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Oh deary me...
... Daggersedge says he's right, so that's the end of the argument...!
The point that you are missing is that it is not "what is so sacred about porn" but "why should porn be treated differently from anything else" just because you (or they) don't like it (NB I'm talking about porn featuring consenting adults before you start trying to drag in red herrings about kiddie porn)
And using phrases like "any colour as long as it's black" have a certain irony when you're talking about South Africa!! (SA refused to sign up for the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights back in 1948 because it required all people to be considered equal...)
PS Moderation is *not* censorship, these forums have a set of rules which people agree to abide by to post here. If you don't like those rules you are *FREE* to go and set up your own forums with your own set of rules.
Censorship is when *all* forums are forced to abide by a government imposed set of rules where you are not free to set up your own ones that have a different set of rules.
South Africa has signed and ratified the African Charter on Human and People's Rights, Article 9 of which states that "1. Every individual shall have the right to receive information" so they agree that there *is* a right to "view pornography or anything else" unless they're going to start picking and choosing which information is acceptable for people to receive.
And as this is the *African* Charter, it is at the very least the business of others on that continent apart from those living in South Africa since those others are "Firmly convinced of their duty to promote and protect human and peoples’ rights and freedoms and taking into account the importance traditionally attached to these rights and freedoms in Africa".
Yes, other countries do things differently, but when they a) accept a set of rights but then b) start restricting those rights, someone needs to call them to account.
Which part of XIII...
... is the "final" part??
And what if someone is searching for oh, I don't know, some stats to *verify* that claim about "116,000 searches for child pornography" per day?
Exactly what terms do you think they might use?
Oh, look, someone searching for "child pornography"...!
Can I just add a big...
... SO WHAT???
People like looking at porn, well, isn't that a surprise! Despite the best efforts of the Mary Whitehouses et al of this world, the human interest in sex and all that goes with it continues unabated.
In other news, Popes are Catholic and (oh, you know the rest...)
But don't you know...
... it was The Sun What Won It!
"sifting through logs for questionable search terms"
And who, exactly, defines what "questionable search terms" are?
I read the first line of the article...
... as "Strapping a pair of mobile phones to the side of a bee" and thought "well, duh!" ;-)
Actually that's what we call "Taking the piss"...
Dear Mr Nigel 11
It has come to our attention that you have been treated in the past for high blood pressure. As such we are increasing your life insurance and car insurance premiums as we consider you to be a greater risk.
The Big Insurance Company.
PS Still, you've got nothing to hide, so why should you worry?
If you think that having lots of people having access to your medical records is so great, please post them here.
Oh, but you're anonymous...
@Mike JVX - Stop with the Scare Tactics
Tell me, are you some sort of shill for a company who has a nice lucrative contract for this system?
I got a letter from my local GPs office saying "We notice from your medical records that you have requested for your records not to be held on the shared electronic record" and pointing out that there is a local record that I also have to opt out from with an attached form so I could fill that in and drop it in (very helpful of them).
Also attached was a document (see the link below) basically trying to scare the reader into thinking "OMG if I don't have a summary car record I might be killed by someone in the NHS screwing up and not taking the basic precautions that they should!"
Well I don't have any allergies, on-going conditions or other medical problems that anyone needs to know about. If I did then, like my friend who is diabetic, I would carry a card in my wallet or an emergency bracelet/ dog-tag with the relevant details in, rather than having the people attending me have to a) look for some details in my wallet and *then* phone up/ log in to a computer system to hopefully find *MY* records and not someone else with the same name or, even worse, the records of someone else which have been incorrectly input by some minimum wage contract staff.
So, no thanks, I'm not going to be scared into submitting my details to something, even one which I will have "24 hour access to" in order to check it for errors (why should I have to validate *their* data input?) and I don't think that this will give me "peace of mind" when I'll be thinking "how secure is their system *really*?"
Translates as "tank breaker".
I like it :-)
In the words of Monty Python...
.. I sentence you to be taken from this place...
... and back to my place!
... there is usually the obligatory long drawn out chord on the Accordian to give people time to leave the area :-)
People downvoted him because he pointed out a spelling error and ignored the rest of the comment.
In any case, pedanting spelling errors is the sort of thing that you expect from commentards, not El Reg journotards.
Perhaps I'm missing something...
... yes, The Big Bang Theory!
Geek humour that's actually funny.
... so this guy is effectively saying he's deliberately attempting to spread malware?
Isn't there a law against that?
... I've been blocking Google Analytics with NoScript since I installed it and it's never caused problems yet.
They can probably get away with it...
... by claiming that this image is "not for sexual arousal".
However what would be better is if everyone writes to their MP (find their contact details on http://www.writetothem.com) and urge them to include the Cartoon Porn and Extreme Porn laws in the Government's Freedom Bill which, as stated in the Queen's Speech is to "Repeal unnecessary laws" as it's clear that these laws are most definitely unnecessary, unneeded and unenforceable.
No, not conspiracy, just ignorance on your part.
Try looking up "gilts" which are government backed bonds whereby the government borrows money from investors, pension funds etc in exchange for a guaranteed rate of interest and you'll get some idea of what actually makes up a big chunk of National Debt.
I am pleased to be able to say:
"who the hell is Justin Bieber?"
"That was rhetorical, I don't even care who Justin Bieber is!"
Looking at the mascots, they seem to be tinfoil coated...
... did it better.
Ship, sun, BOOM!
But you haven't learned to read Snopes...
Are you sure...
... they're not offering to wipe the windows over with a dirty sponge and a knackered squeegee and charge $10,000,000 for the "service"?
Ah, but electric fly-swatters...
... can be used for other purposes in the BDSM community.
Erm, allegedly... ;-)
... El Reg are using the Acme Movable Yard Arm which can be set such that provided there is any sun in the sky, it will always be over the Yard Arm! :-)
So nobody can snoop on my searches...
... oh, except for Google, of course...
... the woman who ran that nursery in Devon and who took pictures of the children under her charge had been fully vetted and thereby cleared as "safe to work with children".
So even with these ridiculously over-protective "something must be done" regulations, there are still going to be abuses, meanwhile anyone who wants to work with children is treated as a potential kiddie fiddler and any gossip, hearsay or false accusations can be used to bar them from that job.
That these crimes happen is not a fault with Civil Liberties, it's a problem with people and, despite the efforts of the last regime, passing laws to change people's behaviour does not work, nor will getting rid of those ludicrous laws put children (or anyone else) more at risk.
Throw the switch, Igor...!
... Yeth Marthter!
Ask the Tories where they pinched their ideas from...
(PS And do the words "I agree with Nick" ring any bells?)
Bravo Nick Clegg!
I was worried that a coalition between the Tories and the Lib Dems would end up as a one-sided affair with all the power in the Blue camp, but this sort of thing shows that the Tories *are* actually willing to be reasonable in their exercise of coalition power.
BTW To anyone who wants to write to Tory MPs urging them to get rid of (amongst other things) the Extreme Porn legislation, just point out that there would have been more "No" votes in the House of Lords (possibly enough to defeat it) if it hadn't been for the fact, as one Tory Peer admitted to me: "We don't vote on Lib Dem amendments".
Well now it's not a Lib Dem amendment, so let's see them prove that they really care about Freedom of Expression and get rid of that damned stupid law!
... we had Alan Johnson, former Labour Home Secretary on TV trying to mock Nick Clegg's "Rampant hyperbole" and claiming that he was taking "a number of separate issues and puts them together and suggests we're in a surveillance society."
Perhaps Mr Johnson would like to reconsider those words...?
... how do you hear the noise of the V8 over the massive bass bins in your chavved-up hatchback...?
just making them fit lights in the dark would be a start!
And the next time you're out on the road at night, count the number of vehicles driving illegally because they have only one working headlight or a brake light out...
@The First Dave
It goes both ways. I cycle a lot and forget bells, a bellowed "LOOK OUT" as an idiotic pedestrian steps off the pavement into my path without looking is a much more effective way of reminding them that *THEY* are required to use observation (and their brains) too.
PS I've never hit a pedestrian because I'm always watching out for them, even though they aren't looking out for me (SMIDSY...)
And now we have Theresa May...
... telling the Police that they will have more opportunities to decide who gets charged for "minor crimes" instead of needing to check with prosecutors to see if there's actually a case to answer, let alone a chance of conviction.
I can't see this one going wrong at all...
Let's hear it for common sense!
Someone's running in fear of their life, so what do the Police do? Arrest him on a bunch of silly charges and let the guy threatening him go because it's going to be easier to charge the victim with crimes than make a case against the attacker...
The first stage in solving a problem...
... is being able to accurately define what the problem IS!
Back to the drawing board, guys.
Would someone be stupid enough...?
Ask Gary Glitter/ Paul Gadd. (Ok, it wasn't wallpaper, but it was still really stuipd to hand over a computer with a hard drive containing kiddy porn)
A mere abacus...
... mention it not.
- Signed Deep Thought
Try reading that post again with your irony detector switched on...
Microsoft... rancid... spoiled...
... Fish... Barrel... BANG!
"a large amount of content has been deleted"
And we have *never* been at war with Eastasia!
Not so much Big Brother this time, but lots of Little Brothers trying to make themselves look good to the incoming administration by saying "What, support that repressive totalitarian legislation? Not us!"
"completely circumvent a broad array of safety-critical systems"
Didn't the BOFH do this a couple of weeks ago?
100 channels, including Showtime, MTV, and the Food Network.
So, critical, high quality output, then...?
"Photographer stopped under anti-terror laws may sue police"
Made a Scottish family homeless:
If they get into massive debt and can't pay it off, is it any wonder that the People (who actually own the property) decide to evict them....?
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