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A former SingTel engineer took revenge on the Singaporean telco giant after being given the sack by sabotaging fibre optic cables on a staggering 600 separate occasions. Thirty-five-year-old Terrance Tan Khoon Shan was handed a 15 month prison sentence after the disgruntled engineer was found guilty of cutting cables in various …

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Lol

Nice try by the defence. 617 = opportunistic? Dream on.

Mind you, the question does arise - how was he able to do over 600 before getting caught? Surely he could have been fingered while the total was still in double digits?

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Re: Lol

You're talking about Singapore, an incompetent country which had:

1) Let a (suspected) terrorist who was in custody escape under the police's very nose.

2) Let convicted murderers escape the country.

3) Let convicted non-locals guilty of assault escape the country.

4) Let a hit-and-run foreign diplomat escape the country.

5) Buggered up the MRT rail system (analogous to the London Tube).

6) Top government officials found guilty of corruption and fraud.

The following pic illustrates what a typical Singapore police officer is best at:

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i148/muhd_hidayat/Blog%20Posting/

070722_ss_policeofficer.jpg

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"how was he able to do over 600 before getting caught? "

He hired a gang of big huge techno-savvy rats.

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Re: Lol

An incompetent country with 99% high speed broadband access, with 95% fiber rollout expected this year? We should all have such incompetence.

Cops sleep in every country.

Bad things happen in every country, as do slip-ups.

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Re: Lol

1) Let a (suspected) terrorist who was in custody escape under the police's very nose.

2) Let convicted murderers escape the country.

3) Let convicted non-locals guilty of assault escape the country.

4) Let a hit-and-run foreign diplomat escape the country.

Sounds like they let the bad apples be another country's problem. Unorthodox but affective.

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Re: Lol

>Nice try by the defence. 617 = opportunistic?

Obviously just an example of the diligent hardworking meticulous nature of the Singaporean.

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They have bigger fish to fry

You have to understand Singapore's, uhm, interesting priorities.

Cutting 600 fiber optic cables = 15 months in jail.

Having sex with someone of the same gender = life in jail

Possessing 1/2 kilo of marijuana = death penalty

So clearly they didn't catch him because they were too busy with the real criminals.

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Quote easy.....

...pop open a street box and hey presto....That's what I'm presuming.

being an ex-employee, he proberbly had a master key.

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Re: Quote easy.....

Master key? Don't know about Singapore but around here just lift the manhole covers which are, e.g. labelled COLT.

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Unhappy

1Gbps?

Here in the Good Ol' USA I pay $200/month for 1.5Mbs from Cox ... ain't technology wonderful!

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Re: 1Gbps?

US$200/mo for 1.5M? You are either

a) paying for a business service level agreement, with five nines of reliability

b) a total fool

c) counting non-Internet (e.g. cable TV, premium movie channels) into that cost.

d) bullshitting.

I live out in the country, and I pay US$30 for 4.5Mbit DSL, truly unlimited (I've been torrenting over 10G a month for some time).

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or :

e) an addict to Very High Definition Porn (VHDP)

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Re: 1Gbps?

Actually, $200 for 1.5M sounds like a T1... which is sometimes your only option if you're too far away from civilization.

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Anonymous Coward

Fix the cables with chewing gum

Oh, that's right. Singapore has outlawed gum.

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Singapore has banned gum

and quite right too.

According to Disk Whittingdon the streets of London were paved with gold. The reality is they are paved with old chewing-gum splodges.

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WTF?

Re: Singapore has banned gum

You'd prefer something like Seattle's Gum Wall?

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Re: Fix the cables with chewing gum

Singapore has outlawed the *selling* of chewing gum.

However, there's no law to forbid bringing chewing gum from other countries (e.g. neighbouring Malaysia) into Singapore for your personal consumption.

Also, a few brands of officially-approved 'dental' chewing gum (e.g. Xylitol) can be legally sold.

What a cuntry! Go figure the (ill-) logic.

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Re: Fix the cables with chewing gum

Errr, last time I went through Singapore customs I seem to remember signs saying Chewing Gum was prohibited.

http://www.customs.gov.sg/leftNav/trad/TradeNet/Singapore+Customs+-+Chewing+Gum+(HS+CODE+17041000).htm

You can try to import it for "personal consumption" but you'll have to run the gauntlet of Singapore customs and risk a fine per stick/tab of chewing gum they discover on your person.

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Re: Fix the cables with chewing gum

So a highly efficient, highly civilized dictatorship than. Hmm, I think I'll put up with the inconvenience of slower Internet, chewing gum on the pavement and quite a few other things in order to keep a bit more of my personal freedom. Everything has a cost, and I value my personal freedom much higher then walking on clean side walks - as appealing as that might sound. But I suppose everybody has their own priorities.

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Interesting

We had the same SingTel link fail twice last year... might have been this guy.

I hadn't really thought about it, but pretty damn strange in hindsight... that a link that was solid for years prior, then failed twice in the course of a month or two. wire clippers tend to do that I guess : /

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Re: Interesting

And considerably more covert than a backhoe...

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This guy should com to the US, and bring his tools.

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Don't senseless acts indicate mental problems?

"Although defence lawyers tried to bargain that the engineer, who was sacked in September 2010 after just a year in the job, had mental problems, the district judge disagreed, labelling Tan’s crimes 'senseless acts'."

Does the district judge think that mentally normal people would cut 617 cables as 'senseless acts'?

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Re: Don't senseless acts indicate mental problems?

Knowing Singapore's judiciary (kangaroo courts) and past trends of sentencing, unless you are a celebrity, a foreigner or someone who's well-connected to the ruling elite, pleading insanity or claiming to have mental health issues is a futile thing to do. And it will backfire.

The judge will say that you were in a clear state of mind while you were committing the crime, therefore your insanity plea is not valid. And how dare you, a lowly peasant, appeal! The previous Chief Justice of Singapore had a (sadistic?) penchant of increasing the punishment of many appeal cases, instead of merely dismissing the appeal.

I hope the above has been enlightening to those who are not familiar with Singapore.

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Re: Don't senseless acts indicate mental problems?

Not really, a big grudge and nothing better to do is perfectly sane; it's senseless to everyone else though, and a huge drain on society.

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"previous Chief Justice of Singapore had a (sadistic?) penchant of increasing the punishment"

Wow - that's f'ed up : /

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Joke

At least he'll be able to get a job with BT when he gets out - oh, wait, they only cut people off by accident... (they kept taking our LLU lines as they didn't have a dial tone on. Funny that, being naked DSL and all)

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Not likely to survive

I doubt this dummy will exit jail alive.

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