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Second US 'secret space warplane' to launch tomorrow

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Prior art...

Blofeld did it first!

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Hollywood eyes Blade Runner replicants

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"Describe in single words...

".. only the good things that come into your mind about... a Blade Runner sequel."

"A Blade Runner sequel?"

"Yeah."

"Let me tell you about a Blade Runner sequel...."

[BLAM!]

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Wales calls on ICANN to unleash .cymru

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dot cum?

Would be very useful for certain areas of the Adult Industry...!

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More interception, less scrutiny as Oz Senate passes wiretap laws

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@I just wish

Whereas I wish that the arrogant pillocks who are in power would stop thinking that *they* know best for the rest of us and would all decide to emigrate to the middle of nowhere so they can pass all the laws they want to their heart's content and enjoy living under their own rule whilst the rest of us are allowed to get on with our lives!

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Eurocrats work horizontally to make every European digital

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"Working horizontally"?

Does that mean they're working flat out or just that they're lying down on the job?

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Asian soup peril menaces bionic shark

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Also speaking as a surfer...

... you've got more chance of dying in an accident on the way to or from the beach than you have of being a victim of a shark attack.

Try doing some research which might improve your "thinkin'"

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Stop...

... Hammer Time!

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Julian Assange™ applies to trademark himself

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Once again...

... Certain members of "Team Register" need to look up the meaning of the fallacy "Poisoning the Well"

http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/poisoning-the-well.html

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Anon Mail commenters to stay anon

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Paging...

... Ms Streisand...!

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Cyber cops and domain name registrars meet to tackle net crooks

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And there is one thing I can't tolerate...

... which is people's instant knee-jerk thoughtless reaction to an accusation that someone is abusing children (or providing such images) or that it's obviously copyright infringement without actually thinking "we've only got the Police's word for this".

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Survey sets out to pin down nation's pr0n habits

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"everyone knows how porn is used"

"If “everybody knows” such-and-such, then it ain’t so, by at least ten thousand to one." - Lazarus Long (via Robert A Heinlein).

Once again I mention that I make leather bondage gear. There are times when I've seen something on a website etc that has made me go "Damn, I never thought of that, what a great idea for a new product...!"

Who says you can't enjoy Business Research? :-)

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@Chris Miller

Belle de Jour was an *escort* not a pornographer and she's a Research Scientist with specialisations in developmental neurotoxicology and cancer epidemiology, she has a PhD in informatics, epidemiology and forensic science.

Let me see: ignorant person makes Straw Man argument based on their own lack of knowledge. Colour me unsurprised...!

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Voyeurs invited to watch space truck dock

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Or perhaps...

... take a lesson from another Stanley Kubrick film and play "Try a Little Tenderness"

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Bionic leg builder makes huge step in prosthetics

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"We hoped the company would promise...

"... a future version of the prosthetic with limited precognition, allowing it to walk the owner away from unseen danger. But it didn't."

Thank Zarquon for that! Remember the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation Happy Vertical People Transporters?

Imagine what would happen if your artificial leg suddenly decided it wanted participation in the direction decision making process and went on strike or started walking in the opposite direction...

(Mine's the one with the book in the pocket that has "Don't Panic" written in large friendly letters on the cover)

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Doctor Who co-star Nicholas Courtney dies at 81

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I like to think of the Brig like King Arthur

Remember the Sylvester McCoy story Battlefield? The Doctor was Merlin, Ace was the Lady of the Lake, so who was the Brigadier...?

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Russia blames Google for Egyptian revolt

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@Sechin needs to brush up on his sources

Perhaps he should have googled for them...

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Eight years for ID fraudster

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"The sentences given will be a warning...

"... to anyone considering committing this type of fraud"

Does *anyone* really believe this sort of bollocks?

People commit this sort of fraud because they think they can get away with it, if they didn't, they wouldn't do it. They don't give a toss about any potential sentence they may get.

But, as usual, the people who *actually* get away scot free are the ones who had such lax security measures in place that the fraud could happen in the first place!

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Facebook pulls naked smutty filth from NY Academy of Art page

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Well it would...

... if it wasn't the same sort of skewed and nonsensical rationale which means that, in the UK, under the Dangerous Pictures Act an image taken from a film can be illegal even if the film itself isn't!

(Oh and the same goes for the "Dangerous Cartoons" Act...)

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@Pete and Dud?

Whilst it does sound a bit like Pete and Dud, it's actually Fred Colon and Nobby Nobbs! :-)

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Brisbane's sewer fibre plan goes down the pan

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Well...

... it always was a crap idea.

(Oh come on, *someone* had to say it!)

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Blind man excels at videogames

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Anyone remember the old Dragon's Lair video disk game?

Not to denigrate this guy's achievement at all, but the moves on DL were a fixed sequence such that I could stand with my back to the machine, hands behind me and all I'd need was for someone to say "Ok, it's the Lizard King starting to the left" and I could go through the whole level without looking :-)

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Jacqui Smith 'shocked' to discover we're drowning in sea of porn

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@UNTIL YOU WENT AND LOOKED FOR IT !

Ah, but you have to remember that it's just *knowing* that it's out there which is the problem!

People like Wacky Jacqui simply *cannot* bear the idea of others looking at things they don't like, hence the desire to pass the legislation like the Dangerous Pictures and Dangerous Cartoons acts.

It's laughable that she says "The internet service providers need to take more responsibility." err, no Jacqui it's *YOU* who needs to take more responsibility and understand that everyone else *also* needs to take responsibility for what they (or their children) look at. We don't need your Nanny State saying "We think this is bad for you, so *you* are not allowed to see it".

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" I don't agree with the argument that...

"... if we restrict anything available on the internet we'll turn into China."

Of course not, Jacqui, just like you never agreed with *anything* that didn't fit with your own personal set of prejudices and bigotry, but you still thought that your personal tastes ought to govern what everyone else is allowed to see and read...

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Fox promises all change at MoD

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What...?

This isn't a Lewis Page "Buy American" article...?

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Sheep as smart as humans: Official

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There's a very interesting documentary...

... showing extremely intelligent sheep who can drive tractors, build mechanical devices, perform group calisthenics and much more besides.

It can be seen on CBBC channel or there's more information here http://www.shaunthesheep.com/

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Facebook reviews smut policy after slave site uprising

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@Wommit

You're missing the point.

I have a website for my business selling leather bondage gear, it hosts my catalogue, lets people by products etc.

What it does *not* do is supply the sort of contact linking and "like" functionality available to Facebook users and for me to try to emulate that would be massively expensive and time consuming.

I don't want to have to re-invent the wheel and create the Affordable Leather Products Social Networking site when there's something already available out there, but neither do I want to spend time and effort setting such a site up (something which I had been considering) if I can suddenly and without warning or explanation, find all that work wiped out because one person has complained to Facebook that they don't like what I do.

Facebook just need to engage in some form of consistency in their decision making, something which sadly appears to be lacking right now.

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Latvian film fan pops cap in loud popcorn eater

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What about...

... Terpsichorean ecdysiasts as featured in the M*A*S*H books ;-)

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Government defends need for census

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How long before...

... someone leaves a copy on a USB stick on a train...?

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Google threatens Chrome address bar with death

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@Am I missing something?

Nope, Google are.

We're constantly warned to watch out for spoof/ scam/ phishing sites and the URL is one simple way of checking this. Without it we lose an important safety measure.

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Westboro Baptist Church taunts Anonymous over supposed attack plan

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God hates figs!

See Mark 11:12-14

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Who needs 600 friends when you're a bride of Christ?

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"Idiotic"???

"It was a very different, very BRUTAL, world back then - to try and apply today's morality to it is just idiotic."

Yet there are those from the church who want to apply the morality of two thousand or more years ago to the world today!

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Internet use disrupted in Bahrain as protests turn bloody

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@The Moderatrix

Please, do us all a favour and don't let this discussion turn into an irrelevant Pro/ Anti Israel rant fest...

Thanks!

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Google opens curtain on 'manual' search penalties

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I wonder what would happen...

... if you googled for "Whitelist"...

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4 in 5 surfers open to browser exploits from fixed flaws

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Exactly...!

A site that wants to check if my Javascript is secure first asks me to enable Javascript!

Erm, perhaps they're not aware that that's a pretty good positive result already!!

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US scientists build laser-killing device

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Smoke and mirrors...

... would work to stop lasers just as well...! ;-)

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Airport face-scanning robots switched off

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I have to crouch to get through...

Clearly you're not aware that the correct position *is* bent over...!

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Face recognition...

... Yep, that's definitely a face, I'd recognise one anywhere!

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Knife-waving knob nabs fat stack of jazz mags

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Yeah, but..

... I bet you're also into scat as well...!

(NB to Commentards: If you don't get this joke, *do not* start searching for references. Or if you do, don't say I didn't warn you!)

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What...

... a wanker!

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Twitter off-limits for cricketers

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So...

... all that's needed is for the bookies to have a stooge in the crowd with a noticeable banner/ flag/ brightly coloured shirt which gets removed/ waved/ covered over when they want an "accidental" no ball...

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European child abuse image law a step closer

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"just one weapon in an arsenal."

Compare and contrast a sniper's rifle and a shotgun...

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Humanity's stored data measured in CDs to the Moon

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But...

... What's that in linguini?

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Wanna puff the Old Republic? Only if you do it for free

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If you want to cover this on a fansite...

.. you'd better believe that it's the greatest thing since the lightsabre.

Otherwise We'll find your lack of faith disturbing...

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Detroit citizens demand RoboCop statue

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"The boxer, not the flying squirrel"

Damn, spoil my laughter, why don't you?

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Protection of Freedoms Bill is released

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@Well

Unfortunately the Tories are probably too afraid of upsetting Middle England to risk trying to get rid of either the Dangerous Pictures (Extreme Porn) or Dangerous Cartoons laws :-(

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The repeal bill: what's left in, what's left out

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"You can only put so much in one bill."

Really? See the last Government's "Christmas Tree" Bills where everybody got a chance to hang something on it, so much so that the majority of it was never debated by our elected representatives and even the Lords didn't have the time to go through it all.

As you say, the risk is that, once this (hopefully) goes through, any other such repeals/ reformations will be kicked into the long long grass with a "Well, we've spent a lot of time on this, so now we want to go on to something else".

Meanwhile people will still be open to arrest for dangerous pictures/ cartoons/ video clips of Tony the Tiger etc...

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Russian volunteer army to fight 'dangerous content' online

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You mean...

... they don't have the equivalent of the Women's Institute which the last Government tried to recruit to "protect women from exploitation" by writing strong letters to newspapers that had ads for Escorts?

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Nominet asks what you think of police domain grab

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"if police say...

"...they have reasonable grounds to believe they're being used for criminal activity"

Hmm, so what about those pesky things called "Evidence" and "Proof"? Show us those and we'll all say "yes, go ahead", but not simply "we believe..." because that is open to abuse (or vindictiveness or simple stupidity)

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Mumsnet backtracks support for net filter

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"we need to at least ask about what we could do."

Yes, but that involves people *taking responsibility* instead of saying "Oh dear, I don't like this, I wish someone else would do something because I don't know how/ can't be bothered to learn how/ don't want to know how because someone else should do it for me"...

As I've said in the past, I run a site selling Leather Bondage Gear, but my site is registered with Net Nanny, Cyber Sitter etc and has "Adults Only" and 18+ tags so that anyone who *chooses* to install and activate filters can block it.

Unfortunately there are those who think that we should *all* be treated as children and that the filters should be on *unless* we switch them off.

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Net censors use UK's kid-safety frenzy to justify clampdown

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"the British 'way of protecting children' "

Which is as follows:

1) Some tragedy happens

2) The Tabloid Media get hold of it, distort the story and blow it out of all proportion and then start a campaign to "Ban This Filth"

3) A Publicity Grabbing MP will jump on the band-wagon and say that we need new laws to be put in place because there are "loopholes" in the old laws.

4) Parliament holds a "Consultation" which involves asking anyone who agrees to say "yes we agree" and ignores anyone who disagrees, then shoves a few new clauses into a "Christmas Tree" Bill (where everyone gets to hang something on it)

5) A stupidly vague and unenforceable law is passed which will do nothing to protect anyone, least of all kids however will end up criminalising people who would never do any harm but are now caught in the net and branded potential kiddy fiddlers.

6) Rinse and repeat...

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