* Posts by Semaj

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Ofcom to review Digital Economy Act site-blocking measures

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Big Brother

hjyhki

Government and media order of preference for a nice story with lots of controversy:

Pedos

Terrorists

Illegal Downloaders

If you can combine them then extra bonus points!

Keep em scared and angry and they are easy to control.

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Indonesian pop star jailed over sex videos

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The real way to put religion in it's coffin where it belongs.

Porn and mockery.

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UK.gov taps up DWP's IT boss for all of Whitehall

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Troll

Job description

Wow that job description in the last paragraph isn't really adequate. It needs MORE buzzwords!

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Man demands police protection from sex-mad missus

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man make snoosnoo

Be careful what you wish for.

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Single complaint sparks police raid and total ban on rental movie

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Big Brother

Unintentional Consequences

I'm all for art pushing the boundaries. I'd argue that that's one of the reasons it should exist. It makes people think of stuff they wouldn't want to ordinarily, which can only be a good thing.

I do wonder whether an unintended consequence of this film though will be that people think it's a documentary so end up believing the BS about there actually being a global snuff film industry, which ironically could lead to it being banned after all.

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UK tech retailers are rubbish

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FAIL

Definitely

So true.

I remember years back when Dixon's still had high street stores all over the place and my friends noticing a computer advertised as having 512MB of RAM (unheard of in those days other than really high end stuff - what they actually meant was the PC had 512 MB of RAM).

We politely pointed out the obvious typo but the sales guy was adamant we were totally wrong and clearly didn't know what we were talking about.

Though the next day the sign had the section scribbled out with marker pen and the much more sensible 64MB written instead :) The guy just couldn't admit he was wrong to a bunch of college kids.

The same shop also sold me a USB cable to go with my parallel port scanner ... not really useful!

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Scotland bans smut. What smut? Won't say

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Terminator

Arms Race

Is this like some kind of weird "I can do a better law than you" competition between all the Western nations or something? It's getting absolutely ridiculous now.

Machines cause it's getting to the point where we'd be better off with them in charge.

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Apple patents miracle combo mouse-keyboard

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not used one

I've not used one but if that's the case then Sony will obviously sue them because yeah, it sounds exactly the same.

Surely Sony would have patented it already though?

Still horrible that you can patent a concept like this in my opinion anyway, fair enough the exact tech specs but the concepts? Thumbs down cause these guys really need to stop being so small minded.

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UK short 100K tech recruits this year

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Happy

Not Surprising

Despite the social acceptance of gadgetry nowadays (and the obvious demand that brings), being a geek is still being a geek and we don't get the respect of those in other industries. That and the work we do is often tedious and difficult - it's definitely not for everyone.

Good news for those of us already here though.

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Apple's Jobs stand-in touts iPad's enterprise reach

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BS

Hmm, I think frymaster is right.

When the iPhone came out I saw a lot of "business types" using them in my daily commute to and from work. I've seen 1 man using an iPad and he was only reading an ebook, not doing work. In fact he had his laptop with him (though he wasn't using it at the time).

What I have seen in use by the "business types" are a lot more new netbooks.

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Hackers eyed sale of celebrity iPad data

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Joke

Collective

"Goatse, the collective of trolls"

Goatse - collective noun, a group of trolls. "I saw a goatse of trolls the other day, they were all fat and ugly" Nice :)

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ISPs battle EU child pornography filter laws

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Stop

Exactly

Child abuse (including regular violence, which is at least as bad as sex) is going to happen regardless and more often than not will be done by a relative or close family friend (male AND female by the way, not just men, ask anyone who works with abused kids).

All filtering does is extend the delusion that this kind of thing doesn't happen, it's saying "we don't care if it happens as long as we can't tell". It's hiding the symptom, not solving the problem. And that's assuming it could even work, which it wouldn't.

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Kinect blamed for Red Ring of Death outbreak

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FAIL

sdfdsgrdg

Well ours hasn't broke (thankfully) but the upgrade has made the interface a lot slower. I've not talked to anyone who has said they like it yet.

I have the feeling that this may be just as coincidental as there was no antennagate ;)

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DARPA working on eyes-in-the-back-of-your-head hat

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Alien

Predator Helmet

I want one.

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Enormous 1km ice-cube machine fashioned at South Pole

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Troll

AVP?

Strange, I don't recall there being anything to do with ice or Antarctica in those 2 fantastic games.

They should really make a film about them some day, I can't see how it could possibly be done badly, especially when the cannon is so easy to stick to.

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Microsoft says no to Kinect sex game

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WTF?

Lies

"Xbox is a family friendly games and entertainment console and does not allow Adults Only content to be certified for use on its platform, and would not condone this type of game for Kinect."

So GTA isn't adult only then?

Course callously mowing down pedestrians, hiring then blowing the brains out of prostitutes is fun for the whole family.

That's our culture though isn't it - violence is fine and a bit of consensual kinky fun is evil.

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Sheriff's Department database leak puts snitches at risk

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Grenade

Shiiiiiiiiit

String

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Judges reject Operation Ore appeal

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No one cares

The public have been brainwashed into thinking that having a single image of a 17 year old = having child porn = making child porn = making child porn = raping babies thanks to the hysterical reporting by the media.

Hence whenever any man is accused of having child porn, he may as well kill himself (I say man specifically because they are STILL of the opinion that it's mostly a man thing). Even if he is found innocent, the accusation is worse than any punishment that could be given.

And no one cares because "if it saves the life of one child ..."

Notice that the press hailed Ore as a massive success and didn't even mention all of the men that killed themselves.

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Minister 'C*nt' promises £50m to get fabtastic fibre for all

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Show Off

Dude, I long for the speeds I got back in my old city centre flat (though not the flat itself).

Complaining that you are losing 6Mb out of 20? You don't know you are born. My connection is meant to be getting upgraded to the 20Mb one in February but I already asked if it'll improve the 3Mb speed I ACTUALLY get and was told it won't because I'm too far away :(

As for cable? Virgin don't seem to have any interest in building new infrastructure at all.

Either way it's all a bit crap really.

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FAIL

sfdgdfg

I'll believe it when I see it.

What's the chances that BT will happily take the £50m and spend it on consultants and putting new fibre down in areas like London, which already have it, ignoring any non-city location.

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Gov decides not to have scientific advice on drugs any more

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Not surprising

They never listened to them anyway.

And since when did the government ever care whether what they were proposing made sense? Nah it's much easier to allow the tabloids to decide what the government should do. At least then the proles will be happy.

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Gov pays Greens to lobby it, says report

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Black Helicopters

Not just Environmentalists

Look at the amount of cash given to "child protection" charities like the NSPCC or whatever as well.

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ISPs under pressure to control online porn

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ssfsdfes

Posts like yours give me hope.

Got to remember though - it's not JUST your responsibility as parents, it's his too. Just like it'd be his responsibility if he was being a fool and fell over and hurt himself. Completely shielding kids from everything bad seems just as bad as letting them get on with it themselves (just look at the stupid 13 year old who thought it'd be a really great idea to jet off to Gatwick without telling anyone).

I'm sure that you guys will do fine though :)

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Semaj
Stop

No

This is getting beyond a joke now.

How do these lobbying groups get formed? Is it possible to set up a sensible lobby group to counter these ones? I think we need it because it seems to me like the common sense message is being drowned out by the insanity. I'm thinking along the lines of what the ASP have done in Australia.

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Plasma space-drive aces efficiency numbers: Set for ISS in 2014

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Coat

screw that

Let the space wizard worshippers stay here while us sensible humans jet off into the stars. They seem quite happy for everything to stay exactly as it is or even better - regress back to medieval times.

They hate new technology so I think they would probably be happy if we all left them to it.

Maybe we'll check in on them after a couple of hundred years if we fancy a laugh.

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Xbox modder can't claim fair use, says judge

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Flame

Difficult to find an appropriate analogy

The car one doesn't work because in that case you would not be breaking a law about modding your car, you would be breaking the law for driving an unsafe car and dangerous driving, maybe manslaughter.

It's perfectly legal to mod a car to be unroadworthy. If you take it on the road, that is the crime.

I'd say a closer analogy is if you found a way to modify the engine to run on ambient pollution from other people's cars (far fetched I know). Would that be a crime? I don't think it would as long as the technique didn't break safety laws.

(Flames cause it would probably explode.)

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Turing papers could be saved after auction fail

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Dead Vulture

Gah

If it were possible to donate and if this had been publicised then I for one would have given cash to support Bletchley Park's bid.

I hope the Reg ran a story earlier and I missed it when I was away otherwise I'm highly disappointed.

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Super Meat Boy

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Controls Like Crap

I'm sorry but for me there is only 1 thing that makes or breaks a platformer and that is how "slidey" it is and Super Meat Boy is worse than McKids. No amount of silly "awesome" gimmicks make up for that.

I'd rank this one as unplayable.

Spend your cash on Scott Pilgrim instead.

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Duracell MyGrid cable-free gadget charger

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FAIL

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Until this tech starts appearing by default in lots of different devices (in a standard way) all these things will flop.

As "It wasn't me" said. You'd have to be an idiot to spend about £100 on a gizmo that does a worse job than the cable you got for free.

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Virgin Media begins 100Mb upgrades

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Go

How Kind

But it would be better if they'd actually lay some cables to places that don't have the option of cable at all. :(

I'm stuck with a useless BT line that's so far from the exchange I am lucky to get 3Mb (when it should be 8). I know it could be worse but you'd think if a new TOWN is being created BT might put in a dedicated exchange or Virgin might jump in with a cable.

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Hand over illegal porn at the border, please

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Paris Hilton

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"If something is perfectly legal in your own country, would you even think to ask when travelling to another?"

Yes, Definitely.

Though the Australian government are wrong and crazy it's the traveller's responsibility to find out the laws and customs of the country they are visiting before they do.

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Lone Android dev 'almost brought down T-Mobile'

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Pint

I wish you were right

For good devs like you and me you are correct but there are A LOT of cowboys out there who give the rest of us a bad name.

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Keep your PC clean - or we'll shut you down

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I'm not actually totally against this kind of thing in theory.

I think of it like a car. If you allow your vehicle to become unroadworthy you will not be allowed to drive it and may even face a fine or worse. Of course the difference is that a poorly maintained car could actually kill someone, hence why jail time or a fine is probably overkill. Suspension from the net until they get it fixed though - I could live with that.

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Dead baby taunting troll feels wrath of law

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Big Brother

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So it's now illegal to be mean? Where does it end and what are the implications for satire?

I wonder if the outcome would have been different had he been a face to face heckler.

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CEOP chief accuses UK.gov of putting kids at risk

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Big Brother

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You do not agree with my irrational argument, therefore you are a paedophile. Any questioning of why this is the case only makes it worse for yourself.

Great way to win any discussion I guess.

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Boston firefighters get oxygen masks for cats and dogs

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Indeed and even for the cynical people who disagree that some animals are as important to their owners as another human may be it makes sense because it would help to stop people running back into a burning building to save a pet.

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Penis pill spam shrinks

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Well I wish they'd tell the gits that keep sending me the same "buy viagra" message 20 times in a row that!

They do all seem to be coming from yahoo addresses lately though rather than the usual mix.

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Internet firms welcome CEOP chief's exit

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Please post this to the Daily Mail instead. You're preaching to the converted here ;)

After that, please run for government.

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UK head of online child protection resigns

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"The world of child protection is unlikely to be quite the same without him"

Hopefully it will yes and hopefully the change will be that it's a much more logical world that actually helps people rather than just churning out propaganda.

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Sex Party proposes new classification system for Oz

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Big Brother

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"On top of that, the entire porn industry fosters an unfortunate attitude towards objectification of women."

The entire industry? All that gay porn REALLY objectifies women doesn't it.

What an idiot. I'd love to see that ASP lady (or Anonymous 21:41) tear her to shreds (metaphorically of course) on TV some time.

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IPv6 uptake still slow despite looming address crunch

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Terminator

umm

Anyone with eyes and a brain could have predicted the explosion in the number of devices. It was inevitable.

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Indiana judges dismiss girl's nipple exposure appeal

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Coat

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I'd personally prefer it if men were subject to the same obscenity laws as women. Who wants to see some ugly fat football yob or a scummy chav with their shirt off in the summer? Not me that's for sure.

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FSFE calls on governments to stop pushing Adobe Reader

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Troll

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So what are they meant to do, link to every PDF reader and confuse the users or just not tell them at all so they'll not be arsed to get the information at all? (Though they'll probably ring up instead so some phone monkey at the council will have to answer, meaning they are more busy so more public money is wasted hiring more staff.)

Or maybe they should all just put a randomized link on every page where a PDF reader is mentioned, meaning they have to hire web developers with more technical knowledge than just layout, meaning more expense is incurred in making and maintaining these sites?

Normal people don't CARE what PDF reader they use, they just want it to work. Anyone who cares will be able to find an alternative as I (and no doubt he) has done.

Troll because this guy is clearly just trying to cause arguments for the sake of it.

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Flyover states up attacks on Craigslist

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I don't know why craigslist doesn't just shut down their sections for those states and replace them with a succinct notice explaining why with contact details for those who wish to complain and links to local news papers classified sections as an alternative.

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Smartphone boom drives media multi-tasking

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Terminator

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"more older people are getting online"

No, they are dying and previously middle aged people are ageing to replace them. It's rare for people to try anything drastically new. The only reason for this surge is that we're getting to the point that those who were at the top end of middle age when everyone started to use the Internet are now getting to be in their 60s. Give it another 30 years so it'll be hard to find someone who hasn't "grown up" around technology then the results will be more interesting.

That's if the machines don't kill us all by then (though personally I'm hoping for zombies but you have no icon for that).

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One in five workers still clinging to IE6

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We are stuck with IE6 for 2 reasons.

One is the lazy admins (third party contractors usually) who can't be bothered to do their jobs right or charge extortionately for doing it.

Second is that people fear change in all it's forms. The people who like IE6 are the same who think that XP is the crowning glory of computing simply because that's all they have ever used. Enthusiasts like us think nothing of trying new technology and can remember a time before XP, before Facebook and even before Google so we are used to change. For most users that's not the case. Their IT experience (at least on a personal level) begins at around 2004 or even later so XP and IE6 was what they "grew up" with so they think that's how things always were and forever should be. Getting them to move away from that will be very hard.

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Ads watchdog: PS3 graphics 'discernibly' better than Xbox

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Ah they are both good consoles.

And the graphics REALLY don't matter - the only FF games worth playing are 3, 7 and 8. Everything since 8 has been complete and utter tripe.

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Police told terror ads too terrifying offensive

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They exist here but are seen as old fashioned these days in favour of blinds.

We call them "net curtains".

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Microsoft digs Macs in back-to-school ads

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"and who popularized those over a decade ago?"

I doubt very much that any college student is going to settle for a mac that was made over a decade ago. And if you don't think that the way it looks is a major factor for most buyers of computers then you are very mistaken so this is a fairly major point rather than a niggle. Unfortunately (for Microsoft) the case is that Macs ARE more fashionable than PCs and complaining that you can't stand out by having a non white / silver machine isn't going to do much when fitting in with their peers is what young people WANT to do.

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Extreme porn law on the ropes

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I've written to my MP on several occasions and not once has he taken any action. I've been fobbed off each time.

At least with the yourfreedom type sites the word is actually out in the open for others to read rather than in the MP's litter bin.

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