What does the "V" stand for? the Great Canadian Ben 01:03, 8 April 2006 (UTC)
- According to this, it stands for "violence."
- According to this, it stands for "verboten," the German word for "forbidden."
- Take your pick. Then again, you could always mention both in the article. - Someguy0830 (Talk | contribs) 09:30, 9 April 2006 (UTC)
Paraodies and Spoofs
Does this even need to be a part of the article? I have removed it unless someone here can give me a valid reason. :: Colin Keigher 04:53, 25 August 2006 (UTC)
Cleansed the page from vanadlism
Some of the content needs more references. And the tone, in some places, seems to suggest a bias. Done a little bit of editing, but too tired to do more at the moment... Dhollm (talk) 23:50, 28 April 2008 (UTC)
- Although I agree that some of the article is of a negative tone, if something is universally unpopular, it would almost be a disservice to wipe from the article anything negative. Take for example Hitler. If we worked on the article, I'm sure we could word it in a way that although factual, the article could make Hitler sound like an OK guy, however, he is the poster child of evil and writing an article with a completely neutral standpoint on Hitler would be ridiculous. In the same way, if the V Chip is criticized by many and unused by more, I would say that to *some* extent, a negative tone isn't out of place. Dr Legitimate (talk) 13:24, 12 May 2008 (UTC)
- For one, "universally unpopular" is a vast overstatement. Unpopular, maybe, but it does have its proponents. But even in the section that lists the proponents' arguments, there were little jabs that really should have been in the criticisms section. I've cleaned up most of that that i could find; if someone wants to re-add it, keeping the proponents and opponents to their own sections would at least make things look a bit less like an attack.
- For two: Let the facts speak for themselves. (Love how it specifically mentions Hitler...) "Negative" facts are fine; negative opinions and comments, particularly ones without sources, by definition aren't neutral.
- And three: Godwin's law? :) 18.104.22.168 (talk) 13:32, 11 October 2008 (UTC)
Inventor of the V-Chip
Shamefully, Tim Collings jumped in at the right time and claimed to be the inventor of the V-Chip. This was simple fraud that brought him a lot of instant fame. The real history goes back as far as the Linkabit Corporation in 1982 with the development of the VideoCipher I satellite scrambler box that included a built-in "adult material blocker". Millions of these boxes were sold. The patent history is very obvious and I have summarized it here:
- Pat: 4,398,216 Field , et al. (August 9, 1983) Multiple signal transmission method and system, particularly for television
- Pat: 4,554,584 Elam , et al. (November 19, 1985) Video and audio blanking system
- Pat: 4520404 Von Kohorn (May 28, 1985) System, apparatus and method for recording and editing broadcast transmissions
- Pat: 4685131 Horne (August 4, 1987) Program blocking method for use in direct broadcast satellite system
- Pat: 4,888,796 Olivo, Jr. (December 19, 1989) Program material screening device
- Pat: 4930158 Vogel (May 29, 1990) Selective video playing system
- Pat: 4930160 Vogel (May 29, 1990) Automatic censorship of video programs
The only significant development since the early concept was a patent (US5,195,135) to allow blurring of selected portions of the screen and/or audio. This produced a much less objectionable output than the full-block only option with the V-Chip.