Forgot your password?
United Kingdom

Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK 325

Posted by timothy
from the we-know-what-you-were-thinking dept.
An anonymous reader writes with this news from the UK, as reported by Ars Technica: A 39-year-old UK man has been convicted of possessing illegal cartoon drawings of young girls exposing themselves in school uniforms and engaging in sex acts. The case is believed to be the UK's first prosecution of illegal manga and anime images. Local media said that Robul Hoque was sentenced last week to nine months' imprisonment, though the sentence is suspended so long as the defendant does not break the law again. Police seized Hoque's computer in 2012 and said they found nearly 400 such images on it, none of which depicted real people but were illegal nonetheless because of their similarity to child pornography. Hoque was initially charged with 20 counts of illegal possession but eventually pled guilty to just 10 counts.

Comment: Saganesque Space Dub (Score 3, Interesting) 263

by Scottingham (#48105701) Attached to: Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana
I'm in a group that takes his philosophy of science...and marijauana...and spreads it via some pretty spaced out electronic music.

We're called the Sagan Youth Boys. Check us out on Soundcloud for a taste.

Our 2nd album is coming out in a few months that'll be a hard sci-fi concept album based on a manned mission to Enceladus.

/shameless plug

Comment: Re:Automation is the future (Score 5, Interesting) 236

by Scottingham (#48102633) Attached to: Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated
I have little doubt that computers will be able to drive big-rig trucks not too far into the future. All of the examples you gave sounds like it would be better handled by a capable computer. Split second? How about sub-millisecond? Multiple events happening at once? Humans are notoriously bad at doing that. Hardware glitch? Like sleep deprivation?

Ever see that Volvo ad of two semi's going in reverse at 40+MPH and staying within 3 feet of each other? Do you think people could do that?

Of course, we aren't there yet. It will happen though, and highway safety will improve.

Comment: VeloCopter (Score 1) 151

by Scottingham (#48083981) Attached to: The flying car I'd like in my garage first:
I'd put the VeloCopter at the top of the list.

While not quite as efficient as a helicopter, it is orders of magnitude simpler to build, maintain, and is way safer (a few rotors could go out and you'd still be able to land okay). Right now it is fully electric (Quiet!) but they have plans to put in an in-series rotary generator to extend its range.

Possessions increase to fill the space available for their storage. -- Ryan