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A new website that has been described as "surreal", "addictive" and "frightening" is proving a sensation around the world — and attracting a reputation as a haven for no-holds-barred, explicit material.
There is no -up, no making, and no ability.
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You simply click a button to allow the site access to your webcam, and it randomly hooks you up to a person anywhere in the world for a chat. And the webcam could be pointing at any part of their anatomy when you do hook up, so be prepared. Parents, keep your children well away from this site! But I don't want to give you a false impression.
Not all the users are nutters - just most of them. The rules of the site are that you must be at least 16 years old and must not engage in pornographic behaviour.
The latter of those two is mostly disregarded. As it is, the exhibitionism is illegal, but impossible to regulate due to all the different jurisdictions involved; so I dread to think what'll happen when a curious pre-teen gets hooked up to a pervert. If something like that happens, the legal case could get more tangled than a pair of iPod headphones 3 seconds after they've gone into your pocket.
Ternovskiy codes the site himself and still runs it from his childhood bedroom in Moscow, assisted by four remote programmers. I don't foresee any other sort of company wanting to associate their brand with the sort of stuff that might pop up though.
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That's the cons covered, anyway. It's not all bad. It is definitely an interesting social experiment. There are up to 35, people on the site at any one time, and the roulette wheel has no opinions on race, creed, background, religion, age, political leanings, etc.
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There are definitely all sorts of people here. In a minute test I clicked 'next' 23 times and got the following :.
The first was - unbelievably - two boys at school, sixth formers by my guess, who asked me to undress. A swift 'next'.
The second was a torso, then a hand which pulled another part of the anatomy into shot. An even swifter 'next'. The first near-conversation I had was with a normal-looking girl in her 20s who asked if I speak French.
Unfortunately, I don't, so that was the end of another chat. Next, a man in his late 20s from Milan lulled me into a false sense of security by chatting nicely before offering to show me 'everythings you want to see'.
As I could already see everything I wanted to see, I politely declined and moved on. Then I had a male body part up on screen, which EdSpace's Henry was also lucky enough to witness as he stopped in for a chat on the way past. These were followed by: a clothed male torso from Washington DC; a young lady who 'nexted' me; another clothed male torso that pulled another non-clothed body part into view to make me move on quickly; the Washington DC torso again; a nice, normal architect from Istanbul chatting from an internet cafe; a torso whose only words were 'hi So, of the 14 people I actually spoke to, 13 of them were men; of those 13 men, 9 were dodgy characters.
The site is more next-gen voyeurism than social networking, so I suggest you stay away unless you like that sort of thing, or are well-prepared to go through a huge of people before you find someone you can actually make conversation with! About the author Azaria Frost came to BCS in mid, ing the Institute as a web editor right in the middle of the exciting transformation period. She originally trained in English and creative writing at university, and is a self-confessed gadgetophile and grammar guru. So, which industry fields can benefit from its use?
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Getting more IT professionals involved with schools will play a vital role in encouraging the next generation of computing practitioners, writes Victoria Temple, Press and Community Engagement Officer at BCS. They explore the demand, usage and evolution of the device. Social media should require users to verify their identities, to combat anonymous racism, homophobia and other abuse targeted at minorities and vulnerable groups, according to a poll of BCS members.
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Under no circumstances should kids be allowed near this site. The test There are definitely all sorts of people here. In a minute test I clicked 'next' 23 times and got the following : The first was - unbelievably - two boys at school, sixth formers by my guess, who asked me to undress.
Two normal-ish blokes next, chatted briefly to one from Greece, the other 'nexted' me. Computing in society.
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