Computer terms offensive??

Discussion in 'Green Room' started by leedogg, Nov 26, 2003.

  1. leedogg

    leedogg Gojyone kawaiiiiiiii!

    What do you guys think? Are the uses of the terms Master and Slave offensive? Do you think states should restrict and force a change in hardware terminology or do you think this is just more meaningless PC b.s.?

    yes this is a real issue
  2. damnyank

    damnyank I WILL NOT FORGET 911

    Petal, Mississippi
    I have just got off the phone with my lawyer - I am filing a lawsuit to stop the electronic industry from using the terms "male" and "female" for connectors. These are by far too sexuallly explicit (descriptive) to be used in the "bible belt" of Mississippi!:rolleyes:
  3. Petros

    Petros Thief IV

    Pacific Northwest
    umm...BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA now I've seen it all. That link is awesome!

    Cotton pickin' hard drives...

    Instead of hiring lawyers, they should hire mercenaries and send them to Africa to kill slave owners--the majority of whom are black, btw. Slavery is slavery, no matter who is the master or the slave.

    Also, we should ban anything related to the Spanish language, because they still say "negro".
  4. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

    United Kingdom
    omfg I have seen it all now, this is the kind of shiz that happens when a country is practically ruled by lawyers. I think Richard the 3rd had it right when he said "First thing, lets kill all the lawyers"

    think it was richard the 3rd anyways
  5. Brandi

    Brandi Guest

    my god that is ridiculous.
  6. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

    Yeah, right, let's call it something it's not, because some idiot who doesn't now sheit about it connects it to a completely different issue and is offended by it. Pathetic.

    "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe."
    - Albert Einstein
  7. Evil Marge

    Evil Marge I Rule Political User

    Oh my god :confused:
  8. Leo154

    Leo154 Guest

    yee...I just heard about this on irc. At the time I laughed and went omg!

    But now I realised that no one really cares.
  9. Brandi

    Brandi Guest

    I saw that article on the CNN website today after reading this thread. Stuff like that irritates me. I have no patience for ignorance.
  10. zoey

    zoey Guest

    Don't forget about all the plumbers that carry and handle nipples all day.
  11. kitct

    kitct Guest

    Lots a politically correct peep out there that dont have anything better to do(w/our lives)...but to change our laws...for their idiotic touchy-feely agendas.

    The inmates truly are runnin the asylum! :p
  12. leedogg

    leedogg Gojyone kawaiiiiiiii!

    but...but...think of all the enslaved hard drives out there! Surely somebody must care? ;)
  13. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

    new york
    I'm not convinced this article is legit

    I searched the site with the internal search engine, can't find this article anywhere using this search engine

    then I went to my google toolbar, searched the current site for this can't find it either

    also, if you view the source from an identicle header from the site authentic site, it's written entirely differantly

    to wit, the article;

    <!--include virtual="/m/inc/"-->
    <!--- NOPIC TEMPLATE --->
    the legit site;

    <HTML><HEAD><TITLE>Technology & Science Front Page</TITLE>
    <script language=javascript>
    the url looks good though, so I can't be certain.

    but I'd like to see it on the site independantly
  14. kitct

    kitct Guest

    Heres one from Reuters:

    LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Los Angeles officials have asked that manufacturers, suppliers and contractors stop using the terms "master" and "slave" on computer equipment, saying such terms are unacceptable and offensive.

    The request -- which has some suppliers furious and others busy re-labeling components -- came after an unidentified worker spotted a videotape machine carrying devices labeled "master" and "slave" and filed a discrimination complaint with the county's Office of Affirmative Action Compliance.

    In the computer industry, "master" and "slave" are used to refer to primary and secondary hard disk drives. The terms are also used in other industries.

    "Based on the cultural diversity and sensitivity of Los Angeles County, this is not an acceptable identification label," Joe Sandoval, division manager of purchasing and contract services, said in a memo sent to County vendors.

    "We would request that each manufacturer, supplier and contractor review, identify and remove/change any identification or labeling of equipment components that could be interpreted as discriminatory or offensive in nature," Sandoval said in the memo, which was distributed last week and made available to Reuters.

    The memo did not include any suggestions for alternative labels.

    Dennis Tafoya, director of the affirmative action office, said in a separate memo that an "exhaustive search" had been undertaken to find all such labels and replace them with more "appropriate" ones. A form was sent to all departments to identify equipment carrying the labels "master" and "slave" or any other offensive terms.

    Faced with an avalanche of complaints from vendors and the general public, Sandoval told Reuters in an interview that his memo was intended as "nothing more than a request" and not an ultimatum or policy change.

    "I do understand that this term has been an industry standard for years and years and this is nothing more than a plea to vendors to see what they can do," he said. "It appears that some folks have taken this a little too literally."

    Sandoval said that he had already rejected a suggestion that the county stop buying all equipment carrying the "master" and "slave" labels and had no intention of enforcing a ban on such terms with suppliers.

    "But we are culturally sensitive and we have 90,000 employees," he said. "We have to take these things seriously."

    Sandoval added that in addition to the e-mails he's received "telling me how stupid I am and how I should be fired" he has gotten a positive response from some companies willing to reexamine their labels.

    In June, the Los Angeles city council unanimously passed a law requiring that any companies doing business with the city disclose profits they may have made from slavery in the 19th Century. In 2000, the council supported federal legislation seeking reparations for descendants of slaves.
  15. Black-Syth

    Black-Syth Comalies

    Well, what the hell are we going to change it to, Boss and Employee?

    Heh, asshats.
  16. Friend of Bill

    Friend of Bill What, me worry?


  17. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

    Sacramento, CA
    do people even realize that "master" and "slave" are normal, accepted words in the english language? and in the dictionary, "slave" does NOT have a picture of a black guy next to it!
  18. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    Here's what to do if you want to stay out of trouble: don't say anything, don't write anything, don't look at anyone, and just to be safe... don't go around people at all. :rolleyes:
  19. Leo154

    Leo154 Guest


    alot of hard words there.
  20. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

    Hmm, I don't know. Then people will think you're a goof and up to no good, gather up a mob and go lynch you. Terrific. ;)