Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Santa David Chong

Yesterday, the Sunway School of Business threw a Christmas party – heaps of food, bagfuls of presents, peals of laughter. And with David Chong (friend and fellow lecturer) as the Santa, the occasion is bound to be merry. And it was.

The Singapore government had wanted the three major Internet service providers (ISPs) to disclose average surfing speeds to market their broadband. StarHub, SingTel and M1 currently market their plans based on their maximum speeds – which are usually not achievable under normal Internet conditions. In Malaysia, it’s also the same story. In fact, I am surprised that ISPs have been getting away with misinforming customers all this while.

Anyway, Singapore’s Straits Times reported today that ISPs had objected to the Government's proposal – all three arguing that many factors affect Internet speeds, making it impossible for them to define an average speed. Any attempts to do so would be inaccurate and misleading, they say. Wow, they actually don’t think it right to feed us with inaccurate and misleading information! These ISPs are really a conscientious lot!

Arsenal gave the blues to Chelsea after they emphatically finished off the latter with a stylish 3-1 victory. Alex Song gave the Gunners their first goal when he slid a close-range finish past Cech (44). Cesc Fabregas added the second from Theo Walcott's pass (51) after Michael Essien inadvertently turned the ball towards his own goal. Walcott then sent the home fans at the Emirates into ecstasy by adding a third in Arsenal's next attack, racing clear to beat Cech (53) as Fabregas returned the favor with a perfect pass to send him through. Branislav Ivanovic's header (57) was Chelsea’s only reply.

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