Archive for August, 2013

Local News: Aquino announces abolishment of PDAF, otherwise known as Pork Barrel.

In a nationally televised address, Aquino announced that it is time to abolish the corrupt-ridden Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). Not one to miss an opportunity to put the blame on his predecessor, Aquino had this to say:

Wala pong mali o masama sa polisiyang ito. Ang mali, ang masama, at ang siya ngang ikinagagalit ng taumbayan, ay ang pagsasabwatan sa pagitan ng isang pangulong handang makipagtransaksyon para manatili sa kapangyarihan, mga mambabatas na handang makipagkuntsabahan, at kung nariyan ang kooperasyon ng burukrasya, at mga mamamayang tila namanhid na sa panlalapasatangang ginagawa sa kanila.

The announcement came as a surprise to everyone as Aquino has staunchly said he is against the abolition of Pork just mere days ago. A nationwide march that calls for the abolition of PDAF is mobilizing and set for this Monday.

But even as Aquino relents on the abolishment of said Pork, it appears that Filipinos have yet to see the end of this controversial issue, for Aquino is planning to put a new “mechanism” in place of PDAF that he says will be more tightly controlled.

Yeah, like we haven’t heard that before! Different name, same hocus-focus. Stay vigilant Pinoys!

Entertainment: Warner Brothers announces Ben Affleck is the new Batman

Micro-blogging site Twitter as well as various Social Networking sites were abuzz with the surprise news coming from Warner Brothers. After Snyder’s announcement at Comic-Con that Batman will appear in the sequel to Man of Steel, rumors of who is being tapped to don the cowl circulated in a frenzy.

WB made the surprise announcement Friday. Indeed, Ben Affleck will appear as the new Batman.

This is not the first time Affleck will play a superhero role. He played the lead role of Dare Devil; the film has been widely criticized. Various memes and jokes are already circulating on the internet. Most seem to question the casting decision.

Technology: Ballmer says goodbye to Microsoft

Another unexpected announcement comes in from the technology world – Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is stepping down. He is to retire within the next 12 months, acting as CEO until a successor is named.

This announcement seemed to be taken a good sign by investors, Microsoft’s share price actually rose seven percent after Ballmer declared his retirement plans. Ballmer himself earned $769 million from the share price increase.

This recent event gives Microsoft a fresh start. If it can find a good, visionary leader, it may yet redeem its lost glory in the this time of mobile computing!

Personally, I wouldn’t like a world where my only choices are Apple and Google.

Firefox version 23 has been out for a while now, and all’s well it seems. Another number, another update.

And then I had to disable JavaScript for a while as I tinker about the web. Lo and behold, the setting that was oh so reliably there is suddenly MIA. What happened?


Thinking something went wrong with the automatic update, I quickly hunted for clues across the web, and came across this thread in the support forums of Mozilla.

In Firefox 23, as part of an effort to simplify the Firefox options set and protect users from unintentially (sic) damaging their Firefox, the option to disable JavaScript was removed from the Firefox Options window.

To protect users from unintentionally damaging their browser, you go all Martial and remove the setting altogether? Just how many users “accidentally” break their Firefox by disabling JavaScript? I honestly wanna know. Does the number really warrant this radical a solution?

The “We-Know-Better” mentality didn’t work all too well for Microsoft (Windows 8 Metro/Modern UI, Start Button Removal). Why does Mozilla think they’re any different?

However, the option to disable JavaScript was not removed from Firefox entirely. You can still access it from about:config or by installing an add-on.

So instead of having the option accessible via the obvious Options menu, you go and hide it deep within an obscure registry that the user is more likely to break? Congratulations, you just succeeded in alienating your user base!

For those actually looking to disabling/re-enabling JavaScript on Firefox, follow these steps:

  1. Type about:config in the address bar.
  2. Just click through the warning. (Now, who’s protecting the users from themselves again?)
  3. Type javascript.enabled on the search bar. Hit Enter for the filter to apply.
  4. Double-click the entry to toggle between enabled (true) and disabled (false).

There are add-ons to enable/disable Javascript, but really, why rely on a third-party plug-in to provide this basic functionality?