In most of the world, most of the time, being smart is a survival advantage for oneself and ones children. Not necessarily formal education is a survival advantage but they are nowhere near the same thing.
Smarts as a survival advantage may provide more advantage in extreme environments than Sweden but even in Sweden; someone reasonably smart in a socially acceptable way is way more likely to reproduce than someone who isn't and their children are more likely to thrive.
Back in the day (before computer sound hardware) the most common technique to produce "music" (more of a pitched buzzing) with a computer was to take advantage of various loops producing pitches you could hear on an AM radio. It was also used for diagnostics; I could sometimes hear the system go off the rails (Gad I am old).
Not to mention the multiple innovations in dealing with and indexing obscene amounts of data in the back end. mSQL just isn't going to cut it, you know? That's impressed me beyond words: The back end has radically changed and it just keeps working.
The redundancy and failover are stunning and I don't think you get that without innovation.
The exact implementations may not leak out but the rough ideas do and we all benefit from that. Hadoop anyone?
They were passed soon after a full-out war by the single party in power with the CSA politically out of the picture. Once the former confederate rejoined the federal government fully; the 15th amendment was ignored for almost a century.
So, YES the constitution was amended (yay) but it took a full-out war to do it and there was a lot of backsliding afterward.
On one machine I see, say, a thousand ssh break in attempts a day. If I change the ssh port from 22 to 578 (for instance) I just cut that 1000 down to maybe 20 + legitimate users...and those 20 are the ones to be most worried about out of the 1000! That's a win.
INTERNET -> PORT80, PORT443
His point being more and more is routed through ports 80 and 443 in an effort to avoid firewall restrictions. I often think he was right. Consequences for firewalls left up to reader.
That's not to say any given Bank might not be better than any given Credit Union but, on the whole, I have WAY more trust in my local credit union than my now non-existing bank.
Quantum Mechanics is a lovely introduction to Hilbert Spaces! -- Overheard at last year's Archimedeans' Garden Party