'Master' and 'slave' computer labels unacceptable

Owen Byrne owen at permafrost.net
Wed Nov 26 17:22:07 PST 2003


Dr. Robert J. Harley wrote:

>Some days, I think American society is not quite as fucked up as it
>appears to be...  and some days I read stuff like this...
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>'Master' and 'slave' computer labels unacceptable, officials say
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>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.
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>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.
>
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You know I was pondering this while installing a drive last night. IDE 
drives often have the 2 letters DS
associated with the master jumper - I always figured it was some 
engineer telling people - its not a historical reference -
its a sexual one.

Owen




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