(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Surely a few cleavage jokes were dropped when developers recently noticed a string of Microsoft-backed code carrying the name “big boobs.” According to a new story from The Telegraph, the actual coding was used to provide functionality for Microsoft programs with operating system Linux.
“Big boobs” caught the attention of Linux-based developers via a mailing list. The reference not only appeared once, but was again present in other parts of the code titled “0x0B00B135.”
Microsoft said it would work to fix the matter when notified of the coding via a patch. “We thank the community for reporting this issue and apologize for the offensive string,” commented a Microsoft representative in a report from NetworkWorld.com.
While it may all appear to have been in good fun, Red Hat mobile Linux developer Matthew Garrett took a more serious tone when analyzing the gaffe. “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,” Garrett commented via his blog.
The tech provider also faced controversy in June following a singalong dance routine during the company’s Norwegian Developers Conference where performers referenced the male anatomy. “I got the skills to impress, I’m a computer genius. The words “Micro” and “Soft” don’t apply to my penis,” beamed the vocals at the time.
Microsoft has maintained a close development relationship with the Linux community. Last month, a report from IDG News noted the Windows-maker had worked to integrate Linux compatibility via Windows Azure.