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posted by n1 on Tuesday December 20 2016, @05:28AM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the sin-tax dept.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/12/south-carolina-will-debate-bill-to-block-porn-on-new-computers/

A South Carolina politician is hoping to stop computer owners in his state from viewing pornography.

State Rep. Bill Chumley, a Republican from Spartanburg, told his hometown newspaper that his Human Trafficking Prevention Act would require manufacturers or sellers of computers or other devices that access the Internet to install digital blocks to prevent the viewing of obscene content. Blocking websites that facilitate prostitution would also be required, he said.

If a purchaser wants the filter lifted, he or she has to pay $20 to have it taken out—provided the person is over the age of 18.

Also at the Spartanburg Herald-Journal.


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  • (Score: 3, Touché) by kazzie on Tuesday December 20 2016, @05:37AM

    by kazzie (5309) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday December 20 2016, @05:37AM (#443566)

    Pay $20, or FORMAT C: ?

    • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Tuesday December 20 2016, @07:18AM

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday December 20 2016, @07:18AM (#443595) Homepage Journal

      http://www.howtogeek.com/106873/how-to-use-fdisk-to-manage-partitions-on-linux/ [howtogeek.com]

      C: is a figment of a twisted imagination.

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      • (Score: 2) by Magic Oddball on Tuesday December 20 2016, @08:05AM

        by Magic Oddball (3847) on Tuesday December 20 2016, @08:05AM (#443607) Journal

        As a happy full–time Linux user of 8½ years, I'd say /dev/sd* has to be the product of a deeply twisted imagination as well.

        • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Tuesday December 20 2016, @08:15AM

          by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday December 20 2016, @08:15AM (#443611) Homepage Journal

          The best thing about /dev/sd* is - we don't have to remember all that stuff every three months! Our drives are mostly "set it and forget it". ;^)

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          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @04:46PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @04:46PM (#443871)

            Maybe they are now. I started back in the /dev/hd* days. Drives didn't move around and you knew exactly which drive was which connection. With /dev/sd* setups, the drives were notorious for moving around. Hence why by-id, by-uuid, by-label, and by-path (and later by-partlabel and by-partuuid) exist at all.

        • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @01:51PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @01:51PM (#443764)

          Newbie. I've been using Slackware since 1994.

        • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Tuesday December 20 2016, @08:08PM

          by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Tuesday December 20 2016, @08:08PM (#444007) Journal

          Really? With the Windows (DOS, really) lettering scheme, a drive letter could be a partition, a full drive, anything, and there's no rhyme or reason to it beyond some archaic tradition that A: is floppy 1, B: is floppy 2 (which is why you never see a B: drive...), C: is the first HDD, etc.

          I'd say it makes a hell of a lot more sense the way Linux does it. /dev/ means devices, sd means "scsi/serial-ata disk", a-z or whatever are which disk in order, and 1-whatever are partitions. If I see /dev/sdb3 that means "devices, scsi/sata disks, second disk, third partition." Tells me exactly what and where.

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      • (Score: 3, Funny) by q.kontinuum on Tuesday December 20 2016, @12:21PM

        by q.kontinuum (532) on Tuesday December 20 2016, @12:21PM (#443715) Journal

        Obviously, this qualifies Linux as a hacker-tool to circumvent the filter of the OS. (Everyone knows that the OS of a computer is MS Windows.) Probably there are some options to instrument DMCA to punish circumventing the good Windows Access Control by using such evil communist hacker tools.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @05:15PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @05:15PM (#443895)

      Pay $20, or FORMAT C: ?

      Or the nuke from orbit option: put linux disk in the DVD reader, choose install icon, you're done.

      • (Score: 2) by kazzie on Wednesday December 21 2016, @06:59AM

        by kazzie (5309) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday December 21 2016, @06:59AM (#444233)

        How long a cable do you have on that DVD drive?

  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @05:41AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @05:41AM (#443568)

    Why, exactly, does he think the government has the power or even moral authority to force computer sellers or manufacturers to install software that attempts to block content on the Internet that he doesn't like?

    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @05:46AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @05:46AM (#443571)

      I bet you he fancies himself as one of those "small government" types that thinks the government should stay out of our lives.

      The mendacity is remarkably strong in Republicans like him.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 21 2016, @05:05AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 21 2016, @05:05AM (#444215)

        That would make him a hypocrite.
        No one has ever heard of a republican being a hypocrite before.
        This can't be right.

    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by takyon on Tuesday December 20 2016, @06:01AM

      by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Tuesday December 20 2016, @06:01AM (#443573) Journal

      His mistake was naming the bill the "Human Trafficking Prevention Act". If he had named it the "Child Sex Trafficking Prevention Act", only pedophiles could oppose the bill and it would sail through without any challenges.

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    • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @09:11AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @09:11AM (#443641)

      it is just another desperate effort for modern day Puritans to try and push the toothpaste into the tube. Now this time they are trying to emmesh a few weak minds to their ultimate goal by trying to attach it to "it will stop human trafficking!" argument.

      we won our "independence", but Britain got rid of the Puritans...

  • (Score: 1) by charon on Tuesday December 20 2016, @05:43AM

    by charon (5660) on Tuesday December 20 2016, @05:43AM (#443569)
    Next week: "disable porn filter" becomes highest ranked Google search term of all time.
    • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @07:09AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @07:09AM (#443591)

      Followed by a widely reposted blog post written by a horny teenager describing exactly how she disabled the porn filter so she could look at pics of hard cocks.

    • (Score: 2) by richtopia on Tuesday December 20 2016, @04:57PM

      by richtopia (3160) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday December 20 2016, @04:57PM (#443881) Homepage Journal

      False: this filter would be great.

      "It isn't porn, I have the filter on. These two naked chicks I found elsewhere on the internet clearly are not filming pornography!"

  • (Score: 4, Funny) by Azuma Hazuki on Tuesday December 20 2016, @06:56AM

    by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Tuesday December 20 2016, @06:56AM (#443586) Journal

    This is what we refer to as a "sin tax error." Best of luck to you, Chumpley. And I'd love to see what kind of deviant shit YOU spank your crank to.

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    • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @07:01AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @07:01AM (#443587)

      Probably the worst kind, pics of Aristarchus' mother being fucked by both donkeys and dogs.

      Truly nasty stuff.

      • (Score: 2, Troll) by Runaway1956 on Tuesday December 20 2016, @07:23AM

        by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday December 20 2016, @07:23AM (#443598) Homepage Journal

        Just so everyone knows - I didn't write that about Aristarchus mother. But, I'm laughing my ass off. Dogs too, huh?

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        • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @07:26AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @07:26AM (#443599)

          I thought the dogs were fucking the donkeys to keep the donkeys from getting bored of fucking Aristarchus mother.

          • (Score: 2, Troll) by Runaway1956 on Tuesday December 20 2016, @07:40AM

            by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday December 20 2016, @07:40AM (#443603) Homepage Journal

            Now, just stop that. I'm sure that Aristarchus has a real mother. She might even be a nice lady. I doubt it, but maybe she is. I mean - I have three sons, and they are all very different. You can't judge me by my sons - one of them is a lot smarter than I am, and the other two - well - they are different. Just stop picking on Aristarchus mom.

            Unless you can share the videos, anyway.

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            • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @11:36AM

              by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @11:36AM (#443696)

              With a child like Aristarchus, you can be sure that she's the kind of mother that enjoyed drinking rubbing alcohol and sniffing glue between sessions of anonymous sex with random barnyard animals.

              • (Score: 3, Funny) by tangomargarine on Tuesday December 20 2016, @03:08PM

                by tangomargarine (667) on Tuesday December 20 2016, @03:08PM (#443812)

                Hey, ancient Greece was a different time.

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            • (Score: 2) by tangomargarine on Wednesday December 21 2016, @02:48PM

              by tangomargarine (667) on Wednesday December 21 2016, @02:48PM (#444316)

              Rather interesting how the ACs' posts in this thread are all at +2 but somehow yours are at 0.

              People get so butthurt on this site these days. Too many vendettas :P

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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @05:02PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @05:02PM (#443885)

          So you are saying you aren't smart enough come up with it, but you approve of it anyway.

          > Just so everyone knows

          Gee. Thanks for letting us know! It was important.

          • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Tuesday December 20 2016, @05:55PM

            by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday December 20 2016, @05:55PM (#443927) Homepage Journal

            I'm saying that I didn't cause his butt-hurt, but I'll laugh when people give him some more butt-hurt. And, WTF did you come from? Yo mama jokes have been around for as long as there have been mamas.

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            • (Score: 2) by darnkitten on Tuesday December 20 2016, @06:39PM

              by darnkitten (1912) on Tuesday December 20 2016, @06:39PM (#443956)

              I heard a Victorian one on the BBC the other day:

              Young Man: My friend, I see that your collar is unpressed today. Why is that?
              His Friend: Why, your mother did not send out the laundry today!

  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by meustrus on Tuesday December 20 2016, @07:20AM

    by meustrus (4961) on Tuesday December 20 2016, @07:20AM (#443596)

    One would hope that crossing this terrible threshold would at least be done in the name of security. What about stopping terrorists? Make them install "terrorism filters". They'll work about as well. But no, instead of taking massive liberties from its citizens in the name of security, it is in the name of moral paternalism. Gee, thanks red states.

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    • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @07:50AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @07:50AM (#443604)

      Trafficking is terrorism. The #1 funding source for terror is human trafficking. The #1 funding source for terror is also drugs. The #1 funding source for terror is...

      • (Score: 4, Informative) by FatPhil on Tuesday December 20 2016, @08:24AM

        by FatPhil (863) <pc-soylentNO@SPAMasdf.fi> on Tuesday December 20 2016, @08:24AM (#443616) Homepage
        ... republican foreign policy (as also performed by democrats).
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        • (Score: 3, Interesting) by q.kontinuum on Tuesday December 20 2016, @12:02PM

          by q.kontinuum (532) on Tuesday December 20 2016, @12:02PM (#443705) Journal

          ... which is again funded by drugs [wikipedia.org]. q.e.d.

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      • (Score: 2) by meustrus on Wednesday December 21 2016, @08:12PM

        by meustrus (4961) on Wednesday December 21 2016, @08:12PM (#444436)

        It would be better if this was about child porn, too. But it isn't. It's about the tax-paying pornography industry. Which also suggests an obvious actor to oppose this at the federal level (besides computer manufacturers, privacy advocates, security advocates, and anti-government types) would be other states with porn industries.

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @11:46AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @11:46AM (#443701)

    And this, dear readers, is the outcome when one elects religious zealots to political office.

    • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Tuesday December 20 2016, @12:46PM

      by Phoenix666 (552) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday December 20 2016, @12:46PM (#443728) Journal

      I suppose you're referring to Pence, but Trump never struck me as such. The latter is who people voted for, not the former. I rather suspect that Pence will be stuffed in a closet quickly and forgotten, as most vice presidents historically have been.

      There may be other excesses coming out of this administration, but religious zealotry is not one I'd bet on.

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      • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @07:09PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @07:09PM (#443981)

        I suppose you're referring to Pence,

        Given that this was proposed by a South Carolina politician, why would you jump to "Pence" instead of the blindingly obvious outcome of referring to the South Carolina politician himself?

        I.e., the "politician" being referred to as a "religious zealot" is the South Carolina religious zealot politician that proposed this thing

    • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @12:53PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @12:53PM (#443734)

      If they are going to filter porn and prostitution, they should also filter all religious stuff as well since that is the main source of child molestation.

      • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @01:34PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @01:34PM (#443752)

        +1 Agree. We should ban all religions as that is the how terrorisum starts

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @07:09PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @07:09PM (#443979)

        they should also filter all religious stuff as well since that is the main source of child molestation

        Found the Catholic!

        • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Tuesday December 20 2016, @08:11PM

          by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Tuesday December 20 2016, @08:11PM (#444008) Journal

          No, you didn't. No Catholic would admit to it. You maaaay have found the Lutheran though...

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  • (Score: 2) by Chromium_One on Tuesday December 20 2016, @06:10PM

    by Chromium_One (4574) on Tuesday December 20 2016, @06:10PM (#443942)

    Just gonna drop this here and back away slowly. (NSFW, eh)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4T4l6WluKXk [youtube.com]

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  • (Score: 2) by urza9814 on Tuesday December 20 2016, @10:05PM

    by urza9814 (3954) on Tuesday December 20 2016, @10:05PM (#444072) Journal

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  • (Score: 2) by MichaelDavidCrawford on Wednesday December 21 2016, @01:56AM

    by MichaelDavidCrawford (2339) Subscriber Badge <mdcrawford@gmail.com> on Wednesday December 21 2016, @01:56AM (#444167) Homepage Journal

    $ du -s Videos/
    101782504 Videos/

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