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Apple is granted a patent on the rectangle. No, really

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Trollface

Acurate

Well at least they decided to include the scratches on this one.

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Windows 8: Is Microsoft's new OS too odd to handle?

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Meh

For the most part I really want to upgrade.

The deal breaker for me though is the whole "invisible corners that do stuff" concept. I use RDP and dual screens extensively and in these environments you NEED visible buttons to click. Even relying on keyboard shortcuts is flakey for RDP (expecially over a mobile device).

Give us a start button & menu and give us a way to access the charms bar et al from a button and I'm there. Till then I'll stick with 7 at least on my desktops. I might give it a go on the media PC (the taskbar on dual monitors looks great for my particular setup) and on my small laptop (better boot time and battery usage would be good there).

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I just LOVE Server 2012, but count me out on Windows 8 for now

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"There really isn't anything quite like the stark refusal to give you even a hidden registry-setting "off switch" to make you realise how irrelevant you and your concerns truly are."

This.

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Is lightspeed really a limit?

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Alien

What I don't get is the obsession with going faster than light in the first place.

Yes, it would be better if we could get to very far away star systems in months or even a lifetime but if you are talking about the expansion of the species then why does that even matter? Even if it takes centuries to "system hop" there will be pioneers willing to be part of that either through stasis pods, generational ships or whatever. Yes it'd be a 1 way trip but so was emigrating to another country thousands of years ago.

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Boffins build program to HUNT DOWN CO2 polluters where they LIVE

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Well I've just checked and they've put their FTTC rollout back by another 2 months for my area ... so forget FTTH, I'd personally be happy to get any connection over the pathetic <2Mb we currently get.

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Virgin Media's 'bye-bye to buffering' ad nuked by watchdog - AGAIN

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Flame

Re: As punishment

Exactly right but you missed the part where for the first 2 days you've taken off work, the engineer doesn't even show up and the one about them sending junk mail for their cable broadband to areas that have no cable.

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JK Rowling's adult novel arrives on ebook full of FAIL

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FAIL

High Price

Not that I'll be buying it anyway but...

Buy the paper copy second hand or pirate the eBook. Then the tax man gets bugger all. When eBooks start coming down in price to a sensible amount (i.e. £1.99 or less) then maybe I'll consider them but till then, I'd rather have my second hand hardbacks thank you very much.

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Network boffins say Terabit Ethernet is TOO FAST

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Unhappy

I'd just be happy if I could download a file and watch 1 Youtube video at once...

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Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 launch spreads desktop app love

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Windows

Desktop Apps?

Those would be "programs" for us old late 20's people then?

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Ding dong, the Ping is dead! Apple brings in Facebook for iTunes

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Re: Can anyone....

This is going back a bit but I remember Winamp having an iPod (classic) plugin. May be worth checking that out.

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Anonymous takes down UK government websites in Assange attack

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Trollface

Re: Yawn.

Yeah, the best they could hope for would be that they'd (for some strange reason) decide to upload a zip file containing loads of emails from a larger country saying "bust his ass" by mistake. But no one would ever do anything that stupid from being DDoSed would they.

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Judge begs Apple, Samsung to get a room, or trial will end in tears

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Re: Sounds like she thinks they're going to go against Apple

My thoughts exactly. Funny how she waits until it's Samsung's turn before coming out with this.

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Deadly pussies kill more often than owners think

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Re: i hate cats...

"A hessian sack and some bricks are the best thing for cats"

Many would feel the same way about your spawn.

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Doctor Who to unwrap new sidekick in Christmas TV special

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Trollface

Re: Dr. Who is a lot of shite, and everyone knows it

You are right - it was BBC'd to death and they just keep raping it for all it's worth and will continue to do so till the money runs out.

It's sci-fi for plebs - dumbed down, family friendly, PC crap. Which is why so many people like it but those of us who enjoy real sci-fi hate it. Then there are the crowd of older people who liked the old ones and feel obliged to watch and defend the new ones even though they are NOTHING like the old ones. They may as well have made it a different series but it's a common tactic to crowbar a new idea into an old successful one to make more money.

Also I think the next doctor should be Stephen Fry ;)

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UK judges quietly declare text chat can be obscene

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Big Brother

Re: This isn't just about pedos

Indeed - it's very very dangerous :/

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"This decision ... closes one door where people that would abuse children share and indulge in their fantasies online without the use of images, and prior to now have felt beyond the reach of the law in doing so."

Excellent news - now not only are children such as Lisa Simpson protected but now they can also protect those who aren't even depicted! With any luck they'll be able to arrest those who even THINK of children soon (the pedos will have to prove they aren't thinking about kids). </sarcasm>

Do they really think that making it as much of an crime to engage in FANTASY as carrying out the acts for real a good idea? Don't they see that those with such interests will then be more likely to just have kids of their own purely to abuse them?

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Anonymous hunts down Voldemort for hacking hungry kids' charity

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Re: Anonymous has "rules"?

You really do seem to be the only one here who "gets it"

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Galaxy S III dumps universal search, tries to dodge Apple's sueballs

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Re: Fuck you google!

So by your logic - no company should ever try to enter an established market or if they do they should not use any of the underlying fundamental principals that have been established over the years that the industry has been going.

Bullshit.

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EU rejects Oracle secondhand software licence grab

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FAIL

Re: It might have ramifications.

On the contrary - Steam actually has the technical capability to transfer licences. If you recall when the Orange Box came out, many users ended up with 2 copies of the original HL2 and were advised that they could "gift" their extra licence to a friend.

There is no reason at all that this couldn't also apply to games or DLC that you don't have a duplicate of.

If there was the option of buying DLC second hand (for say - half original price) I would actually buy it. They say that they don't want that because the product doesn't depreciate like a physical second hand one would but it's no different than a car - you pay a premium to have it "new" for the bragging rights. You could even limit the (re)sale of second hand downloaded stuff so that it's only available after the new game hype has died down.

Fail because they are missing out on money from the likes of me.

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Join the gov consultation on net porn ... and have your identity revealed

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WTF?

TR-WTF

So it's not really related but I want to know why this is even going through the DoE. WTF has it got to do with them? Surely it should be DoJ or similar?

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Windows Metro Maoist cadres reach desktop, pound it flat

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Headmaster

Re: Metro was designed by experts

I think you meant: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/sarcasm?q=sarcasm

Irony is great though and it's ironic how often it's misused.

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Solar power can head out of the clouds says CSIRO

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What about at night then? I wasn't aware that australia covered half the planet.

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Another investor pulls out of Habbo Hotel after grooming claims

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Facepalm

Re: As per usual

So how do you know that the very moment she turns 16 she'll be responsible enough?

You should totally patent and sell your technique - it would make you a fortune.

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Girl Geek Dinner lady: The IT Crowd is putting schoolgirls off tech

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The IT crowd is shit anyway - easily the worst thing that any of those involved have been in.

It just plays on stereotypes of IT people, which bare practically no resemblance to reality.

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All of Europe's data in US servers? We're OK with that - EC bod

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Joke

Location doesn't matter

Cheap datacenter in India it is then.

It's fine because they ticked all the "do you have" boxes and we trust them not to lie.

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New UK curriculum ramps up lessons in SPAAAACE

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Facepalm

Re: Why 12x12?

Indeed it was and it's a pointless limit. Even more so these days.

They'd be much better off learning what numbers actually are and the concept of different bases as well as building the logic to work out complex mental arithmetic rather than being taught to mindlessly recite the result of a specific (simple) calculation.

It's almost as bad as "learning the kings of England" - i.e. learning heir names and the various key dates about them but none of the stuff that actually makes history worth bothering about.

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Japan still in love with the fax

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Go

Old Stuff

Actually the Japanese quite often use old tech as well as new because they tend not to replace stuff if it's still working. I found it rather amusing to see old terminals and dot matrix printers in the station where you get the Shinkansen from.

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LinkedIn users buried in spam after database leak

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Re: LinkedIn is spam anyway.

You are missing the point that it's a work based site - it's not Facebook. It's for keeping track of work based connections who you might be able to use to benefit your career in the future. Not because you like them.

It's also useful as a barrier between recruiters and your actual email address / phone number because you don't HAVE to share your details with them when they spam you.

Also, if you have a decent profile you can actually get head hunted by good employers from there (not recruiters). It happened to a friend of mine - lucky bugger.

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Flexible Willow glass displays thin and curvy gadget future

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Lies

I see someone holding a bit of bendy perspex and an animation of some rollers.

It all seems like lies to me.

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'Super-powerful' Flame worm actually boring BLOATWARE

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Which of course is really the point of all the hype.

Up till now, these things have been unprofessional but this one as you say is enterprise level.

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Magnetic medicines hit the cancerous spot

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Excellent work. Exactly the sort of research that should be getting lots of charity funding as it could work with many (all?) different kinds of cancer.

In fact - I bet there are lots of other applications for this kind of technique as well.

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Microsoft hands out tools to sneak Skype onto new PCs

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I hate Skype because it's the only IM client that Miranda can't really connect to properly. The best you can do is have it hidden in the background and use the interop plugin, which is a bit shonky (cause skype is so naff).

I wish MS would somehow merge it with MSN so that the IM part just goes through that with the voice and cam still being Skype's protocols.

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Why don't the best techies work in the channel?

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Re: Channel?

I thought that too.

Also am I the only one who finds the new font hard on the eyes?

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MySQL's growing NoSQL problem

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Pint

Re: Content free article

"However, it's got to be a concern that kids are going to be creating transaction systems using NoSQL. That would be a disaster."

Indeed it would - and it is happening. In no small part because of articles like this for the reasons already stated many times above.

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NHS axes HealthSpace: 'Just too difficult' to use

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Most people don't care about such detail.

Those that do will just ask their doctor.

I really can't believe that no one pointed this out before they wasted so much money ...

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Eugene Kaspersky frustrated by Apple’s iOS AV ban

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Devil

Re: Methinks he doth protest too much...

Same here on every Windows machine I've had over the past 10 years or so.

Only numpties get viruses and indeed - AV software is often just as bad as having the virus.

As for your ex - she'd probably been looking at porn and downloaded "codec packs" :P

On a related note - I think that a common attack vector (and cause of badly performing Windows machines) is all the nasty software that comes with off the shelf PCs (stupid mac style application launcher bars, HP drivers and all that rubbish). Its always SO error prone (and users always think that error messages are viruses) so it gives the whole platform a bad name.

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Creatives spin copyright licence that sticks to web

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Go

Give Up

It won't work.

I wish they would just get on with actually doing their usual bluff and stop "supporting creative people". I figure there'd be a short period of not much being produced before someone steps into the breach and offers services that people have been asking for for ages, namely - everything available for free via ad supported streaming services alongside premium (but still reasonably priced) physical media with no drm and no unskippable BS, for fans and collectors.

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UK.gov: ICT in schools ain't dead, it's just resting

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Coffee/keyboard

Meh

The thing is, we are all techy so the courses they do are crap to us. And yes - I agree in theory that you shouldn't teach office only or MS languages but you have to ask - why are they being taught IT at all? If it's so they can get a job then what's wrong with teaching them stuff that is ACTUALLY in use? I'd say that learning C# would be a bit more useful than something archaic that has 0 real world applications.

I think one of the main problems is that they try to teach IT as a blanket "1 size fits all" course when really it doesn't. If it were up to me I'd have an easier course to teach basics (a bit of hardware, knowing what a virus is, different types of OS including new portable things, a SMALL amount of history etc and maybe at the end making a simple website). Then for the kids who are better, have a higher course where they learn about data structures, algorithms, branching strategies and all kinds of (interesting) things.

Either way - stuff needs to change from how it is at the moment. The course I did was out of date in the 90's and AFAIK they are still teaching roughly the same one (complete with paper keyboards to practice typing).

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Asia leads global BYOD race

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They Don't Care

Well yeah - obviously those countries "lead" the way for BYOD. Mainly because companies in those places don't give a monkeys about data security, viruses being on their network, spam being sent from their servers, or pirated software being used for their work (more than likely theirs is anyway) or any number of other security no-nos. All they see is a saving because they don't have to supply stuff, which means more profit when they sell their shit quality products.

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Google compressed-filth legal battle with smut site ended in US

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Re: I'm Confused!

Google index "everything" - i.e. stuff they have not made. Stuff that belongs to other people. Stuff that they do not have the copyright for. Is that not what various news outlets were complaining of? And what of the stock photo companies who now get less revenue because everyone just copies an image from Google image search these days?

Also, TPB is user contributed so anything can be indexed there too.

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Solving traffic jams with maths

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Re: simple

Yes - because there is REALLY a viable alternative to cars for every situation.

Not every city has London's public transport system.

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Government pledges tougher games sales law

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Joke

Re: Loosing the BBFC report is a pity

You are doing it wrong.

You seem to think that it's your job as a parent to look at what your children are doing rather than using the convenient "Yes or No" rating system.

I bet you are one of these terrible people who want to supervise their Internet activity as well rather than trusting the good old government to do it for you.

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Ten... freeware gems for new PCs

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My 3

Some cool ones there but I can't believe you didn't put in paint.net - it's a wonderful little replacement for paint. Great for quick bitmap graphics.

And backup I'd say Cobian is better too as someone mentioned earlier.

As for text editing, I prefer SciTe because of it's configuableness though notepad++ is decent.

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Redmond revamp: Bing gets social bling

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Re: This is gonna get ugly

I currently use Bing as my primary search engine because over the past few months, the quality of Google search results has plummeted for what I generally search for (geeky stuff mostly). It's ever since they "integrated" their services. I really don't want it to search youtube if I am looking up something in regular expressions ...

Hopefully they won't spoil Bing with too much social rubbish :(

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At last! A use for Blighty's phone-boxes: Free Wi-Fi hotspots

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Unhappy

London

Great - more cool stuff for London, which we won't see anywhere else.

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Cisco hits the roof in Olympics marketing dash

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Ugh

Olympics, Fry, Cisco - Fuck off.

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Amazon takes on Microsoft Azure head on

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FAIL

Azure vs AWS

But Azure has always been shit. SQL Server was (maybe still is) nobbled on it where as on AWS it's fully functional (with more besides).

As for web applications - I'd much rather be able to RDP on and have access to all the server stuff (as you'd been able to do with AWS as long as I've been using it) than have to use the horrible, limited silverlight mess that Azure relies on. Not to mention that you have to redeploy the WHOLE thing just to make a single (persistent) change.

Basically - Amazon aren't the underdog here so they don't need to "take on" Microsoft. If anything it's MS who are playing catch up.

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Microsoft, Motorola legal bickering sparks judicial disgust

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Well really it's the patent system that's in the wrong for letting companies patent abstract concepts.

Also (in my opinion) judges should be able to throw out frivolous IP infringement cases and fine the claimants and their lawyers for contempt of court. Same goes for BS litigation seekers (ambulance chasers).

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'ACTA is dead,' says Europe's digital doyenne

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FAIL

Stop Ripping Me Off And You Can Have Some Money

Maybe they should realise that people are just sick of being ripped off.

I was looking at box sets earlier today. The majority of them were £55+ (not special editions) which is simply not worth it for me when I can download it for free. Look at the X-Files for example - you are talking £150.

But take a look at the Alien quadrilogy - that's £25. That's fair and I'll probably buy it.

I also recently bought the 2 in 1 box edition of Life of Brian and Search for the Holy Grail for a fiver.

It would really help if they'd get out of people's faces with unskippable previews and warnings too.

It's really not rocket science - lower the prices or offer economy versions for the non-enthusiasts and stop putting unskippable rubbish before the show and we will buy stuff.

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Cameron hardens stance on UK web filth block

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FAIL

complex problem

For it to be a complex problem it needs to be a problem in the first place and frankly it isn't. To turn "their" usual argument against them - it didn't do me any harm. In fact I'd go as far as saying that having unfiltered access to porn and access to communicate with others who share common interests actually made me a much more confident and productive individual.

Also - quite hilarious how those that are most adamant about blocking sick Internet filth are usually the same ones who want to have teachers commit acts of sado-masochism (caning) on their kids. Crazy world ain't it.

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