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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    Sorry I got confused with my opt in's and opt outs.
    To be fair... They've got it wrong.

    I'm thinking intentionally, to disrupt the outrage. But, that may be because I have my tin-foil hat on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    I must admit I would rather have it off by default.
    Giggity?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    Sorry I got confused with my opt in's and opt outs.
    Me too, perhaps that is part of the plan so the MP's dont know what they are voting on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJonas View Post
    Me too, perhaps that is part of the plan so the MP's dont know what they are voting on.
    Sadly, this sounds about right...

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    Relevant to the thread and on-going debate in general: BBC News - ORG: Mobile filters censor innocent content

    Its report found that 60 websites were incorrectly blocked by mobile filters designed to prevent children viewing adult content. The affected sites included political commentaries, personal blogs and community websites.
    Mobile phone man also says
    "...mobile operators are happy to remove the filters when customers show they are over 18 and will re-classify websites when misclassifications are pointed out to them"
    But how many people, realistically, are going to mess about reporting a misclassified website? Almost none. They'll go back and pick the next Google result. Even if everyone religiously reported every misclassification, new content appears so quickly that dynamic filtering is the only viable option, and dynamic filtering will continue to get it wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    dynamic filtering will continue to get it wrong.
    There are too many false positives...

    On the Difficulty of Autonomous Pornography Detection Crucial Security (SFW)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Strange thing is... I can access that page, but there's nothing on it.

    BUT, the next and previous posts get filtered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    Strange thing is... I can access that page, but there's nothing on it.

    BUT, the next and previous posts get filtered.
    So your web filter's automatic engine has erroneously filtered it? How fitting

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    So your web filter's automatic engine has erroneously filtered it? How fitting
    Quite.

    Also, tech_guy's thread offering beer for drivers is blocked when you go via google [web based chat], but not if I access it from here...

    This filtering is fubar. F.U.B.A.R, I SAY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    you mean like how policy central does (or did) flag up every time someone types in princess for example

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    you mean like how policy central does (or did) flag up every time someone types in princess for example
    wut...

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    wut...
    policy central detects when people type in certain words and screen dumps it to the server. The default settings (until you build up an "ignore list") include words like princess so if a class are writing in word about princesses you get a load of false positive hits granted it also records kids typing in expletives but you have to get past all the false positives to find them).

    Any compulsory filtering would probably err on the side of caution in the same way so has the distinct probability of blocking legitimate content so assuming the same default rules as policy central you couldnt look at sites containing details of say royal weddings for instance.

    Unexpected consequences of a simple rule see Langton's ant - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia for a trivial example of a simple rule having unpredictable consequences

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    policy central detects when people type in certain words and screen dumps it to the server. The default settings (until you build up an "ignore list") include words like princess so if a class are writing in word about princesses you get a load of false positive hits granted it also records kids typing in expletives but you have to get past all the false positives to find them).
    But why is "princess" of the watch list?

    That's what I'm not getting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    But why is "princess" of the watch list?

    That's what I'm not getting...
    search me it just is by default. Thats just the first example i could think of

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    But why is "princess" of the watch list?

    That's what I'm not getting...
    It's a Predatory term.

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