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heh. gotta love when algorithms offend people. software lacks social graces.
88 is a common white supremacist "signal" - as is 14 (as in 14 words)
coupled with BrownBomber i could see it being a bit off putting especially given recent mass murders in the states, including the austin bomber.
the whole thing could be seen as unsettling to someone a bit sensitive i guess.
We're in Australia where all of these numbers mean absolutely nothing to do with racism.
honey the monster, codewitch wrote:
but who the heck is Joe Louis?
American Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World 1937 - 1949. Nicknamed the Brown Bomber.
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88 stands for HH (eighth letter in the alphabet) which you can well enough google for yourself (sometimes I feel like even mentioning Hitler can be punished - laws are somewhat strange strict here about that)
14 I don´t know, but it´s also about that specific Hitler person. As well as 204 (his birthday) etc. etc. etc.
At latest you´ll know about such things when you want to buy a car license plate and they tell you the letter combination you´ve chosen is illegal. My sister´s initials were NS till she married - forbidden, too. Her colleague´s initials were SS - which is even worse. And they still keep adding combinations up till today - only some months ago additional initials and numbers have been added
So Germans have to be a bit more sensible about such things, except you´d like to be watched by defence of constitution...
It's seeing and hearing things like that when I wonder *when* is the Darwin theory going to strike...
As an ex squadie, snowflakes like that wouldn't have lasted 30 seconds, our humour was (and still is) brutal, but that's how life is...
It's more like survival of the weakest....
If anyone takes offense, tough, get over it...
Who the f*** is General Failure, and why is he reading my harddisk?
Two weeks ago there was a lot of fuzz here in Norway about a satirical animation, addressing the use of offensive words: Two scrabble players, one is ready to lay out a long word that will make him win the game. The word is very offensive to his opponent, and he ponders for a long time whether to use to word to win. He decides NOT to, and his opponent proudly declares "Then I win the game!"
Even though the player with the offensive word decided that he would NOT offend his opponent, but give away the victory, and his opponent was gloating over a victory that was (by the rules of the game, which knows nothing about offensive words) at least half undeserved, representatives for the group that the opponent belongs to got so upset that they forced this animation off the website.
I wonder: If I teach my kids "No, you can NOT hit that xxx kid in his face just because he is an xxx!", can you then attack me for hate crime, because I as much as mentioned "xxx", even if it was to tell that it gives my kid no reason to attack that other kid? The very idea was exactly the opposite, both in the way I want to raise my kid, and the intention of the satirical animation: You should respect your fellow man, even if it sometimes mean that you loose the game.
Some groups are so super sensitive that they never comes close to even consider such an interpretation. Anything that can be twisted around to be interpreted as an attack on the group they belong to, will be twisted around that way. I must admit that there are groups that I highly respect, at the outset, have such a history of "crying wolf" all the time that it strongly affects my respect for the group.
In the UK the only BrownBomber I am aware of is the high strength laxative capsule they tend to give you in hospital if you answer the question "Have your bowels moved today?" in the negative. It's a dark brown capsule, about an inch long, and it certainly opens the bomb bay doors!
I'm an optoholic - my glass is always half full of vodka.
Nothing, working late.
Tomorrow though, going to Las Vegas where I will more than make up for it!
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