rob

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  • rob posted a new activity comment 3 months, 1 week ago

    I would imagine there are, like how would you maintain currency if you don’t fly for over a year?

    I think I just view the word ‘encouragement’ differently.

    What they should first be looking at is if the female and male pilots with similar experience are paid the same. This is a gender pay gap.

    What this survey highlights are career path variations, not pay.

  • rob posted a new activity comment 3 months, 1 week ago

    Why do you need to encourage any women to be pilots? You make sure you provide equal opportunities, going right back to school and selecting the right subjects etc.. and then let women decide for themselves.

    It might be that is some sectors due to maintaining currency etc.. that career breaks are not easy or even possible. So a proportion of women will switch career after children and a natural male dominance will develop. Until men give birth and breastfeed for 6mths I don’t see this pattern changing.

    • Again you’re missing the point. The question should be “Are there gender-specific pressures that discourage women from wanting or applying to become pilots”?

      • I would imagine there are, like how would you maintain currency if you don’t fly for over a year?

        I think I just view the word ‘encouragement’ differently.

        What they should first be looking at is if the female and male pilots with similar experience are paid the same. This is a gender pay gap.

        What this survey highlights are career path variations, not pay.

      • I’m an engineer and have worked in the oil and gas industry for twenty years and while things are slowly improving in terms of women entering the industry we are a long way from parity. My company works closely with several local schools in terms of arranging work experience, attending career fairs or giving presentations to pupils in a bid to promote engineering as a career and to put it bluntly the phrase ‘you can take a horse to water but you can’t make it drink’ comes to mind when dealing with female pupils. The teachers I deal with are trying hard to promote engineering as a career to these girls but at the end of the day there is a general disinterest no matter how bright these girls may be. From my observations the boys are the only interested ones when discussing big…[Read more]

        • Have you got a link to that ONS report, I’ve had a quick google, I’m struggling to find anything that matches your assertion.

        • Something here

          https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/money/2015/aug/29/women-in-20s-earn-more-men-same-age-study-finds

          In the Guardian, to be fair. Seems to be condradicted by the ONS link higher

        • “Engineering departments are not exactly known for their bawdy macho sexist culture and the stereotype of nerdy types still kind of holds true today, it is basically still seen by many as being a deeply uncool subject up there with computing.”

          Interesting to hear that. Where I first went to university the engineering departments across the country had the premier reputation as the biggest drinking pools of macho culture. They were essentially the football jocks of the university, and universally so.

          I seem to recall few females expressing an interest in the sector then too. The take home point may be that, if we accept the pay gap is largely a myth and instead focus on “institutional” issues such as the culture in the places of study that lead into these sectors, we might…[Read more]

  • rob posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    In principle if you aspire to citizenship of a country and you then commit acts of terrorism against your host, the country which has protected, educated and sheltered you, you should be made to face the justice system of that country. In this case I can only think that a deal must have been struck with somebody who desperately wants to get their hands on the two.

  • rob posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    No I think he was being a @#$&.

    Posting it on YouTube makes a mockery of his claims it was just a joke between him and his mates.

    Meanwhile in Scotland antisemitic attacks are up.

    • I’m kinda torn, what he’s done risks making a joke of what happen to the Jews, which isn’t on at all, and possibly makes light of antisemitism, but I don’t know if he should go to jail? The context in which he’s said what he did, wasn’t one in which he was promoting antisemitic views, ie ‘the Jews are like this, and taking advantage of xyz, and have this agenda’, he was getting a pug to do a Nazi salute to sieg heils and making it excited at ‘gas the Jews’. The second might be in really really bad taste, but I dunno if it qualifies as hate speech? Katie Price likening immigrants or asylum seekers (I forget which) to cockroaches was arguably worse. I don’t know, though, I’m torn.

      I think the line is blurred, and he’s in the blurred part between one thing and the other? It’s…[Read more]

    • I agree he “was being a @#$&.” but I also think he should not be jailed. Training the dog to respond to “gas the jews” is tasteless and makes me feel very uncomfortable , but I do not feel it is criminal. That said, maybe I am just as bad… in isolation, I would probably have laughed at a dog being trained to respond to “Seig Heil”. To me, that’s more a mockery of Nazis and the over-anthropomorphism of animals than a hate crime. My own position is pretty much the variously misttribued quote:

      “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

    • No, it really doesn’t. YouTube is a perfectly convenient way of sharing video content with a group of friends. For every famous new-media celebrity getting millions of views, there are thousands of low-profile people using the platform to share things with a handful of mates.

  • rob posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    “Gas the Jews” Hilarious. Ffs.

    Free speech doesn’t include hate speech.

    It was only a joke isn’t a defence against hate speech or antisemitism.

    • Do you not think that he was taking the piddle out of the pug and the Nazi’s simultaneously?

      • No I think he was being a @#$&.

        Posting it on YouTube makes a mockery of his claims it was just a joke between him and his mates.

        Meanwhile in Scotland antisemitic attacks are up.

        • I’m kinda torn, what he’s done risks making a joke of what happen to the Jews, which isn’t on at all, and possibly makes light of antisemitism, but I don’t know if he should go to jail? The context in which he’s said what he did, wasn’t one in which he was promoting antisemitic views, ie ‘the Jews are like this, and taking advantage of xyz, and have this agenda’, he was getting a pug to do a Nazi salute to sieg heils and making it excited at ‘gas the Jews’. The second might be in really really bad taste, but I dunno if it qualifies as hate speech? Katie Price likening immigrants or asylum seekers (I forget which) to cockroaches was arguably worse. I don’t know, though, I’m torn.

          I think the line is blurred, and he’s in the blurred part between one thing and the other? It’s…[Read more]

        • I agree he “was being a @#$&.” but I also think he should not be jailed. Training the dog to respond to “gas the jews” is tasteless and makes me feel very uncomfortable , but I do not feel it is criminal. That said, maybe I am just as bad… in isolation, I would probably have laughed at a dog being trained to respond to “Seig Heil”. To me, that’s more a mockery of Nazis and the over-anthropomorphism of animals than a hate crime. My own position is pretty much the variously misttribued quote:

          “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

        • No, it really doesn’t. YouTube is a perfectly convenient way of sharing video content with a group of friends. For every famous new-media celebrity getting millions of views, there are thousands of low-profile people using the platform to share things with a handful of mates.

    • No, you’ve completely missed the point. Jonathan Pie is absolutely spot on (as usual). Hilarious as well. Goose stepping outside the court – brilliant

    • I don’t find the original video funny either, and definitely not as funny as he thinks he is. But do you think he has committed a crime, because in the context of a stupid video he repeats an offensive statement? Or even do you think the crime so bad that he deserves to go to prison?

      I don’t.

    • >”Gas the Jews” Hilarious. Ffs.

      The issue isn’t whether or not it’s funny, it’s whether it should be a crime.

      >Free speech doesn’t include hate speech.

      Freedom of speech is certainly a qualified right, and those who try to justify spreading hatred with “free speech, innit” are prats. There are a lot of them around.

      I haven’t seen the video, but it sounds like there might be ample reason to take it down from youtube, which is public and you need to have basic manners when you speak in public. But committing a criminal offence is a completely different matter to having your freedom to publicly broadcast whatever you like curtailed.

      > It was only a joke isn’t a defence against hate speech or antisemitism.

      So what’s your position? Do you think that the joke should be…[Read more]

      • I understand your point and yes, there are a lot of idiots out there spouting toxic crap but if you make people afraid to express themselves through fear of legal sanction then they just retreat to the internet, their likeminded friends or their extremist churches. The end result is that their views are reinforced instead of challenged and they never get their noses rubbed in the fact that normal folk find such people ridiculous and their views abhorrent.

    • “Free speech doesn’t include hate speech.”

      “Hate speech” is a very vague term, and if we accept that “free speech doesn’t include hate speech” then we’ve lost free speech because anyone can shut down any speech just by claiming that it is hateful to them.

      Indeed, that’s how the term “hate speech” functions these days, it’s the modern version of “heresy” or “blasphemy”, an attempt to get one’s own views to prevail by disallowing anyone who disagrees from speaking.

      The boundary of free speech should not be “I’m upset”, it should be incitement to violence and actual direct threats.

      • I agree with the thrust of what you’re saying, but you’re being vague. What do you mean by the boundary of free speech? Do you mean what should be legal to say at all, or what should be accepted on youtube for anyone to access?

        I think that there is very little that should be illegal to say; but there are lots of public situations (and almost no private ones) where if what you’re saying is going to have a demonstrable negative impact, you can rightfully be told to STFU. That’s not an infringement of free speech, it’s being asked to cease antisocial behaviour. Being told to STFU (e.g. having your video taken down off youtube following complaints) is a very different bag to being charged with a criminal offence – which do you see as defining “the boundary of free speech”?

        A good…[Read more]

    • Free speech doesn’t include hate speech? That’s a very odd statement. Stopping people saying they hate something doesn’t stop them hating it (anymore than stopping them saying they love something would stop them loving it). Given this, it’s surely better to let them speak and know where things stand and manage matters accordingly?

  • rob replied to the topic Space and time in the forum General Chat 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    In our current understanding time very much does exist. It’s a dimension almost exactly like the spatial ones. The weirdness of time compared to the others comes from the fact that there’s a minus sign in one of the entries on a matrix that we call the metric (this is simplifying a bit as it’s more complicated and not exactly just a minus sign once you include general relativity).

    Also we know the laws of physics don’t work the same way if you run time backwards. Currently we’ve only seen very small effects in some processes involving subatomic particles called quarks, but we’re looking for bigger ones occurring in another type of particle called the neutrino.

  • rob posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    “As the Universe may not have a physical edge, there is no sense in the idea of an ‘absolute’ position. Hence, it is meaningless to think of the ‘centre’ of the Universe; something of infinite extent has no ‘centre’ as the point at which it began is also meaningless.”

    That seems a bit casual. Take the integer number line, it is infinite in extent but there are absolute positions and it does have a centre at ‘0’.

    • I’ve arbitrarily decided that the centre of my number line is at -83.24. But you stick with 0 if you like. I actually think it has no centre.