Lawsuit Over Tech Terms

By Deane Barker on November 26, 2003

‘Master’ and ‘slave’ computer labels unacceptable, officials say: I can’t even think of anything witty to say about this.

Los Angeles officials have asked that manufacturers, suppliers and contractors stop using the terms “master” and “slave” on computer equipment, saying such terms are unacceptable and offensive.

The request — which has some suppliers furious and others busy re-labeling components — came after an unidentified worker spotted a videotape machine carrying devices labeled “master” and “slave” and filed a discrimination complaint with the county’s Office of Affirmative Action Compliance.

Next thing you know, calling the ends of cable “male” or “female” will trigger a sexual harrassment complaint.