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BBC Breakfast displays pornographic file

Watching BBC Breakfast this morning, I took a half-hearted interest in the piece on the UK’s Information Commissioner issuing the first Data Protection Act fines. During the explanation that a certain county council had been fined £100,000 for faxing details of a child abuse case to a member of the public, the item of news ran what seemed like a relatively innocuous piece of stock footage showing various file names contained within a temporary directory on some form of server or workstation. See if you can tell which ones originally caught my eye: (Excuse the quality, Mobile phone recordings of a playing television aren’t usually that great!)

Gave up on YouTube so have chucked it on Vimeo instead!

As a long time fan of The Pythons (Chapman, Cleese, Gilliam, Idle, Jones, and Palin) I thought it amusing to see a bunch of deleted MP3s which must surely be the Monty Python Sings CD, but it was another file on that page that caught my eye, can you guess which?

BBC Breakfast shows dodgy filenames

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A quick search on Google, for those unfamiliar with the reasonably popular Sybian sex aids, shows exactly what that file is referring to: bailey sybian (Google Search Results for a NSFW phrase)

So, Mr Thompson, whose computer was that footage filmed on? I hope it wasn’t a member of your staff, as the downloading of sexually explicit material on a paid-for-by-taxes computer over a paid-for-by-taxes network by a paid-for-by-taxes employee is surely not the best way to be spending any of the UK’s severely stretched budgets.

[Edit: This would have been live at 0900 GMT if it wasn’t for YouTube taking for EVER to process a 20second video!]