254 posts • joined 17 Jan 2008
Re: A Physicist and a Chemist
"Apologies for proffering nutrition to an under-bridge dweller"
Thanks for that. You might want to consider that differing views dont constitute trolling even when you disagree with them.
A Physicist and a Chemist
Run through with me what makes membership of either discipline any greater degree of expertise in climate change than any other educated person? Would a degree in Biology make someone more expert regarding the Higgs Boson?
On the other side of the coin however, doesnt Time Yeo have interests in wind farming? And, if so, isnt that a conflict in interests?
"I once found a slug in the office. We put it outside."
Last slug in our office got promoted
Where did the 'Man Eater' bit come in?
Ah ... tabloid headline. Enough said.
Kudos however for the 'Cheetah' joke. Nice to see that the techie ability to make crap puns runs across national boundaries.
Re: All these posts, and no one has hinted at the real agenda ..
"Smart meters will allow the supplier to reduce - or disconnect - the supply at will. It's a prelude to two-tier energy supplies, where the rich get nice permanent expensive power, and the poor get a supply that can be cut at a whim."
Actually - no.
Regulations already prevent suppliers from disconnecting supplies until absolutely every avenue for recovering debt has failed. Smart meters wont make any difference to that.
Remote disconnect is actually a smartarse DECC idea - suppliers fought it
Having said all that, I've been involved in smart metering with a major supplier (thank goodness, I'm not anymore) and no, they have little to offer the consumer, certainly not at present. The only major significant advantage that I can see, in theory, is the ability for suppliers to provide cheap tariffs for off-peak usage. So, if you're in a position to schedule use of washing machines, dishwashers etc, for weekends and overnight, you stand (theoretically) to gain.
Its not that big an advantage though, is it?
Yes, I think that this is the key to it.
If you think about it logically, equality of opportunity, far from being socialist or communist, is basically just good common sense that should benefit businesses just as much as it does individuals. If, for example, a talented black woman doesnt get the opportunity to make best use of her talents, that's not just a tragedy for her but a wasted opportunity for an intelligent business to make a few bucks.
Similarly if you have any ethnic minority who, as a whole, tend to bump along on the bottom in terms of relevant affluence, that isnt just an issue for that minority, its an issue for society and for business because their potential talents arent being exploited.
So a level playing field makes sense for just about everybody - it's essentially a win-win.
Unfortunately a set of figures like this are bugger all use to man nor beast. If company A employs more women in a senior position than company B is that a sign that they're not looking at the wider talent pool and are discriminating, or is it a sign that company B have already nicked the best, most experienced women in the job pool? Or is it a sign of something else completely? These figures dont help in asking those questions.
Re: People of the world?
"Who, on average, have no education past grade school, believe in magical but invisible deities, and shit in a field every day? Yeah, I trust their opinion on scientific matters!"
No, I think you'll find that's just the US
(the term 'grade school' gave you away. People in glass houses etc......)
Re: But... native people have an affinity with nature
I trust that you're nor for a moment suggesting that the Clovis people (or whoever) hunted those things for fun, are you?
Running around after an n ton pachyderm with big tusks, even with the assistance of a few mates armed with bits of stick with sharp stones tied on the ends, doesnt strike me as being an enterprise you'd take on unless survival was an issue.
Re: Lovable Gomphothere
"That Groundhog's dynamite"
"The point is that representation in employment is the end of a long chain of events and the real work needs to go on improving the earlier links - like education. Focusing on the last bit is very much a case of putting the cart before the horse."
I'm inclined to agree. Measurement of the end result can be useful however. If nothing else, it allows you to do some comparative work..
In the case of the Yahoo results, what struck me was how very low the percentage of black and hispanic technical workers was, in comparison with, for exampe, Visa (a former employer of mine). 10 years ago in their West Coast offices, those percentages were far higher, which would indicate one of two things - either that young black and hispanic kids are not leaving school with the right skills, or that Yahoo arent very good
Re: Credit where credit is due
The problem with measuring representation of those with non-binary gender identifications is that they/we constitute such a small minority that we dont even register statistically.
Anecdotally we seem to do pretty well in IT in general terms but that's as far as I'd go.
Re: Sigh, one subject that drives me ...
"At what point did I say that the fact there are some industries that have females on higher wages than males negated the issue of wage discrepancy? My statement, which you have so conveniently avoided in order to take a sentence out of context, was that equality should be about equality"
If that was indeed the point that you were attempting to make, then use of the porn industry was a lazy example - it's an exceptional situation and using it rather casts a doubt on your attitude here. Hence my remark.
In a forum you're going to get judged by what you say rather than what you dont say or leave out. Unfortunate but there you go...
Re: Sigh, one subject that drives me ...
"At the same time you see complaints, for example, about the difference in salary between men and women, and that it needs to be adjusted, but they never refer to the porn industry where females are paid quite a lot more than males"
Oh well, that's alright then. Nothing to worry about, eh?
I await the inevitable downvotes from other smug white males.
I have devised a relatively simple means of extracting this water should we ever need it.
What we need to do is to force it out using gas under pressure.
What could possibly go wrong?
Re: A dev's p.o.v
"Discrimination against "transexuals" alert!"
No, nio ... I'll just sit here cracking my knuckles and looking menacing ...
Anyway - was this sexist? Almost definitely not by intention. It was however hugely cack-handed (much more so than the 'broad-shouldered bad tranny' comment - speaking as I do as a broad-shouldered tranny). It implyies that 50% of the human population dont really matter. Which I'm pretty sure wasnt his intention. Engage brain before opening mouth would seem good practice.
That aside, there do seem to be quite a lot of female gamers, and quite a lot of those female gamers like to play female avatars. And on the global stage, 'quite a lot'='a lot' at least as far as cash is concerned.
Time to dig out the 'Very Best of Mongolian Throat Warbling' CD ....
Re: no indication of INCREASED fraudulent account activity on eBay
So, if there was no evidence of fraudulent account activity, how did they know they'd been hacked?
This is actually quite an interesting incident and any comment must involve a certain amount of reading between lines. The truth is undoubtedly out there but getting to it may present a challenge. But a bit of speculation seems in order...
So then - if the intrusion happened a couple of months back and it was only detected weeks ago, we have two possibilities - either eBay are truly incompetent to the point of recklessness, or this was a fairly stealthy attack by someone who was actually rather good at this sort of thing. If the latter is true, then my best guess would be some sort of spear-phishing directed at system admin type folks. A bit of homework scanning through LinkedIn would probably produce enough information to send a plausible email containing some sort of zero day attack either as an attachment (old hat) or a link back to a compromised site. Job done, start extracting information and loading up the root kits or whatever.
No conventional security tools are likely to detect this if done well.
At this point, my sympathies are with eBay. Briefly.
However, whatever protection they had over encrypted/hashed passwords was obviously woefully inadequate, assuming of course that passwords were compromised rather than 'might have been' compromised.
Which leads to epic fail on communications. Keeping your mouth shut for a couple of weeks is understandable - get the forensics folks in and crawling all over your logs etc and understand the extent of the problem before you go public is perfectly reasonable.
But - that period should give you enough breathing space to produce a coherent and sensible communications strategy. One that does not consist of vague advice to change your password. Why the hell couldnt some one have written a script to enforce password change at next logon? Not rocket science.
Bad security controls and poor incident management. A classic example of a major organisation not taking information security seriously.
Re: Really? Who is tolerant, accepting, and open minded?
"Leave the terms wife, husband, and marriage to the Church."
I'm afraid you're working from a false premise here.
As a C of E prelate (I think it may have been the Bishop of Salisbury) noted prior to the Commons vote, the Christian Church played little or no part in marriages for anyone other than the wealthy or noble until after the 15thC. Not even a blessing. People married outside Church with no religious ceremony as a matter of routine.
The Church does not own marriage. Never has done.
Reading some of the comments on here, you'd think that there were crack squads of screaming queens being deployed to publicly berate anyone using Firefox.
If Eich's position on gay marriage is sufficiently offensive to you to make you stop using Firefox, dont use Firefox.
If it isnt, carry on using it
Nobody's Rights are being compromised, nobody's making people do stuff.
Nobody took his right to free speech away. He can still do what he wants. I can still do what I want. Including not using Firefox.
Re: Give me
"Stage 1. hire a few dozen techies
Stage 2. send them to power stations etc
Stage 3. Install dedicated phone lines to grid control
Stage 4. Air gap the power stations control systems from the internet and any internal network
Stage 5. Fill in all the USB slots with glue"
Dont suppose it occured to you that most UK utilities companies have already done that?
The one I work for finished off protecting their power station systems a couple of years ago.
I think that 6 months in the slammer is a perfectly appropriate maximum punishment and that increasing the penalty wont make the slightest difference - if someone's dumb enough to risk six months, they're probably dumb enough to risk a year or so.
This is political posturing
" You're article's not reporting that they are calling on anyone else to boycott FF, El Reg, only that they're boycotting it themselves - which they're perfectly entitled to do "
Dang it, you read the article - that's Cheating
Failure to stroke any of my cats results, generally speaking, in a severe mauling and loss of blood. They care little about animal welfare other than their own and they're very good at seeing to that.
Re: Lawmakers and the law
"Hodgey-poos seems to think that once a law is enacted, there is some sort of magical process that makes lawyers read it and think "yes, this is obviously only to be applied in certain, restricted situations - it's not a general-purpose law that could be applied universally". "
Gosh, and here's me thinking that that's what lawyers did for a living.
p.s Hodge is Chair of a Select Committee. This stuff is what she's employed to do. The Select Committee forms part of the system of checks and balances that are supposed to make government agencies accountable to Parliament. Her qualities (or lack of them) as a member of a former government are irrelevant
Giant Demon Chickens
I've seen 'em.
1971 it was
They may have been chemically induced
Re: Unless they're from the lucky sperm club they've got negative wealth
"so it's obvious to me that only a select few will have what it takes to "work hard, save and invest wisely"
Oh, I think you'll find that a large number of people have what it takes. Its just that for most of us working hard doesnt provide enough of a surplus to save and invest wisely. Or indeed at all.
I do enjoy reading Tim's articles though. Its rather like being lectured on morality by a Mexican bandit.
Re: taxing the public
I like the Health & Safety analogy. Corporate H&S works pretty well because senior managers become responsible in law.
Many years ago, a new Head of Data Centre was parachuted in from the US to run the site I was working at. I got an appointment with him to discuss Health & Safety. The conversation went...
Him: 'Why do I need to know about this stuff - we've got lawyers to deal with it'
Me: 'In the UK its criminal law and you could go to prison'
Him: 'Tell me about this stuff'
Management dont make coding errors for sure, but they are responsible for their staff and providing the relevant budget to put appropriate controls in place.
There really does need to be some sort of personal liability associated with Data Protection.
Re: WTF is Gender Fluid?
If we're listing euphemisms, might I offer 'Gentleman's Trouser Relish'? Coined by a friend, it has a spendidly Steam Punk sort of vibe about it....
Re: And even more ridiculous...
A lot of trans people find 'cis' awkward too.
The trouble is that, lacking a description like 'cisgender', the only other handy term would be 'normal'.
And trans people arent abnormal, we're just different...
As far as I've managed to glean so far, other trans people seem to feel (as I do) that Facebook have gone spectacularly over the top on this one. Most trans people either describe themselves in terms of the gender they identify as (regardless of physical sex), as transsexual, or transgender. 'Transgender' is the widely used generic term, although 'trans *' appears to be becoming popular. Which reflects how many of us are techie/geeky types, I guess.
"Changing gender is simple"
If only ...
Re: No defence
I do agree. Although I'l also admit to a touch of schadenfreude when it comes to Kitty Kelly's personal details... 'Live by the sword.. ' and all that.
So... what actually happens if NSA do develop a decryption engine that's as capable as people seem to assume it would be?
The decryption of any cryptographic key .... hmmm.
So, at what point to we cease to trust internet banking? Or cease to trust that credit card data used online is in any way protected?
It's one thing to 'own' the internet but another to find that the internet you now own isnt fit for purpose anymore and nobody uses it.
Are we really going to trust everyone employed by or contracted to the NSA not to misuse the information they'd then have access to?
Re: @Don Jefe
"I wasn't trying to offend. Apologies if I did."
At no point did I think you were, Don J. No apologies required....
Re: Trishiebunny TrishaD TrishaD Point of Order
"Really? In a forum thread on a rediculous allegation that MI5 killed Turing over sixty years ago?"
Why yes, Matt, really.
If you turn your mind back to what I actually said (rather than some figment of your imagination) I said that, much as I admire him, he'd jumped the shark on this one. I have no interest in what MI5 did over sixty years ago any more than I have any interest in what Peter T did thirty years ago
"What, now we're all homophobic if we're not GLBTI?"
Stop being a dick. I didnt say that. You know I didnt say that. Everyone else knows I didnt say that.
Re: TrishaD TrishaD Point of Order
....." Aw, Trishiebunny, I note you dodge discussing Tatchell's association with the Gay Liberation Front"
Oh, stop being so pathetic, Bryant.... I've not dodged anything. I've no interest in what Peter Tatchell (or anyone else for that matter) was doing 30 years ago. The 1970s and 1980s Trots grew up and got regular jobs years ago. I imagine they're all now moaning about their mortgages and voting Conservative by now. Tatchell's stuck to his human rights guns and whether you agree with him or not, he deserves credit for doing so even if he does get it wrong from time to time.
"Indeed, you steer well clear of discussing Tatchell's history and prefer to seek to stifle me by inferring I must be a homophobe to question Tatchell's motives and behaviour - how hypocritical of you!"
When I said 'you can call me or him a faggot', the 'you' was generic. I'd have thought that was blindingly obvious. I have no idea if you're a homophobe or not - in fact I suspect that you're not. You do strike me as a bit of a prat though, I'm afraid.
Re: @don jefe
Don J - let me say that I enjoy your posts - they're generally well considered and well articulated. I'm not sure that I can agree with you on this one.
'The significance of unique characteristics that define a minority are reduced in direct proportion to the level equality experienced by that group'.
I think I understand where you're coming from on this one. But as a member of a minority group, I'd be more than content if my 'special characteristic' genuinely made no difference and I were indeed treated as just another sentient being.
You see, equality consists of two things - civil rights and human rights. Gay and transgender people have in the UK reached a situation where our civil rights are pretty much the same as those of anyone else. We have, in short, equality under law,
However we dont achieve genuine equality until people in general dont differentiate between us and any other people when we go about our daily lives. No amount of law changes that - changes in peoples' perceptions change that. In my lifetime (I was born in 1953) gay people in the UK have progressed from a situation where their activities were illegal, through the battle for civil rights, and are genuinely reaching a situation where they are generally accepted by others (halfwit talk about 'Sodomites' not withstanding). Trans people still suffer from public ridicule - some of us on a daily basis - and acts of violence against trans people are still fairly common.
All I want to do is to be myself - a parent and a grand parent who's an IT professional, tax payer, shit guitar player, and petrol head who happens to be trans.
The hell with special treatment - when I can be that person without constantly worrying about my job and without fear of abuse and violence then I'll be equal.
Until then, I'm not.
Ok, I'll bite,,,,
Seeing as how its still more or less Christmas.
There are a number of intersex conditions which may or may not include chromosonal differences but almost all of which result in the presence of ambiguous sexual organs, both internal and external. So, for instance, a person may be born with a penis and a womb. For some time these conditions have been 'treated' by surgery in childhood followed by a hormone regime that the medics consider appropriate for the sex chosen (typically with consent of the parents). Its increasingly common now for the individual concerned to be given time to determine their own gender identity (the physical sex with which they best identify) before surgery takes place, ideally just before puberty. Some individuals now choose to remain intersexed and have no surgery.
Because some intersex people physically present externally as consistent with one sex but have the internal sexual organs of the other, its not totally unknown (though quite rare) for their intersex condition not to be discovered until adulthood.
Re: TrishaD Point of Order
"Only when those humans are gay or he can use them to bash "The Man". He has shown no interest whatsoever in any cause for any other reason, being a relic of the leftie Gay Liberation Front which started the "Turing gay icon" myth in the first place. The problem for crusaders like him is that as homosexuality has become more accepted and mainstream they have to make more rediculous claims to get the air-time they crave"
As might be expected, an almost entirely fact-free response.
His last successful campaign, conducted jointly with David Davies, the well known Trotskyite Conservative MP, was to repeal Section 5 of the Public Order Act, seeking to decriminalise mere insults in the interests of free speech. So if you want to call me or him a faggot, go right ahead - its legal. Because of Peter Tatchell.
Most of his campaigns for gay rights are now focussed on the international stage where homosexual rights are not 'accepted and mainstream' at all. You may recall he was beaten to a pulp by Robert Mugabe's goons for doing so.
Someone else has commented on the alphabet soup that is GLBTI etc. One important point to understand however is that Trans rights are not the same thing as Gay rights. Some trans people are gay but many are heterosexual. One reason I'm a supporter of Peter is that he's as passionate about trans rights as he is about gay rights. Unlike established pressure groups like Stonewall who specifically exclude trans people from their remit.
Point of Order
Peter is in fact a human rights activist - he's involved in a lot more than LGBT affairs.
I believe that he's probably jumped the shark on this one, which is a pity because he is, in my opinion, a top bloke. I've had some minor dealings with him regarding trans rights and he's never been less than unfailingly polite and helpful
Wealth and it's uses.
Having spent half my morning messing about trying to get check boxes to work in Word, I have no real reason to have warm feelings about Bill Gates
But this is good stuff and I'm loving his work. Wealth is a funny thing and I generally find the Rich to be a pretty tedious bunch, but people like Gates do change my perception a bit and genuinely do some good in this world.
My personal favourite tycoon has always been William Morris, the motor magnate, who formed the Nuffield Foundation and said simply 'No man should die rich'.
Re: Feminists are irritating
"The number one thing they did was stir up a hornet's nest over alleged sexism, thereby side-stepping the issue that the best female role-model they could come up with was an irrelevant, long-dead populist author, completely missing women who made a positive contribution to society, such as Ada Lovelace, Florence Nightingale or even Emiline Pankhurst..."
Well, I dont know, Dave...
I might suggest that they selected a purposefully non-controversial choice (Jane A is certainly popular, but I'd hardly say she was 'populist') because she'd be a widely accepted candidate for banknote immortality. Now that's not stirring up a hornets nest. The hornets nest was stirred up by the brain-dead tweeters who thought that rape threats were an appropriate response.
It's hardly barking mad Andrea Dworkin stuff now, is it?
Dont feel that the following comment is addressed to you personally, but some of the responses on this thread stagger me. It seems to me that for some people (ok, so make that 'some men') the tiniest suggestion that approximately 50% of the human population might be represented in the most trivial fashion is evidence that the feminists are all out to get them .
What a bunch of Cry Babies.
They wanted Jane Austen on a £10 note - not elect her as President of the United Nations for goodness sake.
Re: Feminists are irritating
"Criado-Perez is a nobrain fuckwit who hopefully will fade out of the medias attention, because that is her ultimate goal".
What evidence do you have to support that remarkable assertion? She thought it'd be nice to have a major icon of English literature celebrated on a banknote.
You know, that hardly qualifies her as a fully-paid up member of the Society for Cutting Up Men.
As a consequence of that rather modest suggestion, she got death threats and threats of rape. Is that proportionate? I kind of think not.
"Sidenote: Thank god I live in the US were we dont have laws like this yet"
Splendid. Stay there.
Well,,, quite so.
I'm 60 (although sadly not a CIO), and I'd suggest that any mature CIO with the degree of open-mindedness required to accept the concept of being mentored by someone younger doesnt actually need a mentor in the first place.
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.
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