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Author Topic: Microsoft: Sorry about "0xB16B00B5"  (Read 2092 times)

Josh

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Microsoft: Sorry about "0xB16B00B5"
« on: July 21, 2012, 06:39:35 PM »
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The world of the brogrammer is a vague and hazy place of stereotyped sex humor and pseudo-serious trend pieces. And earlier this year we determined that the brogrammer never was.

And yet... Microsoft had to make a public apology recently, after it was discovered that some sniveling, man-child coder had written BIG BOOBS into a piece of computer code that connects the Linux kernel to a Microsoft "virtualization" product. In fact, the offending characters were: oxB16B00B5. (Squint your eyes a little, you'll see.)

On his blog, Linux developer Matthew Garrett wrote:

"At the most basic level it's just straightforward childish humour, and the use of vaguely-English strings in magic hex constants is hardly uncommon. But it's also specifically male childish humour. Puerile sniggering at breasts contributes to the continuing impression that software development is a boys club where girls aren't welcome."

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Re: Microsoft: Sorry about "0xB16B00B5"
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2012, 08:16:51 PM »
Sooo.. (reading the last sentence..) if MS coder's had put big wang in magic hex constants then girls would be welcomed in the boys club??

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Re: Microsoft: Sorry about "0xB16B00B5"
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2012, 08:19:57 PM »
Was the apology because some people don't have a sense of humour? :P
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Re: Microsoft: Sorry about "0xB16B00B5"
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2012, 12:28:09 AM »
Why would Linux discriminate against big tittays? If this were the name of a distro, I dare say I'd install it right now, assuming the wallpaper was on topic!  :P