7.0269 Qs: PMC; GST; Lab Design; Heidegger/Cyberspace (3/93)

Sat, 23 Oct 1993 07:50:12 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 7, No. 0269. Saturday, 23 Oct 1993.

(1) Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1993 22:31:10 -0400 (EDT) (32 lines)
From: lenoblem@ERE.UMontreal.CA (Lenoble Michel)
Subject: PMC and GST

(2) Date: Thu, 21 Oct 93 20:31:07 PST (36 lines)
From: "William Winder" <winder@unixg.ubc.ca>
Subject: Computer lab design

(3) Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1993 18:20:38 -0400 (EST) (25 lines)
From: Antony Dugdale <antdugl@minerva.cis.yale.edu>
Subject: Heidegger and Cyberspace

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Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1993 22:31:10 -0400 (EDT)
From: lenoblem@ERE.UMontreal.CA (Lenoble Michel)
Subject: PMC and GST

First, does anyone on the list know whether Post Modern Culture
is still reachable at the same address:



Second, I find it strange that an american book publisher/distributer
charges GST (General Sales Tax = Canadian tax) to its canadian

- Do they repay the amount to the Canadian Revenue Department? (I doubt
- Are they legally entitled to do so? (I doubt it)
- Do they make more profit by charging GST? (I am just asking)

Did anyone on the list have the same experience?

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Date: Thu, 21 Oct 93 20:31:07 PST
From: "William Winder" <winder@unixg.ubc.ca>
Subject: Computer lab design
I have a question about computer lab design that I would like to put to the
Humanist community. At UBC we are in the process of designing a lab and
find that several incompatible layouts for the room are needed, or at least
desirable. For example, sometimes we may wish to use the lab for drop-in
and would need to pack as many machines as possible into the room; probably
the best configuration for that use would be by rows. At other times we may
wish to hold a class in the lab, and then the center of the room would have
to be open and the machines arranged around the perimeter only, perhaps in
Most labs I have seen have stations that are indeed stationary. Which
generally means that the room layout is decided once and for all during
construction. What I would like to know is whether anyone has ever seen a
lab that is designed around less stationary stations.
One could imagine a PC sitting on a cart, that could be wheeled anywhere.
Portable computers are in some sense mobile workstations. But it would seem
technically difficult to design a unit that could be easily attached to a
power supply and to the Lan. I suppose cables could be combined and run to
a single coupling, and a single cable could perhaps drop down from the
ceiling for each machine.  But it doesn't seem like one could ever design a
system that would be simple enough to allow the room to be rearranged
quickly, say in 30 min. between a class and a drop-in session.
Plus there are all the problems associated with machines careening around
the room, such as wear and tear on the mechanical parts.
But perhaps someone could enlighten me: is there any way to design a
workstation that is as mobile as an office chair on casters? Any remarks
would be most welcome.
William Winder: French, U. of British Columbia, WINDER@UNIXG.UBC.CA
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Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1993 18:20:38 -0400 (EST)
From: Antony Dugdale <antdugl@minerva.cis.yale.edu>
Subject: Heidegger and Cyberspace
                        Heidegger and Cyberspace
I am currently working on a project that seeks to open a space within the
Heideggerian vocabulary for a non-primitivist, non-technophobic
perspective.  I will be using cyberspace as a model for this movement
through technology towards what I will construe as a utopic vision that is
in accord with Heidegger's language of the "Holy", "Revelation/Manifestation"
and "Being/Appearance".  If anyone out there has any knowledge about
literature that has philosophically addressed the phenonemon of cyberspace
(I have Michael Benedikt's book _Cyberspace_), preferably within the
perspective of Continental philosophy, could you please send me some
information about it?  You can send to the list or private email at:
Antony Dugdale
Dep't of Religious Studies
Yale University