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All in a tizzy over B16B00B5? Whatever next?

The cryptic selection of letters in the title is apparently sexist and most embarassing for Microsoft according to The BBC in one of the most rediculous pieces of bollocks I have read in some time :

Microsoft has swiftly fixed an embarrassing gaffe which saw a chunk of code labelled “big boobs”.

The hexadecimal string 0xB16B00B5 was discovered lurking in code that helps a Microsoft program work with Linux open source software.

The controversial string came to light on a mailing list for developers who oversee the core, or kernel, of Linux.

Microsoft was alerted to the mistake and swiftly issued a statement.

“We thank the community for reporting this issue and apologise for the offensive string,” it said to Network World.

It added that it had prepared a patch that would change the spelling of the string in an update.

Commenting on the gaffe, developer Dr Matthew Garrett noted that the first version of the Microsoft code used a similar string of 0x0B00B135 – a form of letters that roughly translates to “boobies”.

Puerile sniggering at breasts contributes to the continuing impression that software development is a boys’ club where girls aren’t welcome,” Dr Garrett wrote.

His comments, and those on the Linux mailing list, have started a huge debate about whether use of the string was sexist and how male developers should conduct themselves.

If that is the best they can come up with in the name of news then they ought to close the BBC down and save us all the cash.

As for the humourless (probably Grauniad reading) fuckwits who actually find that offensive? I have no idea how anyone could be that petty and small minded as to go finding offence in a collection of numbers and letters that doesn’t actually spell anything. Then again, everyone seems to be offended by everything these days and I wouldn’t be surprised if a few of them hadn’t already complained to The BBC over their use of boobies and big boobs in the article itself.

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