Need 100M pesos? Be a Hacker

Do you need 100M pesos? Well, if Sen. Alan Cayetano’s proposal will be backed by the other lawmakers then, let’s all try our hands at being a hacker. Why? Read the following article from Christina Mendez of the Philippine Star: Hackers wanted; P100-million reward .

Excerpts from the article include:

Opposition Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano is proposing that about P100 million out of the P11-billion poll automation fund be used as a reward to people who can hack the machines to be used in next year’s automated elections.

Well, Senator, you have just opened the country to vulnerable attacks {sigh}. Just imagine the world’s hackers reading the article, doing the math, and realizing how big they could make out of this! Don’t you think that it is too premature to claim that the system is hack-proof when the company to make the program/system is not even known yet? Besides, the almighty Pentagon and the FBI had been victims of hackers before…so, the country can dare to make silly statements as this? And a reward that many of the country’s citizens would die for just to get their hands on? Had I any IT brain in me, I’d seriously think of hacking the system!

“For the country, we cannot afford another six years or longer of instability because of questions on the elections. So we thought of a direct assurance for our people that automation would be credible,” Cayetano said.

“We thought of way to address this… (and use the P100 million) as a reward to computer experts, technology experts and even to hackers to show if the system has any vulnerability,” Cayetano explained.

The money will be taken out of the P11-billion appropriation recently approved by Congress for automation.

Cayetano said the Comelec would also be asked to outline the rules and regulations covering the reward, with P10 million as the minimum reward for every successful attempt to hack into the poll automation system.

In pushing for this, Cayetano cited a statement made by Comelec Executive Director Jose Tolentino, who was quoted by the media to have declared that “by the time a hacker gets into our system, the election is over.”

No, the country may not afford another 6 years of political instability but we can’t also afford to waste money. And yes, for a country that could not afford to waste money, we’ll be too stupid to dole out that 100M for a hacker to do the job. Have you ever been on a security briefing on hacking and the internet, Senator?

“The most effective way to test if indeed a system is credible, reliable and tamper-proof or fraud-proof is to offer a sizable prize to whoever can hack and convincingly show the weaknesses of the system,” Cayetano’s resolution read.

Yes, the intention is noble and right, of course. However, the reward is too much, too big, and too tantalizing not to be taken…

Hmmm…I have a proposal…Why don’t you pay someone to hack the sites of those who the country owes money from – to erase our debt and all. The 100M reward will be very useful and appropriate, then! Or perhaps, the intended reward be used to pay – for real – the teachers who serve during the elections and get paid several months after the elections are over!

Please, Senator, the money would be useful when used elsewhere. You can even choose to reward your hacker but the amount should definitely be not as big as 100M!

A Domesticated Summer Day

ironingI haven’t realized how busy I am with work and with enjoying summer until my hubby proudly told me last night, when I got home from work, that he ironed some of our clothes! A lot of you may say that it is nothing new but just think that my hubby is a military man 😀 Just imagining that he was bent on ironing some of the clothes – including the ones I use in the office – made me feel proud of him and thankful that he was thoughtful enough to do so. Oh, many may lambast me for being a carefree wife, that I should iron our clothes and all 🙂 I don’t really care. I am just feeling lucky that my husband is thoughtful enough to do that for me 🙂 And no, he was not mad at me for not ironing 😀 he was plain proud that he was able to iron without being told – sounds like a child, yes? Well,lucky me, either way.

Well, since I have no assignments today and work is still at 2 PM, I decided to iron what was left of the ones that he didn’t iron. No, not a guilty person’s way of doing things 😀 but just being wifey after the thoughtful display from my hubby 🙂

The room just had to be cleaned first, the kitchen followed, then the clothes. Whew! What a day, what a summer day, what a domesticated summer day. 😀

ironing

4 Days is a Very Long Weekend (latest update: Saturday)

“4 days is a very long weekend” is grammatically incorrect, yes! However, this is the term that closely describes the long stretch of weekend that we are in for. Wow! For the first time in weeks I am really going to have several days of rest and recreation. Oh, we are supposed to spend those days in celebration of the Holy Week but I had never really been very religious. 🙂

So what do I do with all the time I am granted for R&R? The most obvious answer is: R&R 😀 So, I vowed to wake up late – at 10AM or 11AM. Other plans include:

Thursday.

  1. Wake up at 10AM.
  2. Work on some projects for Maree.
  3. Go to my cousins’ house for bonding after finishing the projects.
  4. Watch a movie.
  5. Sleep.

UPDATES

The electric company has plans of its own – brown outs for several hours, power back, the brown out again! That means that I have to work double time on the projects – which will probably be passed later than the deadline – and say goodbye to activities #3 and #4. {major double sigh}

MORE UPDATES

It is 10:30PM. I’ve just sent the assignments due at 5:00PM {sigh}. I wish I could live in a place where brown outs are not a problem at all (the power stabilized at 6PM!). Thankfully, I was at least able to deliver within the day {sigh}. Sadly, as I had predicted earlier, I was not able to do activities #3 and #4 – but at least I earned about 4 days worth of salary from my real job within one day of work 😀 Thanks, Maree!

Friday.

  1. Wake up at 10AM.
  2. Go to Sibulan Golf Club something for a whole day of swimming. (tentative schedule)
  3. Girls’ bonding with my cousins.
  4. Watch a movie at home.
  5. Sleep.

UPDATES

I woke up at 7AM – refreshed. I made some candles the whole morning and took out my old cross stitch 😀 Then I’m going to church this afternoon at 2PM. Swimming at Sibulan was postponed tomorrow. 😀 Yahoo!

the candles i made

the candles i made

Saturday.

  1. Wake up at 10AM.
  2. Watch a movie (or movies).
  3. Sleep in the afternoon 😀
  4. Watch another movie.
  5. Sleep.

UPDATES

We went to Bravo Golf Club…

sa lowest na pool

sa lowest na pool

zen text

zen text

pizza

pizza

Sunday.

  1. Easter Sunday sunrise service.
  2. Some activities with the cousins.
  3. Bonding somewhere with the girls.
  4. Bonding somewhere with the hubby.
  5. Sleep.

This schedule is, of course, tentative.

Then, on Monday, we work at 2 PM 😀 Cool weekend.

How’s your long, 4-day weekend?

Maybe I'll go to Forest Camp within the weekend, too

Maybe I'll go to Forest Camp within the weekend, too

Summer Fun: Dolphin Watching and Swimming at the Sand Bar

The down part…

A month of pre-booking allowed us to obtain two boats for the excursion. I did have some misgivings about the trip when the date drew near as those who were invited to join us backed out at the last minute! Spoilers. My only thought was that those were the people who invited themselves to join the trip – it was originally just the old San Diego team minus Kuya Beep plus Agnes and Doms. Then people wanted to join, and they wanted the other team to join, and so many people were added that we had to say no to those who were interested to join. We got two boats with a 10-person capacity. Then, the day before the trip, a lot of them couldn’t make it due to some reasons – and we were stuck with 2 boats for 20 people and there were only 8 of us!

Because we already booked the 2 boats, we looked for other people who might still be willing to join at such a short notice. I hate this part – because I don’t like to approach those people who were interested before because we had already told them that they can’t join! {sigh} I should have listened to my instincts and invited only my friends 😀 at least, we could have booked just 1 boat and have to pay less. Thankfully, Ma’am Sheng agreed to come with her 3 kids! Then Gracie asked a friend to join. I also asked my cousin to join. We’re still 5 people shy of the 20 but at least we didn’t have to pay for two boats when we could fit into 1 boat only. Well, as Jeffy said, now we know who to invite the next time we go out.

The up part…

So much for that rant…Let’s go to the trip and forget the spoilers – we won’t be inviting them next time, anyway.

We arrived at the port at 7 am. I was a bit disappointed that the boats were smaller than what we had been using the past years when we went dolphin watching. But I vowed that the next time I organize the same “la-ag”, I’ll make sure that the boats are really from the Tourism Office!

Ma’am Sheng and her kids – her real kids plus Agnes, Tet, Lems, Doms – were on one boat while me, Jaymez, Jeffy, Adonis, Gracie, Evelyn (gracie’s friend), and Sandy (my cousin) were on another boat.

We had a picture war with Tet as she does not like her picture to be taken. In the end, I succeeded in taking a picture without her covering her face 😀

The dolphins were not so plenty today but some played around the boat. Children that we are, we shrieked and shouted and clapped when the dolphins surfaced but were too busy cheering to realize that we were not able to take pictures! It was only when we were on the way to Sand Bar that we realized that we were not able to take pictures {sigh}.

The others were not able to see the sand bar as a sand-filled area because the low tide was scheduled in the evening; however, it was alright with them because we were all able to swim in waters that were not so shallow but were not deep. Those of us who knew how to swim went to the dark blue waters were the waters were deep and cooler than those on top of the sand bar.

We went home at 3 pm – a lot of us already turning chocolate brown 😀

The trip home was not like the loud one we had earlier. This time, most of them were sleeping that I couldn’t resist taking pictures of them, too – makes a good “before” and “after” picture scene.

This is summer! I love it…

New Beginnings

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I can’t help but slash out one of the reasons why I hate my job. You see, The Company has decided to lower the speed standard so that we’d get more bonuses and have better output (or so they say). They had not yet explained why they are now requiring us a 20 pages per hour instead of the 23 – well, I am NOT going to complain about that because I am happy about that. 😀 Will I still quit at the end of the year? Yup – unless they place us on a shift that does not involve waking up so early teeehhee what I am saying is that if only the job was a 7 to 3 thing, I wouldn’t feel so harassed waking up and going to work while every person at home was still asleep 🙂 I wouldn’t mind staying up late for the corresponding 3 to 11 shift 😀 But if it’s still going to be a 6-2 and 2-10 thing, then, I’m off by the end of the year 😀

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Tomorrow, I will officially start the summer with the promised Dolphin/Whale watching trip with some friends from work. Then, we’ll go to the Sand Bar. Hypocrite that I am for blasting about waking up at such an unholy hour of 5 AM, tomorrow I have to wake up at 4AM! My reasons for not being mad at that are 1) it’s just once and 2) the activity will be fun and will, thus, be worth waking up early for. 😀

It is raining right now but with the kind of rain-sun-rain-sun-rain-sun days that we had last week, I’m pretty sure that tomorrow is going to be sunny. 😀