Dear Microsoft, Thanks For The 0xB16B00B5

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In a not-so-surprising turn of events, Microsoft has fessed up to the now infamous ’0xB16B00B5′ (Big Boobs) string of hex that was supplanted into the Linux kernel.

While the prank is certainly very funny, it is not original.  0xB16B00B5 is a common L337 expression, or ‘Hexpression’, in the technical community.  It is also noted on Wikipedia‘s wiki entry as a “Notable Magic Number”, required of Linux guests running in Microsoft’s Hyper-V Hypervisor Virtualizer.  That said, the discovery of these Big Boobs should not come as a surprise as it has been hiding in plain sight, awaiting public scrutiny since 2011.

From Matthew Garrett’s Blog:

Paolo Bonzini noticed something a little awkward in the Linux kernel support code for Microsoft’s HyperV virtualisation environment – specifically, that the magic constant passed through to the hypervisor was “0xB16B00B5″, or, in English, “BIG BOOBS”. It turns out that this isn’t an exception – when the code was originally submitted it also contained “0x0B00B135″. That one got removed when the Xen support code was ripped out.

At the most basic level it’s just straightforward childish humour, and the use of vaguely-English strings in magic hex constants is hardly uncommon. But it’s also specifically male childish humour. Puerile sniggering at breasts contributes to the continuing impression that software development is a boys club where girls aren’t welcome.

Are you outraged by Microsoft’s 0xB16B00B5 string?  If you are, you shouldn’t me.  Even though they are part of a slowly crumbling and increasingly irrelevant evil empire, they still sit pretty high up there on the commit list.  Microsoft is a major contributor to the Linux kernel.  Also, everyone loves 0xB16B00B5′s.  Everyone.

Microsoft:

 ‘We have submitted a patch to fix this issue and the change will be published in a future release of the kernel.’”

So, let’s cut Microsoft a little slack, huddle together, and ask them to rescind their apology.  Let’s leave the 0xB16B00B5′s in the kernel and rejoice!

 SOURCE | Network World

 


Dean Howell

Dean Howell has over a decade of experience with Linux and nearly 2 decades of experience with computers in general. Currently, Dean is Editor-in-chief of The Powerbase and also works for one of the world's largest providers of Linux-based NVRs.

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  • John D

    “increasingly irrelevant evil empire” …. seriously,,,,, dude….wake your irrelevant self up…. shame

    • http://profiles.google.com/deanhowell2 Dean Howell

      No presence in mobile. Upward battle server-side. Diminished consumer interesting in traditional mouse driven computing products…

      About to report first quarterly loss in history…

      You would not consider that to be increasingly irrelevant?

      • JoshN7

        Uhh… They are doing well in other departments, just the write off got them in the red. WHICH MEANS, they’ll be back to normal investor estimate in the next quarter.

        • http://profiles.google.com/deanhowell2 Dean Howell

          …said RIM in 2010.

    • Ynot_82

      Mobile market is a two-horse race between iOS and Linux-based Android.
      Server market is dominated by Linux.
      Embedded market is dominated by Linux.
      HPC market is entirely Linux (google “top500″).

      Consumer market?
      Well, traditionally that’s been MS’s strong-point.
      But when even Valve (who are largely made up of former MS employees) is publicly skeptical of Microsoft’s future in the consumer market – enough to port their Steam platform and Source games to Linux – you do have to re-evaluate their relevance in the consumer market.

      So what’s left for Microsoft?

      “increasingly irrelevant” isn’t too far from the truth, me thinks.

      • Mr. Pink

        Mobile market is a two-horse race between iOS and Linux-based Android.
        Server market is dominated by Linux.
        Embedded market is dominated by Linux.

        I guess no statement is a subject to scrutiny when you are a member of a freetard cult.

  • http://0xb16b00b5.com/ GeekTux

    Geeks and those damn feminist!

  • rustybroomhandle

    Everyone? You basically just dismissed women as irrelevant.

    • http://profiles.google.com/deanhowell2 Dean Howell

      Huh? No, literally I just said that everyone likes boobies. I suppose there are people out there that do not, but I’m not calling anyone irrelevant.

      • profwrightbsu

        My wife loves her boobies just as much as I do. My wife’s female friends have made comments about how lovely her boobies look in a low cut blouse. Lesbians love boobies too.

  • Bob_Robert

    It is truly astounding at the number of people who cannot laugh at this. I am left to wonder at their howls of outrage, who are they trying to impress?

  • http://www.digifail.com/ Tom Nardi

    “Puerile sniggering at breasts contributes to the continuing impression that software development is a boys club where girls aren’t welcome.”

    With that logic, this comment insinuates that there are no lesbian software developers.

    Anything can be offensive if you try hard enough to make it fit.

    • Bob_Robert

      hehe hehehe, he said “fit”. hehe hehe.

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  • Amir6723

    bigboobs!! yeah!!!

  • http://identi.ca/papoanaya papoanaya

    One thing for sure… it would’ve been an interesting Guru Mediation :)

  • http://twitter.com/einheit einheit

    Major contributor? LOL! Microsoft has contributed nothing to any core linux code. The only thing they worked on was the hyper-v driver, which is largely irrelevant to all but the most hard core microsoft fans.

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