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Janet H
1125690.  Wed Mar 25, 2015 3:12 pm Reply with quote

This evening the Radio 4 programme told us about something called a 'Clean Reader' which is an e-reader that adjusts texts to suit the delicate sensitivities of its Ohio based couple who wrote it. Interesting challenge to copyright, according to the author interviewed. I missed it, but Mike heard the piece. I'm off tp gibve it a listen........

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/frontrow/frontrow_20150325-1955a.mp3

 
Janet H
1126181.  Fri Mar 27, 2015 2:50 pm Reply with quote

Well, I think that just about wraps that up.

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/mar/27/clean-reader-books-app-censorship-victory-authors-celebrate

 
Janet H
1126257.  Sat Mar 28, 2015 6:19 am Reply with quote

Just one last thing.......

Mike found this text on a forum about camouflage-

"The photograph appears in a new book en[nipple]led 'Recon for Rommel' which is a history of Luftwaffe 2(H)/14 during 1941 and 1943. ............................... So it would seem that both this light blue and grey were used at some time by workshops as subs[nipple]utes for the official shade,...."

It took him a while to figure out that the words entitled and substitute both contained the word 'tit' which had been 'corrected' to nipple!

 
Spud McLaren
1126258.  Sat Mar 28, 2015 6:34 am Reply with quote

Not sure how the one substitutes for (or is considered "better" than) the other.

< sigh >

Next we'll be hearing of a resurgence in the "trouser legs for tables" industry...

 
crissdee
1126263.  Sat Mar 28, 2015 7:09 am Reply with quote

I mooched around on an archery forum for a while. As you may not know, arrows have three flights (or fletches*) one of which tends to be of a different colour to make it easier to place (or "nock") it onto the string. This is called the "cock" fletch. However, the website/forum would auto correct it to "male chicken".




*this is the origin of the surname "Fletcher"

 
Zziggy
1126265.  Sat Mar 28, 2015 7:39 am Reply with quote

I'm sure I remember something about a USian conservative website - the sort that claims to be just like Wikipedia but without the atheist liberal bias, you know - whose article on the US Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay changed his name throughout to "Tyson Homosexual".

 
Zziggy
1126266.  Sat Mar 28, 2015 7:46 am Reply with quote

The strangest thing to me is that the only time I can think of where "nipple" would be a valid alternative to "tit" would be in the kinds of exchanges you wouldn't expect somebody who cares about reading the word "tit" to be reading. Surely "tit" is usually used in phrases such as "you absolute tit"?

I think this couple might have invented my phone keyboard, incidentally, since I have to manually type in words like fuck, shit, or indeed gay or nipple. Every. Single. Time.

 
suze
1126267.  Sat Mar 28, 2015 8:05 am Reply with quote

Zziggy wrote:
I'm sure I remember something about a USian conservative website - the sort that claims to be just like Wikipedia but without the atheist liberal bias, you know - whose article on the US Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay changed his name throughout to "Tyson Homosexual".


It was a Christian-run news website called OneNewsNow. It did fix the references to that sprinter after people noticed, but did not fix a piece which made the same change to a basketball player named Rudy Gay.

The website to which you refer is probably Conservapedia. It appears to have an IP block preventing access from the UK at the moment - its owners do that from time to time, because we're a bunch of Godless commie faggots or something like that - and so I can't see what it has to say about Tyson Gay.

Since you mention tits though, howsabout an ornithology forum which does not permit the use of that word*? AOL certainly used to host one which did precisely that, alongside a forum about film musicals which banned Dick and dyke, and a forum aimed at people trying to pack up smoking which banned fags.

And then there's Scunthorpe ...


* In fairness, Americans don't use that name for the bird - it's called a chickadee over there. How legendary Belgian mathmo Jacques Tits (one of Nicolas Bourbaki, among other accomplishments) feels about this, we are not told.

 
Spud McLaren
1126271.  Sat Mar 28, 2015 8:57 am Reply with quote

suze wrote:
In fairness, Americans don't use that name for the bird - it's called a chickadee over there. How legendary Belgian mathmo Jacques Tits (one of Nicolas Bourbaki, among other accomplishments) feels about this, we are not told.
Presumably on the site Mike's using, he'd be Jaques [Nipple]s.

suze wrote:
And then there's Scunthorpe ...
There is indeed. A former boss of mine moved there after he was sacked. Before he moved, it was known as Shorpe.

 
CharliesDragon
1126360.  Sat Mar 28, 2015 3:43 pm Reply with quote

Most of the time correcting words on websites have little effect, as it can mess up proper use of tit, cock, etc. and anyone who really wants to get around it will resort to things like b00bs and d1ck. And then you have to ban that...

It should be counted as a mistake for "tit" to be banned instead of " tit ". Without the spaces all words containting the letters in that sequence will be banned or corrected, but with them you'd at least only remove it when "tit" stands alone as a word...

 
WordLover
1126372.  Sat Mar 28, 2015 5:42 pm Reply with quote

The webmistress of one forum I use once arranged for the word "Nazi" to be automatically replaced. I don't know why she did it at all -- no racists on that forum -- but it did make discussions about German WWII history a little tricky. She made the same mistake as was made on that forum about camouflage. so, ironically, the term Ashkenazi Jew gets mangled, too.

At a software house where I used to work, an app which had long run reliably so long as itwas run on weekdays failed when it was run on a Saturday.

 
suze
1126385.  Sat Mar 28, 2015 8:10 pm Reply with quote

What was Nazi replaced by on that forum? Did one have to read about AshkeNational Socialist German Workers' Party Jews?

 
WordLover
1126392.  Sun Mar 29, 2015 1:59 am Reply with quote

suze wrote:
What was Nazi replaced by on that forum? Did one have to read about AshkeNational Socialist German Workers' Party Jews?
At one time, "nice person" (!) and at one time, "B L A N K".

It's yet another example of that dangerous combination of power, a good cause, and what might be in some cases malice and in others just incompetence. Someone with power doing the stupid act and citing the good cause as an excuse -- no matter that that act fails to further that cause.

I see that the web site where "entitled" gets mangled into "en[nipple]led" is yuku.com, which has a profanity filter and which recommends it be turned on. It seems from that page that yuku.com provides a bog-standard filter, to which an admin may add additional words to be filtered -- but I see no way to control what text is substituted, so I guess that that is bog-standard, too.

There is an asinine text-substitution filter on the XKCD forums.

 

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