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ISPs under pressure to control online porn

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Stop

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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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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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Big Brother

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Stolen bike recovery means sending someone round, gaining evidence, filling in all that boring paperwork for a crime that the papers don't care about.

If a police force can say to the tabloid trash "look we stopped these deviants from corrupting your angelic little children" then they get some good publicity and are likely to have the press on their side when their funding is to be cut.

The trouble all stems from the press creating moral outrage over sex when it's really not that big of a deal.

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Big Brother

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Indeed that is next on the agenda.

Studies have shown that paedophiles utilize their own minds to create perverted thoughts known as "fantasies" in which they rape children! Therefore every man will soon be required to read a copy of the tabloid newspaper of their choice if engaging their carnal desires. This will ensure a block on all thought.

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UK.gov smiles and nods at commentards

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The difference is between decide and suggest.

The idea of these sites is to let the public directly vent their frustrations to the government without having to go through an MP or the press, who always change things for their own advantage.

Whether the government acts on the suggestions is up to them - they make the decisions and always will.

A side effect of these sites whether you like to admit it or not is that they've opened up debate on a very wide range of issues, which surely has to be better than debate being stifled.

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Leicester City councillors eye up iPad to save £90k a year

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What you do in your own stairwell is no one else's business but your own ;)

Seriously though I know what you mean - there are plenty areas in our city that could REALLY do with improving, anywhere near Frog Island for a start and maybe use the cash to paint that godawful blue tower. At least they are filling in the (scum shelter) underpass to the train station though so it's not all bad.

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Show geo-data some respect, don't rely on Web2.0 data

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This isn't surprising at all. If you've ever tried to work with open street map you'll have seen how "flakey" it is as a service. Frankly if mapping is crucial to your business you want to minimize the risk of downtime and services like this just don't have the guarantees of uptime that are required.

Google is better for uptime and functionality but is INCREDIBLY expensive if you have a successful product. It gets to the point where it's more cost effective to buy the data from the ordnance survey folks and host it yourself. Plus you have to remember that a lot of companies have already bought said data so they are just reusing existing assets.

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UK.gov soaps up public in latest data appeal

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Unhappy

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"New public website fails under heavy load", "New web site attracts silly people", "Unmoderated board gets trolled". Change record please, these stories are getting boring now.

The government are trying new things for a change. If they work then great, if they don't well at least they can learn not to bother in future. How about rather than rewriting Daily Mail articles or just making silly little snide remarks you suggest something useful.

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UK.gov may cut BBC licence fee in 2012

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So you would be perfectly happy to pay say £70 a year to provide everyone in the country with a free newspaper with no adverts? For example imagine that the Metro stopped advertising and went with a similar system to the BBC.

Saying it's the same as schools or hospitals is clearly rediculous because there are no real alternatives for WHEN (not if) they are needed where as TV and radio are luxuries. And there are alternatives.

And the quality of every single show on the BBC is atrocious. I don't know what planet the BBC fanbois here live on if they think that Little Britain is better comedy than American Dad (picked something of similar level). Once over the BBC was good when they had the likes of the Fast Show or Goodness Gracious Me and even things like the Brittas Empire but now all you get is garbage. Even their documentaries are now always incredibly biassed and seem to be trying to ram some message home constantly. Remember - what you see on the beeb is not always made by them, if it's good it's probably been aired in the USA or Australia already.

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Go

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It's not about it making a personal difference. It's the principal.

Besides, why should I have to pay a hundred and fifty quid for something that I do not use?

(Though in fact I have recently told them to naff off seeing as I now have no TV receiving equipment so we'll see how that turns out)

(GO to the government about reducing the fee - preferably to £0)

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Google fashions Android dev kit for dummies (from Scratch)

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It reminds me of those "BUILD YOUR PERSONAL WEB PAGE IN MINUTES" sites that you used to get years ago.

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Nine Inch Nails guy scores Facebook movie... bitch!

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The only people that liked his new stuff are the Creative Commons fanbois who don't like it for the music. NIN is now douchebag trendy and it's a bloody shame (says it all that he also gives away Mac desktop backgrounds with his stuff).

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Government lunatic magnet goes live

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Big Brother

Come On

OK so the performance is terrible but hopefully they can fix that soon enough.

The idea is a good one, even if most of the comments are ignored at least it allows real people to make a point directly, rather than through MPs who just ignore what their constituents tell them. This is surely exactly what many people here have been asking for so now that it's here how about actually using it rather than complaining.

(Big brother because it seems like everyone loves to whine about him but when they get a chance to actually make a point to anyone who matters they shut up. Typical English whine and no action mentality. This place is SO much like the DM sometimes that it's not even funny.)

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Google: Flash stays on YouTube, and here's why

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Dead Vulture

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HTML5 you say? Is that Web3.0 then?

I remember the good old days of Web1.0 (we called it the Information Super Highway back then you know). black text, white backgrounds, blue links and if you were fancy - embedded pictures! Sometimes even moving gifs! Those were the days :)

(Grave cause how much the web has changed makes me feel old)

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Huge new airships for US Army: designed in Blighty

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Big Brother

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Awesome, as we all know you can't be living in a dystopian future without airships floating around.

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Tom Stoppard: Tech is destroying the written word

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Shock - old man complains of social change!

I can't wait till we are all old so we get to complain about the latest hoojamaflibs stopping the young'ns enjoying our whatsnames.

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NASA: Civilization will end in 2013 (possibly)

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Oh ... damn :(

Post-apocalyptic mad max style world it is then.

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Coat

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I'm no scientist but doesn't this only break things that are currently turned on? If so then I guess most stuff will just have to be turned off. I'm sure humanity will survive.

(Coat because I'm going to need some kind of protection against the triffids)

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Bletchley Park archives to be digitised, put online

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Go

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I went to Bletchley Park with a couple of friends this year. It was a really great day out and I advise anyone with an interest in IT to have a look. It's not expensive for entry and you can go back any time for a year after.

It's obvious that they need really cash though. So much of the site is in need of a major refurbishment.

Go icon because you should go and give them some money :)

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ISPs told to keep filesharer naughty list

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I doubt if the new government could do much with this. I expect that it's all already been signed off. However is it not fair game for their great reform act if they are still doing the whole "we'll ask the public" thing?

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Found phone leads to paedophile ring

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Troll

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Yeah we can just watch some good honest kinky MMF or FFM porn or some BDSM between consenting adults or just look at some dirty cartoons ... oh wait scratch those last ones.

Troll? Possibly.

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Murdoch's paywall: The end of the suicide era?

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Pirate

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People will always write news and people will always read news. Just like people will always make and watch movies and make or listen to music. If the big businesses who are currently in charge of these things die out because of piracy and whatnot then the worst that will happen is that we'll have to do without those luxuries for a little while and put up with slightly lower quality.

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Beeb, British Museum face smut issues over saucy pot

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Big Brother

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Notice that this hasn't been covered by the mainstream press. They really hate the fact that people have been drawing dirty things for as long as there's been something to draw on (loads of cave paintings depict bestiality).

The media really needs to point out that they are now being prevented from showing pieces of classical "art" because it really is no different from modern porn and therefore the whole thing is so stupid.

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Highways Agency seeks £40m central IT system

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Pint

Place Your Bets

I reckon: £80m, 4 years late then scrapped. Can I have a prize (or a beer) if I get it right?

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Study shows gaming can hinder reading, writing progress

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B.S.

I know this study was conducted in America so the culture is different but ...

Generally I found that the kids in my primary school who had consoles were the smarter ones and would choose to read on their own or play constructive games. The ones without consoles were too busy playing futbol and smashing stuff and are now (as far as I know) on the dole or in prison.

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