Robert Prior

Robert Prior

  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I'm not certain the numbers back you up. https://esa.un.org/unpd/wpp/publications/Files/WPP2017_KeyFindings.pdf The rate of growth is significantly slowing — we're in the flattening part of a sigmoid rather than an exponential. Or more likely the overshoot part of a dampening curve....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Take me. I'm a business. If I go down, everything stops And here I was assuming one of your feline supervisors would condescendingly fill in at the keyboard until you got better — and fans would argue for years about...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Does your company have it? When I'm sick I'm supposed to provide complete plans and instructions for the replacement. I've come in because I haven't been well enough to plan everything in detail ahead of time. :-( I remember my...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Liberrarian? I read that as "librarian" the first time, and had a mental image of a room with sad librarians sitting around the edges, forgotten when the internet replaced books — the Left Librarian Office, like the Left Luggage Office....
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    These might be of interest: https://practicaltypography.com/one-space-between-sentences.html https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/09/how-i-came-to-love-the-en-space/499337/...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Like "Right to Work" meaning "Right to be Arbitrarily Fired for No Reason Whatsoever"....
  • Commented on On hold
    The only Muslims I know are not at all into accidents as the will of allah. One's on the examining board for professional engineers and takes the concept of personal responsibility very seriously indeed. I know way more christians who...
  • Commented on On hold
    I was recounting the experience* as a counterexample to your statement "Christianity affirms one's personal responsibility, and does not offload it all onto God". There are many sects of Christianity, and some of them seem to offload an awful lot...
  • Commented on On hold
    I've known Christians* who drive much like that: a prayer to their "personal lord and saviour" before the trip and they'll arrive safely so it's OK to talk, sing, and pray in the car. Not getting hit when driving through...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    Testing with Safari running under Yosemite*… *Yes, it's old. No, I can't upgrade because my 6 TB photo library is in Aperture, which was orphaned at Yosemite....
  • Commented on Test Case
    Here on the left coast of the Atlantic, a handicap means that you have more difficulty but can still do it, whereas a disability means you are unable to do it. That's the opposite of what you described. Years...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Thanks, I would be curious. It's not urgent, but your description of French language corresponds to what I learned decades ago, and with all the push to use gender-neutral nouns (and pronouns) in Anglo Canada I'm curious what French Canada...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Yes, but "animateur" and "animatrice" have the same meaning, it's just that one applies to men and one to women — which is exactly the kind of thing that people are attempting to avoid by using "chair". The fact that...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Interestingly, I see a wide range of usage. Some colleagues insist on "disabled" because they consider "handicapped" to be pejorative; others insist on "handicapped" because they are at least partially able, just confronted with difficulty (i.e., a handicap). And some...
  • Commented on Test Case
    In French, we have "animateur/animatrice" Out of curiosity, is there the same push to have a gender-neutral way of addressing people in French, or is that pretty much an Anglo thing? Because your alternative seems gendered (to my very limited...
  • Commented on Test Case
    I meant that I wonder if, as a very expat Brit, I'm covered under this new EU legislation even though I'm not living in Europe....
  • Commented on Test Case
    wonder if there are any unintended consequences in there? Google/Facebook/Uber/etc can withstand the fines, smaller startups can't, so this could end up being a tool to further entrench those who already have market dominance....
  • Commented on Test Case
    Yet another reason to be upset about Brexit :-( Although I guess as Brexit hasn't happened yet I'm still covered. Assuming expats are covered (and being Canadian doesn't trump being British). I'm half-tempted to see what Facebook says — seeing...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Greg, you might find this an interesting book: Glock: The rise of America's Gun by Paul M. Barrett Created in 1982 by Gaston Glock, an obscure Austrian curtain-rod manufacturer, and swiftly adopted by the Austrian army, the Glock pistol, with...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Sorry, you've confused me. By your use of "we" I thought you were talking as an Australian when you wrote "What that means is that Australia doesn't have any official languages, we just have 'government business is conducted in English'...
  • Commented on Test Case
    What that means is that Australia doesn't have any official languages, we just have "government business is conducted in English" and some provision of translators in some situations. So effectively your official language is English. Government business is conducted...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Well, legally Canada is English-speaking. Also French-speaking. Article 16 (and a few more) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms makes us officially bilingual. Which can get interesting in legal cases where the French and English statutes turn out to...
  • Commented on Test Case
    You should probably avoid the US, then....
  • Commented on Test Case
    For me it's 2.5-3 hours each way on public transit, requiring two transfers and two fares (different systems) vs. half an hour driving each way if I avoid 'peak hour' (which lasts 2+ hours, but I can usually avoid it)....
  • Commented on Test Case
    Even operating a still is legal Back in the 1970s you apparently needed a license or registration for a still in Canada. My dad ran a lab, and Revenue Canada was very put out that they didn't have a...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Or maybe the insurance companies refuse to cover the drivers, so the drivers have an incentive to demand their legislators do something about it. In the gig economy, don't count on it. Back when Uber was getting going in Toronto...
  • Commented on Test Case
    I don't want my grandnieces growing up in a society where making money fast without social responsibility is acceptable. Maybe that makes me selfish… As is often the case, Eric Bogle says it well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fr45o4bnTaw...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Which imples that Uber are “doing it on the cheap” without following the rules & procedures that others are following. "Move fast and break things." Not a good development ethos when lives are on the line, is it?...
  • Commented on Test Case
    They've shown resistance to being regulated or forced (to) obey existing laws… To the extent of actively evading enforcement officers, refusing to provide cities with access to their 'contractor' lists (to check compliance with bylaws, safety laws, etc.), and so...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Which leaves only the outlaw operators providing taxi service without the appropriate licenses and insurance coverage. And in that case, it's the driver who's ultimately going to be held liable. Sounds a lot like a technology company that insists that...
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