My home office is 12' by 12' where I do a mix of programming, devops, and electronics. I sometimes have co-workers come by as well to pair-program or whiteboard.
I don't live in an area where security is as big of a concern, but I do keep the window shaded, files backed up in cloud, and drives encrypted. Beyond that, things like cameras, kensington locks, safes, and deadbolts can only slow thiefs down. But they are a good idea just for discouragement. I do love the new digital locks around now. Utilizing one which you can open and close quickly using biometrics or a phone will keep you honest in locking the place up.
On the home front, I do sometimes utilize the office for emergency relative storage (guest room). There is enough room for a queen size bed in the center.
I think you are overblowing Slashdot's biases a bit. I just did a google search and found many articles on Slashdot referencing Gamergate, people invovled, and its issues over the past years. I ended my search after finding 12. I didn't find any editorials which I guess is what you were angling for...
Here's a couple quick ones:
As to your women in STEM complaint... that's a story which does come up often. I've read many articles posted via slashdot listing one potential cause or another. Here's a post which blames ad's in the 80's.
Getting the cheap/free cellphone in Canada often involves signing up for long 3 year plan with huge penalties if you quit early.
I'm not sure of all the provinces, but I know that both Quebec and Manitoba have new laws in place requiring better contract disclosure and limiting those penalties.
I suspect that Rogers and Telus are afraid the other provinces will enact the same or stronger legislation.
When I went to the IIPA, Web of Trust went berserk and said the site has a poor reputation for "trustworthiness," "vendor reliability" and "privacy." It also scored a low score on "child safety."
I'm can't say I'm a fan of politics influencing security ratings like this. Not being a user of the tool, I must ask if this a common trait in Web of Trust's database?
I did a quick Google search and found several game titles with 'Scroll'. Several pre-dating the 1994 release of the first Elder Scrolls.
I suspect Bethesda will have troubles winning this one, but courts can be funny sometimes.
The study had 28 participants... and they were asked to remember species of aliens...
While this may be a sign that it's worth looking into the differences a font makes in learning, I'll wait until a bigger study comes out where participants were asked to read a more likely and involved subject matter like the history of the Ottoman Empire.
I have a feeling many participants will be less likely to read past the first chapter if it was written in Comic Sans.
The biggest difference between time and space is that you can't reuse time. -- Merrick Furst