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All ABOARD! Furious Facebook bus drivers join Teamsters union

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@ AC: Re: Teamsters

"To me (in the UK) the name mainly conjures up links to organised crime"

Yup, same crowd, however, it's usually the union management and their thugs that pretend to work amongst the rank & file workers. I have a of friends who are Teamsters and they are some of the most honest, hard working folks I know. But they're just truck drivers. They're only mixed up with the union because they don't have a choice (it's either join or else... Accidents do happen to independents who don't have the protection of the union).

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@ Big_D

In the bay area it's ungodly expensive. Where I live (great lakes region) the bay area is at least 5 or 6 times more expensive.

That being said, they don't have to stay there. There are countless jobs elsewhere that pay more and in areas that have a much lower cost of living.

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YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins

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@ AC: Re: @Lee

..."My BOFH decided he wanted to ban internal FTP...."

I guess I'm lucky because both Security and myself decide on the policies that will be implemented on our network. As for the "It's my network" argument. I view it as a stewardship. It's ours to care for while we're there, but it never belongs to us. Quite honestly, if it were my network and I had a fraction of their money, I would have purchased the RIGHT equipment the first time, before something blows up and causing a system wide domino effect type of outage. But that's not the case so I will manage and care for the equipment I'm responsible for, the best I can.

I am responsible for the firewalls, the content filters and proxies for my employer. They have the expectations that the equipment will as close to every time, all the time, as possible. Since my performance review is on the line, plus pride in the level and quality of services I provide, I take it damn personally when a piece of equipment fails because of hardware or software problems.So much so that I look like a doting parent taking care of deranged child... That has a few extra arms, heads kidneys and maybe a multiple personality or two...

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The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

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But

Would it be ground shattering enough to get nokia back into the lime light? I hope because I really liked their products, before the decline.

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Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work

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Days like this

I truly do love my next gen firewalls and their ability to filter fb and their crap. I get almost 200 emails a day requesting access to fb, twitter, etc., and my usual reply is: Ask your supervisor, manager or VP. If they say yes (which nobody has yet) then I'll consider opening it. However, you must realize that just because you have access to these sites at home doesn't mean you're going to be able to get access to them in the office. Especially, when their sole purpose in life is to monitor your every move, on whatever computer you're on, and glean browsing history/intel from that. Occasionally someone gets pissy with me and I simply remind them that as much as I wish otherwise, the office isn't a democracy. Computer usage policies have been created to protect the company from losing sensitive data AND to keep people from generating a hostile work environment, by watching porn or something else that others might find objectionable.

I further find it quite humorous when people hoping to get by the policies I'm ordered to enforce, by bringing in their own devices, get completely honked off because their only option is to use Citrix. The tantrums people have thrown in my office have been quite epic. But, (and much to my amusement) my hands are tied.

As for FB for work, I'm really puzzled as to what kind of applications will be available to users. Last I checked, farmville & words for friends don't have any business equivalents, so I'm interested in seeing what kind of bullshit the zuck-head uses to justify this new product offering.

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BOFH: An UNHOLY MATCH forged amid the sweet smell of bullsh*t

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Swoons

OK, is it me or am I the only one who finds this female character arousing?

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@ MrDamage Re: "Like money on expensive consultants?" I ask

Sir, that was probably the most brilliant analogy for a consultant I've ever heard. My I use it, please?

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

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Re: It is the Intel/Microsoft netbook 'give then crap' scam all over again

I was just thinking about the XP laptop massacre, back when Walmart sold a bunch of way under powered laptops (crap cpu and maybe 512 Mb RAM) and there were lawsuits all over the place. Yeah, the people got their product cheap, and they should have got what they payed for, but the plaintiff's had a very sympathetic jury... You'd figure that Walmart would have learned.

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@ Christian Re: Hmm, it's small

"The quality of the hardware mostly depends on build quality."

Walmart is hardly the pinnacle of craftsmanship nor quality,,, well... anything.... About all I see this good for is either an expensive clock that can be duct taped to the wall or a lower-mid range digital picture frame, that might be able to shuffle 3 or 4 pictures, before getting bogged down.

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I'd never sully my ammunition with the likes of a pos like this. Every time I think MS has hit rock bottom, some idiot finds a pick ax and keeps on digging.

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Facebook's plain English data policy: WE'LL SELL YOU LIKE A PIG at a fair

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And people..

will still complain about not understand the ToS.

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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Coat

"Windows for Dummies"?

I'll get my coat.

Edit: That was a JOKE!

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MOULDY DICK: France aims to snatch EXPLODING WHALE crown from U.S.

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Re: Sell tickets

I would have call dibs on concessions and barf bags!

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Re: Just paint "Rainbow Warrior" on it...

I dunno about the Rainbow Warrior... In it's day it was a bigger environmental hazard than any dead, bloating whale.

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Tesla, The Wright Brothers, Einstein & George Thomas Thornton

I felt sorry for the poor soul who drew the short straw and had to start hacking at the weak points, in hopes of unceremoniously disarming the whale. I went through a very similar situation, except the event I was party to involved a large bull and a chain saw, most of which I've been able to repress, thanks to my therapist.

However, I feel obligated to point out that if one goes to the video that shows Mr. Thornton's rise to minor deity status, there's one scene, at 2:15 to be exact, where an officer goes into angry mob control mode, and starts warning two senior citizens to disperse. Sad the taser wasn't invented yet... They looked shifty.

While the one circa 1970 will go down in the anals of history, I can't help but think that france got off lucky, as I distinctly recall an incident in Korea (I think) where they were hauling the carcass of a dead whale through a sea side town, to get it to the local university for study. It didn't quite make it, as the truck got stopped at a stop light and shortly after coming to a stop, it detonated. I can't remember if there was a convertible in the right lane, attempting to turn right or if it was a car with all the windows down, but it took the brunt of the blast. As for the rest of the block, it didn't fare much better. I think we as a specie, don't have a very good relationship with large sea mammals. And I think this is their revenge, or Jihad, against humanity. May God have mercy on all of us...

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Chinese coder's got 99 problems and getting hitched is one: Huge iPhone woo plot FAILS

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I would have ditched his ass too

the damn fool payed pretty much full retail for them. In CHINA. I don't care how hot they sell, buying in a quantity like that you should at least get a 10% discount.

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CSC set for ANOTHER re-org but no redundancies involved

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Have to love CSC... So many punchlines...

What's the difference between the Titanic and CSC?

Wait for it...

The Titanic had a band.

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'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

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just wow...

Well, it looks like the NSA has an opening in their legal department...

What a tool

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BIG trouble in Big China: Samsung cops it RIGHT in the wallet

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I'll pass on Chinese CRAP! I was given a Chinese made tablet that was marketed by Best Buy, and it simply sucks. Supposedly it is running Android OS but I'll be damned if it's usable. It's overheated a few times, crashes about every other time I use it, frequent lock ups, a constant need to keep resetting it up. Plus it takes a LONG time to boot. While the inspirational quotes from various world leaders are quite nice, fact is it's a turd dressed up as a tablet.

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Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

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I wonder...

How it would respond to a spirited argument, between two individuals using a lot of obscene language? Or would it call the authorities if it heard a couple (or maybe a loud individual) being intimate?

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Ex-NSA lawyer warns Google, Apple: IMPENETRABLE RIM ruined BlackBerry

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this pisses me off even more

Whatever happened to good old fashioned detective work and obtaining REAL search warrants? Furthermore, who's to say that a government won't abuse the backdoor, once they've been given access? <seething sarcasm> I mean we can all trust them, cant we? </seething sarcasm>

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Home Depot: Someone's WEAK-ASS password SECURITY led to breach

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sorry, but

that's probably going to happen when someone turns over the keys to their security infrastructure, by outsourcing portions of it. outsourcers are forced into unrealistic sla's and implementing policies and security schemes much faster than they should be, and if it's anything like I've seen at some of the large corporations I've worked for, people who haven't been adequately trained are attempting to tune a fairly complex system and hoping that it's all "fire and forget".

Finally, security infrastructures in large enterprises are not something you just turn on and walk away from. They're very high maintenance and they require appropriate levels of staffing, with people who have a clue and aren't manage by a bunch of fucking bean counters.

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REVEALED: Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' - iShop staff

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@ Florida1920 Re: The squeaky wheel gets replaced

There is no "freedom of speech" in the corporate and environments. I've seen people fired immediately for something much more benign than their blog. It's all about perception and maintaining the illusion that everything is just ducky, so people are more inclined to spend.

I did computer retail for about 10 years, back when Apple had an awesome dealer distribution channel and every computer company Apple, IBM, Comaq, et. al, had their own philosophy, when it came to properly marketing their products... Even if it went against what most would view as "good sense".

As for customers being belligerent or the "customer is always right". As someone else already said, they're right as long as they're paying. And while some people will get rude, belligerent, obnoxious and throw tantrums, there's never a reason to be rude or abusive to a customer. Simply show them the door.

I actually had someone take a swing at me because they were extremely frustrated with the computer vendor, so they attempted to take it out on me. I ducked, he missed and I pointed toward the door.. Never screamed, cursed or anything. He came back a week later and apologized.

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Microsoft's TV product placement horror: CNN mistakes Surface tabs for iPAD STANDS

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OMG

I don't know what this sad episode demonstrates: Do people think that little of the Surface; or are the folks at CNN that dumb? God that's funny!

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Microsoft's Bing hopes to bag market share with ... search apps

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I fail to understand

why Microsoft continues to piss away money on a service that either nobody wants, changes immediately after they get their pc's or openly mocks. They really need to decide on which core product lines to focus on and go after them with a vengeance, because they've lost a LOT of momentum because of Ballmer and a lot of, quite frankly, stupid mistakes. Bing being one of many.

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UN: Fossil fuels should be TERMINATED 86 years from now

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Re: It's time to grow a pair

"The real issue is that the environMentals haven't even got a priority list, let alone a plan." Jeffy...

It would also help if there was a bit of compromise from all parties, instead of just lopping off one source of energy for another.

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@ Tapedor Re: TL;DR

I remember reading about how they almost had malaria contained in parts of Africa until some jackass from the US through a fit because they were using DDT, As a result, the US stopped funding certain projects and cut off aid until they stopped using it. I call bullshit on my countrymen. Malaria is a major killer in Africa and imo it's worth the short term risk to get the mosquito's under control.

Basically the same kind of mentality you're describing.

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@ JDX Re: I want to see change in my lifetime. Now.

I have, I'm going with the more or less unrestrained clear cutting and/or burning of the Amazon rain forest. Huge tracts of land have had the rain forest simply stripped away for cattle pastures. I've seen satellite images of where the smoke was visible from space... That's a LOT of smoke. That region of the world has always been referred to as the "lungs of the world", as well as sources of exotic flora, fauna and various types of new medicines. Several thousand acres a day gone; most of which could never be replaced.

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Russians hear Tim Cook is gay, pull dead Steve Jobs' enormous erection

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@ J.R. Hartley

But you got better? Answer me these questions three:

What floats on water?

What also floats on water?

How do we tell if Thatcher was a witch?

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'

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@ Don Re: There are no words...

+1 for a civil and thought provoking reply Don.

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Re: There are no words...

Down votes because I don't give a rip about what is sexual orientation is? Really?

How does Mr. Cooks sexuality play into his role as CEO of Apple?

How is it relevant to him making money for the investors?

How is it relevant to his ability to do his job?

I honestly don't care about his sexual orientation, but that doesn't keep me from buying apple products and bitching about how expensive they are.

While I don't care that much about the down votes, I'm actually a little offended that my indifference to his situation warranted down votes. So, I have to ask... If someone disagrees with the cause de jour, is there an organized effort to slice their tires?

Anywho, I just thought it interesting that the "self proclaimed open minded and all inclusive" crowd are the most intolerant in here.

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There are no words...

in the English language (or any others I can think of) that can adequately describe just how little I care about his sexuality. Nor do I believe this to be a news worthy topic.

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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

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Re: Safer?

That caused me to ponder the simple question: If using both hands, does that classify as a threesome?

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Re: Rubbish science

While I'm sure you're quite proud of your singular abilities, I for one, would like to thank you for requiring me to piss away at least 5K for therapy, because this 'excessive information' will surely wake me up screaming (not in the fun way, I might add) for several months to come.

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sigh

So, instead of my wife telling me how inadequate I am or that I need to paint the ceiling, I could possibly have 19 or 20 more women doing the same thing? I don't know which one I'm more willing to sacrifice. prostrate or my ego...

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Hey, YouTube lovers! How about you pay us, we start paying for STUFF? - Google

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oh heeellll no!

They're already making metric assloads of cash off of us by selling our information to anybody who wants it. As a previous poster so eloquently stated, ain't no freaking way I'm going to pay to watch a hippo fart, commercial free.

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Planning to fly? Pour out your shampoo, toss your scissors, RENAME TERRORIST WI-FI!

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Re: Fakes on a Plane

I gave you a +1, but generally flying unicorns don't kamikaze the tower. Conversely though, all the bad guys have to do is instill the perception of a little fear and they've won, whether anything happens or not. The security guys have to be right 100% of the time or they're accused of either taking a zero tolerance or crying wolf. I see it as a no win situation for the good guys, but we could get a little more spine when it comes to being able to decipher media hype from relatively legitimate threats.

An SSID certainly isn't a threat.

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BAE points electromagnetic projectile at US Army

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Re: the one thing I don't get...

Maybe I'm wrong but I thought Faraday cages were useful when protecting something from electrical energy, but ineffective for magnetic fields.

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Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring

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eh I don't care if it has a 2bbl carb or is efi or whether or not it has ABS. I think the car is damn cool and would love to have one. I'd trade my pickup truck for one in a hot second.

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Voyager 1 now EIGHTEEN LIGHT HOURS from home

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Knowing our luck...

It will crash into some inhabited world, full of beings more advanced than us and they will take that as an act of war.

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Re: New ElReg unit

God speed and good tailwinds, into the unknown.

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FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on

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@ DryBones Re: Freetard redux?

Very well put, but to play the opposing advocate for a moment... Let's take designer purses as an example for a moment... Certainly nobody holds the design of a purse as IP, but those who make high end and very desirable product have a problem with people making duplicates of their fabric patterns as well as their logo. Not necessarily the best correlation to a usb device, but the premise is still the same. What about the drug companies who have their products counterfeited? People flock to mexico to obtain cheap drugs, most of which don't have much, if any, active ingredient, when compared to the original product. Sure, it's 99% cheaper... It looks the same, has the same lot identifiers and has the same logo. Yet when the person takes it, there are ill effects.

Or one I can relate to: I was given a counterfeit 10 dollar bill in change from a purchase. It felt the same, looked identical and to me it looked indistinguishable from a legitimate bill. I took it to the bank to deposit some money, they caught it and not only was I detained until I provided proof that I wasn't a criminal, but my deposit was 10 bucks light.

I could go on with examples but it would only get tedious for all of us. Let the down voting begin.

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Silicon Valley scrooges paid staff $1.21 an hour in a 122-hour week

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Don't get me wrong....

while I'm all for naked capitalism and making as much money as I can, what this firm did is so far beyond unethical & illegal that it turns my stomach. I know executives can be pretty stupid but for a VP of HR forgetting or "over looking"? That bitch needs to be hog tied up and put on ice. And, the federal government needs to get involved and fine the piss out of that company, for human rights violations.

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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Re: Sinofsky

I call foul on Microsoft's touting Windows 8 being the most successful release. What bullshit. The only reason it's done as well as it did is because OEM's were not allowed to ship windows 7. If I had a captive market like that, I certainly wouldn't be proud of the way it was received. I'm glad Sinofsky resigned and hopefully Apple hires him as he will be forever known as one of the key figures in the decline of Microsoft. (along with Balmer and a cast of other idiots)

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GET A ROOM, yells Facebook as it stumbles on IRC, slaps it in an app

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didn't yahoo do something like this 10 or 12 years ago? What about CompuServ?

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Whisper. Explain this 'questionable' behavior – senior US senator

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Whisper ToS

looks like they did a little tweaking of their terms, as the latest rev is dated 13-10-14. Just before the excrement hit the proverbial oscillating unit?

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I dunno

Just about every software developer I know of has an internal focus group & change management system for any and all publicly consumed applications, so unforeseen features and bugs are mitigated. So, for the CEO to say that it all boiled down to the misdoings of one employee is absurd, if not out right comical. That being said, if the programming types implemented such a mechanism, to target and track specific users & IP's AND a mid to high level manager jokes about it, that ability has to be relatively common knowledge within the walls of that company.

His ass and his senior management should be fired immediately and charged with fraud and/or wire tapping. Reason being, they originally billed the product as anonymous, and once they get their fingers caught in the cookie jar, they start back peddling about there being multiple levels of anonymity.

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'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts

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pfft!

unless we're talking realistic death threats, bodily harm or threats to family members, it's sticks n stones, bitches!

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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monkey see, monkey do

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