Robert Prior

Robert Prior

  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Some of us think this (35C) is a nice summer day. As long as the humidity isn't too high. It is, usually. In Saskatchewan 35C is OK. In Ontario, not so much. Humidity 75-98% for most of the summer....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    if it has more than 150 people, it has to split into two corporations Back in the 80s, when I visited Italy, the tax rules were apparently different for larger corporations, favouring small corporations. So large companies responded by...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    The days when industry used most of the power are long gone, and northern Europe does not have even 8-hour days in midwinter. Most of the power requirement is during the night. On Ontario most power is industrial/commercial, and...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    It’s the same latitude as Manchester. A long way south of Edinburgh. Yes, but a couple of hundred km north of London, which he specifically mentioned....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    London is north of every significant city in Canada. Edmonton is 53.5°N, so 2° north of London. It's a significant city. When I worked there, if I didn't make a point of going for a walk at lunchtime I...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    The lack of toilets on board Federation starships in Star Trek has been explained by the pinpoint use of transporter technology. I heard you went in the corner and used your phaser to disintegrate the results…...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Our most durable remains are likely to be some forms of plastic trash, copper alloys, and, most of all, all the stuff we've bulldozed into shapes. Porcelain toilet bowls. I read a story once written as a future archaeologist interpreting...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Building solar cells here is just stupid, but it still happens. It happens in Canada. Please pay some attention to physical reality? I'll note that in Ontario (Canada) where we have at least one solar farm* we also use a...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Pack two pairs, then you can always be wearing your cleanest underwear. (Also works for voting in two-party political systems.) (Shamelessly stolen from one of Piet Hein's grooks.) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grook One of my favourites, although I can't get it formatted...
  • Commented on Obligatory Hugo eligibility post
    Five articles in the Ontario Association of Physics Teachers newsletter. Should have been more, but I got lazy… http://newsletter.oapt.ca Also won an Outstanding Canadian Award, which still feels a bit unreal… http://www.outcan.ca...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    VIA is facing the elimination of their Vancouver-Toronto (The Canadian) and Montreal- Halifax (Ocean) services I last took VIA in the 80s, from Edmonton to Winnipeg (and back). It was enough to put me off for life — horribly...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    schools find workarounds to provide a childcare service after regular school hours True, and also before school drop-off service, but by relying on volunteer labour or by moving money from 'education' to 'childcare' — at least in my limited experience...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Speaking as a parent, I do value the child care aspect of schools. … …For better or worse, we have a large scale institution upon which most families depend for child care, education and support. Having that disappear was catastrophic,...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    But that wasn't because the government was rationing travel. No. Travel was rationed by being expensive. If you weren't rich (and we weren't) you scrimped and saved to be able to afford it. My parents valued it, but we did...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    many of these parents screaming about their kids needing to be in school …are more concerned about child care than learning. At least, judging by what I've seen of strike actions in the education system over the last three...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    we just moved the job you were working at to the other side of the country I moved from Alberta to Ontario because my company closed the Alberta office. Fortunately they paid for the move, assuming we could land...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I see no reason to expect remote meetings to have performed better than the rest. I think we need to accept that remote meetings perform a different function to face-to-face meetings. When we went remote in 2020 I found remote...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Wouid you ration trips to see Mum to one a year, one every two years? When I was a boy in Saskatchewan, my mother took us to see her mother in England every 3-4 years. That was back when long...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I've never used any sort of mousemat with any type of mouse. Never felt the lack either. Seems like a nonsense product. I've got one I use for my Apple Magic Mouse (optical). I need something because my white laminate...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    there is a limit to what the US government can do as it got all pissy with the Europeans for supporting Airbus and insisted on treaties limiting subsidies to develop airliners And what are treaties? Nothing but words on...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    The current Ont Premier - and his late younger brother - are on record as being GOP fans. Wonder who from the GOP has been leaning on him - maybe dangling a large trade/biz deal. Just his own caucus. Rural...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    But in the meanwhile you've got people (including young kids) from across the political spectrum with serious illnesses who can't access time-critical treatments because the hospitals are overfull with these idiots. Like this: A 30-year-old Ontario woman diagnosed with Stage...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Lake effect - if you say so, although the 11.5 years I lived in Chicago, the weather forecasts were fairly accurate. Chicago sits on the western shore of a lake, and weather generally moved west-to-east, so the lake effect is...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    Is that so manly men can feel like badasses when they go somewhere with their children?...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    well, just saw this afternoon's announcement that in Ontario 30% of students need to be absent before Public Health will inform parents of a Covid outbreak. Looks like the Ontario Conservatives are embracing their inner Republicans....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Stupid school officials sent our kids to school and look at the mess they have to deal with. They should have know it was too bad to do so. For years the Toronto school board (and North York before them)...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Result was that for the modern Tesla with the heat pump, stuck in below freezing temperatures, the heating uses about 1% per hour, or about a 1/4 charge per day. What was the temperature, other than "below freezing"? (Skimmed video,...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    It's easy to imagine a world where the state provides a 'bus' service with no fixed routes, no driver, and a maximum passenger load of 8 adults. Back in the 80s I visited some relatives in Holland. The final leg...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Using sand (let alone salt) on dry roads is stupid What they do here (at least in my part of Ontario) is spray a brine solution before an expected snowfall/freezing rain event. This adheres to the road and so there...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    a tendency to insist that you complete your education at the beginning of your working life Yeah. Taking university courses after you start working is tricky. Not only are you limited by times (eg. can only take evening courses), but...
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