Section 19
  1. I agree that laws are just tools and can be used either for good or evil. Appropriate tools, however, should be given to responsible people at the correct time. You would give crayons to toddlers to let them express their creativity. You wouldn’t give a gun to teenagers to settle arguments. For me, our government is not mature and responsible enough to be provided with the encompassing powers provided by section 19 (takedown clause).
Cyber Libel
  1. Libel before the Information Age is a serious offense worthy of being treated as a crime. Due to the “one-way” nature of the traditional mass media (radio, television), paninirang-puri places the victim in a very disadvantageous position since he has limited power to let other people know his side of the story. This poses serious threats to his reputation and character. With the advent of the Internet, and with laws requiring traditional media to print or air the responses of the “aggrieved” party, everyone has been granted the power to make and rebuke claims, leveling the playing field. As such, the Internet somehow neutralized the advantages that traditional mass media personalities once exclusively enjoyed.
  2. To summarize:
    1. Traditional Mass Media Era: Journalists, writers, news anchors, politicians and other “traditional mass media personalities” acquired great powers since their words can reach the masses
    2. Libel is used to control the powers of traditional mass media
    3. Internet Era: The power of traditional mass media personalities were greatly diminished due to availability and accessibility of venues (e.g., the Internet) to express one’s thoughts and ideas
  3. What should have been done? De-criminalize libel and treat it as a civil offense
    What was done?  Impose harsher penalties for libel committed using the Internet, in effect, try to discourage people to openly express their ideas using the Internet.
  4. Why was this done? For Sotto’s reasons on why he inserted “proposed to include” libel, I can only guess. Maybe he is a psychic and foresaw that he will be greatly lambasted in the cyber world in the coming months (he inserted this on January 2012, he became major Internet “sensation” around August). It should be noted that the effects of this insertion was already pointed out by Rep. Raymond Palatino as early as March. So it may be an oversight on the part of the other lawmakers (Cayetano, Escudero, etc.), but it is not a forgivable one.
What Now?
  1. If we have a business with ineffective (and some grossly inapt) managers, what do we do? Do we just close our eyes and let them still run the business? As owners, do we retain these managers even though they do not give the results that we need?
  2. The answer is obvious, common sense, actually. We will know next year if Filipinos finally acquired one.
I'm currently "semi-addicted" to several games in Steam including Civilization V, Hero Academy (also available in iPad), Dota 2 (big noob in this game), and Might and Magic Heroes VI. PC games sure have gone a long way from the time I started playing around the early '90s. 

It was my kuya Ron who introduced me to computer gaming (actually, to computers, in general). The first PC game that I remember playing is Scorched Earth.

Scorched Earth screenshot
In this game, you control a tank and try to blow up your opponents using a variety of weapons (similar to Worms). Your arsenal includes MIRV (Multiple Independently Targetable Re-entry Vehicle) missles, Napalm Bomb, and the famous Nuke. You can also use defensive and support items like shields and parachutes.

MIRV attack!
In school, one of the few available games is Adventures in Math run using GW-BASIC. The player is set inside a castle and his goal is to find the exit. To open doors and pick up treasures, the player has to answer math problems from simple addition/subtraction, to complex multiplication/division questions.

Nice graphics! =)
Here's a screenshot of the game "in action":

Aside from Adventures in Math, one of the most educational game that I enjoyed back then was Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?. It introduced me to a lot of difficult English words and different places around the world. I remember playing this game with a big Webster dictionary and concise encyclopedia beside me. BTW, I still play this game once in a while using DOSBox, and there are still A LOT of things that I still don't know! Good thing it's a lot easier now to search for those pesky landmarks! =)

Ha ha ha!


All images in this blog, unless specifically identified, were searched using Google, and are the property of their respective owners.
As much as I hate don't like Microsoft, I have to admit that, so far, I like the performance of Windows 8. I have been using the new OS for almost three weeks now and it was able to run all my programs with minimal issues and impressive performance. The only "major" problem that I had was installing and running Diablo 3. I was able to fix it by running the installer and the game in Windows XP compatibility mode:

Diablo 3 Compatibility Settings
Here are some screenshots of the game:

Game Launcher (with some portion of our pre-nup pictures in the background!)

My Level 52 Demon Hunter
The "dual personality" issue is, surprisingly, really not a biggie. I was able to use my laptop comfortably without dwelling too much in Metro/Modern UI. All it takes is one additional click to launch the Desktop UI and I'm back to my familiar and much-loved interface. Even the lack of the Start button and Start Menu was also not a major issue for me. Once I found the "shut down" button (btw, it's in the charms bar, click settings > power), I really had no need for the start menu.

There you are!
Finding a program that is not in my desktop or taskbar is also easy, just click the start key (on your keyboard), or click the lower-left corner of your screen (where the start button/start menu is usually located) to open the Start Screen. Start typing keywords for your program and Windows will search all related applications. Unlike my experience with previous Windows, searching programs in Windows 8 is significantly faster, much like Google Instant (shows results as you type).

Searching for Startcraft...
I haven't really spent much time in Metro/Modern UI simply because there are very few applications that currently support it. Aside from Microsoft's own applications (e.g., Mail, Calendar, Contacts), the only Modern UI app that I have are Google Chrome, TED HD, and ARMED!

The Modern UI Chrome will automatically be installed once you install the desktop/normal version. I installed ARMED! because it is one of the "top games" in the Store, though personally, I really think that it's not a good game. This goes to show how very few apps are currently available for Win8's new interface. I believe (hope) this will improve once the OS is launched commercially this month.

There is, however, one Metro app that I am currently enjoying. This application is none other than... tan-tada-dan... Microsoft's face-lifted Solitaire game!

BTW, to close Metro apps, "drag" the app from top to bottom (or simply press alt-F4)
The download size is quite big (around 150mb) for a "simple" card game. It is, however, technically a "collection" of solitaire games comprising of the familiar Klondlike, Spider Solitaire, FreeCell, Pyramid, and TriPeaks. You can also change the "theme" of your cards which gives your deck a very nice "look and feel".

Klondlike with Western Theme
Note: while writing this blog, I noticed that the "xbox games" application is now working. This app previously shows a "not available in your region" notice. Now, it shows the following games in its "spotlight":

Hey, it's working now!
It seems that the games at the bottom row (from Gears of War 3 to Kinect Sports 2) are exclusive  Xbox360 games, while the other apps can be played in Windows 8. I'm going to download Adera (Free - 218mb) and Pinball FX 2 (Free - 124mb) and try them out later.

Note again: I read somewhere that Windows 8 will be released this month without full support from manufacturers (e.g., drivers are not yet fully available). I think I'm quite lucky since everything is working fine with my Asus laptop using the Windows 7 drivers.