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Generic Other Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 06:41 PM
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Nexus One Censors Swear Words: Here's Why
<snip>The built-in voice recognition software in the Nexus One is one of the Google Phone's niftiest features.

But, as Reuters first noted, the feature comes with one key handicap: it censors swear words, automatically replacing expletives with a series of "#" symbols.

The voice-to-text feature is made to let users dictate their text messages, emails, and even search queries--so long as they're G-rated, it seems. An spoken insult could be translated by the phone into "#### you," and, as CNET notes, the phone even censored the "S" in "BS."
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/25/nexus-one-cens...
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 06:42 PM
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1. Dicks Everywhere
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Kutjara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 06:43 PM
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2. Apparently, you can get around the filter by...
...saying "dot com" at the end of any swear word. I guess profane URLs are OK.
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 06:51 PM
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4. Seriously? LOL n/t
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Kutjara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 06:54 PM
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5. Neil Gaiman tweeted about it last night.
He says he stumbled on it accidentally.
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 06:56 PM
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6. "I wanna fuckyou.com in the ass.org" Oh, yeah. Sounds like sexytime. n/t
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rockymountaindem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:05 PM
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8. That is some funny shit.com
Cool catch.
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Cronus Protagonist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 06:47 PM
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3. ### I just bought a ####### Google phone
That's ###### ####! A whole load of ####! Now I can't even ####### swear? Did I buy a ####### Apple unit by mistake? What the #### is this???

(Posted from my cool Google Android phone)
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Generic Other Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 06:59 PM
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7. LOL...reading between the pound signs
Next up phones that taste like soap!!
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MuseRider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:21 PM
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11. LOVE my Droid.
Hated to leave BlackBerry but I was seduced by the slick graphics and rapid internet access.
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lpbk2713 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:05 PM
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9. So if someone talks about their Bachelor of Science degree it gets censored?



That's taking it way too far IMHO.


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freeplessinseattle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:11 PM
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10. here's why:
A Google spokesperson told Reuters, "We filter potentially offensive or inappropriate results because we want to avoid situations whereby we might misrecognize a spoken query and return profanity when, in fact, the user said something completely innocent."



Now that could make for some humorous back translation!
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