Robert Prior

Robert Prior

  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    If we're including fantasy and webcomics, then Gunnerkrigg Court is excellent. My elevator pitch: Harry Potter with a female protagonist and better plotting. http://www.gunnerkrigg.com I like it enough that I've been buying the hardcover collections as they come out. I'd...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    I've had fun rereading Watts' short fiction, especially "Malak" which I somehow missed for years: http://www.rifters.com/real/shorts.htm (All but his latest novel are also available there.)...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I'm really dubious about the 'ill-informed' Trump voter hypothesis. In Everbody Lies, Stephens-Davidowitz looks at the correlations between Google searches and Trump voters (based on poll results). The biggest correlation? Searches for "good nigger jokes". I find that disturbing....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I think should not turn this platform into my personal playground, using host's generosity to tolerate my stream of consciousness Were you shooting for irony or sarcasm there?...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Most of us who are not immigrants ourselves have at least one parent or grandparent who arrived from elsewhere. Which doesn't stop our right-wing politicians from using "immigrants" as a convenient target for blame. Although in my experience the...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    [Our politicians] don't take an engineering approach to problem-solving. Why? They aren't engineers? Engineers spend years learning that approach. It doesn't seem to be valued much outside the profession (recall "Take of your engineering hat and put on your management...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    why is China spending so much money building the New Silk Road? According to some of my Chinese friends, one reason is to give a trade route to Europe that isn't controlled by the US navy. No idea how true...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Yes. I'm more than a little put out that I couldn't vote. I'd have been more than willing to take a day off work to get to the local consulate to vote there. Didn't get the chance, of course....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Remember "Keep your government hands off my Medicare!"?...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    May not be to your taste. It's not to mine, but I found it both engrossing and disturbing. Which is contradictory, I know. This review is pretty accurate (if a tad overwrought): https://www.huffingtonpost.com/ilana-teitelbaum/pattern-scars_b_1102105.html Library, definitely. Best way to try out...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I'd recommend Sweet's books. Marketed as YA, they aren't really — there's more depth to them than that. Here's her blog: http://caitlinsweet.com The Pattern Scars is an absolutely terrifying book. Beautifully written prose, engaging characters, and yet somehow profoundly disturbing....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Cue Ian Anderson's "The Engineer": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfeg18uFte8...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    If she could be persuaded, I would be very interested in a post by Jocelyn Ireson-Paine, on maths or anything else she felt like writing about. I'd also find a post by Greg on the British rail system interesting, although...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I generally install updates, but I like to control when they happen. For example, I won't install an update just before leaving on a trip — especially when the taxi arrives in a few minutes as I want time to...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    To the admins, I posted the previous comment, and was logged out when I tried to post what would have been this comment, I had to log in again to post it. That's been standard for me since the server...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Are you saying you don't have the option to turn off automatic downloads and update checking? Dunno about Word, but that's the case for Google software. Years ago I bought the Nik plugins for Photoshop, which then became Google...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I'm just using the utilitarian argument: current progressive politics has brought us Brexit and Trump. That's an odd argument. You don't think the BNP and Republicans had anything to do with bringing Brexit and Trump?...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I last used Word for writing in 2002, when producing an over-400 page book with ToC, index, and multiple sections with different page backgrounds was trivially easy. http://www.bitsuk.net/Archive/archive_background/101Starships/101Starships.html It's got a lot slower and clunkier since then. I use it...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    A bit off-topic, but I thought I'd throw this out: https://scholar.harvard.edu/files/joshuagoodman/files/w24639.pdf Correlation between increasing temperature and decreasing learning, even when controlling for pollution and poverty. US schools, so not certain how much one can generalize from it. Frank, one of...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    The WELL dates from the mid-80s, back in the days of dial-up and BBSs. Don't remember what it ran on, but nothing very fancy…...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    an ancient (4-5 year old) iPhone I just upgraded to an iPhone 4s. Had to get stop using the phone before that — too hard to get a GSM signal on the road. But it was nice having a phone...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    As for what such computers would be useful for, think in terms of resource allocation, weather forecasting, phone switching, and routing of anything that can benefit from efficiency improvements. Accountancy, even. Hollerith tabulating machines were apparently so essential to logistics...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I was (and am) talking about the public transit situation in Toronto. What's frustrating is that we could have had a fully-paid-for LRT running by now, covering a lot more of the city and relieving pressure on the overloaded subway...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Toronto. Note to tech types: every time I post a comment I have to log in again. Before the sever upgrade I only had to log in once and could post several comments....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Improving public transport in city centres attracts more traffic, makes it possible for more people to come and live there The crowding isn't from the people who live downtown, it's from those on the periphery who commute into downtown every...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I live in a city where one provincial government started to dig a cross-city tunnel for a badly-needed LRT, the next one filled in the tunnel because they opposed public transit (for cities that didn't vote for them), the next...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    My point was that I don't recall reading any of that in an SF story, the Mars trilogy excepted....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    If there's a lesson to be drawn for SFF, it's that terraforming is at least as political as it is technological. Most of the terraforming I recall in SF was being done in order to make the place habitable,...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I wasn't talking about cellphones. There's a lot of technology between wired analogue ones and the iPhone with streaming video. We've had digital all the way to the handset since the 1980s, fibre-to-the-home since the 1980s, digital 'modems*' since the...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    We've had digital telephone switches since the 1970s. I was working on digital video over fibre in the mid-1980s, using off-the-shelf components not custom chips. This was with VLSI components (with one eye cocked towards the ULSI devices in the...
Subscribe to feed Recent Actions from Robert Prior

Following

Not following anyone

Specials

Merchandise

About This Page

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.

Search this blog

Propaganda