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(Sydney Morning Herald)   Want to spell check 'abortion' on an iPhone? Nope, not for you   (smh.com.au) divider line 6
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2013-07-17 01:35:42 PM
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Nabb1: Who the heck can't spell "abortion"?


The bestter question is: who the hell uses autocorredt?
2013-07-17 07:46:16 AM
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Esc7:

Also, you can set your own autocorrect rules.  If this is really a big deal to you, you can go and make sure all your abortion texts are easier to type!

The point is, Apple shouldn't be acting as the morality police.  They shouldn't be deciding "Hey, you know what, this word offends some people, so instead of letting our customers make rational, sane choices such as using the tools to edit their own auto-corrects to remove words that they don't want, we're going to choose FOR them!"  That's the kind of thing you do for your 8 year old kid... take all the bad choices out of the picture so he can't make them, because you are the parent and they are the child.  Which, historically speaking, is exactly how Apple acts... like an overprotective helicopter mom, constantly hovering over her precious walled garden and trimming anything she thinks might offend away.
2013-07-17 07:34:17 AM
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Nabb1: nulluspixiusdemonica: Nabb1: Who the heck can't spell "abortion"?

Apple's target market?

People who like nice crippled things and the money to buy waste on them?


There, FTFY.
2013-07-17 06:03:18 AM
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1000 Ways to Dye: Other phones do this too. It's largely to prevent you from accidentally autocorrect something offensive, say, accidentally telling your mom about the abortion you saw, rather than the apparition you thought you saw.

Or, misspelling aunt and it actually coming out the C word.


As a programmer:  SUPER THIS!!!

Auto correct != spellcheck.  People think its the same but it definitely is not.  Spellcheck exists in situations where you are composing larger chunks of text with an accurate input device that you (hopefully) review and transfer very asynchronously.

Autocorrect instead is modifying small amounts of text in real time near synchronous situations.  It does it automatically, without prompting.

Apple probably has a big ole list of words it never wants to automatically shove into someone's conversation.  Probably all swear words, all slurs, every offensive word they could think of, as well as every hot button word.

Abortion was probably added after all the political talk flared about it this year.  Some engineer at Apple decided to validate his existence by adding words to the list.  It's probably like the no-fly terror list, it just grows to prove people are doing something.

And if anyone is crying "censorship" over an algorithm not shoving the word abortion into their texts they really need to gain some perspective.

Also, you can set your own autocorrect rules.  If this is really a big deal to you, you can go and make sure all your abortion texts are easier to type!
2013-07-17 03:58:08 AM
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Maybe Siri has unresolved issues from circuithood, and we should probably step back and respect that.
2013-07-17 03:21:00 AM
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Other phones do this too. It's largely to prevent you from accidentally autocorrect something offensive, say, accidentally telling your mom about the abortion you saw, rather than the apparition you thought you saw.

Or, misspelling aunt and it actually coming out the C word.
 
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