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Notorious Russian spammer 'admits child abuse'

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@Unfortunately they do go together

"as a victim of abuse I have to say that child abuse and BDSM unfortunately do often go together"

I'm not denying you were abused, nor that *some* people may abuse children and engage in fetish or BDSM-like activities, however I have to object to your use of the word "often".

I have been making and selling BDSM gear for 18 years and have had a similar long association with the Fetish Scene (plus a more than passing familiarity with the legal side of such matters) and I cannot off-hand think of any cases where someone had participated in BDSM activities (ie between consenting adults) *and*, separately, had abused children.

Certainly someone who abuses children may also possess "a whip, handcuffs, and sex toys" to add to their activities, but I would not count that as being into BDSM by any usual understanding of the term.

Yes, abuse, regrettably, happens and, yes, abuse happens in BDSM relationships too, however I do not feel that a claim that "child abuse and BDSM *often* go together" is valid.

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Pentagon: Hack attacks can be act of war

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China's Blue Army...?

What? They're Pompey supporters?

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CEOP announces 'record results' in child protection battle

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What they don't say...

... is that, for instance, Colin Blanchard, the man who persuaded Vanessa George and three other women to abuse children, was only caught *by accident*

So despite all of their empire building and "panic buttons" and new laws making drawing illegal and so on, this man was only arrested and his "network" broken up by sheer dumb luck.

Of course that wouldn't play so well in the media, so instead we hear that 414 children have been "safeguarded" (how?) that "513 child sex offenders" have been arrested (how do you know they're "offenders" if they've only been arrested? Surely they're only offenders when they're actually prosecuted?) and "132 child sex offender networks" have been "dismantled" (what is the definition of a "network" here? How were they "dismantled"?)

In other words, a lot of hot air, but not much detail.

Oh and in other news:

"Paedophilia warning over King's Park pupil dress sense

"Parents have been advised not to dress their schoolchildren in short skirts and tight trousers amid fears they could be targeted by paedophiles."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-13601917

Perhaps they should switch to Burkhas?

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Personal jetpacks and solar-powered ships

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Not a Jetpack, but who cares?

It's still pretty damn cool and I'd like one! :)

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Rumbled benefits cheats offer sensational excuses

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Lazy gits...?

"I know a few people who haven't worked a day in the last 5 years or more and there's nothing wrong with them. Nothing at all."

And I know people who haven't worked a day in the last 5 years (or more) and who would *love* to work. They have been on endless "training courses" and "back to work" schemes and all the rest of the MSC (that's the Massive Statistical Cover-up because whilst they're on these schemes they're not classed as "out of work and claiming benefits), but, despite all that, when the job centre are sending thirty or forty people out for interviews for *every* job vacancy, the odds of them actually getting work are pretty bloody slim.

As for "one way would be to raise the minimum wage." who, exactly is going to *PAY* them that money? If you hadn't noticed, there's a recession on at the moment and most businesses are looking to cut costs, not pay more, so you'd actually get *fewer* people working. It's not exactly rocket science...

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Reindeer can see in ultraviolet, say boffins

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You forgot...

... that such nocturnal vision would also help those reindeer tasked with the important job of drawing Santa's sleigh...!

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Roboprobe spacecraft off to grope asteroid

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In any case...

... that should really be 974.45 nano Wales.

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McKinnon's mum applauds Obama extradition stance

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"returned the bust of Churchill"

Apart from that being a gift to a *different* President, if you'd done a little more research you would have found that Obama's grandfather was in Kenya at the time of the Mau Mau uprising when Britain rejected the demands of that country's people for greater representation and land reform and Churchill ordered in the military who used repressive measures and torture (sound familiar) to try to put it down. Obama's grandfather was one of the victims of these measures.

So is it really any wonder that he doesn't want a reminder of that in his office?

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Google borgs fledgling price comparison site

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Blimey...

... I know what I'm doing for the next few days...

1) Cobble together a Beta price comparison site

2) Sell it to Google

3) Profit!

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Euro report slates wireless comms, recommends smoke and mirrors

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It's not that..

... I don't agree with the content of this piece, but frankly it reads like a rant rather than informed opinion. Come on, El Reg, you can do better than this.

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Journos 'risk charges' for covering Parliamentary debates

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Not missing the point at all!

"A public interest test should be applied when one is planning to step away from the norm."

Oh really? And who decides what this "norm" Is? As I've posted before, I make BDSM equipment but it is *MY* choice to post that, not yours nor anyone else's.

What about someone being gay? If they choose to "out" themselves, that's up to them, but I don't accept that anyone else has the right to do that unless they're preaching from an anti-gay stance.

You say "the rule should be that anyone has the right to publish anything unless it can be shown that it is in the public interest to suppress" and whilst I can agree with that, it's only when that there is actually a public interest benefit in publication.

Revealing details of someone's private life simply to sell newspapers etc is *not* in the public interest because there is no benefit to the public.

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@No Sympathy

You say you "can see no merit in the suppression of legitimate news stories due to the embarrassment they may cause whoever it is this week caught with their pants off... (or wearing the wrong pants)" but you miss the difference between "What the Public may be interested in" and "Public Interest (meaning "what is of benefit to the Public")

The media (bless their cotton socks) are, of course, deliberately trying to blur and confuse the distinction because the former is what sells more newspapers/ gets more viewers even though there is no *benefit* to the public other than some salacious tittle-tattle to liven up their breakfasts.

Revealing someone as a hypocrite (eg John Major preaching "family values" whilst he's shagging Edwina Currie on the side) is perfectly legitimate reporting, but stories about "We caught X in bed with Y" is just muck-raking gutter journalism.

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@Absurd

Also does BBC Parliament Channel have to put in a time delay with a "CENSOR" button to bleep out any names that might be covered by an injunction...?

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Adam Curtis: The Rise of the Machines

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"hopefully this particular series will strike a topical chord"

Hopefully it's a bit more interesting than that turgid, pretentious and over-long trailer...

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Hollywood to 'retell' Carrie

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What added value...?

Not added value, just added sex, violence and gore most likely.

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Schmidt explains the Google way to self-erasure

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"Better to have industry best practice emerge unimpeded by red tape"

In other words "It's easier to get forgiveness than permission" or "we'll go ahead and do what we want until someone eventually passes a law to stop us which we can't ignore or bypass..."

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Eight New Yorkers sue Baidu for $16m

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Howls...

... of derisive laughter, Bruce!

"the complaint claims violation of the US Constitution. It names Baidu and, unusually, the Chinese government as defendants in the case."

So, typical Yank behaviour thinking that *their* laws apply to the whole world!

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Iran accused of hacking nuke inspectors' phones, PCs

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Blimey...

... I can actually agree with Matt Bryant on something!

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Amazon US offers gift cards, free shipment for your e-junk

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@Not sure it'll happen here

AFAIK that's only if they're sold through eg a charity shop, not if it's a private sale.

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Supreme Court: DNA database retention regs are unlawful

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Big Brother

"The European Court of Human Rights...

"... ruled against this practice in 2008, but current guidance from the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) states that chief constables" can tell people to fuck off because the ACPO thinks it knows better than the ECHR and the British Government is probably going to do likewise...

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David Davis: Jobless should dig trenches for fat UK pipes

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Which part of...

"Building a superfast rural broadband network is largely low-skill" didn't you understand?

Job Centre Drone: So, what qualifications do you have?

Unemployed geek: Well, I can program in Java, C++, Ruby, Python...

Job Centre Drone: Excellent, we have a perfect job for you, digging trenches for Broadband Cables!

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Downing Street e-petition site to get new Directgov home

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Because...

... it gives the People a forum where they can cry out in the belief that someone, somewhere in Government, will hear their pleas and actually give a shit instead of going ahead and doing whatever they want...

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Apple proposes even tinier SIMs for future iPhones, iPads

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Please make sure...

... your Irony Detector is switched on before posting...

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Dixons to flog off old 'brands' Miranda and Saisho

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Perhaps...

... they're hoping that people would have forgotten the sort of cheap plastic junk that Dixons put out under the Saisho label...

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Serial hacker TinKode rifles through NASA satellite files

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"he is motivated more by intellectual curiosity than mischief"

Doesn't matter. Based on another current story in El Reg, we can expect a Declaration of War imminently!

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NHS IT dino-project NPfIT should be killed off - NAO

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WTF?

I'm allergic...

... to being hit by buses!

Perhaps I should have that included on my medical records...?

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Hack attacks on US could spark military action

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Team America - World (Cyber) Police

Fuck Yeah!!

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BMW tests laser-guided car junction buddy

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The expression S.M.I.D.S.Y...

... or "Sorry Mate, I Didn't See You" will now be replaced by S.M.M.L-G.A.A.S.D.S.Y or "Sorry Mate, My Laser-Guided Accident Avoidance System Didn't See You".

Of course what both still mean is that the idiot behind the wheel didn't bother to make proper observation when pulling out of the junction.

THINK BIKE!

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Israeli couple dub sprog 'Like'

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A daughter called "Like"

I think that the dad is going to start regretting this when she gets to her teenage years and the number of boys liking Like increases...

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Geek.com visitors attacked by DIY exploit kit

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WTF?

Re: Sandbox the web-browser

Ok, on a site called geek.com, users might be expected to understand what Sandboxing is, but for most people the response would be "WTF is Sandboxing? I go to the site in IE I click on stuff, pages come up, what's the problem?"

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Teenage duo sentenced over credit card Ghostmarket

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@Stiffer sentences required...

The Daily Mail forums are that way ---->

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Sun attempts to ID entire FA Cup Final crowd

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I think some people...

... need to check the settings on their irony detectors...

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Bin Laden's porn stash: Too good to be true?

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@"Seems to be a standard smear tactic."

Only because they probably thought they couldn't get people to believe that it was actually kiddy porn...

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Up to $650 for a .xxx domain - or to keep your name off one

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"apply to have their brands permanently "blocked" in .xxx."

"Nice domain you have here, Squire.

"Be a shame if anything happened to it, know what I mean..."

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Peugeot compo cam aids amateur espionage

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SECURITY!

Don't Peugeot know that Al Qaeda will be using this to plan attacks!!!

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Software pirates should offer up more booty, says BSA

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"Industry lobby group" says...

"Software companies should be entitled to bigger damages for the use of copied software."

Well *there's* a surprise now, boys and girls...!

(Where's that Pope/ Bear icon El Reg?!)

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Haumea: Mysterious radioactive rugby-ball world

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Alien

Erm...

... I think you mean "Gray Area" aka "Meatfucker" ;-)

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Glass aeroplanes and iPads on the way, say boffins

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Alien

Erm, ok...

... but I can't see any Pierson's Puppeteers around here right now...

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Brazilians slap health warnings on knickers

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WTF?

Ok, so...

... checking yourself or getting checked for cancer is a sensible idea, but sheesh, talk about Passion Killers!

(There again, given the size some of the underwear sold, the warning would have to be printed in a 6 point font otherwise it simply wouldn't fit...!)

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How bin Laden thwarted US electronic surveillance

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@Jim Booth

Even better, put them in Geocaching sites!

Obviously it's a "dead drop" and the security services can spend ages watching them and then following the people who a) pick them up and b) leave stuff behind...

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X-Prize offers $10m for working Trek tricorder

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But can it say...

... "He's dead, Jim!"

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Scrabble friends Facebook, innit

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"if the word was good enough for Jesus"

So is that ancient Aramaic or Latin you're using, then...?

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@Alpha Tony

"I play the real rules"

No, you play a set of house rules that you've made up.

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@RIP The English Language

Paging James D Nicholl: "The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and riffle their pockets for new vocabulary."

English constantly grows, adapts and changes. If you want a language that doesn't, try French which has laws to protect it (not that many people pay attention to them)

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@Lockwood

"To make it more marketable, Scrabble recently allowed proper nouns and I believe also stage names."

That was only a variant of Scrabble, not the official version of the game which uses the SOWPODS Scrabble Tournament word list http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SOWPODS

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Scammers take advantage of ticket allocation to craft Olympics scams

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So you can be ripped off individually...

... by the scammers...

... instead of being ripped of as a country by the last Government pi$$ing away huge amounts of money on a massive vanity project :-(

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Police ordered to disclose ANPR camera sites

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Cornish terrorism

Have you not heard of the Cornish National Liberation Army aka the Cornish Republican Army?!

This is a radical terrorist organisation with at least *one* member!!!

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Facebook pulls plugs on Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook profile

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There can be only one...

... Bitch!

(Icon because it's the one with swords ;-) )

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Steven Moffat fumes over Doctor Who plot leak

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Re: bloody spoilers

As soon as the credits start to roll I hit the Mute button (or Fast Forward if I've recorded it) and pay no attention until they've ended because of the blatant spoilers that the BBC often stick in.

Now I just have to figure out how to avoid them in articles in the Radio Times...

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Apple and Google wriggle on US Senate hot seat

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"we submit patent applications for many, many different things...

"...Often they are fairly speculative"

And at other times they're ridiculously speculative or are blatantly obvious or there is clear prior art, all of which *should* stop any such patent from being granted if it wasn't for the fact that the US Patent System is utterly broken and thus open to exploitation by Patent Trolls...!

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