Autocomplete

My sister googles “why b” autocomplete suggests: “why boys are better than girls”

My sister googles “why g” autocomplete suggests: “why get married” or “why god why”

I google “why b” autocomplete suggests: “why buy an ipad”

I google “why g” autocomplete suggests: “why gluten free”, “why go to college”

Does Google know something we don’t?

No more sexting in Pakistan…

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has banned 1,795 expletives on SMS, ordering telecom companies to filter out SMS-es containing these offending words with effect from 21 November 2011. The letter includes a list of 1,109 English words, more pornographic terms than expletives, and another 586 Urdu words which are more colourful sexual expletives of the standard South Asian kind rather than the plain garden variety pornography.

The Pakistani Twitterverse was on fire last night as the two lists make for hilarious reading. The English list begins with A.S.S. and ends with yellowman. Some words sound harmless (crap and crappy), others bizarre (Jesus Christ, flatulence, murder, monkey crotch). Many are commonly used obscene words (“FUCK YOU”) and care has been taken to account for alternative spellings (biatch, muthafucka). While many spelling variations of ‘masturbation’ are on it, the correct spelling is not. Most words seem to be designed to prevent ‘sexting’ or sending sexually explicit texts (sexy, lick me, do me, S&M, lotion and porn). The list comes down on anal sex as much as vaginal sex. But it isn’t just sex. By banning drunken they perhaps hope to reduce alcoholism.

Why worry about what happens in Burma, when these things go on in the universities in the Land of the Free?

Apparently, posting tents and sitting on lawns is such a threat to law and order that mace, oodles of mace, is required?

Science makes things beautiful

http://www.ted.com/talks/robin_ince_science_versus_wonder.html

India: The Secular Democracy

BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has stirred a hornet’s nest in the state by announcing that Bhagvad Gita would be taught in all schools, with Opposition Congress dubbing the move as an attempt to saffronise education.