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How can family sysadmins make a safe internet playground for kids?

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Maybe it's because your a grown-up

and have some idea of what you're doing?

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This maybe sad but true,

but it's still no reason not to enforce the best practice you can within the environment for which you are responsible.

Do what you can, and hope for the best, I suppose.

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Oh, dear.

My five year old can read, and is quite capable of firing up firefox when he feels like it (or clearing all the icons from my desktop, mucking up my widgets, or whatever), and gets a lot out of sites like CBeebies, Sesame Street, and You Tube. He can't load the sites for himself (yet) but he can successfully navigate them without assistance.

My three year olds aren't at that level, but they can both play the games on the CBeebies site, without any assistance.

I don't know what world it is where 6 year olds cannot read, but in this one, pre-schoolers learn basic mouse skills.

I can look back and laugh at my father's inability to use the family VCR, but I really do worry about my ability to effectively regulate my own offspring's internet experience.

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'Why would I make any more Star Wars movies?'

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He does appear to have confused his constant tinkering with the existing films,

with the act of making new ones.

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Wikipedia to shut down Wednesday in SOPA protest

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Will be a good day

to get some work done, then.

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Footie club sacks striker for homophobic tweet

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@Chris W

Get thee to a divorce court, pronto! And don't forget to tweet me the details.

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@Chris W

I'll agree that persecuting someone, based on their views is wrong, and so I won't be firing up a burning brand and chasing anyone out of town, any time soon.

However, if you are going to express hateful views, then it surely must be expected that those around you will disassociate themselves from you, much as the football club has done in this case (the sacking probably the result of a contractual obligation to not bring the club into disrepute, or somesuch).

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@Chris W

No, you're entitled to think what you like, but if you want to express the view that gay men are unable to resist any other man's unguarded anus, you shouldn't expect that view to go unchallenged, given that it is a) ridiculous, and b) offensive to gay men (maybe all men, unless the "all men are rapists" feminists were right, all along?).

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Image is very important to football clubs.

I'm sure that any high profile person from any organisation, would face some sort of consequence for publically voicing their opinion that gay men are rapists.

Maybe he'd have gotten away with it, if he'd replaced the hashtag with "lol jk" (or whatever the kids are using, now)?

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Facepalm

I doubt this will "make a genuine homophobic change their view"

but it does help to make it clear that discrimination against someone on the basis of the sexuality is not something that our society wishes to tolerate.

Luckily, as a straight, white male, the worst discrimination I've ever had to face, is the assumption that I can rendered incapable by a cold.

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Twitter, for all its faults,

seems to provide a very valuable service, in that it gives public figures just enough rope...

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Pure Highway 300Di in-car digital radio kit

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Driving along

with a laptop on the dash, are you?

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You're not a fan of DAB, then, Grease Monkey?

I had the previous version of the Highway, and I rather liked it. With just regular radio, I tended to build up a massive pile of CDs in the car, but DAB offered choice beyond just irritating pop crap and Radio 4. Planet Rock, mostly, if I'm honest.

Don't use it any more though, as all the trailing wiring was a bit of a nightmare, it was a bugger to retune whilst driving, and a bit of a pain to plug in each time I got in the car. Didn't help that the windscreen mount melted in the sun, and I lost the aerial when I sold the car. All in, this new version looks like a good improvement (not that I'd want some spotty oik from Halfords, tinkering around in my car).

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India threatens to block Google, Facebook and chums

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"India's minister of information technology, denied that the demand amounted to censorship"

In other news, I have a house-trained bear, and the Pope is a Hindu.

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NHS fined £375k after stolen patient data flogged on eBay

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An end to the culture of sub-contracting

all the public service functions, would make it a lot easier to hold people to account when things go wrong.

Flog your services off to the lowest bidder, and they'll do a shit job, but you won't be to blame and the NHS can pick up the fine - yeah, I can see why this is so popular.

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German cops hacked in revenge for dad spying on daughter

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@ShelLuser

OK, installing some sort of malware is inappropriate (and probably a good way to let something bad happen to your home PC), and logging at the router would probably achieve the same ends with better means. But should children have an expectation of privacy, particularly if their using their parents hardware?

I doubt that I'll be able to supervise my children on the net, full time (I already leave them on it unguarded, but at 5 and 3, they've no interest in anything other than the CBeebies page, anyway). I probably wouldn't want to know everything they've posted, but I'd certainly want to know where they'd been - probably the equivalent of them letting me know where they go when their out with friends, but not the detail of their conversations - and I might want to filter certain content (I'm not looking forward to this becoming an issue!).

I get the feeling from cases like this, that it's less a case that the parents want to spy on their kids, but more the case that they want to monitor their activities, but don't really know how.

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Really?

I thought that keeping an eye on their kids was what responsible parents did.

Oh well, I guess I'd better contact a lawyer, and arrange to sue my employers for logging what I get up to on my work PC.

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Australia should head-hunt Michael Gove

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I don't know whether to upvote you

for the suggested change to the Reg voting system, or downvote you for the "coding X factor" suggestion (wasn't Beauty & The Geek bad enough?)!

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I learnt SuperCalc.

My IT As Level was 100% futureproof.

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Sad but true.

Schools have become exams factories, as they are monitored on the ability to get students to pass exams.

Education, as a whole, needs a good shake up, but I don't think Gove is the man to do it.

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Siri's artificially intelligent news anchor sister bags $6.2m

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$6.2 million to re-invent StumbleUpon?

I'll assume that I've missed something (as is usually the case).

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1TB USB stick shoved into Swiss Army knife

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Typical of the Swiss,

bringing a USB stick to a knife fight.

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Apple legal threat to Steve Jobs doll deemed 'bogus'

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Apple don't need a copyright on Jobs,

as they've outsourced them all to China.

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Symantec downplays source-code trophy theft

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Quite.

Only time my credit card has ever been abused, was after I renewed my Norton subscription on-line. Ditched it straight after, and have never looked back.

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'Mobiles bake men's balls' bog ad is cobblers - new ruling

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It's all a sinister plot

by manbag manufacturers.

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Hasbro sues Asus over Transformer Prime moniker

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You haven't played with any for a while.

The new ones come apart with very little persuasion. These bits then get lost.

As for the law suit, I'm surprised it's taken this long to come out.

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Ailing HMV sees tech sales' bright spot among dire music biz

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Really? People are flocking to HMV to buy tech?

I went in the Milton Keynes HMV, hoping to pick up a couple of CDs for the car - eventually found the music section, in a small corner of the top floor. If I'd wanted to buy an X-box (or whatever) I'd have continued on to the nearest computer game retailer, but it appears I'm in a minority.

If ever I want a DVD, it's invariably cheaper on-line or from the supermarket. It's a shame, as I like record shops (I still mourn the demise of Our Price), but HMV really needs to curl up and die.

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Google promises 0.001 of revenue to free the slaves

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God forbid

that we learn anything from history.

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Speaking as a Brit,

I'd be happy if everyone (be they a corporation, a footballer, or the man in the street) paid their tax, as this would allow the state to better handle it's responsibilities.

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Sony off the hook for killing Linux on PS3

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Maybe

they could release finished products that don't need patching )to correct the fact that they don't work properly)? Just a thought.

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Fake anti-virus victims in line for slice of $8m payout pie

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YOU HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO RECEIVE AN FTC COMPENSATION PAYOUT

WORTH $$$$$$!!!!!

CLICK HERE!

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Early 2012 date for UK Kindle Fire debut

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Well played, Amazon.

There's no way anyone would have bought one of these for Christmas.

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2011's Best... Premium Tablets

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I've always been a big fan of

buying cars with doors/boots, so that I can put what I want into them.

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Concerns over plan to boost pharma by releasing NHS data

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Opt in to share your organs,

opt out to keep your health record private. Isn't this all a bit arse-about-face?

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RIM execs chewed through restraints after in-flight fracas

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But what about the "emotional repercussions"?

You must be made of stern stuff.

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OnLive Game System cloud gaming console

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On the other hand,

70 quid won't buy you a PC to play it on.

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Bloke claims ex swiped his sperm to make twins

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Leave off.

I love my kids, but retain my rights to moan about them to all and sundry.

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"loss of enjoyment of life"

He's got kids, so he should win on this, at least.

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Lovefilm dumps Flash, BLINDS Linux fans with Silverlight

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"suddenly have next-to-no films to stream online"

So, no change there then? LoveFilm's streaming service is laughable - poor video quality, poor selection, crappy player (had to resort to IE last time I used it, as it was unusable under Opera).

Making films harder to access, by switching to Silverlight, just provides more of an incentive for those who can to steal* films, rather than pay to watch them.

*I know, it's not actually stealing. Whatever.

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TV writer quells rumours of Doctor Who movie

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Once they get it done, it'll be just like H2G2 all over again:

shit film -> outrage from fans -> moment of quiet reflection whilst fans remember that the source material is pretty ropey anyway -> we all move on.

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Given that Doctor Who frequently makes no sense,

pisses over it's own continuity, and features wild changes in tone, I fail to see what you're complaining about.

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Geek seeks cash for Top Trumps-style CPU game

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"licensed brand tat"

Got your rose-tinted glasses on? Go back 25 years, or so, and you'd find my friends and I playing the Star Wars deck, at the exclusion of all others (except maybe the Horror deck), not least because the presence of the detailed stats was proof positive that the US were building X-Wings and a Death Star

The news presence of Reagan's Star Wars defence programme may have influenced our thinking. That, and being 8-year old boys...

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Apple, Google apps face smut and violence ratings

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This all sounds very reasonable,

but will stir up plenty of "how dare you presume to tell me what I can/cannot watch" froth, nonetheless. I like to be able to make informed decisions, and the BBFC do a fine job with that for films.

Certainly better systems than the adult content blocking used on mobile phones, anyway.

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Slip of a lad to play James Bond's Q

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Good news.

Now, get the film made, so we can all get on with forgetting QoS.

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Inside the BBC's R&D Labs

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Dubbing Polish audio over the live broadcast of Doctor Who?

Typical of the left-leaning BBC to want to support all the lazy immigrants who want to come over here, to steal our jobs and abuse our benefits system.

The sooner the BBC has it's funding slashed (it's a tax - I don't even watch Cbeebies, so why should I be forced to fund it?), and is sold off to Rupert Murdoch, the better.

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RIP mice and keyboards: Kinect for PCs incoming

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So, is

"we have optimized certain hardware components and made firmware adjustments which better enable PC-centric scenarios" a rather long winded way of saying "we've written a driver for it"?

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NHS minister's bombshell: I get emails from dead people

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A Tory MP, showing contempt for the electorate?

If this is newsworthy, can we expect a serious editorial on ursine defecation habits, next?

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Women love phone cams, for snapping pics of cute babies

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You're only upset because it's true!

That said, I'm a man, but the profile of female mobile users seemed to sum me up fairly well.

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Man sues boss for 'condemning him to eternal damnation'

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Angel

His deity of choice must be really petty.

Christian, you say? *checks Old Testament* Yup, really petty.

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Truly unlimited mobile for $19: How can it be true?

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I can see this going down a storm

with anyone running a Wi-Fi hotspot.

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