Beta lactam resistance is common. That's the class of antibiotics which includes penicillin; not an antibiotic of last resort by any means. (Resistance is so common that if you're prescribed a beta lactam antibiotic nowadays, it'll probably be compounded with a beta lactamase inhibitor) Since beta lactam resistance is so common, the gene will no doubt be common in the waste stream, not just in China but everywhere.
Butanol is being looked at because it is less corrosive and also higher energy density than ethanol, almost approaching that of gasoline. (Exhaust smells like bananas).
Bananas. Right. Until you get a little butyric acid formation (which you will), at which point it smells like vomit.
What are the fucking electrical engineering doing???
Everyone wants smaller and cheaper. Better? If it increases the BOM cost by a fraction, forget it.
Inequality exists towards both genders. Feminism in practical application is concerned with the interests of women. Where that conflicts with the interests of men, the interests of women take precedence. What is amusing is the notion that feminist theory is about gender equality but feminism in practical application is only about getting more stuff for women. That's not equality in the least.
If feminism was merely advocacy for women (ignoring or dismissing mens concerns) that would be one thing; it would just be the position of an interest group.
What really sets it up for lampooning is the whole "theory" part of it, which in order to justify the positions of feminism sets up layers and layers of nonsense which at their core deny logic itself. Not deny a particular argument, but deny the validity of logical reasoning.
It really doesn't take an alternative zeroth order logic to put forth the proposition that women should be the legal, political, and social equals of men. But it does take such a "logic" to support some of the positions put forth by feminists, and to prevent horrible people (many of them male) from driving trucks through the holes in their reasoning
But if you actually have worked your ass off and supported yourself and your family without taking handouts from the government or anyone else, how can someone tell you it is a myth?
Then they pull out the schools/infrastructure/defense argument, as if those were the same as welfare.
What exactly is the efficiency of a heat pump when the outside air temp is below 20F like it is in the upper midwest this week?
1.0 or less. Because despite all the theoretical nonsense others have posted, an air-source heat pump simply won't work with the outside temperature below 20 degrees, so you'll be running on auxiliary heat. To make it worse, the heat pump might run a defrost cycle, pulling heat generated by the strip heaters out of the house to warm the outside coils.
There are many strains of Feminism, and pretending that it is a single philosophy is either ignorant or disingenuous.
Perhaps. But any strain of feminism (or any other philosophy) that requires that one deny propositional logic (e.g. accept that p && !p is not necessarily false) and accept the philosophy only on its own terms -- that's one of the crazy ones.
I'd be happy to, but they are due for phase-out as well.
Which is why the environmentalists need to force them on us. LEDs suck too, but less so. When someone comes up with a phosphor which can decently approximate a blackbody spectrum, let me know. Until then, phosphor-based lights will continue to suck.
I really understand that this is what the calls to remove it look like. And I agree (without having seen whether the general sexism was light or included threatening language) that it is over the top to call for people to lose their jobs for public sexism.
Well, if you thought that was over the top, how about the calls to have people prosecuted for following the project? You want to talk about oppression, that's oppression, of the old fashioned government-run sort.
Do take a minute and give the women reading this in an environment that is already exclusionary a thought. We are constantly pushed (or driven, with threats of rape or death) away from the possibility of earning a living with our skills.
Yes, that's right. Every time women walk into a tech office, they're bombarded with threats of rape and murder. They get more catcalls and lewd remarks on the way down the hallway than they would have in the New York subway in the 1980s. It's common to find hung and/or mutilated effigies of women in various places around the office.
Wait, no they aren't. Nothing of the sort happens, at least not in any office I have been in. Death and rape threats from internet trolls, yes. Death and rape threats against women in a professional environment, no.
So, what you are saying is that politicians claim to be on the "right" and then once they get into power, they operate from the "left's" perspective that increasing government power is in their own interest? And your answer to this problem is to vote for politicians who openly ADVOCATE for increasing government control over your life?
It's almost as if you're damned either way. (And if you take the position that the left is more honest, please examine Mr. Obama's various broken promises).
Cut the network cable, remove the power cord, and call it a day.
I'm going to argue that media that is very important to geek culture may nonetheless contribute to a hostile work environment.
Great, you're really advancing the cause of women in tech that way.
Take Asimov. Widely held to be a wonderful science fiction writer, and a touchstone of geek culture. But his books don't handle women particularly well, if at all.
Yes, and so what? Asimov wasn't all that good at human characterization in general; with few exceptions (including one woman - Susan Calvin - though she was a stereotype as well) his human characters are little more than set pieces to drive the plot. There's reasons for the lack of women in Asimov's stories, some of which Asimov wrote about himself. And Asimov himself was known as a womanizer and a groper; he got away with it because he was Asimov and fame like rank has its privileges.
But the inclusion of SF in geek culture isn't about geeks thinking SF stories are the way the world should be nor about venerating SF writers personally. If it were, the inclusion of _The Left Hand of Darkness_ and "Houston, Houston, Do You Read?" (among others) in the SF canon would be hostile to various more-well-represented-groups as well. And then there's Heinlein, in whose works you can find something to offend anyone; _Friday_ alone can easily offend arch-conservatives and feminists alike.
It's not that feminists hate science fiction, it's that science fiction, especially "classic" science fiction, has a problem with women. And if you're a feminist, the most terrifying thing in the world is a vision of the future with the women of the 50s.
If that last statement is true, feminists need to get a sense of perspective. There's far worse treatment of women in parts of the world today than in the US of the 1950s. And if feminists have a problem with the books enjoyed by geeks because the authors were not themselves feminists or those books didn't meet the feminist standards of gender ratio or female characterization, that's really their problem; stretching geek enjoyment of such books into a hostile act just makes geeks (justifiably) defensive.