Why we shouldn’t ever allow UK government to control social networks

Right, time to put my cards on the table. I’m happy to say that I’m a conservative voter and that I support the government (even with those liberal hangers-on). Having said that, what a fool David Cameron is if he thinks that we should tolerate the UK intelligence services and the police having the ability to disable social networks during times of social unrest. Apart from the technical difficulties that he’d face, taking such steps would alienate the law-abiding majority and prevent social networks from being used for good.

If DC decides to shutdown FaceBook or Twitter, people will simply switch to Google Plus or PingChat. He can’t block access to every method of communication via the Internet and he’s deluded if he even thinks he can. The whole reason Blackberries are banned in parts of the Middle East is because the messages are routed through RIMs servers in Canada and are outside the control of the despotic regimes that try to control them. The Twitter hashtags #riotcleanup and the @shopalooter account demonstrate that social networks can be used for good as well as bad.

If DC wants to regain the public’s confidence he needs to ensure that the deterrent effect of long custodial sentences hangs over people who indulge in mob violence and he needs to ensure that the criminal justice system in the UK delivers custodial sentences when appropriate that are both punitive and rehabilitative in nature. Short sentences offer neither punishment, rehabilitation or protection for the public.

Problems uploading pictures to Twitter / Instagram / Facebook (Vodafone)

I regularly use Twitter, FaceBook, Instagram etc to upload pictures to the Internet and share them with my friends and family.
Since having an iPhone 4 on Vodafone, I’ve noticed problems uploading images via various apps. These problems occur regardless of whether I use FaceBook, yfrog, twitpic or other image upload services. I know that this has nothing to do with my user credentials because I;ve always been able to upload via Wifi connections.

I concluded that I must have a problem with Vodafone.

Firstly I assumed that this might be something to do with account restrictions preventing me from accessing certain websites. I called Vodafone and had account restrictions lifted, so I could access any website. This didn’t work.

Then I phoned Vodafone support and said that I was having these problems. The lady I spoke to said that she had an iPhone (on a different network) and that she had the same problem, so it must be something to do with Apple.

I wasn’t convinced by this, so I started to trawl the internet to see if I could find the correct network settings for Vodafone-connected iPhones. I found a few websites and by trial an error I managed to find some settings that worked for me.

The old settings were
APN: wap.vodafone.co.uk
Username: wap
Password: ***

OLD Vodafone APN Settings

The new settings (which work for my Vodafone UK handset) are:
APN: internet
Username: web
Password: web

NEW Vodafone APN SettingsNEW Vodafone APN Settings


I left the MMS settings the same, because I’ve never had problems with those settings.
I hope that this is useful to you.