03 September 2008

Taking a Pbutt on Politics

Because we're getting to the point in the political season when I find it hard to blog about anything other than the election, and I want to do something different, here is a great article about the trouble with some anti-obscenity filters on computer programs:

The phenomena, known as “The Clbuttic Mistake” after a mangling of the word “classic” that is believed to be the first identified instance of the problem, can be found on tens of thousands of websites.

The error is caused by poorly programmed anti-obscenity filters – similar to spell checkers – that automatically replace words considered rude or offensive with more acceptable variants.
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