Microsoft says 'tsk tsk' to Xbox potty mouths

CNET Update is keeping it clean:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn why some Xbox One users are losing Live account privileges when uploading game videos with profanity.

- Get a free launch-day game download if you get one of the few defective Xbox One consoles.

- Take note of a change in spam and malicious links in YouTube comments.

- If your turkey dinner is a bit dry this Thanksgiving, be grateful it's not freeze-dried, thermostabilized and irradiated.


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&%*$#! Microsoft limits Xbox Live users' curse words

As Xbox players battled each other, uploading videos showcasing conquests and recording trash talking over the past couple of days, some players noticed that they lost their Xbox Live account privileges.

What gives?

Apparently, Microsoft has cracked down on the use of expletives in its Upload Studio videos.

"Excessive profanity and other Code of Conduct violations will be enforced upon. On Xbox One, we have a more sophisticated system of enforcement," a Microsoft spokesperson told CNET. "As a result, if someone misbehaves on the service, we may only suspend some of their privileges on Xbox Live such … Read more

Google Glass reportedly says no way to cussing

Cursing, swearing, profanity, bad words, expletives, four-letter words... Google Glass reportedly doesn't want any part of it.

Apparently, if users say any of this foul language while wearing the Google's augmented reality headset, the device simply won't recognize those words, according to Geekwire. And, there's reportedly no way to turn this filter off at this time.

This isn't Google's first foray into censoring swear words. In fact, according to Geekwire, the no-profanity policy reaches throughout most all of Google's products and software that use the voice-to-text translation engine.

When the tech giant debuted … Read more

Study: Half of Facebook's walls enjoy profanity

I am not sure I see the point of Facebook walls. Save for those Facebook uses so that Google can't peer over.

However, I've never really thought about the vernacular that prevails on these relatively public repositories of graffiti.

So I am grateful to a company called Reppler, which decided to take a peek at the musings on 30,000 Facebook murals.

It was not a pretty sight. For Reppler deduced that 47 percent of Facebook users have naughty words on their wall. Naturally, for those of a permissive bent as myself, this seems to suggest that Facebook … Read more

The 404 671: Where wait, Canada didn't have Netflix? (podcast)

Despite being an excellent location for bachelor parties, Canada is apparently a laggard when it comes to country-wide tech proficiency. Case in point: it just got Netflix. Our northern neighbors can now sign up for Netflix's streaming service for as little as $7.99 per month, which includes feature films from major film studios like MGM, Paramount, Universal, Sony, and more.

We applaud Canada for joining the streaming game, but the news has a catch: although they can access the content online through a computer, a Blu-ray player, and the Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii, Canadians still can't sign up for Netflix movie deliveries--it's just streaming, for now. However, they can get the first month free if they sign up now.

Two strange announcements from the world of video games: first, Christopher Nolan revealed that a video game based on "Inception" is in the works. That's all we know for now, but we're looking forward to zero gravity fight long as game play isn't as difficult to follow as the film!

Next, the King of Pop is getting his own online game called Planet Michael. The game will be a massively multiplayer online role-playing game like WAR or Guild Wars 2 and will take players through multiple realms, each based on one of Jackson's famous albums.

Even better, Los Angeles-based SEE Virtual Worlds is offering the 3D game for free when it comes out in late 2011.

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Google censors 'Lolita,' but not 'bestiality'

It seems like only yesterday that news surfaced that naughty words were being replaced by hash marks on Android phones.

Should you have missed this purely puritan entertainment, words such as the very common one beginning with an "f" were being censored by the built-in voice-to-text feature found on Google's mobile operating system. Even the latter half of "BS" became "####".

This appears, however, not to have been the half of it. CNET's readers are nothing if not disturbingly intelligent. And I am particularly grateful to Zechariah-Aloysius Hillyard from Boston who put his … Read more

How Google's Nexus One censors cuss words

Some of you who have been basking in the beauty of your new Nexus One Googlephone may not have tried out all of its delightful features.

And what I am about to tell you may lead you to utter some naughty words. Please, go ahead. I have heard them all, in several different languages. And I respect the vehemence of the vernacular.

However, your Nexus One will not be so charmed by the vigor of your tongue. It will, dare I utter the word when referring to a product from the newly emancipated Google, censor you.

You see, the pungently … Read more

House of the Dead: Most profane game ever

Sega's The House of the Dead: Overkill for the Nintendo Wii console has broken into the Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition for the most swearing in a video game, with a whopping 189 uses of the f-word.

"It is a dubious honor to receive such an accolade working in an industry where so often, the fruits of your labors are derided and dismissed for being puerile or irresponsible," said Jonathan Burroughs, the game's writer. "But in the case of House Of The Dead: Overkill, a little puerility was the order of business. Parodying the … Read more

Pride and profanity in band names and album titles

I'm sure it's just a lucky coincidence, but one day after the brilliantly profane George Carlin passed away, Slate published an article on profane band names.

I haven't heard any of these bands--I tend to avoid bands that appear to have put too much time into their names, thinking that they're trying to cover up bad music--but Psychedelic Horse**** intrigues me, especially since I've seen so many bands whose music fits that description perfectly. (Note: I have no idea what CNET's policy on swear words is, but I don't want to create extra … Read more

Is profanity in the workplace beneficial?

On an overcast afternoon in Brooklyn, N.Y., a group of preteen girls purposefully approached a boy. There was nobody else in the playground. It was 1969.

Hands planted on hips, one of the girls stood out from the others and addressed the boy, "We've decided not to play with you anymore because you curse too much." The other girls nodded in stern solidarity.

"Tough s**t," said the boy, who shrugged and walked off.

The following day, the boy apologized to the girls and said he would work on it. He had no intention of changing, but he didn't want to lose the girls' company either. The ploy worked, thus beginning a lifelong pattern that would continue through 20 years of dating and 18 years of marriage.

Okay, so you figured out who the boy was. Good thing my wife doesn't read the blog. She'd probably curse me all the way back to Brooklyn.

I bring all this up because I've often wondered if cursing is acceptable in the workplace. In my experience, most high-tech executives curse, some more than others. Moreover, there appears to be a general acceptance of a wide variance of behavior, from political correctness to the truly vulgar.… Read more