So a little late due to sleeping the afternoon anyway (God I love Sundays), welcome to this weeks top five stories of the week!
More on gay marriage
A couple of stories this last week to do with gay marriage in the UK.
Liam Fox, the former Defense Secretary who resigned after being caught breaking the ministerial code, hit out at the plans to legalise gay marriage in the UK, calling them ‘social engineering’ and claiming that there doesn’t seem to be ‘much support’ for the idea. (Source: BBC)
Meanwhile, just over 1,000 Catholic priests signed a letter detailing how they feel they will be limited in how they can practice their faith and will be persecuted, likening it to when Henry VIII split from Catholicism. This must be a big deal, because if anyone knows what persecution looks like, it’ll be the catholics (or protecting paedophiles, for that matter).(Source: The Telegraph)
Confusion leades people to think they can download free copies of Adobe CS2
Last Monday, lifehacker.com (amongst others) noticed and reported that Adobe were putting up serial codes for their 7 year old Creative Suite 2 range of software. All you needed was a free Adobe account and then you could download and register the software.
Except, no. According to Adobe Forum Staffer Dov Issacs, ‘Adobe is absolutely not providing free copies of CS2!…Adobe is terminating the activation servers for CS2 and that for
existing licensed users of CS2 who need to reinstall their software,
copies of CS2 that don’t require activation but do require valid serial numbers
are available…You are only legally entitled to download and install with that serial number
if you have a valid license to the product!’
So, not Adobe throwing out really old software that mostly likely won’t run on your PC unless it’s running a quite old system unless you fancy breaking laws. To be honest though, if you were that way inclined, why not just torrent CS6?(Source: Lifehacker)
Texan pupil loses appeal against wearing a badge depicting ‘mark of the beast’
15 year old Andrea Hernandez stopped wearing the radio tagged ID badge introduced by her school, John Jay High School, on religious grounds as she said it was the ‘mark of the beast’. However when she took it to the federal court after he suspension, they took the schools side as they had tried to accomodate her by removing the tracking chip, which is obviously completely related to her original complaint…(Source: BBC)
Saudi Arabia beheads Sri Lankan woman despite international appealrs
Rizana Nafeek, who was 17 when she committed murder of the child she was babysitting, has been executed this past week despite her age when she committed the crime and an international campaign for clemency. Since being sentenced in 2007 the Sri Lankan government has been appealing directly against her execution.
Despite the fact that she was a murderer, nobody deserves no die. Things like this just serves to remind us how lucky we are to live without fear of capital punishment. (Source: National Post)
IBM’s AI, Watson, memorises the Urban Dictionary
The famous artificial intelligence, Watson, was made to learn the Urban Dictionary in an effort to try and help the machine understand how real people communicate. This might’ve been great except before long Watson couldn’t distinguish between normal language and profanity, even using the word ‘bullshit’ in answer to a researcher’s query. Needless to say, researchers promptly deleted the Urban Dictionary from his systems and installed a language filter, which the probably should’ve started with. (Source: The Atlantic)
And that’s it for this week! Thanks for reading, and have a great evening.