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Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

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No Surprise

I'm still waiting for the people with the supposed knowledge to come to some consensus as to what is really happening.

Being a layman I am not qualified myself to speculate only to back those that seem to present what to me appears to be happening around me. At the moment I am with the sceptics.

But with all the hoo har about numbers being fudged on both sides of the debate who are we laymen supposed to believe?

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Say goodbye to landfill Android: Top 10 cheap 'n' cheerful smartphones

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Re: 75 bucks? WTF?

Or if you're into bigger game, they also except male deer. Preferably with horns still attached.

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L33t haxxors compete to p0wn popular home routers

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Good competition!

I think this is a great competition, it will help us know which manufacturers are taking the mickey.

Several makes I avoid now by finding out myself you can't do simple things like change the admin username. Although I hope the exploits are not revealed until the manufacturers have had a chance to patch them.

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WiGag war: Tiny low-power chip promises mobes 4.6Gbps Wi-Fi

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60GHz! Are we all standing right next to the transmitter?

Can someone correct me if I am wrong please. At 60GHz, would the wavelength not have trouble penetrating objects. Let alone it's propogation.

So you need line of sight for this to work reliably?

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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Re: The summer heat brings them out...

To be fair Seanie Ryan, Apple were complete fuckwits back in the day.

Whomever envisioned dragging icons to the bin/trash/whatever you want to call it needs a good shooting. If I asked you to get a knife out of the drawer by first chucking it in the bin (sorry really bad but it's Friday), you would think I was a right idiot and call the loony bin.

Also having no mechanical eject was also a bit silly.

You cannot really blame the user for this one.

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BOOM BOOM: Dixons fires the human cannon

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Wait 6 months

Then there will be another round. Makes some happy waves because they said 100 and only 50 are going. Be happy! Until the axe strikes again.

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Assange™ makes fresh bid for FREEDOM from Scotland Yard's 'physical encirclement'

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Who cost the taxpayer £6M?

Meanwhile, in an effort to gain more UK fans, WikiLeaks claimed that the British government's "physical encirclement" of Assange has cost more than £6.3m in taxpayer money to date.

Rather than gain more fans it personally annoys me. Just go face your charges. I was initially on his side, but it is not the government wasting the money. It is Assange himself by continuing to evade the authorities.

Should we let off everyone that costs more than £100 to apprehend? £1000? £1,000,0000? Where do you stop?

If he had faced the charges initially then it would have cost the plane ticket to send him over there. By not facing up to his problems he has cost the taxpayer that money.

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Ads bandog berates Virgin Media in BSkyB broadband bumf bust-up

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Not to defend Sky but...

When you were "moved" to Sky. That would have been a change in contract. Should you not have made sure you were informed before hand what the new contract was if you planned on staying with them?

It sounds like you should have moved service because you had no other services with them. You should have gone elsewhere as you only get it cheaper if you use their other services.

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Women! You too can be 'cool' and 'fun' if you work in tech!

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Erm don't tell anyone but that terminal in the picture is not connected to anything. Probably why she is so happy, she has no work today.

Could be a wireless monitor you say? Okay where's the power cord? Induction, you cry! I only know of one induction powered monitor and it ain't the one on her desk.

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IT'S ALIVE! China's Jade Rabbit rover RETURNS from the DEAD

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Isn't that what caused the problem in the first place?

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BSkyB sees first half pre-tax profit tumble as sales climb

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Re: They screw up FTA broadcasters

When did BBC become free to air?

I pay money for it, even if I don't watch it.

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HARD ONES: Three new PC games that are BLOODY DIFFICULT

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Re: Less than generous respawn points ... rehashing whole swathes of levels again and again

Having no save points at all just sounds like developer laziness, though. Even perma-death games let you pick up if you suddenly have to leave.

I agree with the no save points part. Having to start the game again from scratch after turning off is not on. But a per level save should be enough. If you can't beat a level and want it so easy you can walk through with your eyes closed. What is the point in even playing?

Yes a difficulty level would fix this, but that is also more work for the devs that are probably doing these types of games on a budget. I suppose it would not take much to code in an "every mob stand still" difficulty level for those that just want a movie like experience.

// easy mode

If (thisMob == "Shoot")

{

thisMob == DoNothing();

}

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Re: Less than generous respawn points ... rehashing whole swathes of levels again and again

Why not? Redo the level. If you can't beat it stop crying to your Mum that you can't. Man (or girl) up and actually get better at the game.

If you die so much that you have to do it that many times then you are obviously not meant for that game, choose an easier one. Stop making the devs make all games easy.

Having a respawn 2 seconds ago makes the game a 1 on 1 battle each time. Yea I beat that last mob/boss. Save carry on beat the next, save. That is NOT playing a game. That is you getting so lucky (and you realise it) that you need a save point to beat the next mob as you would never get back there again.

It sounds like you do not enjoy the challenge of beating a game. Movies may be more your sort of thing.

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Japanese quantum boffins 'may have the key to TELEPORTATION'

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Re: I think I speak for most when I say...

I recommend reading Moving Mars by Greg Bear. This introduced me to quantum stuff in a sci-fi setting. It has always interested me since.

I still don't understand much of it, but I see the potential.

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Do you wear specs? Google Glass offers YOU amazing live HD video

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I can't read the subtitles on my 50" screen from that far away. I told you my eyesight was bad...

Ah, OK then sorry. Cow needs to be right in front of you then, or extremely big.

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Sadly it doesn't matter for me. It looks like the screen is so small that I wouldn't be able to read it anyway.

Remember the cows. This one is a small cow but this one is very far away.

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Apple’s Mac turns 30: How Steve Jobs’ baby took its first steps

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Re: Floppy Eject

Not a problem with a Mac, because when you powered it down, it would eject the disc before it shut down. That's because the eject was software driven, not reliant upon a mechanical device.

And we all know software never fails, ever and especially because it is Apple software and we all just "believe" huh? And you know that elec-e-electricity stuff that powers these strange devices. That never fails either.

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Re: Floppy Eject

The two ACs above me may not have heard of such a thing as a progress bar before. You know, something that that lets you know when the disk is finished being used (not that you could have missed the grinding noise of a floppy in use.)

This fandangled connivance allows the user to be in control, both hardware and software and not at the whim of some egomaniac that requires that the software be working to access your hardware.

Oops I left the disk in the MAC when I powered off. Darn now I have to power up again.

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

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Re: What we want to know is...

WoW you do more work than me (assuming you don't have some cat videos hidden in there), I have no problem switching windows. How come you do?

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Re: Ragarath @nexsphil

And you just sound rude. Do you not see the irony in your post?

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Re: What we want to know is...

1) I assume / Hope it will be an option (I actually like it)

2) Yes if you cannot learn new things.

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Apple coughs up 7 hours of profit to refund kids' $32.5m app spend spree

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Re: Ow... @AC 09:24

Hehe I like all the AC Astro Turfers.

Please answer the question in my original post, I see no-one has tackled that. Perhaps your overbearing parents are still not letting you out of arms reach?

Also explain how I am a lazy parent? No-one has tried that yet either, you just say I am, without knowing me I add. If you think it is because I let my kids "shock horror" play games designed for kids on my devices. Guess what I do, and yes I vet them and no there is not a connection to the interwebs.

Luckily I have knowledge that most of these people do not to help with my decisions. Joe public does not necessarily understand that allowing X permission is tantamount to allowing the app to do XYZ. And it is those parents I was on about. So nice try at attacking me.

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Re: Ow... @AC 09:24

No not Lazy parents, the argument of someone with no children. And I agree, every transaction should require authorisation unless you have turned authorisation off.

I have no idea how it works on Apple devices as I don't use them but authorise then wait around for 15 mins while you are trying to get chores done is not acceptable to me. After the chores it is time to play with Little Jonny a bit. Take him to toddler group for social interaction, pick up big brother from pre-school and then make them lunch. Next entertain them for another 3 hours (or try and get them to entertain themselves while you try and do more chores, this may include letting them play games, or are you too draconian and kids must go out in the freezing rain no matter what?) until it is time to pick bigger brother up from school. Get big brother changed for after school clubs and take him there. Get home make tea/dinner.

All the while this is going on and you have all this to do the children are constantly wanting you to play with them. Why is allowing them to play games on your device that you have purchased partly for entertainment wrong? Why should you need to stand over them watching them play Cutie Pie 3 constantly?

I will return to my argument I always use now. I assume your Mummy and Daddy watched you constantly, never did any work or chores and you were not allowed any further than arms reach until you were 16 never allowed to watch TV? No? Then stop blaming the parents when the software makers are putting these controls in to intentionally catch people when it is incredibly easy for them to code it out.

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Fine! We'll keep updating WinXP's malware sniffer after April, says Microsoft

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Re: *just* 14 more months to upgrade?

@AC 101

Linux?

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Supermassive BLACK HOLE to stuff MYSTERY gas BLOB into open maw

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Nothing to worry about

The last time the SMBH had lunch was a few hundred million years ago. The X-Rays never hurt a fly did the....

.... You say what happened to the dinosaurs around then?

Okay, okay I'll put the tinfoil hat away.

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Earth cops first asteroid impact of 2014

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Infra-sound

Did you miss the part where they talked about the infra-sound analysis and they are pretty sure where it ended up. Even posting a distance from a place?

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'BILLION-YEAR DISK' to help FUTURE LIFEFORMS study us

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Re: Since when does digital data need a permanent medium in the ranges of millions of years?

Or when we annihilate ourselves and the alien Time Team come a looking on planet Wastikia 12c (Known as Earth to us) and make the exciting find, right at the end of the program. A disc of data able to store data for several million years, Tune in next week after we have decoded it.

Regrettably an addition to the next program stated that the media was 1 year out of date and no identifiable information could be retrieved. There used to be a civilisation on this planet but we don't know who or what they were, oh well. Next week we investigate Wastikia 12d where more alien life may have lived as it is in the fretimba zone (Goldilocks Zone to us).

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It's the dream: Bill Gates chucks cash at WEE-IN-YOUR-PHONE project

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Joke

Ahh so many scenarios for cruelty...

Child: "Dad I really need a wee, I am desperate!"

Dad: "Hold on to it Son, I have an important call in 10 minutes and the phone needs more juice."

or from another angle.

Dad: "Come on Son I really need another 5 minutes on this call."

Child: "I'm sorry Dad, I cannot possibly squeeze any more out."

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Sky broadband goes TITSUP ALL DAY, thwarts Brits' Xmas web shopping

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Re: haha

And even more so now it is confirmed it was actually BT's (well openreach's) cables that were nicked that caused the issue.

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Stilly Twits

Hi @SkyHelpTeam any update on when this will be fixed? I've got a secret Santa prezzie to online shop for!

Does this person that you have highlighted in the article realise that they are actually on the Internet and can buy this "prezzie" *sigh* on the connection they are currently using to post the tweet?

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Re: Scotnet

Sooooo, you did not think to reboot your router before calling? Or were you on the phone so long it was fixed in the meantime?

Good customer service that is not, there was nothing wrong. All they had to report was that BT fixed something and inform you you had not tried restarting your router (assuming you had not as it seems from your words).

Try calling when BT have not fixed it yet and see how it goes then, not saying it will not be good service but that this is not an indication of good service when the shit has hit the fan.

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Enraged by lengthy Sky broadband outage? Blame BT Openreach cable thieves

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Re: A simple suggestion

And having your Copper ones nicked over and over and over again is not costing a fortune? Hmm.

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New York City plans massive free Wi-Fi zone

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All linked to

An 8Mbps ADSL connection that may or may not be running at full speed on a good day, if the wind, moon and stars are being nice.

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Martians yet to retaliate after Curiosity's 100,000th laser strike

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now they just need to find some water for their red sharks to swim in...

They are just waiting for us to come and melt their icecaps.

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Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year

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Good Luck!

Good luck to them, if it gets accepted in poorer parts of the world then it may save hundreds if not thousands of lives which can only be a good thing.

Though as mentioned in the article, I hope they can set up a hire / purchase deal because although $10 is not much to us it is to some people.

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Apple patents facial recognition tech for mobile log-in

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Re: Next up...

I just repaired a Toshiba laptop that had facial recognition unlock on it.

That laptop is at least a several years old (did not catch the model sorry) that I know of.

Not sure if it was as old as 2008 though.

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Tape straightens its tie, speeds away from villain's lair: I think I'll die another day

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Re: Statistics, Damn Statistics and That Graph

Why would you want to scale the chart logarithmically for such a simple chart?

Even if you did log it, the last 2 data points on the LTO plot are the same value. Surely a logarithmic scale would level out too?

I don't have the exact values to enter into a chart though so they could be wildly different I suppose which of course a logarithmic plot would reveal either an up or down trend.

Darn now I agree, give us a logarithmic chart.

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Sick to death of Xmas? Try these explosive gift ideas

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Ahh spiders

My 3 little ones would have that unwrapped in a second and placed in their spider hotel (the spiders never stay for long, something to do with the little ones squeezing their abdomen I presume). And yes their spider hotel has had Steatoda nobilis in it a lot as we have had it down south here for many many years.

I am sure they would befriend this mutant too.

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RIP Comet ISON: ???-2013. We hardly knew ye

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Re: While I'm all for astronomical science...

It is important, it is not often you get to see a bright comet in the sky.

It has had my 6 and 4 year old (and even my 2 year old though see does not really have a clue) sons excited about seeing it in the sky. Getting the telescope out and even more interested in science and the universe.

If you don't like the mainstream media reporting, turn it off don't watch it you have that choice.

I have vague recollections oh Halleys comet when I was little and I have been interested in science and space ever since. They may not answer everything but they help with an awful lot of questions and they encourage more participation especially in the young.

I was looking forward to sitting out in the cold with my kids looking at the stars, moon, planets and a comet. We only do it a few times a year when we get the telescope out but they enjoy it every time (without the comet).

I hope what has survived as ISON still gives us a reasonable chance to watch it.

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BT performs INSOURCERY on outsourced staffers to secure cash savings

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Put your staffers out, put your staffers in...

in out, in out shake them all about.

You do the hokey cokey,

And you turn your staff around.

That's what it's all about!

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'You're BEAUTIFUL when you're angry' 'You SEXIST PIG!' Xbox One's fresh brouhaha

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Re: Lol

Came on to say the same thing, I can knit, my Grat Gran taught me how when I was very young. No where on that letter do I see implication that it is a female doing the knitting.

Sexism = bad

People inferring sexism where there is none = worse

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Google tries to MAP its way out of competition trouble in Brussels

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3 years! Come on.

Either fine them, let them get away with (and be ready for the fallout), or just tell them what they have to do (and enforce it) and stop waiting for them to do the right thing (yea right, the right thing for them).

No wonder people are loosing faith in government when they cannot make a simple decision.

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Sysadmin job ad: 'If you don’t mind really bad work-life balance, this is for you'

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Re: Don't be fooled...

I think you missed the Anon check box :)

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First 3D map of Great Barrier Reef created – still can't find Nemo

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Re: Nemo?

He's not there any more. Did you only watch the first half of the film?

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LOOK UP! Comet ISON could EXPLODE in our skies – astronomers

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You got up-voted because I liked it but should it not be ISOFF?

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Google, Microsoft to drop child sex abuse from basic web search

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Re: Title is too long

Addresses for these sites could be made available in dark net chat rooms without having to go through search engines. It's only going to make things difficult for the most technologically ilteriate.

Why make the addresses available in dark net chat rooms? Why not put the address on the dark net? Seems silly to put a site where everyone can see it and then advertise elsewhere. If your advertising elsewhere, display elsewhere to help avoid detection.

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No it does not stop the wider problem. But that has always been there and the authorities job to search it out.

What it does help with is the casual find of this material. That let's be honest, if it's on the public internet is going to be a lot easier to tackle than the "dark" internet.

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Re: Title is too long

Do you really believe it is hard for the search engines to track what is being used to search for these images/content? They don't even need to work out what the terms are. I am sure all the child protection agencies around the world can give them plenty of examples.

If you do, can you please explain how they can track you for advertising without needing this A.I.?

They may not get everything, but if the paedophiles swap to saying cucumber instead of <INSERT APPROPRIATE SICK TERM HERE> then they are not going to be finding the content they want very quickly.

Yes it only gets the easy fish as who really would put this on the public internet. But it helps.

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The ULTIMATE cuppa showdown: And the winner is...

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Typhoo! WTF?

How the hell did that win? Are their taste buds broken?

Sorry but I am stuck with that at work everyday and it is awful stuff perhaps the local fountain water makes all the difference?

I have only had a couple of occasions to have Twinings English Breakfast but that would get my vote. Best I have tasted thus far (but too expensive for me to drink all the time). Though I have not tried several on your list.

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Murdoch stands between your kids and filth with BSkyB network-level SHIELD

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Re: The first option should ......

Oh lots of replies, so many to reply too.

I'll start with these...

@Eradicate all BB entrants

"When was it required by law that to have children you have to be technologically literate enough to set this software* up correctly?"

Since 1989, as I mentioned the Childrens Act. The section regarding parental responsibility. Succinctly summed up as:

"Parental Responsibility is defined by the Children Act 1989 as being all the rights, duties, powers and responsibility which a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his or her property. It includes rights and duties with regard to education, choice of religion, administration of a child’s property and choice of residence."

Again, I ask in there where there is a need for a parent to be technologically literate. education tick, child sent to school. Religion tick, residence tick.

According to you there is no need for child protection agencies at all. Which I could go on all the way to asking why you need protection from the Police or Army. That is a wider philosophical debate but, still related.

As for software, most routers have the ability to block either sites by address or by keyword. A google search will tell you that.

You did not even read my comments. A lot do not have this option with routers provided by the ISP which the ISP makes hard to change. You claim to be able to use Google. Use it to look up changing this on those routers.

As a child I did many things I shouldn't have, but for the part of my childhood I had parents they didn't expect the government to inflict blanket measures affecting all of society because of something I did. My brother and I once found an adult magazine under a hedge when I was about 6 and I certainly don't remember all adult magazines being removed from sale because of that.

Right now put that in the correct context. Imagine that there were porn mags under every hedge and all you had to do was find them. Now looking in every hedge is not so hard is it? Now tell me how, without a central system this would be stopped without mandating that all mags be governed in some way (and by the way, they are governed by law).

Education before legislation

I bring you back again to your self admission of doing things you knew you shouldn't. It seems that education worked well on you?

@Vimes

No, but they were probably smart enough to ask questions before letting me have access to anything that might have unpleasant consequences. No BB guns for example.

And the parent that says "no porn sites" to the child using the Internet that is not listened to? Or is it no Internet? Also known as no learning about modern life till you are at least 18? Again if you say the parent should be watching 100% of the time, I ask if your parents were at your shoulder 100% of the time when you were growing up?

As an aside why should children even be allowed access to smartphones at all if such a large chunk of the inappropriate material is being generated by them? Ditto laptops with webcams.

Why? really? Erm let me see (btw I answered this in my original post) Because a large chunk of important (for learning and other things) stuff that is NOT inappropriate material is being generated by them.

Every single report on child safety I've seen on the TV shows the child with the PC in their bedroom. It's amazing quite frankly that parents continue to do this and then feign confusion when something terrible happens to their kid.

Oh it's on TV every parent must be doing it, everything on TV is real isn't it? I think you will find that most don't until the child is deemed responsible enough. And yes as with everything in life, there will be parents that are irresponsible. I think you will find this is a lot less than the propaganda the media portray.

Actually device level protection is probably better if the aim is to protect the child in question. Imagine your child taking their laptop to somewhere where the connection isn't filtered for example. Of course setting up each device might take a few minutes each time, but unless you're a gadget junkie I find it difficult to believe that it will really take that much time or effort.

It does not take much time and effort, but the time and effort is easily circumvented. And you have also just argued what I have been saying and you have been railing against. A parent cannot be there 100% of the time. This helps and turning it off is simple. It helps against the parents that do not protect their children and so not see that they need it as well as those that with their already busy lives, occasionally forget something.

@ P Lee

You've missed the point.

This is about trialling network level filtering for commercial reasons in a manner which won't immediately provoke outrage.

The continued existence of most of the mass media aimed at children on TV and on the radio (without technological filters), is proof these measures are not what they purport to be.

I see where you are coming from and yes I hope it does not go this far and that yes this can be a dangerous line to cross. I suppose a compromise would be that if these filters came in, they are opt in not opt out (including this current one). This would have the effect of having the filters easily available for those that want them but leaving those without the need unaffected.

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