Mr Chan, you are asking for trouble, to ask women to have children out of wedlock

Tough ‘social choices‘ ahead: Chan Chun Sing
If it wants to solve problems such as a low fertility rate and low wages, Singapore will have to make some difficult ‘social choices’, said Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Chan Chun Sing.
For example, the country could turn its dismal total fertility rate (TFR) of 1.2 around, as Nordic countries managed to do – if it accepts women having children out of wedlock.
And it could raise the wages of cleaners – if people were willing to pay higher service and conservancy (S&C) charges.
Spelling out these trade-offs at a dialogue that wrapped up the Institute of Policy Studies conference on integration, Mr Chan then said: ‘Are we prepared to do that? These are social choices that we have to make for ourselves.’


There is a Big Flaw in Windows 7

There is a Big Flaw in Windows 7

It happens when an IP address is not allocated, there is no way you can access the module to change into a fixed IP address unless there is a proper allocation of IP address. Anyway to fix this issue??? This flaw makes Windows 7 worst than Windows XP.

– Contributed by Oogle.

‘Barcode everyone at birth’? You can create an IC or a Tag but no way embed it

22 May 2012 
Each week a global thinker from the worlds of philosophy, science, psychology or the arts is given a minute to put forward a radical, inspiring or controversial idea – no matter how improbable – that they believe would change the world.

This week science fiction writer Elizabeth Moon argues that everyone should be given a barcode at birth.
“If I were empress of the Universe I would insist on every individual having a unique ID permanently attached – a barcode if you will; an implanted chip to provide an easy, fast inexpensive way to identify individuals.
It would be imprinted on everyone at birth. Point the scanner at someone and there it is.
Having such a unique barcode would have many advantages. In war soldiers could easily differentiate legitimate targets in a population from non combatants.
This could prevent mistakes in identity, mistakes that result in the deaths of innocent bystanders. Weapons systems would record the code of the use, identifying how fired which shot and leading to more accountability in the field.
Anonymity would be impossible as would mistaken identity making it easier to place responsibility accurately, not only in war but also in non-combat situations far from the war.”
You can listen to Elizabeth discuss her idea with aerial warfare expert Elizabeth Quintana  and war ethics authority David Rodin in more detail on the BBC World Service programme The Forum, where you can also download more 60-second ideas.

IAEA chief says to sign nuclear accord with Iran soon

Published on May 22, 2012
VIENNA (AFP) – The International Atomic Energy Agency will soon sign an accord with Iran aimed at trying to resolve disputes over its nuclear drive, the UN watchdog’s chief Yukiya Amano said on Tuesday.
He made the announcement on his return to Vienna from a visit to Iran, and on the eve of talks between Teheran and world powers in Baghdad on the long-running crisis over the Islamic republic’s atomic activities.
‘A decision was made by me and Mr Jalili to reach an agreement on the structured approach,’ he said, referring to Iran’s lead negotiator Saeed Jalili.
‘At this stage I can say it will be signed quite soon but I cannot say how soon it will be,’ he added, describing the agreement as an ‘important development’.

Everybody can see "They do not Walk the Talk"

By Thomas Cho | Posted: 22 May 2012 2333 hrs
SINGAPORE: Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, has called for the financial services industry to develop a strong pipeline of Singaporeans to be leaders in the financial industry and take on specialist roles.
Mr Tharman, who is also the chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), said the Institute of Banking and Finance will undertake a comprehensive review of the Financial Industry Competency Standards to further enhance competency levels.
This will support Singapore in its goal to sustain its growth as a world-class international financial centre.
Through the institute, the government plans to introduce revamped foundational programmes for new entrants in high-growth segments in the financial industry such as corporate banking, compliance as well as insurance.
While foreign talent will bring in relevant expertise in financial services, Mr Tharman said more Singaporeans will be developed to take on leadership roles in the industry.
Mr Tharman said: “We have tightened up on standards for employment passes, so as to manage the growth of the foreign workforce even amongst professionals and ensure that Singaporeans continue to have opportunities for good jobs and careers. We will continue to keep watch on this, and raise standards further if we have to.”
Bankers also welcomed other initiatives which include help to develop the knowledge known as “Asian Advantage” as Singapore is in a unique position to grow its networks within ASEAN, China, India and the Middle East.
Group CEO of DBS Bank Piyush Gupta said: “On my shortlist of potential of successor candidates, we have a slate. There a number of Singaporeans on the list today. But to get them to where we need them to get to, we have to do all the things that DPM talked about. International exposure and mobility that is crucial.”
CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Singapore Ray Ferguson said: “In Standard Chartered case, we have a global platform we have an opportunity to. We have over 200 Singaporeans outside Singapore in Hong Kong, in China, in Middle East, in London that are all part of a Singaporean workforce because we have a big global operation here, where we are to develop people and push them to the system and into the rest of our networks.”
The annual conference conferred the distinguished FICP title to 11 senior management executives in the financial industry for their contribution towards raising the professional competency of the financial sector workforce.

– CNA/ck

It should be inventive step and completeness, not "non-obviousness"

NEW YORK – Eastman Kodak lost a ruling in a two-year legal fight against Apple and Research In Motion (RIM) over a patent for digital image-preview technology, a decision that may hurt the value of assets Kodak is selling.
RIM and Apple did not violate Kodak’s rights because the patent is invalid, United States International Trade Commission Judge Thomas Pender said in a notice posted on the agency’s website. Kodak said it will appeal the findings with the six-member commission in Washington, which has the power to block imports of products that infringe US patents.
Kodak, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January, contends Apple already owes it more than US$1 billion (S$1.27 billion) in damages for infringement of this and other digital capture patents, according to a bankruptcy court filing this month. Kodak has said a victory in the case may force RIM and Apple to pay for licensing and bolster the value of patent portfolios the company is seeking to sell.
“It adds another risk factor, or concern, for anybody who’s looking at the value of the IP portfolio, because Kodak is still looking to sell it,” said analyst Shannon Cross, who follows Apple and Kodak at Cross Research.
The company’s two digital patent portfolios may be its most valuable assets, reported Bloomberg. The patent in today’s ruling is part of a portfolio of more than 1,100 related to digital capture that Kodak is selling. The other collection covers imaging systems and services.
The judge’s recommendation “represents a preliminary step in a process that we are confident will conclude in Kodak’s favour”, Kodak’s chief intellectual property officer Timothy Lynch said in a statement. “Kodak has invested billions of dollars to develop its pioneering digital imaging technology, and we intend to protect these valuable assets.”
Together, the technology is valued at between US$2.21 billion to US$2.57 billion, based on an estimate by a patent advisory firm cited in a debtor’s motion it filed before a US bankruptcy court in January.
The disputed patent, which Kodak claims is used in all modern cameras, covers a feature that previews low-resolution versions of a moving image while recording still images at a high resolution. Higher resolution requires more processing power and storage space. Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics have already paid US$964 million in settlements to Kodak for using the technology.
Judge Pender said that the aspect of the patent that was in the case covered an obvious variation of earlier inventions. He did say that, were it valid, BlackBerry devices and the Apple iPhone 3G would infringe it, while the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 do not.
A different judge at the agency found the patent valid and infringed by Samsung, “whose products are similar to those offered by Apple and RIM,” Mr Lynch said. The US Patent and Trademark Office also took a second look at the patent and upheld it in December 2010, Kodak said.
The case looked only at older versions of BlackBerry phones, said Mr Tom Sanchez, vice president of licensing and standards, in charge of all aspects of patents at RIM. The company hasn’t seen the judge’s full determination. While pleased with the finding that there was no violation, RIM will ask the commission to review his finding of infringement, he said. AGENCIES

It just doesn’t make sense, “non-obviousness” is outdated because it gives the person who patent rights when he only contributes part of a patent, not the complete patent which will cause a stumbling block to those who can certify completeness, a stumbling block to innovation and technological advances. “Completeness” should be a better bet since it gives the person who register a patent the rights if he is able to explain his complete range of technologies and a working concept or “proof”, if he is not able to, then it will not be registered but place on “hold” until such time has passed where there is no challenges to his patent shall the judge seriously allow him to patent his rights, what a “joke”!
Let me explain my logic. If I want to patent “3D search engine with intelligent searches” I must produce “proof of concept” for the final product I intend to create, it is not possible to patent “3D search” because it is a design unless you copyright your design, if I am not able to provide a total “proof of concept” it can be registered but put on hold, until someone comes up with a “Total completeness” for the patent, it will be a time-based registration, when the time has lapsed and I am not able to finalised a “Total completeness” then it will be de-registered, to give a chance for others who have the capabilities to complete the product.  
– Contributed by Oogle.

"Show Me The Money"

Wallace Stevens, as well as being America’s greatest 20th-century poet, was also a career professional in the insurance industry, rising to become a vice-president of the Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company. He knew a lot about the world of business, and was well qualified to make his famous observation that “money is a kind of poetry”.

The biggest problem in Singapore is the Government thru GIC and TH is not investing enough in human capital and business that generates high revenue thru productivity, innovations and technology. They have dumped billions with no results in sight. Maybe they should reconsider their strategies instead of chasing after GDP growth at all costs. Their quick fixes has caused more problems and there should be reforms and policy changes. 
Instead of trying to squeeze money from Singapore’s economy, they should invest to generate growth and income thru innovations and technology, and when they realised their investments, others will follow. There is a potential ROI of 40% if you search hard enough, and a balanced and sustained strategy to privatisation is a better bet than trying to squeeze money from meagre resources that cannot even meet yor needs. If you play your cards right, risks can be properly managed with high income rather than the mass influx of FTs that will cause more losses than income, bringing problems that Singapore cannot solve. You chose, you want the goose that lay the golden egg or the golden egg? One will ensure your future income forever and the other will give you a meal for a day. If you continue to milk your golden goose without feeding it, one day it will die, and crying over spilled milk will not help you at all.

“The captain of the ship is steering towards a whirlpool, if he doesn’t reverses his course, Singapore will surely drown.”

“The outflows is more than the inflows, by squeezing the Singapore Economy and not putting anything back, where your foreign investments doesn’t generate returns, it is a path of no return.”

“There is fundamentally no way you can solve Singapore’s economic problems unless you solve this problem.” 

– Contributed by Oogle.