Grandparent's point is that we are doing far better now than we were in the not-so-distant past when slavery was legal, or during the "robber-baron" era, or (looking back just a bit more), when simple plunder by force was common.
So she was a sailor, then?
The realm of women is whatever they want it to be. There is substantial cultural inertia, especially in places like the Southeast US, that impedes young women from trying to "do computers and tech stuff", and so the lampshading of legitimate achievements made by folks like Hopper is no bad thing. Yes, were she male she wouldn't get quite as many accolades, but so? She was a pioneer, and there is no shame in pointing out to today's young women "want to become a computer scientist? You're in good company."
I have as much distaste for postmodern cultural wankery as you, but informing women that they are welcome in the scientific community ain't that.
I taught computational physics for a couple of years as a grad student. Of the students that I considered absolutely top-notch, about 60% were women (where the difference from 50% is statistical noise). As far as physics went, they were basically the same as the men.
"'It's become very public and very personal. Literally, neighbors are asking people, 'Why are you spying on Grandma?'"
If you see something, say something.
We did, and we did.
Hey coal/gas advocates,
The nuclear folks have a better handle on the waste than you do.
Someone from the present
Why are "good STEM jobs" worthwhile if they produce nothing of value? How is this any better than giving people specialized training in engineering and mathematics and then paying them to pick their noses?
Came here to post the same thing. Also, Dwarvish is a secret language, and even if Radagast knew it he wouldn't publish a paper in it (nor would anyone writing on paper in whatever language use the Cirth, since the Tengwar were designed for that.)
And not even all the characters are there (I'm looking at the Cirth version). It's definitely not in Dwarfish, since Tolkien describes in some detail why the adjective form is dwarvish. This was also a secret language, and the dwarves wouldn't publish a paper in it (nor would Radagast, even if he knew it). The alphabet is the Cirth, designed for carved letters, and isn't unique to Dwarvish except for the fact that they carved a lot and there's a bunch of it in The Hobbit. (And, in the illustrations in that book, Tolkien didn't even really use the Cirth; he used the Futhark, upon which it's based.)
From my experience with transit buses, the answer generally is "no".
In my experience as a cyclist and then (after someone ran over my bike) a transit rider, cyclists generally know the bus routes reasonably well -- they're the ones dodging the damn things. They also know where the subway stops are.
The radio receiver for the keyless entry door locks ought to be able to idle on microwatts, and wake up and use milliwatts when it needs to spin up the computer that determines whether a received signal is actually the right key to open the locks.
I would like the ability to say to my ISP "I have a little traffic that I would really like to be delivered on time every time. It's not much, and I'll pay you a little bit extra for the extra effort." (Gaming/skype traffic).
On the other hand, someone downloading large files or streaming netflix (with its deep buffers) would like the ability to say "I'm going to be transferring lots of data, but I really don't need 100ms latency for it; long latency on my netflix stream is fine, so long as the time-averaged bandwidth is enough. Since you can give me what I want with less effort per megabyte than the guy who wants 50ms latency, I'd like to pay less."
Especially if you want to show the world the crimes and torture of your government.
The thing about the US is that we recognize that our government doesn't always follow the law. Just because the government is going after people for airing its dirty laundry doesn't mean that the government is being either legal or constitutional in doing so.
No Healthcare, Death Punishment, many believing in Creation, I mean, that are medieval thoughts.
There is quite good health care in the USA. The only difference is that you pay for it yourself, rather than out of your taxes.
The death penalty is something I disagree with, but it's hardly common, and is on the decline.
Rejection of evolution isn't unique to the US. We are unique in that the population holding this particular superstition happens to be Christian and has been here for a while, but it's also common in the Muslim populations in Europe (which I presume you call civilized).
Come visit. We realize our government does some stupid stuff, and we'd like to change that, but our country isn't defined by its government.
Banning calls for "racial hatred" is a slippery slope. Where along the line do you start arresting people?
Also, I think you mean "penal code"; "penile" is an entirely different word.
As someone who's been involved with universities for a while: you cannot get arrested by campus police for trespassing on most campuses. Public universities are public property, and most places in most buildings are open to the public. (Of course, if you wander into a professor's lab without his permission, you're likely to get in trouble.) At the University of Arizona where I got my doctorate, homeless people would regularly come to the library to use the computers for internet access.
Many private universities incorporate substantial tracts of public land (they consist of buildings on public streets), or are on private land but are open campuses. Only a few campuses are truly closed campuses where visitors are not welcome; those are no different than any other private land. So I don't know quite what you mean.