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Comment: Tim Hunt - In HIs Own Words (BBC Radio 4) (Score 2) 369 369

Scientist Tim Hunt responds to criticism of 'girls in labs' comments

Transcript of BBC 4 "Today" clip. 10/6/2015

''I did mean the part about having trouble with girls,'' he said.

''It is true that people - I have fallen in love with people in the lab and people in the lab have fallen in love with me and it's very disruptive to the science because it's terribly important that in a lab people are on a level playing field.

''I found that these emotional entanglements made life very difficult.

''I'm really, really sorry I caused any offence, that's awful. I certainly didn't mean that. I just meant to be honest, actually.''

Tim Hunt's version of events changes a little even before a friendly interviewer.

His brief remarks contained 39 words that have subsequently come to haunt him.

'''Let me tell you about my trouble with girls. Three things happen when they are in the lab. You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticise them, they cry,'' he told delegates.

''I stood up and went mad,'' he admits. '' I was very nervous and a bit confused but, yes, I made those remarks --- which were inexcusable --- but I made them in a totally jocular, ironic way. There was some polite applause and that was it, I thought. I thought everything was OK. No one accused me of being a sexist pig.''

[Hunt's wife] clutches her head as Hunt talks. ''It was an unbelievably stupid thing to say,'' she says. ''You can see why it could be taken as offensive if you didn't know Tim. But really it was just part of his upbringing. He went to a single-sex school in the 1960s. Nevertheless he is not sexist. I am a feminist, and I would not have put up with him if he were sexist.''

The next morning, as he headed for Seoul airport, Hunt...recorded a clumsily worded phone message [for "Today.''] ''It was a mistake to do that as well. It just sounded wrong.''

Tim Hunt: ''I've been hung out to dry. They haven't even bothered to ask for my side of affairs''

The audience at the conference was expected to be about 40% Asian. "If you don't know Tim..." as well as his wife? No in Seoul could be reasonably be expected to know him that well. No one in the audience for Radio 4.

Comment: Get your facts right. (Score 1) 369 369

Connie St-Louis, on June 8th, reported on apparently sexist remarks made by Sir Tim Hunt, a nobel prize winning scientist, during an event organised for women in sciences

The event was the World Conference of Science Jormalists

Hosted by the Korea Science Journalists Association and the World Federation of Science Journalists. The first to be held in East Asia.

The morning session of the opening day kicked off with Tim Hunt speaking on "Creative Science - Only A Game?"
and Deborah Blum on "Listening to the Past - Why history makes journalists smarter." WCSJ 2015 Program Schedule

Blum is a Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The Poisoner's Handbook, a page-turning introduction to the coming-of-age of modern forensic science.

All Tim Hunt was asked to do was to stay on message and not step out on the stage wearing one of Matt Taylor's lingerie print tee shirts.

It wasn't a single reporter who did him in but hundreds broadcasting to a global audience. The morning-after apology for something you said that blew up in your face never comes across as entirely convincing.

Hunt hasn't seen the inside of lab in years, but he remained a powerful voice inside the top-tier committees which award research grants and fellowships --- and that had many women crying foul.

Comment: Re:How is this news for nerds? (Score 2) 1065 1065

You don't think there's any gay nerds?

The conservative media take on the Supreme Court is that it has become "technocratic."

Meaning it has become aligned with the dominant forces of the 21st Century economy. Hollywood in entertainment, Silicon Valley in tech, Amazon in retailing, and so on.

Conservatives need such an explanation for why the wheels have fallen off their little red wagon.

After a momentous week, same-sex couples can now marry in all 50 states, the Confederate flag's historic hold on the political institutions of the Deep South is fraying by the hour and Obamacare, after defying another attempt to dismantle it, is now reaffirmed as the law of the land.

The week that changed the nation

+ - US Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal Nationwide ->

westlake writes: In a ruling that is the court's most important expansion of marriage rights in the United States since its landmark 1967 decision in Loving v. Virginia that struck down state laws barring interracial marriages, the US Supreme Court has declared same-sex marriage legal nationwide.
In the background of an unexpectedly liberal turn in Court, as seen by conservatives, is the growing power and influence of "the technocrat," by which they mean the dominant economic forces of the 21st century, Hollywood in entertainment, Silicon Valley in tech, Amazon in retailing, and so on.

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Comment: Reading Comprehension, D- (Score 2) 471 471

What about low income boys
Everyone deserves equal opportunity, right?

The lead sponsor of this program is the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) .

Because boys get more informal opportunities for computing experience outside of school, this lack of formal computing education especially affects girls and many youth of color.

That doesn't exclude others from sponsoring similar programs for low income boys.

Is that a cricket I hear chirping?

Comment: Re:At the risk of getting downvoted into oblivion. (Score 1) 289 289

Who the fuck cares about Facebook?

Like this is going to get you modded down on Slashdot.

The better question to ask is "Who on Faceback gives a damn about Slashdot --- or even knows that it exists?"

The problem isn't unique to the geek forums: almost no one on the net makes the effort to open channels of communication with those outside their own group.

Comment: Where do we go from here? (Score 1) 38 38

The co-founder and CEO of SOLS, a startup that manufactures custom 3-D printed orthotic insoles using scans of customers' feet, Kegan Schouwenburg is frustrated that consumer 3-D printing's most popular application is turning Internet memes into printed models.
For years, items -- from bobble heads to phone cases -- have been 3-D printed primarily because the technology itself is headline grabbing. As Schouwenburg points out, this isn't the case with most manufacturing technologies. ''Nobody is going around saying, ''this is so cool because it was injection molded,'' she says. ''They're saying ''this is a great product because it's better and improves my life in some way.''''

What Is Consumer 3-D Printing Really Good For?

The view from a height from someone with access to commercial/industrial grade tech and design tools.

The first problem I have with a 3D printer in the home is that I am asthmatic.

I could show you the stones marking the graves of family members who worked with friable asbestos and volatile organics, but the geek is as resistant to talk like this as the Tea Bagger is of climate change.

Hopefully the hypochondriacs and safety fascistas don't get to interfere with this hobby like they interfere my woodworking, metalworking, plastic casting... or just about anything else fun come to think of it.

I know from experience that lots of very silly regulation arises out speculation like this. For example VOC regulations: one person coughed once after painting all day with the windows closed, so now we can't buy oil based paints.

Health and 3-D Printing

Comment: Bigfoot Sights UFO. (Score 4, Insightful) 81 81

However, writes Bruce66423: "A lack of evidence means that the investigation has now ended. Our congratulations to the NSA for covering their tracks so well."

I am old-school enough to prefer fact-based news to snark and innuendo. Tell me what you can prove, not what you think I want to hear.

Comment: Re:Humans SHOULDN'T need passports (Score 1) 164 164

There was a time when people didn't need passports to travel between nations. They were only introduced in the 1840's and only became popular after the American Civil War.

International travel before the invention of the railroad and the steamboat was not something to be contemplated lightly. It was an expensive, time-consuming and dangerous business.

Legal requirements are not the same thing as practical necessities.

Even when passports were not usually required, Americans requested U.S. passports. Records of the Department of State show that 130,360 passports were issued between 1810 and 1873, and that 369,844 passports were issued between 1877 and 1909. Some of those passports were family passports or group passports. A passport application could cover, variously, a wife, a child, or children, one or more servants, or a woman traveling under the protection of a man. The passport would be issued to the man. Similarly, a passport application could cover a child traveling with his or her mother. The passport would be issued to the mother. The number of Americans who traveled without passports is unknown.

United States passport

Comment: Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 395 395

Our great-grandparents would be baffled.

You are over-looking class distinctions which your great-grandparents could not. Not there haven't always been people you would never be able to speak to without very careful preparation.

Emily Post's etiquette books went far beyond those of her predecessors. They read like short-story collections with recurring characters, the Toploftys, the Eminents, the Richan Vulgars, the Gildings and the Kindharts.

Emily Post

No skis take rocks like rental skis!