12 thoughts on “Made me understand.”

  1. The only goof I noticed is that he said the image to be released was of Sgr A*, the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way galaxy.  In fact, the image was of the super-massive black hole at the centre of the giant elliptical galaxy M87 in Virgo.

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  2. Very well done with the exception of the relatively minor error noted above, which is forgivable since he made the video before the image was published.

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  3. As publicity, MIT tweeted this photo of one of the programmers who helped code and compile the image.

    Then internet trolls attacked.

    Within a few hours, the gravitational well of darkness that is the internet began to tug on her. Her phone started getting so many messages that she had to shut it off, according to The New York Times. Someone repeatedly set up fake Twitter accounts in her name. The next day, the Times published an article called “How Katie Bouman Accidentally Became the Face of the Black Hole Project”. The Verge reached out to Bouman for comment, but a representative of MIT told The Verge that Bouman was not speaking to the press at the moment.

    https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/13/18308652/katie-bouman-black-hole-science-internet

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  4. MJBubba:

    As publicity, MIT tweeted this photo of one of the programmers who helped code and compile the image.

    Then internet trolls attacked.

    This is what comes of virtue signaling.

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  5. MJBubba:

    As publicity, MIT tweeted this photo of one of the programmers who helped code and compile the image.

    Then internet trolls attacked.

    Within a few hours, the gravitational well of darkness that is the internet began to tug on her. Her phone started getting so many messages that she had to shut it off, according to The New York Times. Someone repeatedly set up fake Twitter accounts in her name. The next day, the Times published an article called “How Katie Bouman Accidentally Became the Face of the Black Hole Project”. The Verge reached out to Bouman for comment, but a representative of MIT told The Verge that Bouman was not speaking to the press at the moment.

    https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/13/18308652/katie-bouman-black-hole-science-internet

    Waaaaaaait-wait-wait-wait-

    You mean this young woman was NOT the key person who worked for years developing the program that eventually produced the photograph?! because that’s what a whooooole lotta tweets that I saw in the last few days ascribed to her name alone.

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  6. Pencilvania:
    Waaaaaaait-wait-wait-wait-

    You mean this young woman was NOT the key person who worked for years developing the program that eventually produced the photograph?! because that’s what a whooooole lotta tweets that I saw in the last few days ascribed to her name alone.

    There were about forty people on the team, with about half of them forming the core.   She is a grad student who did vital work, but she was not the brains nor the leader of the group.   The other team members all speak well of her.

    MIT did what Universities do.   Their Twitter feed is primarily produced by the marketing department, as with most big corporations.   They are competing for women in STEM fields, so they had a photographer positioned to capture a happy smile from Ms. Katie B. when the image first came together.   I don’t mind that, I suppose.

    Then the Twitterverse does what it does, and Feminists spun the original tweet, and then some trolls reacted badly to all the virtue signaling, and disrupted Ms. Katie’s life with online harassment.    Which, of course, now makes Ms. Katie a victim.

    Win-win-win,  I suppose.

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  7. MJBubba:
    MIT did what Universities do.   Their Twitter feed is primarily produced by the marketing department, as with most big corporations.   They are competing for women in STEM fields, so they had a photographer positioned to capture a happy smile from Ms. Katie B. when the image first came together.   I don’t mind that, I suppose.

    I mind it because it’s a lie: stolen glory. The troll attacks were a direct result of the lying: cause and effect. Don’t lie and you won’t get trolled , MIT.

    Maybe they should lay off the “competing for women in STEM fields.” Maybe the right number of women are in STEM already, i.e., the number whose interests, talents, and inclinations make them want to go into those fields and succeed. Instead of hectoring and guilt-tripping people to do things they don’t want to do, how about leaving them alone to follow their chosen paths.

    Wankers.

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  8. drlorentz:
    Maybe they should lay off the “competing for women in STEM fields.” Maybe the right number of women are in STEM already, i.e., the number whose interests, talents, and inclinations make them want to go into those fields and succeed. Instead of hectoring and guilt-tripping people to do things they don’t want to do, how about leaving them alone to follow their chosen paths.

    Careful.   You are treading into James Damore territory.

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  9. MJBubba:

    drlorentz:
    Maybe they should lay off the “competing for women in STEM fields.” Maybe the right number of women are in STEM already, i.e., the number whose interests, talents, and inclinations make them want to go into those fields and succeed. Instead of hectoring and guilt-tripping people to do things they don’t want to do, how about leaving them alone to follow their chosen paths.

    Careful.   You are treading into James Damore territory.

    I’m not just treading, I’m marching through it. My version of being careful is to retain some semblance of anonymity by not using my real name. Unlike Damore, I can’t be fired and even if I could, I wouldn’t care much. However, I value my privacy and serenity.

    As others have observed, the only people who are free to speak their minds are the anonymous and those with FU money. This goes a long way to explaining why the outspoken tend to be older. And even then, they get hassled (cf. James Watson and Tim Hunt). Nein, danke.

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  10. drlorentz:

    MJBubba:

    drlorentz:
    Maybe they should lay off the “competing for women in STEM fields.” Maybe the right number of women are in STEM already, i.e., the number whose interests, talents, and inclinations make them want to go into those fields and succeed. Instead of hectoring and guilt-tripping people to do things they don’t want to do, how about leaving them alone to follow their chosen paths.

    Careful.   You are treading into James Damore territory.

    I’m not just treading, I’m marching through it. My version of being careful is to retain some semblance of anonymity by not using my real name. Unlike Damore, I can’t be fired and even if I could, I wouldn’t care much. However, I value my privacy and serenity.

    As others have observed, the only people who are free to speak their minds are the anonymous and those with FU money. This goes a long way to explaining why the outspoken tend to be older. And even then, they get hassled (cf. James Watson and Tim Hunt). Nein, danke.

    Oh, man.   You are headed to the gulag along with Alessandro Strumia.

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