booze
Lancaster Uni Plans Spot Fines for Drunk Students

There's a sense of unease among student drinkers at Lancaster University's Lonsdale College, where university bosses have announced plans for a £200 spot fine for drunkenness along with a £250 fine for being seen buying a drink for someone who's clearly already a bit far gone. Read More >>

cars
DVLA Updates Banned Sweary Number Plate List for 2014 Idiot Season

The annual roll over of the car number plate system has thrown up some exciting new ways for people to spell out swear words, with the 14 plate designation meaning the likes of SH14 TTY and SP14 STK now find themselves on the DVLA's banned registrations list. Read More >>

piracy
21 New Sites of Shame Added to BPI's UK ISP Piracy Blockade

If you get your music from suspiciously-named sites like eMp3World and Mp3Raid you're about to find yourself out of luck, as these -- and 19 other music download sites -- are about to hit the BPI's Pirate Bay lockdown list and disappear for good. Read More >>

crime
Planned Prison Smoking Ban May Cause Mass Riots

Concerns over staff suing the prison service due to the effects of passive smoking may lead to a full ban on smoking in English and Welsh prisons from 2015, with a pilot ban set to start in early 2014. Read More >>

health
Pretend Cigarettes Banned From More UK Trains and Stations

Those delicious meat-flavoured e-cigarettes are quickly making new enemies in the UK, with the smokeless nicotine machines finding themselves banned from an increasing number of public places. Our rail stations are quickly stubbing them out. Read More >>

porn
Fifty Shades of Grey and Page 3 Aren't Porn, Says Confused PM

Bonkers housewife smut epic Fifty Shades of Grey and the everyman soft pornography of The Sun's Page 3 ought to be safe from Cameron's war on internet porn, as the PM went into a little more detail on what will and won't be deemed offensive once his anti-porn police state plan goes live next year. Read More >>

piracy
Two More UK Torrent Sites About to Hit the Ban List

Another pair of UK-based film and TV torrent sites have been added to the Pirate Bay-led ban list, with the ISPs said to have been ordered to block access to EZTV and YIFY-Torrents. Read More >>

advertising
ASA: Renault's Slow-Motion Bouncing Boobs Advert "Objectifies" Women

A rather artistic advert for the Renault Clio has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority, after viewers complained that its bra-wearing burlesque dancers were a bit on the sexist side and were guilty of throwing television advertising back to the 1970s. Read More >>

piracy
UK ISPs Now Secretly Blocking Pirate Bay Proxies Without Court Approval

The official public list of blacklisted torrent sites is rather short, but it would appear to be secretly growing thanks to ISPs adding some Pirate Bay proxy sites to the banned list without being forced to do so by the courts. Read More >>

htc
Nokia's Attempt to Block HTC One Sales Has Failed, For Now

Nokia's spat with HTC over microphones thankfully won't affect sales of the awesome One for the time being. HTC's apparently free to use the HDR microphones it bought from STM electronics and to continue to sell HTC Ones with them already in until further notice, which is good, because HTC really needs the One to do well. Read More >>

twitter
MP Wants "Criminal" Twitter Banned

Bonkers MP Gerorge Galloway has tabled a motion that would see Twitter banned in the UK, claiming the US-centric social site is "used for a variety of criminal activities including sending malicious communications." Read More >>

porn
EU Parliament Totally Into Porn -- No Ban For Now

The European Parliament has decided against introducing any continent-wide blanket ban on internet porn, as a last-minute change in wording removed controversial porn outlawing concepts from gender equality legislation. Read More >>

apps
TVCatchup Does Break Copyright Rules -- Will Have to Ditch Channels to Continue

The ongoing legal case between some of the UK's big ad-funded TV networks and streaming site TVCatchup has come its latest conclusion, with the European court of Justice ruling that any streaming services must get permission from the original broadcaster to redistribute their feeds. And that's very unlikely to be granted. Read More >>

piracy
Three More Torrent Sites Added to UK's ISP Blockade of Shame

The High Court has ordered our ISPs to start auto-blocking three more sites linked with piracy, as a new batch of torrent providers are made to sit with The Pirate Bay on the inaccessible step. Read More >>

gaming
Sony Doesn't Know Whether its PS4 Will Play Used Games or Not

As well as not really knowing when it's going to come out in most bits of the world, Sony also seems to be unsure of how to answer the tricky question of whether PS4 contains any form of system to block the playing and installation of pre-owned games. Read More >>

porn
Murdoch Hints at Imminent Death of the Sun's Page 3 Stunner

The lighthearted and/or massively sexist tradition of the Page 3 Girl might finally be on the way out, with octogenarian Twitter nutcase Rupert Murdoch claiming he's "considering" issuing the order to have his girls put them away for good. Read More >>

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