At first glance the news story headline from [URL="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/7740500/Britons-spend-more-web-time-reading-news-than-looking-at-pornography.html"]The Telegraph[/URL] was rather comforting: Britons spend more web time reading news than looking at pornography. That's one big finger flipped up in the face of all those who decry the Internet as being a cesspool of depravity and the people who use it as bereft of a moral compass. However, when you read behind the headline things do not look quite so clear cut. The story came about as a result of [URL="http://www.ukom.uk.net/News/487947/ukom_reveals_the_changing_way_in_which_britons_spend_their_time_online.html"]research[/URL] published by the United Kingdom Online Measurement Company (UKOM) which suggested that the proportion of time that the …

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British Telecom has announced that it is ahead of schedule for superfast broadband* and will deliver it in time for the [URL="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8424401.stm"]Olympic Games in London[/URL]. It's less good that only 40 per cent of customers will be able to get at the service but then the Internet was ever thus. What's really interesting to me is that people still talk about the speed rather than what it can do when they're announcing these services. It's possibly the single least useful thing network providers actually do. According to my ISM I have an 8 meg service. No laughing at the back. …

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Generally speaking I would not recommend reading a newspaper in the hot tub. If that hot tub happens to be of the spa-jet variety then that only makes it worse. If the newspaper is a rare item from the 19th century then surely only a fool would consider it. Yet this weekend I have been doing just that, reading an 1815 newspaper in the hot tub with all the jets massaging my body to bits but without destroying the delicate document. How so? The wonders of the Internet of course. Specifically the wonder that is the new online archive of …

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Virgin Media has released the results of research carried out into just how much the British actually understand the Internet, and those results show that on the whole the nation is pretty much baffled by broadband. The study, which quizzed more than 3000 internet users, discovered that broadband jargon confuses many and the rest are just as puzzled by security issues and Internet speeds. Of course, and can call me cynical if you like, but the fact that this research has been published alongside an announcement that Virgin Media is to start opening a number of [URL="http://www.virginmedia.com/better"]broadband schools[/URL], initially targeting …

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Under new a new law adopted in the UK, the British police are now permitted to access data stored on home computers without benefit of a search warrant. Worse yet, officers are allowed to hack into computers remotely without notifying its owner. Even though officials say these methods would only be used in extreme circumstances, civil rights groups are understandably agitated. According to the [URL="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article5439604.ece"]Times Online[/URL], "Under the Brussels edict, police across the EU have been given the green light to expand the implementation of a rarely used power involving warrantless intrusive surveillance of private property. The strategy will allow …

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The End.