S E X Kills UK League of Legends Updates Thanks To Porn Filter

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S E X Kills UK League of Legends Updates Thanks To Porn Filter

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The porn problem doesn't affect everyone.

UK PM David Cameron's porn filter seems to have caught more than intended, as League of Legends updates are being held up on account of the letters S, E and X. So long as they appear in sequence, as in file name VarusExpirationTimer.luaobj, the filter detects it as rampant naughtiness and blocks the download.

This error will only affect a portion of the internet-using population. The filter, first introduced back in 2011 as part of a child safety campaign, only applies to customers taking out new contracts. When the contract's activated, the customer has the choice of a system with parental controls - the filter - or one without. Pre-filter contracts, or contracts that don't activate the filter, have nothing to worry about.

The problem can be solved either by talking to your ISP and getting the filter switched off, or by more roundabout means such as getting the files delivered via USB by someone who isn't affected by the filter.

Source: Guardian

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British parents blocking the access of their children to porn, that's the real scandal, I say. It's inhumane and cruel, dammit!

I say that's a great excuse to get the filter turned off without appearing like a pervert.

Guess LoL will soon be one of the most "popular" games in UK soon. :D

It still amazes me that anyone thought this filter was a good idea, let alone enough to get it through the House of Commons. Let's see, blocks innocent downloads, supposedly blocks sex education websites and abuse hotlines, is laughably easy to get around with freely available proxies... I think that's enough to mark this down as a certified fail. Not that I would have expected anything different from this government.

I don't think I'll ever understand how crafting an entire world of lies for your children to live in somehow benefits them and how reality is "damaging" to the point at which the government must help keeping your bullshit world of lies stable whatever it takes but oh well.

So... anything that has to do with, say, Sussex, is blocked in the whole UK if you happen to have the parental controls on?
Huh, that might be a good thing.

JoJo:
It still amazes me that anyone thought this filter was a good idea, let alone enough to get it through the House of Commons. Let's see, blocks innocent downloads, supposedly blocks sex education websites and abuse hotlines, is laughably easy to get around with freely available proxies... I think that's enough to mark this down as a certified fail. Not that I would have expected anything different from this government.

Ten bob says that when the reptilian Cameron[1] leaves office, the Daily Fail still trumpets it as one of his greatest accomplishments.

[1] with apologies to innocent reptiles whose good name is besmirched by such a colossal prick

I thought the files were being held up by David Cameron's ridiculously large forehead. Then again that might still be the case.

Kyber:
So... anything that has to do with, say, Sussex, is blocked in the whole UK if you happen to have the parental controls on?
Huh, that might be a good thing.

It's a small price to pay for protecting our children from the filthy Middlesex and dirty Wessex... damn Saxons with their sexy names and corrupting ways... coming over here, stealing our jobs...

Fat_Hippo:
British parents blocking the access of their children to porn, that's the real scandal, I say. It's inhumane and cruel, dammit!

It's scarier than that, it's the government doing it and not telling you unless you ask.

But they won't tell you exactly what's on the filter blacklist, even if you ask.

The internet censorship is a good thing, you can't expect parents to take responsibility for their children. That's the governments job!

Seriously though, it's a ridiculous waste of time and effort. Anyone determined enough to see some tits can get around the filter with minimal effort whilst people doing nothing wrong are being affected by it.

Teoes:

JoJo:
It still amazes me that anyone thought this filter was a good idea, let alone enough to get it through the House of Commons. Let's see, blocks innocent downloads, supposedly blocks sex education websites and abuse hotlines, is laughably easy to get around with freely available proxies... I think that's enough to mark this down as a certified fail. Not that I would have expected anything different from this government.

Ten bob says that when the reptilian Cameronwith apologies to innocent reptiles whose good name is besmirched by such a colossal prick leaves office, the Daily Fail still trumpets it as one of his greatest accomplishments.

To be fair, it's not like there'll be many other 'accomplishments' of his to trumpet... eh, gay marriage and being stopped by the Commons from going to war in Syria is all I can think of off the top of my head >.>

JoJo:

Teoes:

JoJo:
It still amazes me that anyone thought this filter was a good idea, let alone enough to get it through the House of Commons. Let's see, blocks innocent downloads, supposedly blocks sex education websites and abuse hotlines, is laughably easy to get around with freely available proxies... I think that's enough to mark this down as a certified fail. Not that I would have expected anything different from this government.

Ten bob says that when the reptilian Cameronwith apologies to innocent reptiles whose good name is besmirched by such a colossal prick leaves office, the Daily Fail still trumpets it as one of his greatest accomplishments.

To be fair, it's not like there'll be many other 'accomplishments' of his to trumpet... eh, gay marriage and being stopped by the Commons from going to war in Syria is all I can think of off the top of my head >.>

Unfortunately, those last two achievements would be lambasted by the Mail as Cameron's biggest betrayals.

OT; So we can add harmless video games to the list of LGBT lifestyle, sex education and rape and domestic abuse counselling sites that this nationwide filter blocks out.

What I find ridiculous is Cameron's instance that this filter will stop kids from "accidentally stumbling across" hardcore pornography. Now, I now it's seen as a useful excuse for MPs to use when they hand their government-appointed laptops in to tech support, but the reality is that it's impossible to "accidentally stumble upon" hardcore porn unless you're actively looking for it.

Teoes:

JoJo:
It still amazes me that anyone thought this filter was a good idea, let alone enough to get it through the House of Commons. Let's see, blocks innocent downloads, supposedly blocks sex education websites and abuse hotlines, is laughably easy to get around with freely available proxies... I think that's enough to mark this down as a certified fail. Not that I would have expected anything different from this government.

Ten bob says that when the reptilian Cameron[1] leaves office, the Daily Fail still trumpets it as one of his greatest accomplishments.

No, seriously. For anyone who's wondering, David Cameron is literally a lizard.

[1] with apologies to innocent reptiles whose good name is besmirched by such a colossal prick

loa:
I don't think I'll ever understand how crafting an entire world of lies for your children to live in somehow benefits them and how reality is "damaging" to the point at which the government must help keeping your bullshit world of lies stable whatever it takes but oh well.

^This. So much this.

The filter itself is a terrible, stupid idea that couldn't even possibly work without going all "Great Firewall of China" on it, but are you actually telling me that it works as stupidly as this? Any site or file containing the sequence of the letters S, E and X (and likely countless others) just gets filtered? That's... that's just the worst implementation one could possibly think of. Seriously, who the hell thought that would be a good idea, much less got it approved and paid to do it?

loa:
I don't think I'll ever understand how crafting an entire world of lies for your children to live in somehow benefits them and how reality is "damaging" to the point at which the government must help keeping your bullshit world of lies stable whatever it takes but oh well.

Children are not always able to make responsible and informed choices about their lives; the world is a wonderful place, but also dangerous and cruel, and it may take time for some to accept the notion of taking responsibility for their own decision.

As a parent, I completely understand and approve the necessity to temporarily shield children from certain aspect of the world.
As a software developer, I can't but notice this to be a terrible, terrible implementation - as far as I'm concerned, it goes together with gay marriage as one of Cameron's greatest betrayals.

Jamash:

Kyber:
So... anything that has to do with, say, Sussex, is blocked in the whole UK if you happen to have the parental controls on?
Huh, that might be a good thing.

It's a small price to pay for protecting our children from the filthy Middlesex and dirty Wessex... damn Saxons with their sexy names and corrupting ways... coming over here, stealing our jobs...

They're almost as bad as those from Scunthorpe. ><

I'd say the country that harbors Scunthorpe should know better.

JoJo:
It still amazes me that anyone thought this filter was a good idea, let alone enough to get it through the House of Commons. Let's see, blocks innocent downloads, supposedly blocks sex education websites and abuse hotlines, is laughably easy to get around with freely available proxies... I think that's enough to mark this down as a certified fail. Not that I would have expected anything different from this government.

It was championed by the Daily Mail, the Fox News of the print world, and they just wouldn't shut up about it even when people were telling them it just blatantly would not work as intended.

Mind you, these are the guys who scream about freedom of the press and how their being oppressed when they lie and harass constantly, and drove a transgender teacher to suicide because they transitioned and kept being a teacher.

Isn't the UK one of the countries most afraid of Muslims coming in and censoring away their way of life?
I swear conservative movements are all turduckens of stupidity.

You can also turn the filters on and off at will with BT at least by signing into their website takes literally two minutes.

This is a waste of time and money.

If you can and want to access porn, you probably have the know how to 1) download add ons and 2) Get round the filter. The only thing this stops does is waste peoples time. They tried a similar tactic with the pirate bay a few years back. The pirate bay's main site is blocked but proxies still work. This thing is ridiculous and a waste of tax payer money.

Fucking willfully ignorant, reactionary, childlike, unrealistic pricks...

"Who cares about all the violence and death our children are exposed to, just don't let them see a tit. It would probably destroy their pure innocent minds."

Bah, the biggest strength of democracy is also its biggest drawback; the fact that anyone has the right to let his or her voice be heard. Bring back despotism, please. (Not really)

Vareoth:
Fucking willfully ignorant, reactionary, childlike, unrealistic pricks...

"Who cares about all the violence and death our children are exposed to, just don't let them see a tit. It would probably destroy their pure innocent minds."

Bah, the biggest strength of democracy is also its biggest drawback; the fact that anyone has the right to let his or her voice be heard. Bring back despotism, please. (Not really)

Here in the UK, one of our daily newspapers features a topless woman on page three, something which would cause a meltdown if any american newspaper tried it. We're so much more uptight, aren't we?

JoJo:
It still amazes me that anyone thought this filter was a good idea, let alone enough to get it through the House of Commons. Let's see, blocks innocent downloads, supposedly blocks sex education websites and abuse hotlines, is laughably easy to get around with freely available proxies... I think that's enough to mark this down as a certified fail. Not that I would have expected anything different from this government.

I doubt that anybody in power did.

It was just a cynical measure used to win over the parent vote for next years elections. By making it seem as though they are "protecting the children" they will get a lot of parents (mostly ones who know nothing about the internet) think the government cares about such things.

A little like the Gay Marriage law really. I completely support Gay Marriage, but the fact the Conservatives of all groups came up with it and a lot of them were extremely angry about it, I sincerely doubt it was put through for any other reason than to win votes.

Windknight:

Vareoth:
Fucking willfully ignorant, reactionary, childlike, unrealistic pricks...

"Who cares about all the violence and death our children are exposed to, just don't let them see a tit. It would probably destroy their pure innocent minds."

Bah, the biggest strength of democracy is also its biggest drawback; the fact that anyone has the right to let his or her voice be heard. Bring back despotism, please. (Not really)

Here in the UK, one of our daily newspapers features a topless woman on page three, something which would cause a meltdown if any american newspaper tried it. We're so much more uptight, aren't we?

I wasn't talking about any country in particular. Don't feel offended. I was raging on the people who believe the human body is more vile than anything else.

Also, I live in the Netherlands. From my point of view every country in the world is more uptight than us (except maybe the northern European countries).

I see people have already mentioned Scunthorpe, but did you know that it's already lent its name to exactly this kind of situation? It's called the Scunthorpe problem.

The funniest part about this is the fact that two days ago (20/1/14) a former chief-examiner came into our college(sixth form) and was hosting a talk about essay writing.

In one of the example questions that he walked us through, he listed pornography as a disadvantage of the internet, because he is paranoid that if his children mess about on his pc they will stumble upon a porn site/pornographic content.

It's people like him who caused the filter to happen, because the people that support this are too inept to use the already available (as in, native to windows platforms) parental filters.

Besides, kids will stumble upon it sooner or later, and it isn't good when kids are exposed to sex, but the block is still ridiculous, no, fuck putting in an initiative to make parents more responsible, or even just making a website as to how parents can "protect"(or rather guide through)their children from the internet.

No, they will try to regulate it, which does not stop them from banning even more things.

Like introducing a PG-13 filter...

Oh God, those would be the end times.

But, at the very least, thank god that it is semi-optional(you can just call your ISP and ask them to remove it).

However, the filter still doesn't deal with the the larger social problem at hand: those parents who suggest/support this filter are likely people who are not involved in their kids lives, instead of guiding them as they grow up, telling them, yes these things exist, but also telling them how they are not representative of real life, etc. you know talking with them, they will instead want to dodge responsibility by introducing filters such as these.

Kids will discover sex at some point in their lives, but it will not be as early as those parents think they will: those kinds of ads are not rampant, and if you just find sites that you approve of for your kids to explore, work up a rapport, set up guidelines, etc. you know, act like a parent then you won't have problems with your kids discovering sex at an early age.

Windknight:

Vareoth:
Fucking willfully ignorant, reactionary, childlike, unrealistic pricks...

"Who cares about all the violence and death our children are exposed to, just don't let them see a tit. It would probably destroy their pure innocent minds."

Bah, the biggest strength of democracy is also its biggest drawback; the fact that anyone has the right to let his or her voice be heard. Bring back despotism, please. (Not really)

Here in the UK, one of our daily newspapers features a topless woman on page three, something which would cause a meltdown if any american newspaper tried it. We're so much more uptight, aren't we?

OK, see, this is what we're railing about. You have a topless girl on page 3, any kid can grab that off the newsstand, but god forbid he sees the same thing on the internet??

Emanuele Ciriachi:

loa:
I don't think I'll ever understand how crafting an entire world of lies for your children to live in somehow benefits them and how reality is "damaging" to the point at which the government must help keeping your bullshit world of lies stable whatever it takes but oh well.

Children are not always able to make responsible and informed choices about their lives; the world is a wonderful place, but also dangerous and cruel, and it may take time for some to accept the notion of taking responsibility for their own decision.

As a parent, I completely understand and approve the necessity to temporarily shield children from certain aspect of the world.
As a software developer, I can't but notice this to be a terrible, terrible implementation - as far as I'm concerned, it goes together with gay marriage as one of Cameron's greatest betrayals.

Correct me if I'm wrong but was Cameron not in favour of gay marriage? Unless you mean him supporting it was a betrayal in which case, I'd prepare your antiquated flame shield.

Buzz Killington:
I see people have already mentioned Scunthorpe, but did you know that it's already lent its name to exactly this kind of situation? It's called the Scunthorpe problem.

Thanks, I've learned a new word, the most hilarious word ever.

The buttbuttin, an assassin who's far too classy to use the word ass.

elvor0:
Correct me if I'm wrong but was Cameron not in favour of gay marriage? Unless you mean him supporting it was a betrayal in which case, I'd prepare your antiquated flame shield.

Yes, of course I mean that his support of such an irrational and illiberal law was a betrayal - I don't see how I could think otherwise.

Fat_Hippo:
British parents blocking the access of their children to porn, that's the real scandal, I say. It's inhumane and cruel, dammit!

Its not parents - its the government censoring internet.

loa:
I don't think I'll ever understand how crafting an entire world of lies for your children to live in somehow benefits them and how reality is "damaging" to the point at which the government must help keeping your bullshit world of lies stable whatever it takes but oh well.

welcome to dumb parent thinking 101.
The problem is, majority of parents arent actually fit to be parents, but we need to keep raising that population dont we?

Kmadden2004:
but the reality is that it's impossible to "accidentally stumble upon" hardcore porn unless you're actively looking for it.

i guess you never looked at the advertisement for the more shady websites, did you?

Emanuele Ciriachi:

Children are not always able to make responsible and informed choices about their lives; the world is a wonderful place, but also dangerous and cruel, and it may take time for some to accept the notion of taking responsibility for their own decision.

As a parent, I completely understand and approve the necessity to temporarily shield children from certain aspect of the world.
As a software developer, I can't but notice this to be a terrible, terrible implementation - as far as I'm concerned, it goes together with gay marriage as one of Cameron's greatest betrayals.

and thats why parents dont just drop them and leave. instead they explain the world and tell them how to make informed decisions. they have 18 years to teach their children that. Hiding the world from the children however does nothing to further the progress of them being able to understand it and react to it properly.

Buzz Killington:
I see people have already mentioned Scunthorpe, but did you know that it's already lent its name to exactly this kind of situation? It's called the Scunthorpe problem.

Checks link

Yep, already a mention of this issue with the "Great Pornwall of Britain."

Here's hoping that you elect a party with than half a brain to share between them next time UK.

Emanuele Ciriachi:

elvor0:
Correct me if I'm wrong but was Cameron not in favour of gay marriage? Unless you mean him supporting it was a betrayal in which case, I'd prepare your antiquated flame shield.

Yes, of course I mean that his support of such an irrational and illiberal law was a betrayal - I don't see how I could think otherwise.

Cant tell if troll or being sarcastic or serious... *grimace*, fuck it I'll bite if it's the 3rd option.

Allowing gay marriage ain't Ill-liberal. You may not /agree/ with it but to call it Ill-liberal...well I'd check what liberal means. Cos it don't mean depriving people of personal freedoms.

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