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Lebanon

 

كل عام وأنتم مستقلّين
مستقلّين من مين؟ أو بالأحرى مستقلّين من شو؟”
هلّق منعرف 

أنّو في كم شغلة حنا مستقلّين منهن
متل الثقافة
والعلم (ولأ مش بمعنى الحفظ)
والدين… اي نعم… الدين
وخود بقا تعا قيمني
بس مندعي للآلهة جميعًا
ربّي وربّك وربّكن ورّب اللي عملكن
بركي بتستقلّوا من التبعيّة للزعماء، وحكمًا من التبعية للخارج
وعلى الرغم من أنّه طلع مسروق لحنه، تعلّموا
نشيدكم
ما بتخسروا شي، لأنّه ما هيئته في أمل ينعمل غيره
وما تفكّروني أنا معه ميّة الميّة، شرّفوا هيدا
نقده
بس عيب واحد عايش كلّ عمره ببلد وما يعرف نشيده
كيف؟
 

 

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Those BlackBerry users had something to rub in everyone else’s face, security!

Every single government had a problem with the fact that BB texting service sent and received all the data in an encrypted format that no one could decipher. Everyone was so happy with the privacy and the amazing ”free” service.

“RIM is unique among handset makers, as it compresses and encrypts data before pushing it to BlackBerry devices via carrier networks. Apple and others rely on the carrier networks to handle all routing and delivery of content.” (Reuters, Wed Oct 12, 2011)

But,

 a few weeks ago, something went wrong; BB service blacked out all over the world and not at the same time. Now we could notice it easily because people were starting to talk to each other face-to-face and stopped bumping to each other while walking, and I felt that I started to be anti-social with my Nokia phone and Wi-Fi while no one else was checking their phone. Add to that, we all knew about it, heard and read the nagging everywhere especially in tweets and on Facebook statuses. RIM apologized for the unexpected circumstances and worked on fixing the problem ASAP.

Now you think it was a blessing that came with Steve Jobs’ death, and some luck for Apple, since it was a few days before the release of iOS5 that actually is providing the iMessage feature. So the frustrated BB users were starting to think about actually migrating to the “iWorld” or to an Android.

Neverth

eless, that wasn’t the case. The blackouts were somehow unusual; they happened in specific geographic areas (the way humans usually divide the world) and in turn. Come to think about it the way it started and ended can’t be the work of a bug or a glitch in the main RIM center. I mean, come on! A company that huge serving the entire globe with its service can’t but have all the preparations to face any problem and back up its network.

So why shouldn’t we wonder what happened?

The truth is that this incident was no “unexpected circumstance”; it was an intended blackout caused by the RIM technicians themselves. You wonder why? Well because this increased privacy was no longer acceptable; the world leaders up there noticed that everyone around the world started using these phones, and some even adding their own encryptions to increase the privacy. So CIA could no longer accept this reality and induced

 RIM to give it access to the network.

On a Friday afternoon, “Agent Smith” called RIM CEO “Jim Balsillie” and asked him for an urgent private meeting. The next Saturday morning, they were drinking coffee in his office with his Co-CEO “Mike Lazaridis”. The agent explained that they need to give the organization access to the network but this story cannot spread throughout the company, however, it must be done for security reasons and precautions against terrorist attacks and so on… Giving it a second thought, RIM CEOs confirmed that they understand the situation and asked for a week time to apply the modifications to the network.

After the mee

 

ting, they called for a meeting with the Chief Information Officer “Robin Bienfait” and asked her to gather the smallest team possible with the highest experience with this network to apply these changes. They decided to do it gradually and by region. When they shut off the first network (Middle Eastern one) they were working on a short deadline. However, the network was overcharged. So it took them time to add capacity to the network and install a transmitter to the main hub. This transmitter would be linked to a reception patch in CIA offices.

The work on the Middle East network took too long so they had to start with Europe, Africa and America at the same time. So they had to increase the members of the team to work on it… And that is how it leaked out, and reached yours truly to share with you.

I confine you this story with the choice to keep using all this social networking nonsense taking over your lives and not for your good or to go back to old fashioned face-to-face chats…

 

 

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Disclaimer Notice: All the information gathered was added up in a purely imaginative way to create a funny post. The story is not true in any possible way, and does not relate to reality. If any of the names relate to reality, it would be a complete coincidence.

 

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In Time: Movie Review

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The story takes place in the future, when the saying ”Time is money” and Darwin’s theory of evolution have been merged together. This produced a new financial system as well as a new lifestyle; no one ages above 25 biologically, but one can live forever as long as he/she ‘‘has time”. (How can someone have time?) Well time has become the currency everyone uses, once anyone hits 25 years of age, their time starts counting down, and in order to gain more time to live they have to work, steal, and maybe even kill for it!

So if you think about it, it becomes somehow like a game, but a really dangerous game where your life is at the stake. Your time is your money which you pay; when you want to buy coffee, it costs you five minutes of your time, a bus ride, costs you one hour of your time, maybe even two, and these transactions drag on every aspect of your life that you have to pay for, when even sometimes you are asked to pay months or even years of your time for the valuable things, and if you waste your time and it comes to an end, you simply drop dead.

This extremely capitalistic economic system has generated a big gap between the rich and poor in time. The rich who mostly have stolen other people’s time or have inherited it from their families that “come from time” have created their own “time zones” to live, in away from the poor who don’t have all that time to waste; the rich do everything so slowly because they have all the time to waste, and the poor are always on the run, because, well simply they don’t have enough time. So if we compare it with our real life, we are living mainly a communist life where we all have equal opportunities in life to waste time or to use it.

This complex economic system imitates our capitalistic global system and even takes it a step further. Throughout the movie, Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) tries to give back the poor their time to live, Robin Hood style, to give them hope of life again. However, the moral of the movie wasn’t justice or the appreciation of time, the concepts have been majorly emphasized upon throughout the movie which makes us take them into consideration, but the moral comes in an open ending of the movie… The movie will leave your mind hanging but it will sure get you thinking.

Spoiler Alert:

The movie comes to a happy ending for the plot, but not for life. The ending comes with his ability to give a million years to the poor people in the ghetto for them to have enough time to live equally with the rich and in their time zones as well. But the questions that must come to your mind while you’re watching those last scenes of the movie are: ”Is this it? Is this how it ends?” As if It can’t be the ending… You keep wondering what would happen next if everyone had equal economic and life opportunities, because throughout the movie the idea of population control was emphasized as an essential factor for the better of the community. 

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