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Monday, December 29th, 2008 | Author:

How can someone be so angry and so vicious, to push someone, to push them far beyond where they’ve already told you they’re not willing to venture. And when the buck gets stopped, to then just drop that person and accuse them of the worst.

You’re hurting someone who you should be caring about. Life sucks sometimes. You don’t always get what you want but that doesn’t mean that you have to make other peopleslives miserable.

Build a bridge.

Dele
Category: Helse, tilfeldig, rights  | Tags: , , ,  | One Comment
Saturday, December 27th, 2008 | Author:

I recently came across this article about how we should be a lot more concerned about alternative medicines than we’ve been. Perhaps I should be more outspoken about this myself. Very few of the people I know actually bother to lobby for the causes they believe in. And it is a shame.

Reiki recently came up at a Geekdinner and it got me into researching some of the other complementary and alternative medicines. Reiki sounds like an elaborate placebo if you ask meand so do a lot of the other alternative medicines. There are some of these which I previously thought were outright legitimate. It seems I should be more skeptical of my own information store.

Some alternative medical avenues into which I believe the modern world needs to do some further scientific sifting:

  • HomeopathyDiluting a substance makes it less harmful but doesn’t make it less beneficial. Bulldust.
  • AcupunctureMeridians og acupuncture points have no contemporary physiological relevance in medicine. This is related to the concepts of Qi in Energy Medicine.
  • Energy MedicineEnergy or Qi fields in the body affect your health. Fixing, breaking, or manipulating the flow of these fields affects the ability of your body to heal itself and fight illness. This boils down to practitioners claiming to perform magic.
  • IridologyThis is for diagnosing illness. Changes in specific parts of your iris indicate where and what type of illness may be affecting your body. How exactly can your eye track illness in your body and give your doctor afix-mewishlist in a colour-by-number format?
Dele
Friday, November 21st, 2008 | Author:

So I gots me s’more spam to mah mobile. o.O

Thankfully, it turns out that there is some proper recourse. Thanks to Stefano for pointing me in the right direction. (original post her)

WASPA (or Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association) is theIndustry Bodyfor Wireless Service Providers in SA. They have a complaints page where you get to submit all the juicy details about how a WASPA (or WASP) has breached the WASPA Code of Conduct.

Perhaps the provider in question gets featured on the complaint reports pagewhere everyone will see how much they’ve been fined along with a full report of the complaint. This includes WASPA’s investigation and a summary of the communications with the Service Provider concerning the matter. Importantly, its all publicly accessible.

I just wish people actually KNEW about this thing though. I certainly didn’t know that a WASP isn’t just the name of a (usually) flying insect? Yeahturns out some wasps don’t have wings and are mistaken for antsgo figure.

Back to the topic at hand: Spread the word! And lodge your complaints!

Dele
Category: mobile, privacy, rights  | Tags: , , , , ,  | 4 Comments
Thursday, November 13th, 2008 | Author:

I don’t receive much spam to my mobile phone. I have received random sms’s on occasion aboutspecialoffers and so forth. Someone also once sms’don my behalfto one of those late-night e-tv specials adverts. Every month I receive an enticing message informing me about what I’m missing out on. I wonder though, er det en no-sender liste jeg kan legge meg til på MTN, Vodacom, eller celle-C?

Kan noen mobilleverandør alle selskaper som har sendt deg sms er gjennom Bulk SMS systemer i den siste måneden, for eksempel? Og kan jeg fortelle min mobil leverandør til CAN at spam uten å måtte sende en sms koster meg R7.50 med ordet “STOPPE”? [redigere… viser seg at dette SMS er ment skal belastes til lavest mulig prisen. Takk, Tumbleweed]

Til slutt, Jeg har hørt om disse tjenestene, der du betaler for å motta innhold perpetually. Stadig i at det er en tjeneste der de antar du vil ha dem til å belaste deg R5 hver dag for å sende deg noe. Min søster hadde et problem der hun aldri hadde airtime. Det var fordi hennes R20 ukentlig godtgjørelse skulle svelges hele neste dag av en av disse “tjenester” which sent her a silly picture and deducted R10. She could have downloaded the same or similar picture using her computer for about 5c using Google'S image search and I’d have sized and cropped it to fit her phone’s screen perfectly with no visible distortion or aliasing. At the same time, they claim copyright on the content which is LAME. I’ll bet they’re stealing the pictures from the Internet themselves anyway.

In the end it was easier for her to get a new prepaid number. I just hope that they’re not still going to send more content to whoever gets her old number after its recycled. 😮

Dele