The shapeshifting Donkey Prostitute

Von Lowering the Bar: “Your worship, I only came to know that I was being intimate with a donkey when I got arrested,” a 28-year-old Zimbabwe man told a magistrate on Monday. The man, who had been arrested for being intimate with a donkey, admitted the conduct in question but claimed that the donkey had not been a donkey when he met her at a nightclub last Saturday night, but rather a prostitute. “I don’t know how she then became a donkey,” he told the court. Shape-Shifting Donkey Prostitute Strikes Again (via JWZ)

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Codify – iPad

Codify for iPad lets you create games and simulations — or just about any visual idea you have. Turn your thoughts into interactive creations that make use of iPad features like Multi-Touch and the accelerometer.

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Is Perl Better Than a Randomly Generated Programming Language?

First time accepted submitter QuantumMist writes “Researchers from Southern Illinois University have published a paper comparing Perl to Quorum(PDF) (their own statistically informed programming language) and Randomo (a programming language whose syntax is partially randomly generated). From the paper: ‘Perl users were unable to write programs more accurately than those using a language designed by chance.’ Reactions have been enthusiastic, and the authors have responded.” Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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Mit an Sicherheit grenzender Wahrscheinlichkeit

Im Keller eines Hauses, das von einer mehrköpfigen Familie bewohnt wird, stellt die Polizei einen PC sicher. Die Bewohner des Hauses kennen ihre Rechte. Weder Eltern noch die erwachsenen Kinder sagen was. Insbesondere nicht dazu, wem der Computer gehört und wer ihn nutzte.  Ein Polizeibeamter wertet den bemerkenswert leeren Rechner aus und findet Inhalte, die möglicherweise als Jugendpornografie strafbar sind. Außerdem entdeckt er etwas Musik, einige Youtube-Clips und vier, fünf Textdateien, in […]

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Ohne Volumenbeschränkung, von wegen

Die Telekom darf für Internetanschlüsse nicht mehr mit Aussagen über hohe Übertragungsraten werben, ohne deutlich auf die Drosselung der Geschwindigkeit bei hohem Datentransfer hinzuweisen. Das hat das Landgericht Bonn nach einer Klage des Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverbandes (vzbv) entschieden. Die Versprechungen waren vollmundig: “Unsere schnellste DSL-Verbindung”, “Luxus-Highspeed-Surfen mit bis zu 25 Mbit/s”, “ohne Zeit- oder Volumenbeschränkung” – so pries die Telekom ihr Paket “Call & Surf […]

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Library of Congress asks: how should we let you break DRM?

For the fifth time since the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was passed in 1998, the Library of Congress is preparing to grant limited rights to crack DRM locks on digital content. Not that it matters much; despite an increased willingness at the Library to grant such permission, the actual tools most people need to bypass DRM remain forbidden. Even if you want to take advantage of your rights under the law, you’ll probably break the law to do so. The DMCA made it illegal to bypass most […]

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