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BT 118 phone number fee howler lands telco giant with £225k fine

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Re: Ofcom , 118 , 192 ... I can handle all that crap. Just ban NON geographic numbers. PLEASE.

@Karl H

Don't forget to http://saynoto0870.com/ :-)

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Boffins claim battery BREAKTHROUGH – with rhubarb-like molecule

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Re: Roobarb

Whilst Custard the cat falls off the fence laughing... :-)

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Two guilty over 'menacing' tweets to feminist campaigner

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Great...

... so now how about all the people who have been tweeting about the people on the "Benefits Street" TV programme, calling for them to be locked up, spayed or even gassed (to mention but a few of the delightful comments levelled at them)...?

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Optical Express 'ruined my life' attack site wins Nominet takedown battle

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@AC "contacts are rubbish at night with a high index"

Really? I have an *extremely* high index (-10 right, -11 left!) yet I have no trouble at night using RGP lenses.

I've considered laser treatment etc, but since nobody can promise me that it would make my eyesight perfect, I'll stick to the contacts.

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Dusty old supernova could reveal answer to life, the universe and EVERYTHING

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Look at this mess...

... would cleaning up your solar system once in a while be too much to ask...?

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Defamation expert: New '1 year after publication' rule means EASY LIFE for UK libel judges

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"corrections and clarifications"

"However, these provisions could see the control editors have over how and where they appear in their print publications or online platforms being taken away from them."

So we might see an end to them printing a story with huge lurid front page headlines, then, when it's shown to be false, publishing a correction in a tiny font at the bottom of page 27...

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'BILLION-YEAR DISK' to help FUTURE LIFEFORMS study us

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@Ragarath " the alien Time Team come a looking on planet Wastikia 12c"

But will one of them say "'Ere, Xplyxtic, come and 'ave a look at this...!"

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Boffins build sticky-limbed lizard-bots to tend spacecraft

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They need three of these...

... called Huey, Dewey, and Louie.

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Mars One's certain-death space jolly shortlists 1,000 wannabe explorers

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"Certain death"...

"Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive." - Elbert Hubbard

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

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Re: Still working

Alas the on/off switch on my FX-81 died a long while ago, but I still have an FX-350 by my side here and an FX-570 in the other room which are kept working by dint of leaving the power switch "on" and just using the AC button to switch it on and letting the auto time-out to switch it off.

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Australia puts 300 sharks on Twitter

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Sharks on Twitter...

@bigwhite1975 just when they thought it was safe to go back in the water lol! #feedingfrenzy!

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Want Google to erase your data? Just wait for it to kill off one of its apps

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"all user data will be deleted"

After it's been backed up, scanned, analyzed and linked into our records of everything else you've done...

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Snapchat: In 'theory' you could hack... Oh CRAP is that 4.6 MILLION users' details?

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haveibeenpwned...?

You have now!

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Skype's Twitter account, blog hacked to spread anti-Microsoft messages

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"stop allowing the NSA to access its back end"

It seems the NSA has access to everyone's back end, so just bend over and brace yourself...

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'New' nova starts to BLUSH

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Nova Centauri 2013

Great Maker, Vir, the Vorlons have improved their Planet Killer!

(Yes, the purple one, please and a glass of fine Brivari...)

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British Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing receives Royal pardon

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Does this mean...

... that children will not be blocked from researching Alan Turing because web pages that mention him will no longer contain "objectionable content"?

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BT tweaks WORDING of sex-ed web block after complaints

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@Avatar of They

"You might waver in the middle and prefer both"

Or some people might make a firm decision that they prefer both...

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Meanwhile...

... a nicely satirical viewpoint...

http://www.theguardian.com/science/the-lay-scientist/2012/apr/30/porn-panic-daily-mail

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Click here to BEAT OFF David Cameron's web SMUT ban

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Of course...

These filters will never be used improperly, will they...?

"mobile operator O2 has blocked a huge range of sites through its “Parental Controls” settings. If their parents have chosen this option, children using O2 phones will be unable to access almost all of the internet: police websites, the NHS, ChildLine, the NSPCC, the Samaritans, many schools and even the main government website, GOV.UK.[...] And sites like ChildLine and the Samaritans are there precisely to provide support to children in crisis who may have nowhere else to turn. [...] Children can have burgers marketed to them but they can’t get help if they’re being neglected or abused."

http://adrianshort.org/2013/12/22/some-websites-should-be-unblockable/

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Nato, UN, NGOs slug it out with namespace biz bods: IMHO... STFU

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What does...

... the Institute of Contemporary Arts have to do with this...?

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California OLDSTER in WILD golf course SKATEBOARDING spree

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Get off my golf course...

... you damn pesky kids...!

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Parents can hide abortion, contraception advice from kids, thanks to BT's SEX-ED web block

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And no doubt...

Sites like this one which give excellent advice to parents on how to teach children about the importance of consent and respect for others will also be blocked:

http://goodmenproject.com/families/the-healthy-sex-talk-teaching-kids-consent-ages-1-21/

Bravo, Dave, sites that don't teach girls how not to be raped, but aim to teach boys *not* to rape will no doubt be censored by the Great Firewall of Britain because we're "thinking of the chidren"...!

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Google: Surge in pressure from govts to DELETE CHUNKS of the web

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But...

... we have *always* been at war with Eastasia!

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Proposed California law demands anti-theft 'kill switch' in all smartphones

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@Bullseyed

"abused by a socialist/dictator president"?

Because no right-wing capitalist dictator president would dream of abusing such a kill switch?

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World+dog: Network level filters block LEGIT sex ed sites. Ofcom: Meh

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What's the betting...

... that a site like the following (which gives excellent advice to parents and children about the importance of consent) will get blocked...?

http://goodmenproject.com/families/the-healthy-sex-talk-teaching-kids-consent-ages-1-21/

This isn't just "don't get raped", it's "don't rape", full stop. Learn that "no" means "NO" and respect the rights of others. But it's about (gasp!) sex and we can't have impressionable minds seeing that sort of thing!!

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Sky rapped over PREMATURE SEXY CONDOM ad

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"when impressionable young minds were likely to be watching"

Well *that's* obviously a really stupid thing to do...

... gods forbid that those "impressionable minds" get the idea that condoms are a good thing to use to avoid unwanted pregnancies and STDs...

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Sega’s Out Run: Even better than the wheel thing

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Get ready...!

Dah, dah-dah dah dah-dah dahhhhh....

They had one of the upright machines in the Portsmouth Polytechnic Students Union back when I was a student and one afternoon, for the hell of it, I completed it by *every* route and held all the places on the high score table :-)

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Twitterers rally round #CensoredUK - to demand MORE PORN

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Re: Evil mode = ON

Good idea!

Get your children to join your local Junior Anti-Sex League, proles!

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Maty - Re: false assumption?

> Can anyone point to a definitive study that shows harm being done?

No, because there isn't one. There's lots of anecdotal claims, but they're generally based on the idea that "they saw porn therefore they did XYZ" and ignoring any other influences that may have been around.

On the flip-side, however, is the work of, for example, Professor Milton Diamond PhD of the University of Hawai'i who studied the effects of the increased availability of porn in Japan and America and concluded:

" It is certainly clear from the data reviewed, and the new data and analysis presented, that a massive increase in available pornography in Japan, the United States and elsewhere has been correlated with a dramatic decrease in sexual crime"

http://www.hawaii.edu/PCSS/biblio/articles/1961to1999/1999-effects-of-pornography.html

Unfortunately that didn't stop the last government introducing their Thought Crime "Extreme Pornography" legislation, nor, I have little doubt, regrettably, will it stop David Cameron from introducing a law making possession of videos of "consenting non-consensual" porn (ie acted out scenes of "rape" by consenting adults) a criminal offence as well.

You can (for whatever good it will do) sign a petition to object to this here: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/58255

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'Disruptive, irritating' in-flight cellphone call ban mulled by US Senate

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"The bill would still allow passengers to use mobile devices for texting"

Great, provided that the only text alert allowed is a silent-mode vibration.

I once had the misfortune to be in the Quiet Coach of a train with some idiot who, fine, wasn't *talking* on his phone, but his text alert was the Tarzan yell. After him getting about a dozen texts in five minutes I asked him politely to turn the bloody sound off to which he replied "Oh, sorry, I didn't know it was bothering anyone..."

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US military's RAY-GUN truck BLASTS DRONES, mortars OUT OF THE SKY

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Re: Doesn't stop a kinetic attack

> "the more common cowapult couldnt be used in many areas due to the local religious beliefs"

So there's no local equivalent of "Fetchez la vache"?

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Twitter's shock block unlock deemed cockup, gets a lockup

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"Confused yet?"

Yet??

I was so confused by the headline that I clicked on this item just to find out what the hell was actually going on...!

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Facebook-owned Instagram morphs into messaging service to please admen

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@phil dude - Re: copyright...?

> "Surely we all own the copyright to our faces...?"

Nope, anyone can take your photograph in a public place and even re-use it there's nothing you can do about it. The only thing that they can't (or shouldn't) do is to post something defamatory in relation to the picture because that's libel, but even then you'd have to sue them to get redress.

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Los Angeles' weather is just like MORDOR, says Brit climate prof

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Mordor [...] was comparable to Los Angeles

Does that include the Smog?

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Poker ace's vanishing hotel laptop WAS infected by card-shark – F-Secure

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@DougS - Re: Protection

> "Hotel rooms usually include a safe, keeping the laptop (if it will fit) or the hard drive in there is better than carrying it around with you. For that matter, the hotel itself usually has a very secure safe"

Both of which are entirely vulnerable to corrupt staff since the room safe has a built in "back door" security code to unlock it and the hotel safe can be opened by whoever is duty manager at the time .

As such, all they give is a false sense of security.

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We'll predict your EVERY MOVE! Facebook's new AI brain talks to El Reg

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Re: I believe that is their biggest hurdle.

Obvously they will need to build in an additction to pictures of Kitties!

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French gov used fake Google certificate to read its workers' traffic

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"Trustwave"...

... run their website (that is responsible for ensuring people who take credit cards over the internet are PCIDSS complaint) using that well known secure piece of software, Flash...

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Shivering boffins nail Earth's coldest spot

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Of course...

... if this was QI, klaxons would be going off and lights would be flashing, since the coldest place on Earth is actually in laboratories where scientists have reached temperatures only just above absolute zero (or possibly even below if you believe some claims!)

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OMG, Andrex KILLED the PUPPY! Not quilty, exclaim bog roll boys

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Re: Online toilet paper lovers?

@AC If you're gullible enough to believe that bottled mineral water is "better" than tap water, I've got a great deal for you on Nelson's Column...

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PayPal 13 plead guilty to launching DDoS attacks

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Re: @Scorchio!! - will the plea for clemency fall on deaf ears?

Just because you dress it up in big words doesn't meant that you're not (either intentionally or through ignorance) agreeing with the Daily Mail's default "Hang them and flog them" position of demanding harsh sentences because "that's the only way they'll learn their lesson and not do it again"

And they would, of course, also agree with you that "it is not the place of a business or organisation that has been on the wrong end of this kind of offensive behaviour to plea", but at the same time, they would no doubt consider that "victim impact statements" should be taken into consideration by the courts when determining the severity of the sentence.

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@Scorchio!! - Re: will the plea for clemency fall on deaf ears?

"clemency will only encourage further offending"

The Daily Mail comments page is over there ->

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Oi, Obama. Rein your spooks in, demands web giants' alliance

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Why do pots...

... and kettles come to mind?

"We're only snooping on everything to make you safer..."

"We're only snooping on everything you do to target ads at you..."

(In chorus) "It's for your own good!"

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NASA invites you to sleepover: Stay up and watch 'FIREBALL RICH' Geminid shower

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Or...

... go to the new Dark Skies Park in Northumberland... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-25260186

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Astroboffins spot HOT, YOUNG GIANT where she doesn't belong

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Alien

Anyone...

... spotted any Black Monoliths in the vicinity?

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People's Bank of China bans Bitcoin over 'drugs and guns' trade fears

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"could be used to fund terrorism"

Only terrorism? Dear me, haven't the Chinese Government and media discovered the scare-value of child porn yet...?

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SHOCK! US House swats trolls, passes patent 'extortion' bill

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WTF?

Did the Patent "Industry"...

... fail to buy bribe offer campaign finance to the right people...?

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Accused Glasshole driver says specs weren't even turned on for traffic stop

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Re: "nothing illegal to be wearing Google Glass"... yet.

So five downvotes to my post pointing out that a cyclist or motorcyclist doesn't have to put a foot down, but nobody has come up with anything to contradict that, apart from Steve Knox who asserts that "balancing a bicycle without rolling forward or backward is practically impossible" leading me to the conclusion that he doesn't ride a bicycle or motorcycle like myself and has never seen someone do (or done) exactly this.

To quote a document from the Insitute of Advanced Motorists:

"26. Misconception: At STOP lines the rider must place at least one foot onto

the road surface.

"There is no specific requirement for the rider to do so. The essential requirement is that a rider’s machine must come to a complete STOP."

I recommend that the downvoters take some Advanced Training (or they can just downvote me again to be petty...)

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Re: "nothing illegal to be wearing Google Glass"... yet.

> Yup. STOP means STOP - worldwide As a cyclist that means "put your foot on the ground" - if you play that stupid game of wobbling and not quite stopping you can be ticketed

Really? I'd like to know where he got that idea from because the only requirement in the Road Traffic Act is that the vehicle comes to a complete stop before proceeding (ie the wheels stop rotating). There is nothing that says a cyclist or motorcyclist has to put a foot down.

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IDS finally admits what EVERYONE ELSE already knows: Universal Credit will be late

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So, once again...

... IDS is revealed to have lied to Parliament.

Naturally he will now resign his post in disgrace...

... and next week Satan will be ice-skating to work...

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Brits won't have to pay for thieves' enormous mobe bills any more

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"We are ensuring hardworking families...

"...are not hit with shock bills through no fault of their own."

Err, excuse me, but exactly *what* relevance does how hard you work (or whether you're working or not) have to this?

Is she saying that if you're not (according to her) "hard working" that you have less entitlement to protection perchance???

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