Robert Prior

Robert Prior

  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    A nice dream, though....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    See "The Stella Awards" for egregious examples. Didn't know about that site. Thanks. I remember studying the original Stella case briefly while taking a class in liability law. What puzzled the engineers in the room was that most home...
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    Yes, and it is. You could do worse than starting with Dee Brown's classic Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. I'm up against a deadline for the next couple of days, but can provide further reading this weekend (if you...
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    PPE? Google's showing that as Personal Protective Equipment when I search…...
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    the Western China Economic Development plan, which is intended to provide more employment opportunies for residents of western China According to a conversation I had with a Chinese professor a decade ago, development in the interior is also supposed...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Also, floor-mounted parking brakes? That's utterly surreal; all cars and vans in the UK go with a handle you yank on between the seats My first car was a 1966 Chrysler Valiant. Parking brake was a pedal on the far...
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    I don't doubt it. I'm just unable to do so myself, using either Safari or Firefox. Maybe the TDSB firewall/caching server is interfering somehow? I'll have to try again from another location and see if it works there....
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    I think that these banks are (ab)using tradition to leverage some 'free' funds to play with and to avoid paying their customers for that privilege. back in the 1980s I moved from Edmonton to Ottawa. Opened a new account a...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    You may find the UK somewhat confusing since [crossing anywhere is] what we do already. Last time I drove in the UK was in the 1980s, and I don't recall that happening much. But I didn't do much city driving...
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    Then there's the case we had here last week. People waiting for the bus which doesn't come for 30 minutes. Eventually two busses arrive and everyone crowds on, but the driver can't see out the doors (ie. safety issue) so...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    From watching Youtube dash cam videos (not a scientific sample, I know), I'm not convinced that's what most people do. Braking hard and swerving to avoid what is immediately in front seems to be the most common reaction. Which in...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    It's going to be a legal question, especially if you assume both the car and cyclist are following the road laws. If the car swerves, if the pedestrian responsible for the cyclist's death (as it was their action that caused...
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    That looks like what I was trying. Here's the error message: SAFARI CAN't OPEN PAGE Safari can't open the page "long URL" because the server unexpectedly dropped the connection. This sometimes occurs when the server is busy. Wait for a...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    I read somewhere (can't recall where) that one factor in Germany's decision to go to war was the belief that Britain would be preoccupied by a civil war/rebellion in Ireland. No idea whether or not it's true (the belief, not...
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    Thank you very much (again)....
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    How does one get it? I've searched, but the only link I could find keeps returning "access denied - try again later" messages....
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    cyclists are not going to be vulnerable to autonomous vehicles As long as the vehicles have fast reflexes and use something other than visible light sensors… Yes, I'm being facetious. I've just had yet another near miss with a cyclist...
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    Apologies. I meant personal computer hard disks, not mainframes. My fault for not specifying. (And I'm implicitly assuming the North American market, because that's where I was working then. Europe might have been different.)...
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    just an append-only log file Back in the early days of CD drives, when 20 MB was a big hard disk, there was talk of using a CD writer as a hard drive that would provide an audit trail...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    See also Charlie's car-hack in (I think) "Rule 34" - it's going to be so (relatively) easy. Halting State, I think. I don't recall a car hack in Rule 34, but then I only read it once because I didn't...
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    Anyone remember Harry Purvis and the Osmotic Bomb? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moving_Spirit...
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    And totally off-topic, but as I know there are a few gamers here (and a few Scots): https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ragnarbrothers/darien-apocalypse...
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    I was under the impression that ANFO is a reliable explosive* and relatively easy to make. Am I wrong? *Technically "blasting agent", I know, but it still explodes when triggered....
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    do not come up with too detailed terror plots if you ever get a job writing for televison When John Barnes wrote Payback City he deliberately put small technical errors into the terrorists' method so that anyone using it...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Not just things like the potato. Lumber was extremely important for things like masts — so much so that the British worked hard at organizing commercial lumbering to create an industry that could provide them masts and spars. (Especially important...
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    Remember all the filter companies who 'just happened' to filter out any negative comments on their businesses (as well as even the existence of competitors, in at least one case)?...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    I'm not convinced that letting corporations vote would be a significant problem for democracy. After all, a typical large corporation (i.e., the scary kind) has thousands to hundred thousands of employees. One vote for the corporation would be a...
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    Similarly, if you descended too fast, you jarred your teeth when you hit the runway. I assume the logic was that this motivated performance improvements far more strongly than a flashing red light that said "game over". Also you...
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    VR training is relevant to the many people like me only to do something we couldn't otherwise do, or if it would help us do a LOT better. So, as an adjunct to physiotherapy, yes - but not on...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    The thing about the whole corporate personhood idea is that corporations manifestly aren't people. I can see how having a legal entity that can sign contracts, etc is useful, but that legal entity doesn't need all the rest of what...
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