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FTC: OK Facebook, swallow WhatsApp – but NO selling people's data without permission

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All that juicy data and Zuck can't get to use it the way his shareholders would love him to? Hmmm, let's just see how long it is before...oops, a silly "mistake" is made and the data gets used.

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Why won't you DIE? IBM's S/360 and its legacy at 50

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Re: Come and look at this!

They were bloody good guys from IBM!

I started off working on mainframes around 1989, as graveyard shift "tape monkey" loading tapes for batch jobs. My first solo job was as a Unix admin on a set of RS/6000 boxes, I once blew out the firmware and a test box wouldn't boot. I called out an IBM engineer after I completely "futzed" the box, he came out and spent about 2 hours with me teaching me how to select and load the correct firmware. He then spent another 30 mins checking my production system with me and even left me his phone number so I call him directly if I needed help when I did the production box. I did the prod box with no issues because of the confidence I got and the time he spent with me. Cheers!

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Can you tell a man's intelligence simply by looking at him? Yes

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What an utter crock!

It was only 175 years ago that "scientists" claimed black people were less intelligent simply because their navels were positioned slightly differently from white people's!

I thought we had moved from tin-pot, fag-packet science, obviously not. Next thing they're be telling us astrology actually has some basis in fact!

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Brit game devs WILL get tax relief for, er, EastEnders Game and Legend of Slough

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"It's not YOUR money. It stops being yours as soon as you give it to the friendly folks at HMRC."

Yes but as a voter I'm still entitled to have a say in how the big pot of cash is wasted!

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Re: Boudicca: Total War

Yeah but then the arguments would start about how to pronounce her name! Those of us who were taught to pronounce it "bo-de-sia" or those who say "boo-dee-ka".

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Re: Croydon

Why bother with the game, simply save your money for the number 159 night bus with me on a Friday evening from Oxford Circus!

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Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever

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Re: Other anagrams

Just a few syllables short of a Haiku!

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Re: Head to head

Don't you have a bridge to skulk under somewhere?

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Molyneux: Working at Microsoft is 'like taking antidepressants'

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Creativity relies on pushing yourself to think just a little past the line all the time. If you want to grow you need to be in an environment that will nurture that growth, whether it's software development, painting, photography, making cakes, whateber, when you're challenged you grow and you feel fulfilled. When you have every idea stamped out of you at every turn you begin to wonder if there's any point in being creative. We've all had managers that are just not interested in our ideas. I'm not saying MS is anything like that, I doubt it, they wouldn't be able to keep going if it was. II doubt that every area of MS is creative and some parts are probably very rigid. Some people need more creative freedom than others and in this case it appears Molyneux felt too comfortable and not challenged enough.

We all have to find our muse and our own impetus to push us on.

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ISPs CAN be ordered to police pirates by blocking sites, says ECJ

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Superb!

So next time some talentless scuzzwad steals my photos, butchers them and starts pushing them as their own I can have an entire site blocked? Sorry? You say it's only for big media corps and the little guys can go **** themselves? Oh right, big business as usual looking after itself!

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Life support turned off: NHS Direct dies silent, undignified death

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I don't know it's always a laugh trying to get an appointment ( usually a 2 week wait ) and then telling your GP you looked up your symptoms on the NHS website, then watching him roll his eyes and tut at me!

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Putin and pals dump Apple's iPads for Samsung slabs... over security concerns

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Hmm, it's not like Samsung or Google have ever spied on anyone's data? Then again I suppose it's probably easier for them to engineer their own Android O/S variant.

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BOYCOTT FIREFOX, rage gay devs as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

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Re: right - 'what's wrong with white middle aged males?'

"But on the subject of whipping boys, name me just one time in the last 2000 years of western civilisation where it's been a bad idea to be a straight male. It's a minority that's finally finding out what unfairness feels like."

So it's OK to pick on that group now?! Jesus wept, you need to wake up and then grow up! I am not my father, grandfather or my ancestors I do not share guilt or blame for their actions or attitudes.

Yes I am a hetro, married, white middle-aged male, I choose to be a better person from the lessons of my ancestors. I choose not to use the word "tolerance" of any minority, to me that means putting up with something. I do not "put up with homosexuality" I embrace it as a another facet of a wonderful diverse society I am privileged to live in. I am lucky to have a nephew who is gay, his partner is a superb bloke who everyone in our family loves like a brother and has made one of family very happy. That is the most important thing to us, that one of our own is happy and free to express themselves with their choices and feel love and support of their kin.

Do NOT tar everyone with your one-size fits all brush of discrimination, as it makes you no better than the bigots you protest against!

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Apple vows to add racially diverse EMOJIS after MILEY CYRUS TWITTER outrage

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The Simpsons?

Yellow faces don't seemed to have harmed Groening's TV show popularity?

Millions starving around the world, child abuse, sex slavery, etc and the West has it priorities bang-on when it starts using state of the art technology to argue about little yellow faces! FFS!

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Stop skiving: Computers can SEE THROUGH your FAKE PAIN

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Ah the old "I need a day off to sit and watch a Deadwood marathon, so I'll pull the the 'choke'n'croak' phone call on the HR dept." ploy!

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ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

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Effective?!

Oh sure they are, so all we do now is simply append the word "proxy" to any dodgy sites we might still need to look at, all in the name of educational research you understand!

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Android update process gives malware a leg-up to evil: Indiana U

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While I appreciate you are making a joke, I bet the PR bods at Apple have had a nice start to the week with news like this.

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'Arrogant' Snowden putting lives at risk, says NSA's deputy spyboss

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Can't say I'd want to work in the NSA's PR dept!

A year ago everything was dandy in the PR dept at the NSA. An easy job, turn up and simply write "Allegation denied! Nothing to see here!" on everything.

Nowadays they must get up in the morning and it has to be such a struggle to even bother get dressed properly, before heading into work to something so futile as to try to "big up" how great the NSA really is! Ha ha!

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Microsoft alters Hotmail policy amid blogger inbox probe outcry

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That's there business, surely?

If MS own Hotmail, MS wrote the T&Cs and you're too lazy or too busy to read them, buried in there it says "Sod you, we can do what we like with anything that passes into our systems! So tough!", then there's not a lot you can do is there!

I'm no MS shill but if you agree to abide by the rules on the clubhouse door, don't whinge when the clubhouse owner decides to use them.

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QUIDOCALYPSE: Blighty braces for £100 MILLION cost of new £1 coin

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Re: £500 to update each parking machine?

Oh dear God! Way too much common sense from "monkeyfish", huge headache, need a lie down...

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Reality check: Java 8 finally catches a multi-core break

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Re: Java on the desktop is dead

So you don't have any kids under 16 then? If you did then you'd find that they play Minecraft and sorry to say but that is run on Java. It's something like the 10th best selling game of all time, I believe.

A quick straw poll shows that at least 10 of my colleagues here in the office and roughly 5 friends kids play Minercraft regularly.

No Java, no Minecraft!

In IT we have software we use at my office, UC4 ( Java GUI ) , NetBackup ( Java GUI ) , Oracle SQL Developer ( Java GUI ), Eclipse ( Java GUI ), NetBeans ( Java GUI )...

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Re: Good performance? Scalable?

Get real!

Peter Van Der Linden was saying Java's performance was miles better back in 1999! FFS! It fair screams along these days and is easily the match of almost any compiled language. Granted it was shit when we were using for applets ( remember coding those anyone? ) back on basic Pentium boxes around '96.

Can't see that Google would base their entire mobile O/S on a poorly performing language where there are limited resources and almost every CPU cycle counts!

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Google slams Play Store password window shut after sueball hits

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A lot of very smug techies on here bleating about how stupid people are. Well, once again please remember they're users. They see a phone, a tablet or PC as a device, just a like the fridge, the microwave or the TV. They expect some basic safeguards to be in place as they have other priorities in life, which don't include checking every little detail on things like in-app purchases. Yes we know they shouldn't just get free'n'easy with these devices but they do, it's a fact. Yes, they should be more careful but they're not and as techies we should be advising friends and family about these dangers. So do your bit, "educate a mate"!

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Re: The App Store Con

Well said "Tom_", at last a sensible comment on this subject.

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Malaysia Airlines mystery: Click here for the TRUTH

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It's obvious!

John Travolta got fed up waiting to meet his chosen deity, used his skills as a trained pilot to hijack the plane and flew off to meet Xenon or whatever the flip Hubbard's make-believe god was called!

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Flying Toaster screen savers return on GitHub

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Re: Green/Amber

Yep, used to help my old man with some kit where he worked, they had a couple of green sceens attached to 286s on a 386 Concurrent DOS network ( anyone remember Concurrent-DOS? ). Each one had the DOS DataEASE menu screen burned in, it used to stay there even after the power was pulled.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg buttonholes Obama, rages against NSA dragnet spying

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Can't...deal..with...irony...pot...kettle....ermm....quick errm, sellotape all the backup tapes together!

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

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Re: Pliers Hold Stuff Really, Really Tight

You wimps!

Never mind your weedy pliers and grips, there's nothing a bloody good pair of stilsons can't get undone!

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Re: Which reminds me..

Ahh a Mini Leatherman, many memories of good times at the dungeon in the company of my favourite dwarf!

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Tell me Phil W, does everyone at your office call you something along the lines of "Phil, Phil he's Mr Buzzkill"?!

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And with many thanks to you "cyborg" and the good people of The Reg, I'm glad I don't know and likely never will!

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WhatsApp chats not as secret as you think

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Re: That's exactly what Facebook paid for...

Oh come on, what utter dipstick down-voted this?!

Take a bite of the reality pie! As LDS above has said, this is the one and only reason Zuck want's WhatsApp, purely to get his greedy mitts on your private's and preferably a way through, via your phonebook, to all your mates private's too!

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Is the World Wide Web for luvvies and VCs – or for all of us?

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As you have so rightly pointed out, I think this another perfect example of simplifying a technology to make it quickly usable by as many people as possible. TBL wanted people to use it and get up to speed quickly. When you teach primary school kids programming you don't give them a copy of "C# Bible" or the Java Doc set and expect them to start writing apps, you hand them something like Logo or SmallBasic, that have less keywords than the list of ingredients in beans-on-toast but it allows them to get up to speed quickly. Like most great, simple ideas we all plan to go back at some point and sort out the kinks but real life gets in the way and adoption of a simple tech is so rapid that it quickly becomes too late to retrospectively correct the mistakes as that would break it.

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

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Re: The Internet!

Granted but there's something to be said for exercising your brain by remembering and using key facts like your times-tables for example.

As we have info at our finger-tips you may join me and witness the death of the pub quiz evening, although in the current climate actually finding a pub that hasn't already been shut down would be the first challenge!

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The Internet!

...now none of us has to remember anything 'cos someone has already written it ( probably incorrectly! ) on a webpage somewhere!

A fact I was only made aware of the other day, Google only indexes about 3-4% of all public webpages in it's searches, that's a lot of pages left lurking out there!

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Florida bloke cuffed for pit bull shag outrage

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Re: Those eyes! They will give me nightmares...

Anyone else think of Arnie's adversary in the original Total Recall?

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French youth faces court for illegal drone flight

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Re: Congratulations

Nope, pure 100% isolated word-play held in context it was intended. At least that's how I and I believe 95% of this forum saw it. I bet if you asked every one on this forum what they thought the second they read the OP comment, most would have simply said they had absolutely no mental image, I certainly didn't, most simply saw an isolated phrase held in an isolated context.

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

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Re: Well done

I completely agree when my Mum died my old man simply had to provide a death certificate to Barclays to have all her savings transferred to his HSBC account, a completely different bank and it was all done and dusted within 4 days! It took longer to cancel her magazine subscriptions!

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Winklevoss twins say their Bitcoins will take them to SPAAAAACE

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Last time I saw three twats that close together, I was on a website I shouldn't have been on!

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Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

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Re: Sounds about right

Well said Geoff C!

Me too, I help out when I can and I do it for nothing, in turn they might take my kids to the cinema one Saturday so I get a bit of peace or they might come round and help me when I need a pair of hands for DIY job. Like Geoff said, I have a particular skill and it's good to use it to help people who will actually appreciate it. Sounds like you lot don't hate fixing computers, you hate dealing with your rellies!

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CIA snoops snooped on Senate to spy spy torture report – report

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Nice thought but I wouldn't hold your breath!

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Inside Facebook's engineering labs: Hardware heaven, HP hell – PICTURES

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Re: !!STOP THE PRESS!!

Yeah, I think you missed the point. Unlike the rest us poor schmoes who are lucky if we're allowed to print a sheet of A4 without some HR/stationary nazi coming down on us for not thinking, these FB lads can print what they like, when they like and in 3D if they so choose and no one will tell them off.

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Labour calls for BIG OVERHAUL of UK super-snoop powers in 'new digital world'

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"The police and security services have been under pressure to explain why they didn’t know more about the murderers of Drummer Lee Rigby, and why more is not being done to disrupt the use of the internet by violent extremists looking to radicalise young people," the MP said.

Errmm, because if you're planning to do something so utterly nasty, even the biggest nutter is unlikely to write a post on his Twitter feed along the lines of...

"Go get me som vengnce on uk army boyz! YOLO! ;-)"

FFS! Just 'cos MPs spend 99% of their day glued to their personal Twitter/Facebook feeds the rest of us don't. The nutters planning psychotic acts are probably pretty unlikely to make a song and dance about it just in case, oh dunno, the Plod or the security services pick up on it?!!

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How a Facebook post by blabbermouth daughter cost her parents $80,000

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Believe it of not when you have kids they can do the most fecking stupid things imaginable, you want scream at the little sods for making your life hell at times but you never stop loving them and when push comes to shove you would jump first if it meant saving them.

So grow up, this is an adult forum.

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German freemail firms defend AdBlock-nobbling campaign

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Re: "Merely...make money"

Don't give me that tough-luck story! It's not like people who rip-off movies and music, they are genuinely doing something illegal and businesses do suffer, although the jury is still out about the true cost on that one.

An ad-blocker is not illegal any more than wearing blinkers while walking down the street to avoid seeing billboards or switching off your TV when you know the ads are coming. If they don't like people using them then they can organise a class action and get an injunction banning them from being offered. Otherwise they can either charge more for the service they want to offer, to cover the bills or get out of the business in question.

These websites sign up to ad services and they simply leave a place-holder in the page with no idea what ads are being pushed through that slot! I'm sure they have a choice of adult/non-adult adverts other than that do you really think they give a shit about about what's being sold through that slot? Give me a break, I have no sympathy for advertising agencies their whole existence is to make you buy stuff. They don't care how they do it and they don't care if you can afford it or even if you need it. They don't care if it screws the planet when it's no longer wanted, they just want you to buy the latest piece if plastic garbage from "Shiity Products Ltd ( tm)", once they have your money they couldn't care less about you! So guess what? I don't care about them, hence why I block adverts at every opportunity.

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UK spies on MILLIONS of Yahoo! webcams, ogles sex vids - report

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Re: But think of the children!

Yeah I agree but we have to wait for the next election!!

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Two in five Brits cough up for CryptoLocker ransomware's demands

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Re: Cheapest option sometimes

OK what about education? If the company doesn't educate and ensure security is maintained, how can you blame the users?

For example. User is trading data with third-party, and the thrid-party send user in a USB stick with some data on it. Stick is carrying shitware which then gets into the network.

The user's had never been told to not just accept devices from third-parties on spec. The desktops should not have open USB ports. Was the AV software up to date? Was a standalone PC available for testing portable devices for shitware when they come into the building?

Obviously I don't know the background but even though I've worked in IT for nigh on 30 years I still keep an open mind 'cos I know we're not holier-than-thou in IT just 'cos computers are our business. No story is ever pure black and white, and once management get involved you know it's going to get a lot more colourful!

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Official FACT: Gadgets are giving YOU a wrinkly 'Tech Neck'

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CACI international?!

"cacky", as in bullshit?

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Volvo tries to KILL SHOPPING with to-your-car Roam Delivery

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Liberated?

I thought Scandinavian countries were some of the most repressive in Western Europe? I seem to recall reading that in Sweden plain clothes Police regularly frequent bars picking up people who even so much as look like they might be using or attempting to buy drugs, then giving them a few hours down the cells to think about it.

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Facebook pays $19bn for WhatsApp. Yep. $45 for YOUR phone book

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Re: I've poisoned my phone book

I really wish I had that much free time!

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