How anyone could be offended by this or even be bothered to articulate and argument befuddles me.
Commenting on the gaffe, developer 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," he 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.
I only have two words to say to this man.
One of them is "off". The other rhymes with "duck".
I think we call this hexspeak. When I used to work with AIX, we would see 0xdeadbeef quite often if you were running the debugger. It was an uninitialized frame. I think 0xdeaddead was seen sometimes in the NT4 kernel.
Strange, I am usually aware of the Microsoft coding news stories but this time i have failed to keep abreast of the situation.
Oh and the pice of code they are refering to was buggy anyway, it caused a mammery leak.
Getting my hat.
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