Re: A silly issue, distracting from real work
"Just because you don't find these terms offensive or troublesome doesn't mean that someone else's reaction to them is not valid."
I mean yeah it does mean their reaction is invalid because they don't understand that the same words have different meanings in different contexts. Master and Slave have specific meanings that everyone in programming and IT know and understand and have been that way for decades.
We have parent processes that kill their children. That has nothing to do with homicide just convenient words that in this context have different meaning.
When Androids get created we will have to go through this all again because someone will thing the word replicant is offensive to artificially created people.
This is just like the who there are only two genders argument, but in reverse. Biologically it's true, but socially they use the same word to be more of a behavior than a phenotype. You can't just wake up and decide to have a penis, but that's not the context of those fluid gender identity arguments.
Don't get your sociology in my computer science.