20100729

Huawei E1552 on Ubuntu Lucid

Update 20101025: Install the usb-modeswitch package.

$ sudo aptitude install usb-modeswitch

Created a udev rules file at /etc/udev/rules.d/60-huawei-usb-3g-modem.rules with the following contents:

SUBSYSTEM=="usb",
ATTR{idVendor}=="12d1",
ATTR{idProduct}=="1446",
RUN+="/lib/udev/modem-modeswitch -v 0x%s{idVendor} -p 0x%s{idProduct} -t option-zerocd"

And restarted udev.

$ sudo service udev restart

Plugged the modem in and configure it in "System > Preferences > Network Connections > Mobile Broadband". The settings for all Malaysian mobile ISPs should already be available by default. Pick your poison.

20100714

A homeopathic standard to ensure its safety and efficacy? You must be joking

The Star reports that apparently the Ministry of Health has developed "a standard for homeopathic medical studies to serve as a guideline to ensure its practice is safe and effective". One wonders just how exactly such a thing to be achieved since, well… it doesn't work!

The short article is full of such gems as:

The ministry's resolve in enhancing the quality of homeopathic medical studies has been proven when the Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences started to offer a degree in homeopathy in 2009
Liow also said that homeopathic medicine should be registered under the Control of Drugs and Cosmetic Regulations 1984

*sigh* At least the ministry is utilising its resources to ensure that we Malaysians get the highest quality of woo…

Are there no MDs in the Ministry of Health? Do they know that a homeopathic preparation is likely to not even contain a single molecule of its "active" ingredient (i.e. it's water)? In the UK for example, doctors are actually calling for a ban on NHS funding for homeopathic treatments because there are no scientific evidence that it works. The level of awareness of what homeopathy is here appallingly low.

I'll let James Randi explain:

Also, xkcd:
Dilution (xkcd)

20100704

Today is a great day

… All the teams that I did not want to win the World Cup have been knocked out of the competition. The last team to go home was Argentina and they got their asses handed to them 4-0 by the Germans. It is fitting considering that "Schadenfreude" is a German word

Goodbye, Italy, England, Portugal, Brazil, and, Argentina! May you fail again as spectacularly the next time.

Germany's first goal