Github says it will replace the terms whitelist, blacklist, and master/slave for being...

midian182

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Github CEO Nat Friedman said the firm was working to replace the terms ‘master’ and ‘slave’ with the likes of ‘main/default/primary’ and ‘secondary.’ Users will also find ‘blacklist’ and ‘whitelist’ dropped for ‘allow list’ and ‘deny/exclude list,’ writes ZDNet.

The announcement came soon after reports of renewed calls to drop the long-used tech terms following the death of George Floyd and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests.

White hat and black hat, names for ethical hackers and those who hack for personal gain, respectively, have also faced calls to be replaced with “ethical” and “unethical.”

It’s not just recent events that have thrown the terms under the spotlight. They were banned by the UK’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) following a customer complaint back in May, and Chromium depreciated the terms after a request to do so by Microsoft. We also saw Drupal remove Master/Slave in 2014, while Python did the same in 2018.

Elsewhere, the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), the Go programming language, the PHPUnit library, editing service Grammarly, and the Curl file download utility have all stated their intention to replace whitelist and blacklist.

ZDNet reports that LinkedIn and Apple engineers are trying to get their companies to also drop the terms. Most people are for the change, saying the terminology is racially insensitive and outdated, but others argue that switching them will cause technical problems for programmers, and that other actions, such as donating to BLM causes, would be more beneficial.

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veLa

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I get where they're coming from, a politically correct appease everyone stance, but that doesn't mean I agree at all.

I always considered IT to be a politics free zone. Should I be apologizing to my old secondary IDE hard drive for setting its jumper to slave? No. That's pure nonsense.
 

jbc029

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If it's no longer factually correct to say something is a slave drive, that's fine. But that was the point of calling it a slave drive. A drive that cannot function without the master. It, in its current configuration, is a slave.

Anthropomorphizing a hard drive isn't helping address high poverty or over-incarceration.

For what it is and how it works, in the context of IT hardware, master/slave is accurate.
 

franticfrosty

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Does this mean I won't be able to pick the color black anymore because it'll be racially insensitive?, Wait until these jokers figure out comedy is where you're laughing at someone, they'll have a field day.

What's next, Monitors with rainbow colors on the bezel because having a black bezel is racially insensitive. I swear its april 1st and we're all being tricked by the tech giants changing our clocks.
 

Bullwinkle M

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Protest votes. This is one of the reasons why people like Trump get elected. Nice going, folks, keep up with the madness.
Trump was never elected

The majority refused to vote for Trump or Hillary

But they're not listening!

Of those who did vote, the majority voted for Hillary

But they're not listening!

The next election will be the same

So, now who's listening?

 
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Language that had no negative meaning originally is being attacked by the radicals that find a problem with every single tiny thing and try to shape the world in their image. Maybe the president they detest so much wouldn't have been elected had they focused on things that would guarantee actual change instead of freaking out and falling back on trying to make innocent words look racist and crediting themselves with "change" when they blackmail companies into changing the terms under the guise, " omg that company is using an innocent word that we deem racist. Unleash the twitter horde BLM! BLM! ". TLDR if you want to stop racism do things that will actually change things like voting for a new leader instead of freaking out about an innocent word.
 

EClyde

Posts: 2,404   +947
Trump was never elected

The majority refused to vote for Trump or Hillary

But they're not listening!

Of those who did vote, the majority voted for Hillary

But they're not listening!

The next election will be the same

So, now who's listening?

The Majority in this country does not elect the President. The Founders KNEW what they were about. Start listening!
 

EClyde

Posts: 2,404   +947
Language that had no negative meaning originally is being attacked by the radicals that find a problem with every single tiny thing and try to shape the world in their image. Maybe the president they detest so much wouldn't have been elected had they focused on things that would guarantee actual change instead of freaking out and falling back on trying to make innocent words look racist and crediting themselves with "change" when they blackmail companies into changing the terms under the guise, " omg that company is using an innocent word that we deem racist. Unleash the twitter horde BLM! BLM! ". TLDR if you want to stop racism do things that will actually change things like voting for a new leader instead of freaking out about an innocent word.
Which is why they must be so thoroughly defeated they never rise