Re: Windows to block unwanted messages

Ralph Lewis (
Fri, 25 Jun 1999 11:44:13 -0700

I am wondering if the next step is a law requiring you to make your computer available to government agents to inspect to make sure the "protection" software is not disabled. Or perhaps a surcharge on your ISP fees if you access sites that are considered antisocial. I wonder if the extropy list would be one of these.


At 01:35 PM 6/25/99 -0500, you wrote:
>>The next release of Microsoft's Windows operating system software will
>>include software that parents can use to block the playing of computer
>>games with unacceptable levels of violence, offensive language, or nudity.
>>Microsoft is currently talking with the Entertainment Software Rating Board
>>and the Recreational Software Advisory Council about incorporating their
>>ratings into a database on which the blocking software would rely. The
>>software will be available sometime next year, and will be available for
>>purchase as an upgrade to existing copies of Windows. (New York Times 25
>>Jun 99)
>I keep waiting until somebody starts rating the level of stupidity,
>irrationality, lies, and other actually harmful things in messages.
>When there is going to be a filter that will leave Discovery channel
>with any degree of nudity, but block tele-evangelists, baseball,
>X-files, soap operas and other stuff that really wastes and corrupts
>young minds, filling them with perverse perceptions of the world and
>ridiculous values?
>Sasha Chislenko <>
Ralph Lewis, Professor of Management and Human Resources College of Business
California State University, Long Beach
Long Beach, California