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Got to know the results of the examination to save the world. Well… I am through resulting to say “I am in”. Finally got a chance to get the (Hons) after a battle with time and  academia. This was a dream for about a semester where I felt I am falling back. But I should’ve done it earlier.

I see it differently now. Bad relationships returns bad to you. I have won the battle by removing or rather re-thinking of my relationships. I am talking with some encapsulation here. There are somethings which should not be broadcast coz I’ve remined the same way throughout the said semester.

Now its another mission to get others in but only others who are willing. Several seemed to be enthusiastic about this but some still are waiting for a ping. Just dreaming won’t do anything for you ppl. Tomorrow we’ll handover the letter to consider all of us in the L4 (only for the ones who need it) and demand for a face to face meeting with the Dean which we didn’t have after Firdy’s case.

I am in but I am for others in this mission.

Hopes for tomorrow. INTECS, FOSS@FIT, KrishTrees (fitTrees) and FITCOC still remain silent for the time been. It all starts next week with L4. Lets hope for the best and courage for the good work to be done.

University life is perceived as a door step which a student opens his arms to the outer world. As freshers they enter university and leave as graduates with their heads held high with dignity and capability. Throughout their university life they engage in various activities, curriculum and otherwise.

These said activities enhance their interaction and other qualities which a university student should have, and has been successful throughout the past years. In par with those activities, I would like to propose a new programme to the new entrants of FIT.

fitTrees
fitTrees

The programme is under the FITCOC and gives chance for every student entering the faculty to plant a tree on his/her name. Continuing with his/her degree programme for four years, the tree would grow as the student grows in knowledge and technical expertise. Finally as a graduate from the University of Moratuwa, the same student can witness the tree grown as he has for years.

Such moment would be valuable in various aspects for a student and even for a faculty supporting nature and social responsibility. Even after decades lapse, the tree stands still, resembling the strength of a FIT student in the corporate world after graduation.

My proposal is to hold this ceremony with each and every orientation programme to be held in the future beginning from Batch 9. A suitable place for the programme should be reserved and proper steps should be taken to manage the quantity of the trees.

  • One tree per student or
  • One tree per a group of students

I hope the faculty would give the fullest and heartiest support to inaugurate this programme and continue it for the future.

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For all @ FIT in aid of ASE subject tomorrow. Hope this helps..

Christian’s Algorithm

A clock synchronization algorithm used to synchronize the time on a machine with a remote time server. This is a very straightforward algorithm, and is quite easy to understand.

The procedure:

  1. A process p requests the time in a message mr and receives the time value t in a message mt.
  2. t is inserted in mt at the last possible point before transmission from the server S.
  3. Tround = Time(send mr) + Time ( receive mt) = (1-10)*10-3 seconds on a LAN.
  4. min = minimum queueing time for S.

The earliest point at which S could have placed the time mt was min after p dispatched mr. The time by S’s clock when the message is received by P is in the range t + min < p < t + Tround - min. The total width of this range is Tround - 2*min. This gives an accuracy of (Tround / 2 – min). If all of that made absolutely no sense to you, here’s a much simpler (but far less rigorous) explanation. Basically, the client sends a request for the current time to the time server. When it receives the response, it finds the transmission delay (time between the request being sent and the response being received), divides that in half, and adds that to the time received back from the server. The idea is to eliminate the inaccuracy caused by network delays. This assumes that the link is equally fast both ways, which may not always be the case. But as with any algorithm, you have to make tradeoffs.

Berkeley Algorithm

A distributed clock synchronization algorithm, developed by Drs. Gusella and Zatti at the University of California, Berkeley in 1989.

Here’s what you do:
Choose a coordinator computer to act as the master. The master periodically polls the slaves whose clocks are to be synchronized to the master. The slaves send their clock values to the master.

The master observes the transmission delays and estimates their local clock times. Once this is done, it takes a fault-tolerant average of all the times including its own, and ignores those that are far outside of the range of the rest.

The master then sends each slave the amount (positive or negative) that it should adjust its clock. This is very ingenious, because it means that it doesn’t have to send absolute times (which will be messed up by network delays

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Start of a new era in the Faculty. We (Me, Laknath, Lakshan) along with three other speakers pushed the wheel to inaugurate the Free n Open Source Software community in the faculty. This was a need which the previous batches tried to establish but were in vein to a reason unknown. But now its all history.

With the latest intake (FIT-B9), and with the new curriculum, we showed them a new pathway to adjust their future. This project unveils our potential in the FOSS movement and support we can give as The Faculty of IT.

To be frank, this post is the first time I am using Firefox on Ubuntu 9.04 (which I just received with another Kubuntu CD). I am not seriously into FOSS stuff yet but with the new project and the new CDs its kind of itching for me. 😛

Well the next steps would be after our examinations, Level 3 Semester 2. We intend to set up a new FOSS resarch lab with the faculty along with other infrastructure changes we need for the students. (Specially the WiFi expansion for laptop users).

Taking in some FOSS projects and encouraging our students to involve with them would be another effort if they have already been grabbed by MS. He he :P.

Well…more projects to come from my head after the FOSS@FIT. Especially the FITCOC which I need to start soon after the ASE paper. But I am in danger of been stolen “my” intellectual property. Lets hope for the best n prepare for the worst.

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Whistle blowing is that to publicly allege concealed misconduct on the part of an organization or body of people, usually from within that same organization. This misconduct may be classified in many ways; for example, a violation of a law, rule, regulation and/or a direct threat to public interest, such as fraud, health/safety violations, and corruption. Whistle blowers may make their allegations internally (for example, to other people within the accused organization or externally (to law enforcement agencies, to the media or to groups concerned with the issues).

– Wikipedia

Establishing effective reporting mechanisms is one of the key elements of a fraud prevention program.  Many scams are discovered or suspected by people who arent involved in them. The challenge of employees is to encourage witnesses to speak out by showing that it is very much in their own interests.  Organizations that can overcome the culture of silence and encourage openness are likely to benefit in many ways.

In the UK there is no legal requirement for companies to have a policy on whistle blowing. But listed companies are obliged under the Combined Code to have whistle blowing arrangements or explain why they do not, while public bodies are expected to have them. Firms that are subject to the US Sarbanes-Oxley Act 2002, are also required to have whistle blowing arrangements.

According to Public Concern at Work’s best-practice guidance, a whistle blowing policy should make the following points;

  • The organizations take malpractices seriously. Here it should give examples of the type of concerns to be raised, thereby distinguishing a whislte blowing issue from a grievance.
  • Employees have the option to raise their concerns outside their reporting line. Here the policy should give guidance on when and how concerns may properly be raised outside the organization.
  • Employees may access confidential guidance from an independent body.
  • The organization will, when requested, respect the confidentiality of anyone raising a concern.
  • The victimization of a whistle blower will be treated as a disciplinary matter- as will any malicious false allegation.

– CIMA, UK

I got selected to the World University Games 2009, the Universiade 2009. This time its Belgrade, Serbia. Apart from the workload I had during the past months, I managed to do some training for the trials. Lucky me!. I’m in the team.

How ever there are several concerns in my mind. The ticket isn’t affordable for all, so that the selectors have reduced the number of participation. My university provides with the registration fee and the tickets. But not all universities here in Sri Lanka got such policy.

There were 6 participants in two disciplines for the Bangkok Universiade including myself from the University of Moratuwa, my university. But this time only two to my knowledge, myself and my batch mate swimmer.

But unfortunate me! My GF didn’t get her place in the team as expected. She’d recovered now.

Well, hope for a better Universiade this time. I dont need less GPA this time. Hard work to be done, preparation needed. This is a milestone semester of my Uni life and I need courage and commitment from within.

Seems tired to even think about it. Only 1+ month for my CIMA exams. Need a sigh of relief soon after the huge bulk.

Currently I’m working on the training report. Its a cracking mess now with only 10 pages out of the 40+ required. Yes I’m doing the BSc. in IT, I’ve got to commit.!!!

Until then, await me Belgrade!!!

For the goals for future, the world athletics governing body IAAF has introduced a scholarship in three categories.  This article is on the B-Project which is an idea of the IAAF president Lamine Diack.

IAAF ‘B’ Standard Project

President Lamine Diack has set the goal for the IAAF that at least one athlete of each Member Federation be capable of achieving the ‘B’ Qualification Standard for the World Championships in Athletics or the Olympic Games.

This is an ambitious objective considering the level of the performances to be achieved and the fact that nearly half of the IAAF Member Federations have not yet achieved this level.

Athletes deemed to have a chance to achieve the ‘B’ Standard in an event will be offered one of 3 programmes:

· Short Term programme – Those who are close to the set ‘B’ Standard objective could participate in short term preparation, usually accompanied by their personal coach (3 months duration).

· Medium Term programme – Designed for athletes who have the potential to achieve the ‘B’ Standard with one year of specific preparation (one year duration).

· Long Term programme – Athletes currently under the age of 23 who obviously need longer time to achieve the ‘B’ Standard will be offered this programme (two, or more, years duration).

In all three programmes, the IAAF will ensure access to adequate facilities, coaching and competition.

You will find in the right hand side column a

Please Note: Individual athletes, coaches or other interested parties should contact their National Federation for further information. Only IAAF Member Federations may make application for an athlete and National Federations will submit an application for those athletes who are deemed eligible.

Should you need any further information related to this project please contact, in the first instance, your National Federation. Then, if needed:

IAAF Member Services Department

17 rue Princesse Florestine

BP 359

MC98007

Monaco Cedex

For a more detailed description of the ‘B’ Standard Project, including Entry Standards and Application Form please click
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Source : iaaf.org