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Microsoft apologises for ‘big boobs’ software code

ANI   July 21, 2012
First Published: 12:29 IST(21/7/2012) | Last Updated: 12:35 IST(21/7/2012)

Microsoft has said ‘sorry’ after developers unveiled a reference to “big boobs” buried in software code written by the tech firm, according to a report.

A hexadecimal value ‘0xB16B00B5’ was found in software that allows Microsoft programs to work with Linux, the open source operating system.

The move prompted widespread criticism of Microsoft and debate over whether a “boys club” culture deters women from entering the software industry, The Telegraph reports.

According to the paper, the software firm immediately apologised for the inclusion of the term and updated the code to remove it.

“We thank the community for reporting this issue and apologise for the offensive string,” a spokesman for the firm told the IT news website Network World.

According to the paper, it had also emerged that a similar reference, ‘0x0B00B135’ or ‘boobies’, appeared in an earlier version of the same software code.

The issue was first raised last week by Paolo Bonzini, a contributor to a Linux developers’ mailing list.


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