Robert Prior

Robert Prior

  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    There's this BBC article on Hasidic Jews in the UK. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-75361d40-67f0-4544-bb29-c9bee5b2251f Sounds pretty dire for the women....
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Unless I've badly mixed up the memories, my mother told me she had to conceal her engagement or she would have lost her job. (British teacher, about 1961)....
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    Naming after politicians is just tacky David Brin has a nice rant about the politics of naming US aircraft carriers: http://davidbrin.blogspot.ca/2015/04/the-politics-of-naming-aircraft.html...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I can't see the straps of my helmet....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Here (Canada) it's usually orange with yellow or silver rings around cuffs (and across the chest/back). https://www.tenaquip.com/shop/subcategorybrowse.do?subcategory-name=High+Visibility+Vest&path=Catalog%2f%2f%2f%2fAttribSelect%3dCategory+%3d+%27Safety%27%2f%2f%2f%2fHigh+Visibility+Clothing&lang=en_US&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=CAN%20-%20ON%20-%20SEM%20-%20EN&utm_term=reflective%20vest&utm_content=Cat%20-%20Safety%20-%20Visibility%20-%20Vest Looking at the catalogue I see yellow ones are available but I don't recall seeing any except on firefighters....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Book recommendation for you: http://www.roadswerenotbuiltforcars.com I've got a first-edition hardback and the iPad file (backed it on Kickstarter — my first project!). Very interesting social history....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    According to a Canadian paramedic I know, they often call motorbike riders "organ donors" because they have young, healthy, bodies after the fatal accident. Grim humour, but kidding on the square....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Confirmation/survivor bias. If you caused an accident would you post it anywhere? I wouldn't, but a surprising number of people do. For example: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-28861828...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I didn't watch the ones labelled "Spectacular Accidents" :-/ And I actively avoid videos labelled "fatal" — I have no desire for more nightmares. (Took me years to stop seeing the body in the last fatal crash I saw.) Car...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Last year I watched several hours of dash cam compilations on YouTube and counted all the motorbike crashes, keeping track of whether the crash was the fault of the biker, the car/truck driver, or both/neither/couldn't tell. I ignored dirt bikes...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    A recumbent is low, narrow, and moving in pretty much the same direction that you are. So is a motorcycle (the other group most likely to be involved in so-called "Sorry Mate I Didn't See You" {More like SMID Look...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Have wondered for some time why economic modeling is still using only a handful of variables in maybe 3 scenarios Because economics isn't, by-and-large, and evidence-based discipline. Even ignoring the times that economic hypotheses* are used as justification for actions...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    What's the legal framework for assisted bicycles? Here the addition of a couple of folding pedals makes an electric scooter legally an assisted bike, so they can be ridden anywhere a bike can without needing a license. An acquaintance has...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    And last I heard the PQ separatists claim that Quebec is indivisible (and French)…...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    A few decades ago I had a friend whose job was converted from salaried employee to contractor. (The entire department was converted to contractors.) So she lost security, union protection, health benefits, pension, etc, but she gained being able to...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    And one young lady I saw interviewed on the BBC, who hated the Eurovision contest which was clearly something to do with the EU because the EU used the Euro which is the same word so they must be the...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    we're more likely to conceive of robot farm workers (because it's hard work, why should people suffer) Not a new problem. http://www.idaillinois.org/cdm/ref/collection/p16614coll23/id/385...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I'd guess that was supposed to read "Royal Assent". Final stage before a Bill becomes law. Technically can be withheld, although that would trigger a constitutional crisis. A friend in politics calls it the Doomsday Option: the Crown (or representative)...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    But if it is better while riding I'll try to buy out of the advertising. Advertising? I haven't seen any advertising. Mind you, I'm only using it when travelling new places, it doesn't have network connectivity, and I'm usually...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I only recall that it needed permission to use location (which is obvious). I think it asked for push notifications, which I denied, and don't recall anything else. (Didn't need microphone, camera, etc.)...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I should note that you don't have to be online to use this (although you won't get traffic updates then). I've never used it in online mode, as I don't have enough data for something like that. It handles recalculating...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    https://here.com/en/products-services/consumer-app/here-wego-app (I said "WhatsApp" before. I meant this one. Brain fart, sorry.) Navigating an urban environment can be complex when you're trying to get from Point A to Point B. How do you choose the best route to take, how...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I find it handy, especially in areas with missing street signs and/or lots of semi-trailers (which block the view of street signs). Even more so in areas where there is no safe and/or legal place to stop — I've been...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Pascal was originally intended as a theoretical teaching language, not to be used in anger to run real programs. Back in the 80s, I was writing telecommunications software in Pascal. A goodly chunk of the Canadian telephone system ran on...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Depends on where you are and how you do it. If you have the phone mounted and running a GPS app, then it's the same as using a GPS (at least in Ontario). (And if you are holding a GPS...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Second try… You might find This Is Your Brain On Parasites by Kathleen McAuliffe interesting. Book-length discussion, with references....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    You might find by Kathleen McAuliffe interesting. Book-length discussion, with references....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    That sounds like Max Weinreich's quote: "a language is a dialect with an army and a navy". Apparently he said it first in Yiddish: אַ שפּראַך איז אַ דיאַלעקט מיט אַן אַרמיי און פֿלאָט...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    We never did manage to fire the programmer who wrote it. Could that be one reason for writing it in such a convoluted manner?...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    The same applies to medical school graduates in biomedical research, incidentally. I was told (by a researcher at a conference last year) that the problem with doctors doing research is that they'd spent so long cramming in knowledge that...
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