This sounds creepy enough, they know everything about us. Probably that’s why they created FB, it doesn’t exist for nothing, but will you leave FB for good?.-mydestiny2011.
A marketing stunt for the upcoming Ubisoft game “Watch Dogs” is inadvertently allowing users to check how well they’ve set up their Facebook privacy settings.
Watch_Dogs: Welcome To Chicago
The campaign called “Digital Shadow” requests permission to access a user’s account and then pulls information to build a comprehensive dossier of the user as if he or she were an assassin’s target. And we do mean comprehensive.
They know me too well.
Digital Shadow first shows users the photos they’ve tagged as public, then it moves on to examine their friends. It shows users which of their Facebook friends they interact with most, which interact with them the most, which they don’t interact with at all, and (gulp) which friends they’ve been stalking that haven’t been stalking them back. (Those who’ve been keeping tabs on their exes should avoid this section at all costs.)
A breakdown of when I’m most active on Facebook.
Digital Shadow doesn’t stop there. It breaks down when users are most active on Facebook and where in the world they’re most likely to be found. It also provides a potential salary based on educational level and job title, as well as a breakdown of possible passwords that could be used to hack their accounts.
It even creates a sort of character profile based on their activity. (It labeled me as a potentially hostile enemy, and it called AdWeek writer Kristina Monllos one who possesses “a bleak outlook that could be manipulated for future gain.”)
But this marketing campaign is only as effective as users’ privacy settings are ineffective. I, for example, don’t have many settings turned on because I prefer to monitor my profile myself. That’s why my Digital Shadow profile was full of information on me, but others, like Yahoo’s Rob Walker, had a more sparse profile because of stricter privacy settings.
While undoubtedly a clever marketing ploy for a game that allows you to “hack into anyone’s life,” the Digital Shadow tool is fascinating for anyone posting information to Facebook. And it may very well encourage users to take their online privacy settings a little more seriously.
“Watch Dogs” will be released for PC, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 on May 27.
Head over to the Digital Shadow tool to see your own horrifyingly detailed breakdown, then update your privacy settings ASAP.
SHAH ALAM: Despite promising that water rationing would not be extended until the fasting month in June, the Selangor state government made a ‘U-turn’ yesterday when it was announced that water rationing is expected to continue as the water level at the Sungai Selangor’s dam remained at a critical level.
Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said that the water rationing is expected to continue as the water level at Sungai Selangor dam can only supply water to about more than 60 per cent of Selangor residents for another 29 days.
The Selangor Water Management Authority (LUAS) that was supposed to hold a press conference on the status of water rationing in the state today postponed its programme for the second time and instead had a meeting with representatives from the state government on the crisis.
Efforts to source for more information on the crisis were unfruitful as a representative from LUAS only managed to say that they have not issue any instruction for Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) to stop any water rationing activity.
Syabas Corporate Communications and Public Affairs assistant general manager, Priscilla Alfred said that they have not received any new updates from the state pertaining to the rationing.
“Only the state government and the National Water Services Commission (SPAN) have the authority to decide on water rationing in light of the situation at the dams,” she said.
As of today, the water level at Sungai Selangor dam was at 38.9 per cent, 51.83 per cent at Langat dam, 54.24 per cent at Klang Gates dam, 78.8 per cent at Batu 11, Cheras treatment plant and 74.4 per cent at Semenyih dam.
The state water rationing that started on Feb 28 this year was a result of severe dry season that came unexpectedly early and unusual decrease in rainfall.
It is expected to continue until the water level at the state’s dams, especially the Sungai Selangor dam that supplies water to a majority of Selangor residents improve.
The state government’s various efforts, such as artificial cloud seeding and and plans to purchase new technology to reduce Non-revenue water, to improve the water crisis have yet to improve the water crisis in the state. -New Straits Times
source : MalaysianDigest.com
KUALA LUMPUR: With United States President Barack Obama coming to town, be prepared for a total “security lockdown”.
As customary wherever the US commander-in-chief is abroad, it will be strictly out of bounds as far as roads and airspace are concerned.
Besides heightened police presence, expect road closures in major parts of the city with a “no-fly zone” to be enforced to protect the president ahead of his arrival onboard Air Force One at the RMAF base in Subang on Saturday afternoon.
Everyone is tightlipped on the president’s movements here.
A US Embassy official responded, tongue-in-cheek: “To tell you I’ll have to kill you.”
The US Secret Service has been in the country over the past month, “securing” the president’s routes, hotel and places he will step foot in.
US military cargo planes have begun delivering logistical supplies for Obama’s visit, including support vehicles and trucks loaded with sheets of bullet-proof glass, to cover windows of the hotel Obama will stay in.
Obama’s trip will be the first by a sitting US president to Malaysia in 48 years since Lyndon B. Johnson came way back in 1966.
Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) director-general Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman confirmed that security in the skies would be “airtight”, saying the department was well prepared.
“I cannot tell you any more as that will be a breach,” he said when contacted yesterday.
City deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Amar Singh said the police were fully prepared on the security aspect.
“We have sufficient manpower and will work with other agencies to ensure everything goes smoothly,” he said.
The 44th president would be ferried in his Cadillac One, tagged The Beast (refer to graphics).
A taste of what to expect here is already being experienced in Tokyo, where security has been dramatically ramped up with 16,000 police officers deployed in readiness for the first state visit by a US president there in nearly two decades.
The president is currently in the Japanese capital and heads to Seoul before flying here.
Local media said a full third of Tokyo’s police force had been pressed into service for Obama’s two-night visit, which begins today.
Left luggage lockers and rubbish bins have been sealed in some stations and thousands of security cameras have been put into operation.
source : The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: The long-awaited moment of a United States presidential visit to Malaysia is edging closer with President Barack Obama set to depart Washington today.
His earlier planned historic trip here was put off last October due to the budget standoff which led to a partial US government shutdown.
With no stumbling block this time around, the red carpet will be rolled out for the 44th President of the US who will step out of Air Force One at the RMAF base in Subang on Saturday afternoon.
Obama, who will not be accompanied by First Lady Michelle, will be in Tokyo and Seoul before spending two nights here.
A formal welcome ceremony is scheduled at Parliament Square to be followed by an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and a state banquet at Istana Negara.
On Sunday, there will be no rest for Obama with a host of events lined up beginning with a stopover at the US Embassy in Jalan Tun Razak and cultural visit to Masjid Negara.
Then, there will be official talks with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in Putrajaya, signing of MoUs to be witnessed by both leaders, and the launch of the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creative Centre (MaGIC) in Cyberjaya which aims to transform Malaysia into a dynamic entrepreneurial nation.
The highlight will be a town hall session at Universiti Malaya with young leaders selected from the 10 Asean nations.
According to officials, the president is also scheduled to meet Malaysian civil rights leaders.
On Monday morning, Obama will witness the signing of several corporate agreements before leaving for Manila.
Special Envoy to the United States Datuk Seri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis said the US leader’s visit was set to re-energise the growing bilateral ties.
“We have long waited for the US president and Malaysia is ready to show him what we have,” he added
source : The Star
SEPANG: The Express Rail Link from KL Sentral to KLIA2 will commence operations when the airport terminal opens to the public on May 2. There is more good news in store.
The airport’s rail company Express Rail Link (ERL) is allowing 1,000 people to have free trial rides to KLIA2 on Malaysian Airports Holdings Berhad’s KLIA2 Open Day on Sunday. Those interested can register on a first-come first-served basis from tomorrow at www.kliaekspres.com.
Commuters can expect to reach KLIA2 via KLIA Ekspres, a trip that will take about 33 minutes to complete. It will stop at KLIA first before the 2.14-km journey to KLIA2.
A one-way trip via KLIA Transit to KLIA2, which stops at the Bandar Tasik Selatan, Putrajaya/Cyberjaya, Salak Tinggi, and KLIA stations, will take about 39 minutes to complete.
A trip to KLIA2 from KL Sentral costs the same as a ride to KLIA: RM35 one-way.
Passengers on transit from KLIA can also take ERL’s service, with a one-way inter-terminal transfer between the two terminals priced at RM2 for adults and RM1 for children. The existing transit service KLIA Transit to LCCT (KT2LCCT) will still run until May 8, before stopping on May 9. The KLIA Ekspres runs on a frequency rate of 15 minutes during peak hours, Mondays to Fridays, and every 20 minutes during off-peak hours and the weekends.
The KLIA Transit runs on a frequency rate of 20 minutes during peak hours, Mondays to Fridays, and every 30 minutes during off-peak hours and the weekends.
Meanwhile, KLIA2, like KLIA, will adopt a two-tier taxi system, meaning that Airport Limos will operate on one level while the cheaper city taxis will operate on another.
“We are not going to give certain companies concession (to use the taxi levels),” Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar told reporters here. He said this after a tour of KLIA2’s facilities, and was accompanied by ERL and Malaysian Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) officials.
Syed Hamid however advised taxi drivers not to hog the taxi waiting areas for hours on end if they couldn’t pick up passengers.
“If there are no passengers here, go somewhere else. Give everyone a chance to earn a living,” he said.
source : The Star
INDOMITABLE: A Malaysian overcomes hardship to make a name for herself and a flourishing business in America
HER real name is Pon Jumat, but not many have heard the name, with the possible exception of family members and friends from her hometown in Pagoh, Johor.
For the Malaysian community in the United States, especially in California and Nevada, she is better known as Joyah Vegas or JV, for short.
Some Malaysians travelling to the US on a limited budget might have heard the name Joyah, or were guests at one of her 10 houses in Las Vegas that she rents out to travellers who cannot afford to or do not like staying at hotels.
For three days a week, Joyah also organises cooking classes on Malaysian/Asian food for local residents, and operates an online store selling a variety of goods. Joyah also caters Malaysian/Asian meals.
What is interesting about the woman is that she does not have any paper qualifications, having never set foot in a university. The fifth of 12 siblings to a family of rubber tappers in Pagoh, her experience of hardship and fear of calamity is what motivated her towards success.
I was introduced to Joyah while in Las Vegas last week to attend the annual seminar and exhibition organised by the National Association of Broadcasting.
“If you have any problems in Vegas, like finding Malay food or a place to stay, just call Joyah. She will find you,” said a friend in Malaysia who contacted her to find us in Vegas.
The name Joyah suits her. Throughout the hour we spent in the hotel lobby where we stayed, Joyah not only did not stop talking and asking us all sorts of questions, but often joked as if we were old friends reunited.
“I had a difficult life. After SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia), I came to KL (Kuala Lumpur) and had various jobs, including being a maid and an assistant remisier. I once ate biscuits with plain water and walked from a rented house in Keramat to work at Jalan Silang for a week, just to save money.
“Because of that, I do not want my two children to undergo such hardships, nor do I want to see other people in difficulty. If there are any Malaysians in trouble here, I will try to help as much as I can.”
Joyah migrated to the US in 1988 to follow her husband, an American, who returned home after losing his job as general manager of a chemical plant in Klang during the economic slowdown at the time.
Before marrying her husband John (Muslim name Yahya), a chemical engineer, Joyah was an assistant remisier at a brokerage firm. There, she learned the ins and outs of stock investing, until she could afford to buy an apartment in Bukit Tunku
She met John while living at the apartment, and they were married for less than a year before they had to migrate to the US when John got a job offer in Delaware.
Because she couldn’t sit still, by the second week in Delaware, when her husband was out to work, Joyah would cook and send samples to her neighbours as an introduction.
After two years there and a second child, Joyah was introduced to John’s former brother-in-law, who worked with a company distributing phone cards. The cards were popular among foreigners at the time, as calls with them cost 12 cents per minute compared with the normal charge of 45 cents a minute.
“The company offered a 25 per cent commission. Within four months, I contacted all Malaysian agencies in Washington, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles to promote this product. I was able to enroll about 2,000 Malaysians across America as clients. This was my first success,” she said.
Joyah and her family lived in Delaware for six years before moving to Las Vegas when John got a new job. There, Joyah started dabbling in real estate, taking advantage of the sub-prime crisis that hit the US at the time.
“Every day, home prices were falling. With savings from the sale of our house in Delaware and profits from the phone card business, I started looking at houses that were being auctioned. Incidentally, the Fed (the Federal Reserve) was also cutting interest rates to encourage people to buy homes.
“Many factories closed and Americans lost their jobs. They had to hand over their houses to the bank when they could not meet payment obligations.
“As Americans were abandoned their homes, I bought those that I could afford. It was certainly worth the investment. For example, a house that I bought for US$51,000 at that time, has increased in value to US$399,000 two years ago,” she said.
Joyah bought 10 houses in the vicinity of Las Vegas that she now offers for lodging. She had to invest in repair and renovation because the original owners removed all fixtures, such as doors, roof tiles, kitchen cabinets and toilets before surrendering the homes to the bank.
“Initially, I rented them out for longer periods, but then the houses were damaged and there was not much profit. Therefore, I decided to offer them for shorter stays. I rent them out at US$300 a day and can accommodate 10 people, complete with drinks and snacks,” she said.
Despite her success, Joyah has been cheated twice, both times by Malaysians who took advantage of her kindness. She lost several hundred thousand dollars in both cases, but the courts ruled in her favour and Joyah managed to recoup some of her investment.
Unlike others, who may love to spend or shop, Joyah remains thrifty even though she doesn’t need to. “For six years in Delaware, I never went shopping except for groceries and clothing for the children.
“Until today, I still wear clothes that I brought from Malaysia. Every penny I make, I save. With that money I can take risks in business. And even though I’ve been cheated twice, I haven’t given up and will continue to work hard to improve our lives and prepare for hard times.”
For several months in 2012, Joyah kept a blog “From Estate to the United States” that chronicled the ups and downs of life in her homeland and overseas. But work and raising her two daughters, aged 14 and 15, eventually forced her to stop blogging.
Nevertheless, in a recent email to this writer, Joyah said she and some friends were collecting MMM (Malaysian Mixed Marriages) stories to be turned into drama scripts. In jest, she asked this writer to find producers in Malaysia who could one day bring the drama to the small screen.
source : The New Straits Time