Archive for March, 2011

UBB - How Should Cost and Price be Linked?

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Michael Geist is concerned because internet service providers do not match price of service at all levels to its actual cost. But when a commodity is in short supply, selling at the cost price will lead to shortages. (In the internet billing situation, users downloading tons of movies will degrade the quality of my own […]

Anti-Nuclear Inflation

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

I was disappointed to see Geoff Olson's citation  of a totally bogus figure for the number of deaths due to Chernobyl in his anti-nuclear panic piece in the Vancouver Courier on Friday. The particular figure, which he quoted fourth hand (from another journalist's report of a translation of a collection from various other sources), is […]

And They have the guns!

Friday, March 25th, 2011

From Discover Magazine:

Moral Realism

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Sean Carroll has taken issue with Richard Carrier over the latter's position on Moral Realism. On reading Carrier  I think that his real point is (or should be) that realism and relativism are not in conflict. Moral values, like the economic value of diamonds, may be relative but are real nonetheless. The existence of absolute moral […]

New Atheism=The Tea Party?

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

I do not self-identify as an "atheist" let alone a "new" one and certainly not a wildebeest (with which I only identify in the context of computer software). But having read a bit of what is written by some of those that do, and although I do find some of it excessive, I find the claim […]

Don’t Stop Darlington

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Here is my (slightly edited) version of the Greenpeace Letter. Dear Premier McGuinty: I’m writing to support your plan to maintain the nuclear option by continuing with the development of new  reactors at Darlington and to encourage you not to be swayed by ill-informed fear mongering. Like so many others, I am saddened by the tragedy […]

The Sine Qua Non

Friday, March 18th, 2011

. . .for inclusion in an interfaith convention is to have a representative to whom one delegates moral authority, be (s)he priest, rabbi, imam, or "secular chaplain". But that excludes all who reject such immoral authorities whether they be true atheists or true christians (or Jesus himself for that matter).

Looking a Gift Horse

Friday, March 18th, 2011

(via Michael Geist) Some have objected to restrictive license terms on our nation's new "Open Data Portal" which would stop someone from using the data "in any way which, in the opinion of Canada, may bring disrepute to or prejudice the reputation of Canada." Treasury Board Secretary Stockwell Day responded to the concern by indicating that was […]

no analytics, :-)   ;   no conversation, :-(

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

The blog blog analytics issue means little to me as I am here mainly to clarify my own thoughts rather than to find an audience, but D'Arcy Norman's comment that "distributed blog conversation has basically vanished" disappoints me (especially in the light of what people are trying to do in distributed learning exercises like cck11 and […]