Thursday, 3 May 2012

07:30 – I’m still cranking away on the group of lab sessions on revealing latent fingerprints. Speaking of which, here’s an interesting factoid for Trivial Pursuit: humans and the other great apes are the only creatures that have fingerprints, with one exception. If an Australian cop finds a victim who’s been beaten to death with a eucalyptus club that’s covered in fingerprints, he’d first look for suspects among the local gang of koalas, who are the only creatures other than Hominidae who possess fingerprints. Also, of course, koalas are known for their nasty tempers.


15:10 – I just got this from O’Reilly.

You may have noticed that we’re supporting the FSF’s Day Against DRM. You can read more about it at http://www.fsf.org/news/may-4-day-against-drm. Tomorrow, Friday, 4 May, we are celebrating with a sale in celebration of the Day Against DRM and encouraging customers to try a DRM-free ebook if they haven’t already done so. Here is our messaging:

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