* Posts by Amorous Cowherder

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GoDaddy in doghouse over puppy-flogging Super Bowl ad

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Re: So it's okay to...

Right, so no one's allowed to get passionate about something other than you then. It's OK for you to have a good rant at the "bleeding heart liberals" who are pissing you off and you're allowed to feel better about yourself for venting your opinion but it's not OK for them to have a good rant about something they're getting pissed off about?

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Snoopers' Charter amendments withdrawn – FOR NOW ...

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Re: CCTV rant

I believe we have the largest number per capita of any country in the world!

Obesity! Go UK!

Childhood asthma! Go UK!

Teenage pregnancy! We're getting there!

Makes you proud to be a Brit doesn't it?!

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NSA gunning for Google, wants cop-spotting dropped from Waze app

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So what?

I would be glad if I was in trouble and knew exactly where the nearest copper was when I needed them!

Just 'cos good people make things that bad people can use for bad things, does not make said thing a bad thing itself!

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Hoaxer posing as GCHQ boss prank-calls PM Cameron

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Re: Two very different incidents

"handing out of a mobile number, whether classified or not, for any employee, let alone a senior one, is a serious security breach."

From what the story said, the hoaxer called the PM's aides, they put the call through to "Hug-a-hoodie" Cameron. So surely DC needs to give his aides a bloody good bollocking for not checking the call was genuine?

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Re: I reckon that I have something...

You've obviously never watched JET ( also known as Ground Control ) starring Keither Sutherland!

OH GOD IT'S BLOODY AWFUL! The set must have cost about £5 to build/rent out of hours. Sutherland seems to have taken his inspiration from Ted Striker in Airplane! It's shot at night for the external shots which consist of our hero having flashbacks and chain smoking while standing in a stairwell! The interior set must have been about 10 foot square max. The worst bit is the fact that when the plane safely lands it's daylight AND the shots were taken from another movie! Train wreck? It's a full on train-carrying-nuclear-warhead-hitting-a-city wreck!

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LEAKED: Samsung's iPHONE 6 KILLER... the Samsung Galaxy S6

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"64-bit eight-core..."...Jeez that's some scary-arse hardware to make a phone call and send a text message!

( Mines the one with the Nokia 3310 in the pocket! )

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Wizard of Oz OFFICIALLY 'most significant movie' EVER, says PNAS

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If references were the metric where's a Bond film? Every spoof spy movie references Bond, especially Connery's tenure in the role.

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'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

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A good idea, some of us were not born with dainty little pinkies but chipolata digits and while modern technology works for us, intricate adjustments on a touch screen is not one of them!

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Buggy? Angry? LET IT ALL OUT says Linus Torvalds

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Re: Middle finger

It's funny OK? It's a little joke to make the man seem less like a God to some or a demon to others, but to make his public persona more like what he is, a human being with all the frailties that come with it.

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Re: As far as I can see...

Exactly! I've run groups of volunteers and the biggest problem is getting a solid commitment. Most people here would have been managed in a work environment, there you have to do the job so everyone is already committed to the project as payday is reliant on you pulling your weight.

With volunteers, people will happily say they will commit but then when you push them a little to get done what they promised, they suddenly have 50 other things to get done! If you get a commitment from someone then a promise is a promise and it needs to be seen through unless circumstances are so bad that it's impossible.

I can't imagine what it's like to be in charge of such an important piece of code like the Linux Kernel and ensure all the egos are held in check and everyone is doing what they said they would to the best of their ability. Like herding a swarm of locust using a tea strainer!

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"Tough at the top"

Have you ever run a club or a group? Takes a lot of "herding cats" type work and sometimes you have to just get everyone in line, that takes a bit of gentle goading and other times a lot of shouting. Yes I agree, there is no need to be rude or obnoxious about being in charge but when you're dealing a huge number of egos and they all want to get one up on each other including you. sometimes people need to be slapped back into line. Sorry but the world is not all happy and fluffy 'cos it's full of people and sometimes people can be arseholes to one another.

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Rusty Russell ?

Sounds like the name of a 1970's prog rock band drummer.

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Hollywood vs hackers: Vulture cracks Tinseltown keyboard cornballs

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Oh come on, you missed the best one!!!

Jurassic Park? 11 year old girlie shouts, "This is UNIX! I know this!". She then proceeds to flash up lots of terminal windows an old SGI box and restart the entire park from a single terminal.

Come on, it's a classic hollywood "plot-a-matic"(*) moment!

(* It's a special add-on for Word/Pages that only Hollywood hacks are allowed to download. When they need an IT scene in a movie, this clever little app produces a script to cover the load of old tosh about "OVERRIDE PASSWORD" and hacking for the main script! )

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Get coding or you'll bounce email from new dot-thing domains

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Re: Sysadmins touching the code?

Left "TURNING" or Right "TURNING"?

Perhaps you need to spend time recoding that grammar/dictionary checking app on your browser?

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Sony hack was good news for INSURERS and INVESTORS

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So it uncovered what most of us already knew, that people are people. They bicker, fight and do stupid things such as talk about each other. I bet if you crack open any company's Exchange server you'll find more less similar prattling in the reams of emails, people passing on rubbish to each other, it's the secrets and tittle-tattle that binds groups together.

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Kim Jong-Un shoot-em-up Glorious Leader! yanked

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Re: FTFY

Even more surprised when you learn how many IT people lose important business data 'cos backups weren't checked!

"It's not a backup unless it can be restored."

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Grand Theft Auto 1997: 'Sick, deluded and beneath contempt'

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Voodoo 2/3DFX support!

Jeez, memories! I actually went out and bought a Voodoo 2 card so I could play this with enhanced 3DFX graphics!

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DANGER: Is that 'hot babe' on Skype a sextortionist?

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For the love of all that's precious!

How fecking stupid do you have to be to do something rude in front of someone else you've never met AND ON FECKING VIDEO CAMERA to boot?!?! Jesus wept....

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Checkmate, GoDaddy – Google starts flogging dot-word domain names

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Anyone know if Google will take over existing renewals? I have 6 domains and I get tapped for £20/year for each of those, I'd love to pay £10/year to renew mine.

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UNDER A VEST: Man cuffed for smuggling 94 iPhones strapped to his body

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They probably first noticed the bulge from the big set over his nethers!

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iPhone addiction will RUIN YOUR LIFE – if only that were true

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The battery died ( after a nasty shower last week ) I've been without a mobile phone for 5 days now while I wait for the battery, first 2 days were bad ( head-twisting babies on the ceiling bad! ) but now I'm quite calm and can't say I miss it. I miss listening to my MP3s but knowing I would have no phone for the commute I grabbed a book from the shelf before I left home and did something a little more intelligent than the 1000 yard stare.

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Bloke in Belgium tries to trademark Je Suis Charlie slogan

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Re: Interesting graphic

"...you ignorant oink."?

It's OIK, not OINK you ignorant oik!

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

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Re: I must be old

What about the rest of us old timers who can still remember installing the early version of Excel with "Windows 286 Runtime" on a 286 PC from 5 1/4" floppies! I'm only in my 40's!!

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Peers warn against rushing 'enhanced' DATA SLURP powers through Parliament

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What a politician says and what a politician does are very, very rarely one and the same.

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IBM ushers in BIGGEST EVER re-org for the cloud era, say insiders

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Ermmm...

Why is Honor Blackman shown in the lead pic on this article?!

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French Google fund to pay for 1 million print run of Charlie Hebdo next week

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"I may not agree with you or what you say but I will defend your right to say it."

No it supports the free and democratic right to take the piss out of anyone for satirical purposes, regardless of race, creed or belief.

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20 years on: The satirist's satirist Peter Cook remembered

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Born a little too late to really appreciate Cook my first recollection of seeing him was in the Comic Strip's "Mr Jolly Lives Next Door", Cook playing the psychotic murder/assassin of the title.

I think a lot of people must have really appreciated Cook's talent, even the so-called at the time, alternative comedians of the Comic Strip obviously thought a lot of his comedic talent to ask him to take on a title role in one of their plays.

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Lube company merger receiving second 'in-depth' probe

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Re: Real concerns

KY is water based not oil based, that's why it's suitable for use on latex such as johnnies.

Does anyone use the term "dunkies" for 'em anymore? Just curious.

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Tesco preps for Big Data Engine dump: Laters, Clubcard dev

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The pair that dreamt Dunnhumby up and flogged it to TESCO are laughing all the way to the bank!

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Boffins open 'space travel bureau': Come relax on exoplanet Kepler-16b, says NASA

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It's good to see the creative and artistic side of science, we don't get to see it enough.

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It's 2015 and ATMs don't know when a daughterboard is breaking them

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Or the money ( or said crim ) get sprayed with indelible dye!

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Re: It's hard to feel sorry for the victims

You realise any losses the bank incurs are recouped one way or another through you being a customer?Something as simple as creaming off a small percentage from the interest they earn from your deposits, interest that should in your pocket. Just keep the interest rate down enough on the accounts so when they do incur some stupid fine or loses from dodgy equipment like ATMs, they'll just cream it off what they'd pay their customers.

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Re: First rule

The same "Braclay's" that in 2015 still insist you fill in a paying in slip for any amount or type of deposit! The same "Braclay's" that bought Woolwich, a typical building society that let you walk in and simply deposit money using your bank card well over 15 years ago!

Consistency in service and customer ease-of-use, yeah we've heard of them.

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YES, we need TWO MEELLION ORACLE licences - DEFRA

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Re: They get you coming and going

VM licensing is usually factor-based on core of host. Run Oracle RDBMS on VMs and it's usually something lower like 0.75/core ( totals rounded up to nearest whole number of course! )

No matter how you try to play them, they have a huge team of auditors and lawyers who will plug any loophole you try to find, then baffle you with the license calcs. Woe betide anyone who goes through a severe Oracle license audit, trust me the "Spanish Inquisition" would be a better experience!

Hardly surprising they're being trounced by SQL Server for new installations in a lot of companies. Been working with Oracle since 1995 but Oracle are not helping their customers and sooner or later they will need some when they will find out they don't have many left.

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FREE EBOOKS: Apple falls into line with EU refund laws

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"a lot of people can finish an ebook in two weeks, given a long enough commute into work."

Yes but if you keep "renting" books surely they're going to have something pull up for it, after the first half-dozen times you do it in a row!

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I'm sooooo green: The Beginner's Guide to Krautrock

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I remember as a spotty 13 year old sod someone I met suggested I seek out Tangerine Dream and Einstürzende Neubauten. I know EN are not technically part of the original Krautrock movement but discovering those two bands really opened my eyes to the fact that music is not all 4/4 verse/chorus/verse/chorus. Led me to seek out more Krautrock even to this day I still like to source all sorts of bizarre music from all over the world.

Back in the day it got me a fair amount of verbal from idiots at school for being one of those weird kids, so what?! At least I grew up with an open mind for music, as did my parents who had to put up with me playing it!

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Saudi Arabia hires 'ethical hackers' to silence smut slingers

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I believe that's one of the perks the ultra rich young Saudi lads and ladies get to enjoy. The minute they touch down in Blighty during their Summer holidays, they offload their £600k sports cars and they get to enjoy all the perks the decadent West has to offer for a few months.

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Stale pizza, backup BlackBerrys, payroll panic: Sony Pictures mega-hack

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Sounds like a bad case of S.E.P. at work!

(S)omebody (E)lses (P)roblem...

Four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

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UFOs in the '50s skies? CIA admits: 'IT WAS US'

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"I often wondered how the delegates read the maps."

You wicked person!

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Sony-blasting Lizard Squad suspects quizzed by UK and Finnish cops

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The supposed "untouchable" ( and very cocky judging by their TV appearance ) Lizard Squad were quite as untouchable as they thought then!

Kids with a lot of bravado, some obvious talent for coding and way, way too much time to on their hands. Sadly as a young adult you rarely think of tomorrow, you don't always have that firm grasp on the consequences of your actions that comes with age.

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Let it go, let it go ... Sales of games, video and music up for second year

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Re: But...but...but....

They'll have to spin it the other way this time....

"We closed all those nasty torrent sites you naughty boys and girls were using and that's forced people to start paying up as they should have done in the first place!"

Then the figures will plateau at some point and it's back to...

"YOU THIEVING SCUM! WE'RE COMING FOR YOU!!!"

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Brit iPad sellers feel the pain of VAT-free imports

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Also posted as "GIFT" with no manuals or original box, that's another rouse to kit from Asia into the UK, it passes under the noses of the customs officers and avoids duty.

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The trick is to declare the item as a "gift" which tricks the customs into not asking for import duty. I've bought stuff from the states, CDs for example and it exceed £30 so I had to pay duty as they were bought direct from the shop with a receipt, stated up front. I've also bought things from Hong Kong that cost hundreds, you get no box and no manuals, simply put into a plain box or bubble wrapped bag and it states "GIFT" on the outside of the package. With no receipt and no proof that it was a full original first-hand purchase customs can't determine whether it should have duty and it gets through.

This is a common trick for buying grey import DSLRs, read the small print in the eBay ad from China and Hong Kong. You get a genuine article OK but it will say something like "no box or manuals included".

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30 years ago today, the first commercial UK 'mobile' phone call was made

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My Dad bought a Motorola "walkie-talkie" mobile around 1986, he paid about £600 for it and it cost a £1.50/min to call anyone.

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Scrooges rejoice! Beancounters find formula for perfect Xmas party

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To bugger up your formula...

Add one child under 10 - Said child will insist, bride, whinge and generally annoy all adults into giving the child ALL the cack prizes from whatever box of naff crackers you bought this year.

For even more fun...

Bring 2 children under 10 into the mix - 2 children will fight over the shite toys that fell from crackers and in general cause all adults to moan and shout and finally confiscate shite toys so that, "If that's the way it's going to be, I'll bin them all and nobody wins any!"

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TorrentLocker ransomware pestilence plagues Europe, bags $500k

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Re: I don't get it

There are some basic common sense rules that should be printed on a big sheet of hi-vis yellow paper and put into every PC box before it's shipped off to the Apple store and PC World, just to remind every one of us that, "Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom."

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London teen pleads guilty to Spamhaus DDoS

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Re: going down

"When you were 16 (the crime was 18 months ago), did you possess the executive functions to properly assess the consequences of your actions?"

Nope and while I might have done some bloody stupid petty crimes and vandalism, I didn't try to nick a lorry and clog up the M1 motorway!! That's basically what this kid was doing, trying to take a piece of infrastructure offline. This little prat knew what he was doing, he knew that he was technically trying to bring down an organisations infrastructure or the public facing part of it. Even when I was vandalising stuff as a spotty little bastard 25 years ago, I knew it was wrong. I knew I'd get nicked by the Police if I got caught and I knew I'd most likely end up in court and fined. My parents would have gone fecking ape-shit if they knew some of the stupid stuff I did as a kid but I don't deny that I knew what I was doing and I knew it was against the law. I grew up after a while when I knew that sooner or later my luck would run out and I would screw up my chances of staying at college and certainly screw up getting a job afterwards.

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NY premiere of The Interview cancelled after hackers' terrorist threats

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Looks like the terrorists are winning again

They simply needed to install a sense of fear and their work is done. Every time we run and hide, they win another psychological battle and our own government confirms that we are docile and easily swayed by rumours and idle threats.

The thought I have about all this, what about Team America? That film took the piss out of the NORK lad's Dad and no one got so upitty about that.

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Twitter co-founder: 'I don’t give a SHIT if Instagram has more people looking at pretty pics'

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If you have a purpose then they can be useful tools. I know photographers who have managed to use "Instagrab" as a way to generate interest from their mobile phone snapshots, to get their main photography businesses off the ground and stay running. However they are not "lifestyles" as some people seem to think, these places are tools used by "tools". You get used by these sites, your data gets crawled over and analyzed to death, but if you're a little smart you can use them for your own advantage and get something useful back.

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USED or SET UP?

My Missus has a an Instagram account just to keep an eye on our what our daughter is doing, but my Missus has no interest in posting.

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