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Alt text silliness [Dec. 12th, 2005|02:09 pm]
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The BBC's article "Scientists face research job cuts" features the usual generic scientist in lab coat holding a pipette. Just in case you didn't realise they use the same kind of picture for many science stories, the alt text confirms it is a photo of a "Laboratory technician - generic" (mouse hover in IE, else look at the source/turn off the images).

It looks like the generic technician gets around a bit. When not losing their job at Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, they have been busy working on parasitic worms in Edinburgh and getting funding for tropical disease research in Dundee.

Still, nothing beats this power cut story for BBC photo silliness.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-12-12 07:38 pm (UTC)
Even worse, the file names the technician as labtech 203."I am not a number, I'm a slave on short term contracts!" etc etc.

Bob
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-12-12 09:40 pm (UTC)
This suggests they have 202 other pictures of people holding pipettes. Or maybe some of them are sitting next to either flasks of brightly coloured liquid or a microscope in a darkened room.
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From: amoebic_vodka
2005-12-12 09:44 pm (UTC)

doh

we forgot to log in. oh well.

hmm, looks like they don't. Maybe they only have a number after all...
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-12-14 02:29 pm (UTC)

Re: doh

I work in a generic lab technician production plant, and they indeed all have individual numeric identification. I have to hand label each of them using waterproof markers, and half the time it rubs off when they're near PCR machines or the freezer. Permanent my arse.

- sickboyedd
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From: amoebic_vodka
2005-12-14 03:33 pm (UTC)

Re: doh

Well, they're still cheaper than buying a robot.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-12-23 10:13 am (UTC)

That could well be me!

I could be one of the 202 others! I was a generic technician, employed to do pointless PCR. So I had a pipette in my hand a lot. AND I'm in Dundee. Now my job involves sitting in a darkened room at a microscope!!! In fact, I'm sitting there now! Not sure about the haircut though.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-12-15 11:57 am (UTC)

BBC

The best one ever was featured in the magazine when they figured out it was wrong.

I can't find it on the site but I had the picture saved...

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