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am_Unition  ·  681 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Landmark astronomical discovery: men online discover new woman to hate

One of the reasons why she was dismissed was because the number of lines of code she committed to Github was only a small fraction of a male team member's lines of code committed. Regardless of the fact that the worth of a code library and number of lines are only somewhat correlated, it's still an incredibly stupid argument, and it reminds me of this snippet that a musician shared with me way back in the day:

    I thought using loops was cheating, so I programmed my own using samples. I then thought using samples was cheating, so I recorded real drums. I then thought that programming it was cheating, so I learned to play drums for real. I then thought using bought drums was cheating, so I learned to make my own. I then thought using premade skins was cheating, so I killed a goat and skinned it. I then thought that that was cheating too, so I grew my own goat from a baby goat. I also think that is cheating, but I’m not sure where to go from here. I haven’t made any music lately, what with the goat farming and all.

My understanding is that she wrote a lot of the crucial algorithms that stitched the data together into a final composite image (plzdon'tsaypicture x3). That she did science using a code library someone else authored is no surprise to anyone doing science. It's how most scientists operate day in and day out.

I know some brilliant women in my little field, but I don't know of a single black person. It bothers me. And I've met exactly one black female physicist in all my days. But judging by the demographics of some of the classes I TA'd a few years ago, that shouldn't last too long :).