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A man called Peter has been banned from using the name "Peter" on the internet as a bail condition after being charged today with unauthorised use of a computer. Peter David Gibson, 22, from Hartlepool, was among three men and one unnamed 17-year-old charged at the City of Westminster Magistrates Court this morning for offences …

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Can't use the name "Peter"?

Maybe the judge just threw that one in for the lulz.....

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...... lulz

They should bring back the stocks for these idiots. Kind of hard to DDOS a web site when chained up in the local town square and covered in rotting veg.

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To prevent re-offending ...

Gonna make credit card online purchases difficult. Unless he can lay his hands on a non-Peter piece of plastic.

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no it isn;t...

There's an app for that

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But, Titus ...

... he has been bailed after being *charged" with the offences. He has not yet been found guilty of anything, so he is innocent, by dint of the Rule of Law. You cannot seriously be suggesting that innocent people should be tortured merely because they are suspected of doing things - we passed that stage several hundred years ago.

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WTF?

credit cards

Since the group claimed responsibility for DDoS attacks on Mastercard and Visa, he might not be in their best books anyway!

But am I missing something here - calling your group Anonymous but using your real name online? - what's that all about?

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@Intractable Potsherd

Indeed I stand corrected, if convicted they should bring back the stocks for these sort of folks. Tempting as it is to suggest this as a cheaper mechanism for remand than custody, I guess that would be a bit inhuman.

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Peter?

So calling himself by his own name will encourage him to reoffend by being anonymous?

*facepalm

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str_to_lulz()

Does it also cover 'p3t3r'?

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Sir

For Pete's sake, wtf?

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Even I understood it ...

And I'm old and well out of touch :)

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Epic

That's his Google+ a/c stuffed then...

Mine's the coat with the hastily scribbled over name badge on it

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Not necessarily... Google is happy if you use a name you a known as, not just what it has on your passport, so "Pete" is probably fine, and in my book that doesn't string match "Peter".

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clear as a badges backside

> Not to use the internet using the name "Peter".

What the hell does that mean? Is his mom not allowed to call him by his first name when he's sat at a computer? If Amazon send him email starting "Dear Peter," is he screwed? If his email address is peter.gibson@gmail.com can he not sign in?

Not_Peter

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Obvious!

It's to stop him being a rePeter offender.

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(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Obvious!

For Pete's sake ...

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LOL@Nowster

Best comment posted here so far.

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*phew*

So glad all those terrible jokes seem to have petered out.

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Hey

Quit being so salty </obscure>

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Change his name to Petre

I'm sure Stella Artois will sponsor his bail. They can ply him with enough cidre that he can't be arsed to touch a computre.

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The men and the unnamed minor

Shouldn't that be "The men and the anonymous minor"?

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Re: The men and the unnamed minor

Peterphilia?

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Holmes

The title is required, and must contain badgers and/or bacon.

"The hacker formerly known as Peter"

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The right to use you own legal name

can be overthrown by a court???

sounds Kafkaesque.

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Legal Name

Yes they can especialy if your name is Ronald McDonald no not that annoying prat the one I'm thinkung about is or was an Ironmonger in Scotland.Inverness I think.

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Yes it can

I tried to join the musicians' union with my own name but they wouldn't let me because a famous (non-musician) performer at the time had the same name, and the local judge backed them up. So I tried to register as "Ringo Starr", arguing that he was a drummer, not a musician.

Some people have no sense of humor.

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See, all those that thought judges were ill informed drunk tossers were wrong

Clearly wrong, this judge clearly has his finger right on the pulse.... which pulse I'm not sure

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@Dave15

Err, it's a chick pea I think

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Happy

I imagine

The fuss will peter out soon enough.

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eh...

Peter, Peter, lulzsec reader,

had no wife, nor any leader,

Got locked up, but then made bail,

Is he Peter? He can't tell.

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eh?

you mean someone on the internet was actually using their real name and not an alias? what is the (virtual) world coming to??

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aha

you see no-one had thought of that before.

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Brilliant idea, hiding in plain sight. He probably got the idea from The Purloined Letter.

That's a book.

A book.

You see, there are these things called "stories" that are printed on something called "paper" ... </fogydom>

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Book?

That's like a Kindle, yeah?

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The reason given was "to prevent reoffending"

So, not yet convicted but the Judge has already determined they might 're-offend'.

Humm. Due process etc..

It they are such a threat why not keep them on remand? I thought these were the international criminal cyberterrorist masterminds intent on destroying our way of life?

Cant we at least show them who's boss by hitting them with a control order and maybe forcing them to move to somewhere without broadband? Or is that only for men with beards?

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Prevention

You can prevent something without the assumption that the person is guilty of it. For example you can wear a condom to prevent contracting an STD, that doesn't mean you're accusing the person you're sleeping with of having one, just that you don't know for sure.

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Anonymous' real name is David

as any fule kno

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RE: Anonymous' real name is David

...and I thought it was Peter.

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re-offending

Unless I am very much mistaken, he has been found guilty yet.

How does that work?

I get charged with a motoring offence, and at the first hearing I'm told I can't use a car, before a verdict is delivered?

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Computer says yes.

Yes, when caught driving very drunk or at ridiculous speeds your driving licence gets taken in immediately. That's indeed before judgement.

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I'M PETER!

And so's my wife!

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Eh?

Surely allowing him to use his real name would quickly lead to detecting a re-offence? I mean there can't be that many Peters?

Maybe it's a double bluff, he can now leave secret 'Peter was here' text files on hacked servers safe in the knowledge he'll never be suspected! Brilliant!

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Call me Ishmael

Since Peter is nothing but a nickname he should surely go back to the real name of Simon.

Peter, from the greek "πέτρα", meaning stone or rock.

"And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Matthew 16:18

I guess my education wasn't entirely wasted!

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I beg to differ ;0)

See title

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Well that's just harsh!

Now the poor guy won't be able to use Facebook at all!

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"not to participate in any internet relay action"

Am I the only one that mentally put a "hot" in that sentence? Am I? Anyone?

Oh ok then.

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^needs to get out more

Srsly :P

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Internet Relay

I thought Internet Relay was an Olympic sport

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Olympic sport

Yes, it's part of the 1000ms PING event.

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Shirley...

...both of these classify as some kind of human rights violation.

1. Denying freedom of speech.

2. I don't know what; but it's bound to be something.

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