PCalc Prevents iPhone Profanity
Kudos to James Thomson of TLA Systems for the new profanity filter in PCalc for iPhone – protecting the innocent minds of society’s young mathematicians from turning their iPhone calculators upside down…
Oh 7734, just 376006 on “calculator words” if you want to go beyond 5318008 and see what other 378163771 words you could have made when you were really bored in math class. And be sure to read James’s 6078 post, but remember, it’s a joke!
Now if only James can use the motion sensor in the MacBook and MacBook Pro to determine when the Mac has been turned upside down, perhaps we’ll see this feature ported to PCalc for Mac too.
Does PCalc prevent "33857009" from displaying properly upside down?
We all know that's truly obscene.
Just goes to show you that no byte will be left uncensored, no display, however small, left unguarded,
The last desperate gasp of the gatekeepers?
Reading the comments left for James Thomson at that link, it makes me worry about humankind. Are people so stressed and/or do the read so carelessly that they either don't figure out it is a joke and go ballistic, or they know it is a joke but go ballistic because they don't find it humorous? Lighten up, world, or go ballistic over something that is really a problem (like world hunger) and do something to help.
Yeah, it's a little shocking. I mean, how many of these people were typing calculator words into PCalc before, turning the iPhone upsides down, and chortling uncontrollably? It's just silliness, and a clever little jab at Apple's App Store rejection policies.
Of course, what it really was a publicity stunt to get some more attention in a world populated by 75,000 iPhone apps, approximately 80% of which replicate each other's functionality.
And it worked. Good for James, and it made me laugh.
James has posted a followup to discuss what happened after his amusing publicity stunt. Good for publicity, but not as much for sales.