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    Default Better Watch Out: Microsoft Shuts Down Santa For Talking Dirty

    Better Watch Out: Microsoft Shuts Down Santa For Talking Dirty

    SEATTLE -- Microsoft Corp. quickly shut down Santa Claus' Web privileges after it found out the automated elf it created for instant messaging with kids was talking naughty, not nice.

    Last year, Microsoft encouraged kids to connect directly to "Santa" by adding to their Windows Live Messenger contact lists. The Santa program, which Microsoft reactivated in early December, asks children what they want for Christmas and can respond on topic via instant messaging, thanks to a bit of artificial intelligence.

    Microsoft's holiday cheer soured this week when a reader of a United Kingdom-based technology news site, The Register, reported that a chat between Santa and his underage nieces about eating pizza prompted Santa to bring up oral sex.

    One of the publication's writers replicated the chat Monday. After declining the writer's repeated invitations to eat pizza, a frustrated Santa burst out with, "You want me to eat what?!? It's fun to talk about oral sex, but I want to chat about something else."

    The exchange ended with the writer and Santa calling each other a "dirty bastard."

    Microsoft spokesman Adam Sohn said the company's engineers tried to clean up Santa's vocabulary, but even after making changes to the software, the company wasn't comfortable keeping Santa online.

    "It's not like if you say, 'Hello Santa,' he's going to throw inappropriate stuff at you," said Sohn. In this case, he said, Santa's lewd comment was sparked by someone "pushing this thing to make it do things it wasn't supposed to do."

    Santa is just one of many "agents," or automated IM programs, that computer users can chat with on Live Messenger. Some are useful -- customer service agents, for example -- while others are frivolous, like an alien that responds to IMs with burbling extraterrestrial noises. Sohn said some of the bots are programmed to fend off inappropriate chats from PC users.

    "If they're meant to be cheeky and have fun with you, they may repeat certain things back," he said, or respond to certain words with "that's naughty."

    Sohn said Microsoft was not aware that the Santa code included the foul language, but that the company did not suspect a prank.

    Microsoft disabled Santa Tuesday. By Wednesday, was marked "online" in one reporter's Messenger contact list, but Santa did not respond to messages.
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    Reminds one of the (by today's standards) primitive "audio-response" offering devices of the 80's, where one would type in one's name and the device could then "greet" one with it. After the initial novelty wore off, a user would often type in a profanity in order to have the device say "Hello shithead".
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    Ah yes, youthful stupidity. When I was younger we had a program called "Kid Works", which had one feature that would read back any sentence you type. I think the idea was to write a story and then it would read it back to you. Needless to say, there weren't any stories that will be up for awards.

    The best part about it was the speech synthesizer was horrible at pronunciation, so half the excitement was getting it to say curse words correctly.

    How I wish to be a kid again so I can be in tears when a digitized voice finally is able to say "fag-ut" correctly.
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