Beta

Slashdot: News for Nerds

×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Microsoft's Bing Refuses Search Term "Sex" In India

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the back-to-spontaneous-generation dept.

Censorship 355

An anonymous reader writes "Apparently Microsoft is censoring search results for Bing in India and other countries. If you try to search for the term 'sex,' along with lots of variations, from India using Microsoft's new search engine, an error message is returned that says, 'the search sex may return sexually explicit content. To get results, change your search terms.' There's no preference setting or toggle-on-or-off choice; you simply cannot search for the term 'sex' in India if you are using Bing. While a user still can change their country and try the non-Indian version of Bing, this seems like an unnecessary step and unnecessary censorship on the part of Microsoft. Apparently Google has no problem with Indians searching for the term 'sex.'"

cancel ×

355 comments

No matter what the search engine says, (4, Funny)

palegray.net (1195047) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237645)

... there is no sex in India's champagne room.

My office mate from India (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28237691)

used to say that gay people were not "a problem" in India, since no one there was really gay. But it was OK for men to hold hands in public.

Re:My office mate from India (1)

Nick Ives (317) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237963)

But it was OK for men to hold hands in public.

That could just mean MDMA is OK in India :)

Re:My office mate from India (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28238003)

I am from India. It is such a ridiculous statement that no one is gay in India. (I am going ignore his implication that being gay is a "problem")

Just curious, why is it so bad in the US for two men to hold hands in public ?

Re:My office mate from India (4, Insightful)

palegray.net (1195047) | more than 5 years ago | (#28238085)

It's not "bad" per se, it's just a cultural taboo as in the US such behavior implies homosexuality, which still carries a serious stigma.

Re:My office mate from India (4, Funny)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | more than 5 years ago | (#28238149)

Because lots of men don't wash their hands, and it grosses people out that they've doubled the chances of spreading swine flu.

Re:My office mate from India (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28238181)

Just curious, why is it so bad in the US for two men to hold hands in public ?

Ummmm, because it's gay?

Re:My office mate from India (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28238199)

Is it really common for men to hold hands with each other in India or is the root poster making this up? It's not common in the US. If it is done it is usually in gay friendly places, and then the implication is that the men are gay.

Re:No matter what the search engine says, (5, Funny)

ydrol (626558) | more than 5 years ago | (#28238227)

To Paraphrase Russell Peters,

"India is the second largest population in the world. Somebody's fucking..."

and then... (4, Funny)

SinShiva (1429617) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237653)

there was pron.

and then... it was banned. (5, Informative)

im_thatoneguy (819432) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237977)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pornography_in_India [wikipedia.org]

Pornography is illegal in India. I assume the reason Microsoft bans the word "Sex" is ensure it is not sued as a pornography distributor.

Re:and then... it was banned. (1)

SinShiva (1429617) | more than 5 years ago | (#28238037)

'pron' was used in the past to slink by shitty filtration. and the internet is made of interconnecting tubes.

Another Microsoft foolish move (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28238011)

If there is no sex in India, why are there so many people?

Is Bing the Zune of search services?

But... (3, Insightful)

Eggplant62 (120514) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237655)

Big Brother knows what's best for us. Now, sit down, shut up, and consume consume consume, work work work, buy buy buy.

Re:But... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28237745)

Big Brother knows what's best for us. Now, sit down, shut up, and consume consume consume, work work work, buy buy buy.

nigger nigger nigger, coon coon coon, jig jig jig

Re:But... (-1, Troll)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237803)

What is it with white southerners that they obsess over black men and black dick?

Re:But... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28237849)

Well, white southern men are typically bible thumpers, and it's pretty clear that bible thumpers are closet homosexuals....

Re:But... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28238215)

Of course, they're thumping their black-bound bibles every morning and night.

Re:But... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28237877)

while interracial porn does sell like gangbusters in areas with high klan activity, this is just another "edgy" suburban south park republican/libertarian teen.

Re:But... (1)

MrMista_B (891430) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237951)

You should move to the US, I hear they don't have that problem. :)

Do a search for 'young sex' or 'teen sex' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28237657)

In the USA, they are censoring your searches too.

Re:Do a search for 'young sex' or 'teen sex' (1)

palegray.net (1195047) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237759)

You can turn off Google's SafeSearch feature, you know...

Re:Do a search for 'young sex' or 'teen sex' (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237801)

Strange that they didn't just set SafeSearch to strict by default, then let people disable it. I confirmed that doing this filters "sex" from search results.

Hm. (1)

buttfscking (1515709) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237659)

Now what are all their tech support guys gonna do all day?

Re:Hm. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28237835)

Who uses google for porn anyway?

'sex may return sexually explicit content' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28237661)

No shit, Sherlock.

Re:'sex may return sexually explicit content' (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28237723)

No shit, Sherlock.

Keep digging Watson.

Re:'sex may return sexually explicit content' (1)

Concerned Onlooker (473481) | more than 5 years ago | (#28238175)

I'm guessing that even Sherlock [apple.com] wouldn't have blocked that request.

Duh. (2)

orngjce223 (1505655) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237671)

A search for "sex" would return sexually explicit content? Duh. If you wanted to search for something that wasn't explicit, you wouldn't plug in the term "sex", would you?

Re:Duh. (5, Insightful)

slarrg (931336) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237805)

Sure, it's impossible that someone might be trying to read laws about sex discrimination or how to determine the sex of a snake or something.

Re:Duh. (1)

Thinboy00 (1190815) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237831)

If you type "sex" into a search engine with no qualifiers or anything, you are begging for sexually explicit content. If someone wanted to read about sex discrimination "or how to determine the sex of a snake or something", they would have searched for that.

Re:Duh. (4, Informative)

DMalic (1118167) | more than 5 years ago | (#28238099)

sex discrimination and sex crimes are blocked (just tested).

Re:Duh. (2, Informative)

nacturation (646836) | more than 5 years ago | (#28238231)

"sexual discrimination" does work though... just not "sex discrimination".

Re:Duh. (1)

DMalic (1118167) | more than 5 years ago | (#28238261)

Yeah, I noticed that. The really obvious ones (breast cancer, some others I tried) get through fine. It's still ridiculous to me, though.

Re:Duh. (1)

Ash.D.Giles (1278606) | more than 5 years ago | (#28238171)

Does it have to be said that it is quite reasonable to search for sex for a number of reasons apart from pornography? How about sexual health? For a young teen or something, searching for "sex" online because you're curious could lead you to some great articles that would tell you some pretty useful information. Like wearing a condom can help prevent you getting some nasty diseases. I'm pretty sure the idea of SafeSearch is to keep those search results whilst filtering the porn sites. Blocking all searches of the term completely seems like lazy design.

Re:Duh. (2, Funny)

Hecatonchires (231908) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237841)

There is no discrimination of any kind, or snakes, in india! Therefore your argument is flawed. Tea?

Re:Duh. (1)

ChunderDownunder (709234) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237961)

In both those cases 'gender' would suffice.

Re:Duh. (1)

palegray.net (1195047) | more than 5 years ago | (#28238055)

That's an awful line of reasoning. What's wrong with actually specifying what you're searching for? If I do a search for "sexual discrimination" I get results related to that query, not a page full of XXX links. If I want information on apple pie, would it make sense to search for "apple" alone?

Re:Duh. (1)

slarrg (931336) | more than 5 years ago | (#28238113)

There's nothing wrong with more discrete searches but I've found that the vast majority of users are not nearly as good at defining a discrete search as I am. The point is, if you search for "sex discrimination" with a location of India you get blocked because the term "sex" is blocked and the GGP stated that if a user used the term "sex" in their search they were only seeking sexually explicit results.

Re:Duh. (3, Insightful)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 5 years ago | (#28238123)

Well, some people don't, some people search for a general term. For example I knew someone who was searching for Dick's Sporting Goods which is a major sporting goods retailer... He made the mistake of just typing in "Dicks" in Google. There are a few less obvious ones, "coke" can refer to both a drug (cocaine) or a beverage (coca-cola) and so even typing in "how to make coke" might contain information on refining the coca leaf or how to emulate the flavor of coca-cola. Sure, when you type in "sex" you are practically begging for porn, but similarly if you search for "pots" (most search engines ignore plurals so it comes out as just "pot") how do you know what they are searching for? Either cookware or drugs. If they tried to remove all references to drugs too they would run into problems like that. While "sex" is rather obvious, others are not.

Snake Sex? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28238087)

I think it might be better for humanity if search engines did indeed censor out the results one might obtain by searching for the term "Snake Sex"....along with Goatse =)

Re:Duh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28238143)

You can search for 'Sexual Discrimination' on the India bing side.

Re:Duh. (1)

IRWolfie- (1148617) | more than 5 years ago | (#28238109)

This is deliberate discrimination against sextons everywhere!

So search for sex,the natural way (1)

Gi0 (773404) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237685)

Î'm i the only one who's searching for pron starts with the actual names of the pron stars?:)

Re:So search for sex,the natural way (2, Funny)

not_surt (1293182) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237823)

Huh? They have names?

Re:So search for sex,the natural way (2, Funny)

Nicolas MONNET (4727) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237995)

Name of their first pet and name of the street where they live.

I'm Brownie de Lappe.

Re:So search for sex,the natural way (1)

zamboni1138 (308944) | more than 5 years ago | (#28238211)

Speedo Jefferson, makes Jefferson D'Arcy look like a chump.

Re:So search for sex,the natural way (3, Funny)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237997)

Huh? They have names?

They must be related, usually their last name is "jpg".

Re:So search for sex,the natural way (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237985)

Waitasec... porn stars have names?

While we're at it... porn stars have faces?

Work-related? (5, Funny)

Excaliburszone (70838) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237701)

Perhaps Microsoft doesn't want it's tech support searching for certain things while on the job?

Re:Work-related? (1)

SinShiva (1429617) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237711)

oh no he din't

Re:Work-related? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28237939)

Should the apostrophe not be before the "n" since that's where you started dropping letters?

Can someone in India please try this link (1)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237715)

http://www.bing.com/search?q=win+xp+serial&go=&form=QBLH [bing.com]

It works great in the U.S.

Re:Can someone in India please try this link (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28237761)

I've been using live to search for cracks and serials for quite some time. The results are excellent in both quality and number compared to those of Google. It's good to see that they continue the legacy through bing. Microsoft rocks!

Re:Can someone in India please try this link (1)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237809)

It works on the India site and even comes up in the search suggestions.

Re:Can someone in India please try this link (1)

Thinboy00 (1190815) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237845)

Why is TPB in Microsoft's index?

Re:Can someone in India please try this link (1)

mail2345 (1201389) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237915)

It's not their index?

Re:Can someone in India please try this link (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 5 years ago | (#28238051)

Because otherwise TPB would sue MS? Its a lot easier to say "we don't filter anything" on the rare occasions that someone might find something totally objectionable but a lot harder to justify "Oh we blocked this, this, this, and this because they might be illegal" because thats just inviting lawsuits. Its hard enough for Google to have adwords let alone filtering of searches.

Re:Can someone in India please try this link (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28238155)

but they just blocked indians from getting sex results.

Re:Can someone in India please try this link (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 5 years ago | (#28238169)

Pornography in India is illegal and attracts several penal provisions. The law also states that distributing and publishing pornography is illegal.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porn_in_India [wikipedia.org]

Assuming that most of the top sex results would have been from porn sites which would have been illegal under the law, I don't think they could sue. On the other hand most torrent sites have a lot of legal content on them.

Thank Goodness! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28237721)

Someone cares about morals and propriety. The internet is no place for sex, especially Indian sex. If I was in charge no-one would be allowed to have sex or talk about sex or read about sex because sex is dirty and immoral and leads to crime, drug use, malfeasance, insouciance, laziness, ugliness, and general badness.

Re:Thank Goodness! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28237821)

I agree. sex is just downright wrong and needs to be stopped at every turn. Otherwise our children might grow up thinking sex is okay.

Re:Thank Goodness! (1)

Thinboy00 (1190815) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237863)

Unfortunately, the general population is actually that stupid. Please be less subtle.

Also, because we aren't having any (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28238041)

Seeing other people have sex or talk about it is depressing. Depression is a serious illness.

Pointing out the obvious... (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28237725)

If their population, and the Kama Sutra, are any indication, the cat is definitely out of the bag! Why Microsoft would choose to limit this information is beyond me...

Seriously (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28237739)

Google blocks searches for "Freedom" "Liberty" and other similar terms in China.

You Google fanboys really need to stop drinking the Kool-Aid(TM), Google is no better than Microsoft.

Re:Seriously (2, Insightful)

Thinboy00 (1190815) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237873)

Did the Indian gov't ask Microsoft to block "sex"?

Re:Seriously (2, Interesting)

Looce (1062620) | more than 5 years ago | (#28238091)

China has a very oppressive government; India doesn't, as far as I know. It would be interesting to see whether Bing works at all in China... or if it's "restricted" in China like Google Search is.

However, compare Internet censorship in the People's Republic of China [wikipedia.org] ("new regulations to be enforced by the ministry that inflict fines for 'defaming government agencies,' 'splitting the nation,' and leaking "state secrets."")

and Censorship in India [wikipedia.org] , which is also applied to the Internet ("Some media dealing with sex are frequently banned. Films, television shows and music videos are especially prone, however if any literature is banned, it is not usually for pornographic reasons.")

It would also be interesting to know whether Microsoft blocked 'sex' on Bing/India by request. or of its own volition to prevent possible repercussions. The law is enforced more heavily in China than in India, that's for sure.

Re:Seriously (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 5 years ago | (#28238161)

But there are a few differences. One, we have no evidence that the Indian government (which isn't as totalitarian as China's) asked MS to remove this term like in China. Two, Google has a responsibility to its shareholders to make the most profit. If Google got themselves banned from one of the largest developing economies with the most population and a captive audience, shareholders wouldn't be happy. Three, even though MS has this responsibility, there is no evidence they would be kicked out of India or India banning its citizens from accessing Bing like China would have done to Google.

how about bing? (1)

youn (1516637) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237769)

it could be argued that there is a song about sex, "she bings" ... "she bings, she bings... I like the way she movze"... or something like that"

pardhon mye spehling,

Tested and confirmed but... (3, Insightful)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237779)

It does stop you form searching for sex. Guess what, goatse gives the same result too! However you can search for:

allah is gay
gay
nigger
make bombs
bombing building
bme pain olympics
2 girls 1 cup

Re:Tested and confirmed but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28237883)

Some tit doesn't know how to use his mod points. There is no problem with pointing out the flaws in their censorship.

Re:Tested and confirmed but... (4, Insightful)

wild_quinine (998562) | more than 5 years ago | (#28238259)

However you can search for: allah is gay gay nigger make bombs bombing building bme pain olympics 2 girls 1 cup

... And since Microsoft has blocked the things it disapproves of, we can only assume that they're in favour of all of the above, especially the bottom one.

Somebody who isn't a shit-eating, racist, lesbian, terrorist ought to sue the pants off them.

How About 'Kama Sutra' ? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28237781)

As Rajesh says: "The INDIAN sex book"?

Foot, meet gun (5, Insightful)

Lonewolf666 (259450) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237807)

Congratulations, Microsoft. You have just blocked one of the most popular topics on the internet, forcing people to use an other search engine. Google will love this decision ;-)

Re:Foot, meet gun (0, Offtopic)

Thinboy00 (1190815) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237887)

[snip]another[snip]

There, fixed that for you.

Re:Foot, meet gun (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28238229)

gosh, who know "another" came from an other word.

Re:Foot, meet gun (2, Interesting)

networkzombie (921324) | more than 5 years ago | (#28238053)

Due to the religious nature of the vast majority of peoples in India, once they hear that it blocks offensive content it may become the search engine of choice.

Bling is banned (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237815)

By several providers of 'content filter devices'.

The ironing is delicious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28237819)

Kind of ironic, since India is the home of the Kama Sutra and all. . .

In all fairness to Microsoft (5, Insightful)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237839)

The Indian government might have demanded it.. stranger things have happened.

Re:In all fairness to Microsoft (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28237983)

But they don't care about google, which is much more prolific?

Re:In all fairness to Microsoft (5, Informative)

Sc4Freak (1479423) | more than 5 years ago | (#28238025)

It wasn't a government demand, but Microsoft voluntarily banned these search terms in order to comply with local laws in various countries.

An article on Ars Technica [arstechnica.com] found that 20% of regions had sexual content blocked.

The article states, "Microsoft says it determined this list of regions by looking at their local laws. The company is not taking action in response to specific government demands or regulations; it is simply playing it safe."

Excellent marketing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28237855)

Bing's different content-filter policies are making the news everywhere. Sex sells and Bing seems to be an excellent porn search engine, with the easy video previews and Web 2.0 image search.

Traditional newspapers (1)

PingXao (153057) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237867)

Just last week reps from many dead-tree newspaper publishing companies in America got together at a conference to explore ways they could remain profitable in the face of blogs and other online news sources. The conclusions and statements they agreed on in the end prove out this fact: they are no longer interested in "journalism" (investigative reporting is almost completely dead). No, their main goal is 30% profit margins to ensure "shareholder value".

I suggest that the big search engines - all of them, you know who they are - are also intereted in maximizing profits, not providing "quality search results". That's why MS is censoring searches for "sex" in India, Google caved into the demands of the Chinese government a year ago (or more), possibly they all restrict searching for "Nazi" or "Hitler" in Europe.

They have to be politically the equivalent of non-offensive and milquetoast, or risk the loss of revenue and profits.

There's nothing inherently wrong or evil with those policies. I think it's important to realize what's going on, however, and the last thing these companies will ever do is admit to the truth. The truth goes against what they claim as their mission. At least with Microsoft, everyone on the face of the planet who deals with computers or programming to make a living knows they're a great big lying sack of shit. The masses do not.

Re:Traditional newspapers (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28238029)

Your argument kinda melted down into vitriol a little at the end there. Easily done when the topic is MS I know!

However, fair points. Corporations care nothing for "good" or "right" - nor do they specifically go out of the way to be "evil". Corporate decision making is based primarily on the profit motive - other considerations are secondary. The decisions that result are ultimately amoral, not necessarily immoral.

Truth is something that a corporation will employ in its statements and publications only so long as there is an estimable return in doing so.

Where we can get away with saying, "Our product is definitely better than all our competitors' products" and the estimable cost of fines, consumer backlash or other bureaucratic costs that might result from blazon lying are significantly less than the estimable profit from gullible rubes buying our product because they thought we must be telling the truth... then we make that statement.

It's not that we the corporation specifically /intend/ harm to consumers. It's simply that we don't ultimately care one way or the other so long as the profit trend from consumer spending on our products is upwards.

Bing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28237917)

People use Bing?

Phimsex and Sexviet (1)

Greg Hullender (621024) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237965)

Never mind India -- notice that when you do a US search for "sex" Bing suggests you also search for "phimsex" and "sexviet". Neither of these terms is in the Urban dictionary, but (based on the search results) I think they're both synonyms for "spam".

--Greg

And Bing is... (-1, Redundant)

bky1701 (979071) | more than 5 years ago | (#28237975)

...dead on arrival.

Really, does Microsoft completely miss the point of search engines? I mean, I know they missed the point of operating systems and web browsers, but this is ridiculous. You spend millions on advertising, and then blow a good portion of your target market (Indians searching for sex and geeks who will object to this blatant censorship) right off the bat.

I will never cease to be amazed by this company.

What happens if you type "zzzz"? (3, Informative)

Cassini2 (956052) | more than 5 years ago | (#28238017)

Does "zzzz" get you sex?

Microsoft [nytimes.com] Spell Check [linuxjournal.com] Easter Eggs. [eeggs.com]

With the Kama Sutra ... (0, Redundant)

bkaul (1235970) | more than 5 years ago | (#28238071)

... maybe Microsoft just figured it'd be redundant.

Population Control (5, Funny)

CougMerrik (1221450) | more than 5 years ago | (#28238131)

There's how many people in India? Over a billion? Maybe it should just redirect to "Did you mean to search for Birth Control?"

I guess it's taboo..but.. (1)

grasshoppa (657393) | more than 5 years ago | (#28238165)

Have we considered that the Indian government forced this requirement on MS? MS isn't exactly known for sticking to their morals..on pretty much anyway, so why do we automatically assume it's their fault?

What about... (1)

Phroggy (441) | more than 5 years ago | (#28238179)

"sexually transmitted diseases"?
"sexual abuse support groups"?
"sexual harassment statistics"?
"sex discrimination"?
"sex education"?
"safe sex"?

All blocked?

Happens in Thailand (1)

nisboy (980853) | more than 5 years ago | (#28238183)

Same thing happens when you search from within Thailand.

It's not just India... (5, Interesting)

ElKry (1544795) | more than 5 years ago | (#28238185)

There's an entire list of countries where the search returns that message, including germany:

China
Hong Kong
Indonesia
Malaysia
Thailand
Turkey
And a lot of middle-east places, actually.

A lots of those I can see how this could make some warped sense for religious/political reasons, but can someone clarify why Germany? What makes it special?

Perhaps this is part of their push for acceptance (1)

PotatoHead (12771) | more than 5 years ago | (#28238189)

they sign on with all the entities that people don't like and don't trust.

Governments, big media, big corporate, you name it.

Give them all the nice terms they need to get what they get done, and in return they "prefer" the Microsoft solution. Stir in some clever bundling of products and services and you've got a base for windows leverage yet again.

Reeks of the same kind of thing that Vista is full of. ...and I could just be ranting too. Maybe they are stupid!

Google definitely has no problem with it... (4, Informative)

Z80xxc! (1111479) | more than 5 years ago | (#28238197)

Apparently Google has no problem with Indians searching for the term 'sex.'

From google trends [google.com] searching for Sex [google.com] :

Regions:

  1. India
  2. Egypt
  3. Indonesia
  4. Morocco
  5. Turkey

Cities:

  1. Delhi, India
  2. Chennai, India
  3. Jakarta, Indonesia
  4. Mumbai, India
  5. Rabat, Morocco

Yeah I'd say google has absolutely no problem with people in India searching for "sex".

Load More Comments
Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Create a Slashdot Account

Loading...