May 5 2011

“Facebook is the most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented” – Julian Assange, Wiki Leaks

Posted by Knonie


“Facebook in particular is the most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented. Here we have the world’s most comprehensive database about people, their relationships, their names, their addresses, their locations and the communications with each other, their relatives, all sitting within the United States, all accessible to US intelligence. Facebook, Google, Yahoo – all these major US organizations have built-in interfaces for US intelligence. It’s not a matter of serving a subpoena. They have an interface that they have developed for US intelligence to use.

Now, is it the case that Facebook is actually run by US intelligence? No, it’s not like that. It’s simply that US intelligence is able to bring to bear legal and political pressure on them. And it’s costly for them to hand out records one by one, so they have automated the process. Everyone should understand that when they add their friends to Facebook, they are doing free work for United States intelligence agencies in building this database for them.”

– Julian Assange, of Wiki Leaks

Jul 26 2010

Octopus Paul is a Star… But Bad-Grammar is even more interesting…

Posted by Knonie

Ever since those correct predictions made by that eight-armed mollusk created a hype during this FIFA 2010 World Cup, octopus Paul has become a kind of pop icon.

Coming to Facebook, the presence of Paul can be seen in the form of many third-party applications.
Let me share two of my observations as screen-shots.

See this [Click to enlarge]:Octopus Paul App on Facebook

Just check the Grammar of the developers…
What did Octopus Paul predicted for you?” should be “What did Octopus Paul predict for you?
Hey guys… You’re making an application for the public, and what kind of impression you’re making here. What you’re doing is not even a slang.

I checked another application, and still, you can see the weak grammar. “an Octopus” is written as “a Octopus“. And then “asked” is termed as “asked to“.
“David asked to a Octopus Paul:” is certainly something that’s hardly English. One cannot expect that the team of application developers overlooked it and no one noticed it.

And here’s the interesting part, where the Paul answers your questions, and see what my friend has asked:Octopus Paul App on Facebook

Shuja asked to a Octopus Paul:
octopus paul kamina kutta haina? [Don’t you think Octopus Paul is a mean dog?]

And the answer was: Always the same. The answer is YES!

Jun 4 2010

Interesting Text Message responses after Facebook Ban

Posted by Knonie

After Facebook was blocked in Pakistan, I received a really interesting text message from a friend. That text message has a line mimicking Facebook’s following notification:
XYZ has tagged a photo of you“.
Below that text, there was a picture of donkey drawn in ASCII characters.

I shared it with few of my friends to see how they get it during that time. I received quite different types of responses. I’m posting few of them here.

That’s the text message I sent:

Knonie Dost has tagged a photo of you…
\,,/”( ,     ,   ) \
       //\\ //\\

Few of the responses are listed below. I have changed the real names to initials for privacy reasons.

Mannan likes this

[- Mannan Saddique]

Shooo cuteeee

[- Maanie, “Imran Khalid”]

Hahaha. today i was dicusng u wid ur x-collegue “A.R”. dat nw knonie has limitd social life wid out facebok.

[- Abdul Basit]

Hello! Knonie dost.

[- Hadi Raza]

Not allowed. Site restricted. […]

[- Hasnat Mehmood]

Haha yeah, that looks like me.
“S. A” likes your photo. 😛

[- S. A]

Hehe 😀
Thank you Knonie Dost.

[- Sharjeel Butt]

Lol =p funny =p

[- C. Ch]

HTC text screenshot

Fahad Naeem has tagged a photo of you.

\,,/”( , , ) \
       //\\ //\\


*)Hahahaha bohat aala…
*)haha lolz..
*) fitt pic hy
*) yaar ye kb ki hay?

lets show them we dnt need any facebook we hav our own! 😉

[- Fahad Naeem, Also by Bilal Asad]

Oh no. Knonie yai kia. Buri baat friends ko aisa Nahi kehtay! But fact remains the same and that is I Love u! Have a great weekend…my balance finished talk to u later!

[- Bilal Nasr]


[- Saad Omer]

Hahaha, never thought of facebook mobile! 😀

[- Ismail Tariq]

Hahahahaha missing fb? 😛

[- Malik Sarmad]

So cute 😀

[- Bilal Hussayn Asad]

“S. Z” commented on her photo:

[- S Z]

Ye Tumne kab se anmol moti send kerna start kr diay.. 😛

[- Ghayyur Jadoon]

Are u against fb being banned in pak !?

[- Hamzah Jamil]

Facebook itna yaad araha hai kya :p

[- Ahmed Faraz]