Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Powerful Anti-Terrorism Ad That’s The Hit of Ramadan

The month of Ramadan is a time of peak TV consumption in the Arab world, and in turn, peak TV ad budgets. So the Kuwaiti telecom company Zain decided to make to the most of the holy season with a powerful three-minute musical spot urging Arabs to reject suicide bombings.

Kuwaiti Telecom Company Zain Speaks Out Against Terrorism

The ad begins with a man making a bomb in a dark room, juxtaposed with scenes of joyous everyday life. Simple acts like the kick of a soccer ball, the kiss of a baby's foot, a bride's touch of a wedding table's chair, are highlighted with animated flowers.

Meanwhile, a child writes an essay in school, an open letter to suicide bombers: "I will tell God everything, that you've filled the cemeteries with our children and emptied our school desks, that you've sparked unrest and turned our streets into darkness. And that you've lied. God has full knowledge of the secrets of all hearts."

By the end of the essay, the bomber has left his home and gets on a bus. With his suicide vest exposed, he us faced with past victims of attacks. He dourly sings, "I bear witness that there is no God but Allah." A passenger holding a child stands up to confront him with warmth, singing in response: "You, who comes in the name of death. "He is the creator of life."

The bomber turns his gaze to a boy who resembles the five-year old who escaped an airstrike in Aleppo, Syria. The boy holds up the famous image of himself, and sings to bomber of a compassionate God, "The forgiving and forbearing who hurts not those who hurt him."

'Worship Your God With Love, Not Terror' 

The bomber is then seen outside the bus, surrounded by carnage and repeatedly challenged by fellow Arabs who explain who "God is greater" than. To one bloodied suit-clad man, God is greater "than those who hide what doesn't show." To a schoolteacher it's "those who obey without contemplation." The crowd swells, another man sings God is greater "than those lurking to betray us." One man looks at the camera silently, but is identified as an actual survivor of a Kuwaiti terrorist attack.

The bomber feels cornered as the crowd surrounds him and the music becomes more upbeat. "Worship your God with love, not terror. Be tender in your faith, tender not harsh. Confront your enemy with peace, not war. Persuade others with leniency, not force" the leader of the pack sings, holding out his hand to the bomber who had fallen. A white man is seen listening attentively to a cleric, in front of a sign that reads, "Let there be no compulsion in religion."

The music stops. The bomber falls to his knees, and appears to be ready to detonate his vest.

But instead of violence, we see fireworks. "Let us bomb violence with mercy" the singers resume. The wedding from the opening shots commences, and the actual surviving bride from a 2005 terrorist attack on her wedding reception is shown smiling at the newly married couple.

The final frame declares, "we will counter their attacks of hatred with songs of love. From now until happiness."

So far, three million YouTube viewers are sharing that message.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

MH Awards Dynamically Priced & Partner Awards Changes
Malaysia Airlines has today announced changes to its Enrich frequent flier programs effective June 10, 2017.

Malaysia Airlines awards are priced dynamically entirely based on the ticket price. Partner and Oneworld award charts have been changed too making those much more expensive.

You can access Malaysia Airlines here.

Here’s examples that MH used on the email:

Just checked and you can get KUL-LGK business class ticket on Malaysia Airlines for $116. The base fare is $104 (no fuel surcharges). Would you pay this or 34K+ miles?

KUL-HKG business class return for the same dates in July was just $397 (seems to be rather low price) of which the base fare is $336.92. Would you rather pay 107K miles for this?

KUL-LHR for the same dates is $3,321.40 of which the base fare is $3055.39. The example price using miles is 240K+.

These prices were from ITA Matrix. At least if the first two examples are any indication, the Enrich to $ value could be around one third of a cent.

Partner Awards:

Partner Award Current

Partner Award New

Oneworld Award Current

Oneworld Award New

Here’s the small print:
Download (PDF, 371KB)

Note that it says that you cannot dynamically price awards on fare classes Q, O, G and Z. The Z is the lowest business class fare class and the others are economy ones. I believe that all my Malaysia Airlines issued have been on these.

Malaysia Airlines Enrich members should really evaluate if this essentially “cashback” program is right for them. The partner and Oneworld award charts have been decimated too.

Malaysia Airlines tries to have it here both ways. Claiming that all its own awards are priced dynamically while at the same time excluding the fare classes where likely most tickets are issued. Just ridiculous. Previously, economy class awards were complete waste of time with this program due to the fuel surcharges charged.

The partner and Oneworld award charts have been “enhanced” too making these awards very expensive using Enrich miles. Many routes now required anywhere from 50% to 100% more miles.

Anyone should take their Enrich miles and redeem before the June 20, 2017, devaluation date and then evaluate which program is right to credit Malaysia Airlines flights to (I credit them to BA).

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Creepy Shell Lady has Returned to Haunt Malaysian Drivers

Last year, pictures of a cardboard cut-out nicknamed the ‘Shell mineral water lady’ were all over social media because netizens were shocked to see it popping out of petrol kiosks.

At first glance, the cut-out looks very realistic, causing many customers to jump when they first see it. Wah, terkejut I.

People were so scared of this cut-out that Shell had to remove them from their petrol stations and replace them with posters that said, “Sorry if I shocked you…”

Soon after the cut-outs were taken down, netizens began to miss ‘Gadis Air Mineral’ even though she scared many of them. :'(

After 5 months, the infamous Shell lady has returned!
Malaysian netizens began freaking out again when they discovered that the creepy and infamous ‘Shell lady’ poster has returned to petrol stations. 
This hilarious viral video posted on Facebook last night informed the public of the Shell lady’s return and needless to say, Malaysian netizens started flipping out.

Last year, the cut-out of the lady was holding a mineral water bottle. But now, she appears to just be giving a ‘thumbs up’ sign and more of her body is shown instead of just her upper half.

However, it’s still giving people jump-scares because it’s positioned in a way that makes her look like she’s popping out from behind the petrol kiosks!

You’ve been warned, fellow Malaysian drivers! Keep your eyes peeled the next time you drop by a Shell station!

Read more on Shell’s ‘Gadis Air Mineral’ Disappears And Left A Note Of Apology :

Thursday, May 18, 2017

WannaCry ransomware Prevent it

This is my compile of the WannaCry ransomware prevention  from the net so far



Disable SMB port (port 445)

disable in REGISTRY

Run regedit and go to the following path *If you doesn't see it, it mean its enable by default, you need to disable it!

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SYSTEM \ CurrentControlSet \ Services \ NetBT \ Parameters
SMBDeviceEnabled  = 0 (DWORD) disable

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SYSTEM \ CurrentControlSet \ Services \ LanmanServer \ ParametersRegistry
SMB1 = 0 (DWORD) disable
SMB2 = 0 (DWORD) disable

When you disable SMBv2 in Win8/Win Server 2012, SMBv3 is also disabled (share the same stack)

disable SERVICES

for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012
To disable SMBv1 on the SMB client, run the following commands:
sc.exe config lanmanworkstation depend= bowser/mrxsmb20/nsi
sc.exe config mrxsmb10 start= disabled
To enable (not adviseable) SMBv1 on the SMB client, run the following commands:
sc.exe config lanmanworkstation depend= bowser/mrxsmb10/mrxsmb20/nsi
sc.exe config mrxsmb10 start= auto
To disable SMBv2 and SMBv3 on the SMB client, run the following commands:
sc.exe config lanmanworkstation depend= bowser/mrxsmb10/nsi 
sc.exe config mrxsmb20 start= disabled
To enable (not advisable) SMBv2 and SMBv3 on the SMB client, run the following commands:
sc.exe config lanmanworkstation depend= bowser/mrxsmb10/mrxsmb20/nsi
sc.exe config mrxsmb20 start= auto

UPDATE files
Install/Update M'soft Security Bulletin MS17-010


firewall BLOCK ports

Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Firewall > Advanced Setting

  1. right click Inbound Rules > New Rule 
  2. select Port
  3. TCP, Specific local ports : 137, 138, 139, 445, 3389
    repeat steps for UDP, Specific local ports : 137, 138
  4. Block all the connection
  5. Apply to all user
  6. create a name for the filter "Block ransomeware"

disable Macro in Office (Words/Excel)

中國四川安全公司”效率源科技”成功開發能夠恢復文件的破解程式,遺憾的是目前破解程式僅能夠恢復 Office 的文檔(需要大於 1.5MB)。

破解工具下載(WannaCryOfficeRecovery):Google Drive


Saturday, May 13, 2017

【異形.聖約】搞清系列時間線 普羅米修斯到聖約事隔10年



2089年考古學家 Elizabeth Shaw(Noomi Rapace飾)與男友 Charlie Holloway 從已滅亡的人類文明中發現古星際地圖,他們認為憑此可找到到人類的創造者──稱之為「工程師」的外星巨人。Weyland年老的企業CEO Peter Weyland為覓得長生之術,組織一支考察隊伍嘗試與「工程師」接觸。考察隊由Weyland的女兒 Meredith Vickers(查理絲花朗飾)帶領,於2093年乘坐太空船「普羅米修斯號」向目的星球LV-223出發。他們抵達後發現一些神秘容器及「工程師」的屍體,隨隊人工智能機械人 David (米高法斯賓達飾)偷走其中一個容器回太空船研究,裏面盛載着未知的黑色液體。原來這種液體會令植物以外的生物異變,最終演化成觀眾熟悉的異形。電影最後「普羅米修斯號」船員幾乎全滅, David 亦被倖存的「工程師」扯下頭。

《異形:聖約》(Alien: Covenant)──2104年


「普羅米修斯號」宣告失蹤,但從前導影片《序幕:相遇》(Prologue: The Crossing)可知其實Elizabeth Shaw 與 David 存活下來,前者將後者修理好,一同坐上「工程師」的飛船逃離LV-223,向「工程師」的家鄉「天堂」進發。2104年,兩千多名太空殖民以及15名船員還有機械人Walter帶着過千人類胚胎乘坐「聖約號」,打算用7年多時間飛往與地球相似的星球Origae-6展開新生活。然而航行期間發生意外,部分船員身亡兼船身損毀。維修時船員探測到異常雜訊,得知附近有更適合人類居住的神秘星球,船長決定降落該星球作考察,怎料原來該地早被異形佔領。



2122年商業拖運飛船Nostromo號從Thedus星返回地球,途中Nostromo的電腦「母親」接收到來歷不明的訊號。船員從冷凍睡眠醒來,登陸鄰近的行星偵測訊號來源,在該行星發現一艘荒廢了的太空船,船內有大量巨形怪蛋。其中一隻蛋裂開,跳出一隻異形幼蟲「抱面體」(Facehugger)攻擊船員之一Kane。其他船員把已受「感染」的Kane帶回Nostromo號,未知此舉等於自殺。異形在Nostromo號進行大屠殺,最終只剩女主角Ellen Ripley(薛歌妮韋花飾)和她的貓咪Jones生還。



進入冷凍睡眠的Ripley和Jones在外太空飄流57年,於2179年獲救。醒來的Ripley被迫參加僱主公司Weyland-Yutani舉行的聽證會,解釋她爆破拖運飛船Nostromo號的原因,她有關異形的證詞備受質疑,公司決定撤銷她的太空飛行執照。2183年某日,Ripley被公司代表告知位於LV-426星體的太空殖民地Hadley's Hope與地球失去聯絡,如果Ripley擔任相關偵查行動的顧問,便有機會取回執照並恢復職務。原來Hadley's Hope坐落的LV-426,即是Ripley 50多年前首遇異形的地方。偵查隊在殖民地發現一名不願說話的小女孩Newt,除她以外全無生命跡像。這個星球早已變成異形的巢穴,偵查隊成員非死即傷,為救被異形抓走的Newt,Ripley摧毀眾多異形幼蛋,並與異形皇后正面開戰。



成功擊退異形皇后的Ripley,與Newt、另一船員Hicks以及機械人Bishop登上戰船Sulaco逃生。一年後戰船撞上監獄星球Fury 161,Ripley被監獄醫生Clemens從深眠喚醒,Newt和Hicks在撞擊意外中俱亡。監獄犯人一個接一個神秘失蹤,Ripley懷疑是異形搞鬼,更害怕異形胚胎已附身某人。經過掃描檢查,Ripley發現自己已變成異形母體,腹中的胚胎正快速成長。在與異形一輪大戰並將其消滅後,Weyland-Yutani公司派人來到這個監獄星球,希望能把Ripley帶回地球取出異形胚胎。為怕異形殺到地球,再加上對公司失去信任,Ripley選擇帶着體內的怪物跳入熔爐自殺。

《異形四集之逆種》(Alien: Resurrection)──2434年


時間一跳就跳到200多年後,Weyland-Yutani企業與軍方合作,在2386年成功複製Ripley與她體內的異形胚胎,並將兩者分離。2434年,人類科學家將Ripley的基因和異形的基因混合,創造出新種異形「Newborn」。新異形在飛船Auriga上失控,大開殺戒,複製人Ripley 8唯有親手了結自己的骨肉。