Friday, 23 March 2018


Some adults think that a child - even babies as young as two or three are so "smart", "clever" and "tech savvy" when they see them with their faces buried in a smartphone or tablet device, navigating the device by jabbing away on the screen with their finger.

Well sorry to disappoint you but these devices are designed to be intuitively navigated and operated so that that any tech-illiterate person can use them, and children being curious, intuitive and willing to explore take to such devices like ducks to water without needing to know how the technology  behind the screen works.

Back in the 1980s when there were no smartphones, I had heard about parents just plunking their toddler in front of the TV to keep them quiet whilst they went about their work but al least in some countries they had children's educational TV programmes from which pre-school aged children could learn some basics such as the alphabet, numbers and so forth but with smartphones and tablets with Internet connectivity, they can access anything, whether of beneficial or negative influence, or just waste hours accessing trivial junk online.

Besides young children, I know some teenagers and adults who know their smartphones backwards but can't even compose a decent e-mail or letter on a PC even if their lives depend on it. Welcome to the Information and Services Society, touted by paperback writers, futurists and pandits since back in the 1970s, who rather interestingly have vanished below the media, seminar and conference radar since the neo-liberal, globalised, capitalist world has been mired in economic crisis and moribundity since 2008.

Of course, smartphone and tablet manufacturers love it when more people buy their products, whilst cellular network operators (cellular phone companies) love it when people with these devices buy their data plans, so they can laugh all their ways to their banks with hard earned money paid to them by the plebeian masses who fall for their advertising and promotions.

In this article by Free Malaysia Today of 23 March 2018, Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) chairman Datin Noor Azimah Rahim warned that the consequences of parents leaving their children to bury their faces in their smartphones and tablets could result in denying the development of a natural bond between children and parents and moreover could lead to the children lacking in soft skills and getting addicted to phones.

Electronic devices kill parents’ bond with kids, warns group

Sheith Khidhir Bin Abu Bakar

The Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) is concerned that many parents are using such devices to keep their children quiet.

PAGE says only a small number of parents monitor their children’s internet activity.

PETALING JAYA: A parents’ group has warned using electronic devices to keep children quiet will destroy the bond between parents and their kids.

Speaking to FMT, Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) chairman Noor Azimah Rahim said the majority of parents seemed content to allow such devices to act as modern-day child minders.

“I saw it happening in front of my eyes,” she said. “Instead of bonding with the child, a parent gave a child, who was possibly two or three years old, a mobile phone just so the child would keep quiet.

“You will have to face the consequences at some point, and by then it may be too late.”

Azimah said apart from creating a rift between parent and child, the consequences would also include a lack of soft skills and an addiction to electronic devices.

“There are cases where the child is so addicted that you have to send the child to a psychiatrist because when the parent tries to take the device away, the child gets angry.

“But perhaps the most unfortunate of all is that you can no longer see any love between parent and child.”

Azimah said while she understood the importance of teaching today’s children to be tech-savvy, it was also important to strike a balance.

“There has to be a balance and the parent has to find that right balance through trial and error.”

Azimah’s comments come after the Suriana Welfare Society said parents who failed to monitor their children’s internet activities were committing a punishable offence.

Suriana executive director Scott Wong told FMT it was crucial that parents keep a strict watch over their children’s movements on the internet, saying it was unfortunate that many parents were still not serious about this.

Azimah agreed with Wong, saying only a small number of parents took the trouble to monitor their children’s internet activities.

“They trust that their children don’t do things they’re not supposed to, but the children do. Some parents refuse to believe their children actually surf porn.”

Below are some readers' comments related to the above article.

Richard Chooi ·
This is indeed a serious community problem, seeing the increased numbers of young children "burying" their heads at the handphone or tablet in the eating centres while their parents enjoying the food (besides scrolling their own phone often). It seems so "correct" to do so nowadays. So, how to "strike a balance" when the parents themselves are way out of balance as long as they have the phone in their hands?
Edward Kay ·
Too late. The parents themselves are hooked. You can see it at eateries especially. I've even seen the kids sitting quietly while the parents are engrossed. Games and social media will replace guns.
David Shanelukas Ksgan Will you stop complaining. Phones and tablets are invented for a good purpose turning humans into conditioned ANIMALS.
These zombies play with such toys like WALKINDG DEADS
On On...................Peep.....Peep

Steven Chung To many parents, this is a norm, not a problem. They even boast how good their children can play with the Electronic devices. It's like they know the pros & cons but choose the easy way.
Steven Ong ·
Does it need an expert to tell us that ? But like many who still dont want to believe that their neighbors and brothers are big thieves , many too will not care about it because they gain from it . Its a self centered society today .

Welcome to the CONSUMERIST Information and Services Society folks, as both parents and children are equally enslaved to making the phone manufacturers and cellular network operators rich from revenue and profits given them by these kia su tech-plebeians.

However, rather interestingly the late Steve Jobs, former CEO of Apple, did not let his children use an iPad which his company created, whilst Bill Gates, former CEO of Microsoft did not let his children have a phone until they were 14 years old and he also believes that information technology tools should  be used specifically as possible where they will serve to educate students and not for entertainment.

So whilst these two captains of the information technology industry know the dangers and limitations of the products their companies produce for the mass market, however the billion of plebeians who buy and use their products are blissfully unaware or are too ignorant or lazy to care.

Welcome to the Information and Services Consumerist Society.

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs raised their kids tech-free — and it should've been a red flag, Business Insider

source Seth Wenig / Reuters

Psychologists are quickly learning how dangerous smartphones can be for teenage brains.

Research has found that an eighth-grader’s risk for depression jumps 27% when he or she frequently uses social media. Kids who use their phones for at least three hours a day are much more likely to be suicidal. And recent research has found the teen suicide rate in the US now eclipses the homicide rate, with smartphones as the driving force.

But the writing about smartphone risk may have been on the wall for roughly a decade, according to educators Joe Clement and Matt Miles, coauthors of the recent book “Screen Schooled: Two Veteran Teachers Expose How Technology Overuse is Making Our Kids Dumber.”

It should be telling, Clement and Miles argue, that the two biggest tech figures in recent history – Bill Gates and Steve Jobs – seldom let their kids play with the very products they helped create.

“What is it these wealthy tech executives know about their own products that their consumers don’t?” the authors wrote. The answer, according to a growing body of evidence, is the addictive power of digital technology.

‘We limit how much technology our kids use at home’

In 2007, Gates, the former CEO of Microsoft, implemented a cap on screen time when his daughter started developing an unhealthy attachment to a video game. He also didn’t let his kids get cell phones until they turned 14. (Today, the average age for a child getting their first phone is 10.)

Jobs, who was the CEO of Apple until his death in 2012, revealed in a 2011 New York Times interview that he prohibited his kids from using the newly-released iPad. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home,” Jobs told reporter Nick Bilton.

In a recent interview on the online news channel Cheddar, iPod co-creator Tony Fadell speculated that if Steve Jobs were alive today, he’d want to address growing societal concerns about tech addiction. “He’d say, ‘Hey we need to do something about it,'” Fadell said.

Bill Gates wouldn't allow his children to have cell phones until they turned 14, fearing the effects of too much screen time.

caption: Bill Gates wouldn’t allow his children to have cell phones until they turned 14, fearing the effects of too much screen time.
source: Shutterstock Rex for EEM

In “Screen Schooled,” Clement and Miles make the case that wealthy Silicon Valley parents seem to grasp the addictive powers of smartphones, tablets, and computers more than the general public does – despite the fact that these parents often make a living by creating and investing in that technology.

“It’s interesting to think that in a modern public school, where kids are being required to use electronic devices like iPads,” the authors wrote, “Steve Jobs’s kids would be some of the only kids opted out.”

Jobs’ children have finished school, so it’s impossible to know how the late Apple cofounder would have responded to education technology, or “edtech.” But Clement and Miles suggest that if Jobs’ kids had attended the average US school today, they’d have used tech in the classroom far more than they did at home while growing up.

That’s at the average school at least, according to the coauthors. A number of specialty Silicon Valley schools, such as the Waldorf School, are noticeably low-tech. They use chalkboards and No. 2 pencils. Instead of learning how to code, kids are taught the soft skills of cooperation and respect. At Brightworks School, kids learn creativity by building things and attending classes in treehouses.

Edtech won’t be a ‘cure all’

If there is any concession Gates has made on technology, it’s in the benefits it offers students in certain educational settings. In the years since Gates implemented his household policy, the billionaire philanthropist has taken a keen interest in personalized education, an approach that uses electronic devices to help tailor lesson plans for each student.

In a recent blog post, Gates celebrated Summit Sierra, a Seattle-based school that takes students’ personal goals – like getting into a specific college – and devises a path to get there. Teachers in personalized learning settings take on more of a coaching role, helping to nudge students back on track when they get stuck or distracted.

Technology in these cases is being used as specifically as possible – and in ways Gates recognizes as useful for a student’s development, not as entertainment.

“Personalized learning won’t be a cure-all,” he wrote. But Gates said he’s “hopeful that this approach could help many more young people make the most of their talents.”

Then again I suppose we are in the Age of Decadence where hedonism, consumerism and obsession with celebrities, distraction by bread and circuses reign supreme.

Watch the YouTube video The 7 Signs Of An Empire In Decline

And this video which refers to historical cycles described by ancient Chinese and Hindu philosophies.
Historical Cycles: Are we doomed to repeat the past?

Whilst the above videos are about the United States and the west and that there is no "Malaysian Empire" as such, however what stage do you think Malaysia is in right now?

Yours truly


Tuesday, 13 March 2018

CRYPTO BLOODBATH 2018-03-13 AT 10-36-43 UTC (18-36-43 MALAYSIAN TIME)

A look at the website at 10-36-43 UTC (18-36-43 Malaysian time on 2018-03-13 revealed a Crypto bloodbath amongst 11 of the 12 cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, at the top of the web page, which now lists 1,558 cyrptocurrencies altogether.


Of course, the prices of these cryptocurrencies in that fiat toilet paper - i.e. the U.S. dollar, rise and fall, so when you view the website you may see all green  and at other times a mix of red and green.

Well, we are still a while from the year 2020, but it does not look like the price of Bitcoin is headed towards U.S.$100,000, let alone U.S.$ 1 million by the year 2020, as former cyber-security entrepreneur turned cryptocurrency pandit had predicted, saying that if his prediction was wrong, he would eat his own penis.

Anyway, on 13 March 2018, Russia Today reported:-

Bitcoin & other cryptos tumble amid worries of new regulatory measures — RT Business News

Major cryptocurrencies were trading 4 to 10 percent lower on Tuesday amid investor concerns about tighter regulation which could prevent the crypto market from reaching record values seen in 2017.

© Chromorange / Bilderbox / Global Look Press

 Bitcoin fell 4 percent to $9,200, which is less than 50 percent of its $20,000 all-time high, seen in December. Ethereum, ripple and other major cryptocurrencies also saw a broad sell-off during Tuesday's trade.

Earlier in March, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reported on its website that all platforms and exchanges trading crypto and tokens should be registered in accordance with established rules for stock exchanges and brokers. Investors were also worried about the hacking of the Binance crypto-exchange.

American banking giant Goldman Sachs has made another bearish bitcoin prediction, stating that the leading digital currency risks falling below the February low of $5,922.

“The break is significant as implies [sic] potential for a more impulsive decline,” said Goldman analyst Sheba Jafari. “The next meaningful level is down at $7,667 to $7,198.”

“Getting а сlоѕе brеаk thіѕ tіmе аrоund wоuld wаrn оf ѕtruсturаl dаmаgе, іnсrеаѕіng thе rіѕk оf nеw lосаl lоwѕ [$5,922]. At thіѕ роіnt, nееd tо gеt bасk thrоugh $9,322 [thе Fеbruary 26 lоw] fоr thіѕ tо ѕtаbіlіzе,” Goldman analysts wrote.

And earlier on 6 March 2018, Russia Today reported:_

Major cryptocurrency exchange accused of insider trading — RT Business News

Coinbase cryptocurrency exchange is facing a lawsuit for alleged insider trading. The company is accused of making money on bitcoin cash illegally.

© Lucy Nicholson
The price of bitcoin cash, which is a spin-off from the original bitcoin, surged almost $1,000, when Coinbase announced on December 19 it would start trading in the cryptocurrency.

The lawsuit claims some insiders knew about the information ahead of the launch and made a profit from the growing price of bitcoin cash.

“When Coinbase’s customers’ trades were finally executed, it was only after the insiders had driven up the price of bitcoin cash, and thus the remaining bitcoin customers only received their bitcoin cash at artificially inflated prices that had been manipulated well beyond the fair market value of bitcoin cash at that time,” the lawsuit claims, as quoted by Marketwatch.

Coinbase suspended bitcoin cash trading until the next day to maintain liquidity after the launch. Bitcoin cash is the fourth-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization

In a separate case, Coinbase was accused of forcing non-customers to open accounts at the exchange. The two complainants claim that when Coinbase clients transfer digital money to a non-member, the latter gave no alternative for them but to open a Coinbase account in order to obtain the cash.

In February, Coinbase admitted that a glitch on its servers caused it to charge many clients multiple times for a single transaction. Some of the accounts were depleted.

I suppose McAfee must be now thinking of the sauce to go with his penis.

Time and time again, these alternatives which were supposed to undermine their 'establishment' counterparts ended up being co-opted by the 'establishment' system and cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and others will likewise end up being co-opted.

If the central banks such as the U.S. Federal Reserve are the problem, then take the bull by its horns and shut it down, and if they resist, send in the National Guard, the Marines or the people storm it like they did the Bastille or the Winter Palace and shut it down.

This cryptocurrency thing is the latest flavour of the day in IT scheiss.

BTW. If Malaysia does not achieve becoming a developed nation and a knowledge-rich, high-income society by the year 2020, a certain former prime minister should also eat his penis - perhaps with satay sauce.

UPDATE: That former prime minister has become the current prime minister again following Malaysia's 14th General Elections on 9 May 2018.

Yours truly


Saturday, 3 March 2018


The plebeians were the commoners of ancient Rome, exhibiting characteristics described in this slide from the presentation "Seven Hills of Rome".

Today's plebeians would somewhat correspond to those in the lower middle class, with some disposable income to spend on minor luxuries, who go around with faces forever buried in their smartphones and who throng 24-hour eateries, serving shitty food and where its overworked and overexploited staff (latter day indentured wage slaves), provide equally shitty service to plebeian customers, who apparently with no pay TV at home, throng such shitty eateries to watch latter-day gladiatorial battles - i.e. football (soccer to Yanks) matches between foreign teams in far away places, or perfectly choreographed wrestling matches where professional wrestlers take turns to beat each other to a pulp, even with chairs or some weapon, without leaving even a minor bruise on the skin of the opponent.

Another example of later-day plebeian behaviour are the jostling and fights between bargain hunting shoppers at stores on Black Friday - the fourth Friday of November, following Thanksgiving on the Thursday before, in which there were 10 deaths and 111 injuries on Black Fridays from 2006 to 2017.

Also, watch how the latter-day plebeians, victims of today's capitalist consumer society battle each other for a few dollars less on goods, whist the stores laugh all their respective ways to their respective banks.

Well, not to be left behind in our quest to become a knowledge-based, information-rich, high-income nation by the year 2020 (or postponed to 2050), Malaysia's version of latter-day plebeians - Apple fanboys and fangirls - queued up outside the MyTown Shopping Mall in Cheras, a district of Kuala Lumpur, some as early as Thursday 1 March 2018 evening, to buy Apple iPhones, iPads and iMacs at bargain prices, at the Switch warehouse clearance sale on Friday 2 March 2018 - Malaysia's version of Black Friday, I suppose.

Below is a screen cap of the blog post about the event by blogger Soyacincau

Also, according to The Malaysian Insight of 3 February 2018, the crowd got unruly and it took auxiliary policemen two hours to control them and after 90 minutes, the store suspended the sale until further notice.


Apple clearance sale quickly comes to a halt as mob turns unruly

The Malaysian Insight

A WAREHOUSE clearance sale offering Apple products for cheap yesterday in Cheras closed after just 90 minutes due to an overwhelming mob of customers.

Hundreds of fans showed up at the MyTown Shopping Mall, some even camping overnight at the mall, lured by the prospect of Apple products at bargain price.

In a move to control the swelling crowd, the management introduced a ticketing system, which failed to do the job as the crowd grew increasingly unruly.

After auxiliary policemen spent nearly two hours trying to control and disperse the crowd, the company announced the store would be closed until Sunday, leaving many Apple aficionados disappointed to the core.

A good number of them had come from far and had waited since the night before for the sale.

"I turned up to buy an iPad. As the crowd swelled, the outlet closed and I am left disappointed,” Amirul told Bernama.

Claiming the shop had failed to take measures for crowd control and to ensure order, a dejected Nabahat said: "We were here since 6am, and the people behind us were allowed to enter the store first. I think they were here since midnight but it was, nevertheless, unfair.”

The sale offered an iPhone 5s at RM200, a 9.7in, 32GB iPad Pro at RM1,600, iMacs at as low as RM1,000, and MacBooks at prices starting at RM500.

A spokesman from Switch Warehouse Clearance said the sale was suspended until further notice. – March 3, 2018.

The consumer IT industry thrives on getting people to buy their products and regularly comes out with new models, mostly with minor incremental features over older models to entice consumers to buy the latest model, even if their current one serves them fine.

Worse still is the most insidious form of advertising, helped by the consumer IT media, which aims to create peer pressure between the ranks of consumers themselves by encouraging them to engage in a "Living up with the Joneses' game of one-upmanship between each other, where they feel they need to have the latest and "greatest" model in order to be a "somebody" amongst their peers, whilst the consumer IT companies laugh their respective ways to their respective banks, whilst the tech-plebeians needlessly part with their hard earned money, leaving less in their respective banks.

Yours most truly