Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Playboy, Pornography and Eclipse

If you've downloaded the Eclipse SDK from our download page, then you've likely been labelled as a pornography surfer. You should be fired, suspended or hung, whichever is a la mode to you.

You see, for several months now, Playboy Entreprises, Inc has been mirroring Eclipse, providing bandwidth for some 32,775 downloads in 2006 (yes, both those links are safe for work, unless your work doesn't allow you to see a picture of a fully-clothed blonde woman with a pretty smile, and a bunch of text, respectively. If that's the case, then women must not be allowed to work where you work, because you're likely not allowed to look at them).

The problem is that some seem to consider fetching an Eclipse ZIP file from *.playboy.com as surfing pornography. Even our mirrors list web page, containing a simple link to mirror.playboy.com, is considered a pornography page by some - regardless of whether you click the actual link or not.

I think it's ridiculous. Why not remove the word "blow" from the dictionary, because we all know that blow is an offensive word, right? I'm not allowed to blow on my soup, because blowing is wrong.

So what do you think? I've opened a bug here so we can all read and comment on these observations.

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