Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Dec 2012 22:03 UTC
Google A change to anything related to Google Search - the product so many of us rely on - is never going to go by unnotoced. This time around, Google has altered Image Search for US users to alter the way it handles that ever so important aspect of the web - adult content.
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RE[7]: About time
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 14th Dec 2012 00:44 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: About time"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

That stuff was put in place once because we had a serious spam problem with people using racial slurs (those are edited as well). I had forgotten about it to be honest.

No point removing it now, as all energy is currently focussed on the next version of OSNews. It is ironic as f--k though (<= lol).

edit: wait, it allows f--k? So we did turn it off? Huh?

edit 2: ah, the feature kicks in after editing a comment. Curious. Bug!

Edited 2012-12-14 00:46 UTC

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RE[8]: About time
by UltraZelda64 on Fri 14th Dec 2012 01:28 in reply to "RE[7]: About time"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Damn! Now they know. Enjoy it while it still lasts everyone...

OSNews Staff: Please, take your time while, eh, "fixing" this bug. ;)

By the way... that was hilarious.

Edited 2012-12-14 01:35 UTC

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RE[8]: About time
by henderson101 on Fri 14th Dec 2012 10:35 in reply to "RE[7]: About time"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Will the next OS News have a published API? (REST or whatever?) I'd love to write a few apps for Android/iOS/WindowsPhone/Desktop OS to appify the content. I Spoke to Kroc and David about it, but the old site's API was too limiting for what I wanted to try to achieve.

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RE[9]: About time
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 14th Dec 2012 10:42 in reply to "RE[8]: About time"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Will the next OS News have a published API? (REST or whatever?) I'd love to write a few apps for Android/iOS/WindowsPhone/Desktop OS to appify the content. I Spoke to Kroc and David about it, but the old site's API was too limiting for what I wanted to try to achieve.


The new site will be using Drupal (instead of our current custom CMS) - so I'm guessing that's going to be a lot easier. It'd be awesome to have applications for OSNews. Right now, Tess is working on moving everything over from the old CMS to Drupal (an arduous task, but lots of progress), and I believe she currently has a first very basic version running locally. In the meantime, I've been designing the new site's front-end, and finally settled on a definitive design these past few weeks.

No idea how long it's going to take from here on, but if you want to get (occasional) updates on progress, best to follow Tess and I on Twitter (@socketwench and @thomholwerda).

EDIT: god that sounded like a cheap trick to get followers. Sorry. It really isn't ;) .

Edited 2012-12-14 10:43 UTC

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RE[8]: About time
by krreagan on Sat 15th Dec 2012 06:14 in reply to "RE[7]: About time"
krreagan Member since:
2008-04-08

So you do think that censorship has a place afterall since you use(d) it on this site?

You bitch about Google censoring pictures but you censor written speech... interesting. Seems like a double standard.

You censor(ed) to prevent racial slurs because it offends someone? So their opinions are less valid then your opinion. I think porn offends some people. Not me particularly, I'm more offended by censoring the written word then pictures. Although both are forms of communication.

Don't Europeans have laws about religious insults? In the USA I can say "I think you're a fucking ignorant dip-shit for believing in your stupid, unproved, BS god/religion!" And that is protected speech. I think what Google is doing is trivial in reality to that kind of censorship.

Europeans have no leg to stand on when it comes to censorship.

TBN

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RE[9]: About time
by oskeladden on Sat 15th Dec 2012 15:31 in reply to "RE[8]: About time"
oskeladden Member since:
2009-08-05

You censor(ed) to prevent racial slurs because it offends someone? So their opinions are less valid then your opinion. I think porn offends some people. Not me particularly, I'm more offended by censoring the written word then pictures. Although both are forms of communication.

Don't Europeans have laws about religious insults? In the USA I can say "I think you're a fucking ignorant dip-shit for believing in your stupid, unproved, BS god/religion!" And that is protected speech. I think what Google is doing is trivial in reality to that kind of censorship.

Europeans have no leg to stand on when it comes to censorship.


Well, there's a fairly significant cultural difference between the US and Continental Europe on this point (Continental Europe excluding England, because the position in England has no principled or cultural basis and is totally bonkers). In Europe, the two 'forms of communication', as you put it, have had very different effects and are therefore treated differently. A European would say that unless you equate sex and violence, there's really no basis for saying that the same principles must apply in relation to both.

In brief (heh), Europe is rather relaxed about nudity and tends not to censor in relation to nudity (hence those famous Italian pasta ads). The American paranoia about depicting the female nipple on the TV and in generalist media, in particular, tends to baffle Europeans - the feeling here is that exposure to the naked female (or male) form does little harm.

Europeans are, in general, a lot less relaxed about incitement to hatred or violence - several centuries of genocides and massacres of religious and racial minorities, the vast majority preceded by rhetoric of hate, have left a feeling that certain forms of rhetoric can do great harm. The US hasn't been prone to these outbreaks, so is more relaxed about these types of speech.

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