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Comment Re:Statements taken out of context and manipulated (Score 1) 371

Get your facts straight. He was not "dismissed." He resigned from the UCL. He resigned from the Royal Society. Just as importantly, neither of those positions are real jobs. He's not losing any money from the resignations.

Tim Hunt clarified his original comments in a BBC interview immediately after the conference in Korea. He backed up the original claims by Connie St. Louis and the other witnesses that heard his talk. He confirmed what they had witnessed and reported.

Comment Re:Some facts about Tim Hunt's comments via KOFWST (Score 2) 371

Tim Hunt backed Connie St. Louis' report. He did so in a BBC interview recorded soon after the shit hit the fan on Twitter. That's the evidence, in full audible glory. He's not under duress. He's not being misquoted. It's 100% calm and collected Tim Hunt repeating his sexist comments. He's not joking as anyone with any first grade grasp on the English language can tell.

Only after it dawned on him that it was 2015 and that sort of stuff doesn't fly anymore that he changed his story.

Comment Re:DailyWail (Score 4, Informative) 371

Actually, he did double-down. Listen to how to says in the BBC interview...

"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."

He said it. He wasn't joking. He confirmed what the original witnesses in Korea said he said. He double-downed and wanted everyone, via the BBC, to know it.

He changed his story afterwards. And you're buying the revised story.

Comment Some facts about Tim Hunt's comments via KOFWST. (Score 0) 371

For those of you who doubt the veracity of Connie St. Louis' claims, they are backed up by credible witnesses (Deborah Blum and Ivan Oransky), including members of the Korean Federation of Women's Science and Technology Association. KOFWST released an open letter demanding an apology from Tim Hunt:

"At a luncheon hosted by the Korea Federation of Women’s Science and Technology Associations (KOFWST) during the World Conference of Science Journalists in Seoul on June 8, 2015, Nobel Laureate Sir Tim Hunt made some inappropriate remarks over which KOFWST would like to express its very strong regrets. ... This unfortunate incident must not be portrayed as a private story told as a joke. We cannot accept sexist remarks that threaten to reverse the gains made towards equality for women scientists, and women in the wider society." (Press Release)

Furthermore, Tim Hunt's career isn't over because he lost his "honorary appointment" at UCL. For this of you who don't know, an honorary appointment is NOT a real job. It's a title without pay. In other words, it's not a real job. And the UCL Provost has reaffirmed the position that Tim Hunt's comments (UCL Provost Statement)

So Tim Hunt got called out on really stupid remarks and non-apology (“I did mean the part about having trouble with girls.”). He lost a title and his desk at UCL. Sounds about right. What's the lesson to be drawn here? It's time to get over your sexist attitudes about women in science. If that's lost on you, then, at the very least, keep your sexist comments to yourself.

Submission + - James Stewart, author of calculus textbooks has died (

Onnimikki writes: James Stewart, author of the calculus textbooks many of us either loved or loved to hate, has died. In case you ever wondered what the textbook was funding, this story has the answer: a $32 million dollar home over-looking a ravine in Toronto, Canada.

Comment Re:Not so bad to have different systems. (Score 1) 2288

I've been buying ceramic cups from Starbucks for years... those cute "city" ones that they sell all over the world. They're all different sizes! There's no standard size for everyday cups. And even if there was some mythic standard cup, no manufacturer pays attention to it, so when it comes time to cooking in the kitchen the thing that any decent cook reaches for is... a "measuring cup". You know... the one that has "cups" and "milliliters" written on either side. That's what real people use to actually measure volume in the kitchen.

Comment Re:Not so bad to have different systems. (Score 1) 2288

I actually started with spoon size, not two-by-fours. What's a standard spoon size? I've got five or six different sized "table" or "soup" spoons in my kitchen, from different manufacturers. They all hold different amounts of liquid. It's arbitrary. As for two-by-fours, one of the reasons people in North America continue to stick to the Imperial System is because of the construction business. I constantly hear that we can't switch completely to metric in Canada because houses are built to the Imperial standard... i.e. because we use 2x4s and things like that. However, even the construction measurements are inconsistent. BTW, Kelvin and Celcius map one-to-one. There's no issue there.

Comment Re:Not so bad to have different systems. (Score 1) 2288

Except that there is no such thing as a "standard" cup or spoon. My current favorite is "two by four" pieces of wood. You'd think that the cross-section would be two inches by four inches. Wrong. It's 1.5 inches by 3.5 inches. Why? The lumber industry makes more money by selling you less wood and relies on you making centre-to-centre measurements. The problem with the Imperial system is that it is arbitrary and inconsistent. The metric system, on the other hand, is consistent and logical. It's also inherently multi-disciplinary. It's just easier. On top of all that I wasn't aware that degrees and seconds were not metric. Speed is measured in m/s. Angles are often in degrees.

Comment Re:Anybody still using the Motorola 68HC11? (Score 1) 224

We were teaching with the hc11 until last year. Then we switched to the 9s12 (the update to the hc11) because Freescale lists the hc11 as "not recommended for new design". Luckily Technological Arts produces a 9s12-based board called the Esduino.... ( hardware compatible with Arduino shields but let's us use HC11/9s12 teaching resources. Best of both worlds for teaching EE students.

Comment Re:The problem (Score 1) 68

Subaru sells a number of engines that aren't used in their cars. We used a four-stroke Robin Subaru V2 EH65 on the University of Alberta's "Polar Bear" robot ( & ). Their "industrial" engine line can be found here:

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