LA Bans Use Of Master/Slave Terminology For Computing Suppliers
from the no,-seriously... dept
Okay, this one is showing up just about everywhere, so you've probably seen it already, but I'm posting it just to get everyone to stop sending it to me (John was the first, but thanks to everyone else also). According to the folks at Snopes, they've confirmed that some less-than-tech-savvy (consider them one of the 69%) took offense to the very common designation of "Master/Slave" to describe computing process where one device controls another. LA County has actually sent out a memo to all their suppliers asking them to "remove or change any identification or labeling of equipment or components thereof" that contain the phrase. Considering the number of systems out there that use this terminology, this is quite a request. Now who wants to complain to LA County about how offensive the phrase "client/server" is? I mean, just think of the connotations... And just think of the problems that will arise over the use of "male" and "female" connectors.