Good article for those of you who use FB. Or, God help you, if your children do.
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Yes indeed, setting up your FB account to be visible only to friends has become a full time job. Only yesterday I found something that had changed under the new rules and had to tighten that down to just friends. Luckily someone already tipped me off to the bit about sharing stuff with advertisers.
As someone who works day to day with IT systems I tend to be a bit paranoid and look into what the settings are, but a heck of a lot of people don't. I think that what's partly behind the backlash, apart from the new policies, is that media types who were the first to jump on it and tell us how great it was have suddenly woken up to the implications of sharing everything with anyone (including prof. Google) and are now panicing that all those posts about the last wild weekend are out their for a prospective employer to see.
That said, if you use mobile phones, FB and email (esp. gmail) then you really are handing "the man" information about your life to an extent that George Orwell would never have believed people would do voluntarily.
I'd rather pay a small monthly fee for FB and keep my data restricted to a group of my choosing.
Things are changing so fast we mortals struggle to keep track of the latest. I'm paranoid about my kids' online time, certainly. But 13-year-old son has his own computer and, though we have parental controls set (and he can't log in as admin etc) he spends time in Warhammer forums with god knows what weirdos*. Daughter has a FB account but we parents hold the password, and I keep check of her privacy settings. But again, she's off playing games and trawling around YouTube ...
*Pretty much all weirdos, bless.
Sauce, keep them away from Chatroulette.
I'm reminded of the time my friend's mum needed some rubble to build up a driveway and she decided to go on google and search for 'hardcore'. You can guess the rest.
Mr Sauce and a friend were developing some toxophily software and wondered what to call it. For some reason they vetoed my suggestion of Quivering Butts.
Something that measures the toxicity of soft cheese?
I hope you settled for Philidammer.....
Toxophily = archery.
Hence the butts. And the quiver.
They also witter on about knocking points, straight shafts, pulling, draw, kissers and piles.
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