Test Shows 99.99% of High School Seniors Can't Read Perl Well it tickled my fancy. Esp:

"This shows that there is a real need for a Perl Monk in every classroom," said Perl Monk Kelly Adrity. "We've got computers in every classroom, now we need our kids to be able to use them, and what better way to learn about computers than to learn how to read and write in Perl. I'm glad the budget proposed by President Bush sets aside millions for Perl Monks. America will lead the way in Perl literacy."

Maybe we should take up the charge, I am not sure about this america leading the way stuff ;-) but hay lets get perl into primary schools.

Later in the article there is a quote:

Perl experts were astounded by the results. "I was amazed that none of the students were able to read this simple sentence:

Code removed at author's request.
Now I could'nt get this code to do anything.. anyone any clues what it is sposed to do?


Edited 2001-04-27 by Ovid.

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Re: Perl in the news
by arhuman (Vicar) on Apr 27, 2001 at 17:14 UTC
    It's a joke !

    It's the deCSS code in perl (to defeat DVD encryption scheme)

    this code previously posted here was removed from the monastery to prevent legal threat,
    and this article is a clever/funny way to spread the code...

    Anyway you should avoid to post this code here in the monastery.
    (By the way you should also avoid to execute code
    when you don't know what it does... ;-)

    "Only Bad Coders Badly Code In Perl" (OBC2IP)
      Incidentally, Wired mag hired me last month to write up a sidebar explaining how this program worked.

      Predictably, they removed most of the technical content and the result was an article which is intended to give the readers a warm sense of understanding without imparting any actual information. When the issue hits the newsstand, I'll post the URL for my original version.

      Mark Dominus
      Perl Paraphernalia

      *blush* I still think the page is amusing, I have requested that my node be edited to remove the code itself. Thanks for pointing out my error.

      Damn not being able to edit root nodes.



Re: Perl in the news
by hdp (Beadle) on Apr 27, 2001 at 17:16 UTC
    It's called qrpff. It descrambles CSS, which is what DVDs use. For information on it (and a bunch of other CSS-descrambling programs), go here.


Re: Perl in the news
by frankus (Priest) on Apr 27, 2001 at 18:11 UTC
      Yep. The review was dated 15 February, but got lost in the shuffle. Anyway, it's well-worth reading, unless you're as smart and experienced as a davorg or a mirod. Even then, it's still handy.
Re: Perl in the news
by jmcnamara (Monsignor) on Apr 27, 2001 at 17:20 UTC