Today I received a free mobile upgrade as part of my contract; a Nokia 5800. It's nothing special in mobile phone terms but it gave me a chance to mess about with a new gadget. Being a man, naturally I threw away the instruction manual, and preceded to press lots of buttons to see what they did.
The phone has a camera function which makes a rather annoying 'clicking' sound when a picture is taken. With my previous phones this could be turned off.
So there I am searching fruitlessly for the 'off' option and I discover that I can choose from one of four annoying sound options but there's no 'off'. Why? I retrieve the instruction manual from the bin but that's no help either.
A quick search on the internet shows that this is the result of privacy laws by...yep...you guessed it - the EU.
An unelected, unaccountable government has decided that I cannot be trusted with a product that I have purchased lest I stick it up a young girl's skirt and start taking pictures. I'm in effect being found guilty before I've actually done anything.
So basically within a day of receiving my phone I've had to download software to hack the phone in order to get my phone to do what I require.
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