Robert Prior

Robert Prior

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    A very substantial fraction of the technology in use today was invented by boomers. And another substantial fraction was invented by people very near retirement age (like, for example, me). There's 'invented by', and then there's 'user interface designed by'....
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    Many of my peers want to fit things into paradigms they spent decades using. Sometimes that's a problem, because the paradigm has changed. But sometimes the problem is that the developer decided they needed a new look and suddenly...
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    What in the world makes you think the man is interested in performing a basic civic duty like voting? Probably never voted in his life. But as soon as he's told he can't vote, it will suddenly become the...
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    WILL Ronda Satan & the GQP cabal in FloriDUH enforce the law EQUALLY against one of their own? If you can find someone willing to bet money that they will, I'd like to get a piece of that action....
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    On the reading front, I've started Normal Women by Philippa Gregory and so far it's been good. My almost-90 English mother thinks she's "ranting", but so far I haven't found it as all ranty. Admittedly some pointed comments (did you...
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    Speaking of news sources, how reliable is Haaretz for news about Israel? The Jerusalem Post seems to be pretty much a Likud booster (judging by the articles in my newsfeed, anyway). At least Haaretz seems to be calling out wrongdoing...
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    this non-techie is getting more frustrated and no, the solution is not to turn every human into a techie Agreed. A lot of the "boomers can't handle tech" issue is that the people who design user interfaces keep changing...
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    Agree that some people/orgs seem to be using this tactic [weaponizing human rights policies]. 'Seem' because it's hard to tell whether they are looking for redress (making things right) or revenge (making things right plus extra compensation over and...
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    One promise about to be broken is that men in religious studies would also have to do military service. That wasn't a British promise… (I learned from the book that the British made contradictory promises to different groups in...
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    how about an anthology focused on the potential outcomes of this Frankenstein'd Phallic Optimized Replacement...!? I can't speak to her first anthology, but Datlow's Alien Sex has some decent stories. As well as some indecent ones ;-). Ahem. https://www.amazon.ca/Off-Limits-Tales-Alien-Sex/dp/0441004369...
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    So how does the phone company ensure the phones still work if the power goes out? Apparently the answer is "they don't"....
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    And because I'm concerned that Greg's blood pressure may be too low… :-/ Arizona was a primitive place in 1864. Upholding its Civil War-era abortion ban proves it still is Arizona ended up with a hateful originalist law that forces...
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    IIRC the first two years of COVID19 dropped life expectancy in the developed world by more than 24 months. Well, that's one way of dealing with the pension crisis… Now you just need to change laws so that retirement...
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    very charitable of u to limit urself to "suspecting" there British understatement....
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    Sure, it's fiber to the curb, but they still have to meet whatever state/federal/local requirements exist for a phone line to continue working when the power goes out. Practically speaking the important word about POTS isn't "copper" but "battery."...
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    I'm admittedly not spending a lot of time tracking anti-Semitism, but how does one parse anti-Semitism of the "hatred of any Jew is hatred of all Jews" against anger at the ultra-Orthodox, settler Israelis, and especially Netanyahu, who are driving...
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    I currently work as a phone/network tech and everyone still uses POTS lines for burglar/fire alarms because the phone company provides power. Those are going away up here, as the phone company switches everyone to fibre whether or not they...
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    Well, it's already been established that launching drone strikes at targets in another country isn't an act of war…...
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    this is a virus that causes creeping, low-level, sub-clinical brain damage, and we've all had it I think I've avoided it. Got all my shots, and I still mask up when shopping and mostly avoid eating out. So my...
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    I buy a big net-bag of onions (5lb bag). How do I keep them from sprouting before I use the entire bag? I got the bag back in November & I've used about half of it Easy. Eat more onions....
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    Apple TV is great. I bought one so I could watch movies stored on my computer on my big TV. My newer version (bought when I retired as a present to myself) has gaming which helped get me through...
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    Has anybody heard anything about Elderly Cynic? He hasn't posted here since February 7th. Haven't heard anything. I've been hesitant to email him, because if he's ill the last thing he'll want is some internet acquaintance bothering him....
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    I didn't say "immunity", I said "impunity". So you did, and that's what I thought I'd typed. Most nation-states can't act with impunity. They have to consider how neighbours and allies will react to their actions, let alone enemies. The...
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    See also "IBM and the Nazis". Honestly, this is the only place I've encountered people who've heard of that independently of my mentioning it to them. IBM doesn't seem to have suffered any reputational damage from renting out the...
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    How much do you think your life would suck, if Apple, Google or FaceBook took a personal dislike to you, and acted with the impunity of a nation state ? Nation-states don't have immunity, though. At least, not without a...
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    I for one welcome the poorly considered uplifting of our future avian overlords Naw. Parrots are a devolved Gubru client species… (Someone wrote a fanfic set in Brin's Uplift universe, and he liked the story enough to make it official.)...
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    I quite like The Hu (Mongolian folk metal, with throatsinging). https://www.thehuofficial.com Tanya Tagaq. https://www.tanyatagaq.com Tsai Chin (Cai Qin), if you like Chinese pop. (I do, because my Mandarin is so bad that I can just enjoy the vocals and catchy...
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    I think I’ll stop there. My brain hurts. Welcome to modern physics....
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    Agreed on the band name. Having worked in agriculture in the 70s, every time I read "AI" my brain first thinks of that meaning. Which provides some quiet amusement when reading marketing claims and research papers alike....
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    I am. You? Except JohnS's statement doesn't apply to you. "If the reader doesn't think the way you do and does not want to understand you is he/she even going to read your book in the first place?" You want...
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