Declared unsuitable for minors in Australia! Sort of.

A colleague of mine wrote to let me know

Your blog is blocked as "adult content" in the internet cafe I'm currently using in Adelaide, South Australia. Other MSDN blogs show up without problem.

You must have really have spiffed up the content since I left the states!

Perhaps that should be my new subtitle. "The Old New Thing: Must be 18 or older to enter."

Comments (17)
  1. krisztian pinter says:

    seti@home homepage was changed some time ago because of adult filtering. "invisible to naked eye" ws replaced with "invisible to unaided eye". naked would not pass some filters. we are so far from AI.

  2. Steven says:

    Hmmm… perhaps you should use stdcall instead of __desclspec (naked).

  3. Gene says:

    Somewhere I have a JPEG of a Red Hat Linux box with a large "WARNING: MATURE CONTENT – NOT SUITABLE FOR AGES UNDER 16" on it. From the crown on the sticker, I think it’s Canada or England.

    Pretty funny.

  4. gkdada says:

    Not surprising at all. Our own yahoogroup which is a group of friends exchanging casual mails is classified an ‘adult group’, most probably because of swear words used at each other (it is a VERY tight knit group of friends)

  5. kbiel says:

    krisztian pinter: we are so far from AI.

    How is a computer supposed to define indecency when the best definition our finest jurists can conjure is "I’ll know it when I see it"?

  6. Merle says:

    It could also be that someone there decided your site was a "hacking" site.

    I mean, you do go deep into Windows internals sometimes. Code looks like code to the uninformed. And many hacking sites are blocked by the "adult" filters, wrong as that seems.

  7. Tempus says:

    Could be the comment in the item on medical slang that used the F word.. when explaining what TF BUNDY means… (if their filtering is based on presence of ‘offensive’ language) who knows..

  8. TristanK says:

    Wow. Wonder if they’re as sensitive to artists’ impressions of my naked torso.

    (discretion and peril-sensitive sunglasses advised)

  9. TC says:

    Um, I too post from an internet cafe in Adelaide, South Australia! Often Wayward Bus in Waymouth St. You wanna meet for a coffee?

  10. TC says:

    Duh, he wouldn’t be able to see that invitiation!

    The OP can email me on aatcbbtccctc<A.T>yahoo<D.O.T>com, if he’d like to take it up.

  11. Pax says:


    I’ve just noticed in my Explorer windows (XP) sorted by name that the file order is: (xxx1v7.doc, xxx1v8.doc, xxx1v9.doc, xxx1v10.doc).

    I would have thought the 1v10 doc would come between 1v1 and 1v2 (which it does when I do dir from cmd.exe). What trickery is Explorer playing on here?



  12. Tim Smith says:


    That is perfectly normal and logical (for normal people, not programmers). After all, 2 comes before 10.

    The shell uses the StrCmpLogicalW to compare two string while considering numerical portions.

  13. Alien426 says:

    Maybe it’s all those extended styles and structures that originally ended with "s", like INITCOMMONCONTROLSEX? But if one uses the search function there are plenty of ‘bad’ words like "sex" and "porn".

    Pax, the sort order of Windows XP is described <a href=";en-us;319827&quot; target="_blank">here</a>. Sorry if this messes up the page, it’s my first comment here and I don’t know if HTML is executed.

  14. Pax, I believe that has been explained already in an older posting of Raymond’s. Check the archives.

  15. Norman Diamond says:

    The recent article about drugs probably triggers some censors too. Hash is hash, whether coded or not, right?

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