stupidity

What the...

So from 2007 onwards The Man™ wants all Germans to pay "Internet-Rundfunkgebühr" (a fee which one was forced to pay if one owned a TV or radio. Now it suffices to own a computer which can be connected to the Internet).

(via Telepolis)

WE ARE POPE! [Update]

WIR SIND PAPST!

In English: "WE ARE POPE!". This is the headline which could be seen one day after the papal election in the (German) tabloid daily newspaper Bild-Zeitung (similar in style and quality to The Sun).

BILDblog (a blog which watches and criticizes the newspaper, very satiric, very funny) has an image of the headline — a must-see. I saw the headline when walking by a "newspaper-stand" (no idea how this is called in English) on my way to a subway station here in Munich and nearly laughed my ass off.

Update: Someone is collecting "WIR SIND PAPST!" images...

Laptop Thief is in Trouble

Professor Jasper Rine from the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology at the University of California at Berkeley had some interesting words for the guy who stole his laptop recently. At the end of a lecture, which was recorded and is now — thanks to Boing Boing — available in many formats (Real, Quicktime and MP3), he told the guy (who was presumely in the class and was apparently after the exam data) what consequences he is about to face.

There's a text transcript of the last part of the lecture, which (among other stuff) says:

I am tied up all this afternoon; I am out of town all of next week. You have until 11:55 to return the computer, and whatever copies you've made, to my office, because I'm the only hope you've got of staying out of deeper trouble than you or any student I've ever known has ever been in.

There's lots of discussion going on right now about this. One reader of Joe Grossberg's blog is a bit sceptic (to say the least) that all of what the prof said is true, but still, I'm sure this scared the shit out of the guy who stole the laptop...

(via Boing Boing)

Friday Java Jumble

Friday Java Jumble on The Daily WTF — the guy who wrote this code would have pretty good chances to win a write-patently-stupid-code contest. Have a look.

(via /dev/blog)

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