Wednesday, July 1, 2009

That Pornographic Garfield

An amusing sidelight in a CNN article about internet filtering software the Chinese government is insisting on being installed on all computers sold in China:

"The extent to which the software's can block harmful content is still in question. Unofficial tests by Internet enthusiasts showed that while Green Dam considered a cartoon of a cat in blue clothes safe, pictures of Garfield the Cat were sometimes blocked by the software because it is programmed to categorize images with large areas of "yellow" as pornographic."

Serious issue, funny result.

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