Podcast 20050929: Rosang Taba

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Court grants Filipino hacker probation after guilty plea
Here's the first Philippine hacking case to have ended in a conviction, with Filipino JJ Maria Giner pleading guilty on Wednesday to hacking the government portal "gov.ph" and other government websites.

Although Giner was sentenced to serve one to two years of imprisonment and pay a fine of 100,000 pesos, he applied for probation. The court granted him this during Wednesday's arraignment, which means Giner will not go to jail. He is required, however, to report to a probationary officer on a regular basis.

The conviction of Giner is now considered a landmark case, as he is the first local hacker to be convicted under section 33a of the E-Commerce Law or Republic Act 8792, according to DoJ Secretary Raul Gonzalez and Chief State Prosecutor Jovencito Zuņo.

MIT's $100 Laptop
Nicholas Negroponte, the co-founder of the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, revealed details regarding the $100 windup-powered laptop targeted at children in developing nations.

The machines, which will run on a version of Linux will be Wi-Fi and cell phone-enabled, will include four USB ports, and will be able to share a single internet connection with similar machines.

Negroponte said the idea is that governments will pay roughly $100 for the laptops and will distribute them for free to students.

How Rosang Taba Won A Race is Dean Francis Alfar's fantasy fiction set in colonial Philippines, where the country is called Hinirang instead of being named after some foreign king. The heroine, Rosang Taba, shows us how she prevails over a physically fit Spanish commander.The podcast contains an audio version of Part 1 (Intro and A Challenge and a Wager).

If you wish to read the entire Rosang Taba story, please see Dean's Aug 16, 2005 entry.

"Manalo Ka" is Tagalog or Filipino for the command: "Win!"

Related Link: Zarah Grace Gagatiga's Rosang Taba: The Pinay in Pinoy Children's Literature

[ First posted on 09/29/2005 by Manuel Viloria ]

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