And at the PyCon conference earlier this year, three developers at different companies were fired when one, a woman, publicly shamed two men for making sexually charged jokes about tech lingo. All three were let go for their behavior, but industry insiders largely saw the firing of developer Adria Richards as retribution for the manner in which she spoke out against widespread sexism in the tech world.
Since the Valleywag story, Dickinson has feigned surprise at the public's reaction to his statements. But a comment he made on Twitter in mid-August indicates he was well aware of their vulgarity.
"I like the tech world because the bar for professional behavior is set so very, very low by our elites," he said.