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Re: The UK thread

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Re: The UK thread

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Analysis: Not naked enough to be effective. :wink:
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:24 pm

UK PORN BLOCK: ANGER GROWS OVER CONFUSING ROLLOUT OF BAN ON FREE ADULT SITES
Independent

Synopsis: Implementation postponed until they figure out how to do it. :cowbell:
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Witness » Sat Apr 06, 2019 3:10 am

↑ I see they are as deft at censorship than they are at Brexit. :roll:

I also start to find tiresome that Brexit news drown all the rest, or nearly so. :|

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Witness » Sat Apr 06, 2019 3:34 am

Ha! Found something (another overachievement):
U.K. Police Install a Roadside 'Knife Surrender Bin,' Are Shocked When It's Raided By Criminals

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https://www.mrctv.org/blog/uk-police-in ... PCRAzlxfcU

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Re: The UK thread

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Witness wrote:
Sat Apr 06, 2019 3:34 am
Ha! Found something (another overachievement):
U.K. Police Install a Roadside 'Knife Surrender Bin,' Are Shocked When It's Raided By Criminals

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https://www.mrctv.org/blog/uk-police-in ... PCRAzlxfcU

:mrgreen:
Seems like all the sharpest tools were in the box

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sat Apr 06, 2019 12:37 pm

:coolspecs:

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Witness » Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:17 pm

↑↑ Well said, Giz. :mrgreen:

Meanwhile, the new UK passport:

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Seems a bit premature, no? :twisted:

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Re: The UK thread

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Lèse-majesté ! :x

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Witness » Sat Apr 13, 2019 1:24 pm

New law where clicking on terrorist propaganda once could mean 15 years in prison comes into force

Head of counterterror policing says there will not be an 'explosion in arrests'

New counterterror laws likened to “thought crime” by a United Nations inspector have come into force.

A raft of new measures mean people can be jailed for viewing terrorist propaganda online, entering “designated areas” abroad and making “reckless expressions” of support for proscribed groups.

The government also lengthened prisons sentences for several terror offences, ended automatic early release for convicts and put them under stricter monitoring after they are freed.

Sajid Javid said the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019 gives “police the powers they need to disrupt terrorist plots earlier and ensure that those who seek to do us harm face just punishment”.

“As we saw in the deadly attacks in London and Manchester in 2017, the threat from terrorism continues to evolve and so must our response, which is why these vital new measures have been introduced,” the home secretary added.

MPs had urged the government to scrap plans to criminalise viewing “information useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism”, which goes further than much-used laws that made physically collecting, downloading or disseminating the material illegal.

A report by the Joint Committee on Human Rights said the offence, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, “is a breach of the right to receive information and risks criminalising legitimate research and curiosity”.

A United Nations inspector accused the government of straying towards “thought crime”.
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Giz » Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:10 pm

Straying towards thought crime? The UK has been there for a while.

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:03 pm

The implicit justification for such a law is that terrorist propaganda (however defined) is irresistibly compelling.

Talk about a ruling class with a guilty conscience.
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Giz » Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:21 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:03 pm
The implicit justification for such a law is that terrorist propaganda (however defined) is irresistibly compelling.

Talk about a ruling class with a guilty conscience.
You can’t trust the plebs Abdul. They might vote for brexit... or Trump! You have to manage democracy, learn to love the deep state.

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:43 pm

So Brexit or Trump == terrorism.

Got it. :)
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Witness » Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:37 am

HOLY SPIRIT - UK HAS MORE CHURCHES THAN PUBS

There are around 39,000 pubs in the UK, according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics, with more than 11,000 pubs having closed in the UK in the last decade – a fall of almost a quarter (23%).

However, there are around 40,300 church buildings in the UK open to the public and being used for worship, according to research carried out for the National Churches Trust by the Brierley Consultancy.

The number of church buildings is also substantially higher than other key public buildings in the UK. There are currently around 14,300 supermarkets operated by grocery retailers, 11,500 post office branches, 7,500 bank branches and 3,600 public libraries.
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Re: The UK thread

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As seen from the ISS:

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Anaxagoras » Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:45 am

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:24 pm
UK PORN BLOCK: ANGER GROWS OVER CONFUSING ROLLOUT OF BAN ON FREE ADULT SITES
Independent

Synopsis: Implementation postponed until they figure out how to do it. :cowbell:
Update:

The UK’s controversial porn block will go into effect on July 15th
The UK’s controversial porn block has a new launch date: July 15th, 2019.

The scheme, which is designed to stop people under 18 from accessing pornographic material online, has been repeatedly delayed. The government previously said it would roll out the block sometime in April, but it has now pushed that date back to July 15th, BBC News reports.

The law will force commercial porn sites to check the age of visitors from the UK. Sites that fail to comply could be blocked by Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Visitors to sites will be able to verify their age using documents like passports, driver’s licenses, or credit cards. Porn passes will also be sold in shops for £4.99 ($6.50).

The block has been repeatedly criticized by privacy campaigners, academics, and the porn industry. They note that even taken on its own terms, the block will be woefully inadequate.
Are they complaining about the law and also complaining that it doesn't go far enough?
Users will be able to easily bypass the block using a Virtual Private Network (VPN), which routes internet traffic through a different country. Many social media sites that contain ample pornographic material, like Twitter, Reddit, and Imgur, will not be blocked at all.

The government has been adamant that the block is necessary to protect young people from being accidentally exposed to pornography online.

“The introduction of mandatory age-verification is a world-first, and we’ve taken the time to balance privacy concerns with the need to protect children from inappropriate content,” said the UK’s digital minister, Margot James, in a press statement. ”We want the UK to be the safest place in the world to be online, and these new laws will help us achieve this.”

Beyond criticisms that the block will be ineffective, campaigners say it also creates a huge range of digital rights and privacy issues. The company at the forefront of verifying users’ ages will be MindGeek, which operates the world’s most popular porn sites, including Pornhub, YouPorn, and RedTube. This will give it greater control over the industry.

Campaigners also say the scheme will, in essence, create a centralized list of porn viewers in the UK, which would be a prime target for hackers.

A poll carried out by YouGov earlier this year found that the majority of Britons (76 percent of respondents) weren’t even aware that the block was being introduced. Two-thirds of the public (67 percent) supported the scheme, while only one-third (34 percent) thought it would be effective.
If you are against the law, then ineffectiveness should be a feature, not a bug.

Op-Ed:
Why the UK's porn block is one of the worst ideas ever
Whatever you call the UK's plan, there are some serious problems with it. One of the biggest is the challenge to implement age checks across all pornography websites accessed from the UK. The porn block was originally set to be introduced in April 2018, but is has been delayed numerous times until the recent confirmation it would launch this July.

On confirming the new date for the UK's porn block, Minister for Digital Margot James said "Adult content is currently far too easy for children to access online. The introduction of mandatory age-verification is a world-first, and we’ve taken the time to balance privacy concerns with the need to protect children from inappropriate content. We want the UK to be the safest place in the world to be online, and these new laws will help us achieve this"

As part of the new system the BBFC, which is overseeing the UK's age verification systems, is introducing a new green 'AV' symbol to symbolise when a system has met the BBFC's requirements.
They're going to keep you safe by making sure that your name is in a database of porn viewers and your viewing habits tracked. Don't you feel safer knowing that the government it looking out for you? :D
3. This is a massive database of everyone’s tastes in porn

At the moment, unless you’re Facebook or Google, it’s actually pretty hard to match up someone’s real identity to their online behaviour. Unless, that is, you make people log in to your site with their real name, real email address and real credit card details – which is exactly what this legislation will force people to do.

And this database will be massive. Remember when Ashley Madison was hacked? It had to pay out $11 million in compensation to 33 million people. Pornhub, the world's most-visited porn website, had 64 million visitors per day in 2017, and the UK is its second biggest traffic driver. If this database was hacked, and those names exposed, the shame and humiliation would be terrible. Even if the risk is small, the consequences are so enormous you have to wonder why the information is being gathered at all.

Still, the government’s got a quality team to run the programme. Right. Right?
4. The companies doing the checks

The government decided not to implement the porn block itself, but to leave it up to the industry. One company working on a solution is called MindGeek. It’s developed something called AgeID – basically a checkpoint for age – and, for a fee, it’s offering to sell this to other companies. It expects to verify 25 million users in the first month.

What MindGeek doesn’t mention, literally anywhere on its website, is that it’s the owner of the world’s biggest porn sites, including PornHub, YouPorn and RedTube. Yup: we’re asking pornographers to protect children from porn.

We’re also giving MindGeek, via its AgeID system, a free pass to collect everyone’s everyone's information. According to AgeID's privacy policy, this is limited to an email address and password, which are protected via a salted, one-way hash. A previous version of the privacy policy, which MindGeek states can be updated at any time, claimed the company could collect names, addresses, date of birth and browsing data.

The privacy implications are mind-boggling – especially since, if MindGeek uses credit cards as the basis for AgeID, you're requiring people effectively to announce the fact they are looking at porn to the credit card companies.
6. There isn’t even a good reason

The policy was launched off the back of an NSPCC report that claimed that more than half of children and teenagers that accessed porn “stumbled across” it. Sure, when they Googled “porn” and accidentally “stumbled across” the top link...

The irony is that, if children are going to stumble across porn, then it’s probably going to be on social media – but this legislation doesn’t cover Reddit or Twitter. I mean, it shouldn’t, but it just shows how flawed this line of thinking is.

The same report also found that almost a tenth of all 12- to 13-year-olds thought they were "addicted" to pornography, a stat which got a lot of press at the time. And the media attention clearly fed into the government’s agenda, because, less than a day after the research was released, the legislation was suddenly announced. The problem was, the research was nonsense. Rubbish. Bad science.

The NSPCC had commissioned the research from a “creative market research” group called OnePoll, a survey firm which pays people to fill in online questionnaires. You may know it from such gems as "German men are the world's worst lovers" and "Fifty percent of British adults think Mount Everest is in the UK". There were 11 questions, for children, so users were told to hand over to a child if one was available. Which of course they all did.

Evidence-based policymaking this is not. Instead, it seems more like a politically-motivated moral crusade, based on some weird sense that the internet is scary and bad and dangerous, and things would be so much better if only we could go back to the good old days, when porn magazines was safely tucked away on the top shelf of your local newsagents, where they’re meant to be.

So that’s the porn block. It’s probably going to happen. It’s not too late to stop it, but based on the government’s attitude it doesn’t seem likely. So where does this leave us? Well, I can recommend a good VPN.
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:26 pm

Another Prince Harry story. I wonder if it's fake?

Revealed: palace’s Africa plan for Harry and Meghan
The Sunday Times (UK)
Courtiers have drawn up plans to hand the Duke and Duchess of Sussex a major international job that could see them moving abroad after the birth of their child, The Sunday Times can reveal.

Prince Harry’s advisers are working on a “bespoke” role for the royal “rock stars”, probably in Africa, that will combine some work on behalf of the Commonwealth along with charity work and a role promoting Britain.

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Courtiers? Is that an official position properly so called, or just a description of what they are? :lmao:
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Witness » Sun Apr 21, 2019 11:27 pm

UK electrical energy production in real time (no solar right now, obviously):

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