Robert Prior

Robert Prior

  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I'm just surprised nobody has thrown money at it, given how much Uber has raked in, Not enough computer technology, maybe? Or gig-economy workers to exploit while the backers get rich? You need a startup where 'independent contractors' build their...
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    An M18A1 Claymore mine weighs 1.6kg. Imagine what you could do with a small drone capable of lifting a couple of kilograms? Imagine what you could do with a swarm of 50 - 100 such drones? A couple of kilograms...
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    I'm seeing the weapons used being referred to as 'Drones' rather than, say, 'Cruise Missiles' is there any substantive difference that justifies the distinction? If I was paranoid* I'd say it's setting the stage to clamp down on small quadcopter...
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    My last experience on Canadian trains was a long time ago — return trip from Edmonton to Winnipeg in the late 80s. Horrible experience. Single track route with freight given priority over passenger so lots of delays (including a several-hour...
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    It seems to me that if Brexit happens and it becomes much harder to move goods across the border, there will be a tremendous amount of smuggling. Well, it is traditional in many parts of the UK…...
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    So born after I left engineering. Scary thought. Now I feel old :-/...
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    Not a mechanical engineer, so I forget the details, but it was more along the lines of "this pipe would be stronger and less subject to corrosion if you did Y", and the engineer's response was "but X meets the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    A couple of years ago I had lunch with a retired engineer who was one of the examiners for professional engineers. He said that the worst designers were typically nuclear engineers. Their designs would meet the code, but they didn't...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Which also ignores that people have different temps that they feel comfortable in. As to genetics vs experience I have no idea the relative inputs. There's some evidence that the temperature you're raised in has a lifetime effect on the...
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    Burying logs is a way to get the carbon circulating; it won't sequester it. Even if they're somewhere where they won't rot? No idea how hard that is to do (realistically), but it seems easier to say "put this wood...
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    If you're going for sequestering carbon, wouldn't it make more sense to simply bury the logs somewhere where they won't rot (maybe with a bit of treatment for that), such as an abandoned salt mine, rather than make them into...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    So anyone (such as OGH) much over about 50º latitude, without handy geothermal or hydro resources, should be importing power for when the wind doesn't blow. Assuming, of course, that you aren't importing from/through a country that has been known...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    She's a teenager on the spectrum. Wouldn't surprise me a bit if she was manipulated/pushed into the yacht trip. Someone (maybe a reporter) says the usual about climate campaigners flying. Someone else offers the yacht and says it has no...
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    Greta is literally the one who was interviewed on national news and said "I'm travelling on this (racing) yacht because the trip will be zero carbon." She's also a teenager, an age not noted for carefully thinking through all implications...
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    I'm referring specifically to Critical Mass, not all cyclists. I'm not impressed with the Toronto and Vancouver branches of the movement. The Toronto branch is perfectly OK with physically preventing pedestrians from crossing the street when they (pedestrians) have a...
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    I'm from Critical Mass and I'm here to help I remember when the Massholes shut down the the Ironworkers Bridge in Vancouver rush hour by sitting down and holding a smoke-in. An excellent way to convince people that cycling is...
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    it will be easy to rebuild cities to do away with cars My grandfather remembered London without cars from his childhood. When as a child I complained about cars and air pollution he told me that automobiles made London...
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    Being in the lane I need to be to reach my destination I try to be in the lane that will move the fastest, if I know the route. Knowing that the bus parks in the right lane for...
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    Back in the 1980s my university lab partner was an electrician (retraining as an engineer). He'd previously worked at a potash mine. Every electrician there had their own personal tools. Which meant that using your tools to do side work...
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    My personal experience is that talking on the phone feels no more distracting than talking with passengers. I saw a study that contradicted that. Bookmarked at home and I'm travelling, so no immediate cite (bug me next month is you...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    It's one of the many 'everyone knows' sayings that aren't true. I think it was New Scientist that did a test and found balsamic vinegar works best....
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    Thanks. Got to look for that book; now I'm hankering to reread it....
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    Sometimes it feels that these people are just against everything except getting all the stuff for themselves. Even when it is counter-productive and helping somebody else would be better for them. They'd happily poke out one eye if everyone else...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Anyway, if we need say sewer workers, or at the very least technicians for sewer robots, and no one is getting off their backsides to do it then I guess someone would have to figure out how to incentivise it....
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    In the absence of high intensity wars to fight, switching emphasis to disaster mitigation, peacekeeping, and providing aid to civil authorities is a no-brainer. For the military, maybe. Not so much for the vast industrial complex that supports them. rushing...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    This comic seems appropriate: http://www.wastedtalent.ca/node/1762...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    get protection essentially amounting to a job for life at the company Given that they will likely have trouble getting a job elsewhere… I may be unreasonably extrapolating from my time in the tech industry, but reporting problems anywhere but...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    In Nortel's case, shareholders got something out of a lawsuit (although lawyers and accountants got billions more). Eventually all civil charges against management were dropped, so they got to keep the loot....
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Having thus reduced the rewards of bad corporate behaviour, the risk/reward calculation will now have different outcomes. The problem with punishing the corporation as an entity is that the rewards are typically cashed out before the punishment, so those making...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Damn, hit submit instead of preview :-( It's not a new problem here, sadly. Bruce Cockburn described it in 1977 in "Free To Be": On the skid row of the spirit Hear the ranting of the Western Guard Why don't...
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