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    A new age of worship

    Life, Published on 23/04/2014

    » In his recent Bangkok concert, Thirty Seconds To Mars frontman, Oscar-winning actor and all-around woman-melter Jared Leto said it was “interesting” and “inspiring” to see “democracy at work” in the city’s Lumpini Park. He was, of course, referring to the camp-in protesters backing Suthep Thaugsuban’s plan to oust caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and install an unelected “people’s council”, which would choose the country’s leaders.

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    Heartbleed causing heartache

    Life, James Hein, Published on 23/04/2014

    » One of the hottest topics in the computing world over the past two weeks has been a problem with the security of OpenSSL named Heartbleed. The short version is that this popular security layer has had a bug for the last couple of years that allowed people to grab not only information from a computer, but also passwords and decryption keys. The fix is to go to the OpenSSL site download and apply the latest version, anything past 1.0.1f, from here, www.openssl.org/related/binaries.html. If your Android phone is 4.1.x, then download a Heartbleed detector from the Play Store and check your exposure. For the technically minded, the problem is a missing bounds check so that the attacker can grab 64KB of memory. There are code samples on the net if you want more details. I suspect that system administrators have been busy all over the world patching their machines, generating new public and private keys and notifying all users to change their passwords on affected systems. I also suspect that there will be administrators and users who will not take any steps at all, either due to laziness or hubris. There is strong evidence that you should change all your important passwords at places like banks.

  • OPINION

    Confronting a killer

    News, Published on 23/04/2014

    » Friday is World Malaria Day, an awareness campaign by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to focus on one of the world’s greatest killers. The statistics are frightening, but the reality of the disease is worse.

  • OPINION

    Japan is back open for business

    News, Published on 23/04/2014

    » US President Barack Obama is visiting Tokyo at a unique moment in Japan's history, with its economy moving onto a stable new growth path that will take full advantage of its geographic position. Japan no longer considers itself the ''Far'' East; rather, it is at the very centre of the Pacific Rim, and a neighbour to the world’s growth centre stretching from Southeast Asia to India.

  • OPINION

    Postbag: Onus on Democrats

    News, Published on 23/04/2014

    » Reform before election? The trouble is, even if this is done, it isn’t going to resolve the issue. As with most things in Thailand, it is not a lack of laws that is the problem, but a failure to enforce the existing ones. I could suggest toughening penalties for corruption, maybe even to China standards. I could suggest practical measures to safeguard the impartiality of the courts and anti-corruption commission. Even measures to protect the ability of the media to act as an effective “fourth estate”.

  • OPINION

    New leaders to transform Asia’s giants

    News, Published on 23/04/2014

    » More than one third of the world’s population lives in just three countries: China, India, and Indonesia. With all three undergoing significant political transitions — whether electing a new leader or experiencing a recently installed leader’s first key decisions — this is a decisive moment in shaping the global economy’s future.

  • OPINION

    Australia prospers in its partnership with Asean

    News, Published on 23/04/2014

    » On a recent visit to Southeast Asia, I was reminded of the strength of Australia’s partnership with Asean countries.

  • OPINION

    Bus operators are risking the lives of passengers

    News, Published on 23/04/2014

    » Many people travel during long holiday breaks, such as New Year and Songkran, resulting in an increase in road accidents. This is why the New Year and Songkran holidays are dubbed the "seven dangerous days".

  • OPINION

    ‘Billy’, forest dwellers need justice now

    News, Sanitsuda Ekachai, Published on 23/04/2014

    » When the news broke that ethnic Karen activist Por Cha Lee Rakcharoen, better known as "Billy", had disappeared without a trace, all eyes turned to the controversial park chief Chaiwat Limlikitaksorn, the arch enemy of Karen forest dwellers there.

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