Robert Prior

Robert Prior

  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    But in the US, it's common for yards to be essentially unused and pretty much decoration. What a waste. I confess I use my yard less than I would like to. Too little privacy, and frequently too much noise from...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    At the risk of supporting xenophobia, could one make the argument that the coal subsidy is effectively a subsidy of China (by making coal cheaper than it would be without the subsidy)? And if that argument can be supported logically,...
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    Maybe it is time to switch to Affinity Photo. The only reason I still use my old copy of Photoshop is because one of the plugins I need (Flexify 2) doesn't work in Affinity Photo. So all editing gets done...
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    Why albatrosses are the upper limit to powered flight, and we should take our lessons from them. Who said they were? I was trying to point out that albatrosses aren't VTOL — they need to taxi to take off. Plenty...
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    I'm not convinced that they were able to take off without a runup Which applies to a number of birds. Albatrosses, for example....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    You used to be able to rely on people testing whether vegetables had been boiled enough by prodding them with a fork to see if they had gone properly soft yet. I'm reminded of what the French chef told Gareth...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    * the US takes off the mask and starts shooting people in order to make them do what they want I know someone from Pakistan who argues that the US is already shooting people. I suspect many Afghanis would also...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    [1] "imminent threat" might be a little ... provocative, eh? And also, apparently, not the point of the assassination. Doesn't mater whether or not there was an imminent threat because he was a bad guy. https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2020/01/13/trump-says-it-doesnt-really-matter-if-iranian-general-posed-an-imminent-threat.html If you haven't already...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I wonder if anyone's pointed out to Trump that more people turned out for Soleimani's funeral than his inauguration? Probably not, as we haven't seen any rage-tweeting about it…...
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    They "couldn't" return fire, IIRC, because the rules of engagement prevented it. They couldn't fire because soldiers don't shoot women and children. Maybe I wasn't clear — this wasn't an officer ordering the men not to fire — this was...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    A professional army will happily shoot kids and grandmothers of their own country. My grandfather was a British soldier in Ireland during the Troubles. Volunteer, not conscript, so I presume what you would call a professional soldier. His section came...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    It's the part where you print pages in proper sequence across multiple sheets of paper that's got me buffaloed. You need software that can handle imposition. PageMaker used to, I think Adobe InDesign does. If Affinity Publisher can do it...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Is that usual for the UK? I've slept at a fair number of university residences in the last decade. (Our annual physics conference is always held at a university, with accommodations in the local residence.) Some had individual rooms, but...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I think I might want to look at Graydon Saunders ..... You won't regret it…...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Not quite. As it rises it has an upwards acceleration because the upwards force from buoyancy is greater than the downwards force from gravity. Both are decreasing — buoyancy because the atmosphere is getting less dense, gravity because the object...
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    I've seen an amusing picture of a screen mounted on the back of an aircraft seat, displaying not whatever it's supposed to but instead a Linux boot log https://www.flickr.com/photos/13168692@N00/8587049931...
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    Linux desktops suck? Really? Of course. Every OS Sucks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d85p7JZXNy8...
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    ask Scots historians about "Wade roads" Or listen to this verse of "God Save the King": Lord, grant that General Wade, May by thy mighty aid, Victory bring. May he sedition hush, and like a torrent rush, Rebellious Scots to...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    letting the German population which supported their leadership escape unscathed because they weren't in uniform wasn't going to fly And there was if anything an even stronger anti-Japanese attitude in the US. I very strongly doubt that Japanese housing...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    At least the concept of trying to hit the factory and not the houses made sense, even if the practicalities were such that hitting the town at all and not the woods five miles away was more luck than anything....
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    (the Chinese) attitude toward deterrence is very odd I think it may be more that they were as worried about the USSR as they were about the USA. Certainly a lot of their air defenses were set against an attack...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    any system can be corrupted I'm currently reading Lying for Money by Dan Davies, about fraud, and it's interesting how you can get a situation where illegal and fraudulent acts are committed because the system has been changed to incentivize...
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    Probably depends on the target. After all, actually invading countries on very thin evidence is demonstrably politically possible....
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    My brain refuses to provide me with a visual for blocktubes this morning, though. https://www.google.com/search?q=kidney+stone&hl=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiAjMbr1LfmAhUqgK0KHSVTD0kQ_AUoAXoECBAQAw&biw=2024&bih=1378&dpr=2...
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    Sorry, I was unclear. I meant I didn't know where the concept of plausible deniability originated....
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    4) unknown/knowns Explained by a phrase from earlier in American politics: "plausible deniability". Something that you can plausibly claim not to know, so can't be held responsible for consequences deriving from it. I don't know if it originated in politics...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    But Artificial Neural Nets aren't the only ones that can be led astray by biased training data. A friend's daughter was going to a private elementary school (I think it was Montessori, but it might have been Waldorf). They used...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    They'll take short term gains instead. I've seen several examples in various places around the world where resources are accumulated to address a problem, and then siphoned off into private pockets. IIRC this has been studied quite a bit as...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    While on holiday a few years ago fell and broke my wrist. No one in the park would help, so I walked across the road to the swimming pool to see if a lifeguard could help*. The lifeguard takes a...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    First is that you are assigned to a specific very local polling station within your electorate, and cannot vote anywhere else. Same here in Canada, mostly. You are assigned a polling station and that's where you vote. There are also...
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