Porn delivery for the technically inept

Much has been written, and many people have become exited over, the governments announcement this week that they will get Google to prevent the delivery of porn images.

A quote from Cameroon in this weeks Daily Bollocks:

‘Companies like Google make their living out of trawling and categorising content on the web so that in a few key-strokes you can find what you’re looking for out of unimaginable amounts of information.

‘Then they sell advertising space to companies, based on your search patterns.

‘It would be like the Post Office helping someone to identify and order the illegal material in the first place – and then sending it onto them, in which case they absolutely would be held responsible for their actions.’

No Mr Cameron, it ain’t. Its like this:

In the dim and distant past, in a time before WWW, people watched porn on video, and bought porn magazines. They purchased these from abroad, or that mailing address (PO Box) somewhere in London/Birmingham etc. Said pornography was then dispatched to purchaser by the Royal Mail. I can’t ever once remember the Post Office being required to check plain brown parcels for porn.
And this is the position of Google or any other search engine. It is purely a delivery system, with the deliverer having no knowledge of the content (other than the server farm and the software running it)

In the next government, whatever flavour we end up with, can we please have people who actually know what they’re talking about. This is not just about technology, but all the other areas of government when a minister will come out and spout absolute bollocks in the hope that at least 50% of the electorate will believe him/her. Or at least employ advisers with extensive knowledge who can them brief the minister accordingly.

I guess until we get away from PR shills and Lawyers running the country, nothing will change. It should be a prerequisite for any would be MP to have spent at least 10 years in a proper job.

Until that day comes, we will have ever-increasing ineptitude in government.

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