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I am sure there is often juvenile tittering when neophytes pass through Intercourse, Penn. Perhaps the same occurs with Fort Gay, W. Va., home to a 26-year-old gamer named Josh Moore.
Moore apparently wanted to show his Fort Gay pride. Indeed, he listed “fort gay WV” as his location in his Xbox Live profile. Unfortunately, the Associated Press reports that, ever alert for the japes of wrath, Microsoft suspended Moore for what it assumed was a rather crude and pejorative slur.
”At first I thought, ‘Wow, somebody’s thinking I live in the gayest town in West Virginia or something.’ I was mad. It makes me feel like they hate gay people,” he told the AP. Moore, who is unemployed and plays shooters using the nametag Joshanboo, tried to explain to Microsoft that Fort Gay is a real place, with real people and a real ZIP code: 25514. However, the Microsoft representative was having none of the Fort Gay talk.
The representative reportedly threatened him with draconian cancellation unless he removed any trace of his Fort Gayness. The mayor of Fort Gay got involved. WSAZ TV reported that Mayor David Thompson was told by Microsoft that it doesn’t matter that the word “gay” is part of the city’s name. It’s a word that gets flagged. So there.
“I’m amazed that in this day and age they would flag the word ‘gay,’” Thompson told WSAZ TV.
(Via Dvorak Uncensored.)
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Is anyone really surprised that Microsoft Senior Product manager, Mike Tedesco, said, “Yeah, it’s something that we’re looking at,” when asked by T3 about Office for Mac running on the Apple iPad? Like any responsible corporation, Microsoft must keep an eye on developments in computing and align its resources accordingly. And when the majority of its wealth comes from the 1-2 punch of Windows and Office, you can bet Microsoft is looking at every opportunity that comes along. So while we fully expect Microsoft to take a wait-and-see approach to the numbers Apple can generate from the current dead zone between laptops and smartphones, at least we finally get to use the image above in a post.
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IE6 users, it’s time to move on. Your IT staff has had more than three years to come up with alternatives to IE6. If they can’t handle it, maybe it’s time to replace them, too.