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Steven Moffat Insists There Was No Sexist Backlash to New Doctor Who, Wants Us All to “Shut the Hell Up” - Good news, everyone! We were just imagining things!

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When Jodie Whittaker was announced as taking over the first woman Doctor on Doctor Who, the response was generally positive. Ecstatic, even. But as we know by now, that feeling was not unanimous. While they didn’t seem to be anywhere close to the majority, the detractors were there, and their complaints about the casting were largely rooted in sexism. They were on Twitter and in the comments of the announcement articles, decrying the idea that a woman could play this role, and blaming “PC culture” for caving to women.

Except if you ask Steven Moffat, none of that happened. According to him, everyone was happy, sexism doesn’t exist, and we’re all imagining things.

At Comic-Con this weekend, he insisted that all fans everywhere responded to the casting news with perfectly unified “huzzah!”

According to The Daily Dot, he told the crowd, “There has been so many press articles about a backlash among the Doctor Who fandom about casting a female Doctor. There has been no backlash at all. The story of the moment is that the notionally conservative Doctor Who fandom has utterly embraced that change completely.”

Yes, truly, this is the moment that united humanity as one. All the commenters calling it a “gimmick,” saying they won’t be watching the new season, and of course the oh-so-creative trolls making “Nurse Who” jokes–good news, everybody!–apparently, we made them up.

“There’s been no backlash at all,” Moffat says. “I wish every single journalist who is writing the alternative would shut the hell up.”

I’d guess most women are familiar with the experience of having men tell them the sexism they experience isn’t real, or that theirs is a unique, individual experience rather than part of a misogynistic culture.

At this point, I don’t expect Steven Moffat to actually try to understand women or the relationship they have with his work and the larger Doctor Who community. But what does he stand to gain by straight-up gaslighting the women who see this sexism, who live in it? How does it serve him to ignore this:

Women who are active in geek communities are frequently, if not constantly, subjected to varying levels of pervasive sexism. It’s a part of the culture. We fight it, we call it out, we learn to live with some of it–but we remain fans. By ignoring that reality–or worse, telling us to “shut the hell up”–Moffat isn’t strengthening his show’s fan base, he’s belittling and disparaging half of it.

(via Daily Dot, image: BBC)

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jepler
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Report: Moffat has a real bad case of manmouth
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Fact-checking and Rumor-dispelling Site Snopes.com Held Hostage By vendor

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Snopes.com, which began as a small one-person effort in 1994 and has since become one of the Internet's oldest and most popular fact-checking sites, is in danger of closing its doors. From a report: Since our inception, we have always been a self-sustaining site that provides a free service to the online world: we've had no sponsors, no outside investors or funding, and no source of revenue other than that provided by online advertising. Unfortunately, we have been cut off from our historic source of advertising income. We had previously contracted with an outside vendor to provide certain services for Snopes.com. That contractual relationship ended earlier this year, but the vendor will not acknowledge the change in contractual status and continues to essentially hold the Snopes.com web site hostage. Although we maintain editorial control (for now), the vendor will not relinquish the site's hosting to our control, so we cannot modify the site, develop it, or -- most crucially -- place advertising on it. The vendor continues to insert their own ads and has been withholding the advertising revenue from us. Our legal team is fighting hard for us, but, having been cut off from all revenue, we are facing the prospect of having no financial means to continue operating the site and paying our staff (not to mention covering our legal fees) in the meanwhile.
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Why does the advertising vendor for snopes have control of their hosting?
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jepler
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According to the "advertising vendor", they own a 50% stake in the company owning Snopes, i.e., they aren't just the advertising vendor
jhamill
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Huh, would have been nice to have that fact in the story.
jepler
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in which slashdot commenters fact check snopes.com "owner" claims
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fxer
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seems sketchy enough that God knows where any donations would end up in the continuing lawsuits, im gonna steer clear
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dreadhead
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Sounds like a divorce mess and not really a "vendor issue"
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Its taken years of convincing to get my family to use Snopes to verify the bullshit they get in email forwards and hear from their friends. I don't give a shit who is the blame behind the scenes I just want Snopes to keep existing. $20 is doable with my budget so hell yea I donated.
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Whoever ends up with the money for whatever purpose thanks you
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Fast-key-erasure random-number generators

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An effort to clean up several messes simultaneously. #rng #forwardsecrecy #urandom #cascade #hmac #rekeying #proofs

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jepler
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"Starting from the 256-bit key k, generate (say) 48 blocks B0 = AESk(0), B1 = AESk(1), ...
Immediately overwrite the key k with the first two blocks B0, B1. "

So now from an original key k0=k, we get k1, k2, ..., kn. Eventually, some ki=kj, defining a cycle of length (j-i). Is there some reason that we can prove these cycles are pretty big in the average case? in every case?
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Debian, Gnome Patched 'Bad Taste' VBScript-Injection Vulnerabilities

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Slashdot reader KiloByte warned us about new exploit for .MSI files named "bad taste". Neowin reports: A now-patched vulnerability in the "GNOME Files" file manager was recently discovered which allowed hackers to create dodgy MSI files which would run malicious VBScript code on Linux... Once Nils Dagsson Moskopp discovered the bug, he reported it to the Debian Project which fixed it very rapidly. The GNOME Project also patched the gnome-exe-thumbnailer file which is responsible for parsing MSI and EXE files inside the GNOME Files app... If you run a Linux distribution with the GNOME desktop it's advisable to run the update manager and check for updates as soon as possible before you become affected by this critical vulnerability.
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KiloByte aka Adam Borrowski
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offs
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Terminal and shell performance

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There’s a great MSR demo from 2012 that shows the effect of latency on the experience of using a tablet. If you don’t want to watch the three minute video, they basically created a device which could simulate arbitrary latencies down to a fraction of a millisecond. At 100ms (1/10th of a second), which is typical of consumer tablets, the experience is terrible. At 10ms (1/100th of a second), the latency is noticeable, but the experience is ok, and at < 1ms the experience is great, as good as pen and paper.
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jepler
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The thing is, a physical keyboard and a physical mouse are giving you instantaneous, continuous feedback. when you take them away and replace them with a touchscreen, you need "perceptually instant" feedback from the computer in a way you didn't when the feedback came from the physical system.

(says the guy who can do OK in a terminal at text entry tasks when there's 1000ms latency between keypress and onscreen response; I know I'm not alone, but I may be of a dying breed)
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skorgu
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vi was in fact motivated by the need to handle super-long delays. It's why it's the only real editor.
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Doctors clash over female Time Lord

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Colin Baker says Peter Davison's reservations about TV's new Time Lord are "absolute rubbish".
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jepler
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Ugh Peter Davison should have kept his manmouth shut. TFA: "Peter Davison, who played the Doctor from 1981 to 1984, said he "liked the idea" of a male Doctor and that he felt "a bit sad" the character might no longer be "a role model for boys"."
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The lack of self-awareness is just staggering
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