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Wikipedia Works To Close Gender Gap

KillerBob Re:Why do we need to care about a gender gap? (376 comments)

Sorry, I guess you deserve a little less ranty reply. You seem to be from Canada, so let me tell you what it's like south of the border, as it were.

What state? That's pretty important to what you're saying, for reasons I'll get into at the end of this post. The short version is you don't need to leave the US to be under the same standards of care that I am.

Again, if you're a transsexual, you're not a crossdresser. Don't think about yourself in those terms, because if you do, you'll never be anything more than a guy in a dress.

To 99% of the population, a post-op transsexual is a man in a dress yet. You'll note I put crossdresser in quotes. There was a reason for that.

In the civilised world, that's absolutely not the reaction that I've seen. And that includes parts of the US.

People will pick up on that self doubt, and they'll look a little deeper.

This is true. If I'm sufficiently tired to not carry on the macho charade, people will think I'm female even when clearly dressed as a boy.

Why put up the charade in the first place, if it makes you feel so uncomfortable? Just be yourself, and if people think you're too femmy, fuck 'em.

And if you can get that paperwork from your psychologist that says you can use the womens' room, then you can quite easily get a driver's licence that identifies you as female.

That's not how it works down here. If I presented the letter from my psychologist, they'd be sure to keep the M on my license. The best way to do it down here is to make sure you're passing 110%, preview your license, and then suggest the worker somehow changed your sex from F to M, and then she'll "correct" it back to F. The system down here is designed to fulfill the self-fulfilling prophecy that transsexual women are "traps" and deceivers.

You really need to check up on some of what's come out of the US in the last little while, then... Last July, there was an edict that came out of the white house requiring that states follow the WPATH SOC. WPATH = World Professional Association for Transgender Health. While the requirements for a D/L may be different from state to state, you can get a passport that identifies you as female with a letter from your doc.

I didn't even need a letter from my psychologist for it, I simply went to the ministry of transport with a letter from my OB/GYN, who happens to be administering the hormones... that same letter was also good enough to get a passport that identifies me as female.

How do I emigrate to your utopia?

Learn French. Get a Master's degree. Or talk to the consulate about possibly applying as a refugee or discriminated class, but expect to be told no if you do that. The reason? I know for a fact that California, New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Washington State, Washington DC, Oregon, New Jersey, Michigan, and Pennsylvania all follow the WPATH standards of care with regards to issuing you ID, as do all federal government institutions, including the military. Minnesota even goes beyond the WPATH SOC: you don't need surgery to get a birth certificate that identifies you as female, you just need to go before a judge with two witnesses who say you're female, and they'll issue an order... a friend of mine did that less than a year ago. In other words, you don't need to leave the US to get treated properly.

That's in the WPATH standards of care, which is implemented across most of the US, and *is* implemented everywhere else in the English-speaking world (outside of parts of Africa), as well as all of the EU, most of South America, and most of southeast Asia.

It's been a while since I've tried to be a lawyer about this. Around here, people hate transsexuals. Is WPATH different from Harry Benjamin SOC? I don't believe I've read a SOC that gives a government obligations to honor gender transition.

Perhaps you're living in the wrong part of the country. Or perhaps things have changed in your area and you don't know how... a *lot* has changed in the last 10 years in how transsexuals are viewed by society at large. More and more people understand what a transsexual is, and it is becoming easier for transsexuals to be accepted pretty much everywhere in the world.

Also, you should be aware of what's come out of the White House. Last July, there was a presidential order to the passport office to start issuing passports that identify you as female with a letter from your doc, as per WPATH SOC. July was a pretty good month for LGBT rights in general, actually, with several rule changes coming out of the office of the president.

Behaviour like *you* describe would be seriously illegal in this part of the world, as it would be a violation of my human rights (and was recently read into the constitution as such, yay Canada!).

Transsexuals aren't humans and don't have human rights here. This is a Capitalism, and if an Owner wants you kicked out, the police will kindly escort you out.

Perhaps you need to check with a lawyer on that. Human rights do still exist in the US. And perhaps you're living in the wrong part of the US.

Even in the US, the human rights tribunals have pretty much unanimously agreed that a transsexual has the right to use the bathroom of their preferred gender, as long as they're presenting as such, regardless of what their documentation says.

The Detroit PD released a statement that one should use the bathroom of the gender one is presenting as. My city's PD has not. And I think you know very well that presenting that statement to a judge would not prevent me from being listed on the list of Sex Offender's Registry (or whatever it's called, you know, the pedophile list) if I were caught taking a piss with my dick between my legs by some damn female who suspected something who was peeping over the barrier, even in Detroit.

It wouldn't even get that far if you'd look into getting ID for it, hun. Or looked at moving to a different part of the country if you're really in such a backwards part of the union.

Thank you. Again, how do I emigrate to your paradise?

Well, to be fair, if I were fluent in French or got a master's degree, I'd be able to apply for immigration. I don't know anymore. I just wish I were female so that life could make sense to me. Even if I were a bit of a tomboy who likes computers and sci-fi, I wouldn't be a faggot. Instead I'm stuck with this bullshit because I was born male.

Again, you don't need to leave the US to get proper treatment. Perhaps you just need to move to a different state. Perhaps a lot has changed since you last looked into it, and you don't have to go anywhere.

And in response to your other post, I know many women who are articulate and intelligent. Perhaps you're working in the wrong field. Admittedly I'm working in a very technical field right now, which is dominated by males, but most of the women that I work with have degrees in computer science or related fields. Even at University, however, I took Philosophy/Linguistics, with a minor in Japanese language.... Linguistics is a field that's dominated by females these days, and the overwhelming majority of them are very intelligent and articulate people. I took electives in subjects ranging from astronomy to maths (I was the only arts major in 3rd year honours calculus) to english lit and film studies, and in all of those fields, I met some very intelligent women (there is a reason what should have been a 4-year degree took 6 years). Since graduation, most of my academic work has been in psychology and cognitive science... psych is another field that's dominated by females, and again, is chock full of extremely intelligent and articulate people.

So perhaps you're living in the wrong state *and* working in the wrong field? Or perhaps you do work with some very intelligent and articulate females, but are focusing on the bad? I know I used to focus on what disgusted me about males, and I developped a real hatred of the male of the species that didn't start to go away until about 6 months after I was full time... now I have several male friends, something that I never would have imagined possible. And here's the kicker: some of those male friends are people that I knew from before. Being out to them isn't an option, and they're still very supportive and good friends. People have changed in the last several years.

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Wikipedia Works To Close Gender Gap

KillerBob Re:Why do we need to care about a gender gap? (376 comments)

I logged into an account I promised myself I would never use again, just to avoid undoing mod points to reply to this. I was sorely tempted to simply moderate you down, but I think that somebody needs to point out a few home truths to you instead.

And lord have mercy on any transsexual that gets clocked in one of those places. Females are far more sexist and closed-minded than any male I know.

Let me share my experience with both genders when caught as the other gender in a place I shouldn't be as that gender.

My experience has been the exact opposite of what you profess. Perhaps it's because I don't think of a place like the ladies' room as a "place I shouldn't be". I have as much right to be there as any other woman. And I have *never* been "caught" as you describe. Despite being 6' tall, and having been a former rugby player, and 250lbs of muscle when I began my transition, I have never once been confronted or challenged in the womens' bathroom, and it's been well over a year since the last time I set foot in the mens' room. The mens' room is the threatening (and dangerous) environment for me, not the ladies'.

I've been full time for over a year, and while the tits help, they're really not that important for your ability to pass: people look at your body language. They look at your dress. If you open your mouth, they listen to your voice. I transitionned on the job and still work for the same company I did before I went full time, and there are people I work with who have absolutely no idea that I'm anything other than a cisgendered female. People don't tend to consider your size or your build unless you give them a reason to, which brings me to my next point:

There's a reason I use the men's bathroom at bars, even if I'm passing. It's just not worth the drama to use the bathroom of the gender I'm presenting as.

If you're constantly worried about being "clocked", as you put it, then people are going to pick up on that. You may be unintentionally sending off signals which make things more difficult for you than it needs to be. If you are thinking about yourself in those terms, then that's all you'll ever be. You will never be the woman that you seem to want to be, because you are afraid to go into the correct bathroom with the confidence and conviction that it's where you're supposed to be.

A guy who sees someone apparently female in the men's room is sometimes surprised or shocked. Sometimes the man will become angry, especially if he's older. But yet, at the end of the day, I have not had a single serious problem with being apparently female, even fixing my hair or something, in the men's room. No police, not a ton of drama.

Now, I don't know myself what it's like to be a guy caught in the women's room, but from what I understand, it involves the police, drama, screaming, more drama, and signs that get posted at clubs saying that "crossdressers" must use the men's room. Then you have to show your papers and make sure you always have that letter from the psychologist that says you may use the women's room. Even though that really carries no legal weight and you're still getting your ass escorted out of the bar anyway.

Again, if you're a transsexual, you're not a crossdresser. Don't think about yourself in those terms, because if you do, you'll never be anything more than a guy in a dress. People will pick up on that self doubt, and they'll look a little deeper. And if you can get that paperwork from your psychologist that says you can use the womens' room, then you can quite easily get a driver's licence that identifies you as female. I didn't even need a letter from my psychologist for it, I simply went to the ministry of transport with a letter from my OB/GYN, who happens to be administering the hormones... that same letter was also good enough to get a passport that identifies me as female. That's in the WPATH standards of care, which is implemented across most of the US, and *is* implemented everywhere else in the English-speaking world (outside of parts of Africa), as well as all of the EU, most of South America, and most of southeast Asia. Behaviour like *you* describe would be seriously illegal in this part of the world, as it would be a violation of my human rights (and was recently read into the constitution as such, yay Canada!). Even in the US, the human rights tribunals have pretty much unanimously agreed that a transsexual has the right to use the bathroom of their preferred gender, as long as they're presenting as such, regardless of what their documentation says.

Look into the drama surrounding a transsexual in an abusive relationship who tries to get into a battered women's shelter, and the truth shall set ye free.

They can't legally turn you away. Know your rights. You didn't choose this life, but if you don't fight for it, then you're going to get trampled by people who are either ignorant of you, or actively belligerent.

A woman just has to sit back and let her body just do its animal functions, because there will always be a man to rush in and save her whether personally or by proxy of government assistance. There will always be someone to feel sorry for her. A woman has no need for something like wikipedia. Wikipedia has man-knowledge, things that men write down so the next generation can build upon it. Woman-knowledge, on the other hand, is always about transient, animal things, like their period or their pregnancy, things they feel in the moment. Woman-knowledge is always renewed, but yet stagnant. Woman-knowledge is not knowledge for building and improving, like man-knowledge is.

I find this statement incredibly offensive. This is anti-feminism at its worst, and coming from somebody who claims to be of the demographic you claim, I am at a complete loss as to how you could be so ignorant of the point of it all. Men and women *are* wired differently, yes, but you clearly don't understand why they're different, or how.... if you want to go back to the animal brain, *way* back when, the breeding strategy was for the male to club the female over the head and essentially rape her. More recently, in hunter-gatherer societies, the majority of the calorie intake was from gatherered food, not hunted food. Humans never evolved to eat meat every day, and that's a major source of the health problems in the western world. And who do you suppose most of the gatherers were? Women. When we moved from gathering to cultivation? Again, mostly it was women (though it was more balanced, usually the women tended the crops and the men tended the livestock). Women were the ones learning about reading the seasons, and using things like the stars to figure out how close the next season was, which was incredibly important to figure out when to plant. *that* type of knowledge is definitely *NOT* transient in nature. Couple it with herbalism and knowledge of ancient medicines, and you have a basis for ancient "witchcraft" and shamanism, most of the practitioners of which (at least in Europe) were female. "female" knowledge most emphatically *is* about building and improving society.

I think you need to go back to the drawing board and figure out what it actually means to be female, and what the actual differences are between the male brain and the female brain. Yeah, there are differences, and yeah, females do tend to be more social animals, but it isn't for the reasons that you seem to think: Historically, females aren't as expendible as males, and most of the differences between female wiring and male wiring comes from the fact that people are safer in social groups; by contrast, male individualism probably comes from a drive to spread out and increase genetic diversity by joining other groups, though short of sending an anthropologist back in time to watch, we'll never really know for sure.. And I think you need to do it before you do something drastic and irreversible to yourself.

more than 3 years ago
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If I Had To Choose, I'd Be A ...

KillerBob Re:Ok, who let the twilight crowd in? (481 comments)

Uh when I think vampire I think Busty women in corsets. I think the vampire vote is based on the "which will get me laid...forever?" decision tree which means that 71% didn't use it...

For the males in the audience, maybe. For the females, vampire is really the only option on the survey with any draw at all... who wants body hair, or to spend their time lumbering around trying to suck on the flesh of the living? gak. At least there's romanticism in vampires.

more than 3 years ago
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If I Had To Choose, I'd Be A ...

KillerBob Re:The obvious choice.... (481 comments)

I would have chosen yuki-onna if it was on the list, but seeing as /. is a mostly male crowd, I don't think there's a lot of guys here who'd pick a female ghost spirit as their monster.... as it is, I chose vampire. Not because of Ms. Meyer's books (which I really can't stand), but because of the romanticism that surrounds the mythology. The other choices don't really have any romance about them at all. (and yes, there are female vampires... don't you watch Buffy?)

more than 3 years ago
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If I Had To Choose, I'd Be A ...

KillerBob Re:ringwraith (481 comments)

That sounds a little militant... are you thinking of joining the other side?

more than 3 years ago
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Fixing Bugs, But Bypassing the Source Code

KillerBob Re:Did they use that tool to develop that tool? (234 comments)

Either that or put in an author check that automatically spits out an A+ if it detects that the author of the code was himself....

more than 4 years ago
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Bad Driving May Have Genetic Basis

KillerBob Re:First... define worse... (449 comments)

mm... I would point out that most Euro race tracks have other hazards to worry about, though. Hills, sharp turns, left/right turns in a mix, and longer tracks than you find in NASCAR.

I'm not saying that NASCAR drivers aren't good drivers. They are. But I am saying that European Touring Car racing tends to be a better test of an individual driver's skill than a trip around most NASCAR tracks.

more than 4 years ago
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Bad Driving May Have Genetic Basis

KillerBob Re:pakkoputki (449 comments)

It's a good explanation of why Finns are disproportionally represented in motorsport. Certainly better than assuming that having k as a third of the letters in your name makes you good at driving.

I think it has more to do with the 3-year process that the Finns go through to get their license, which includes manditory skid school, snow driving school, and training on loose surfaces.

more than 4 years ago
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Bad Driving May Have Genetic Basis

KillerBob Re:New Jersey Drivers (449 comments)

Not really that crazy, when you think about it.... If you're driving down the middle of a windy unpaved country road, then you have more space to react if you hit a pothole and veer off to the side. You've also got space to react on both sides in case some wayward wildlife steps out in front of you. In my driving experience, I've had to avoid small animals like cats/dogs/racoons, medium-sized animals like deer, and large animals like moose and one bear. (the joys of living in Ontario....)

Now, I'm not saying that the tristate area is exactly Moose Country, but there are certainly deer in KY, and there could be some logic to driving down the middle of the road. People do it up here, too.

more than 4 years ago
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Bad Driving May Have Genetic Basis

KillerBob Re:My daughter is a lousy driver (449 comments)

Do what my parents did, then... the first time I had an accident, even though the cause was attributed to the weather, I was judged at fault and charged with careless driving (the cop said he had no choice, as I had admitted to hitting the other driver, but strongly recommended I fight it in court... I did and plea bargained to Pass On Right, Not In Safety). My parents told me that I'd have to get my own car insurance from then on. I paid $3000/year until I was 22, and haven't had a single accident or ticket since that one, when I was 17.

It's not a female thing. Some of us are bad drivers. Some are good drivers. The same could be said for people of the XY variant... There's a few guys whose driving terrified me so much I'll *never* get in a car with them again. It's an individual thing, and IMO, it has more to do with the amount of responsibility you accept when you get behind the wheel of the car. Teach your daughter the consequences for her actions, and she'll not grow up to be one of those idiots who puts on makeup while driving on the freeway.

(when I think about it, I did get away with murder... my parents didn't make me pay for the repairs on the car, so their insurance took a hit... when my older brother got a speeding ticket --admittedly, it was for going 160km/h in a 60 zone--, they cut him off their insurance and made him pay the fine)

more than 4 years ago
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Who Installs the Most Crapware?

KillerBob Re:Lenovo (583 comments)

Why are you suggesting a Firefox addon for a complaint about MSIE 6.0 in an environment where you can be fired for using anything other than MSIE?

If I could use Firefox, I'd be using AdBlock Plus, which blocks flash ads, but doesn't block things like YT.

more than 4 years ago
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Who Installs the Most Crapware?

KillerBob Re:Lenovo (583 comments)

The free version advertises at you (but it's non-intrusive, just a small box on the far end of the toolbar, no popups, no annoying sound, no shaking the screen).

The trial version of the pay-for version may have bundled stuff, but I've never bothered to install it. :)

more than 4 years ago
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Who Installs the Most Crapware?

KillerBob Re:Reinstalling the OS? (583 comments)

They assume that you want them by default, but will charge you for the privilege if you lose them and need to reorder them at a later date. (unless you talk nicely to tech. support, who usually forget to check that box in their call tracking software to bill the end user for the OS discs, but will hit it every time if they hate you)

more than 4 years ago
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Who Installs the Most Crapware?

KillerBob Re:Tough discussion.. (583 comments)

You missed the part where he said:

Windows 7 magically appeared later

right? That means that at some later point, after he blew away Vista (note, blew it away, not upgraded), the system booted to Windows 7.

more than 4 years ago
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Who Installs the Most Crapware?

KillerBob Re:no wonder people are switching to Mac (583 comments)

The outlet sells open box and returned systems, too. The way their system works, if a system is undeliverable or refused, and the client can't be contacted to arrange delivery, it also gets returned to the outlet for sale. Even though it's never been in the hands of an actual consumer, and you and I would both consider such a system "new", Dell can't actually sell it as a new built-to-order system legally.

Obligatory disclaimer: I used to work for Dell Canada, and it was my job to manage those distressed shipments, ideally getting them to the customer, but if not, getting them to the DFS Direct folks for resale.

more than 4 years ago
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Who Installs the Most Crapware?

KillerBob Re:no wonder people are switching to Mac (583 comments)

Dell's business computers can be ordered plain vanilla or without the OS loaded, if you wish. I always recommend their business line, whether the person asking is a business or home user.

Dell's consumer offerings also come with 3 discs for reinstall... Operating System (which is a clean, unbranded Windows disc), Drivers, and Applications and Utilities. If you want a clean system, stop after disc 2.

more than 4 years ago
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Who Installs the Most Crapware?

KillerBob Re:Lenovo (583 comments)

Compare the performance of something like FoxIt PDF Reader ( http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/reader/ ) against Adobe Reader, and then tell me with a straight face that Adobe's version is better. And if you leave Windows-land and get to Linux, then there's options like evince which are also significantly better than Adobe's offering.

And honestly, the only reason that Flash is installed on my computer at all is for YouTube. If I had a choice in the matter, I wouldn't have that load of crap at all... more often than not, it's used for intrusive ads on websites, not anything of actual value. (gawd, I hate surfing at work, where I am in serious hock if I'm caught using anything other than MSIE 6.0... *shudder*)

more than 4 years ago
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Intergalactic Race Shows That Einstein Still Rules

KillerBob Re:How do they know (227 comments)

We're talking about a distance of 7.3 billion light years. Even if the expected difference in speed is 1m/s (absolutely miniscule difference against the speed of light), we're talking a difference significantly greater than 3.1s in travel time.

more than 4 years ago
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Sequoia To Publish Source Code For Voting Machines

KillerBob Re:plan to (102 comments)

In the USA, an election is actually about 50 simultaneous voting opportunities. You may be voting for your congressman, your senator, the President, your town mayor, several state-level positions, the county sheriff, a few propositions, your local school board... the list seems endless. The ballot is so long and so complicated that they have to mail out booklets to voters ahead of time just to explain all of the choices.

That over-complication is what I was getting at. If there's multiple elections going on at the same time, great. Have a plebicite on every bill that passes before congress for all I care. But Don't put 50 different questions on the single ballot. The reason the Canadian system works is that it's so simple, and there's never more than one question on a ballot. If there's more than one question that needs to be asked, do it at multiple polling stations within the same building, with multiple different ballots. Or do a combined ballot, but stick with the large print, idiot-proof way of marking a ballot like we use. Crap like the whole dangling chads fiasco would never happen in the Canadian election system.

And as to your point about there being a lot more voters in the US... it's a fair point. But did you miss my point about each polling station being divided to have between 200-500 voters? 500 as the upper limit to keep it manageable for 2 people to count in a matter of hours, and 200 as a lower limit to preserve the anonymity of the vote... if a polling station only had 3 voters, it'd be too easy to tell who voted for what. There's no reason the same system couldn't be expanded to handle the size of the US electorate... our own election system was initially designed when the population of the country was significantly less than 1/10th what it is now.

more than 4 years ago
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Intel Pulls SSD Firmware Day After Release

KillerBob Re:Smart Machines (125 comments)

It needs a firmware because the technology that controls read/write on the physical medium is not open source, and is probably not common across all drives. For SSD's, you have several different kinds of Flash that are in use, along with several different read/write controllers. The firmware is simply a low-level driver that translates between these read/write machine code and the standardised SATA interface. Some of the more intelligent firmware will also do some kinds of optimisation and load balancing on the flash chips.

You do realize that physical spinny platter-type drives also have firmware? As do optical devices? As does everything else you've got connected to your computer, even the keyboard/mouse and monitor? While some of those firmwares will probably never need to be updated (when was the list time performance on a keyboard was a major factor on a benchmark? The only time I've *ever* seen a problem with one of those, it was on an old iMac running System 9, and the issue was actually the os's input buffer which couldn't keep up with my typing rate that's in excess of 110wpm.), those devices still need and have a firmware.

But enthusiasts have had the ability to update the firmware on their CDROM drives and hard drives for a long time, as a code optimisation there can make a big difference to a benchmark that involves the device... on optical drives, it has even been done to upgrade a 32x drive to 40x or 48x with a firmware update, and there's also pirate firmwares available for DVD drives that reset the region change counter every time you power cycle the device.

more than 4 years ago

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New way to make stem cells from skin

KillerBob KillerBob writes  |  more than 5 years ago

KillerBob (217953) writes "Canadian researchers have discovered a way to safely create stem cells from skin cells, as reported Sunday. From the article: "The ethical debate over embryonic stem cell use may soon be moot, thanks to a Canadian team of researchers who, together with a team out of Scotland, has found a safe way to grow stem cells from a patient's own skin.""

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