back to article 'Here are 400,000 smut sites. Block them' says Pakistani telco regulator

Pakistani ISP sysadmins are getting ready to write a lot of firewall rules, with the country's telecommunications regulator issuing a list of 429,343 banned-smut Websites. The decision follows hard behind the country's decision to lift its long-standing ban on YouTube (something also qualified by rules that include blocking of …

  1. frank ly

    "... 429,343 banned-smut Websites."

    Does anyone have a link to this list? (I want to put them in my hosts file to protect myself.)

    1. chivo243 Silver badge
      Trollface

      Re: "... 429,343 banned-smut Websites."

      Um, me too! Thinking of the children and all that....

      1. Roq D. Kasba

        Re: "... 429,343 banned-smut Websites."

        After around 12 minutes you won't be interested in any of then

        1. Ali Um Bongo
          Thumb Up

          Re: "... 429,343 banned-smut Websites."

          *"...After around 12 minutes you won't be interested in any of then..."*

          Twelve minutes! What are you, some kind of super stud?

          1. Roq D. Kasba

            Re: "Twelve minutes! What are you, some kind of super stud?"

            A patient and sensitive lover. I appreciate it.

        2. teknopaul Silver badge

          Re: "... 429,343 banned-smut Websites."

          429,343 X 12 min is ten European standard wank-years

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: "... 429,343 banned-smut Websites."

      "Does anyone have a link to this list?"

      It's a veritable hotbed of bare ankles, women standing within 10 metres of men and of consensual sex....All apparently controversial things in Middle Age civilisation...

      1. Robert Helpmann?? Silver badge
        Childcatcher

        Re: "... 429,343 banned-smut Websites."

        It's a veritable hotbed of bare ankles, women standing within 10 metres of men and of consensual sex....All apparently controversial things in Middle Age civilisation...

        Well, once you hit middle age, you might be doing quite well to get within 10 metres of obtaining consent...

        1. x 7

          Re: "... 429,343 banned-smut Websites."

          "consensual sex" ??????????????

          I was under the impression that term was an oxymoron under Islamic teaching. The woman recieves what the husband wants

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: "... 429,343 banned-smut Websites."

            ""I was under the impression that term was an oxymoron""

            Hence why the OP is suggesting that depictions of it are banned....

  2. b0llchit
    Coat

    Eliminate pron

    It is easier to shut off the entire internet than to eliminate porn.

    Who are they kidding? The internet grew up because of porn. All other stuff is trivial.

    1. Roq D. Kasba

      Re: Eliminate pron

      What we've seen is that when you try to censor stuff a lot of people want to see, they have to get creative, and that pushes them to darker corners of the internet, teaches them encryption skills, and creates black markets. All good things in a country fighting internal racialism to increase frustration and murky association.

      1. Voland's right hand Silver badge

        Re: Eliminate pron

        All good things in a country fighting internal racialism to increase frustration and murky association.

        Well, that may be the goal you know...

    2. Nigel 11

      Re: Eliminate pron

      Who are they kidding? The internet grew up because of porn....

      Will the internet also migrate to IPv6 because of porn? I'd like to see them trying to implement per-site blocking when the pornsters can have one IP address (and virtual server) per picture, if they want. Sigh.

  3. Mark 85 Silver badge

    So who's the lucky Pakistani that had to complie the list?

    Did he get dispensation from the local Iman or will they now take him out back to cleanse his sins?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: So who's the lucky Pakistani that had to complie the list?

      He was rewarded with a bunch of (now ex) virgins.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Doesn't the highest traffic in pron come from religious countries?

    Or is this an urban myth?

    Grease that chopper-off machine!

  5. cd / && rm -rf *
    Facepalm

    blocking FAIL

    "ISPs will be expected to implement the blocks at the **DOMAIN** level”

    (my emphasis)

    So that'll be a long list of IP addresses doing the rounds of pr0n aficionados in Pakistan, then.

    [onehandedviewer@somewhereinlahore ~]$ dig +sho www.pornhub.com

    pornhub.com. 31.192.117.132

  6. CAPS LOCK Silver badge

    I'm not sure why we in the west are pointing and laughing...

    ... we have the same or worse nonsense here. And can I just whisper to our oppressed brothers in the east 'Opera'...

    1. theModge

      Re: I'm not sure why we in the west are pointing and laughing...

      A very valid point. The uk's banned list is not short: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_websites_blocked_in_the_United_Kingdom

      I assume there's more than that not listed as well.

      But you understand it's not censorship when our government does it....

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Why do you need to ban something the faithful won't look at anyway?

    Seems a bit contradictory to me.

    1. Elmer Phud

      We have seen how the 'Faithful' in the US have fallen to temptation and expensive rent-boys.

      This measure is surely not so much to assist the ungodly but to protect the souls of those already 'chosen' from further temptation.

      After all, we know very well that in these countries ruled by strong and resolute ultra-hetero males that the mere sight of a bit of flesh- is all that is required to send the beleiver on a downwartd path that ends up with women being blamed. (no matter if the god-botherer goes for man-love, it's always the women who end up being stoned or whipped or just plain killed by a mob.)

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        "We have seen how the 'Faithful' in the US have fallen to temptation and expensive rent-boys."

        How do you know how much they cost?

  8. Nathan 13

    All this cost, time and effort, for something that takes even your average citizen 2 minutes to find a way around it.

    The only way to stop people watching online porn is to blind them.

    1. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

      Won't work

      “I remember when I was a little boy, I once stole a pornographic book that was printed in Braille. I used to rub the dirty parts.” – Woody Allen (Bananas, 1971)

      IMDB: Bananas

    2. Someone Else Silver badge
      Stop

      @Nathan 13

      Now you did it! You went and gave them ideas!

  9. Paul Woodhouse

    400,000 blocked.... only another 4.0 Billion porn sites to find and block... (assuming IPV4 of course)

  10. Jimmy2Cows Silver badge
    Coat

    Those poor censors

    Must've got real hard for them "censoring" all that porn.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Yeah...

    Because thats working well in Europe blocking torrent sites.

    Nobody can get to those now can they?

    Seriously though...doesn't anyone in government understand the internet at all?

    On another note though will this lead to 1970s style porn consumption? I.e. walking around and looking in bushes for discarded porn.

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Pissweak gods?

    Must be petty these gods if seeing their own 'creations' naked upsets them so much...

  13. MrWibble

    Comparisons

    How big is the UK block-list?

  14. phuzz Silver badge
    Trollface

    Those poor Pakistani teenagers are going to have to go back to looking under railway bridges again.

    1. Ali Um Bongo
      Thumb Up

      Out with the Nudes. In with the Old!

      *"...Those poor Pakistani teenagers are going to have to go back to looking under railway bridges again..."*

      Well, given the popularity of all things retro and hipster, it's about time "hedge porn" made a comeback.

      In fact, I'm off to set up a porn website which uses Instagram filters to make the pictures look like they've been lying scrumpled up, in the rain, in a hawthorn bush for a couple of weeks.

      <cue cash register sound effects>

  15. x 7

    they should take remedial steps to quantify the nefarious phenomenon of islamic brainwashing that has an imminent role to corrupt and vitiate the youth of Pakistan

  16. Francis Boyle Silver badge

    "vitiate the youth of Pakistan”

    I think they're onto something. Hard to work up the youth (read: young men) into a righteous (and sometimes murderous) when they're all sitting around with a silly smile on their face.

  17. Paul Hovnanian Silver badge

    Only 400,000 sites?

    So that's just the stuff with camels then.

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