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Comment Re: Not just a bathroom law (Score 1) 1095

Being transgender is not considered a mental illness. Nor is does being diagnosed as transgender result in a 'nearly automatic' diagnosis of schizophrenia. There is an _increased rate_ of schizophrenia among transgender people. But it still remains uncommon - less than 1 to 5% of transgender people are _also_ diagnosed as schizophrenic.

Answers to Your Questions About Transgender People, Gender Identity and Gender Expression from the American Psychological Association

Is being transgender a mental disorder?

A psychological state is considered a mental disorder only if it causes significant distress or disability. Many transgender people do not experience their gender as distressing or disabling, which implies that identifying as transgender does not constitute a mental disorder. For these individuals, the significant problem is finding affordable resources, such as counseling, hormone therapy, medical procedures and the social support necessary to freely express their gender identity and minimize discrimination. Many other obstacles may lead to distress, including a lack of acceptance within society, direct or indirect experiences with discrimination, or assault. These experiences may lead many transgender people to suffer with anxiety, depression or related disorders at higher rates than nontransgender persons.
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), people who experience intense, persistent gender incongruence can be given the diagnosis of "gender dysphoria." Some contend that the diagnosis inappropriately pathologizes gender noncongruence and should be eliminated. Others argue that it is essential to retain the diagnosis to ensure access to care. The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is under revision and there may be changes to its current classification of intense persistent gender incongruence as "gender identity disorder."

Comment tl;dr: DRA smacked for domain transfer fraud (Score 5, Informative) 113

Domain Registry of America has made a business out of sending deceptive letters to domain owners using other registrars asking them to "renew" their domain registration with DRA. The letters are cleverly written to make it unobvious so that people who think they are just renewing their domain actually have their domain registry transfered from their current registrar to DRA.

Comment Re:Honesty? (Score 1) 440

1) Climate change has always been more used than global warming in the actual literature. A fact easily confirmed by checking the Google Ngram Viewer

2) You can thank Republican Party strategist Frank Luntz for popularizing climate change over global warming in the mass media. The Republicans got behind climate change vs global warming specifically to convince the public that it wasn't a serious issue. So your 'honesty' argument backfires: It was the Republican Party that wanted 'climate change' to be the popular term so people wouldn't take it seriously.

Comment Misspelled 'Drone Strike' as 'RC Plane Attack'? (Score 1) 233

Really - did anyone in Washington bother to think about the fact that by repeatedly demonstrating to terrorists how easy it was to use 'remote-controlled model planes packed with explosives' to cheaply kill people that you otherwise couldn't easily reach ("Drone Strikes") that the terrorists wouldn't eventually try variations on the same idea themselves?

Comment Re:In other news Apple is banning Android devices (Score 5, Interesting) 404

Yep. This is Google explaining to Apple that they aren't the only one with patents. The monster patent portfolios of all the big players have exist in part to deter other large players from launching patent wars. It is a form of 'Mutually Assured Destruction'. Apple went nuclear starting a couple of years ago. Google (and other large players) are now launching their counter-strikes to demonstrate to Apple why it is a bad idea.

If Apple has any sense (more likely now that Steve Jobs is gone) they will begin quietly trying to wind down the patent wars.

Comment Re:Load balancing and an experienced sysadmin (Score 1) 197

A "small" DDOS attack is more than enough to down an unprotected machine. I experimented with less intensive approaches *first*. If I limitted the number of Apache connections they would run up the number of open connections until the server quit responding. If I let the number processes grow, they would keep adding connections until the machine ran out of memory to support additional connections. With a pool of more than 30K potentially attacking machines it takes an *incredible* amount of resources to just 'ride it out'.

You run into multiple limits: How many simultaneous TCP connections can your system handle? How much memory does it take per connection? How much CPU does it take to context switch between thousands of connections?

It was a simple yet very effective attack. If you didn't have a good sysadmin who *could* erect an intensive defense your choices would be

1) Let your site go down.

2) Pay a DDOS defense service to defend you.

Comment Re:Load balancing and an experienced sysadmin (Score 1) 197

This assumes they are just trying to flood the httpd with requests, because doing so requires less resources on their part, and generally only harms the target box and not the isp hosting it.
If you block an attack like this, you run the risk that the attacker will switch tactics and start simply flooding your line.

True, they *could* have escalated it to a packet flood (and oddly enough naively dropping the TCP packets actually initially converted the HTTP Flood into a SYN flood - which didn't pose much of a problem for me at the rates they were running).

But it is much more resource intensive for the attacker and they are optimising return on investment. They can waste time dedicating their botnet to packet flooding a minor site with no financial payoff even if they succeed in bringing it down, or they can move on to easier targets where they can continue to 'time share' the botnet traffic among multiple targets.

It really is the 'why have locks on your doors and windows when the thief could kick them in' argument. Sure - he *could*. Or he could move down the street to the house that left their bathroom window open when they went to work.

Comment Re:Load balancing and an experienced sysadmin (Score 1) 197

Rate limiting IP addresses doesn't work when they are only hitting from any specific source IP address a few dozen times per hour. They bury you by having tens of thousands of different machines all hitting you independantly. You can be getting hundreds of requests per second and never trigger the rate limitting.

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