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Kent police bring obscenity charge over online chat

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Here come the Thought Police (again!)

Despite the failure of the attempt by Baroness O'Caithan to introduce an "Extreme Writings" provision into English Law, it seems that Kent Police are trying to bring one in by default by suggesting that an online chat counts as "publishing"!

Of course they will probably decide to claim that this is a "loophole" in existing legislation and we'll then see some politician who's heading for defeat jump onto the bandwagon to help generate some positive headlines because "well, it's For The Children, isn't it?" and anyone who disagrees is obviously not "Thinking of the Children!"

What's next? Banning Viktor Nabakov's "Lolita"??

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Gene that allows growing a new head identified

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"smed-prop"? Or...

... "smed-prep"?

(At least it wasn't "Smeg Head!")

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Website shares user credit cards with world+dog

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Very interesting... but stupid!

You bet your Blippy!

(With apologies to Rowan and Martin ;-) )

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Microsoft wins big in Chinese piracy lawsuit

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Gates Horns

Microsoft wins in court...

... but the company it vanquished plans to fight back.

Oh the irony!!!

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Nazi soldiers pose for Red Army calendar

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Did they...

... get the pictures from Wikipedia articles?

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Sun sat sends stunning solar snap

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Solaris...

...as well.

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Wonder who their ISP is?

And will they start throttling the bit-stream...?

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Cameron promises yet more Avatar

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And I thought...

... this would be "Call me Dave" painting himself blue to prove what a good Tory he is!

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Johnson: ID cards will pay for themselves

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"If we stop now you've wasted all the capital investment"

In other words, as many people have been saying all along, Labour have bulled ahead with this project so that, having spent huge amounts of public money, they can claim that anyone trying to cancel the project will be "wasting" that dosh.

Well, no, Mr Johnson, it is *YOU* who have wasted that money, it is *YOU* who have pissed it away on an unworkable control-freak project that has been doomed to failure from the start, don't start trying to put the blame on others now.

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Mystic Met closed Europe with computer model

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And so the second guessing starts...

... as someone with an axe to grind sticks his two-pennorth in.

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Election promises: Wi-Fi chain gangs and maximum wage

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If you'd prefer to vote for policies, rather than a party...

Take a look at http://voteforpolicies.org.uk/ and see which of the policy sets there appeals most to your views.

(NB I'd strongly recommend clicking on the "Show more policy points from this set" because there are some nasty ones hidden below the "headline" policies")

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'Goodness, evilness makes you powerful' - like the Force

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Alert

Highly evil...?

'Which part of "Mwahahahaaa!!!" didn't you understand?'

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eBay shill bid scammer convicted

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One down...

... how many more to go...?

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'R2' robot to join space station crew, says NASA

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But...

... does it know the difference between a power socket and a computer terminal?

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Political targeting: An unhealthy business

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"before the age of 95"?

So how much statistical data do they have for women contracting breast cancer *after* the age of 95...?

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Omegle invites you to show world+Facebook your bewbs

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Dear parents,

If your kids are doing this...

... where the FUCK are you???

Try taking some responsibility for your kids' safety!

Yours sincerely,

Someone who knows that the net is not a child-minding service!

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Memristors can maybe learn like synapses

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On the contrary...

... cats are smart enough to know that their human owne^H^H^H^H slaves are useful enough to keep around to feed them, empty the litter tray, stroke them and so on.

They're also smart enough not to let on that they already rule the world...!

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MS kernel patch skirts infected machines

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As the old tagline had it...

Error 606: Lazy programer

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Election algorithm gives Tories sunnier outlook

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"16 constituencies short of an overall majority"

Is that like "a sandwich short of a picnic"?

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Real-time ad targeting violates privacy, say US pressure groups

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Big Brother

I've just done a google search

for NeoGhostz...

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London cops focus on extreme porn, human trafficking

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Boffin

So now...

... pictures of consenting adults engaged in consensual activities will be covered under the same remit as:

Forced Prostitution and the violence and forced drug addiction that may be involved;

Violence at music events;

Money laundering through dodgy casinos;

And the use of fake ID documents.

Nice to see that they're going to be targetting specialist resources effectively on relevant and related areas...!

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Extreme Porn is vague and ill defined...

... but the law that covers it is found in sections 63 - 68 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 see http://www.uk-legislation.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts2008/pdf/ukpga_20080004_en.pdf

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Facebook rejects CEOP 'panic button' demands (again)

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"like putting a burglar alarm inside your house"

And then not telling your children to lock the front door when they go out...

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Government wastes millions on redundant cycle route planner

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That depends...

... do you want to start requiring joggers and athletes to be licenced as well given that their CO2 output will be higher that everyone else's?

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Oh gods, not again...

1) Road Tax was discontinued after WWII, you now pay "Vehicle Excise Duty", ie taxed on your ownership of a vehicle.

2) Said ownership is based, now, on the amount of pollution a vehicle causes. How much pollution does a bicycle put out?

3) The administration of such a scheme would cost much more than any revenue generated unless bikes paid similar amounts of VED as other vehicles, even though they cause less pollution and less damage to the roads and take up less space as well.

4) etc etc etc in response to a tired old argument...

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Lost way...

Oh dear, once again we get the "some cyclists are idiots, so we don't need to respect *any* of them argument"

Yes, I agree, speaking as a cyclist, there are some pillocks who give the rest of us a bad name, but that's no excuse for ridiculous cycle routes that were designed by people who don't understand that if you have to keep stopping and starting (and even dismounting if you go by the silly signs!) you are wasting energy.

It's then not simply a matter of putting your foot on the gas, it's putting your foot on the pedal and having to recover momentum that you lost due to a badly designed route which is mostly intended to keep bikes out of the way of cars, rather than actually be any use to the cyclist!

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Parliamentary wash-up washes away liberties

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Forget the wash up...

... there should be a law against the Parliamentary Guillotine which allows the Government to set a ridiculously short amount of time for *any* Bill to be discussed in the Commons, hence why the Dangerous Pictures provisions of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act were only ever debated in the Lords.

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McKinnon's mum stands against Straw at general election

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he could have been tried, convicted, done his time and been out by now.

Or he could have tried for a minor offence in this country and got a slap on the wrist or tried for a trumped up serious offence in the USA and locked up for years.

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Google tweaks search results with mystery site speedometer

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The anti-slashdot effect...?

The slashdot effect makes sites slow to respond because of the number of people visiting them.

So will this new nonsense from google mean that such sites will suddenly disappear off the search listings because they're too popular...???

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eBay trumps Tiffany in trade mark ruling

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Tower Bridge? Marble Arch??

Yours must be fakes, because I'm selling those next week...!

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Who is dumb enough...

... to buy Tiffany Jewellery (let alone luxury cars or aeroplanes) from an online tat bazaar and *not* wonder whether they're getting the genuine article or going to get ripped off?

Whoever they are, I'd like to offer them Nelson's Column which I have for sale...

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CEOP renews attack on Facebook

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Same old Same Old...

... from Gamble who wants to expand his ego-trip online empire a bit more and is resorting to ridiculous "if you don't agree with me you agree with paedos and rapists and murderers oh my!" accusations to try to get his way.

Epic Fail.

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UKIP suspends Scouse candidate over sado smut movies

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So what, exactly, is their problem?

UKIP claim to be "Libertarian", yet when it comes to a little bit of what turns out to be consensual sex games, they suddenly throw their hands up in the air and reveal themselves to be just another bunch of control-freak hypocrites...

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Brown promises no change to basic tax rate

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Desperate vote grabbing...

Now that Gordon Clown realises he's screwed, this is just damage limitation, "promising" stuff that he's got no chance of delivering in the hope that the public will be confused enough to not give him the good kicking he desperately deserves.

Meanwhile "Call me Dave" Cameron is pandering to the Daily Fail reading public by trying to bring back National Service but hoping to con people by putting the word "Citizen" in the middle as if that makes a difference.

A pox on both their houses.

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Wikileaks video shows US gunfire on Reuters staff

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@MeRp

You keep using phrases like "appeared to be armed" and "from the perspective of the gunship" these people were the "ENEMY", but, tell me, were any of them Brazilian Electricians because it seems to me that the same "Shoot first and don't even bother asking questions" doctrine appears(!) to have been applied here.

"Are they the enemy?"

"Dunno, but if we shoot them, they'll sure as hell be our enemies then!"

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Cartoon Law goes live

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@PT

You do not have to wait to hear from your solicitor because Baroness O'Cathain's attempts to get a "Dangerous Writings Act" passed got short shrift from anyone with half a brain!

See http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200809/ldbills/033/amend/su033-ivb.htm

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UK competition authority probes Amazon

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Someone please tell me...

... this is an April Fool's gag...???

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Millions wasted on IT: PAC chair parting shot

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@RW

You won't get much disagreement from me on that!

To paraphrase Arthur C Clarke and Douglas Adams amongst others "Anyone who is capable of getting themselves elected is, ipso facto, unsuitable to hold that position"!

Of course if they actually bothered to *listen* to the people who are qualified to advise them... (howls of derisive laughter)

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"departments have not always shown themselves to be intelligent clients..."

"...and sometimes show "a lack of capacity to engage effectively with suppliers"

In other news: (Bears, woods, Popes...)

The problem is that Politicians generally have damn all experience of the business world (apart from being bought expensive lunches on private yachts...) and consequently get taken for a ride by companies who see Government contracts as a cash cow because the requirements are unclear at the start and then repeatedly change according to what is flavour of the month.

This has been seen time and time again with billions of pounds of public money being pissed away on useless or ill-designed projects, yet still nothing is done to fix the underlying problem.

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Your internet policy sucks, US tells Aussies

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Psst, USA...

... have you taken a look at the UK's internet policy recently...?

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Microsoft teams with Google in name of privacy

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"protect the online privacy of netizens...

"...from government snooping...."

Great, now what about Microsoft's and Google's snooping...?

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Bank security guru: Sue your bank for refund

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Bravo Ross Anderson!

Nat West's current slogan is "Helpful Banking", but what they really mean is "helping themselves to our money"!

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Is iFlorist the greatest website in the universe, ever?

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Artificial flowers?

Perhaps they should register iAstroturf...

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A quarter of underage children have social networking profiles

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I blame the parents...

... the Internet is *not* a child-minding service!

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Behavioural targeting works, claims US study

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Beahvioural Targetting works, claim study...

... AdBlock Plus works even better, assert users!

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Sarah's Law review skewed by handpicked sample

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How can a check catch someone who has "slipped through the net"?

It can't of course, that's why Vanessa George in that Nursery in Devon was able to carry on with her activities despite all the Government required checks...

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Re: I don't need a eCRB/Pedo Check.

"I do think that the ability to check is important... "

So "you don't need a check", but everyone else does?

Why does the word "hypocrisy" come to mind...?

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'Is this guy all right?'

You move in with a new partner who has a couple of kids.

Since most sexual abuse takes place in the home surely her ex- should be entitled to check and make sure that YOU are not a kiddy fiddler.

Of course if he wanted custody but doesn't think he'll granted it, putting in requests for checks against you *and* her would be a good way of raising suspicion that maybe the kids will not be safe at her place...

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Paediatrician/ paedophile

Yvette Cloette was not killed, however her home was attacked and she had to leave see:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/vigilante-mob-attacks-home-of-paediatrician-710864.html

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Roger Boyes probes Vienna Boys’ Choir

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Paging...

... Captain Pugwash!

(And, yes, I know it was an urban myth...)

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