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Is it actually funny or surprising to you, given your hosts configuration, or did you just want to mention it?

Surprising, because I'd totally forgotten about it and really wanted to see what this was all about (after reading some of the comments here).

So I thought to myself 'ok, this once' knowing I'd be sticking my head out. It took me a minute or two to realize the cause and I thought that was a nice side-effect of solving this at the DNS layer, even when you're momentarily stupid this will still create enough of a barrier that you'll stop to think a bit longer.

I didn't know about the ghostery extension, so thanks to the person that posted that, that's another good solution.

FB has had its use for me (it found a bunch of long lost people), I haven't been back since.

i'm guessing that you actually have a bunch of other sites blocked in your hosts file, as well. on the assumption that you do, do you ever see any network performance issues related to this? i used to maintain a rather large hosts file for this purpose, but eventually gave it up because i suspected that it had started doing more harm than good.

No, facebook has a special place in my heart, which is why they got 'special treatment'.

Other than the usual suspects and FB my host file is empty.

I can see how a huge hostfile would impact performance, and I would advice against using it to block a very large number of hosts.

Some of these hostnames are quite arcane to me (peace.facebook.com); did you get them from a list somewhere or did you identify each one of them yourself?

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