29 March 2010
London's forbidden streets (by software)
The BBC website has an amusing article this morning on how spam and profanity filters often get it wrong.
As we know, they can confine your innocent emails into the trash along with all that junk designed to trap the credulous - you know, implausible anatomical enhancements, third-world banking sleight-of-hand, TfL press releases, that sort of thing.
Indeed, a friend recently fell foul of his company's rude-word firewall (the software was American, of course). He was organising a bike ride to meet at the historic statue that marks the limit of the Great Fire of 1666, just south of Smithfield (right). And he just couldn't understand why the mass email about it was repeatedly not being allowed through...
A spam-filter bike tour of London: now there's a thought. Glance through the London A to Z and you'll come up with plenty more names thought rude by American software. No doubt the evil streetmap is banned throughout the southern States.