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Cingular Filtering Porn From Wireless Web?

timothy posted more than 12 years ago | from the handhelds dept.

Censorship 316

Atryn writes: "Cingular Wireless is reportedly blocking its customers from accessing 'objectionable material" via the Wireless Web.' The spokesman mentioned in the story disclaims knowledge of any blocking -- can any Cingular customers reading this confirm it?

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fp (-1)

anal-johnson (528597) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520164)

for logged in trolls, w00t

Re:fp (-1, Troll)

The Turd Report (527733) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520199)

first reply to a logged in troll's FP! Wh00t!!!1!

Re:fp (-1)

anal-johnson (528597) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520220)

you are a gentleman and a scholar, sir.

Third reply! (-1)

Big_Ass_Spork (446856) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520321)

... er, have I just stretched the joke too thin?

wow - Im leet (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3520166)

my very own frosty pist

first post (-1, Offtopic)

samwis (548174) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520167)

first post?

Well... (1, Insightful)

PepsiProgrammer (545828) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520170)

Censorship is a very bad thing, but some perv downloading huge ammounts of porn eating bandwidth from other customers is almost as bad as well. Difficult situation

Re:Well... (1)

SamBeckett (96685) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520187)

its not like its free bandwidth... jeezbus you are a tool.

Re:Well... (1)

PepsiProgrammer (545828) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520203)

No, but you degrade everyone elses service as well, even if you are paying for your chunk. Not only that, it may end up making services more expensive as wireless companies have to boost up their infastructure to support more bandwidth from horny bandwidth hogs.

Re:Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3520254)

Hello? Even if you are paying for your chunk? I paid for it, it's mine, I'll use it as I please. If there's a bandwidth shortage, the providers aren't using the money to boost the infrastructure as they should.

Re:Well... (5, Insightful)

henley (29988) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520287)

See, this here is what I don't understand about the state of the telecoms world.

Your statement:

...you degrade everyone elses service as well, even if you are paying for your chunk...

See, my immediate and overriding thought is: I'm the CUSTOMER. I give you money, you give me bandwidth. How I use it is up to me. I've bought - BOUGHT - bandwidth from you, and now you're putting all these restrictions on me because you didn't do your sums correctly and you're making a loss from insufficient service provision.

The same applies in spades to all the cable modem, ADSL, and prepaid dialup plans we see getting post-hoc restrictions placed on them. To me, this looks like the service provider is an incompetent cretin that can't do their sums, work out how much capacity they've *bought*, how much they *need* to service their paying customers, and charge appropriately right off the bat.

Seriously, folks, is the corporate world so seriously screwed up that no-one is capable of this?

Re:Well... (2, Insightful)

MisterBlister (539957) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520396)

You don't buy bandwidth. You LEASE access to the ISP's equipment. They are free to block whatever they want. If you don't like it, get another ISP, but ultimately that's the way it works.

Re:Well... (0)

mokyar (306659) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520196)

I do my bloody work online and use up lots of bw. I would have prefered to download xxx instead. Who are we (you) to decide whether work or porn better to clogh bw?

Re:Well... (1)

johankohler (200461) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520212)

What? Huge ammounts? Over a cel phone? AND you are paying per minute.

Do a little research before posting PLEASE.

Re:Well... (1)

PepsiProgrammer (545828) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520233)

Trust me, the wireless service here sucks so bad, any little bit counts

Re:Well... (2)

billnapier (33763) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520223)

If I were a cellular provider, I would encourage people to download large files, since they pay by the byte! Greedy, greedy, greedy!

Re:Well... (2)

realdpk (116490) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520349)

I don't pay by the byte for my cellular service, through Sprint PCS. The Cingular plans didn't look like they worked that way either - it's mostly by the minute.

Re:Well... (4, Insightful)

photon317 (208409) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520236)


No ifs, ands, or buts. Censorship is just a bad thing. If they have bandwidth problems, they can rate limit the users. That's an entirely different concept than limiting them based on the content of the traffic.

Re:Well... (1)

nvrrobx (71970) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520263)

Okay, I develop WML/HDML apps for a living.. Based on the limitations of the devices, WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU WANT TO VIEW PORN ON YOUR CELL PHONE?

Anyhow, enough of that rant.

Re:Well... (2)

PepsiProgrammer (545828) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520288)

Thats a very good question, but don't they provide access to PDAs?

Re:Well... (2)

Ooblek (544753) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520264)

How would I know if I was downloading porn or not? Kind of hard to see details in that tiny little screen. Lets see....white dot surrounded by a lot of black dots. Hey! Thats a .... oh, nevermind, it was a picture of mickey mouse.

Re:Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3520269)

wow, that IS insightful. Thank you moderators!

Re:Well... (1)

mckayc (307712) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520272)

So censorship is bad only when it affects you, but if it's those dirty porn-watching pervs then you're all for it?

Re:Well... (1)

reflexreaction (526215) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520283)

C:"What!? Cingular is banning phone sex?" S:"No, they may be censoring your ability to download porn via their wireless web." C:"Does this mean I can still call cowboyNeal and fantasize about his feet?" S:"Yes." C:"Woohoo, go Cingular."

Re:Well... (1)

reflexreaction (526215) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520302)

C:"What!? Cingular is banning phone sex?"

S:"No, they may be censoring your ability to download porn via their wireless web."

C:"Does this mean I can still call cowboyNeal and fantasize about his feet?"

S:"Yes."

C:"Woohoo, go Cingular."

Sorry, the formatting was bad.

Re:Well... (2, Insightful)

MisterBlister (539957) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520328)

Even if this is true, its NOT A CASE OF CENSORSHIP. People on Slashdot tend to throw that word around far too freely. When a company stops you from doing or saying something on their equipment (even if you pay for it/lease it), that's not censorship...If you don't like their policy, use a competitor. If the GOVERNMENT mandated that cell phone web access couldn't include smut, THAT would be censorship.

Frast prist (-1, Troll)

Anti-Microsoft Troll (577475) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520174)

I claim this FP for Bill Gates and his $41 billion.

Oops. Not frast. Sorry Bill. Don't kill me.

the next step to web censorship (1)

serenarae (154753) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520180)

could this be leading up to the internet being censored by isp's? why let one company get away with it.. *shakes head* what's this world coming to

So? (2, Interesting)

neksys (87486) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520184)

Unless you're looking at ascii porn [spacebarcowboy.com] , who does this affect? doesn't the Cingular network support primarily text-based devices? I apologize if my understanding of this is incorrect.

Re:So? (1)

bleh-of-the-huns (17740) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520241)

If they are anything like voicestream (whicih I suspect they are since they offer similair service), you can hook the phone up to any other device via the IR or (sometimes supplied cable). And browse or irc or do whatever from there. you can use their gprs service, or use the phone itself as a dialup device. Only when using the phone itself, or similair device to browse or do whatever, is it text only.

Re:So? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3520258)

where is the braille p0rn???

You buy bandwidth... (1)

SkyLeach (188871) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520189)

then it's yours to download whatever you want, p0rn or anything else.

I don't like perverts. I don't like bandwidth hogs. But I will decide for myself who is who and not they network provider.

Re:You buy bandwidth... (2, Insightful)

justletmeinnow (315504) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520209)

That's true, my wireless web minutes are extremely expensive. That's enough deturant for most of us, so if you're willing to pay the price then why not let them? If it really got bad you could bump up the price once they use a certain amount.

Re:You buy bandwidth... (2)

realdpk (116490) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520391)

What provider do you use where your wireless web minutes are expensive? For SprintPCS, if you sign up for the Wireless Web option ($5/mo) they come out of your voice minutes. I have 2800 non-peak minutes which I'll probably NEVER come close to using on my PDA, and my total bill is $40 or $45/mo. That's not even close to expensive.

Re:You buy bandwidth... (1)

MisterBlister (539957) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520378)

You buy bandwidth... then it's yours to download whatever you want, p0rn or anything else.

What planet are you from? It is perfectly legal for an ISP to filter what does and does not cross their network. It might not be customer-friendly, but you have no implicit right to use the bandwidth for any purpose you see fit just because you paid for it. You are paying for access to use the ISP's equipment, and if the ISP chooses to filter some sites, then that's too bad... They don't need to promise that you can access any computer on the network through their equipment. If you don't like the policy, don't use the ISP that has the policy.

Don't you dare take my porn (5, Funny)

jaxon6 (104115) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520194)

What will the world be coming to? I work hard, I follow the rules, I play fair. And in return what do I get? The ability to watch ASCII porn on my phone yanked out from under me. If I want to wait the fifteen minutes per image, so be it. I needs my porn. Boycott! Boycott!

Compaq Bankruptcy! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3520195)

No surprise here. Compaq has been teetering on the edge of bankruptcy ever since Zelerate released a report saying that use of their products might turn users into Richard Stallman. While nothing was ever substatianted Compaq was nevver able to fully recovver. They've spent teh last several years trying to revive intterest in their products, but have been unsuccessful. If their CEO had concentrated on new markets instaed of harrassing employees then maybe they could've survived.

Confirmation? (5, Funny)

Cheesewhiz (61745) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520197)

can any Cingular customers reading this confirm it?

So, wait...let me get this straight...you WANT me to view "objectionable material"? Man, what's next, naked pictures of Taco?

(I feel kind of queasy now...)

Filtering is the wrong word, CENSORING is better (5, Informative)

HanzoSan (251665) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520200)

Why dont they just change the word to CENSORING.

Filtering means you can control it, CENSORSHIP means THEY control it.

I see he has experience with this... (5, Funny)

Loki_1929 (550940) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520201)

From the article, "Not that wireless Internet customers are missing much; porn images viewed on a cell phone are so pixelated it's tough to tell a nude from a smudge."

Now how does Ben Charny (author of the article) know what porn pictures on the cell phone look like?

Busted.

Re:I see he has experience with this... (5, Funny)

Ooblek (544753) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520314)

Also of note is Sprint PCS's spokesman Dan Wilinsky's quote:

"The Internet is the Internet"

I bet Sprint pays this guy a lot. What a visionary. What a proponent of freedom. He had the balls to go on record where others couldn't. They should let him star in a Michelob commercial.

Re:I see he has experience with this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3520316)

Now how does Ben Charny (author of the article) know what porn pictures on the cell phone look like? Busted.

Hey, give the guy some credit for doing research. Beat the usually "talking out my ass" level of journalism in many of the stories here.

Re:I see he has experience with this... (3, Funny)

OblongPlatypus (233746) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520353)

How do you know he isn't a smudge fanatic who enjoys viewing images of smudges on his cell phone, frequently finding himself mistaking them for nudes?

Inversed.

Phone p0rn (-1)

K0R$ h4x0r ru1z (533828) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520202)

Mobile phone porn pushers arrested
By Jo Ticehurst [22-09-2000]

Two men have been arrested by Japanese police for developing miniature websites with pornographic content that could be downloaded via mobile phones.
Two men have been arrested by Japanese police for developing miniature websites with pornographic content that could be downloaded via mobile phones.
According to reports on English language Japanese news service Mainichi Daily News, the men were arrested in connection with the distribution of obscene images viewable through NTT Communications' iMode phones.

iMode is a mobile internet platform that is getting good press for delivering a richer internet experience than Wap. Unlike Wap, iMode enables viewing of HTML web pages on mobile handsets.

Kazuo Toge, aged 31, allegedly created the website with the pornographic images, and 36-year-old Yoshimasa Tanebe is suspected of making hundreds of thousands of yen selling the images to iMode users who subscribed to the service.

Industry experts said similar situations are likely to occur with the adoption of Wap technology.

Nad Nadesan, marketing director of mobile internet developer Peramon, said: "There are already instances where people are transmitting pornographic messages by SMS [short message service]. However, there are not many Wap handsets today that can see pictures. But it can happen and probably will. God help us when we have 3G [third-generation mobile services]."

He added: "In Japan, iMode is under the control of DoCoMo, and they will have terms and conditions of what can and can't be done. It will be up to the internet service providers to regulate this, in the same way that the wired internet is regulated today."

whoa (3, Funny)

martissimo (515886) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520210)

never had considered the ability to get pr0n images on a cell phone, maybe the good old POTS line of mine is getting outdated after all!

Albert Einstein On Time Travel (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3520213)

There's an intteresting article over at CNET where Albert Einstien gives us some backgroudn information on time travel. I didn't know that time travel had anything to do with looting defenseles villages, but according to Albert Einstein it does. It's an interesting raed, and sure to start a discussion on the practicality of time travel.

It's time for... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3520215)

Encryption. Nothing beats censorship like an opaque channel. If your webhoster offers it, enable SHTTP for your site and tell your users to use it.

Re:It's time for... (1)

vegetablespork (575101) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520234)

Nothing beats censorship like an opaque channel.

Nothing beats an opaque channel like banning your IP block. Nothing beats an opaque channel like blocking SSL.

Re:It's time for... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3520322)

Yeah, block SSL. No more safe web transactions. Customers love that kind of shit.

You must be HOW old.... (4, Insightful)

Darkstar9969 (516815) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520218)

You must be at least 18 in the USA to view Pr0n.

You must present a drivers liscense and CREDIT CARD to get a cell phone.

HOW can they legally restrict you from viewing ANYTHING legal to you as an adult via ANY means?

Pr0n is legal for me to view if I'm old enough so for crying out loud let me if I wanna!

Did I miss something???

My $.02

Re:You must be HOW old.... (1)

jerrytcow (66962) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520273)

Because you don't need to be 18 to get a driver's license or credit card. Most people I know had their license when they were 16 or 17, and many had credit cards before turning 18 (either in their parents' name or parents' and theirs), so kids under 18 can get thier own cell phones. Even if they can's get one on their own many parents buy cell phones for their kids.

Re:You must be HOW old.... (0)

Caez (470978) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520275)

I'm 17, therefore have a drivers license, and my parents have a credit card. Instant Cell phone. A survey at our school showed that 20% (400/2000) have a cell phone, and their mainly under 18.

Re:You must be HOW old.... (2)

Moonshadow (84117) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520292)

Your parent can co-sign for you. I had my first cell phone at 16. I paid it all and everything, but the CC was my parents. Take a look around yourself. Do you REALLY think that only 18+ people have cell phones? You go to the mall nowadays and there are 11-year-olds chatting it up on their brand new phone.

Sorry, try again.

Re:You must be HOW old.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3520295)

Are you kidding? I see younger and younger people running around with cell phones nowadays. I have tons of young cousins that are well under 18 that have their own phones.. the families all have those family plans and everyone has their own.

Not that I think it's right to censor sites.. I just don't think that's the right argument..

Re:You must be HOW old.... (2)

aardvarkjoe (156801) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520297)

HOW can they legally restrict you from viewing ANYTHING legal to you as an adult via ANY means?


Very easily. They own the network. They can legally filter what they want. (The word you're looking for is WHY, and the legality isn't really in question.)

Re:You must be HOW old.... (2)

interiot (50685) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520298)

There's no law that says you have to be at least 18 to view pornography of individuals who are 18 or older.

There are a variety of state and federal laws which try to hamper children from getting porn without their parent's permission. This is a very different thing.

Re:You must be HOW old.... (1)

mcowger (456754) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520333)

HOW can they legally restrict you from viewing ANYTHING legal to you as an adult via ANY means? Pr0n is legal for me to view if I'm old enough so for crying out loud let me if I wanna! Did I miss something???

Yeah, ya did. No one is saying that its illegal for you to view porn. View porn as much as you like. Its not against any law for Cingular (a private company) to prevent you from viewing porn THROUGH THEIR SERVICE. In no way is Cingular saying "You cant view porn anywhere, MWAHAHAHAHA!". (The maniacal laugh is my interpretation). They just block your viewing it thourgh their service, which is completely independent of your age or legal rights.

its their choice, not a censorship of you. They can legally do whatever they want in terms of blocking, including *gasp* not providing mobile internet. Where on earth did you get the idea that they are REQUIRED to show you porn?

Re:You must be HOW old.... (3, Insightful)

PepsiProgrammer (545828) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520380)

The same way a bookstore or library can choose not to provide pornographic magazines.

Re:You must be HOW old.... (1)

beefstu01 (520880) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520393)

Hey, honestly, how many people under 18 haven't looked at porn anyway? Sheesh, its not hard to get a copy of Playboy or Penthouse when your 15. Who cares? What harm can be done by letting a 16 year old look at porn when he wants to? I mean, at 16 you can drive a car, and I think more harm can be done driving a car (hey, you can die) than watching pixel porn (worst case- getting a hard on). Tsk Tsk... why don't we do things the european way and not care about age?

Intel Hacked (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3520229)

ZDNet is reporting that a band of haxors calling themselves the "llama Force 5" have cracked their way into Intel's intternal servers and may have had access to sensitive information. Reportedly an uninstaled patch was to blame, adn it has been fixed. No word yet as to how long they had been intruding, or if any customer credit card or private information had been compromised. I wodnder if Intel considers their work on holograms as sensitive information? Just another reason to not do busines with them.

Porn on a Cell Phone! (2)

Jack William Bell (84469) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520242)

Give me a break. Why would I want to view porn on a screen the size of a PDA, much less your common cell phone? Yeesh!

Perhaps they are blocking alt.sex.stories.spanking or something...

Jack William Bell

Re:Porn on a Cell Phone! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3520385)

Hey, say you're about to get a blowjob from some nasty bitch, and you can't get it up.. and all you got is a cellphone to get you turned on.

The Old Way was Bad Enough (1)

IronTek (153138) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520244)

It's always been a problem of people talking while driving in a car...now I'm going to have to worry about people accessing porn in the car?!

People! You have to keep at least one hand on the wheel at all times! Is even that too much to ask?!

Yeah man! (-1)

Chinese Karma Whore (560174) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520245)

I have Cingular, I've been constantly trying to get at the porn since 7:30 AM, but I can't! FEED ME

Scientists Create Bioluminescent Moose (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3520250)

Scientists ovver in the UK have produced a moose that glows in the dark. One future benefit of the developement will be when bioluminescence is merged with Clapper technology. That way we can al have a moose in our house adn use him as a reading light and not have to laeve our beds to shut it off.

Permission? (2)

smnolde (209197) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520252)

Maybe those two employees should ask their moms to call Cingular and ask to have the filter^H^H^H^H^H^Hcensoring stopped.

I'm a Cingular customer, but I don't need internet on my cell phone.

my favorite quote... (2)

billnapier (33763) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520255)

"The Internet is the Internet," he added.

As if it were something else. ZDNet Journalism at its best.

What does it matter? It's their network, not yours (1, Troll)

delus10n0 (524126) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520256)

See subject. If they want to filter out content, they can do whatever the heck they want. You signed a service agreement to use their service under their terms.

Hey people PAY for Pr0n! (1)

crovira (10242) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520260)

Fuck this community standards shit imposed by people who don't live in the community.

People PAY for pr0n. They don't need some tight-ass dead-in-the-crotch telling them that they can't access it.

The phone company is not responsable for criminals planning heists on the phone, the ISP are not responsable for people jerking off to Pr0n.

AND THEY ARE NOT GUARDIANS OF MORALITY. SELF-APPOINTED OR OTHERWISE.

would this be considered objectional? (-1)

anal-johnson (528597) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520266)

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Google Makes A Breakthrough In Holograms (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3520268)

Looks like we'll be seieng a lot more products incorporating holograms technology from Google. Their resaerchers just pperfected designs that put them light yaers ahaed of Yahoo. No word on when teh first products will be released, but it looks like its really happening this time. What implications this has on my plans for eradicating teh AIDS virus are stil unclaer at this time.

Getting porn from a cellphone . . . (4, Funny)

vegetablespork (575101) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520271)

. . . lemmesee w (9) w (9) w (9) . (####) g (4) o (66) a (2) t (8) s (7777) e (33) . (####) c (222) x (99) . . . nope, not worth it.

But this does pose an interesting question--what URL's are easily memorable, and are optimized for entry via telephone keypad as alpha?

So What Happens... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3520278)

when the phone gets sticky? Does that void the warranty?

Cingular is just being kind to drivers... (1)

mattkinabrewmindspri (538862) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520279)

Maybe this will keep the guy ahead of me from looking at porn on his way to work.

When they're just *talking*, at least they've got one hand free!

I can't get to most sites on my Cingular... (2)

Blackwulf (34848) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520282)

For some reason I keep getting a Proxy error on my Cingular phone when I visit a lot of sites...INCLUDING THOSE ON CINGULAR'S SITE!!

"Cannot display malformed content" is one I get on some parts of Cingular's site...

It looks like some of the other sites I visit are okay now, Slashdot's site came up for the first time...I was using it to get an error and I can't get an error on any webpage anymore...(something about upstream content to the proxy)...Looks like it was fixed...Now time to go find some pr0n!

Steve Jobs Headed For Adobe To Work On Anime (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3520284)

I'm not sure whether to call it a miracle or a bad decision, but Adobe announced today that Steve Jobs is now an employee of theirs. What position that was ofered at Adobe wasnt anounced, but with Steve Jobs's experience in harasing employees, I suspect a position in teh anime department will be forthcoming.

oh darn (1)

_marshall (71584) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520289)

and I was looking forward to looking at all those thumbnails on my black and white nokia phone..

New for nerds (0, Offtopic)

ninjalex (60059) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520291)

For once, this is new that matters!

Sun Releases Office 2000 For The Atari 2600 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3520299)

It's been a long time coming but finally Sun has relaesed Office 2000 for the Atari 260. I for one have been waiting 3 years for this. I'm having trouble keeping teh drool off my keyboard. UPDATE: Apparently this is just a Beta relaese, so clean up that drool.

Hmm.. (1)

Knoxvill3 (578169) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520303)

Wonder if they concider even some of my phone calls 'objectionable material' given the fact I get cut off or no signal so much.

Besides, why bother filtering out pixelated porn? Why can't service providers (ISP's to Phone Services) just butt out? They always seem spend so much time and effort taking the law into their own hands and do what they think is right for the customer, instead of conceintrating that energy, time and money into something worth while, like expanding their national networks, eliminate 'dead spots' in most areas, and gosh, heaven forbid, maybe if that's all to much to ask for, then stop fight the 'good fight' free up some of the cash used to pay employees to fight evil and lower the cost to the customers. Again, probably too much to ask for.

Ah well, back to filtering out all the spam Cingular doesn't filter out.

Porn on a Cell Phone? (2)

goldspider (445116) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520304)

Ok let me start that Cingular doesn't have any business telling its customers where they should and should not go on the internet.

That said, how many people are out there looking at porn on a cell phone? Besides the obvious limitations of an image on a black-and-white LCD screen, do some people really need their fix of pr0n so spontaneously that they can't get to their computer or local magazine stand?

From the bad idea department: (1)

Henry V .009 (518000) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520312)

They should have posted a goatse guy link in the main article so that everyone could have tested whether or not it was blocked.

RAMBUS Clones Marc Andreessen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3520323)

Aparently one Marc Andreessen wasnt enough fro RAMBUS. In an article published in this month's Cloning magazine. RAMBUS was worried that Sun might clone Marc Andreessen first adn then patent the proces, so their resaerchers have been working aroudn the clock to be first. Fortunately fro the world, RAMBUS has promised to release to the public the technology that they used. So if you think you're seeing Marc Andreessen everywhere you probably are.

Isn't this like banning 900 numbers? (1)

aaandre (526056) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520324)

Phone companies get paid by a customer's monthly fee, then by the minute and then by the byte, *for the quantity of service used*.
It's none of their business what the content is.

Or is the time when I won't be able to speak my *beep* mind on my *beep* *beep* phone?

Explicit content on your phone's screen?! Pleeze!
I wonder what's behind all this? Are they trying to push sales to parents?

PORN!? (1)

phaserx (574470) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520330)

As long as they don't have any reports of accidents with people and their pants down, everythings cool. And when they do start to get those accident reports, i'll begin working on a "hands-free" version for the cell phone.. ;)

Cingular readers can't read Slashdot (0, Flamebait)

wackybrit (321117) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520331)

can any Cingular customers reading this confirm it?

How can they? Surely Slashdot is censored because it's 99% objectionable material?

Oh, hang on, I got it wrong. Slashdot's content is objectionless, not objectionable.

Cisco Rewriting The Gimp In Pascal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3520337)

Cisco for some unfathomable reason has decided to rewrite The Gimp in Pascal. I can't imagine what they expect to gain from such a ridiculous exercise. When there done I hope that they port it to the Nintedno 64 just fro kicks.

Cell phone displays (4, Funny)

Fizzlewhiff (256410) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520338)

Given the size of most cell phone displays perhaps they are doing a public service by blocking pr0n by saving people from unneeded eye strain. Ok, so I am reaching....

I'm just waiting for a voice over IP chat application on my cell phone. I think this will be the killer app for internet enabled cell phones. Imagine the convenience of being able to have a voice conversation on your internet enabled cell phone with another internet enabled cell phone user.

GameBoy Beowulf Cluster (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3520350)

Caldera wil begin selling thier own GameBoy Beowulf clusters. They're going to be working with Adobe so you can expect a stupid name. I dont see any practical application for these, but I'll probably get one anyway.

Re:GameBoy Beowulf Cluster (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3520377)

But when I pour hot grits down my shorts, will Natalie Portman become petrified?

WAP pr0n???? (0)

johnthorensen (539527) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520355)

From this: (.)(.) \ / To this? (xxxx) \ /

Lies, lies! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3520364)

There's definitely no censorship on Cingular. Here's a picture of Britney Spear's boobs I just downloaded from one of those sites which always send unsolicited mails to my Hotmail account (minors please leave the room now, thank you):

(.)(.)

As if they couldn't access pr0n anyway.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3520365)

What's to stop them from calling a 900 number or any other sex number on the phone? If they're only stopping WAP traffic, they can access web sites through regular HTML traffic on phones that support that..

Everytime you censor people there's a way to get around it and you mainly wind up screwing people who should rightfully be able to access that information.

Besides, if they want to wait for some pixellated phone pr0n, let 'em.. it's not like they can't just find it elsewhere anyway, how many people actually didn't see pr0n until they were of legal age?

EBay Rushes To Patch Bug In Abiword (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3520368)

eBay announced that there is a bug in Abiword that allows hackers to gain control of your system if you change your password to 'moose'. Of course, eBay says this is a "feature" and not a bug. I wuold call it a feature if script kidies used it to launch a DOS against thier servers.

Steve Case Denies Relationship With Pope John Paul (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3520379)

Slashdot doesnt usually report on stories like this, but when it's two people like this we cant resist. According to an article in Fast Company Steve Case and Pope John Paul II have been spotted dining together several times in a Santa Clara establishment, but the article is rather ambiguous as to whether it's a profesional or ppersonal relationship. The pictures circulating on teh net make it a little claerer.

The FCC probably requires them to. (4, Interesting)

Dr. Zowie (109983) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520387)

Ham packet radio and even CB are subjected to the FCC's rather stringent requirements against profanity and obscenity. I remember this being a big deal when I daydreamed about setting up a packet-radio ISP link in the early 1990s -- even sort-of-innocuous newsfroups like rec.nude could get you into trouble. I'm not sure what's different now with 802.11b.

No research here at all (1)

anotherone (132088) | more than 12 years ago | (#3520389)

Hi, I subscribe to Cingular's Wireless web and I just accessed porn on my cell phone. This article is absurdly misinformed.

porn on a cell? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3520397)

that will REALLY mess up driving

or is it just text?

like |- o| or something?
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