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Proposed bill would prevent PCs sold in South Carolina from accessing porn (unless you pay up)

By Shawn Knight · 40 replies
Dec 20, 2016
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  1. Lawmakers in South Carolina have submitted a proposal before the legislature that would require PCs and other Internet-connected devices sold in the state to come pre-installed with pornography-blocking software.

    According to RT, the proposal mandates that device manufacturers install porn blockers on all Internet devices sold in the state to prevent users from viewing obscene content. Failure to comply would result in a fine levied against the manufacturer.

    The proposal, courtesy of Republican State Representative William "Bill" Chumley, gets even sketchier when you consider that manufacturers would be able to opt out of the ban by paying $20 per device sold. Similarly, consumers that prove they’re at least 18 or older could also have the software removed so long as they submit a written request that the filter be disabled, the publication notes.

    Funds generated from the money grab would be used to combat human trafficking.

    The proposal seems a bit far-fetched at first glance but then again, it’s par for the course in the south. Alabama’s Anti-Obscenity Enforcement Act, which was passed in 1998 and stands to this day, makes it a criminal offense to sell adult toys in the state. First-time offenders could face a fine of up to $10,000 and a year behind bars.

    Critically, the proposal doesn’t outline exactly how the adult content filter would work, who would provide and install it or how it would potentially infringe on First Amendment rights. As it sits today, it sounds a lot like ransomware, no?

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  2. "The proposal seems a bit far-fetched at first glance but then again, it’s par for the course in the south. "

    Bro, I'm from the south. This isn't anywhere near "par." It's not even on the same hole.

    But then, yank's gonna yank.
     
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  3. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,754   +1,148

    This is a completely new level for everything we know of... wow, simply wow.
     
  4. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Evangelist Posts: 546   +297

    Well welcome to the dark ages South Carolina. You'd better go get a new laptop before the pass this bill and then all the computer manufacturers stop selling products in your state.

    Gees, South Carolina taking a tip from China I guess here by blocking anything they don't deem okay.
     
  5. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 3,913   +1,156

    Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha - a good laugh - God Bless America...
     
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  6. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,618   +2,353

    If the state wants to include any sort of adult filtering software on PCs sold within the state, that's fine..but disabling it should be a matter of typing in a password provided with the new PC and clicking an "off" toggle. A fair number of citizens (particularly those with underage kids) would probably appreciate free "nannyware", but there should be NO hoops to jump through in order to disable it.
     
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,208   +4,877

    "adult filtering software"

    Hahaha, yeah good luck with that. That's the equivalent to blocking piracy. It will never happen on a 100% effective scale.
     
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  8. TheDreams

    TheDreams TS Evangelist Posts: 631   +68

    That is so stupid, I can't even right now...
     
  9. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,758   +631

    Do you want your kids learning about sex love and etc from shooshtime?
     
  10. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,790   +3,174

    I see that no political party is absent from making bad regulations. Either way I don't see this as being very effective.
     
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  11. UnknownSky

    UnknownSky TS Enthusiast Posts: 43

    A lot of local IT shops in South Carolina just got a huge boost in revenue if this becomes a thing.
     
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  12. PoppaHank

    PoppaHank TS Rookie

    So wouldn't South Carolina then be in the business of reselling porn?
     
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  13. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,789   +393

    LOL
     
  14. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,789   +393

    Porn tax.
     
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  15. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,091   +1,542

    Censorship run amok.
     
  16. mccartercar

    mccartercar TS Booster Posts: 140   +26

    I just don't even. No one has parents in South Carolina, thus the righteous law makers must shield the innocent lambs from the evil of carnal knowledge. Why does this bring me back around to the fact that Trump wants every state to decide whats best for it's people?
     
  17. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,428   +457

    This is not to help anyone its designed to line someones pocket.
     
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  18. Because you're paranoid states will no longer be subject to a centralized authority. Which isn't so much paranoia as it is a legitimate concern for those who value centralized government over state's rights.
     
  19. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,134   +3,559

    Clearly a form of censorship that, no matter how well intended, still violates the 1st Amendment according to the last Supreme Court Ruling on the same subject. Hopefully that state legislation has enough legal minds to avoid appearing as backward as they are being portrayed.
     
  20. turismozilla

    turismozilla TS Addict Posts: 174   +55

    The land of the free :/
     
  21. commanderasus

    commanderasus TS Addict Posts: 225   +98

    Definition of porn: A sex act resulting in many industries that have nothing to do with sex.
     
  22. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,424   +1,425

    Of course, you just have to reformat the PC (which I would do as a matter of course on any PC I buy) to eliminate it... unless of course, they mandate that Microsoft include this anti-porn software into Windows (but only to install in their state!)... Love to see them try that...
     
  23. kenc1101

    kenc1101 TS Member Posts: 21   +22

    You do understand that's the way the Constitution is written right? The powers that are not explicitly defined and granted to the Federal Government are left to the states. The way it should be. Don't like something? Vote them out. Federal Government overreach is why we have so many of the problems we have now.
     
  24. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,424   +1,425

    So despite the fact that the entire nation votes for your federal government, what THEY do is dictatorial and what the individual states do is democratic?
     
  25. kenc1101

    kenc1101 TS Member Posts: 21   +22

    Yes, if the Federal Government is overstepping their Constitutional authority. The Constitution was designed specifically that way. The Constitution grants the the federal Government certain limited powers by design. ObamaCare is a perfect example of the Federal Government overstepping their authority. They do not have the authorized power to create or mandate healthcare for/to anyone. Total abuse of authority. Most powers were meant to be kept as close to the individual as possible.
     
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