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Converge ICT Solution Inc. - a service desert and teasing their customers

You are in a bad situation if you are living in an area where Converge ICT Solution Inc. is the only Internet provider. If your job or project requires a permanent Internet connection then you need to buy additional some additional load from a mobile phone provider, because the Internet from Converge ICT Solution Inc. has most of the time problems. The only thing where they have no problems or which is really functioning is their money collection. For example they are even trying to collect money by using an attorney for a cable TV contract, which has not been functioning and got cancelled for this reason. Such a case has happened to the father of my spouse.

Their actual basic offer is:

For this money, you'll get cable TV, which is only functioning if you are lucky and a very seldom functioning and castrated Internet connection having a private IP address. For example is actual the following connection information show at my router:

Internet-IP-Adresse: 10.45.96.163
Subnetzmaske: 255.255.240.0
Standard-Gateway: 10.45.96.1
DNS1: 202.69.189.140
DNS2: 202.69.165.10

The offered 5 Mbit are only in the internal network available if you don't have any package loss, what has never happened during the last 3 years. Actual is the best situation a package loss of 10% until their upstream provider. Package losses of more than 60% are for Converge ICT a normal situation and not something what needs to get fixed.

An actual trace route to yahoo.com shows the problem:

The bottleneck gets already found at the IP address 10.70.10.2 in this case. Around two yeas ago I have reported this host already and repeated the report a few times. Their only solution has been to turn of answering pings at this host. That I'm not the only one, who has problems with this amateur cable provider, Converge ICT Solutions Inc., gets shown on Twitter under the hashtag #convergeict and #pldtMyDSL.

As Converge ICT Solutions Inc. has so many problems in their Internet connection, I'm monitoring their service from the time I wake up until I'm going to bed again. During the past week their service has not been working before 7:00 am. It is understandable that they need to fix their problems and I have kept myself quiet as I have seen their service trucks in our area. These deadbeats are still thinking that their problems are getting found in the last mile. I have reported them with traces and ping statistics, where they need to start searching for their problems, but they are even resistant against technical facts coming from a third party. Last year on April 18, 2016, during a quiet time on their Internet connection, I have already reported the source of the problems (click on the screenshot to enlarge it):

The screenshot above shows the output from the open source software Ping Tracer, which makes every second a ping to each router on the way until the international connection. The problem gets shown inside the Converge network at the host with the IP 202.69.189.77. 192.168.1.1 is my private router and 10.105.0.1 is the first router in the Converge network. 10.105.0.1 shows during the monitored time 10:16 - 10:41 am not one lost package. During the same time the next router after 10.105.0.1 with the IP 202.69.189.77 had a package loss of 4.1%. Such an defect router can be the reason for any network problems and can result in a blocking the whole network traffic. Also the screenshot shows that the problem does not get found in the last mile.

A similar picture gets shown as yesterday, February 3, 2017, between two longer shutdowns of the Internet connection. Here the screenshot from yesterday showing the time 9:03 pm - 9:29 pm:

With other words, it cannot be what is not allowed. The network engineers from Converge ICT seems to be so much convicted about themselves, that they send out the field technicians for changing the cable modems instead of moving their own ass. The problem still stays unsolved. It does not matter to the lazy Converge network engineers, because only their customers are suffering from their incompetence.

One more fact proves that the problem needs to get searched in the routers or in the upload channels from the cable modems. During one of the visits of the Converge ICT Solutions technicians, he has exchanged the cable modem against one from Motorola. At this cable modem the upload channel can get chosen manually for the case problems are coming up. Some times it really helps to change the upload channel, but that is not a real solution for professional Internet provider. It is only a basal solution, but that fact shows that the problems are coming from a simple overbooking of the available hardware and network.

Here is a screenshot how the problem is normally building up:

The yellow bars are showing the long pings and the red one the package loss to each host. If one router blocks, because he cannot forward a package to the next router, the first one blocks too. The total black out is building up this way. Some times you can solve the problem by simple changing the upload channel and you get an acceptable Internet connection for simple browsing.

It even does not help to chose another offer from Converge because their problems are getting found in their internal network until their upstream provider. So even if you chose their fiber to home package, you'll suffer from the same problems. Not one Internet provider has different networks for their routing for their different offers.

Update 2017-02-03 7:30pm:

The following screenshot shows again a dropped line. For both drops is the staff from Converge guilty. Their stupid staff thinks, that they need to change for all their users the upload channel. The problem is, that all connections are dropping and cannot reconnect for the reason of overloading the network.

Here is a screen shot from the modem settings taken at 06:53:57 pm it shows upload channel 3:

Here the game continues. Every time the connection stops working as the upload channels gets set to 1:

At 07:12:55 pm the upload channel got again set to 1 from remote:

I have set the upload channel at 07:17:11 again to 3 and the connection is working again. From my site, I have to reboot the cable modem after setting the channel. From the remote site the channel can get changed without rebooting the cable modem:

This game has been continuing a few times until the deadbeat at the other end has given up. That are the stupid ideas from some staff in their IT department, who does not know what he is doing. So keep yourself away from such a provider, where the staff seems to get bored and are thinking they have to destroy your Internet connection.

The contact details from Converge ICT Solutions Inc.:
Converge Information and Communications Technology Solution Inc., Yamamoto Building, National Road, Cut-Cut, Pulilan, Bulacan, Philippines, Mobile No. 0933 552 5517

Main office: Reliance Center Annex 1 #99 E.Rodriguez Jr.,Ave. Bo. Ugong Pasig City, Philippines Pasig, Manila 1604 Philippinen

Office Pampanga:
5th Floor Savers Mall Bldg Balibago, Angeles, Pampanga, 2009
Phone: +63.458940100
Email: sysad@comclark.com

https://www.convergeict.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ConvergeICTOfficial/
https://www.facebook.com/HelloAirInternet/
https://www.facebook.com/AirCableTV/

https://www.linkedin.com/company/converge-ict-solutions-inc-

https://twitter.com/Converge_CSU

Domain registration data from convergeict.com:

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Most refugees will not integrate themselves

Syrian RefugeesThe lack of common values makes integration of Muslims almost impossible and their self-imposed demarcation probable.

As the first refugees arrived, many welcome clappers stood at the stations and cheered the new arrivals as a great enrichment. Many of these refugees got teddy bears as a gift, because teddy bears are probably exactly what people need most, after crossing the entire Balkan part by foot.

After all, most of the refugees thought they would be given a house, a car, and a well-paid job right away, and they would soon catch up their families. The whole Refugees Welcome banner, the self-esteem with the German Chancellor, their promise to let everyone into the country and no one to control, while no one will be pushed off, even if his asylum application is rejected, has helped to attract more to Germany as Germany and other EU countries can cope.

In order to increase acceptance, for the millions of refugees, nice stories or better described as simple lies got designed to calm down indigenous people. Supposedly, only academics and highly trained specialists would be the ones who would catapult Germany's economy to the world's peak. So to speak, each Syrian an atomphysicist. It turned out, however, that very many of them were neither atomphysics, nor Syrians. After it became known that Syrians no longer get deported, everybody wanted to be a Syrian and purchased a Syrian Passport at the black market. Syria is therefore probably the only country on this planet, where a quarter of a million people have been murdered in the last few years by Assad's regime and Islamic groups, but the number of citizens is still rising sharply.

In order to take the fears of the population, police reports are being dressed. Thus it is stated that 10% of all refugees (in Germany) are punished at least once, but one should not be worried, because these are only minor offenses, such as black riding or shoplifting. Ten percent of a million will be a whole lot! In other places, there is talk of organized prostitution in some refugee shelters. At the very least, they have learned quickly that supply and demand are related and how to implement it properly. Some of them are business-minded, yes, but someone should finally explain to them that they can not claim to be recognized as a refugee, to flee from the Islamic state, who also kidnapped girls and made women to sex slaves, by doing here exactly the same.

If 80% of all refugees are men, the refugee women will not have it easy. Especially here one can see the differences in the way of thinking. While in Europe women are legally equal in all respects (although some men may see differently, the woman can fight well against real oppression), many of the refugees are thinking that women are subordinated to men and considered of having a lower value. Since fewest of these refugee men are feminists, their image of women should be so simple. Here the man, there the submissive woman who serves the man. So how has it been with Mama always, when they did not have to bend at home a single finger. In refugee shelter, this image is continuing partially. Volunteers, many of them are females, smearing breads and hand out clothes during their leisure time. Many refugee men get boring in the meantime and are making nonsense.

Formed in their home country from Mommy spoiled and disfigured, it continues in Europe. Even the refugee women are even consider as too stupid for such a job and not one even trust them to introduce themselves and to make themselves useful. Smearing sandwiches and distribute donated clothes may seen by some men as low activity. As long as there are Eurpean women who intensify this attitude (unconscious?), we cannot expect that the image of women will get modernized quickly. The angry awakening will come. For the most European (and other living women here) it is indeed too stupid to wear his ass behind the man. Welcome to the Western World! This is usually the case here, even though some refugee assistants may declare the refugees as immature and try to stifle independent behavior from the outset, only for the reason to self congratulations and to celebrate themselves to be a good human, who help these savages not to starve, Because they are probably would go in their home with bow and arrow for hunting and would immediately starve here, if not getting spoiled from prosperity children who are smearing bread for them.

As said already, among the refugee men, not all, but probably damn many from them, are the gender roles simply knitted. The hetero-man and the hetero-woman, who serves him because the hetero-man got already raised from his hetero-mother to be dependent on his mother, who is therefore afraid of women because he is dependent on her care.

And that is only the beginning of all these reasons, why especially immigrants from patriarchal and archaic (Islamic) societies are even not trying to integrate themselves here or somewhere. Either because they are not understanding it all (what you can understand well) or because they feel it ridiculous and cling rather to old traditions or Islam and there get their simple answers to complex questions. There is the man still man and the woman just woman. Everything else is simple and easy to understand.

 

Amazon offered "sexy Burka" as a Halloween costume

Rarely has a piece of clothing provided for more conversation and was so vehemently controversial - the burka. But what has driven the online-shop giant Amazon recently on its British Web site, meets with many skepticism. So there was actually a "sexy burka" offered as a party outfit. Muslim believers romped up.

This fact shows already the intolerance and the missing integration capability from the Muslims in Europe. Why have they been coming here if they cannot adapt themselves to the culture here? They are bringing their problems from which they have been escaping to others and think that others have to respect their believes and wishes. Sorry, but if you cannot accept the Western culture why the Western culture shall accept yours?

Actually, the burka should serve the full veil of the body, but the offered "clothing piece" would obviously not have been able to fulfill this purpose. The tight dress covers just the most necessary here, leaves a lot of leg freedom and also gives deep insights at the level of the cleavage. Just the arms are comparatively chaste hidden under long sleeves.

Screenshot Amazon offer "Sexy Burka"

For the one or the other perhaps quite amusing - glances attract the piece of fabric with certainty - but for believers, the orderly "sexy Burka" was a very big affront.

Some Muslim Amazon customers placed displeasure immediately in the reviews below of the product. "You’re all disgusting racists. My culture is not your costume", was to read in one of the reviews.

Another commented: "A person’s culture is NOT a fancy dress costume".

Whereas another user took the item for sale very personally, commenting: "Whoever you are fear Allah. It’s not a joke."

If the outfit already stands on the wish list for the upcoming Halloween party, then you have to be disappointed at this point. For the "sexy Burka" has now been removed from the Amazon side, but you can order the sexy burka at AliExpress. The case can have some consequences for the third-party supplier, who placed the outfit on the sales platform. A spokesman for the online giant told to the British news agency SWNS: "All Marketplace sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who don’t will be subject to action including potential removal of their account."

However, if you do not want to miss a costume for Halloween, a completely unholy nun costume or a seductive priest's outfit is still available:

Screenshot Amazon offer "unholy nun costume" and "seductive priest's outfit"

Here gets shown the double standard from Amazon. It looks like that Amazon is a Muslim shop, so don't buy in such a shop. If they like to make business and respect only the Muslim culture then they have to make their business only with Muslim buyers. In such a case they will get removed from the market very fast. Even Amazon needs to understand the basic rule in business the customer is king. If only the Muslims are their kings, then they should take only the money from Muslims.

 

India: Violence against Dalits is increasing

Since the takeover of the Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi and his party BJP, the violence against the Dalits - also called "untouchables" - has constantly increased.

The data of the National Crime Record Board, which was presented at a Dalit meeting in Delhi with over 7,000 participants, reveals this finding. according to a report from the Roman news agency "Fides" a "Massive reconnaissance" about the difficult situation of Dalit is urgently needed.

For 2015, the Observatory records 7,144 cases of criminal violence against Dalits alone in the state of Rajasthan, including murder and rape; Gujarat (6655 cases) and Chhattisgarh (3,008 cases) are also among the biggest conflict centers. Often, Dalits would be victims of arbitrary and illegal expropriation of arable land; Nearly three quarters of all Dalit families in rural areas are affected, according to a social and economic survey of 2011.

credits to Reuters/Amit Dave

About 45 percent of the Dalit families do not have land ownership or have to give up an important part of their livelihood. This inequality leads to poverty, malnutrition, health problems, illiteracy and backward development.

According to Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, "the most important advocate for the Dalits and the tribal peoples is the Catholic Church", and: "What the Church did for the Dalits in the field of education, welfare, development and support even did not get done by the state."

Specifically runs the support over an Episcopal Commission specially created, dealing with the social support of the Dalits and the combating of discrimination. Discrimination of this population group are given the prevailing mentality remains common and Christian Dalits as a result of a decision of the President from 1950 still "Additionally disadvantaged", so the Bishop: "We demand that Christian and non-Christian Dalits have the same rights."

The Indian government is called upon to take measures to combat violence against Dalits, including a ban on groups of violent groups who are bombarding Dalit. There is also a need to create jobs with permanent contracts, distribute land to the landless and counteract discrimination against Dalits in schools," Mascarenhas said.

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Ink war: HP exercises vigilante justice via firmware update

Hewlett PackardJustice and consumer advocates should take care at last, what the industry is doing to their customers via update features. In some cases such as the recent one from HP, it was even illegal.

With changes of a few bytes from a printer firmware, the IT giant Hewlett-Packard (HP) has just destroyed millions values of its customers: an automatic update ensures that certain ink cartridges of other manufacturers of the printers are no longer acceptable. The customer has paid both, cartridges and printer are both his property. But that does not bother the group at all.

The way how HP treats the property of its customers and the following of the property rights is disregarded, arrogant and presumptuous. HP spreads the following message for even mocking their victims: For giving the best support to their customers, the safety of their products will get continuously improved. Since the end of 2015 we have introduced in the printer models OfficeJet OfficeJet Pro and Officejet Pro X new features that secure the communication between the ink cartridge and the printer and protect HP's intellectual property. These printers could be operated with refilled or remanufactured ink cartridges with an original HP security chip; other ink cartridges may or may not work. In some cases, these are "features" have been installed as part of a firmware update. The group leaves unanswered the question of which law gives HP the right to implement these features, i.e. the shutdown of third-party cartridges have been installed.

This means that Office Jet Pro devices no longer print with special replica cartridges from far East, as well as cartridges refilled and stocked with China chips. Refill and cartridges vendors that use HP chips, are, however, not barred. For example the cartridges from Pelikan will continue to work in the HP printers.

Cat and mouse game

The repartee between the printer manufacturers and providers of alternative cartridges began even before the first cartridges chips: back then it was patented plastic cones, partition walls or integrated light-emitting diodes. Since the cartridges are equipped with a chip - officially, it should save the ink level, reverse-engineering experts build the chips of each new generation of cartridges. It takes several months for the alternative inks provider can use the replica in their cheap cartridges. The printer manufacturers responded first with new types of cartridges and better encryption, which work only with new types of printers.

Since printers and especially multifunction devices are getting smarter, manufacturers such as HP, Canon and Samsung to analyze differences between the original and replica chips and adapt the software to their devices so that they can identify and lock out replicas. Initially it worked only with newly produced batches. With cloud and mobile printing multi function devices, however, are always connected to the Internet and can install updates automatically.

A firmware update that locks out foreign chips, HP has not released for the first time. By 2015 blocked updated Office Jets cartridges Ninestar. At that time the cartridge manufacturer replied with a modified chip, which the printer accepted again. Insider are suggesting now to not allow offered firmware updates and have also warned from updates for Epson, Lexmark and Samsung devices.

For printers and multi-function devices with wireless or Ethernet connection, the automatic firmware update can usually disable via the web front-end. To call it, just enter the printer's IP address in the URL line of a browser. Otherwise you will find the option in the adjustment or the printer administrator menu.

One reason for the continuous ink-war between printer manufacturers and suppliers of alternative inks is subsidizing discount printers and multi-function devices with overpriced ink cartridges. Some manufacturers such as Brother and Epson have with some printer series (Ink Benefit, EcoTank) abandoned this form of financing and selling expensive printers, which however included ink for thousands of pages and can be refilled as low with original ink that replacement inks worth barely.

War on the backs of customers

In plain language, that's nothing different, that HP will fight its war with their mostly Asian competitors on the back of their customers and violated their rights. Who wants to go against product falsifications or patent infringing copies, requires judicial orders to let them seize and destroy. HP but simply enters the printer of its customers via network, modifies the software and thus makes the cartridges, which they are believing that they are illegal, useless. This is a new form of vigilantism by firmware update. The competitor itself or commercial wholesalers, but the customer also not as usual have the damage. This is a novelty.

It is time that the judiciary takes care of such machinations. The intentional change of a computer system is punishable as computer sabotage pursuant to § 303b paragraph 1 point 3 of the Criminal Code in Germany. Other countries have a similar right situation. All such update functions fulfill this offense. Decriminalization they can therefore only stay if they are justified by a consent of the owner.

Making HP liable

This is no different than the syringe a doctor gives: The syringe is a bodily injury and only covered that we agree on the basis of thorough information. Nobody would sign immediately upon entering the practice, that the doctor now and for all eternity can do what he wants, without any responsibility and assumes the risk of any side effects. And no judge would let go by such as consent for a medical intervention. The IT industry, but feels to do it exactly according to the motto: Where no plaintiff, there no judge.

And it's time that worry the consumer centers to these shenanigans. You can warn companies that approve such conditions by their customers to stop and if necessary sue to refrain from such contractual clauses. Individual consumers can hardly. Because the damage may be low for individual consumers, in the sum of thousands affected in one small country alone, it goes into millions and the company should be held liable.