Quiz for megadeth loyalty

Guess what a song the lyric I write down here. Yes, this is my lifetime favorite band’s song titled Victory. My personal opinion is, it does not give real story of what a song normally sings about. Rather, Dave purposely wrote this to combine several of his epic songs ever made in this world.

I have deliberately modified the words so there are no songs title are recognized by their capital letter (every words are with initial small letter, except the beginning) or any signing symbols like “. Now don’t call yourself Megadeth fans if you can not count how many songs are there in this song. Happy counting :)

If helps, I attach the video too.

V I C T O R Y

Now, one day I started telling everyone that
killing Is my business and I was hung like a martyr
For looking down the cross my skull beneath the skin
Prophesied last rites/loved to death my friends
Then I started seeing bad omens in my head
good mourning/black friday will I wake up dead?
If I ain’t superstitious” then this won’t mean a thing
But some crazy shit has happened since the conjuring

Not even close
Not even close
Not even close
To overdose

Had fingers in my eyes, had needles in my veins
A knife right through my heart, I am a victory

Came anarchy to set the world a fire
Pain of hook in mouth, in my darkest hour
Corruption of the world peace sells… but nobody’s buying
Ignorant religion holy wars and the dying, tornado nearly got me by the skin o’ my teeth
this was my life, foreclosure of my dreams
May the past rust in peace in hangar 18
And countdown to extinction
Just be a bad dream
lucretia said…

Not even close
Not even close
Not even close
To overdose

Had fingers in my eyes, had needles in my veins
A knife right through my heart, I am a victory

This is one of a lost megadeth fan in the middle of Prague, Czech Republic 😀

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Gifts from Minister of Education short visit

Today, our Minister of National Education, Mr.Muhammad Nuh, came visiting us with his team as part of series of European visits. Initially, the gathering was intended as private session between a number of Dikti scholarship holders with the Ministry of National Education team. But, it turned out to be an open gathering, as more people outside the scholarships grantees were showing interest to join the event.

Limited with time before next flying to Geneve, not much time was given to all audiences to have everyone spoke for their concern and question. But, I this 2 hours discussion was enough to make sure that most issues are addressed. The talk started with Mr.Minister giving the introduction. He gave some brief updates about what the Ministry are doing with regards to national education sector. Continue Reading →

Domestic Workers Tragic Life in Saudi Arabia

TKI: Belum Laku, Dipajang di Ruang Kaca
Windoro Adi | Benny N Joewono | Kamis, 23 Juni 2011 | 08:38 WIB
Link: http://bit.ly/j4MyH9
KOMPAS/WISNU WIDIANTORO

KOMPAS.com – Juni 2009. Malam nan laknat itu datang. Di lantai tiga sebuah apartemen di Kota Hawali, Kuwait, pembantu rumah tangga Imas Tati (22) terpentang, terbaring telanjang di ruang tamu. Kedua tangan dan kakinya diikat pada kaki-kaki kursi. Majikannya, seorang pria berusia 30 yang ia panggil Baba, memandangi tubuh Imas dengan nanar. Tangan Baba menyentuh Imas.

”Ya Allah, Ya Rabbi,” bisik Imas dalam hati. Matanya berkaca-kaca. Tak berapa lama, air matanya tak terbendung lagi, mengairi pelipisnya. Ia terus menderas asma suci Allah dalam hati. Tangan dan kakinya terus meronta, menolak disentuh. Tapi Baba tambah bernafsu. Ia bukan hanya menyentuh, tetapi memukuli Imas.

Mata Imas terkatup rapat menahan rasa sakit, rasa takut, terhina dan marah. Ia meredamnya dengan terus menyebut asma suci Allah. Giginya menggigit bibir.

Tiba-tiba telepon genggam Baba berbunyi. Istrinya, Nyonya ”Z”, seorang dokter bedah, pulang. Baba buru-buru memakai pakaiannya. Imas pun ia lepas. Sambil berpakaian, Baba lalu menjambak rambut Imas dan mendekatkan mulutnya pada telinga Imas. Baba berbisik, ”Kalau kamu melawan, saya akan terus menjadi ancaman buat hidupmu. Seharusnya kamu mau melayani saya dan menerima lebih banyak uang untuk keluargamu." Tangan kiri Baba masih menjambak rambut Imas.

Imas membisu. Babak berikutnya adalah babak sandiwara sepasang suami istri. Setelah melayani keduanya, Imas pergi tidur. Tetapi di kamarnya, ia tak bisa memejamkan mata. Ini adalah yang kesekian kalinya ia nyaris diperkosa. Terakhir, ia hendak diperkosa si Baba dan lima keponakan prianya.

Ceritanya, usai mengantar belanja, Imas diminta tetap di mobil bersama kelima keponakan pria Baba. Ternyata mereka berniat memperkosa Imas. Sambil berjalan, kelimanya membekap Imas. Hampir seluruh pakaian Imas termasuk pakaian dalamnya sudah lepas. Demikian pula pakaian ke lima keponakan Baba.

Karena Imas terus meronta, kelima pria lamban mewujudkan niatnya. Saat kendaraan hendak sampai apartemen Baba, Baba mengingatkan kelima keponakannya agar mengurungkan niatnya. ”Kita cari waktu lain saja yang lebih leluasa,” ucap Baba. Meski kecewa, kelima keponakan menuruti permintaan Baba.

Lari

Imas mengejapkan matanya, mengusir genangan air mata. Ia masih terbaring di tempat tidur. Bayangan tentang Baba yang terus berusaha mencicipi tubuhnya di dapur, di ruang tamu, di ruang makan, bahkan di kamar mandi, membuatnya makin gelisah. Peluang Baba memperkosa Imas banyak. Sebab, Baba sehari-hari di rumah sementara istrinya setiap hari berangkat pagi, pulang malam. Hampir seluruh waktu Nyonya Z, dihabiskan di rumah sakit.

Tapi lama-lama Imas tak ingin lagi menjadi seekor ikan yang cuma bisa menggelepar tanpa suara. Imas ingin lari tapi, ragu bila mengenang kembali cita-citanya bekerja untuk membiayai sekolah adiknya, dan membantu ekonomi orangtuanya di desa.

Ingatan tentang penderitaannya selama menjadi pembantu rumah tangga di Arab Saudi kemudian menepis cita-cita Imas. Ia lalu menguatkan tekad untuk kabur.

Pagi pukul 05.00, ia melepas dan menyambung-nyambung kain korden dan selimut. Ia pun mengendap-endap turun dari lantai tiga. Sampai di lantai dua, ia jatuh. Niatnya kabur gagal. Di depan istrinya, Baba pun mencaci maki Imas. ”Dasar budak tidak tahu diuntung!”. Mendengar teriakan itu, Imas tak ingin lagi jadi seekor ikan. Ia berkata, ”Saya tidak akan berbuat seperti ini bila majikan saya baik”.

Imas lalu dibawa ke Rumah Sakit Mubarak. Setelah dua pekan di rumah sakit, ia diberi tahu kakinya mungkin lumpuh dan harus diamputasi. Ia menjawab dengan menggelengkan kepala dan menangis.

”Tulang punggung saya dibagian tengah, hancur dan mendapat 40 jahitan luar dan dalam. Kedua engsel kaki saya pecah. Tulang-tulang yang rusak ini dipasangi pen,” kata Imas saat ditemui di pondokan Migrant Care di kawasan Jakarta Timur, Rabu (22/6/2011) sore.

Ia lalu menunjukkan bekas jahitan di punggung dan kedua pergelangan kakinya. Maret 2010, pen-pen di kedua pergelangan kakinya, dilepas di Rumah Sakit Polri Raden Said Soekanto, Kramatjati, Jakarta Timur.

Indonesia Raya

Sebelum bekerja pada Baba dan Nyonya Z, Imas, gadis Desa Ciparai RT 1/RW 7, Leuwi Mundaling Majalengka, Jawa Barat ini, bekerja pada keluarga polisi, J (30). Rumahnya di Jalan Mubarak al-Kabir. Di tempat ini, J sering menyiksa Imas.

”Saya sering jadi bulan-bulanan kekesalan dia meski saya tidak bersalah dan diam. Saya dipukuli dan ditendangi. Saya sudah seperti bola saja. Dia sering baru berhenti menganiaya setelah saya pingsan. Bahkan kadang, saat dia belum puas menyiksa saya, dia mengguyur saya supaya sadar, lalu memukuli saya lagi,” papar Imas.

Ketika ia melaporkan kasus ini ke KBRI, Imas justru dijebloskan penjara oleh majikannya yang polisi. ”Orang-orang KBRI tidak membela saya ketika mereka melihat saya diseret-seret dan dibawa ke penjara,” tutur Imas. Ia mengaku tidak digaji selama bekerja pada polisi J.

”Waktu saya di KBRI, saya dikejar-kejar agen pembantu. Saya lalu dijual ke keluarga lain dengan harga Rp 15 juta. Begitu seterusnya sampai saya bekerja di rumah Baba,” ungkap Imas.

Ia sempat bekerja dengan tenang di dua keluarga. Ia digaji sebulan 50 Dinar atau sekitar hampir Rp 2 juta. ”Tapi baru empat-lima hari bekerja, agen pembantu menteror majikan saya. Saya pun dilepas dan dijual kembali ke keluarga lainnya,” ujarnya.

Menurut Imas, Warganegara Indonesia yang bekerja sebagai pembantu rumah tangga di Arab, dilarang memakai bahasa Indonesia. ”Kalau menyanyi Indonesia Raya?”. ”Aduh…,” jawabnya sambil menggelengkan kepala.

Korban lain

Sejak Februari 2011, Imas berada di Indonesia. Saat dirawat di Rumah Sakit Polri, ia bertemu dengan seorang pembantu rumah tangga lainnya yang juga dirawat. Namanya Basaeri (25). Tulang punggung Basaeri patah. Beberapa jaringan syarafnya rusak. Ia tidak bisa lagi berkomunikasi. Bicaranya kacau.

Imas bercerita, Basaeri adalah pembantu rumah tangga yang bekerja di Suriah. Saat mengepel, ia jatuh didorong anak majikannya. Bukannya mendapat perawatan, Basaeri justru dianiaya. ”Sekarang dia sudah meninggal. Dia meninggal waktu dioperasi,” tutur Imas.

Nasib serupa juga dialami kawan Imas lainnya, Dewiyanti asal Brebes, dan Muslimah asal Tegal Gubuk, Indramayu, Jawa Tengah. Menurut Direktur Eksekutif Migrant Care, Anis Hidayah, tidak kurang dari lima ribu pembantu rumah tangga warganegara Indonesia mendapat kekerasan fisik selama bekerja di Arab Saudi. Dua ribu di antaranya, menjadi korban kekerasan seksual. "Di negeri lain jumlah korban lebih kecil," jelasnya.

Budak nafsu

Pembantu rumah tangga lainnya, Rosnani (48) mengatakan, apa yang dialami Imas, Basaeri, Dewiyanti, dan Muslimah, menjadi hal yang biasa terjadi di Arab Saudi. ”Sejak 1985 saya bekerja di Arab Saudi dan sudah beberapa kali pulang ke kampung halaman. Saya bertemu mereka dimana-mana. Nasibnya serupa. Kalau tidak jadi sasaran nafsu syahwat, ya jadi sasaran nafsu membunuh,” tutur perempuan asal Banjarmasin, Kalimantan Selatan itu.

Ia berpendapat, para pembantu rumah tangga warganegara Indonesia hidup seperti budak di Arab Saudi. Dijual oleh para agen pembantu rumah tangga. Ditarik lagi dan ditempatkan di keluarga lain, demi mendapat Rp 15 juta – Rp 20 juta dari setiap transaksi jual beli. ”Kalau belum laku. Di suruh nunggu di kamar kaca kantor agen pembantu, sampai ada orang yang membeli,” ujar Rosnani.

Menurut Imas, dianiaya dan diperkosa berulang kali oleh majikan dan keluarganya, dijual dan diperas agen-agen penyalur pembantu rumah tangga, menjadi pengalaman sebagian besar kawan-kawan satu pekerjaan di Arab Saudi.

"Kalau sudah tua seperti saya, orang-orang itu engga doyan. Sebagai gantinya, saya diperas bekerja 22 jam setiap hari tanpa libur. Bangun jam 05.00, tidur jam tiga hari berikutnya. Dipukuli, disekap, diludahi, dilempar ke comberan,” lanjut Rosnani.

Ia mengaku, setelah memukuli, majikannya dengan mudah menempelkan pisau di lehernya sambil mengancam, ”Saya bisa gorok dan potong-potong kamu sesuka hati saya. Tidak ada yang melindungi kamu di sini bukan?”. Karena ancaman seperti itu datang berulangkali, Rosnani pun tidak tahan dan kabur dengan uang sendiri.

Rosnani mengingatkan, tidak mudah kembali ke Tanah Air setelah para perempuan pembantu rumah tangga terjerat jaringan agen pembantu rumah tangga. ”Bisa lepas dari agen dan punya uang untuk pulang saja sudah mujur,” tuturnya.

Meski mengaku nasibnya lebih beruntung, tetapi Rosnani tak mau lagi ke Arab Saudi menjadi pembantu rumah tangga. ”Lebih senang hujan batu di negeri sendiri daripada hujan emas di negeri orang,” katanya menutup percakapan. (WINDORO ADI)

Gebetszeiten Juli 2011.pdf

Jual Rumah Cluster: Permadani Margonda Residence

Anyone interested…

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Assalammu’alaikum wR.wB

PERMADANI MARGONDA RESIDENCE sudah mulai dipasarkan!!. Cepat booking sebelum kehabisan, hanya 10 unit (sold 1 unit, tinggal 9 unit lagi)
Luas Bangunan/Luas TAnah : 63/75

Alamat:
Jl. Karya bakti II no. 10, Pondok Cina, Depok
Lokasi sangat strategis, karena terletak di awal jalan Margonda. Sebelum Margo City. Dekat dengan UI, Univ. Gunadarma Depok, Stasiun KA Pondok Cina.

Spesifikasi:
Desain minimalis, town house (tanpa pagar – pagar hanya 1 di depan komplek), perumahan koppel (tidak berdempetan, hanya berdempet 2 rumah-2 rumah).
Pondasi : Batu Kali
Struktur : Beton Bertulang
Dinding : Bata pres diplester dan finish cat
Rangka atap : Baja ringan
Penutup atap : Genteng keramik berwarna
Plafond : Gypsum 9 mm
Lantai : Ruang utama – keramik 40×40 Mulia atau Asia Tile
Teras depan & belakang – keramik 30×30 Mulia atau Asia Tile
Lantai dan dinding km/wc – keramik 20×20 Mulia atau Asia Tile
Sanitair : American Standard atau setara
Kusen pintu & jendela : kayu finish melamic
Pintu : pintu panel fiish melamic (pintu utama) / teakwood (pintu lainnya)
Cat : cat tembok set. Vinilex
Carport : paving block motif

Air bersih – pompa jet pump
Daya listrik 1300 VA

HARGA:
RP 425.000.000,-
DP: 20%
Booking : RP 10 juta.

Bonus:
– Cash back Rp 5 juta atau
– AC Panasonic 1/2 PK atau
– Kitchen set atau
– Canopy atau
– TV 21′ flat + kulkas

Contact Person:
Sri : 085722439200 (lapangan)
Andre : 082119335136 (lapangan)
Ocke : 0816601480 / ocke_2004@yahoo.com
Daniyanto : 08128179404 / farahpasha1503@gmail.com

What..the end of the RDBMS?

Can’t give opinion on this now, just check it out…sourced from this link

The End of a DBMS Era (Might be Upon Us)

Michael Stonebraker

June 30, 2009

Relational database management systems (DBMSs) have been remarkably successful in capturing the DBMS marketplace. To a first approximation they are “the only game in town,” and the major vendors (IBM, Oracle, and Microsoft) enjoy an overwhelming market share. They are selling “one size fits all”; i.e., a single relational engine appropriate for all DBMS needs. Moreover, the code line from all of the major vendors is quite elderly, in all cases dating from the 1980s. Hence, the major vendors sell software that is a quarter century old, and has been extended and morphed to meet today’s needs. In my opinion, these legacy systems are at the end of their useful life. They deserve to be sent to the “home for tired software.”

Here’s why.

If we examine the nontrivial-sized DBMS markets, it turns out that current relational DBMSs can be beaten by approximately a factor of 50 in most any market I can think of. What follows are a few examples.

In the data warehouse market, a column store beats a row store by approximately a factor of 50 on typical business intelligence queries. The reason is because column stores read only the columns of interest to the query and not all of them. In addition, compression is more effective in a column store. Since the legacy systems are all row stores, they are vulnerable to competition from the newer column stores. The interested reader can start with “C-Store: A Column-oriented DBMS” to explore this topic further.

In the online transaction processing (OLTP) market, a lightweight main memory DBMS beats a row store by a factor of 50. Leveraging main memory and the fact that no DBMS application will send a message to a human user in the middle of a transaction, allows an OLTP DBMS to run transactions to completion with no resource contention or locking overhead. The interested reader can start with “The End of an Architectural Era (It’s Time for a Complete Rewrite)” to explore this topic further.

In the science DBMS market, users have never liked relational DBMSs and want a non-relational model and query facility. This was the topic of my last ACM blog, “DBMSs for Science Applications: A Possible Solution.”

If you are storing Resource Description Framework (RDF) data, which is popular in the bio community and elsewhere, then “Scalable Semantic Web Data Management Using Vertical Partitioning” points out that column stores are very good at certain RDF workloads. In addition, other ideas, such as “RDF-3X: A Risc-style engine for RDF,” will beat conventional DBMSs in other situations. Lastly, native RDF engines (e.g., Virtuoso, Sesame, and Jena) may well gain traction. The point is that something else will beat conventional row stores in this market.

Text applications have never used relational DBMSs. This was pointed out to me most clearly by Eric Brewer nearly 15 years ago in the early days of Inktomi. He wanted to use a relational DBMS to store the results of Web crawling, but found RDBMS to be two orders of magnitude slower than a home-brew system. All the major Web-search engines use home-brew text software to serve us search results. None use relational DBMSs.

Even in XML, where the current major vendors have spent a great deal of energy extending their engines, it is claimed that specialized engines, such as Mark Logic or Tamino, run circles around the major vendors, according to a private communication by Dave Kellogg.

In summary, one can leverage at least the following ideas to get superior performance:

A non-relational data model. If the user’s data is naturally something other than tables and if simulating his natural data model on top of tables is awkward, then chances are that a native implementation of the natural data model will significantly outperform a conventional RDBMS. This is certainly true in scientific data.

A different implementation of tables. If something other than a row store accelerates the user’s queries, then a direct implementation of the relational model using non-row store technology will run circles around a conventional RDBMS. This is true in the data warehouse marketplace.

A different implementation of transactions. Current row stores give you a “one size fits all” implementation of transactions. This can be radically beaten if a user has lesser requirements or if the system can take advantage of workload specific features. This is true in the OLTP marketplace.

One of these characteristics is true in every market I can think of. Hence, in my opinion, the days of a “one size fits all” monolithic DBMS are at an end. The replacement will be a collection of vertical market specific engines, with much higher performance.

You might ask, “What if I don’t care about performance?” The answer: Run one of the open source relational DBMSs. They are mature, reliable, and, best of all, they are free.

You might also ask, “I am dug in deep with my current vendor(s). What do I do?” The answer: Take some portion of your DBMS budget and allocate it to new solutions. Over time, you will move onto better technology.

References

Michael Stonebraker et al., “C-Store: A Column-oriented DBMS,” Proc 2005 VLDB Conference, Trondheim, Norway, Sept. 2005.

Michael Stonebraker et al., “The End of an Architectural Era (It’s Time for a Complete Rewrite)” Proc 2007 VLDB Conference, Vienna, Austria, Sept. 2007.

Dan Abadi et al., “Scalable Semantic Web Data Management Using Vertical Partitioning,” Proc. 2007 VLDB Conference, Vienna, Austria, Sept. 2007.

Thomas Neumann et al., “RDF-3X: A Risc-style engine for RDF,” Proc VLDB Endowment, 1(1): 647-659 (2008)

COBIT and COSO

Here is an extract of one of my academic papers. Originally written in Indonesia. This paper was originally explored with my colleagues Deni, Ina, and Darwin and subsequently refined by me. I guess it’s a good idea to be able to discuss control in accounting information system context. Let me know if you would like to invite me into a constructive discussion since I find the paper still needs refinement in many dimension.

Latest on President Election

Such a relieve with the result of Indonesia Presidential election. Virtually, nothing bad happen to the counting process. A comment need to be pointed out. I recall in one TV show presenting an long, biting argumentation between Indonesia Survey Institute (LSI) and Indonesia Research Institute (LRI). Central point of the debate talked over whether 2009 presidential election would end in roundoff. I remembered LRI’s Johan Silalahi even proclaimed that LRI dared to dissolve. Well, I wonder what Johan would do now, after the current votes counting 😉

Barca moment

My greatest salute to Barca. They showed the most amazing and flowing soccer before finally won the match over MU for 2-0. All players looked so consistent to their position as opposed to MU clueless and stucked players. Ronaldo was effectively stopped from his space. I vote for Carlos Puyol as the man of the match and predict Messi will be the next FIFA player of the 2009.
Still my heart is for MU and deeply wish next season will be theirs. I hope Christiano Ronaldo will be more mature on his performance and his attitude, Carlos Tevez will stay on the Old Traford and Sir Alex Ferguson still be the manager for the club.
Glory glory Barca….and the best for MU

Where are my friends

I started loving playing in a band since my junior high school. My first appearance was playing those dead metal gigs typically perceived as the anti-establishment sort of movement of what  teenagers normally listened to. The list goes all the way including Obituary’s, Sepultura, down to a more complex rhytmically arrangement not necessarily count on grimmed vocal delivery in term of  loudness and speed. This hobby is carried over till the next level at undergraduate. But on that time, the music genre is totally different and precisely defined. Used to play speed metal, rock n roll and classic rock where it was really against music mainstream where people loves to hear top 40 (own opinion though). Music like megadeth, led zepellin, uriah heep, janis joplin were among the beloved notes.
And now, I’m started to miss that moment again. Now, most people at my age are busy with their job. Only few of them are still playing in a band, and they now turn into an artist. I wish that I can play again, at least for some leisure time in the middle of my time doing the office job. Just a thought.

Recommended Novel – Negeri Van Oranje

For the novel lover, I’ve just finished reading this novel (in Indonesia)..pretty much light reading. Anyway, I like the way the authors tell the whole story that makes me feel as if I were there. The story is about friendships of five Indonesian graduates student from various background. They were destined to meet each other in somewhere in Netherland. Since then, the story began.
But don’t expect too much for a very deep message from the book. After all, it’s supposed to be a light reading. Nevertheless, many things you can extract out of this book like friendship, love, and nationalism.
Sorry folks, I’m a bad teller, if you want to, just grab the book in Gramedia (shelved among “Best Seller” stock).