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On iPhone, Searching For Kama Sutra = Porn

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the welcome-to-the-library-here-is-your-book dept.

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heychris writes "Eucalyptus, an ebook app for iPhone, has been rejected from the App Store for 'objectionable content.' What's so objectionable? The Kama Sutra, available from Project Gutenberg, which is available on other ebook readers as well. Not only that, but the screenshot shows that you would have to search for Kama Sutra to get it; it's not built in to Eucalyptus. The author is reasonable but frustrated, while Herr Gruber is more succinct." I wonder how good the now-cheap Nokia 810 is as an e-book reader.

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FIRST POST (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28046379)

HA!

The Kama Sutra isn't porn (5, Insightful)

Daimanta (1140543) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046401)

Now excuse me, I'm going to read some find articles in the Playboy.

Re:The Kama Sutra isn't porn (5, Informative)

Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046815)

It's actually not. Most of it is about relationships and marriage. Yes part of it has advice about sex but it's descriptive rather than erotic. Plus it's translated from Sanskrit so it's hardly readable. Here's a sample:

On the occasion of a 'high congress' the Mrigi (Deer) woman should lie down in such a way as to widen her yoni, while in a 'low congress' the Hastini (Elephant) woman should lie down so as to contract hers. But in an 'equal congress' they should lie down in the natural position. What is said above concerning the Mrigi and the Hastini applies also to the Vadawa (Mare) woman. In a 'low congress the woman should particularly make use of medicine, to cause her desires to be satisfied quickly.

Plus the famous pictures were only added later and aren't part of the actual work.

Re:The Kama Sutra isn't porn (5, Funny)

need4mospd (1146215) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047147)

...woman should lie down in such a way as to widen her yoni,

I love it when a woman widens her yoni.

Re:The Kama Sutra isn't porn (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28047327)

Around here, we call that being a loose whore.

Re:The Kama Sutra isn't porn (1, Redundant)

binaryseraph (955557) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047477)

Yeah I went to a Yoni concert a while back- I can honestly say I hope he does not lay down and widen.

Re:The Kama Sutra isn't porn (1)

ckphoenix (1140469) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047175)

Uh oh. I hope I don't get convicted as a hacker for reading this at work.

Re:The Kama Sutra isn't porn (5, Funny)

emag (4640) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047197)

Stop that, I'm (still) at work, and that's getting me hot...

Re:The Kama Sutra isn't porn (4, Funny)

PolyDwarf (156355) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047213)

Plus it's translated from Sanskrit so it's hardly readable.

That's a 5000 year old dead language... Couldn't they have tried Latin?

Re:The Kama Sutra isn't porn (5, Funny)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047483)

You've mastered a dead tongue. But can ya handle a live one?

Re:The Kama Sutra isn't porn (5, Insightful)

beadfulthings (975812) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047359)

Yes, it's a 5,000 year old marriage manual with religious overtones. But the good folks at Apple can't allow us to be distracted from their bestsellers--immortal classics like "Pee Monkey" and "Urinal Test..." (or whatever the hell it's called).

Re:The Kama Sutra isn't porn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28047385)

Dood, I just in my pants! Thank god, Steve Jobs knows how to tease me until equal congress in the natural position will cause my desire to be satisfied.

Re:The Kama Sutra isn't porn (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28047353)

It's not porn. It's a religious text. why commend if you have no idea what your talking about?

- Scholar of Religion

cydia (2, Informative)

isama (1537121) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046407)

is the answer

They should pull a Trent Reznor (5, Insightful)

lothos (10657) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046415)

They should pull a Trent Reznor and re-submit the app. It sounds like approval is very subjective based on the reviewer. Chances are it might get approved the second time around.

Re:They should pull a Trent Reznor (5, Insightful)

AmazingRuss (555076) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046531)

I've heard of several instances where people re-submitted unchanged apps and had them accepted. I'm guessing apple has a sweatshop somewhere in Asia stocked with marginal english speakers evaluating apps.

Sweatshop (1)

davebarnes (158106) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047101)

Exactly.
And, they get sweaty thinking about sex all the time.

Re:They should pull a Trent Reznor (4, Funny)

Thinboy00 (1190815) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047249)

Probably the same people they've got doing customer service.

Re:They should pull a Trent Reznor (1)

mcdermd (901583) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047489)

In my experience, their customer service is Canadian and United States-based.

Re:They should pull a Trent Reznor (4, Insightful)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046549)

Or special case it to not find The Kama Sutra and resubmit, then offer a patch later to undo the special case. If "it allows people looking for porn to find porn" is a valid criteria for rejecting an app, I suspect Apple is going to have to reject a lot more apps.

Re:They should pull a Trent Reznor (5, Insightful)

harryandthehenderson (1559721) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046653)

If "it allows people looking for porn to find porn" is a valid criteria for rejecting an app, I suspect Apple is going to have to reject a lot more apps.

And they would have to retroactively reject their own web browser.

Re:They should pull a Trent Reznor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28047405)

For those that don't know, www.pornhub.com in mobile safari will stream h.264 porn to your phone free.

I'd be all set.... (3, Funny)

Drone69 (1517261) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046437)

...with Eucalyptus and the shaking baby app. iPhone = iFun.

Re:I'd be all set.... (4, Funny)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046943)

iPhone = iFun

Or iPhone = !fun

That's how I ready your statement the first time around.

Boring! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28046455)

Yet another story on slashdot that has no interest nor any type of a full paragraph. It seems like this story was rushed and not very thought out. Next time your going to post a story, think about what your going to write before you write it.

Here's a suggestion: (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28046457)

If you are so opposed to Apple's censorship, STOP BUYING AND HYPING THEIR PRODUCTS.

Until techy geeks stop hyping everything Apple does as the "next big thing" and start paying attention to the shady shit that Apple pulls every day, the situation will never get better.

Re:Here's a suggestion: (4, Interesting)

msobkow (48369) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046543)

I couldn't agree more. Continuing to buy iPhones and other Apple products only encourages them to continue behaving as they have. Since when is it up to a company to censor products, especially when the censorship is so unevenly applied as to allow other eBook readers to access the Kama Sutra?

Unfortunately, the simple fact of the matter is that people will not boycott Apple over such behaviour. In fact, many of their hordes of minions will probably be more likely to buy, claiming that Apple is "family friendly."

Re:Here's a suggestion: (4, Insightful)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046839)

The problem is theres really no other alternative. There are nearly no cheap AT&T handsets that A) Have a multi-touch enabled captive touchscreen B) A decent browser C) Lots of (quality) applications to download for free.

Sure, Android is great... Unfortunately here in the US there are only one or two phones released with it officially and both are on T-Mobile. Windows Mobile doesn't support captive touch screens officially, and almost anyone who has used WinMo can tell you it basically sucks. Blackberry looks promising, but as of now their only touch screen phone is hampered by SureType or whatever they call it making your typing speed really slow, and its locked in to Verizion. And other than Symbian (which AFAIK doesn't have a phone with a touchscreen), there aren't any other major smartphone OSes to choose from.

Until we get cell phone networks that actually embrace new and advanced hardware, it seems like we will be stuck with crappy phones.

Re:Here's a suggestion: (5, Insightful)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046945)

The problem is theres really no other alternative.

You're shitting me.

Please don't pretend that it's all about the "A)..multi-touch enabled captive touchscreen".

Why are people so resistant to simply admitting it's a fashion accessory? There's no shame in wanting something for status' sake. You don't have to make up rationalizations.

Re:Here's a suggestion: (1)

pohl (872) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047351)

Please don't pretend that it's all about the "A)..multi-touch enabled captive touchscreen".

I think you're shitting me...by mixing the words "haptic" and "capacitive" into one. ...and don't pretend that you have no ability to grok usability and the beauty of software's architecture. Never mind; I know you're not pretending.

Re:Here's a suggestion: (1, Insightful)

samkass (174571) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047365)

Only on Slashdot would your post get modded Insightful instead of its rightful "Flamebait" mod.

In short, don't try to pretend you know why iPhone buyers buy their phones, because you obviously don't. Trust me, fashion has very little to do with my purchasing decisions. If you met me that would be pretty easy to confirm.

Re:Here's a suggestion: (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28047437)

Because it's not. We use it because it has good features and is easy to use, plus a million others reasons.

Why are people so resistant to admitted that it's not just a fashion accessory but is actually a great, intuitive piece of technology.

Re:Here's a suggestion: (1)

Toonol (1057698) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047451)

Why are people so resistant to simply admitting it's a fashion accessory?

It's embarrassing to admit they're paying hundreds of dollars extra in order to purchase some plastic respect.

Not that it's wrong; it should be embarrassing. Apple needs to be careful, they're doing well but navigating in very fickle waters. The fashion tide can quickly turn.

Re:Here's a suggestion: (1)

thearkitex (1420577) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047461)

Why are people so resistant to simply admitting it's a fashion accessory?

Have people gotten around to admitting that about the iPod yet? I don't know, I still used CD's to carry my "portable" music collection.

Because it's not (1, Interesting)

weston (16146) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047485)

Why are people so resistant to simply admitting it's a fashion accessory?

Maybe before we actually discuss the issue, we could get some idea from you of why people seem to think they've shown some kind of deep insight when they say things like this.

Re:Here's a suggestion: (2, Informative)

Wrath0fb0b (302444) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046983)

Unfortunately here in the US there are only one or two phones released with it officially and both are on T-Mobile. Windows Mobile doesn't support captive touch screens officially, and almost anyone who has used WinMo can tell you it basically sucks.

(1) You can move the G1 to AT&T (or any other GSM carrier). Of course AT&T costs a metric ass-ton more than TMO, so I don't know why would want to do it, but that's a different matter? http://www.unlock-tmobileg1.com/EN/procedures/activate.php [unlock-tmobileg1.com]

(2) WinMo sucks out of the box, but there is a massive community of people cooking up new ROMS and writing awesome applications. If you are a super-busy-important guy (why would you be posting on /.?) then it's not for you, but for anyone with free time that likes to play with gadgets and customize software, WinMo is an acceptable choice.

Also, what's all the fuss about capacitive touch screens? My >2-year old (yes, it predates the 1G iPhone) HTC Titan has a resistive touch screen that works fine without the stylus for any application designed for touch-use, including most of the WinMo interface since I upgraded to 6.5 (community built, naturally). The (past) lack of good touch applications on the WinMo side of things was a software problem carried over from the days of the stylus, not because of hardware that couldn't support it.

Re:Here's a suggestion: (1)

baka_toroi (1194359) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047515)

So you're moving from oppresive Apple to oppresive Microsoft. Brilliant.

WinMo is not acceptable if you have any understanding of usability. I tried 2 different phones for 2 weeks with it and I'd rather use my cheapo Samsung than a phone with WinMo. Now, Blackberry/Android could be considered alternatives, but don't ever mention WinMo as usable. Please.

Re:Here's a suggestion: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28046607)

It's not censorship.

Re:Here's a suggestion: (5, Insightful)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046793)

Of course it's censorship. It's just not government censorship. That means it isn't illegal, it's just moronic, stupid, vile, idiotic, repugnant and pathetic.

Re:Here's a suggestion: (1)

khellendros1984 (792761) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046843)

Hmmm....yes it is. Whether it's justifiable or not is a more complex question, but they *are* suppressing things which have, on their own, been considered to be protected speech.

Re:Here's a suggestion: (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046901)

If you are so opposed to Apple's censorship, STOP BUYING AND HYPING THEIR PRODUCTS.

Many of us have already done just that.

Re:Here's a suggestion: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28046989)

I'm not!

In fact, every chance I get, I advise people against purchasing anything from Apple!

Re:Here's a suggestion: Yes It Would Be Nice... (1)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047161)

If you are so opposed to Apple's censorship, STOP BUYING AND HYPING THEIR PRODUCTS.

I agree with that. It would be nice to see Apple transformed from Arrogant to Humble and Appreciative.

Looks good (3, Insightful)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046465)

I watched the animations on the site, and nowhere did I see the mention of the Kama Sutra. Then again if you can find the Kama Sutra in a search, how is this any different from Google or Safari?

Re:Looks good (1)

Happler (895924) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047115)

Agreed. If they are going to ban an app for reasons like this, then they need to ban the web browser, since it can hit more porn then pretty much any other app they can find.

If they really want that much of a nanny state, then they need to have the telco's filter the web that the iphone can see.

Re:Looks good (2, Interesting)

tlhIngan (30335) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047315)

I watched the animations on the site, and nowhere did I see the mention of the Kama Sutra. Then again if you can find the Kama Sutra in a search, how is this any different from Google or Safari?

The funny thing with apps is - can you tell where the app ends and the downloaded network content begins?

A number of apps make remote content appear as if it was local - sure things may be streaming and fetched from webservers and displayed in embedded WebKit frameworks, but they have the look and feel of the app itself.

Using Safari, one knows they're accessing content on the Internet. Using an app, it can be quite difficult to tell what content's coming off the Internet, and what content's actually stored in the app itself. Especially since some apps hit the network to retrieve the content, while others build it in for offline use. It can be hard to tell - unless apps start putting up a big banner saying "You are now accessing online content" screen you have to tape through like some websites do when hitting 3rd-party links.

(The same issue will happen with the Pre - the Internet is so seamlessly integrated that where the app ends and online content begins is very blurry).

As for a sweatshop in Asia, well, it would explain it - local customs and all...

As to the question of the Nokia N810 (3, Interesting)

shellster_dude (1261444) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046483)

I happen to own a nokia n810, and I believe that it's ebook reading ability, particularly pdf, is excellent. It is probably my primary use for the device.

Re:As to the question of the Nokia N810 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28046735)

I use a Nokia 770 myself. I -don't- like the way it handles pdfs, but any other forms of text, rtf, html, etc, it's fantastic! I use it primarily as a book reader, and for almost nothing else, actually.

Re:As to the question of the Nokia N810 (3, Informative)

Simon80 (874052) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047181)

I second this, my N800 can surf the web, play music and videos, view documents, make SIP calls, and run arbitrary (free!) Linux applications that people port to the platform (i.e. torrent client, pidgin, mplayer, Gnumeric..), with no approval necessary from Nokia, and yet when I'm not in class with the thing taking notes and using the Internet, my main use for it is to read books on the bus or when killing time for whatever reason. In the last four months alone, I've read over 500 pages of the OpenGL Red Book on it. I highly recommend an N810 to users who want an inexpensive, non-crappy alternative to the iPod Touch.

I have an N770 (1)

Antidamage (1506489) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046489)

My N770 isn't just dirt cheap, it's a fine ebook reader as it has a higher resolution screen than the iPhone: 640x480 vs 840x480.

It's also a great little remote desktop terminal when I'm around the house. I use it as a winamp remote.

Re:I have an N770 (1)

Antidamage (1506489) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046507)

My bad, the iPhone is 480x320. So it sort of sucks balls.

Re:I have an N770 (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28046727)

What a wonderful comparison - an Internet tablet versus a cellular phone. Why not compare a laptop to an iPhone while you're at it.

Re:I have an N770 (1)

Thinboy00 (1190815) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047287)

Without bothering to Google, I'd guess the Nokia thing is cheaper than the iPhone. The only disadvantage it has is it's a little larger.

Re:I have an N770 (1)

Antidamage (1506489) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047301)

I was responding to the mention of an N800 in the article summary as an ebook reader. Surely it wasn't that hard for you to make the correct connection.

Nokia N810 (4, Interesting)

bluephone (200451) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046495)

I have an N810 and LOVE IT. I installed Evince which lets me rotate PDFs left or right so I have a full page visible on the 800x480 screen, and it's wonderful to read a book on. The fact that I have a full Gecko based browser and full xterminal everywhere is just icing on the cake.

Re:Nokia N810 (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046993)

Yes, but it just does not have the same je nais se qua as the iPhone. For some people, being more productive isn't enough. They have to have the only phone that matters.

When Nokia starts having billboards on the sides of buses with silhouettes of hip-looking young people dancing, then we can talk.

Re:Nokia N810 (1, Offtopic)

Thinboy00 (1190815) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047311)

Who the fuck invented fashion anyway? They should be shot! It is such a waste of energy and time.

Re:Nokia N810 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28047269)

I am always impressed of well perform this quite old device. It's too bad you cannot make phone call with it (yeah, I know skype).

Just Resubmit (2, Informative)

MozeeToby (1163751) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046497)

Its been very thoroughly established that Apple's censorship program is based more upon the reviewer you get than any standard set of guidelines. Someone got overzealous and rejected it, that doesn't mean that it is against Apple's policies. Just re-submit the thing and I'd lay even money on it that it will be approved the next time.

Re:Just Resubmit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28046753)

It isn't censorship.

Re:Just Resubmit (1)

EvanED (569694) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047003)

Let me introduce to my friend, the dictionary [reference.com] . You might find it enlightening.

Re:Just Resubmit (1)

davester666 (731373) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046849)

From reading the developers blog, he did re-submit it after getting an initial rejection.

His mistake seems (to me) to be resubmitting it and referencing the original complaint. The second reviewer just searched for the exact same phrase and got the exact same answer. Now, he has to create a new company, rename the app, and resubmit it to get a fair shake from a new reviewer...

Now, I have no idea how ANY of the so-called replacement browsers could possibly have been approved, as simply using them to google for the word 'porn' provides access to much more graphic information than the Kama Sutra.

Re:Just Resubmit (2, Insightful)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047067)

Its been very thoroughly established that Apple's censorship program is based more upon the reviewer you get than any standard set of guidelines.

So the problem is the way Apple set up the reviewing process and selects reviewers and allows for appeal of the reviewers' decision?

Same result. Ultimately, it's Apple's fault.

Apple simple does not believe in the power of the free-market, I guess. Instead of letting the free and unfettered action of the marketplace decide which apps and content will be run on the iPhone, as god himself intended, they have decided that they have to protect...somebody, most likely themselves, from some user somewhere actually making a decision for themselves.

Remember that famous Apple commercial for the Macintosh, way back when, with the Orwell 1984 theme and how Microsoft was like Big Brother and Apple was going to free people from the constraints of blah blah blah?

They've decided that Big Brother wasn't such a bad guy after all.

Karma Sutra is misunderstood... (5, Informative)

Manip (656104) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046509)

A lot of people have the mistaken impression that the Karma Sutra is a sex guide when in reality it is a guide to having and maintaining a strong relationship.

For example it talks about marriage, how to meet women, and other things that you might expect from any modern relationship guide. It has a few sections about sex, kissing, and such but isn't the "sexual positions" guide that people think it is (often mis-referenced as such).

It is no more porn than any modern relationship book (e.g. "Women are from venus men are from mars").

Re:Karma Sutra is misunderstood... (2, Insightful)

vux984 (928602) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047085)

A lot of people have the mistaken impression that the Karma Sutra is a sex guide when in reality it is a guide to having and maintaining a strong relationship.

A significant portion of the book is a sex guide.

It is no more porn than any modern relationship book (e.g. "Women are from venus men are from mars").

I agree its not 'porn' in the sense that its intent isn't to stimulate or excite the reader, but its not Women are from Venus Men are from Mars.

It's more like 2nd Century Cosmo for guys... "64 sex acts to dazzle your loved one...", "What your courtesan really expects to get paid", "6 ways to attract a mate", and "9 things your 9 wives do when you aren't looking', 'Is your neighbors wife sending you a signal? Find out what to do inside!'... yep, pretty much Cosmo...

minus the ads.

Re:Karma Sutra is misunderstood... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28047263)

and misspelled...

Oh please... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28046519)

If this is how they judge apps, then I think every way to view pornographic material should be removed. Safari, the actual phone, I'm sure there's some other ingenious ways. It seems apple doesn't want to have people compete with it's own products :P.

Good thing... (1)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046521)

... that the reviewer didn't look for 120 Days of Sodom [globusz.com] , I guess.

Re:Good thing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28046701)

... that the reviewer didn't look for 120 Days of Sodom [globusz.com] , I guess.

Why would they reject a work from some stuffy old French aristocrat? I've seen worse on 4chan.

Re:Good thing... (1)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047087)

I've seen worse on 4chan.

You know, if Dr Shipman had excused his behaviour by saying 'Well, more people were killed in the Second World War...' then it might have been similar to what you just said.

These are, after all, the people who took a cute teddy bear figure and turned it into a mascot for paedophilia.

Do not (1)

nova.alpha (1287112) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046559)

Do not develop for appstore.

i confused... (1, Insightful)

hh4m (1549861) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046573)

ppl love apple, then th same ppl hate it.... apple is quite consistent, it always likes to play catholic school teacher, but th fans r th ones who confuse me....

Re:i confused... (1)

pohl (872) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047277)

Perhaps there are two groups of people with opposite views?

The Author's Blog response (5, Informative)

heychris (587825) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046581)

Hi folks,

Original submitter here. It seems the root link to the the author's blog is gone, though it's in the firehose submission:

http://www.blog.montgomerie.net/whither-eucalyptus [montgomerie.net]

He's posting his entire dealings with Apple, mostly of the form letter variety. Hope this app nonsense gets cleared up soon.

CC

Resubmit it. (1)

tnk1 (899206) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046589)

There is either more to this story than meets the eye, or Apple really needs to get some better standards to their reviewers.

I can understand if this was rejected because the reader in some way made it significantly easier to find the content. Bear in mind, even through the Kama Sutra is not a work of pornography, it is an adult work and if it was featured in some way, no one would doubt that there should be some consideration given to if it will be allowed on a site without parental controls.

There is probably a spectrum between full-on general web browser and an app that is only the Kama Sutra, with pictures and diagrams. One could argue that if this app laid somewhere between the two in terms of how it is featured, there might be a reason to consider rejecting it. It would be nice, either way, if the reviewers and Apple made that line well-established.

Obviously, parental controls will make this situation go away. So, once that is dealt with, it should just be resubmitted. It only makes me wonder why Apple had not launched that functionality to begin with.

If, for some reason, the book was not rejected due to that work being featured in some way, then the reviewers are a bunch of retards. But you don't need me to tell you that.

App Store advertising scheme (4, Insightful)

daybot (911557) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046591)

This iPhone App advertising scheme isn't fooling me and I'm tired of these Slashdot stories feeding the cycle.

  1. Get iPhone app rejected by Apple, publish story, incite moral outrage by online community, then resubmit and get it accepted.
  2. ???
  3. Profit!

1.5 Get some blogger to flip out .... (1)

wsanders (114993) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046765)

... over the injustice and swear that his Apple fanboy days are over FOREV... oh wait nevermind.

Re:App Store advertising scheme (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28046957)

This iPhone App advertising scheme isn't fooling me and I'm tired of these Slashdot stories feeding the cycle.

  1. Get iPhone app rejected by Apple, publish story, incite moral outrage by online community, then resubmit and get it accepted.
  2. Profit!

Fixed that for you.

Alternatives (1)

Inakizombie (1081219) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046597)

I'll stick with my G1, thanks.

Re:Alternatives (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28046757)

I'll stick with my G1, thanks.

Yes, because that is almost identical to an iphone, except for the lack of most of the functionality, stability, and 9980 of the iphone apps. Yes, virtually identical.

Don't care for Apple's heavyhandedness? Jailbreak. You can do it using an installshield wizard app that takes all of 30 seconds to run. And you can un-jailbreak at will. And while jailbroken, you can still download, run, and purchase Apple store apps.

None of which you can do with your G1.

But yes, it's an alternative, much like sitting in your parents' basement is an alternative to going to the movies with a date.

Re:Alternatives (1)

Inakizombie (1081219) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047465)

Aww look! I got a troll! So cute. =D

The app store on the G1 is smaller, but I've found everything I need to actually use my phone, rather than just eye candy. The stability has been top notch, and I know this is regionally based, but the signal quality for me blows AT&T away.

I could jailbreak the G1 but I haven't found a need yet. I haven't tested yet, but from my understanding the app store works just fine on rooted phones. Oh and I can upgrade the storage or battery, or carry multiple batteries if I really wanted.

Don't get me wrong, I like the iPhone, but the G1 fits my needs. I just don't have a use for 9980 "Wooo" buttons.

Kama Sutra is not porn (5, Insightful)

bzzfzz (1542813) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046631)

It is difficult to imagine how the text-only English translation of the Kama Sutra [gutenberg.org] could be considered porn by anyone who has not spent the last 20 years in a Skinner box. Today, it is probably best understood as an interesting piece of history, since its contents are neither especially informative or titillating.

Of course, if some of the reviewers at Apple have spent the last 20 years in a Skinner box [wikipedia.org] , that would explain a number of the bogus rejections.

Re:Kama Sutra is not porn (1)

gemada (974357) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047295)

It is difficult to imagine how the text-only English translation of the Kama Sutra [gutenberg.org] could be considered porn by anyone who has not spent the last 20 years in a Skinner box.

skinner box...now that sounds like porn.

YOU FAIL IT (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28046651)

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N810 as eBook Reader (1, Informative)

kwalker (1383) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046665)

I use my n810 as an eBook reader all the time. The screen works quite well, and FBreader [fbreader.org] works like a champ (Even has its own Maemo repository). It doesn't have a book repository, but I haven't need one. The n800 should work about the same, and has a slightly larger screen. I just needed the keyboard.

But then again, I've been using eReaders since my original Palm Pro.

Porn is probably not the real reason (0)

thewils (463314) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046787)

It's probably because Apple are coming out with their own reader and don't want the competition.

Re:Porn is probably not the real reason (4, Funny)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046895)

It's probably because Apple are coming out with their own reader and don't want the competition.

Nah, it's because they're coming out with their own book of sexual positions and don't want the competition. Of course their book likely involves Apple fanbois having unspeakable things done to them by Steve Jobs.

3mod doWn (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28046791)

Distro is done Here faster chip posts. The8efore house... pathetic. The curtains flew you can. No, with THOUSANDS of implementation to

Barn door closed, horse already gone. (1)

peacefinder (469349) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046795)

I've had Stanza (another ebook reader) installed on my iPhone for months. And just last week on a whim I wondered if I could download the Kama Sutra from Gutenberg with it, so I tried. Sure enough, it worked fine.*

So I dunno what the point of this rejection is, since I can already do with my (locked, unbroken, completely unhacked) iPhone the very thing they are trying now to prevent.

[*: Didn't learn anything new, though. :-) ]

Books are supposed to be dangerous... (1)

Tikkun (992269) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046885)

They are supposed to contain knowledge, wisdom, insight, information, ideas and imaginings.

If you don't have access to information that could offend someone (or at least challenge how they look at the world), then you can't have access to anything. In this sense a program that can read books is the most offensive possible program you can make.

However, Steve Jobs' comments about people not reading books anymore aside, I don't want to live in a world without books or one with a reading list approved by some organization or bureaucrat.

Babysitters (3, Funny)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046899)

I don't need our new government to babysit me -- Apple's more than willing to do it for them.

Does the iPhone come with a web browser? (1)

interval1066 (668936) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046955)

And can one do a web search using that browser for pornographic material? And so on that basis wouldn't that qualify that browser as a restricted app?

What the hell is Apple smoking?

The Nokia 810 is okay (4, Interesting)

GMFTatsujin (239569) | more than 5 years ago | (#28046961)

From the summary: "I wonder how good the now-cheap Nokia 810 is as an e-book reader."

I have an N800, which is very close in specs. It's okay as an e-book reader, but nothing to write home about. I'm using FBReader.

As a general purpose internet laptop killer, it's awesome, though. Especially if you couple it with a bluetooth keyboard. I've written novels on it, VNCed, SSHed, played some games, diagnose networks, listened to podcasts, and even played Ur-Quan Masters on it [longtailgamer.com] .

I barely touch my laptop anymore unless I need something that genuinely calls for a larger screen, like a spreadsheet or balancing my checkbook. The fun stuff, I leave to the N800.

Today's Top Free App is all about the pr0n (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28047079)

Today's Top Free Application for the iphone is called "What's Your Sex Appeal?" by LOLriffic Stuff.

The interface and page turn animation is amazing. (2, Interesting)

psoriac (81188) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047187)

http://th.ingsmadeoutofotherthin.gs/eucalyptus/ [ingsmadeou...herthin.gs]

Just watching the demo video of Eucalyptus's interface makes me want to purchase it. The search methods, content organization, page zooming, and page turning seem very well designed and polished to me. Integration with Project Gutenberg is a fantastic bonus.

Disclaimer: I have no relationship with either Eucalyptus or Project Gutenberg. I'm just a very impressed hopefully-soon-to-be user.

The next time... (4, Funny)

Schnoogs (1087081) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047333)

...your partner is on the phone during sex they might actually be looking up the next position instead of chatting with a friend.

Ban Internet Access for IPhone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28047387)

Its possible on the iphone to go to "Adult" sites, and play music that may have swear words in them, etc etc.
Therefore should Apple ban any apps that show pictures, movies, internet, and text.
What about Chat lines, sex calls, phone sex, all undesirable, so therefore they should also ban phone calls.
The worst part of the iPhone is its made by Apple!

Why Should Apple Even Care? (2, Insightful)

EzInKy (115248) | more than 5 years ago | (#28047521)

Seriously, why should Apple even have the right to restrict what people do, see, read, or hear on the hardware that they purchased from them? Once money has changed hands their ownership to the metal has ended.

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