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Disappearing filth leads to dropped charges in extreme smut case

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Come on, Coalition...

... you've had plenty of time, there were enough responses to your Freedom Bill consultation objecting to this stupid law , so get your bloody fingers out and get rid it before we see more cases like this one

http://www.thisisstaffordshire.co.uk/news/New-laws-test-landmark-trial/article-3065740-detail/article.html

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A MAN who downloaded staged images of sexual violence against women has gone on trial under new laws banning "extreme pornography."

In one of the first cases of its kind in the country, Kevin Webster is accused of having "grossly offensive or disgusting" pictures, even though they are "fakes".

Darron Whitehead, prosecuting, told jurors [...] "We know the images were fake. The question is whether it is realistic or portrayed in that way.

"The intentions of the persons within those images are irrelevant. It is what is depicted in those images which is material."

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WTF? We know they're fake, but because they *LOOK* realistic, we're going to prosecute him anyway!

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Assange 'threatened to sue' Grauniad over leak of WikiLeak

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Dear Bilgepipe

The sound you hear is more high-fives being exchanged in the USA because the story is now about Assange instead of what the US Government has been up to behind people's backs...

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US gov funds censorship-busting tech alternatives to Wikileaks

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@ViagraFalls

The US Government wants to classify anything which it thinks that its people "don't need to know". The Chinese Government wants to deny people access to anything which thinks they "don't need to know".

How fine do you want to split that hair?

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@Chris Miller

However it *is* hypocritical for the US to demand that people who reveal *their* secrets be censored (or even charged with "treason"!) whilst at the same time saying that it's ok when it's *other countries'* censorship!

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Doctor Who to marry Doctor Who's daughter

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But isn't this going to cause problems at the ceremony?

"You're not supposed to be here at the same time as me!"

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Called 999 recently? They've got your number

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They've got your number...?

Well, yes, when I've had to phone the Emergency Services in the past I've heard the operator say to the Police/ Ambulance/ Fire Service "Connecting you with 023 92..." so this is hardly news.

And why would they *not* keep the details? "Err, guv, someone phoned up reporting hearing a woman screaming in Clifton, Bristol just before Xmas, but we didn't keep their number"??

As for "senior officers admitted the information could be used against people as part of any future police investigation" that sounds like someone asked a typical Daily Mail weasel worded question "So, Mr Senior Officer, would you say that this information could be used against people...?" (Senior Officer shrugs) "Well, yes". "AHA! Hack scribbles down 'Senior Officer admits...''"

Whilst I'm all in favour of authorities not keeping excessive amounts of data for longer than is necessary, unless there's any evidence of this information being data mined to innocent people's detriment, this seems a total non-story.

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Small biz calls for end date on enhanced 17.5% VAT

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"real impact of this is likely to be...

"price rises of between five and eight per cent as shops round up prices."

Or small businesses having to swallow the rise to keep prices down to stay competitive :-(

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Speed-cam stats to be published, indicates gov

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Portsmouth...

... have got in ahead of the rush by deciding to ditch their speed cameras and save a quarter of a million quid a year on cameras which are mostly badly sited and do damn all for actual road safety.

Perhaps they'd like to use that money put a few more traffic Police out on the streets to catch the drunks and the idiot drivers instead which would do a lot more good.

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Ford cars get draconian parental controls

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Well she got her daddy's car...

... And she cruised through the hamburger stand now.

But the car's got MyFord so she can't drive

More than the speed limit now.

And she can't have the radio blasting or

Go cruising just as fast as she wants now

She can't have fun fun fun

'Cos Ford's Thinking of The Children Today!

(With apologies to the Beach Boys)

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Microsoft 'sorry' as Hotmail bug hits 17,000

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Cloud?

Is that the sort of cloud that delivers a short sharp shower of s$$t?

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Apple patent endangers unbiased product reviews

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Apple patents...

... the Department of Pre-Astroturfing!

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ACPO exec wants 'ugly mugs' database to protect sex workers

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@Sir

From the House of Lords on the 16th of December 2010:

Asked by Baroness Miller of Hendon:

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the public disorder that took place on 10 November and 9 December, they will introduce public order legislation prohibiting the wearing of masks or disguises at otherwise lawful demonstrations, marches and protest meetings.

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: My Lords, the police already have powers under Section 60AA of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 to require the removal of face coverings worn for the purpose of concealing identity. The police also have powers to seize such items.

http://services.parliament.uk/hansard/Lords/bydate/20101216/mainchamberdebates/part003.html

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@Dave Bell

Might I remind you that prostitution *is* "within the law", it's just that most everything around it (street-walking, "running a brothel", "living off immoral earnings" etc) which is illegal.

There is already the International Union of Sex Workers http://www.iusw.org/ who are affiliated to the GMB in this country who are lobbying for the right to decide for themselves how they are allowed to operate without threat of criminalisation.

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It's a start, but it's a long way from proper decriminalisation

We don't "need a debate" on this, the facts are already out there and the arguments boil down to a) As long as it doesn't cause problems for anyone else, it's their life and their business b) We don't like it, so they shouldn't be allowed to do it and c) The NIMBYs

Of those only one argument really makes any sense and, properly implemented, would deal with the NIMBYs as well.

So first of all get rid of the ridiculous law that say that two or more women working in the same building for their own safety counts as "running a brothel".

Secondly allow them to employ security staff who *won't* be classed as pimps "living off immoral earnings" (in fact get rid of that stupid phrase altogether)

Thirdly ensure that women (and men) working in the sex industry get the *full* protection of the law that they are entitled to, such that violence and other unacceptable behaviour against them isn't just considered to be "a risk of the job"

Finally just get rid of the attitude that these women are automatically "victims" and "need help to get out of prostitution" whether they have got into it of their own free will or not. By all means protect those who are forced or trafficked into it, but if not, we don't need ham-fisted efforts like those from Harriet Harperson to close down sites like Punternet or criminalise men for failing to prove that a woman hadn't been trafficked (an impossible task)

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Civil servants touted ID cards to friends, family as flop loomed

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"the cards a totem of what our government stood for"

You mean a bunch of arrogant prats who would not listen to what people were telling them, who held "consultations" which were rigged to give the answers they wanted whilst ignoring any evidence to the contrary, who pi$$ed all over people's basic rights and freedoms in a vainglorious quest for more power, who believed that the Nanny State was the best way to go and that they were going to be benevolent Big Brother watching over us because we couldn't be trusted to act responsibly on our own...???

Yes, that sounds *exactly* like what the last government stood for!

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UK.gov relaxes patent application process

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So are we going to follow the USA...

... where patents go through virtually on the nod and then people start pointing out Prior Art?

Patent troll because...

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BT fibre-up-your-exchange poll in 6-way Mugabe style pileup

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To Infinity and...

... Who Cares...?

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Labour moots using speed cameras to reward law-abiding drivers

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Eagle's ideas [...] do not address such privacy criticisms

So, absolutely no change there, then.

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How I watched a holographic storage company implode

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Oh well, as the saying has it...

... any noun in the english language can be verbed...!!

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"productise"???

I'm sorry, but anyone who uses a word like that is digging their own grave...!

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UN defends human right to WikiLeaked info

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@Re: Bollocks to that

Again Scorchio!! misses the point.

At the moment the Government and the Civil Service can, effectively unilaterally, decide that "the people don't need to know this" and slap a 30 year rule restriction on it when the restriction on releasing the information involved is more to do with covering someone's political backside than risk to anyone's security.

Nobody is arguing that information on current military or security operations should be released willy-nilly without any care as to the results, so please stop bringing up this specious claim.

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@Scorchio!!

To pick one example: "By the time WikiLeaks published the study, the Army had begun to deploy newer technology, but some soldiers were still using the devices."

So a) the Army were aware of the problem and b) they *still* deployed the original technology *even though* they knew there were problems. Would *we* have known about this had Wikileaks not revealed it or would it have been hushed up, do you think?

You go on "IOW he's acknowledged the probability that he has harmed people" but you're distorting "might" into "probably has" which BTW still has nothing to do with him being "unelected/self appointed".

As for the rest of your "power without accountability" argument, you're really missing the point, go back and read again what I considered the "eminently good qualifications" I mentioned were and then consider whether the "standards" of our elected representatives are what you would expect in a responsible and democratic country.

If anyone should be arrested, it is those at the top of our power structures (such as those responsible for the lack of security of the computer systems that he hacked!) not someone who reveals *their* complacency.

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@Ian Michael Gumby

"The point is that Assange is not someone who has either the authority, experience, or ability to correctly disseminate information on the behalf of any government."

In other words he's not a party flunky, political spin doctor or someone with a vested interest in protecting the careers of politicians.

Those sound like eminently good qualifications to me!

As for your supposition, why would Assange be treated any different from anyone else who has leaked embarrassing things about the British Government?

And why am I "wrong" because *you* and the Government think that the people that elected them don't "need to know" things that were done in their name? Does that include things like using our own troops as guinea pigs for biological, chemical or radiological research? Does that include co-operating in the USA's "extraordinary rendition" programme where people were illegally flown from UK soil to places where they could be tortured? Does that include forcibly shipping out the population of Diego Garcia island to allow the Yanks to set up a base there? Does that... (this list could go on for a long time).

I can accept that *some* information needs to be secret if it will affect existing operations or put at hazard those who have participated in past operations, but blanket impositions of "it's secret because we don't want you know and it might make me look bad" simply don't wash.

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@BillG

"Assange deliberately got good people killed and he profited from their deaths."

Really? Who got killed and how did Assange profit from their deaths? (BTW You might like to look up the definition of "libel" at some point...)

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People should not be afraid of their Governments...

... Governments should be afraid of their people.

Alan Moore - V for Vendetta.

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Bravo for the UN!

"Without the protection of this right, it is impossible for citizens to know the truth, demand accountability and fully exercise their right to political participation."

And that says it all.

Governments represent their people, so the people have a right to know what the Government is doing in their names.

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PC World website went titsup on Boxing Day

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"customers increasingly recognise we are the only place to go for the best deals"

ITYM Gullible idiots who believe our advertising and can't be bothered to look further think that we actually offer good value for money...

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Cambridge boffins rebuff banking industry take down request

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But.... but...

... you *CAN'T* go around telling people that Chip and Pin isn't perfect and wonderful and absolutely impossible to fiddle or defraud as we've been lyin^H^H^H^H telling people for ages now!

If you did that, then everyone who's been scammed with a C&P card and been told "too bad, the technology is perfect, it must have been your fault!" might get the idea that they don't need to be fobbed off like this and *can* get their money back from us!

WON'T SOMEONE THINK OF OUR PROFITS!!

- SIgned: The banks.

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Paul Allen reloads patent attack against tech titans

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"claimed ownership of four patents...

"[...] that have been staples of most websites for years."

Does this mean he's only just noticed, or only just decided that they're now valuable enough to make it worthwhile suing for...?

(Patent) Troll...

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Vulture falls asleep in front of Christmas TV

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Happy Humbug...

... to El Reg!

(And I don't blame you for falling asleep in front of Xmas TV, once again it's really crap...)

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Mozilla takes on web data miners with privacy icon release

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What's useful...

... is having your own domain.

That way, when XYZsite wants an e-mail address you can create an e-mail address at XYZsite@mydomain.co.uk so if you subsequently get spam it makes it blatantly obvious who has been profligate with your details.

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Mind your own: Scotland unveils privacy principles

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"privacy-friendly public services"

It's a good start and one that the English Government should emulate, but it needs to go further and get rid of the nonsense legislation that requires the ridiculous amounts of ID you have to produce eg to open a bank account etc.

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Pirate Bay mouthpiece disses Assange's legal wrangles

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shifting focus away from the WikiLeaks cause…

Is that the sound of High Fives being exchanged in the USA...?

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School caretaker harassed after Islamists hack EDL

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@Titus Technophobe

Thank you for the clarification, I agree entirely.

(Alas it looks like those who downvoted me haven't bothered to read the read of the thread...)

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@Titus Technophobe

Yes, I *KNOW* the quote I have used it many times myself (as a quick search of my name and the phrase will demonstrate) although actually whilst it's generally now attributed to Voltaire, it's possible that he never said it, but it's a paraphrase of his beliefs see: http://www.classroomtools.com/voltaire.htm

I was not accusing you of threatening anyone, the point I was making was that in your post you put a question mark at the end seemingly querying why the opponents of the EDL should not be allowed to say what they want, however I think you would agree that sending threatening hate-mail goes beyond the right of freedom of speech.

Perhaps the people who down-voted me would like to change their votes now, or don't they agree with *MY* right to express an opinion because *they* misunderstood it?

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@Titus Technophobe

"I will defend to the death your right to say it?"

You have the right to express a view, you do not have the right to make threats against another person because you don't like what they say...

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London's tube demands faster-than-NFC ticketing

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move the sensor about 2 paces further away from the barrier.

Great, so the person in front of the person in front of you gets refused for some reason, but then you stick your card on the reader and as it authorises it allows *them* to walk through the barrier and *you* get blocked until, hopefully, someone behind the person behind you puts their card on the reader and that lets you through...

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Microwaved hard disc, run-over PC and other data disasters

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First rule of computing...

... have a backup.

Second rule of computing:

See Rule One!

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Councils show true grit in the face of ... FOI requests

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WTF?

"Commercial confidentiality"?

But to whose benefit?

If I was running a business supplying salt and grit and could find out that a Council was buying it at £38 a tonne and I could supply it at £20 a tonne, it would be to my advantage, the Council's advantage and, most importantly, the Tax Payers' advantage for that information to be available.

In fact the only people whose interests are protected by "commercial confidentiality" are the people who are supplying it at a higher cost and thus making greater profits from the public purse!

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National Identity Card holding chumps have buyer's remorse

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Please send your refund requests to...

... Ed Milliband, c/o Labour Party Headquarters and mention that Tony and Gordon should chip in too...

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What?

You mean I can't get a refund for my Betamax VCR or my DAB radio or my DAT player or my Mini Disc player or...

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Enormous 1km ice-cube machine fashioned at South Pole

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That is not dead...

... which can eternal lie...!

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Famous 'Silhouette' Flash illusion unravelled by trick-cyclist

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It is normal?

Well if it isn't, we both have the same problem!

Although with a bit of concentration (I find it best to watch the extended leg) you can convince your brain to swap the direction she's going.

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Sluggish economy means hard times for US executioners

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@Tigra 07

And you try looking up the dictionary definition of vengeance.

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Right, because...

... nobody has *EVER* subsequently been acquitted on appeal or post-humously found to have been the innocent victim of a miscarriage of justice.

Tell me, how much justice can *you* afford?

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BAA accused of banning passengers from filming travel chaos

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I think you mean...

... "wrong type of interviewee"!

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No more books on Ireland's banned book list

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"unlikely titles...

"...such as Startling Detective or True Detective Mysteries."

Err, aren't those the ones whose covers would feature full colour drawings of busty young ladies with loose blouses or ripped skirts being bound up or attacked or fleeing from assailants along with lurid stories of vice and drugs and general depravity?

Nope, nothing for the prudes to get upset about there...!

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China net filtering overlord gets pwned

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Oh the...

... IRONY!!!

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Microsoft says no to Kinect sex game

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At the Erotica show a couple of years ago...

... in the Trade Section, there was a new "toy" from Japan which was a synthetic female hand attached to a mechanism which would allow it to slide up and down in synchronisation with the motions of a young lady on a video which would play on your computer.

I can't help thinking that with that and the game in this article plus a webcam there's a whole new world of (ahem) "interactive communications devices" just waiting to be developed...!!!

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Magnetic vortices research uncovers a cool place to put data

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To quote Isaac Asimov:

"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'"

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