1998-08-25 - Re: Is hate code speech?

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From: “William H. Geiger III” <whgiii@openpgp.net>
To: Xcott Craver <caj@math.niu.edu>
Message Hash: 9bab67bcf59162a9c2a3e869a3308962eddde57636ee9904b317707113c7183f
Message ID: <199808252227.RAA004.35@geiger.com>
Reply To: <Pine.SUN.3.91.980825155854.3483A-100000@baker>
UTC Datetime: 1998-08-25 22:20:16 UTC
Raw Date: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 15:20:16 -0700 (PDT)

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From: "William H. Geiger III" <whgiii@openpgp.net>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 15:20:16 -0700 (PDT)
To: Xcott Craver <caj@math.niu.edu>
Subject: Re: Is hate code speech?
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In <Pine.SUN.3.91.980825155854.3483A-100000@baker>, on 08/25/98 
   at 04:19 PM, Xcott Craver <caj@math.niu.edu> said:

>On Tue, 25 Aug 1998, William H. Geiger III wrote:

>> <sigh> Now we have to worry about PC variable and function names. What a
>> crock. 

>	Oh, yeah, you really have to worry about *accidentally*
>	calling your variables getwatermelons and somefriedchicken.
>	Reminds me of this one guy in our neighborhood who was just
>	jogging by our house, bent down to tie a shoelace, lost 
>	his balance and accidentally planted a huge burning cross
>	in our front lawn.  Woops!  Those damn PC-mongers are 
>	making it a crime to jog!

Yes and if I want to name my variables getwatermelons and somefiredchicken
who are you to tell me I can't?

>	One note:  I don't see why this lawsuit would be hard to win
>	on the grounds that source code isn't necessarily "speech."
>	If co-workers left a big wooden swastika on her desk it 
>	wouldn't be speech either, but I'd call that actionable.	

But they didn't. There is no proof that any of theses variable names were
written to be directed at her and the majority of them were written
*before* she ever started working there!!

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