211 posts • joined Thursday 17th January 2008 12:39 GMT
Re: Nw for a spanner in the works..
"I ask this for no other reason than to be an awkward sod: how does the whole transgender thing fit in this? It's all good and well to confirm a stereotype, but a theory is tested by its edge cases"
As someone who is transgender, I'd say that that was a perfectly valid and interesting question. In fact the research has been much discussed in support groups I frequent. A lot of us have looked for years for some form of physical evidence that we are in some way more like the gender we identify with rather than the gender we were born into. Rather than being mildy mentally ill as one commentard has suggested ( a comment which, for the record, I didnt find in the least offensive).
In reality, I'm not sure that it matters much. After all, its generally fairly blindingly obvious what the physical differences between men and women are anyway, and cognitive skills tend to be learned at least as much as they're inherent. So, while it would be jolly nice to have a laydeebrain and all that, its not likely to make much difference on a day to day basis.
Fyi - I cant park for toffee. On the other hand, I'm an accomplished engine builder and if you want a blueprinted V8 putting together, I'm your gal .....
Re: About Time.
Another account holder for the last 20 odd years here...
And I must admit that I've never been less than impressed with their customer service or with a banking website that's always worked perfectly well for me. We did have a bit of trouble a while back with credit cards issued that didnt do Chip and PIN but they did sort that out within a few days. The PED has never given me any problems either.
Re: is it 'cause I is black
"I imagine a tranny can be just as shit at their job as a white middle class straight american - and should therefore be just as easy to fire, from an equality viewpoint."
Well, indeed so. She might equally be rather good at it (like me).
It's not that she shouldnt be as easy to fire, but that she should be no more easy to fire..
There - that wasnt difficult, was it?
Assuming for a moment that culling this animal is the only viable option, I'm not sure that using that fact as an opportunity for fund-raising is appropriate at all. The ability to stump up a large amount of money doesnt necessarily coincide with having the skills and experience to facilitate a 'clean kill'.
If the unfortunate beast needs to be killed for the greater good, then pay an experienced and skilled hunter to take it down with the minimum of fuss and the minimum degree of suffering to the animal.
I wonder if we might, for the moment, leave aside the debate regarding whether or not Chelsea Manning deserves to be in prison?
I think also that we can dispatch the argument that she has only 'revealed' her transgender status (or indeed made it up) in order to get preferential treatment. It's clear that this is something that she had revealed to others well before carrying out the actions that led her to be where she is.
There is a standard protocol, developed many years ago, for the effective treatment of people who suffer from GD. It starts with specialist counselling to allow the person to fully explore the depth of their gender identity issues and to determine whether coping strategies exist. In my own case, that's where it stopped. I can cope and can do so without transition. I'm one of the lucky ones. For others, the next stage is female hormones (male in the case of people who are Male to Female TSs). These suppress the male sex drive and provide an endrochrinal balance that's more suited to the gender that the person identifies as. In the UK, because most people go through transition on the NHS, the next stage is the Real Life Experience - two years in which the person must present full time in their gender, and live and work in that gender. It's only then that Sexual Reasignment Surgery takes place.
If she's very lucky, Chelsea Manning will get counselling. That would seem to me the bare minimum to satisfy the requirements of basic human compassion. It would seem extremely unlikely that she'll be prescribed hormones or be offered any other form of treatment until her eventual release. The very best she can hope for is for a transfer to a womens' prison as soon as her GD has been confirmed by a qualified clinician.
Chelsea Manning has been in a prison since well before her initial arrest. Because that's what gender dysphoria is like. It's a sense of being trapped in an identity that does not match the one you feel to be real. So she is now in prison both literally and figuratively. She is about to go through living hell, regardless of how much of her sentence she serves.
I Love the EDL
No, really ...
EDL + Facebook = Hours of harmless amusement.
One of their 'leadership' team recently posted something to this effect on their Facebook page:
'Been on holiday on the South Coast. Then I saw this (photo attached). That's the biggest mosque I've ever seen. How are they able to get away with this?'
The photo, of course, was of Brighton Pavilion ......
"The collective insanity of the west in giving votes and degrees to people and telling them they are as good as anybody, and should have an opinion ... "
Erm, I'm afraid that's called Democracy.
If you can think of a better system, please do tell.
The charge that he assisted the enemy didnt hold up. He was found guilty of espionage, although on behalf of whom seems unclear.
So - 'traitor'? I think not.
Bradley Manning was a disturbed young man who thought that he was doing the right thing.
And the more I see of this case and of the activities of the NSA, the more I feel he did the right thing too.
In legal terms, the culpability of Bradley Manning has been 'proven'.
But who else is culpable? It would seem evident to me that at the time of his deployment to Iraq, Bradley Manning was someone close to the edge. He displayed erratic behaviour, appears to have been deeply conflicted regarding his sexuality and gender identity (and believe me, I know how much that screws you up), and seems to have been increasingly isolated.
His supervisors MUST have known this. As a Junior Intelligence Analysis, however, they continued to give him access to sensitive information, regardless.
Re: thuggery isnt it?
"Nice disk drive, Squire.... Be a pity if someone broke it...."
Paranoia AND Stupidity. Not a great mix.
Re: I particularly liked...
At times like this, one cant help wishing that Keith Moon were still alive ...
Shutting the Stable Door
Insurance is the classic example of what's known as 'risk transfer' - rather than mitigating the risk via controls, you simply move it so that it's someone else's responsibility. The big problem with this is that it doesnt actually work in terms of risk prevention - a classic case of bolting the door long after the horse has fled,
I would have to assume that, as in the UK, all power companies (as an example of CNI) in the US must have a licence to operate. Would it not therefore be rather a more useful idea for that licence to be conditional on the production of the results of independent six-monthly penetration testing to demonstrate that controls in place (if any) actually do work?
And wouldnt that be a good idea for Mr Cameron's much-vaunted cyber-security initiative?
"Even if correct, which i'd be inclined to ask for some evidence for, this neglects the controllers already deployed - which was much of the thrust of the presentation".
Fair comment. I think there's good evidence that most agencies who are supporting critical national infrastructure in the UK are indeed following the right protocols - if only because CPNI (more power to their elbows on this one) have been campaigning in this area for some years
I also take your point about ICS systems and economic constraints - they're built down to a budget, of course they are, and vendors are not particularly impressive when it comes to the implementation of secure design. But if they remain isolated, I'll maintain that there isnt an issue.
The control systems that tend to worry me are those linked with with or developed from building management systems, particularly those associated with large public venues. BMS systems dont get a lot of publicity in terms of security controls which causes me to wonder how well they are actually controlled.
Re: Isn't this illegal?
"Instead of all the moralising (even business minister Matthew Hancock is at it), perhaps it would be better to reduce the cost of hiring people in the UK. Think employment law, regulations, tax and even unions"
After you with the pay cut then, Rob .....
Well .... absolutely.
Whenever one of these SCADA stories come up, there's always a great deal of wooooooo in response, and everyone talks about how foolish it is to expose them to the internet etc etc.
And indeed it is. Which is why very few people do it these days. Buried in the bowels of some of our power stations there are control systems being powered by Windows 2000 boxes. Which matters not in the slightest because they're not exposed to the corporate network let alone the public internet. A bit of change control and an absolute veto on memory sticks keeps them clean.
The problem with SCADA is that normal controls do not apply - you cant take stuff out of service for software patches and AV upgrades and that's just a fact of life we have to work around.
I Must Admit
That I have every sympathy with her. Ok, she's a big lass who likes to show herself off a bit, but the goal of her blog appears to be to provide encouragement and fashion advice to other big girls and to help them with self-esteem rather than to attract the attention of chubby chasers. A laudable enough goal, surely
I myself belong to a community of people who attract that sort of unwanted attention. I'm a member of a trans * support site which has something in the region of 160,00 members which breaks down roughly into 80,000 trans * people and another 80,000 chaps who find people like me at least theoretically attractive. There's a small'ish minority who are happy to be out and about and to socialise with us and make friendships and relationships. And a rather larger group whose motivation for being on the site is to make random 'sexy' comments and glop off to the pictures. Mostly that's harmless enough, but when a shy, gender confused 18 yr old makes their first tentative steps into a social life with other people who are prepared to accept her for what she is, the last thing she wants is a comment from some oaf saying he'd like to 'F*ck her 'till her arse bleeds' or to tell her she's a 'f*cking queer' when she rejects his crude suggestion of meeting up in some sleazy hotel someplace. We get that stuff so often that it's taken as routine.
The photos she can do nothing about. They become public property as soon as you post them on the net. As for the comments, there are various ways of dealing with them. Moderating comments logs does work but it makes the whole thing less spontaneous. Ignoring the comments always worked for me - when it comes down to it, it's not me who's looking like a moron. The third option is to return fire. Not something I have a problem with (I can get very creative when it comes to insult) but not something that comes naturally to most women.
The real solution of course is for the minority of blokes who do this sort of stuff to evolve. But that's a big ask.
Personally I'll be using her blog. As a size 18, I'm no lightweight myself.
Re: 300 Terrorists?
I was rather wondering..
If they've caught 300 terrorists, what happened to the 300 court cases that should inevitably follow if you do this sort of stuff in accordance with the Rule of Law?
Re: Job title
Claire Perry is my local MP. She is conscientious and helpful (and no, I didnt vote for her).
Unfortunately, she is also ambitious and, having come from a City background, totally clueless when it comes to technology.
Its not a good combination.
Was there a bucket in the coffin?
This is important
I'd just like to state categorically that failures in the Givernment's procurement strategy are NOT the result of Climate Change.
Lack of Technical Knowledge?
Well ... yes, up to a point. I think that the reliability of mainframes is unquestionable but its mostly about age of operating systems and applications and about a declining skill base capable of keeping them running.
As I recall, the RBS fiasco concerned the CA7 scheduling package. The last time I worked on CA7 must have been at least 15 years ago and it was a very good product as long as you were prepared to get to know it inside out. Otherwise, it was a complete camel. You could probably say the same thing for a number of legacy apps that run on, or control, mainframes.
When I first started working on RACF, I was considered a bit of a youngster. I'm now 60 yrs old and havnt touched a mainframe product in donkey's years. Most of the real mainframe hotshots are now long-retired and those skill bases arent being renewed. Maybe it's time I dusted down my JCL ....
Well... as I said, given their appearance, this person is likely to have been on hormones for more than a year, so unless she was remarkably prescient, I doubt it was done for the purpose of evading capture. Which would lead me to suspect gender dysphoria - a person uncomfortable with birth gender and transitioning to the gender they associate with psychologically. No question of them being gay or not - sexuality and gender identity are two seperate things.
Regarding 'orgasmic', its not the same thing as being capable of sexual arousal. Hormones do suppress sexual arousal, but post operative arousal has a great deal to do with the skills of the surgeon involved in retaining erectile tissue and getting it in the right place. Additionally, it''s common for women (transsexual or otherwise) to describe orgasm as a 'whole body experience' which isnt focussed in the same sense that male orgasm is.
Transsexual women dont actually become non-orgasmic as such. Hormones do make you infertile and prevent erectile function over time however, which isnt quite the same thing.
Re: Just airbagged?
Given her overall shape, this certainly isnt a disguise - hormones dont give you those sorts of curves in a year. A couple of years at the least would be my guess. So the surmise that she is in fact transsexual is probably accurate.
In Europe (including the UK) she'd most likely be given the option of serving the rest of her sentence in a women's prison, but I've no idea what the situation is like in Colombia. Hopefully they'll do the civilized thing.
She should certainly be serving her time - gender dysphoria is no defence against the crimes she's been found guilty of.
Its not really a question of 'Are the Chinese hacking US systems?', but 'Why would they not be hacking them?'
If I were a nation state trying to build myself a viable industrial complex for the purpose of profit, I certainly would be.
There are no cats.....
Sadly, he's mostly right.
Although its important to differentiate between security training and security awareness because they're not the same thing. Technicians designing and building systems should certainly be trained to code and designed securely and I genuinely believe that that's money well-spent.
Staff (and indeed Management), need to be security aware, even if that awareness extends only to knowing the extension number of the Information Security team and to have the confidence to be able to call that number if they see something that doesnt look quite right.
To be honest, though, the motivation for many companies I've worked for in paying out for security training can often boil down to 'If they dont know the Policy, you cant sack them if they breach it'.
Re: Visa vs VisaEurope
The governance of VISA is complex to say the least, but Visa Europe have, since around 2004, been a seperately constituted company with a Board consisting of representatives from European financial institutions. Visa Europe and Visa Inc. (who are registered in the State of Delaware) share a common network for interchange purposes, share common standards etc but may adopt seperate policies should they see fit to do so.
So there's no actual obligation on Visa Europe to play ball with the US although they've obviously seen fit to do so up to this point. A big falling out between Visa Europe and Inc. doesnt seem likely, regardless of which way they jump.
Re: TrishaDminus TrishaDminus
"I suggest you calm down, park the penis envy, and accept that maybe not everyone shares your tender concerns for Mr Kretsinger, and the more you try to lecture the more likely your viewpoint will be held up to ridicule"
That knee of yours seems to be causing you some trouble.
You see, Mr B, I didnt mention whether Codie K deserved his sentence or not. For the record I'd say that a year is about right. What I raised was the curious tendency of commentators on here to consider that rape in prison might in some way be considered to be appropriate punishment.
Which apparently makes me some sort of bleeding heart liberal, but hey ho....
"You forget (because you probably don't work in IT) that many of the posters here are involved in defending their company's and home systems from such tw@s as Cody Kretsinger and may even have suffered attacks from his "crew" of numpties"
The problem with people who think they can win arguments through personal abuse is that they talk through their arses. Yes, I work in IT. I've been in information security for somewhere like 25 years, starting with RACF. Yes, one of the organisations I work for has indeed been hit by Anonymous.
Which was pain in the neck but at least it got me some budget.
Now go wave your dick at someone else.
Re: TrishaDminus The Difference?
Once more for the hard of understanding.....
'Major Policy Issues' = Matters of government policy upon which a reasonable person might expect MPs to be divided on party lines. Examples - the Economy, Law & Order, Industrial Relations etc.
Likelihood of consensus politics - next to zero
'"Moral Issues" = Matters of policy where MPs might be expected to divide, not on party lines, but on grounds of personal belief, sense of ethics etc. Examples - Abortion, Homosexual Marriage, Age of Consent etc.
Likelihood of consensus politics - quite high.
Private members bills are likely to succeed in the latter case.
Now... was that too difficult to comprehend?
The likelihood of rape is not the issue.
People slobbering over the prospect it, however, is.
How clever of you, by the way, to come up with the epithet 'TrishaDminus' .....
Laugh? I almost did...
Re: TrishaDminus The Difference?
"Tax issues which definitely do not"
Re: TrishaDminus The Difference?
"....but they tend to be laws that arent associated with major policy issues....." Complete cobblers. Just for example, both the Murder (Abolition of the Death Penalty) Act 1965, and the Abortion Act 1967 were actually private member bills passed with cross-party support and both were very major policy issues."
Spendid. You've just given two examples that exactly prove my point. Both of these related to moral issues that transcend party boundaries, rather than tax issues which definitely do.
Go stand in the corner or something...
Re: The Difference?
" Actually, she could present a bill to Parliament even in opposition, and if she was actually more interested in the good of the public rather than making self-serving soundbites, she could form a cross-party alliance on the matter. Many UK laws have been passed with support from more than just the governing party. This carefully manufactured idea that Labour in Opposition can "do nothing" is a fraud - they could do plenty by working with the other parties, but it would mean overcoming their Labourite tendency to scoring political points over actually serving the people that elected them."
I'm going to stick by what I said. The fact that she's Labour is irrelevant. Our Parliamentary system tend (rightly or wrongly) to be adversarial and it's rare for parties of any stripe to work with other parties. Yes, laws have been passed with support from just the governing party, but they tend to be laws that arent associated with major policy issues.
Regarding the 'self-serving' bit - she chairs a major Select Committee, for goodness' sake. She's obliged in that role to speak up.
It always fascinates me that, whenever El Reg posts a story about some hacker/script kiddie being sent to prison, there's always a proportion of commentards who seem to think that it's an entirely acceptable element of his punishment for him to be gang-raped.
I mean, really?
It seems to me that people dont appreciate the difference between Google and Margaret Hodge.
If sufficient people dont approve of Ms Hodge's activities or attitudes, they have the option of not voting for her. Its called Accountability.
As regards all the cries of 'Well, change the Law then' ... erm, she's an Opposition MP. And the Opposition doesnt get to change the law. That's the whole point.
Re: Also for export
"You have totally mixed up your "left" and "right" senses. But don't worry, I am sure that if you apply for a political asylum, the Norks will be happy to oblige. They will also cure your left-right confusion PDQ. Oh, and don't wait too long - the fewer raving pseudo-socialist morons this country has at any particular time, the better."
The point being made, Shirley, is that governmental idiocy respects no political boundaries. Or are we no longer allowed to criticise our own Glorious Leaders?
Is this the same Stephen Fry who's always being quoted on the interwebs as saying 'Nobody has the right to be offended'?
Suck it up, Stephen. It seems you can dish it out but you cant take it.
State Your Claim
"So your claim is that you wrote all of the plays of William Shakespeare?"
"That's right - and me and the Mrs wrote the Sonnets"
Re: "There is no mainstream party [...] which offers to dismantle these crippling stealth taxes"
"Ok, so UKIP are effectively the Conservative Party as the current lot have moved to the left to replace New Labour as the current Labour lot move towards true Marxism"
In what alternative Universe could the current centre-left Labour Party even be considered to be moving to true Marxism?
That's about as accurate a statement as claiming that David Cameron is a reincarnation of Adolf Hilter.
The fact of the matter is that, with the exception of the ''Oh, wouldnt it be nice if it was still 1955' Party (aka UKIP) all of our major political parties have been in a race for a bland centre-right/centre-left middle ground for decades
"What are our policies? Why, they're whatever it takes to win the next election"
Bonjour, Frank, je m'appelle 'Christine'.
Oh Dear. What a pity. Never mind.
A falling out amongst two middle-class Arthur Daleys. Perhaps they ought to get proper jobs.
First thing I'd like to say is - well done, commentards! It's nice to see an online forum with grown-up attitudes on display.
I am, for want of a better word, transgender. Unlike Michelle, however, I'm still physically male and live what you might call a transvestite lifestyle. But I am quite involved in the trans community and the issue of 'stealth' is one of those that's under constant discussion. It's important to realise that many trans women find the issue of their previous 'maleness' to be somewhat distressing (else they'd not be trans), and do not wish to be reminded of it. I'm sure that Michelle will confirm that it's a long hard slog through counselling, psychiatric testing, hormones and surgery, not to mention all of the practical considerations of finding work, establishing relationships etc etc. So many people at that point simply want to get on with life and being basically just women.
So - did the woman featured in the article deceive her husband? Obviously she did. Is it understandable for her to have done so? I'd say that it was. It should also be noted that she comes from an Asian culture that has a rather more relaxed attitude to the acceptance of trans women. I feel a great deal of sympathy for her. I'm not totally without sympathy for her hubby either even if he does appear somewhat unevolved.
We're public guardians bold yet wary
And of ourselves we take good care
To risk our precious lives we're chary
When danger threatens we're not there
But when we see a helpless woman
Or little boys who do no harm…
We run them in, we run them in
We run them in, we run them in
To show them we're the beaux gendarmes
Re: Suppress natural instincts
"Live in a society where girls are not allowed to have boyfriends or do normal teenage stuff, where men are expected to marry a cousin, where natural instinct and desire are suppressed. Where couples exist in loveless partnerships. Where these men look at women as if they are property, where women are have less value than men. "
But enough about the US MidWest .......
... am I thinking "Man with Two Brains" here?
He's much cuter than Justin Bieber..
No idea if he sings better but I wouldnt be surprised...
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Rather on the expensive side, I'm afraid....
- World's OLDEST human DNA found in leg bone – but that's not the only boning going on...
- Lightning strikes USB bosses: Next-gen jacks will be REVERSIBLE
- Pics Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year
- Storagebod Oh no, RBS has gone titsup again... but is it JUST BAD LUCK?
- Two million TERRIBLE PASSWORDS stolen by malware attackers