Robert Prior

Robert Prior

  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Generally supporting your comment: https://tribune.com.pk/story/458310/the-legendary-gunsmiths-of-darra-adam-khel/ TLDR: the gunsmiths will make AK47s but they know they don't work as well. Local Pathans won't buy them but Punjabis will (apparently Pathans go for functionality, Punjabis for looks)....
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    we should see a rapid growth in productivity as the economy produces the same or more with fewer and fewer workers We have seen a rise in productivity in the last generation, but our expectations have risen to match/exceed it....
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    China has very poor fertility rates That is by design. The government is well aware that the current population is above the country's carrying capacity. The problem they have is how to effect a soft landing from a state of...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Developing a new way to culture bacteria, for example, would be an obvious application of biotech that doesn’t exactly move the average heart to excitement We've already seen problems with the traditional agar because of materials shortages: http://www.nature.com/news/lab-staple-agar-hit-by-seaweed-shortage-1.18970 We get...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Most countries that style themselves as free may resist government control of the Internet Will they also resist private control of the internet? I'd be worried about Facebook/Google/et al as well (shielded by laws that allow 'proprietary algorithms' to...
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: April Daniels
    fantasies are inevitably shaped by the environment which is polluted with ads One of the points I liked about the book was how you explicitly mentioned this. Kids learn it in media class, but they usually don't think about how...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Another downside (for me) is software. I've been using Apple's Aperture since it came out, with upwards of 6 TB of pictures indexed and most of those with at least some editing. Apple no longer supports Aperture. Until I find...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Too late for you, but I'd recommend looking at the Fuji X-T1 and X-T2 cameras if you learned photography in film days. Lots of bells and whistles (if you want them) but the basic functions are accessed by knobs and...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    there are filters within the camera in front of the sensor to reduce the sensitivity to human eye level-ish, so bluebells are now bluebells on any digital camera Mostly true. Some cheaper cameras (like on budget phones) omit the...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Toronto SARS epidemic is a good example of the "wisdom" of saving money that way. Ontario had a unit that monitored the world for potential infections, as did BC. Harris government (American-style conservatives) cut Ontario's unit* to save money. (IIRC...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    It's also harder to focus when using bluish (as opposed to yellowish) light. Discovered this when looking at getting cheap LEDs to replace our (dwindling) stocks of microscope lights. At first they looked like a good idea — less than...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    And in exchange: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYr0eNtpDHs Lyrics here: https://www.flashlyrics.com/lyrics/flanders-and-swann/misalliance-72 )Memories from my childhood, when I was too young to notice the political subtext.)...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Is that the one that twines to the right, or to the left? (With apologies to Flanders & Swan…)...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    You're talking about metamerism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metamerism_(color) A big issue when printing photographs. I've got a friend who's a professional photographic printer, and he goes to a lot of effort to match the print to the lighting where it will be viewed....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Very few people can look at something and say "that's Pantone 16-5938". But most people can look at two things and say "those colours don't quite match". It's important when you build something in pieces and combine them, assuming you...
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: April Daniels
    Haven't read it yet, but asked our school library to add it to the collection based on this review: http://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/free-to-fly (Note: spoilers in the review.)...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    What do we do when other reply to "her" posts, then? I ignore them. (More precisely, I filter them so I don't have to expend energy ignoring them.) I may miss some cool information, but I already have more sources...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    That's one of the >23% of the comments that are blocked by my nephew's troll-filter*. Judging by your other comments (which is why I'm guessing you were being trolled) I have no desire to turn off the filter. *Any comment...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    You are not the one being deliberately prodded. So, you are being trolled? You know the moderators won't do much about it, so maybe it's time to start just ignoring the seagull. (As an added advantage, many threads on this...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    "Atmospheric carbon" or "carbon" is a shortcut for carbon dioxide. The basic combustion reaction for methane is: CH4 + 2O2 → CO2 + 2H2O (Of course, if you have incomplete combustion you get carbon soot (as well as carbon monoxide)...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    The bit about "not causing distress or impairment" seems very situational. If you are rich enough that people have to indulge you you're not a clinical narcissist, but if you are poor (and they don't) you are? Is that really...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Greg, if you want a decent academic paper on conspiracy theories: https://faculty.washington.edu/kstarbi/Alt_Narratives_ICWSM17-CameraReady.pdf Blog version here: https://medium.com/hci-design-at-uw/information-wars-a-window-into-the-alternative-media-ecosystem-a1347f32fd8f Only had time for a quick skim (marking pile is way too high) but I think you'll find it interesting....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I have to admit that their paranoia is somewhat justified! In university I had a button that said "You're not paranoid if they're really out to get you!"...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Given that we're sitting at 20% seagull so far, it seems that squawking is a very inefficient way of conveying information, if the TLDR is your succinct comment. Internal affairs crossing borders has been a thing since I was in...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    take your Heath Robinson ideas elsewhere, I'm sure there are venture funds in California that would back them Been done there. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Cycleway...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    Last time I was in Holland (years ago) I could safely cycle everywhere I tried. If there was a high-volume road bikes used a separate cycleway instead. Low-volume roads were shared. It worked....
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    Another dent or scratch on my truck, not even noticeable. While on their newer vehicle… so why risk it?...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    A generation ago I drove a pickup truck that had more visible rust and primer than paint. Amazingly, no one parked close enough to block me in, and I could always open my door fully :-)...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    cycling should be moved 'off-road' or have special lanes (generally meaning into the gutter and onto footpaths) Or, perhaps, onto protected cycleways, as was done in the 1930s in Britain. In the 1930s, Britain's Ministry of Transport commissioned the building...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    many of the people come there by car and park basically wherever they can even if it's not a parking spot You get that here if you live opposite a school. Parents park wherever while waiting for their kids,...
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