Friday, July 20, 2012

Microsoft code contains the phrase 'big boobs' ... Yes, really

This picture is just for laughs. In real life,
kids should never even come near this
magazine. This is one way kids turn out
bad when they grow up. 
As professional as Microsoft is, you wouldn't expect to see this. Well, it wan't Microsoft as a whole, but you should get what I mean.

A engineer working for Microsoft thought it would be funny to slip (most likely) sexist remark -- "big boobs" -- into software code that connects the Linux kernel to Microsoft's HyperV virtualization product. Some found that his mishap was totally inappropriate in the world of business, and on the flip side, people found this seriously funny.

The actual code was............."0xB16B00B5," or better known as "BIG BOOBS."

A reach to Microsoft by Network World returned this statement from a Microsoft Rep:
"We thank the community for reporting this issue and apologize for the offensive string. We have submitted a patch to fix this issue and the change will be published in a future release of the kernel."
Fellow Linux developer had this to write on his blog:

Paolo Bonzini noticed something a little awkward in the Linux kernel support code for Microsoft's HyperV virtualisation environment - specifically, that the magic constant passed through to the hypervisor was "0xB16B00B5", or, in English, "BIG BOOBS". It turns out that this isn't an exception - when the code was originally submitted it also contained "0x0B00B135". That one got removed when the Xen support code was ripped out.

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.
 Of course, everyone here is entitled to their own opinion. People will find this offensive, and some won't. If you have a opinion, go ahead and post this in the comments below.