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Few could argue with what the Raspberry Pi has achieved. As well as inspiring countless youngsters into computing, the tiny affordable gadget is beloved by amateur and professional techies alike. Yet a completely batshit crazy petition, even by change.org standards, begs to differ. One "NoRottenPi" is calling for a boycott of …

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  1. Mage Silver badge
    Alert

    Rainbow

    Very old symbol used for thousands of years in many cultures.

    Does not automatically mean someone is pushing LGBTQI at "expense of" Heterosexuals.

    However the petition is bonkers anyway.

    1. Simon Harris Silver badge

      Re: Rainbow

      Apple had a rainbow on their logo from the mid-70s to late-90s - They must really hate Apple!

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Rainbow

        Well Time cook is gay. Butt the possibly are to stupid to know and are just going by pictures.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Rainbow

          "Well Time cook is gay."

          And fruit flies like a banana.

          But seriously, try not posting when your brain is so lubricated with alcohol that it slips out of your head... and it wouldn't hurt to enable your browser's spell checker.

          1. Kiwi Silver badge

            Re: Rainbow

            But seriously, try not posting when your brain is so lubricated with alcohol that it slips out of your head... and it wouldn't hurt to enable your browser's spell checker.

            I'd suggest they were using a tablet, but maybe just seldom type "Tim" and often type "Time".

            But tell me. Since when has "Time" been something an English browser's spell check would identify as incorrect? Maybe you weren't as sober as you thought? :-)

        2. TheDillinquent
          WTF?

          Re: Rainbow

          Gay time cook? Is this another new Dr Who character, otherwise known as the queer temporal chef?

          And, no I'm not going to butt any pictures, whatever that means.

    2. BlartVersenwaldIII
      Angel

      Re: Rainbow

      Does this mean that when a beautiful rainbow appears in the sky after a rainstorm that God himself is literally condoning Gayroller massacres?

      1. Nattrash
        Trollface

        Re: Rainbow

        What really will twist their noodle is when they find out that there's a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow...

        1. Andrew Moore Silver badge

          Re: Rainbow

          Darby O'Gill: Give me the pot of gold, ye little blaggard!

          King Brian waves his hands in the air, creating a tiny rainbow...

          King Brian: And now you have The Gay.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Rainbow

      For god's sake don't tell him that there's half a dozen in the Bible...

      https://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?quicksearch=rainbow&qs_version=NIV

      / If you do, then *you* clean up when his head explodes

    4. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge
      Facepalm

      Re: Rainbow

      What about the ZX Spectrum? Big rainbow plastered all across the front of it. No wonder we all turned gay in the 80s! Remember the 'Pink Windmill'?

      That's why they had to make all computers beige in the 1990s. To stop the evil gay propoganda!

      Now where did I put my tinfoil hat?

      1. Uncle Slacky Silver badge
        Black Helicopters

        Re: Rainbow

        "What about the ZX Spectrum? Big rainbow plastered all across the front of it."

        Not to mention the game "Pimania"! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pimania

    5. Charlie Clark Silver badge

      Re: Rainbow

      Yeah, not so long along it was used by the peace movement with PACE on it.

      A bit OTT for a computer website but nothing compared to some of CoC shit that some West Coast idiots try and force on you in lieu of actually doing anything.

      1. bombastic bob Silver badge
        Facepalm

        Re: Rainbow

        rainbows and unicorns and cute animated characters. you find them in a lot of kid's cartoons

        I remember the attack on Teletubbies. More of the same. It takes "a wacko". They probably hate Mr. Rogers and Grover the Muppet, too.

        *groan*

        *facepalm*

    6. Oh Homer Silver badge
      Pint

      Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

      The whole "gays are pushing themselves on me" mentality sounds like latent homosexual wishful thinking.

      Actually it's just code for "your very existence offends me", to which I'd reply; "ditto, but at least I'm not an insecure bigot, who's so weak-willed that he feels it necessary to shield himself from reality, just to stop himself becoming the object of his own bigotry".

      On the other hand, the sort of cabbage-IQ people who are bigots probably couldn't understand that reply anyway, so I'd be wasting my breath.

      Personally, my orientation is "trisexual": I keep trying to have sex.

      1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge
        Happy

        Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

        I used to be trisexual. But my wheels kept getting stuck...

        1. DougS Silver badge

          Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

          I'm against the gay agenda on only one front - adding more and more fucking letters to the original LGB, which became LGBT, then LGBTQ and now I see a damn 'I' has been added onto it. I can't be bothered to google what the hell that's for, but enough already!

          1. bombastic bob Silver badge
            Trollface

            Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

            Let's add an 'R' for 'Robot'

          2. Long John Brass Silver badge
            Coat

            Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

            As for me I am QWERTY

            1. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken Silver badge

              Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

              I go both ways - QWERTY and QWERTZ, depending on the occasion.

              1. Hans 1 Silver badge
                Unhappy

                Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

                I go both ways - QWERTY and QWERTZ, depending on the occasion.

                I raise you to QWERTY, QWERTZ, AND AZERTY, all of which I must use regularly, poor me.

              2. Antron Argaiv Silver badge
                Thumb Up

                Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

                ...QWERTY and QWERTZ,...

                I actually had to use a QWERTZ keyboard when I was in Quebec for work last year.

                It was slightly unnerving, but poutine for lunch made everything better :-)

              3. Steve the Cynic Silver badge

                Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

                "I go both ways - QWERTY and QWERTZ, depending on the occasion."

                So you're bikeyboardist?

                And what does that make me, since I go AZERTY?

              4. Mage Silver badge

                Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

                AZERTY! Quellle domage!

            2. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

              I'm Tri-sexual.

              I'll try anything sexual.

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            4. qwertyuiop

              Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

              No! I am qwerty!

          3. Charlie Clark Silver badge

            Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

            I'm against the gay agenda on only one front - adding more and more fucking letters to the original LGB

            This is the principle of self-selecting minorities (you can't be discriminated against if you're not in a minority) that was parodied in the "only gay in the village" sketches in Little Britain: all about attention seeking and nothing to do with human rights.

          4. Richard 26

            Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

            LGBTQIA, do keep up! I think the A was for Alien.

          5. Steve Foster

            Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

            Intersex, probably.

            Collecting the various "non-traditional" categories together in forming the "umbrella branding" seems reasonable (ie L, G, B, T, and I [so far]), but surely the Q is redundant (it's essentially a repetition of G).

          6. pdebarra
            Childcatcher

            Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

            My organisation favours "LGBTQIA+".

          7. D@v3

            Re: LGBTQQIAAP

            Is something i saw the other day, even a bunch of 'young people' had trouble identifying the whole thing

            1. codejunky Silver badge

              Re: LGBTQQIAAP

              If we are struggling now with the attempt to apply every letter in the alphabet to mean some special group just imagine how hard it will be for that kid in Canada born without a gender because its parents want it to choose when it is old enough to understand. We dont understand them now! By then they will have moved on from the alphabet and be full on into the ascii/unicode character sets!

          8. Mage Silver badge

            Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

            Intersex, of which there are about 30 conditions, some unrelated. Essentially many have been surgically altered, in some cases without even parental consent or parents being informed.

            No-one should be bullied or discriminated against for what they are or believe. Nor for believing differently.

            1. applebyJedi

              Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

              except.....

              (1) The bloke who started the petition

              (2) Christians

              1. Kiwi Silver badge

                Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

                (2) Christians

                I've been a victim of severe bullying, sometimes pushed to the brink of suicide (and beyond, but thankfully never found a way that worked). This was done by bigots who believed I should be killed because I was different.

                What makes you think it's ok to bully someone based on a perceived difference to yourself? You're no better than those who tried to push a young boy to kill himself because they didn't like what he liked.

          9. Kiwi Silver badge
            Coat

            Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

            I'm against the gay agenda on only one front - adding more and more fucking letters to the original LGB

            Your post is offensive to us in the LGBTHDCDYESCWSHG34563726BTNDRTH456QAZGHKOPKJB,GTJFRVHEXFEFUIKGJGCYRSKUGDJYESWX,HGIJNOKMPKHUTFTEXRQZYFVOJN

            KHUGDKJGKYR,NGDB HFSKHGCJTES.JGVKYRD,HGCHTEAJHRFJGDKHFSKHVCJYFCKHFDKHFSKYFCLJBFAGLUGUTODKHGCKHFC,HBVKYRWGKHVCOKSUTUELJGDKYSMGJMY,JGCBDDLKHGCJVDJGXSJKAFSD,HB community, and we demand you retract it at once!

            (I do often wonder who is really behind this adding of letters. Initially a somple concept that people could easily follow, now it is getting ridiculou. One way to destroy the acceptance of an idea is to make it appear sill)

            1. the Jim bloke Bronze badge

              LGBTQIXYZαβΩ§Æ¿

              a comment from my brother in law..

              First they stole our rainbow,

              ..then they stole our alphabet

          10. AK565

            Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

            Most of us G-men can't keep track of the letters, either:-)

          11. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

            Well, if you can't be bothered to Google it, then why be bothered in the first place?

        2. Chemical Bob

          Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

          "I used to be trisexual. But my wheels kept getting stuck..."

          Then you're doing it wrong.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

        "The whole "gays are pushing themselves on me" mentality sounds like latent homosexual wishful thinking."

        Spot on. Reminds of the tweet i saw during the equal marriage legislation in the UK - "it's a common misconception, but equal marriage will not mean you are now forced to marry someone of the same sex".

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

          No it isn't wishful thinking. Any more than being pestered by Jehovah's witnesses shows a latent desire for religious experience or being stung by bees shows a latent desire to copulate with them.

          Dream on you insecure little man.

          You are not enticing, exiting, new, progressive or hip.

          You are a fucking boring nuisance.

          1. Oh Homer Silver badge
            Headmaster

            Re: "being pestered"

            So how many homosexuals do you get knocking on your door trying to convert you, honey?

            There's more than a subtle difference between "being pestered" and "they exist" that insecure bigots seem unable to grasp.

      3. GruntyMcPugh Silver badge

        Re: "pushing LGBTQI"

        "The whole "gays are pushing themselves on me" mentality sounds like latent homosexual wishful thinking."

        Studies have shown that the homophobic are more aroused by gay porn then those who have no problem with homosexuality, so you are bang on the money (shot?) here.

    7. werdsmith Silver badge

      Re: Rainbow

      Judging by just how stupid this makes the petitioner look, I would suspect that this is a false flag exercise.

      Hmmm, thinking about it, the stupid in this actually does match up.

    8. BongoJoe

      Re: Rainbow

      I used to have a Greenpeace t-shirt in the mid-seventies which certainly had a rainbow. And they had one too until the French got hold of it.

      And there was certainly nothing gay about Messrs Blackmore, Powell & Dio back in '76.

      1. Robert Baker
        Pint

        Re: Rainbow

        "And there was certainly nothing gay about Messrs Blackmore, Powell & Dio back in '76."

        Nor the venue in Finsbury Park where many rock bands performed.

    9. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Rainbow

      "Very old symbol used for thousands of years in many cultures."

      It is, but the pride rainbow generally only has six colours. The reason for this is quite fun - when hung from the lampposts of San Francisco the pole would block the middle colour, so they deleted one to leave an even number so none of the colours (each representing a value or meaning) would be obscured.

      1. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken Silver badge

        Re: Rainbow

        "... when hung from the lampposts of San Francisco the pole would block the middle colour, so they deleted one to leave an even number so none of the colours (each representing a value or meaning) would be obscured."

        Wouldn't that imply that one "value or meaning" was ditched for the sake of appearances? (And if that really was the case, which one?) Why not add another colour representing another value or meaning? There are plenty of both.

        Besides, the "problem" would be strictly one-sided, so to speak... and fixing it by removing one stripe would result in the the pole blocking 1/2 of two colours each.

        Strong whiff of "meaningful explanation added to coincidence after the fact".

        No, I guess someone just found another supplier of flags that were more attractively priced, but had six colours.

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