The new UK cap and trade?

High street newsagents are to sell so-called “porn passes” that will allow adults to visit over-18 websites anonymously.

The 16-digit cards will allow browsers to avoid giving personal details online when asked to prove their age.

Instead, they would show shopkeepers a passport or driving licence when buying the pass.

For the pointer I thank a loyal MR reader.


As an occasional 35 year old UK porn watcher, I feel that I will be affected by this legislation. Indeed, I can't see myself buying one of this pass and will never hand out my ID details to some dodgy website. Well, at least I know how to use a VPN.

What are you when you're not 35 years old? And does the UK make porn? Of what? No, on second thoughts don't tell me.

I think Britain needs some Common Sense First Amendment Control. I suggest a pass is not enough. They need a proper background check. A mandatory two week cooling off period before being allowed to take your porn home. A public register of porn users. And special police powers to enable the boys in blue to break in to your home and seize your computer if they think you are now or ever have been a risk for domestic violence. As I say, Common Sense Laws.

Teens across the UK will install Tor within a few days.

Tor is singularly unsuited for data intensive content.

That is what torrents are for.

The whole legislation is insulting to grown adults and ineffective in "protecting" children for reasons commentators have already discussed. I'll be getting my kids to help me install Tor.

Theresa May is a moralising dolt some of the time, and clueless about technology all of the time.

The whole thing so retarded I can't help but wonder if it really has a more sinister purpose to allow censorship of under the guise of blocking pron.

Really, do not use Tor for media files.

'Tor FAQ - Why is Tor so slow?

There are many reasons why the Tor network is currently slow.

Before we answer, though, you should realize that Tor is never going to be blazing fast. Your traffic is bouncing through volunteers' computers in various parts of the world, and some bottlenecks and network latency will always be present. You shouldn't expect to see university-style bandwidth through Tor.

But that doesn't mean that it can't be improved. The current Tor network is quite small compared to the number of people trying to use it, and many of these users don't understand or care that Tor can't currently handle file-sharing traffic load.'

Ever heard of torrents? Old fashioned though they may be, of course.

Just because the UK blocked yea old bay of pirates ("Wink wink, nudge nudge ... say no more, say no more") is no reason to be discouraged.

No, really, the UK did that a half dozen years ago - 'TalkTalk became the final major telecoms company in the UK to comply with a High Court judge's order to block access to The Pirate Bay via its network.

According to TalkTalk subscribers, the blockade began overnight, however the ISP hadn't responded to The Register's request for comment at time of publication.


TalkTalk, along with BSkyB, Virgin Media, Telefonica and Everything Everywhere have now all complied with the order, made on 27 April, to block access to the BitTorrent search website.

It was ruled in February this year that The Pirate Bay's operators and its users were liable for copyright violations.

Sweden-based, the target of the blockade order, serves up "magnet links" to music, movies and other file downloads.'

Of course, the cool kids talk about kodi - 'Kodi® media center is an award-winning free and open source cross-platform software media player and entertainment hub for digital media for HTPCs (Home theater PCs). It uses a 10-foot user interface designed to be a media player for the living-room, using a remote control as the primary input device. Its graphical user interface (GUI) allows the user to easily browse and view videos, photos, podcasts, and music from a harddrive, optical disc, local network, and the internet using only a few buttons.

The official Kodi version does not contain any content what so ever. This means that you should provide your own content from a local or remote storage location, DVD, Blu-Ray or any other media carrier that you own. Additionally Kodi allows you to install third-party plugins that may provide access to content that is freely available on the official content provider website. Any other means of watching illegal content which would otherwise be paid for is not endorsed or approved by Team Kodi.' - "Wink wink, nudge nudge ... say no more, say no more"

Hehheh. Yeah.

"We are Totally Not Pirates. We merely provide eyepatch, hook, cannon, and ship services to extremely shy individuals engaged in herring fishery."

Well, in terms of piracy, kodi is no better or worse than VLC, another media player that has a long and storied history, in major part because it simply plays media files, without taking into account that some people would never allow software that simply plays media files.

After all, just because you bought a DVD in France is no reason to expect to be able to play it on your region locked American DVD player.


The VLC media player software installers for the macOS platform and the Windows platform include the libdvdcss DVD decryption library, even though this library may be legally restricted in certain jurisdictions.

United States
The VLC media player software is able to read audio and video data from DVDs that incorporate Content Scramble System (CSS) encryption, even though the VLC media player software lacks a CSS decryption license. The unauthorized decryption of CSS-encrypted DVD content or unauthorized distribution of CSS decryption tools may violate the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Decryption of CSS-encrypted DVD content has been temporarily authorized for certain purposes (such as documentary filmmaking that uses short portions of DVD content for criticism or commentary) under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act anticircumvention exemptions that were issued by the US Copyright Office in 2010. However these exemptions do not change the DMCA's ban on the distribution of CSS decryption tools like VLC.'

Ironically, the EU officially supports VLC through a bug bounty program..

>be britbong
>waiting on .177 air rifle license from the ministry for a year plus
>having tea and crumpets with me mum
>start thinking of Muriel from work
>would i like to have a little in out, in out with her
>"'scuse me mum. I... I need to have a go"
>head over to the computation machine
>it's off
>slam it hard with me fist
>it turns on
>search for porn
>run outside and find the nearest red phone booth
>grab the tele and dial the pornography administrator
>"Ello? Her Majesty's Pornographer Administration Centre. Who's this callin?"
>"Ello. I need a wank something good"
>"Hol on there, son. You need to give me your name and residence first."
>"My name is Percy Edmond and I live at 342 W. Pennywood Lane."
>"Alright then. And what time of porn will you be wanting to today, Mr. Edmond"
>"Cuckold, sir. Please hurry, my pecker is about ready to burst"
>"Alight then. One moment please… And you are all set sir. I have given your household 10 minutes of uninterrupted access to cuckhold porn."
>"Thank you sir! And God bless the Queen!"
>"God bless her right! Cheerio"
>Race back home before the cuchold porn time runs out
>enter front door
>blood is everywhere
>go into kitchen
>mum is dead
>beheaded by muslims

It's funny how the US and UK can be so similar in some respects, but so vastly divergent in others. If Jeff Sessions proposed something like this, DOJ would probably be stormed by a bipartisan mob in about an hour. Trump himself would probably be at the front.

This actually makes sense.

America has definitely suffered an unintended consequence as free speech met pornography.

Can you go into more detail on what you mean by this?

Frontline put together a page on Supreme Court rulings, here.

In the first case [Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union
521 U.S. 844 (1997)] to address the regulation of sexually explicit material on the Internet, the Court struck down two provisions of the 1996 Communications Decency Act (CDA) which attempted to protect minors from access to "patently offensive" or "indecent" Internet material. The ACLU, leading a coalition of organizations, challenged two provisions of the CDA that made it a crime to knowingly transmit "indecent" messages over the Internet to anyone under 18 or to knowingly send or display to a person under 18 a message that "in context" depicts or describes "sexual or excretory activities or organs" in terms "patently offensive as measured by contemporary community standards."

The U.S. District ruled that those provisions were unconstitutional:

The Internet may fairly be regarded as a never-ending worldwide conversation. The Government may not, through the CDA, interrupt that conversation. As the most participatory form of mass speech yet developed, the Internet deserves the highest protection from governmental intrusion.

The unintended consequence is that for the first time since villages lived in "long houses" the kids are exposed to everything the adults are up to.

By the way, this seems a variation on the Monty Python sketch "I would like to return this record it is scratched."

>We be worried 'bout terrorism.
>Want to monitor internet metadata to get leads on terrorist plots.
>Taught everyone to avoid monitoring so they could have a wank.
>Parliament gets blown up by Catholic terrorists with gunpowder.

Happy endings on all accounts!

I am sick of the UK. The nanny state is getting worse and worse.

Taxes on plastic bags. A sugar tax. Once a fortnight rubbish collections (to encourage recycling). No proper light bulbs. And now this stupid porn law.

The UK today is significantly worse than it was 10-15 years ago. Apparently Scotland is about to pass a law banning special offers on pizzas.

Jesus wept.

Wow, the pizza thing is real, and funny.

We have good LED's now. But yeah, the energy saving bulbs of 5 years ago were dreadful.

Agreed, country has got slowly worse with nannying from a so-called conservative government that should know better. Meanwhile, the real problems go unchecked.

'No proper light bulbs'

What, Aldi does not offer clear 'glass' 1400 lumen LED bulbs for something like 3-5 pounds a couple of time a year?

Great deal (at least in Germany) by the way - highly recommended.

5 pounds? a piece? ouch.

This way, only the government will have the information necessary to blackmail you!

And that nice Mr Patel who has been running the corner shop for the past 30 years and knows your mother.

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