Robert Prior

Robert Prior

  • 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...
  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    This seems appropriate: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/whirlwindfx/vortx-4d-environmental-simulator Vortx is the world’s first 4D simulator that can physically recreate any virtual environment in the comfort of your home or office. It reads and analyzes audio and video data in real-time to create physical effects...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    A totally off-topic thought, but I think Frank (and others) might like The Genius Plague by David Walton. Recommended by David Brin. I'm only a few pages into it, but it seems good so far. The protagonist is a mycologist,...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Not certain I'd say China had a "single established religion". You could be a Confucian and a Buddhist; a Confucian and a Daoist; etc. The problem with Christianity (from the Chinese perspective) was that it insisted that you couldn't be...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    We don't have raccoons — outside of zoos And, apparently, family pets. http://metro.co.uk/2016/02/04/family-buys-raccoon-after-receiving-26000-benefits-lump-sum-in-social-experiment-5662917/ Assuming this is true, I'd be surprised if a few haven't escaped (or been released)....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Which book is that from? I don't remember reading it, so it's clearly time to reread…...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    A craftsman learns their tools. Learns how to use them. Not necessarily how to make them. I have a friend who's an absolute whiz with Photoshop. The fact that he doesn't have the foggiest idea how to code it doesn't...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    THat [CFL] bulb must have been on for days at a time, and yet it lasted so long. Not surprising. A while back I had a Phillips CFL fail on my, base turned brown and melted, so I contacted...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I have some personal experience of this, and have some speculations on what might be going on. I'd be interested in those speculations. Privately, if you like. my.name@gmail.com will find me…...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I suspect that the reason isn't the actual weapons as the differing attitudes towards casualties (and the resources required to maintain a fighter). Remember your Kipling: With home-bred hordes the hillsides teem. The troopships bring us one by one, At...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    What Adam Smith actually said .... Most people who play the Smith card haven't read him. What he says about the role occupied by modern investment bankers and CEOs is distinctly uncomplimentary....
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    There's no problem replanting seed, even Monsanto Roundup-tolerant strains. They never sued anyone for reusing seed they bought and grew and besides the seed patents expired a while ago. Dates from 2013 (I haven't kept up), but there's this...
  • Commented on Excuses
    David Brin's "Tank Farm Dynamo": http://www.davidbrin.com/tankfarm.htm...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Do I *really* need to go on, as to why I wish I could join a union? Not to me. I've worked both, and I prefer the union environment even when I have problems with some of what the union...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Yeeaaarrgghhhh, don't people complain? No. It doesn't compare to specific houses, just the neighbourhood. (Sorry, I wasn't clear about that.) It sounds like your "time-of-use pricing" is what I've heard described as "dynamic pricing". I'm assuming that what you mean...
  • Commented on Excuses
    But then the consumer doesn't know that's happened until they get the bill however many weeks later. So they can't decide not to use the expensive electricity unless they have a time machine. In Ontario, we have time-of-use billing. The...
  • Commented on Excuses
    I've recommended this before: http://www.slaverybyanothername.com Columbia University awarded its 93rd Annual Pulitzer Prize in the General Nonfiction category to “Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II,” by Douglas A. Blackmon...
  • Commented on Excuses
    I don't know if they'll insist on having the trucks be gas-powered, though? How can you roll coal without hydrocarbons?...
  • Commented on Excuses
    It kind of shocks folks that don't actually spend time on commercial farms to see how much its changed in the last 20 years. Yeah. Last time I worked on a farm was the early 80s....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    An odd weakness, as viciously sharp mangoes have been known insurgent weapons for ages :-) http://allblackadderscripts.blogspot.ca...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    General Butler got it right: https://www.ratical.org/ratville/CAH/warisaracket.html...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    You mean John Barnes....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Here too....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    No good samaritan law? An example of a typical Canadian law is provided here, from Ontario's Good Samaritan Act, 2001, section 2: Protection from liability 2. (1) Despite the rules of common law, a person described in subsection (2) who...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    (Sorry, hit post too soon.) I'm assuming you've already tried Peter Watts. http://www.rifters.com Not so much an author as a book: Slavery by Another Name. http://www.slaverybyanothername.com Also a PBS documentary film, if you'd rather watch than read....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Anything by Caitlyn Sweet will, I suspect, be good. http://caitlinsweet.com I can personally vouch for The Door in the Mountain and The Pattern Scars. I'll be reading the rest as I find the time (probably over Winter Break)....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    The administration has no motivation to do so and would probably be accused of overreach if they did so. The laws may be different where you are, but here the administration is ultimately responsible for everything that happens in...
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