatever you call them,” the viewer added.

But of course, child-abuse pornography was not the only traumatic contents present in the dark web.

There was even an online cookbook website that teaches its viewers how to cook even human being.

At a glance the site sounded like a sick joke but as The Mole dive deeper into the content, the recipes were nonetheless “dead serious”.

There were pages dedicated in informing viewers which part of flesh was better for what sort of meals and guides on how exactly to cut them.

As if that was not gruesome enough, those who were willing to donate will get to see the host perform live mutilations of human bodies.

So far, despite various claims by several intelligence agencies, it is almost impossible to regulate the dark web.

Among the agencies who made such claims were the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Last year, its director James Comey claimed that FBI)have the technology needed to tail those who enters the dark web.

But IT experts deemed that Comey was not telling the truth and merely trying to bolster the FBI’s image in an attempt to deter criminals.

The reason said by one of those experts, Jose Marcelino Ortiz, was simply because the dark web was specifically and complicatedly built for privacy.

“They do not have the technology to monitor everyone in the dark web,” Ortiz said in a video discussion regarding the matter on Youtube.

“They can only monitor those who have already been previously inflicted by their technology’s malware,” he added.

Even so, Ortiz said that the developer of these dark web portals would always release new patches to strengthen the security and privacy of their search engines.

The Mole had sent Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) an email to inquire whether they have the technology to at least deny Malaysians from accessing the dark web.

So far, there have yet to be any reply, but considering how the FBI themselves seemed to be at their wits end to deal with the menace, it would be highly likely that MCMC was having the same problem.

http://mole.my/dark-web-menace-where-everything-vile-resides/

Monday, 23 May 2016

MORE ON THE "IT.SCHEISS"

What more can I say.

Bernama reports:-

Sabotage In The Implementation Of myIMMs - Ahmad Zahid

IPOH, May 23 (Bernama) -- Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today said they believed that the enforcement of the Malaysian Immigration System (myIMMs) by the Immigration Department has been sabotaged.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Minister of Home Affairs, said several names have been identified and will be announced by him and the police.

He commented on the note of caution given in the Auditor-General Report 2015 Series 1 on May 18 which stated that the myIMMs developed to support the main operation of Immigration Department was unsatisfactory and had instead caused the department's objective to be affected.

According to the report, the myIMMs biometric facility worth RM10.3 million was paid and supplied for, but was not installed and used at the entrance gates to screen and identify foreigners as well as Malaysians.

Ahmad Zahid added that they will collaborate with the National Audit Department to conduct an internal audit to investigate as a whole on the caution given, which includes performing a 'management audit' and a 'forensic audit'.

"If the system is found to be faulty, action will be taken against the supplier, but if it is a case of 'human error' then a 'revisit' will be done on any operational approach involved," he said.

-- BERNAMA
http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v8/ge/newsgeneral.php?id=1248471


The system was paid for, supplied but not implemented.

Information technology (IT) is no magic bullet to solve human problems. Hopefully, the authorities will deal effectively with the problem humans behind all this this.

IT.Scheiss








Wednesday, 18 May 2016

A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF "IT.SCHEISS"

This is a perfect example of "IT.Scheiss".

I have heard so much hype, hoohah, bullshit and ballyhoo about e-government and how the implementation of computing and information technology will "propel Malaysia to a world-class, knowledge-based, high-income economy with a  gross national income per capita of RM48,000 per annum" yada-yada-yada by the year 2020.

Well we are four years to the year 2020 and now this.

C'mon. Cut this crap and gimme a break.

Computing and IT systems cannot solve human problems.

Solve the human problems first, then talk about computing and IT systems to aid humans in their work.

IT.Scheiss
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The Malay Mail online reports"-



Immigration system deliberately brought down, source says


A highly-placed Home Ministry source said it was probing all parties involved in operating myIMMs, a crucial system of airport security implemented about 20 years ago. — Reuters pic
A highly-placed Home Ministry source said it was probing all parties involved in operating myIMMs, a crucial system of airport security implemented about 20 years ago. — Reuters pic



PETALING JAYA, May 18 ― Authorities suspect the online Immigration system that screens passengers leaving and entering KL International Airport has been compromised by “suspicious” breakdowns.

A highly-placed Home Ministry source said it was probing all parties involved in operating myIMMs, a crucial system of airport security implemented about 20 years ago.

“It is believed the system may be downed deliberately, suggesting corruption,” the source said. 

“Those manning and operating the electronic screening of passengers — from the authorities to airline staff and employees of the system development company — are being investigated.”

The source said the frequent “crashes” had raised serious questions about whether myIMMs was fit for its purpose during a time of severe threat from terrorists, people smugglers and other criminals.

“The high number of ‘breakdowns’ also suggests that many on watch lists could have gone under the radar,” the source added.

The myIMMs system was linked to Interpol’s I-Checkit in 2014 to enable authorities to verify within seconds if a passport had been stolen or reported lost.

The source said that when the system crashed, passports would be stamped manually.

“Their data is supposed to be input into the system once it is operational again, but this is not being done.” 

The worry: Foreigners sneak into the country, leaving room for terrorism, human trafficking and other criminal activities. 

The source said “system down” had occurred too often and “we now realise it may not be accidental but done purposely”. 

“The government has been increasingly anxious over human trafficking syndicates and others who are taking advantage of the security shortfalls,” he said.

On Friday, police arrested 19 people suspected of trafficking Sri Lankan nationals with fake Malaysian passports to Geneva, Switzerland.

In a four-week operation, they rounded up six Malaysians (two Immigration officers, one agent and three runners), 10 Sri Lankans (two facilitators, three agents, and five migrants) and three Indian agents.

Recently, two Russians and a Sri Lankan who worked as a closed-circuit television technician in the Klang Valley were detained in Selangor.

Questions were raised over how the men could enter Malaysia when the Sri Lankan was on the wanted list in his country, while the Russians were deported from Turkey in February due to suspected ties with Islamic State.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/immigration-system-deliberately-brought-down-source-says













Sunday, 1 May 2016

HUMANS NOT NEEDED! - SO HOW WILL JOURNALISTS MOVE UP THE VALUE CHAIN TO ESCAPE REDUNDANCY ?

Many in the media may hate me for telling them that the days of journalism as viable paying career are coming to an end as media publishers are forced to shift from print media where they have enjoyed ample circulation and advertising revenue which has enabled media companies to pay large armies of writers, photographers, support and production staff well with generous bonuses and ex-gratias; to online media where advertising revenue is about one tenth or less that of print advertising revenue and growing too slowly to make up for the decline in print advertising revenue.

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Moreover, the relatively low barriers of entry to online and digital media publishing has resulted in more intense competition for online advertising revenue, coupled with competition from huge non-media sites with global reach, such as Google, Facebook and so forth.

For example, according to the Newspaper Association of America and Google, Google's worldwide advertising revenue surpassed total U.S. newspaper print advertising revenue in 2012, whilst growth in newspaper online advertising revenue was anaemic.


  
In August 2015, Maybank IB Research reported:-

"Jul 2015 total gross adex fell 18% YoY, the largest YoY contraction on our records."

"Public sector ad spend declined substantially by 39% YoY. MNCs are also beginning to cut back due to the weak MYR."

"Sector’s NEUTRAL call and calls on all media stocks under coverage placed under review."

"What’s New"

"Total gross adex for Jul 2015 fell 18% YoY, the largest YoY contraction on our records dating back to Jan 2007, despite a low base in Jul 2014 due to the MH17 aviation tragedy. The fall was driven by the public sector whose ad spend dropped substantially by 39% YoY. We understand that with the depreciating MYR against the USD and lingering effects of the 6% GST, MNCs such as Nestle, P&G and Wipro Unza have also cut ad spend by 20% - 40% YoY."

"7M15 total gross adex contracted by 10% YoY, more than our adex growth forecast of -8% YoY. 7M15 FTA TV adex and newspaper adex both declined 11% YoY. 7M15 radio adex also softened 3% YoY, which is much narrower than the YoY contraction experienced by FTA TV and newspaper adex. Going forward, it is still possible for advertisers to migrate part of their ad spend from FTA TV and newspaper mediums to the cheaper radio medium."

You can read the full report here:-

http://www.bursamarketplace.com/index.php?ch=48&pg=186&ac=18006&bb=research_article_pdf

Now this article by Alexander Guzman foresees robots (well actually computer programs) replacing human journalists in article production, so how are journalists going to move up the value chain (to use that oft-heard cliched phrase), to remain in paid employment.

We have already seen the demise of The Malaysian Insider and The Rakyat Post, so what's next?

Welcome to that information and services economy, information technology journalists so often wrote about and lauded to the skies, thinking that as information workers, they were safe, unlike manual workers in automotive assembly plants.

Heck! We may soon have robots or more likely coin-operated machines dispensing burgers, so there goes low-paid services jobs as well.

We already have fairly affordable robots to clean the floor for us in the stores, so soon there may be no jobs for house maids.

Yours trully.

IT.Scheiss



"Automated Journalism", Robots in the Newsroom: The Future of Corporate Media
By Timothy Alexander Guzman
The Main-Stream Media (MSM) or corporate media has recently began making moves to replace humans with robots or “automated journalism” to produce its news stories. Not to say that the corporate media journalists who currently work under the propaganda machine are independent and are committed to the truth. However, more than ever, corporate media conglomerates are slowly replacing those same traditional journalists with robots that can produce twice the amount of stories at a faster rate to beat out their competition is just one of the reasons for the change.  But there is a bigger picture to this new advanced technology.

Robots as we know, have replaced humans in several industries especially in the automobile industry where robots are already replacing humans on production lines. The media is no exception. Recently the New York Post (a tabloid propaganda newspaper) reported that Bilderberg attendee and Bloomberg’s Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait told Bloomberg’s 2,400 journalists in an internal office memo that he was creating a 10-person team that will study how to “use more automation in writing and reporting.” Micklethwait reportedly said:

“Why do we need you, if the basic idea is to get computers to do more of the work?” Micklethwait asked in the memo, obviously addressing an unspoken concern among his staff.

One irony of automation is that it is only as good as humans make it. That applies to both the main types of automated journalism. In the first, the computer will generate the story or headline by itself. But it needs humans to tell it what to look for, where to look for it and to guarantee its independence and transparency to our readers. In the second sort, the computer spots a trend, delivers a portion of a story to you and in essence asks the question: Do you want to add or subtract something to this and then publish it? And it will only count as Bloomberg journalism if you sign off on it.

“Done properly, automated journalism has the potential to make all our jobs more interesting,” he said

New York Magazine published an article in 2014 titled ‘Robots Are Invading the News Business, and It’s Great for Journalists’ interviewed an independent analyst by the name of Ken Doctor:

Ken Doctor, an independent analyst who studies the news industry, told me this week that the rise of robot reporting is a product of the times — both technologically and in terms of the troubled economics of the news industry, which has led media organizations to search for ways to reduce their costs. “The robots are just another tool of new journalism,” he said. In the future, Doctor predicts, robots won’t just be reporters’ competitors. They’ll collaborate with us by preparing data-dense paragraphs that we can then supplement with our own analysis, producing a hybrid story that’s better than our human efforts alone.

“Journalism is becoming a more highly skilled job,” Doctor said. “Simply showing up, in the Woody Allen sense — being able to read a press release or interview a single person, and write up a story that is understandable in 750 words — that’s not going to be enough. The optimistic part of this is that we’d use computers to do the basic work of organizing facts, and that the judgment and analysis, the interpretation, the experience is brought to it by humans”


In 2014, the Associated Press partnered with Automated Insights (AI) to produce automated quarterly earnings reports by using AI’s Wordsmith platform. According to AI’s website:

The Associated Press, working with Automated Insights and Zacks Investment Research, uses automation technology to write earnings stories. Previously, AP’s reporters wrote such stories. AP now produces nearly 3,700 quartlery earnings stories for US and Canadian companies, over 12 times the number that AP reporters and editors produced manually


Robots taking the place of humans in the newsroom are just another way of eliminating journalists to cut labor costs. Just like McDonalds is eliminating their workforce and replacing them with robots to serve customers due to the $15 an hour increase in the minimum wage across the U.S. Although Ken Doctor said that the way robots (providing and organizing basic facts) would collaborate with humans who would then provide the experience and the final analysis to produce a “hybrid story” is nonsense, it’s about reducing costs for corporate news owners and executives. Another important factor to consider is that humans and robots collaborating to produce news are easily controlled by top management. According to a 2014 article from Politico by Charles Lewis, a former 60 Minutes “investigative” producer and founder and former Executive Director for the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) wrote a story titled ‘Why I Left 60 Minutes’ and said:

Fewer commercial news organizations support investigative journalism now than at any time in recent history, and reporters today—especially those who aggressively seek the truths that government, business and other powerful institutions seek to conceal—are arguably more alone, more exposed and more vulnerable to professional and even physical harm than they ever were. There has to be a better way


Charles Lewis left the CPI in 2005 which has been hijacked by the CIA-connected Ford Foundation, George Soros’s‘Open Society Foundation’ and other corporate foundations who are major contributors for the nonprofit organization. The corporate media will be a competitive market for journalists especially if they are competing against robots that do not require a salary, a retirement plan or healthcare benefits. It is not a hard choice for those who manage or own corporate media especially when it comes to their profits and political agendas.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/automated-journalism-robots-in-the-newsroom-the-future-of-corporate-media/5522522