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prnts: wht yr k1d5orz r doin onl1ne, by Microsoft


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This is hilarious. It's a guide to internet slang written by Microsoft, so you know what your kids are up to.


An excerpt:

The following is a sample of key words that haven't changed fundamentally (although variations occur) since the invention of leetspeek. The first series is of particular concern, as their use could be an indicator that your teenager is involved in the theft of intellectual property, particularly licensed software.

Leet words of concern or indicating possible illegal activity:

• "warez" or "w4r3z": Illegally copied software available for download.

• "h4x": Read as "hacks," or what a computer hacker does.

• "pr0n": An anagram of "porn," possibly indicating the use of pornography.

• "sploitz" (short for exploits): Vulnerabilities in computer software used by hackers.

[color:"purple"]So according to Microsoft, the most important concern you should have about your child accessing the internet is...whether or not they are illegaly pirating software. Not, say, whether or not they're talking to rapists.

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after reading the article i saw a vote button..."was this information useful?"

of course i chose no, at which point a box popped up to tell me that they appreciated my feedback but were experiencing technical difficulties and unable to log my response.

idiots! protecting intellectual property rights of course ranks above actual information about safety and stalking...

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