Here’s an age old question, is it pronounced router (as in rao-ter) or is it router (as in root-er).
A lot of people seem to think it depends where you are, if you’re in the US, it’s rao-ter, and if you’re in the UK it’s root-er. But the internet is global, it doesn’t care where you are, it doesn’t matter which culture you’re from, there can only be one answer to this question, and it must be location agnostic.
So here’s the answer it’s RAO-TER, and here’s why.
If you find it you get to name it
In Science and Engineering there’s just one simple rule. If you discovered it, or designed it, or engineered it–you get to name it. Consider car brands like Ford, Ferrari and Lamborghini, all of them named after their founders. Of course no where is this more apparent than with the French car names, especially car brands like Peugeot that’s pronounced completely different from how its spelt, and that’s true of nearly anything French (Baguette, Croissant…Crepe?)
Obviously as Malaysians, we’re all aware of this–but we hardly give anyone a stare when they say O-Rang-ooh-Tan, instead of OrangUtan (correctly pronounced: Oh-rung-uh-tung).
And it’s the same with other things as well. Gasses like Xenon, Argon even Helium are called Noble gasses–quite strange considering they seem to have done nothing out of the ordinary. But if you put that in context with British colonial culture and suddenly things make sense, Nobility in Britain didn’t mix with commoners, they didn’t eat in the same places, they didn’t live in the same places, and they surely didn’t marry commoners. Noble gasses similarly don’t mix with anyone else, and the fact that we call them noble gasses is paying homage to the British who discovered them.
Similarly, the planet Uranus was the first planet to be discovered. Planets like Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn can be seen with the naked eye. Uranus needed a telescope, and the first guy to discover it was British, and being a good servant of the King, the Astronomer decided to name this newly found planet after his king–George. So for a short while, we had Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and George!
The British thought this was fine–but the rest of the world was like WTF!
Fortunately, the world decided that naming planets after Roman Gods was a good idea, and renaming George to Uranus made sense, however in paying Homage to the British, the moons of Uranus were named after something quintessentially British–characters from Shakespearian plays.
So who found the router
So if you want to determine whether it’s Rao-ter or Root-er, you simply have to reference the culture that invented the router, and that’s the Americans. The modern router is built off the Internet Protocol which was developed by the US Department-of-Defense.
Hence, the Americans invented the router, and we should use their Pronunciation…Rao-ter.
As a last note, it’s important to think when will Malaysia get to name something. We paid for the Petronas Twin Towers, so we got to name it, but would you rather have a tower named after you–or technology?
The greatest scientist were acknowledged by bestowing their names onto SI Units, units like Ampere, Volts, Newtons and even Watts. These great discoverer will be remembered for near eternity–but someday Carnegie hall will no longer stand.
Tun Dr M, our beloved former Prime Minister, openly supports Israel–well sort off.
Today on his blog chedet.cc, he called on everyone to boycott Israel, stating quite clearly in his latest post that;
Now of course, you’re wondering if Tun Dr M supports Israel or not? Well in actual fact it’s both, because while his words say he opposes Israel, his actions, specifically those of his website suggest otherwise.
Tuns website is hosted on GoDaddy, which is quite a popular web hosting company, possibly the biggest in the world. What Tun probably isn’t aware of, is that GoDaddy was acquired by 3 private equity firms back in July 2011, leading the charge in that buy-out was the private equity firm KKR and Co, which stands for Kohlberg, Kravis and Roberts, which if you can’t tell by their names–were 3 Jewish Americans.
Now of course, there’s a huge difference between a Jewish American and an Israeli, but in this particular case, the firm KKR and Co were actually listed as the Biggest private equity investor in Israel in 2013, including one deal where KKR bought over a tire company in Israel for a cool $500 Million USD, or roughly Rm1.6 Billion. In fact the CEO of GoDaddy today is a KKR executive–so KKR pretty much is running the Web hosting company that chedet.cc is hosted on.
So in effect, Tun Dr M, has procured his web hosting from people who then use that money to invest into Israel. In other words, he’s indirectly supporting Israel.
Which brings me to my next question. If Tun Dr M, with his vast resources and time (I’m guessing he’s retired) can’t figure out how to boycott Israel, what chance do any of us have. Ever use Waze lately, well your usage of Waze indirectly contributed to it’s price US$1.3 BILLION dollar price tag, that Google paid to an Israeli company. I mean–do you really think you can boycott Israel? I’ve written about this in the past, it’s nearly impossible to boycott Israel these days, because they’re so wired into the technology that fuels the global economy. Big tech giants like Google, Microsoft and Intel all have a major presence in Israel.
Israel is contributing to the global economy via its phenomenal technological growth. Unsurprisingly, Israeli school children score an average of 516 on the TIMSS ranking for science, while Malaysian school children score an embarrassing 440. In due time, we could boycott Israel and they wouldn’t even notice.
So before you think about boycotting Israel, why don’t we focus on getting our house in order, so that the next time we intend to boycott someone, they’ll feel it.
Internet users in Malaysia were reporting issues trying to access a specific page on the BBC UK website that was a hilarious post making fun of our ‘beloved’ Prime Ministers Kangkung remarks. Apparently the issue became so bad, that users took to social media –only to find that they were not alone. In fact, so many Malaysians were complaining that they couldn’t access the post, that the official twitter handle of the BBC News tweeted to its followers asking them if they had issues.
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) January 16, 2014
Now, I for one, experienced no such disruption–but then again I use a VPN, and quite frankly, so should you!
However, there are a couple of things you need to know about internet censorship, and this debacle in particular.
Let’s be honest–Malaysians watch a lot of Porn.
On the outside, we may espouse our ‘Asian’ values and culture, but the cold-hard data suggest we’re as horny as the Japanese. In one of my past post, I showed how we have evidence of someone using the Government internet connection to download porn.
Today however, PornMD the self-proclaimed “biggest porn search engine” released statistics as to what Malaysians were searching on their site. The results aren’t that surprising, although I was quick shocked to see Tudung on there–apparently some people find it kinky.
Check out more on PornMD here, or head on over to this report from Quartz that explains how a lot of South-East Asians love Japanese Porn. While you may consider Malaysians vile for searching for terms like Tudung and Rape on a porn search engine–consider though that at least we’re not Pakistan, whose users searched for a far more disgusting “Girls peeing on Bed”–WTF!
Correction: A previous version of this post stated that the most downloaded torrent in Malaysia was a piece of Hentai, however a reader named Darkon commented that although the downloaded file was named Hentai Ouji, it was merely regular Japanese Anime, which wasn’t categorized as porn. Good one Darkon!
OK….I made a boo boo!
Actually my method of ‘hacking’ the Unifi modems has a ridiculously simple work-around. Unfortunately, when I published the findings I was absolutely convinced the workaround didn’t work–I was wrong
Details about how I was mis-lead are unimportant for now (although I will explain it later on), for now I think the simplest way to address and to make yourself more secure (though not 100% secure) is to disable remote management of the router. Don’t worry here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it. More…
So I was wondering if I should publish this, but I guess I have to. If you’re one of the 500,000 Unifi subscribers in Malaysia, you need to know that your stock router–is completely hackable. TM has left you literally hanging by your coat-tails with a router that can be hacked as easily as pasting a link. So I was struggling to figure out if I really should have made this post, but in the end I think it’s better for you (and everyone else) to know just how easy it is to Hack Unifi accounts–not so you can hack them, but so that you can take some precautions over the situation.
But first, some caveats–everything I’m showing here is already public knowledge, the only difference is that I’ve culled and aggregated knowledge from different streams to show you just how easy an attacker can circumvent your password protection on your Unifi Dlink DIR-615 router, which is the stock router that comes with Unifi. It’s better for you to know about it than to remain oblivious to possibility that anyone from anywhere in the world, sitting in their room with their pyjamas on, can log onto to your router and start doing some rather nasty stuff.
Second caveat, is that as a result of this, some ‘kiddy-hackers’ may see this post and now be empowered with the means to attack, that’s a risk I’m willing to take to allow for everyone to know about it, so that they can do something about it. Keeping everyone in the dark about vulnerabilities of their routers is not a good thing. Security works better when everyone has access to the same information, this is how security works, and if you don’t agree–well tough luck.
With that said, here’s how you use Shodan, and a well known exploit to hack Unifi. The final exploit which doesn’t require any knowledge of the passwords starts at 4:08
Details of the hack:
1. To access the password page the appendage is /model/__show_info.php?REQUIRE_FILE=/var/etc/httpasswd
2. To search for Dlink Routers on Shodan the query is Mathopd/1.5p6 country:MY
I’ve alerted TM to this much earlier, in August 2013 actually, and they promised they’d fix it by the end of the year. To be honest though, I don’t blame them, your router security is your responsibility and not TMs, so I think that TM isn’t doing anything wrong by not doing anything. A user should be responsible for the security of the router, just like how you are responsible for the security of your phone–even if you did get it free from Maxis or Digi. So anyhow, in the absence of any clear action from TM, I’ve taken it upon myself to inform you of the router vulnerability, and here’s hoping you do something to fix it.
As always–stay secure.
To address the issue check out my post on how to prevent this on your Unifi router, click on my post here.
As we approach the end of the year, and I have some free time to blog again, I thought I’d re-visit the Auditor Generals report for 2012, and focus specifically on that one project everyone is talking about, the MERS 999 project.
This wonderful project, that cost Malaysian citizens upwards of RM800 Million, was a monumental failure on behalf of the government and for all contractors and sub-contractors involved, however to be fair the blame probably lies squarely on the shoulders of those over-seeing the procurement of the service as opposed to the IT folks–but they have to take some heat as well.
As someone with years of experience delivering IT projects, I think this is an area that I comfortably call myself an expert in, so I think I’m fluent enough in IT to take a sneak peek at this particular project to find out what exactly went wrong and what could have been fixed. Unfortunately, the results aren’t that good, but if you’d like to hear a self-proclaimed expert dissect this, then please continue reading. More…