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ISPs 'blindsided' by UK.gov's 'emergency' data retention and investigation powers law

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Re: Have you noticed that the word de jour is ...

Effectively these laws say we are all suspected terrorists and there is no due process. If they make a mistake you have no means to get redress.

Last years Heathrow case was a prime example of how the laws do not limit themselves to a small minority of people that we might need protecting from.

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Brits to vote: Which pressing scientific challenge should get £10m thrown at it?

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The biggest problem I see is that these problems are not clearly defined. They are multifaceted with billions of research being spend already. Plus when you put the cost of HS2 in comparison, you have to think what's more important getting to Manchester faster or curing dementia?

More succinct challenges that get amateurs involved would be better. Say a prise for:

1, Landing a probe safely on the moon.

2, New form of food packaging that is also a benefit to the environment.

3, Robots that can do the washing (take clothes out the washing machine and hang them up to dry)

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Comcast exec says wired broadband customers should pay-as-they-go

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Re: Gouging

Pay as you go fixes that problem for you.

If people paid by the GB for the service, then it would be in the ISP's best interest to ensure everybody had a 1GB connection. You are more likely to use up bandwidth if you have a 1GB connection than if you have a flaky 16MB connection.

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DeSENSORtised: Why the 'Internet of Things' will FAIL without IPv6

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Re: Security through transparency

Whenever the subject of IPv6 comes up, misinformed comments spring up.

Just because you have a route-able address doesn't mean it has to be to everyone. Routers contain firewalls AND network address translation, they are two different things. IPv6 even contains privacy extensions.

If you are going to be a Luddite, then perhaps technology isn't the field for you. I look forward to a connected home, where I can remotely control thing. Where light bulbs are automatically sent to me when one is on the way out.

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Patch iOS, OS X now: PDFs, JPEGs, URLs, web pages can pwn your kit

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I am curious as to why the Google team is working on it's main competitors products?

Yes its nice of them, however as a business owner you've got to question spending resources for someone else to benefit from.

Are we next going to see Microsoft improving the suspend resume code of Linux?

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A real life Romulan-Klingon alliance: Google, Samsung sign global patent pact

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Re: Ok, you've lost me

Quite simply, if someone went after them, they have a larger selection of patents to use to defend themselves. The South Korean firm can claim its not infringing one American company but its actually using the intellectual property of another. Anybody attacking Samsung also runs the risk of extra costs of dragging Google into the fray.

Its not much of a deterrent but as we all know patents are just a numbers game, it has very little to do with innovation.

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WTF is … MU-MIMO?

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I love innovation

However this still doesn't get over the problem that we actually need more frequencies for WiFi. My typical suburban home has a good 10-12 networks in range on any given evening, there has got to be a least 2-3 devices on each.

The 5Ghz band is useless at getting through a house with sturdy walls, although I would imagine these modern wooden framed homes would be easier on the signal.

The congestion is just killing the network, its like when you try and scale a token ring network.

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Look! GNOME 3.10 (with Fedora 20). Did we mention GNOME 3.10?

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Re: Nautilus less cluttered = less useful

This is why I switched to KDE, Dolphin has the Split button right there in the toolbar. It has the minimise and windowed toggle button.

The big question a lot of these user interface designers are missing is "Where is the discover-ability?", a new user or a transitioning user wants to look at something and type in something else. How just looking at the interface can a user do that?

The philosophy of "Perfection is reached when there is nothing left to take away" doesn't mean you remove features, it means you remove the barriers to using features. A smooth lump of marble is not better than Michelangelo's David.

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Digia gives Android and iOS devs a chance to get Qt

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Re: Half a million?

I think they meant half a million users of the Qt framework, as in developers. In terms of users of application that use Qt its probably hundreds of millions if you think about all the mobile phones and desktop applications that use Qt.

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Boffins debate killing leap seconds to help sysadmins

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Re: If only there was a way for computers to send data to each other...

I think you should go look up GPS clock PCI cards. You'd only need one on a closed network to keep everybody on that network in sync. More if you want security.

For the cost of a £200 PCI card its not worth the risk of changing how we currently work with clocks. We'll have 50 years of legacy data with leap seconds, which some future programmer will forget to cater for.

The risks of the system are being catered for, no need to rock the boat.

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Don't tell the D-G! BBC-funded study says Beeb is 'too right wing'

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They don't realise they are doing it

The reporters probably think that they are not biased. However when their sources are from Twitter and Facebook you are immediately targeting middle classes for their opinion on matters. Asking someone in the street what they think is too much hard work.

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Microsoft's Nokia plan: WHACK APPLE AND GOOGLE

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Skype is worth more!

Ok, how does it work out that Skype is worth $8.5billion but a company that makes things and has an investment in actual things is worth $7.2billion?

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You've all missed the point

This buy out is super cheap. Its not about the phones its about Nokia's patents. If Apple can ask for $707m from Samsung. Imagine what Microsoft could do with 20 years of patents?

A litigious Microsoft could ask for money from EVERY mobile maker and be happy every time the Android or Apple market share went up.

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Guardian lets UK spooks trash 'Snowden files' PCs to make them feel better

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Re: "I am not sure whats more worrying..."

To be fair we never really had any legal protection on that like our American overlords do.

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Open Rights Group revives 'unavailable for legal reasons' HTTP error code plan

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Joke

Re: A list?

Sure, but it will require half a billion to implement. Be delayed by 3 years and contain only a third of the required information. A help line will be setup but they won't have the power to tell you anything or actually do anything.

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BT earmarks super-speedy 300Mbit/s broadband for 50 exchanges

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We need a change of marketing

A 300MB line is going to be largely idle. I use both a 40MB/10MB line and a 80MB/20MB line and really don't feel the difference. The networks need 3 things, Multicast support, IPv6 and rural FTTC. Anything over 80MB at this point is not serving anybody.

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EU chucks €18m at research for stupidly fast networks

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Unhappy

Re: Japan?

You are right, the whole thing stinks. There is plenty of commercial research into this field. Plus sending the money to another country for it to improve its own tech industry is madness. Someone somewhere is getting a kickback for this surely?

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Hey Britain, want to link your mobile to your BANK ACCOUNT?

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You've hit the nail on the head

I've stopped using my debit card everywhere. I pay off my credit card each month. Meaning that I get interest on the lump sum in my bank. I get cash back (0.5%) on my credit card purchases and protection on my purchases over £100. This is all value to me which a debit card or mobile payment methods do not add.

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Cultivated dope-smoking Welshman barred from own shed

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WTF?

The cost

We really need a "Sense of Proportion Department". How much money was spend on prosecuting this person?

The amount of effort spent prosecuting a criminal should be proportional to the crime. In this instance a £100 fine from the local bobby should have been enough. Perhaps with a follow up visit in the next 6 months just to check.

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NSA PRISM deepthroat VANISHES as pole-dance lover cries into keyboard

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Re: Bingo

I am fed up with seeing uneducated comments like this.

A/C you really need to go read some history and open your eye's to which direction society is heading down. You don't suddenly wake up in a police state, it takes years before you find out you gave everything up years ago and by then its too late.

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TSA: Perv scanners now fully banished from US airports

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Boffin

Re: Of course the baggage theft can continue as usual.

Actually that was one of the key points of getting rid of the scanners. They statisically proved that the scanners cause more cancers (because you are regularly radiating a large population of people) than people die from terrorist attacks. Bruce Schneier is a great and logical read on the subject.

The TSA was nothing more than a kick back scheme. Reenforcing the plane doors was all it has taken to prevent another 9/11.

The biggest thing I wish more people did was write to there politicans and actually took note of how they voted.

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Google nuke thyself: Mountain View's H.264 righteous flame-out

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Stop

Re: Blah, blah, blah

" Google now has both YouTube and Android to encourage the adoption of VP9."

Google had them 3 years ago for the H.264 vs VP8 show down. It chose not to use its position. If anything the H.264 accelerators in all those android phones and tablets probably makes it harder to move away.

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Stop the Microsoft, Skype wedding, screams enraged Cisco in court

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Unhappy

Single system...

You have to understand the practicality of trying to get everybody onto one system. Its not going to work.

A better system would be that networks have to be open to 3rd parties. The MSN protocol was published. XMPP was published. IRC is a standard. Plus ICQ really wasn't as good as you remember, it was full of spammers, thats why everybody left.

Multi-protocol IM applications should solve the problems, its just big business doesn't like that approach.

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Is the next-gen console war already One?

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FAIL

The console makers missed the boat about 3 years ago. Now the smart low power living room is going to take over instead, why run a console and a TV when the TV can do it just as well?

Consoles should focus on a 3D graphics and 100 person player gaming in HD and leave TV to the TV.

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Hemp used to make graphene-like supercapacitors

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Flame

Re: More good news for the EV industry.

That's the crux of the issue. All these reports of some University that has made some breakthrough yet nothing has actually changed. Getting new battery technology to market is the problem that needs solving.

Each time I read about a new wonder battery I now assume it's just some university professor fishing for the next 10 years of research money. Whilst not actually delivering anything of value.

I have a battery, it contains load of energy and is made from Trinitrotoluene. I just need $1million to work out the details for use in every day life.

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New nuke could POWER WORLD UNTIL 2083

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Boffin

Re: What about the oil barons??

Plastics can be made from things other than fossil fuels, don't panic:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioplastic

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Doped nanotubes boost lithium battery power three-fold

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Re: Mmmmm. @ Tee Cee

I think you are being over optimistic.

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Faster-than-disk 1TB USB on sale soon... but if you lose it, you've lost £2k+

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Joke

From the movies

This is clearly that magic USB stick they use in the movies, when the spy plugs it into a PC and downloads the complete plans for a new weapon. There is no 10min wait whilst it copies the last megabyte with their USB dongles, just before the guards break into the room of course...

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Astronomers find biggest black hole, 17 BILLION times the size of Sun

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Re: Best use of 'goatse' ever

Best use of an email service?

I don't get it...

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Rockstar ramps it up with Grand Theft Auto V reveal

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Trollface

Re: omg that's better than sex!!!

"You just ain't doing it right my friend!"

You haven't seen his misses.

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Boffins create 100,000 DPI image

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Honest question

Let me get this straight, 40 years of scientific research into image processing has gone into optimising porn?

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Linus Torvalds drops F-bomb on NVIDIA

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Re: Great now we have a child

Linus for years has been tempered about this response to binary drivers. I think this move, whilst vulgar, is a very clever ploy. This is going to get so much wider press than a kernel developer complaining about closed source code. Shareholders, CEO's and higher level managers might actually think that nVidia has a bad reputation if this hits main stream news.

Linus is cutting through the corporate culture so someone might actually listen.

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Tech City hailed as saviour of THE ENTIRE PLANET

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Turning off servers at 6:30?

I would argue that as a country we need to be more responsive and flexible. Not shutting down at a certain time and be damned with the consequences.

If you shut off email to save stress then perhaps the underlying issue of stress management needs looking at. Burying your head in the sand is only going to make you dread going into work the next day.

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Suspected freetards to face piracy letters in 2014

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New laws

Was the freedom of information act a freak occurrence? It seems like the only bill in my lifetime that actually gave something to the populous, rather than reducing their rights.

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ISPs should get 'up to' full fee for 'up to' broadband

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FAIL

Fail to understand the consequences

ISPs still have to make money and cover the flat fee of connection and bandwidth on the back hall.

What would happen is ISPs would charge £10 for 0.5MB connection and £70 for a 20MB connection (and scale it between the two). People would opt for the slowest to save costs thus reducing ISPs incentive to invest in faster networks.

A 100% better idea would be to sell it based on data transfer allowances and ping times. ISPs then have an incentive to make your connection as fast as possible so that you burn though your usage as quick as possible. You could have a colour label like we have on food.

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Soup up your home network

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5Ghz problem

The major reason 5Ghz equipment hasn't made an impact at home is its poor wall penetration. 5Ghz is fine for an open room like a cafe or bar, however in a multi-room home with a router hidden in the under-stairs its not going to be a saving grace for wifi.

Longer term the wifi standard needs to include negotiation with competing base stations.

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Munich's mayor claims €4m savings from Linux switch

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Headmaster

Re: Please do explain why using Linux increases productivity for the average worker?

Personally I would say that it saves on down time and maintenance.

Ensuring computers are virus and spyware free, defragged and operational is (in my personal experience) 5 times more effort than with open source based software. Which is probably due to good file systems, lack of viruses targeted at the platform and centralised software updates (not just MS updates).

I would not say people could type faster with LibreOffice, but I would expect the computer its running on to be up and running more often which directly affects employee productivity.

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TSA bars security guru from perv scanner testimony

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Holmes

He cannot testify for legal reasons

I took the time to read his blog post.

Someone kindly commented that its not lawful for congress to hear him.

He is an expert witness in a case against the TSA, therefore congress would be hearing the same arguments as in that case. They have to leave it to the justice system to decide what is right.

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BBC iPlayer added to Xbox

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Statistics

The whole camera watching you watch television is just hilarious really.

Television and advertising bosses can now watch in real time what people think of their shows and adverts, all it would take is an extra clause added to the terms and conditions that nobody ever reads.

Personally the 4oD service on Xbox has got to win stupid of the month award, each time you start a show it tells you "You are watching 4oD on Xbox" Really!!! I never would have known.

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Panic on the streets of Google+? Choc Factory hires Digg founder

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Headmaster

Shame on El Reg for bias

Technically it is a social network, its just not the social network.

Did everybody imagine that anybody could come along and supplant Facebook in less than a year? Facebook already has critical mass which takes time to overcome.

The reason people say its full of timbleweeds is because its not a narcissistic stalking zone like Facebook. I like the fact that G+ isn't filled with people telling me what they are going to eat, that their baby has just thrown up again or that Kony 2012 will change my life.

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Microsoft wants super-sensitive finger strokes

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I weep for MS Research

I work on exactly that problem and all MS have done is paired away any processing, created a small mono display and said in 10 years this is were we'll be at.

Anybody could produce that, the hard part is adding colours, converting the path into a vector, grouping, handwriting recognition and other actual useful things in that 100ms that is the big problem.

In 10 years time processors and buses will have improved enough to make existing software do all that processing in 10ms.

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Peter Molyneux parts with Microsoft and Lionhead

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What I don't understand is that these god games are perfect for tablets like the iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab.

I'l love to play populous, theme park, theme hospital and transport tycoon again on my iPad.

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Jedi light-sabre beats Taser in Oregon parking-lot fracas

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FAIL

You're being an old fart.

I'd rather the copper taser someone than risk them getting injured and them having sick leave due to a concussion.

Also think about it from a risk point of view. You are looking at someone that is fit and strong, they are acting out of character. Perhaps they are high on drugs and still have the needle in their pocket.

Which approach would you take to minimise risk to yourself and the suspect?

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Lord British: Games consoles 'fundamentally doomed'

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I think you are not connecting the dots. Games are becoming cloud based, a game like Skyrim on a mobile would be via a remote desktop connection optimised for gaming. Take that into the home and we are seeing smart TV's with web browsers in built.

As the TV's get smarter and have 3d chips added to them, you'll see less of a need for a console as a lot of the game can run in the cloud and the TV will be an open platform for subscription based gaming.

In essence all these parts are there already, it just takes time for the market to realise it.

Plus given that most consoles are sold either at a loss or at cost I am sure the current players would be happy to move to a platform that doesn't require their investment in hardware engineering.

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Chancellor to raid pensions, Whitehall to revamp UK broadband

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Didn't you hear about quantitative easing? They are just printing the money they need and devaluing anything that creditors are holding in one stroke.

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Stop

We have to get the government to stop spending our money. Its nearly always badly managed and over price. If you want to invest in Thorium then look to the market not the government.

Networks and infrastructure yes, production facilities no.

Thorium whilst a great on paper, needs to stand on its own two feet. Universities need to start looking at other sources of funding (other than the tax payer) such as selling patents on research into new technologies. Let the entrepreneurs create the next generation of power, NOT the politicians.

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What should a sci-fi spaceship REALLY look like?

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Mushroom

Safety first

I've always thought that the Star trek design was a very safe design, the radiation risk means you want your engines away from the propulsion and living quarters.

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Nipples and teen lesbians sexy even when ironic, ASA rules

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FAIL

Whats the point in the ASA?

By the time they make their rulings the advertising campaigns are over.

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Smut oglers told to opt in to keep web filth flowing

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Joke

Speak for yourself

I am now blind

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Feds probe naked Scarlett Johansson outrage

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Facepalm

Movie coming out soon?

Check.

Is it part of their contracts with the movie studios to have nude pictures of themselves in their email accounts?

My other half won't let me take nude pictures of her, why are all these celebs different?

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