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Beyond Pickup - Have Your Cake and Eat it Too?

On The Tiny Octopus

What started out as my exploration of an age-old question: whether total nerds have a chance at snagging highly desired women ripples into a topic that permeates into a thorough exploration of everything regarding the enigma we call 'love' and how it may not be as magical as we first deem it to be.

Reupdate: 3/14/13 Didn't really mean to update on Valentine's Day but there we go. I rescind my 51/49 soul/body split I mentioned in the 3/13 update after responding to Zach's post on Sebastian Marshall's blog http://sebastianmarshall.com/dont-underestimate-biochemistry. I now believe it is a dynamic split that changes based on situation.

Update: 3/13/13 In yet another update of this post's evolution the original question has been staked in the heart by Tynan's latest post Not that kind of person. I am now more convinced than ever that there are no 'pre-sets' in life and the only barriers we put up are the ones of our own making. Not everyone starts on even-footing and some have advantages over others but in the long run for most things we are self-defined. For the longest time I've tackled a deeper philosophical question - is the body a victim of biological processes or are biological processes controlled by the body? (ie can we use willpower alone to induce biological change) Are human personalities just a sum of biochemical reactions or is the human persona a product of the 'soul'? I now believe that we have a lot more power than we give ourselves credit for and even though our bodies and higher aspects (mind/soul) may often conflict with one another ultimately the higher aspects are in control.

Admittedly hormones and such play a big role in our day to day feel/function and have enough weight to throw us off course . Starting out I think we may be a 51/49 split of mind over matter but with self discipline and proper care of the human vessel in my experience that ratio only goes up to pass more control to the higher self.

Update: 9/6/12 Figure I'd clean this up and add in a shortcut to help anyone trapped in the loop of pining for women - most of what is considered "love" doesn't exist just sex. Read the end of this post for the explanation why. Otherwise original post below...

IS IT SAFE?

On Neil Fisher's Security Blog

IS IT SAFE?

“Is it safe?” Sir Laurence Olivier’s line from Marathon Man came back to haunt me this week as I attended a whole series of cyber security conferences, seminars and a Standards launch, culminating yesterday with a speech by the senior editor of The Economist on Snowden and the damage he has done to Western Intelligence. I’m “conferenced-out” and need to recover in time for “The Big One” - UK Government’s own cyber security annual conference (actually GCHQ’s) - IA14 in London on 16 and 17 Jun 14.

Monday was the Security Company’s very popular special interest group meetings on security awareness - SASIG. These meetings have gone from strength to strength - well done Martin Smith - and the theme was the Insider Threat and how business life has changed to a much more wartime-like state of internal vigilance. It’s not so much “Trust No-One” in the office environment, more “Who Are All These People?”. Standards of HR scrutiny need improving, access management deserves greater recognition as an in-depth framework of protection and management needs to sit up and take notice of today’s main security vulnerabilities - lack of timely and dynamic GRC; holistic, comprehensive and in-depth access control (combined physical and cyber); intelligent, innovative and cost-effective recovery and resilience plans when using Cloud services, especially Infrastructure as a Service and Desktops/Workplace as a Service. Lastly, a noted specialist gave an excellent review of Edward Snowden’s life up to when he was hired by the CIA and how the US Government missed all the warning flags. As a result I’ve modified my view on Snowden. It is clear from his background that Snowden is who he is - anyone who had looked at his background would never have employed him on Government contracts. The error is that he was both employed and then cleared to handle the highest classification of information, with system administrator status. The vetting agency, an outsourced company called US Investigations LLC was on a target achievement payment regime and they were behind their targets. Hence quite a number of individuals only got a cursory examination before being cleared. I understand over 650,000 individual investigations for personnel clearance have had to be reviewed and redone. Not surprisingly the company is being sued - http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-23/security-firm-sued-by-u-s-over-bad-background-checks.html.

Following the Snowden story Edward Lucas, senior editor of the Econonist, gave a refreshing reality check on Snowden and the whole rationale for nation level spying at Acumin’s annual RANT conference in London. To my mind he put the Snowdenistas in their place. His articulation of common sense can be found in his short book “The Snowden Operation” on sale for less than a pound on Amazon as a Kindle download.

Then Inside Government had an Identity Management conference on Wednesday to publicise better the UK Government’s Identity Assurance Programme - IDAP. IDAP is a version of a SAML 2.0 enabled Federated Identity Management scheme where the Government does not require you to authenticate direct with them - or a Government Department - to enable online transaction with Central or Local Government but allows the Public to use a Trusted Third Party with whom they have enrolled their identity and that Government also trusts to verify whom they are. In this way the Government hopes to overcome the privacy objections that stymied the National Identity System (the ID Card). IDAP , predictably, is behind the curve. That’s probably okay since there are a number of technical and human challenges to overcome; the system will be fairly unique (but others have implemented similar systems); SAML 2.0 (the key identity management protocol) wasn’t really designed for such a large system and has had to be modified; most importantly, the Government’s flagship project, “Digital By Default”, the key to the transformation of Government Services (and Government, frankly) depends on secure Identity Management and therefore IDAP. Politically, therefore, IDAP has to work and in time for it to be used as one of the success stories in the next election campaign.

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