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Government unbans dirty vids but bans 'legal highs'

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Regarding previous convictions...

Article 7 of the European Convention on Human Rights says that no person may be punished for an act that was not a criminal offence at the time of its commission.

So the Government claims that previous convictions will stand sounds like BS to me.

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Minister Barbara Follett has written to trade bodies...

... asking them to accept voluntary guidelines until the relevant legislation is passed.

Now what would be *sensible* would be for them to cut out a lot of the nonsense in the VRA which, for instance, means it's an offence for someone to sell R18 videos from a website in this country, but leaves it perfectly legal to purchase them from anywhere in Europe and have them shipped over here.

Of course what will no doubt actually happen instead is that our prudish Nanny State Government will hamstring the adult industry with a whole lot more useless regulations to "protect" us from all that nasty dirty stuff...

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Doctor investigated for posting inkblots to Wikipedia

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WTF?

Y'know...

... actually Card IV looks like a head-on view of someone riding a Harley Davidson whilst wearing big boots...

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"What do make of these Captain?"

"It's a bird, a cow, a horse with a hat on."

- William Shatner in Airplane II

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UK.gov revives net cut-off threat for illegal downloaders

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responses to the consultation...

... had persuaded it to reconsider introducing the threat of disconnection from the internet.

Err, excuse me? "we will be extending the deadline for responses to 29th September 2009"

The fucking Consultation hasn't even *FINISHED* yet, but already you're deciding what you're going to do?

Why not just admit that, like every other damn consultation you've held, it's a complete sham because you're going to do what you like anyway?

How about we all club together and buy Mandy an expensive dinner? Maybe *THAT* is the way to get Government policy changed...?

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Microsoft goes Darwinian with evolutionary tree patent

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Would someone...

... please explain the words "Prior Art" to the US Patent Lawyers?

What next? A patent on the wheel...?

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Dan Brown is most unwanted author says Oxfam

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WTF?

What about El Ron Hubbard?

He's so unwanted that some Charity Shops and Second Hand Bookshops won't even *buy* (or take for free) his stuff!

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Police drag feet following DNA law change

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@Fractured Cell

Find me a Catholic Bear and I'll give you an answer...!

PS @David Pollard

Regarding Volunteered DNA, the recently ended Home Office consultation proposed that volunteered DNA would not be kept.

Of course that's only a consultation, so does anyone want to take a bet that when the law is brought in, this will be amended because "well, it would be a good idea to keep it, wouldn't it?"

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We need a....

... Pope is a Catholic, Bears shit in woods icon...

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YouTube injects cash into US F1 team

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Joke

Of course...

... if the teams get their way, the Yanks may have to decide which of *two* F1 series they want to join...!

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Beer drinking model to get caned in Malaysia

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Cue...

... all the Daily Fail mindset El Reg readers applauding the idea of tying alleged perps to lamp posts so passers by can give them a good beating...

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Japan torture flick sickens UK film censor

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I find it astonishing...

... just how many people are in favour of the sort of "Freedom of Expression" which is defined as "Freedom to say/ read/ look at things that *I* approve of".

Not to mention those who are immediately willing to dismiss anyone who makes or watches such things as "sick" or "not normal" or "not having a healthy mind" or those who think that we need to be "protected" because we're obviously so mentally feeble that we're not capable of exercising our own consciences and not going out and emulating what we might have seen.

Isn't it good that we have people like you who are such fine, upstanding citizens that *you* are capable of deciding for *us* what we should or shouldn't look at!

I'm sure the Taliban would applaud your morality and would want to recruit you for their groups that eg go around beating women who let their burkhas slip because obviously seeing a bit of female skin is just the first step on a slippery slope to the commission of depraved acts...

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@Matt 89

So Matt 89 doesn't understand this stuff, therefore it should be banned.

Wow, what a great argument!

Personally I don't understand why people would want to regularly watch stories of people being threatened, abused, intimidated, having relationships torn apart and so on, but since these are (apparently) regular staples of EastEnders, presumably there is *some* desire on the parts of some people to watch such stuff.

If Matt 89 or anyone else doesn't like it, then, in the words of Kenny Everett to Mary Whitehouse "You've got a knob, use it".

But don't be so arrogant as to try to tell everyone else that because *you* don't like it, *they* shouldn't be allowed to watch it.

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@amanfromearth

> The comments here show exactly what sort of pathetic tossers are produced by UK society.

Yes, we get Nanny State idiots like the BBFC whose job, it seems, is to "protect" us from seeing anything nasty, just in case it inspires *us* to then go and do something nasty too.

Still, what's wrong with a little Thought Crime here and there?

Of course by not giving it a classification it means that anyone who does download a copy can now be done under the so-called Extreme Pornography legislation (aka the Dangerous Pictures Act) that came in a while back, whereas, beforehand, they were not commiting any offence at all.

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Sites pulling sneaky Flash cookie-snoop

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One FireFox add on downloaded...

... sorted!

Thanks guys :-)

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Aussie Sex Party bursts upon political stage

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I want...

... to work in their Whip's Office!!!

(Mine's the one with the catalogue of affordable leather products in the pocket...)

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NASA: Extraterrestrial sample holds ingredient for alien life

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@Paul Smith

Yes, Paul Smith, I *know* what they said in the article. I'm just pointing out that if there was an *unexposed* sample, that would have provided a *cross-check* for contamination.

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Control...?

"it was possible that the glycine we found originated from handling or manufacture of the Stardust spacecraft itself,"

But, of course, they had a control sample that went through all the same processes, but wasn't exposed as the Aerogel was, so they'd be able to compare the two and check for contamination...

... didn't they?

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Woman charged with cyberbullying teen on Craigslist

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Practical joke...?

Four years in jail...

... laugh that one off!

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Windows XP customers positive but split on Windows 7

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It wasn't that long ago...

... that I finally got around to upgrading from 2K to XP (and only because too many programs were no longer being supported under 2K)

If you have an OS that works and does what you need it to, why bother upgrading?

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Scientists unlock DIY DNA

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Pirate

So...

1) Say "Hey, everyone, here's a problem..."

2) Say "Hey, everyone, by co-incidence we have the solution!"

3) Profit!!

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Shop risks legal action for posting 'shoplifter' CCTV online

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Hmm...

... so, let's see:

1) Go into Home Bargains

2) Act suspiciously, but get out without being challenged

3) They post their CCTV footage

4) You sue for defamation

5) PROFIT!

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When ISPs hijack your rights to NXDOMAIN

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Err, what...?

This started off as looking like an interesting piece on the way that ISPs are trying to take over our browsing (how big a step is it from a mis-typed URL going to a page full of ads to a legitimate URL getting a response of "you don't want to look at that page, you want to look at *this* page"?)

Unfortunately it then rapidly devolved into a barely coherent rant which meandered all over the place and any point that it might have had to make got buried under the sound of axes being ground.

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Researchers forge secure kernel from maths proofs

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"foolproof and incapable of error"

But, as the old quote has it: "It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious."

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Police, Cameras, Pixellation

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@Sean

Hmm, your comments above make my post above even more apposite...!

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Why not...

... just modify Police Helmets so the officer's face can't be seen.

Then just give them an ID badge they can display on their chests...

http://www.myfreewallpapers.net/comics/wallpapers/judge-dredd-simon-bisley.jpg

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Arizona sheriff prefers jail to handing over server password

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Maricopa County...?

Hang on, doesn't this mean if the Sheriff gets jailed, he can spend time in Joe Arpaio's prison?

I'm sure he'll have fun in there...

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Oppressed snappers focus on police in London and Chatham

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Another one for...

... the "Lunatics have taken over the Asylum" files:

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A MAN who took photos of illegally-parked cars claims he was stopped and questioned by police while the culprits got away.

Colin Wilson, 26, lives off Gill Bridge Avenue which runs alongside Sunderland Magistrates' Court and Gill Bridge Police Station.

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Colin took photographs of vehicles parked directly opposite the court entrance.

He said officers came out of the station and tried to stop him taking pictures of the cars, asked him for ID and asked to look at his camera.

http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/Parking-crusader-in-police-stop.5547186.jp

* * * * *

You just can't make this stuff up.

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US state bars sex offenders from 'social networking sites'

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A title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

As The Economist article points out, there is so much political desire to appear "tough" on these issues for fear of being branded "soft" by opponents.

Even daring to suggest that such a law is not workable or not needed is enough to generate negative publicity, so few would dare to do this.

Instead we get this constant battle to "think of the children" by passing ridiculous and unenforceable laws or laws that only serve to devastate the lives of people who are no risk to others.

Still, that doesn't matter as long as the politicians get good media coverage...

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Man blames cat for child porn downloads

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So...

... has Ceiling Cat decided that just watching you isn't enough fun any more...?

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Coppers make fake football sites pay penalty

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Phyllite...

Phyllite is a type of foliated metamorphic rock primarily composed of quartz, sericite mica, and chlorite; the rock represents a gradation in the degree of metamorphism between slate and mica schist. Minute crystals of graphite, sericite, or chlorite impart a silky, sometimes golden sheen to the surfaces of cleavage (or schistosity). Phylite is formed from the continued metamorphism of slate.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phyllite

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Twitter meltdown raises questions about site stability

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The paralysing effect of an internet attack against Twitter has raised questions about ...

... who really gives a shit about Twitter!

If it served any useful purpose apart from allowing Twits to babble about what happens to be going through their minds at that particular moment, perhaps someone might actually give a damn.

Hmm...

One of the things Ford Prefect found hard to understand about human beings was their habit of continually stating and re-stating the very, very obvious, as in: “It’s a nice day”, “You’re very tall” or “So this is it; we are going to die”.

At first, Ford formed a theory to account for this strange behaviour. ‘If human beings don’t keep exercising their lips’ he thought ‘their mouths probably seize up’. After a while he abandoned this theory in favour of a new one. ‘If they don’t keep exercising their lips’ he thought ‘their brains start working’...

Well, Ford, you were close...!

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Martha Lane-Fox: No broadband, no citizenship

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"I don't think you can be a proper citizen in our society in the future if you're not online,"

And it doesn't really matter a whole lot if you *are* online because using the internet to contact our allegely democratic Government just gives them another opportunity to ignore us...

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MoD Minister: This is the last generation of manned fighters

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Terminator

I'm sure...

... this should be under Rise of the Machines...

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Exotic star's 'violent ejections' during companion's visits

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Paris Hilton

What a disappointment...

... I was expecting a Naomi Campbell story :-(

Paris because...

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Aussie net filtering goes into reverse

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But...

... pr0n is educational...!

(Well I've certainly learned plenty from it ;-) )

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Vetting database shows suspicion and spying are the new trust

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"there must be suspicious reasons for that"

You're damn right, there's suspicious reasons!

Anyone with any sense will be suspicious of a Government which wants to monitor everything we do and everywhere we go and everyone we talk to and every e-mail we write and every website we visit...!

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Microsoft's Windows 7 price gamble - and why it's flawed

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The Drug Peddler's Model...

... the first fix is cheap, then, once they're hooked, the price goes up...

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HP excessive packaging world record put to the test

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@Its a money-saving scam

Have you read Bill the Galactic Hero?!

For those who haven't, Bill solves the problem of the increasing amount of rubbish on a planet by shipping it to other planets as "free gifts"!

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US Congress probes accidental top secret file sharing

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"The file-sharing software industry...

... has shown it is unwilling or unable to ensure user safety,"

No, the file-sharing software industry expects users or admins to use their *BRAINS* and not install (or allow to be installed) their software in ways or in places that allow access to confidential information!

Whatever happened to *responsibility*???

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Privacy watchdog bashes UK.gov net snoop plan

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"a step change in the relationship between the citizen and the state"

What, you mean another one?

They've been making a sustained attack on our liberties ever since they came to power, what makes him think that this complaint is going to make the slightest bit of difference?

The only option is to get rid of the current shower in power but *not* replace them with "New Tory" who talk a good opposition, but, when they get into power are likely to say "you know, on second thoughts, maybe all this stuff might be useful, so we'll keep it..."

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Landlord sues tenant over moldy Tweet

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'"We're a sue first, ask questions later kind of an organization"

I think he meant "We're a sue first, THINK later kind of an organization,"

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Aussie woman's toilet trauma prompts lav-overhaul call

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On a related note...

... nothing to do with the story in the article, but a small tale to amuse...

A friend is an ex-pat Civil Engineer working in the Middle East and heard about a half-built housing estate that had to be torn down and re-started from scratch after someone noticed that anyone living in one of the houses would not only be facing towards Mecca to pray, but would also be worshipping the great porcelain god in the same direction...!

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Truck drivers! Don't go texting now

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@Trevor Watt

"did you read the article, the evidence shows that truck drivers are no more likely to have an accident when using their mobile phone"

Err did *YOU* read the article?

"truck drivers sending text messages are more likely to have accidents than those paying attention to the road ahead."

And if they are as "professional" as you claim, surely they would be *less* likely to have accidents (let alone do stupid things like text whilst driving which was the whole *point* of the article).

For a little more food for thought: Last winter I was riding my motorcycle on the M27 on a foggy night (visibility was so bad I'd slowed down to 40mph!) I wasn't too surprised to be over-taken by idiotic car drivers doing 70-80mph, but when an artic came past me...?

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@Remy Redert

Truck drivers, taxi drivers, white van man and many others are not "Professional Drivers"!

Simply racking up a larger number of miles every year does *not* make them better or more "professional" than the average driver, in fact it can make them worse because they have an over-confident view of their driving "skills" which is simply not warranted and may make them think, incorrectly, that they can use mobiles etc safely whilst driving

Even Emergency Service drivers make mistakes and they are trained to a higher standard which would give them at least a reasonable claim to be "professional" drivers.

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Oz Firewall still standing after inconclusive filter trial

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Government "success"...

... In other words "Let's not tell anyone exactly what we want, then we can spin what happens as a success"...

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Bill Gates: Tough US immigration stance a 'huge mistake'

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Come to America...

... where they out-source your job to India!

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Feminist org declines nude calendar cash

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Perhaps...

... they would prefer the calendar if the women had been wearing burkhas...?

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MoD sticks with 'most decrepit browser in the world'

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WTF?

"Disbenefit"???

Anyone who can use a word like that does not deserve to be in a position of authority!!

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EU privacy watchdog warns on transport monitoring

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Hear hear!

It's good to see that someone understands that widespread (and indiscriminate) tracking of people's movements is not a good thing.

Whether those in power, however, get the point or just think "well, it'll make anti-terrorism/ policing/ road pricing/ something else simpler" is another matter entirely...

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