Hoping to highlight the silliness of lengthy terms of service, one UK WiFi hotspot operator by the name of Purple recently did something amusing: it inserted a "Community Service Clause" into its terms of service requiring that users of its hotspots must perform 1,000 hours of menial labor in exchange for this connectivity. The company, which currently provides WiFi service for companies including Legoland, Outback Steakhouse and Pizza Express, said during the two-week span that 22,000 people agreed to do this by approving the TOS as they used the hotspots.
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Sometime back in the 80's, not long after Michael Dell renamed his company from PCs Limited to Dell, I noticed the fine print accompanying one of their ads in InfoWorld or some similar trade publication had a little terminology inspired by someone's favorite pizza place--something to the effect of "anchovies not included." Apparently I wasn't the only one who noticed, because in the next issue one of the columnists made a reference to it.
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