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Last year we took the mickey out of Unix guru Ray Anderson's new career selling computer games. Now however the shameless hussy mails us intimating he's selling dirty pictures as well.

The usual stuff - porn the great enabler, mobile phone networks need to find ways to make money out of GPRS, people will pay for filth delivered to mobile phones, and we are merely the carrier/enabling mechanism, not the content. Nope, he didn't say any of that, he just sent us a link to the discussion thread.

The Thread of Shame, which we fear is occupied by people who should really be spending their time developing Symbian software, explains that the Daily Sport and Sunday Sport (overseas readers - these are British newspapers, but only sort of) are currently testing delivery of pictures of their famous Page Three Girls to mobile phones, and are offering a £1 credit for first time users to try it out.

We'll explain how it works, but be warned, if you follow the instructions you stand at least a chance of seeing something that may frighten the horses. If your eyesight's better than The Register's, that is - pig's trotter? Parsnip? What's that round thing next to her feet?

The site in question is http://wap.dailysport.net, but that will only give you instructions on how to access it via a mobile phone and Bango number. Ray's company, Bango.net, provides a service that makes it easier to browse via mobile phone by use of Bango numbers, OK?

If you've got a Bango link set up already, you enter the number of the site, which in this case (you've already been warned) is 321456. If you haven't, then point your phone's browser at http://bango.net and enter the number there.

Our eyesight isn't up to determing whether this is legal or not, but as Jordan is elsewhere alleged to be planning a webcast of the birth of her child, we shudder to think what else she might do on a Nokia 7650. And we reckon we've a fairly shrewd idea of what the politicians are going to say when they twig that the mobile phone networks are facilitating access to porn on mobile phones. What steps are they taking to protect children from it? (Dunno, actually - what steps are they taking?)

The Thread of Shame, however, leads us to believe that Ray's onto a moneyspinner here, at least for as long as the vice squad leaves him at liberty. Here are a couple of snippets:

"Not bad, the Jordan stuff is worth a pound, never seen her chewing the meat before.. if you get me drift.....

"Pretty hardcore, apparently the guy is Dane Bowers, but we don't get to see his face... Well I've spent a fiver! Cheaper than getting them from the Sundays Sports official web site. [El Reg was as ever unaware of this one - aren't we sweet?]

"Wow - cool stuff. I've just burnt through about £15 (company money luckily!) [uh oh...] looking at Daily Sport." Tune in tomorrow for the Parliamentary outcry. ®

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