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Oh dear (5, Interesting)

chunk08 (1229574) | more than 4 years ago | (#27647569)

I do hope he pulls through, he is an amazing man.

Re:Oh dear (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27647797)

I hope he pulls through too. Because if he dies he will do so without being having accepted his gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. God is not going to ask Stephen Hawking what his GPA was, or how many department chairs he has held, or how many papers he has published. No, there is only one question that Mr. Hawking will be asked... Did you believe upon my Son for the forgiveness of your sins?

Re:Oh dear (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27647917)

I didn't know Jack Chick was a reader here at Slashdot.

Re:Oh dear (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27648065)

I am Jack Chick, and I reach out to the Slashdot audience. Accept Jesus into your hearts, or face eternal damnation! Go here and learn all about Jesus! [chick.com]

Re:Oh dear (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27647927)

I hope he dies before he's scared into submission by some asshole fanatic who takes advantage of his near-death issues to "convert" him in the last minute.

There, fixed.

Re:Oh dear (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27648181)

Please submit all patches in unified diff format, with all paths listed from the project root.

Re:Oh dear (4, Insightful)

neokushan (932374) | more than 4 years ago | (#27648427)

Lets see, who would I rather listen to - a self-righteous imbecile who apparently feels the need to post anonymously, despite being so sure of themselves, or a man who was bound to a wheelchair most of his life, can't speak without the help of a computer and despite being told he only had a couple of years to live, managed to do more in a few years than 99.99% of other human beings on the planet have ever accomplished in their entire lives?
A man that, when faced with quite possibly one of the worst things that could ever happen to single human being, didn't give up. I respect this man more than any other human being that has ever lived. Even without his genius, he is a role model for us all, he is living proof that no matter how bad things may seem, your life need never be over.

I know I'm not supposed to feed the trolls, but this is something I feel so strongly about, I had to say something. Stephen Hawking is a great man, easily one of the greatest people alive today.

Re:Oh dear (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27648851)

Accept Jebus into your life!

Mathematics, Alchemy and Regular expressions will not save you from an eternity burning in the fires of hell!

Re:Oh dear (4, Insightful)

WillKemp (1338605) | more than 4 years ago | (#27648443)

God is not going to ask Stephen Hawking what his GPA was, or how many department chairs he has held, or how many papers he has published.

Too right, it's not. It ain't going to ask him anything. Sorry to have to tell you this, but your invisible friend is just a figment of your imagination!

Re:Oh dear (4, Funny)

gnarlin (696263) | more than 4 years ago | (#27648647)

Also, the tooth fairy isn't real. Sorry :-/
However! Don't you DARE insinuate that the holiest of holies, Santa Claus, is just a children's story! Your feeble words will only make my faith in dear Santa stronger! Evidence smevidence!

Re:Oh dear (2, Insightful)

Headcase88 (828620) | more than 4 years ago | (#27648961)

Even most believers in God would agree. Why ask anything when you're omnipotent? (Except to pour salt on the wound, but that's just mean).

Re:Oh dear (4, Insightful)

Gerzel (240421) | more than 4 years ago | (#27648631)

Indeed. It does not matter how the man lived his life.

How many people he helped.
How far he helped advanced human society.
How many he inspired.
How selfless he was or was not.

What matters is if he asked forgiveness of the correct God in the right way. All that matters is the paperwork!

If the above were true then the rest would be burning on the side of Right.

Re:Oh dear (3, Insightful)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 4 years ago | (#27648981)

lol if you believe that you have no concept of kindness, justice, or love. (if God is truly like that then I will go to hell before serving him, where at least I will maintain a shred of dignity). This is where so many christians get off....what kind of bizarre test is it where you just have to accept someone, who you may or may not have even heard of? It's not even accurate according to the bible, the only reason Christ wants you to accept him is so he can teach you to be happy and good. He doesn't actually ever say "accept me" he says "follow me." Accepting him won't do much good if you don't follow him; following him will get you everywhere, even if you don't get his name exactly right.

And agreed with the other poster: stand up for your opinions, none of this anonymous garbage.

Re:Oh dear (3, Insightful)

fewnorms (630720) | more than 4 years ago | (#27648059)

Stephen Hawking is one of the greatest minds of the 20th century. The guy has achieved more than almost anyone on the planet, and all that while being completely wheelchair bound and having a speech impediment. Most fully healthy and able-bodied people can't even remotely come close to his intellect and insights.
It'll be a shame if this turns out to be his last hospital visit, but if it is, he knows his name will be remembered for a long, long time to come.
Good luck, mr. Hawking. I do hope you pull through once again.

Re:Oh dear (1, Funny)

0xdeadbeef (28836) | more than 4 years ago | (#27648353)

all that while being completely wheelchair bound and having a speech impediment.

Hey, most of us have American accents, you insensitive clod!

Poor Guy (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27647597)

All I can say is that I hope he doesn't have to suffer any more pain than he already has.

lol (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27647621)

sucks to be him!

diaf (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27647805)

idiot

WOW (4, Insightful)

PersianTech (1536911) | more than 4 years ago | (#27647635)

Watching some of Stephen Hawking's speeches is very interesting but takes over 3 times as long to understand what he is saying. He is that intelligent, when he dumbs it down its still hard to understand. My heart goes out to him and hopefully will get better.

Re:WOW (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27647887)

listening to his speeches is like listening to a homeless man (without the stink). Hate to break it to you, but he's a kook and every one of his "theories" has been disproven.

Re:WOW (3, Insightful)

PersianTech (1536911) | more than 4 years ago | (#27647967)

Yeah, I understand that maybe some of this theories were disproved, but stimulating the smartest physicists around the world to prove his theories wrong is somewhat amazing thing. Many people tried to disprove "theories" but that's the wonderful thing about science, the right to prove someones work.

Re:WOW (4, Funny)

Metasquares (555685) | more than 4 years ago | (#27648047)

Hawking radiation hasn't been disproved, and you'd better hope for the sake of the planet that he's right about that one when the LHC starts back up.

Re:WOW (4, Funny)

Hikaru79 (832891) | more than 4 years ago | (#27649011)

My heart goes out to him and hopefully will get better.

Maybe if your heart actually went out to him, this whole crisis could be averted in time?

Death announced before death? (4, Insightful)

networkz (27842) | more than 4 years ago | (#27647683)

I do hate it in this day and age, where people speculate before people die.

Report the news after it's happened, not before.

It's like akin to reading about Jade Goody demise.

Re:Death announced before death? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27647767)

I do hate it in this day and age, where people speculate before people die.

Call it speculation, but I'm pretty sure that the rules haven't changed in regards to death.

It's still 1 per person.

Re:Death announced before death? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27648713)

Apart for all the people who get resuscitated after clinical death. Oh, the people who get accidentally misfiled as dead by bureaucrats and need to spend months to prove that they are alive, they don't count either. Anybody else with more than one death that you're missing?

Re:Death announced before death? (1)

Cro Magnon (467622) | more than 4 years ago | (#27648855)

Apart for all the people who get resuscitated after clinical death. Oh, the people who get accidentally misfiled as dead by bureaucrats and need to spend months to prove that they are alive, they don't count either. Anybody else with more than one death that you're missing?

Zombies?

Re:Death announced before death? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27647779)

LOLWUT?

They're reporting on him as he is now, very ill and in the hospital. TFA was a brief article on BBC discussing what they knew about his present condition, not a link to the Death Clock.

Re:Death announced before death? (4, Insightful)

Keyper7 (1160079) | more than 4 years ago | (#27647809)

I understand your point, but please never make an analogy between something involving Stephen Hawking and something involving Jane Goody again.

It simply sounds wrong.

Re:Death announced before death? (-1, Troll)

dex22 (239643) | more than 4 years ago | (#27647923)

I dunno. Rumor has it Jade Goody had sex with Stephen Hawking because she wanted to be like Marilyn Monroe. Maybe he's got severe HPV? *eeps*

Hawking has proposed a solution (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27647693)

If we can launch him into space, and get him traveling fast enough, he'll seem to live nearly forever from our perspective.

Re:Hawking has proposed a solution (1)

Reason58 (775044) | more than 4 years ago | (#27647715)

If we can launch him into space, and get him traveling fast enough, he'll seem to live nearly forever from our perspective.

That is dangerous thinking. He could very easily create a Hawking Hole, and that would be the end of us all.

Re:Hawking has proposed a solution (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27647783)

I hope that is nothing like a goatse hole with infinite radius... ;)

Re:Hawking has proposed a solution (2, Funny)

xmason (206262) | more than 4 years ago | (#27647849)

I thought it was a fry-hole...

Re:Hawking has proposed a solution (5, Funny)

Reason58 (775044) | more than 4 years ago | (#27647909)

I thought it was a fry-hole...

HAWKING

I call it a "Hawking Hole".

FRY

No fair! I saw it first!

HAWKING

Who is The Journal Of Quantum Physics going to believe?

haha (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27647699)

how will he suck the cosmic cock if he's dead?

who cares.. he's been dead for years anyway. let the bastard die.

He is very sick (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27647741)

He can't move and can barely speak. He needs to use a wheelchair and a voice synth to speak.

Hey now, enough of that talk (4, Insightful)

Weaselmancer (533834) | more than 4 years ago | (#27647765)

...as a post-graduate he was told he didn't have much longer to live; he's now 67.

Let's not start gearing up for his death just yet.

He obviously has a fantastic will to live, or he wouldn't have made it to 67 with his issues in the first place. There is no reason to think he won't pull through this also.

The Facts (5, Insightful)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 4 years ago | (#27648051)

He was given 2-3 years to live ... at age 21 [wikipedia.org] due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

He contracted pneumonia in 1985 and would never speak naturally again as a result of the surgery to save his life.

When the odds are stacked against you, a "fantastic will to live" can seem pretty insignificant. I'm grateful we've had his presence for this long but these are the facts.

I'm not afraid to show Stephen Hawking we're shocked and mortified that we might lose him. I hope we don't but I'm not one to go through life with a "everything's going to be just fine" attitude masking my true feelings. I followed Robert Jordan's disease in mortified fear and I'll follow Stephen Hawking's progress in mortified fear. I would like him to know how much the world will miss him before it is too late.

I am grateful for all that he has done in stealing knowledge from the unknown and delivering it to mankind. I know my own personal state of understanding owes him a great deal.

Re:The Facts (2, Insightful)

Povno (1460131) | more than 4 years ago | (#27648317)

I second those thoughts for both Robert Jordan and Stephen Hawking. R.J. was a brilliant craftsman of the English language; and I think he knew he would be missed; given that he wrote until his body could no longer function. As for Hawking. He is the greatest mind of our time. He will truly be missed; but he will always be with us. Every innovation for the progression of mankind will be founded on the knowledge that he gave us. We will travel to the stars on the backs of his ideas.

Re:The Facts (4, Funny)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | more than 4 years ago | (#27648475)

I am grateful for all that he has done in stealing knowledge from the unknown and delivering it to mankind. I know my own personal state of understanding owes him a great deal.

Hey, now. Don't say that too loudly, or the Unknown Knowledge Industry Association of America will sue him into silence.

Re:The Facts (1)

DarthVain (724186) | more than 4 years ago | (#27648979)

Even if you discount his contribution to science, which is considerable he is pretty amazing.

As someone who has ALS, aka Lou Gehrig's Disease, aka motor neuron disease, run in the family (Gradfather died from it) and has read up on it a lot, it is remarkable that he is even alive, let alone a scientist of some repute.

By the time most are diagnosed they only live for a handful of years.

Anyway I hope he recovers from this and continues to lead such a productive life. Best wishes.

Re:Hey now, enough of that talk (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27648131)

Actually there are realistic reasons to believe he won't pull through the current episode. Human health does not improve by accumulating experience points from when one is sick or going through some harsh issues, in actuality it is quite the contrary for most cases, except for some viral infections when your body is able to develop a definitive resistance.

Re:Hey now, enough of that talk (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27648183)

That was exactly the point of that sentence. Usually Whooshes are reserved for jokes, but....whoosh!

A Legend (4, Insightful)

Lifyre (960576) | more than 4 years ago | (#27647829)

This man has been an inspiration to many people, myself included. He has inspired hope and shown the true courage and grit that humans can possess. Mr. Hawking has contributed man things to the fields of science and written some truly great books. His legacy will extend far beyond when he shuffles off this mortal coil.

I wish him the best and hope that the end to his current predicament comes swiftly, no matter the resolution.

Re:A Legend (5, Funny)

yascha (1526775) | more than 4 years ago | (#27648551)

Mr. Hawking has contributed man things to the fields of science and written some truly great books.

Can't fault someone that contributes man things.

Devine interventian (-1, Troll)

Kerstyun (832278) | more than 4 years ago | (#27647855)

He better make peece with the LORD and make ammend's for his hieretical book's like 'God Dilution' and 'Pandar's thumm'.

Post-graduate (5, Funny)

JaZz0r (612364) | more than 4 years ago | (#27647861)

...as a post-graduate he was told he didn't have much longer to live...

Let this be a lesson to all - graduating is hazardous to your health!

Good luck to him (1)

east coast (590680) | more than 4 years ago | (#27647871)

Considering how dire his normal condition is hearing that he is very ill doesn't leave a lot of prospects. I wish him the best. Hopefully the reports are an exaggeration.

At first... (0, Redundant)

courteaudotbiz (1191083) | more than 4 years ago | (#27647883)

I read the subject line which looked like "Stephen Hawking Is "Very III" In Hospital". I thought he was "Very 3", and thought it was a new movie, like the sequel of "Very 2"...

Re:At first... (1)

wastedlife (1319259) | more than 4 years ago | (#27648173)

I can see how you could have misunderstood that on first glance, but it is obvious that Stephen Hawking is playing the role of "Very III" in the new movie "Hospital". "Very III" is a zany medbot with a heart of gold(literally, who knew that common gold would be the material needed to stabilize cold fusion?) and Hawking will be providing the voice work.

STEPHEN HAWKING IS A FAG (1)

Asshat_Nazi (946431) | more than 4 years ago | (#27647925)

he likes the donkey cock.

i bet he likes the black hole too, even if his willy can't stand up on it's own.

I'm a big fan of his music (3, Funny)

Murpster (1274988) | more than 4 years ago | (#27647965)

Fuck the creationists! Fu-Fuck the creationists!

Re:I'm a big fan of his music (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27648023)

Certainly not! Do you want to create *more* of them?!?

Note to the BBC (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 4 years ago | (#27648007)

I'm pretty sure that anyone who knows who Hawking is knows of his disease and what it has done to him. Hence we already know he isn't the most photogenic person on the planet. Couldn't you find a slightly better picture of him?

futurama, schmuturama... (1)

martas (1439879) | more than 4 years ago | (#27648055)

steve is god. gods don't die.

Re:futurama, schmuturama... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27648987)

There's a Nile song that claims otherwise, give it a listen.

A long time ago... (5, Funny)

Jhon (241832) | more than 4 years ago | (#27648073)

I had the pleasure of seeing one of his lectures. This was before the breathing tube and voice synth. Honestly couldn't understand a word he was saying. One of his undergrads would translate for him. Went something like this:

Hawking: "hmm um mumb bllum blbl lun udn ummm mummb lum mum".

SomeGuy: "And we should see a large burst of gamma radiation."

I had a less than elegant friend with me who leaned over to me and whispered: "Wouldn't it be funny if the guy in the wheel chair was just some retarded kid and the other guy was a genius who didn't want noterity?"

Re:A long time ago... (0, Troll)

Dystopian Rebel (714995) | more than 4 years ago | (#27648467)

the other guy was a genius who didn't want noterity

Your English teacher must have been a Hawking of spelling.

Re:A long time ago... (1)

Joe E. Deacon (931058) | more than 4 years ago | (#27648879)

I had a less than elegant friend with me who leaned over to me and whispered: "Wouldn't it be funny if the guy in the wheel chair was just some retarded kid and the other guy was a genius who didn't want noterity?"

Gnnn n nnneh gknnn.

Quick get him the Nobel Prize (1)

MosesJones (55544) | more than 4 years ago | (#27648083)

What is amazing is that despite coming up with the theoretical basis behind the big bang and a whole bunch of other stuff he is still yet to win the Nobel Prize. Hopefully this is just Professor Hawking's way of making a VERY big hint to the awards committee.

Yes I know its about theoretical pieces that must be proven by experimentation, but surely the big bang is worth it on its own.

Re:Quick get him the Nobel Prize (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27648203)

I doubt old people don't care. Remember how Einstein won the Nobel Prize for something that WASN'T relativity? I bet it's going to be the same for Hawking if he ever gets it, that is.

he's faking it over embarassment... (-1, Flamebait)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 4 years ago | (#27648147)

His feud with Dr. Rick Marshall is becoming more widely known, and with the impending documentary detailing how Hawking has been proven so amazingly WRONG, it seems obvious this is merely a stunt to distract the scientific community. Pulling the illness card is a sad attempt at detracting from the release of this informative documentary [imdb.com] .

Still, best of luck, Dr. Hawking.

(Oh, and Matt Lauer can *eat it*!)

Re:he's faking it over embarassment... (1)

jnaujok (804613) | more than 4 years ago | (#27648513)

I think it's far more likely that Hawking found out that he was being connected to that vicious rape of a particularly good kids show (Isaac Asimov wrote for the show) and is dying from *that* embarrassment. Someone, please stop Will Ferrell before it's too late!

Re:he's faking it over embarassment... (1)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 4 years ago | (#27648761)

I remember the show from when I was a kid and 'particularly good' didn't really describe it.

'Decent' or 'better than most of the other dreck' yes, but not 'particularly good.'

I'll be going to see the movie with the understanding that other than having sleestacks (spelling? ... Do they even call them that in the movie?) and dinosaurs, it's not going to be the same at all.

Person that inspires (1)

SalaSSin (1414849) | more than 4 years ago | (#27648223)

Ever since i saw him at a lecture at ULB in Brussels, i have been inspired by the sheer willpower this man has, let alone his understanding of physics (even if some theories have been disproved).

Respect for Stephen Hawking, hopefully he'll get through this!

Breaking: Condition downgraded to "dead" (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27648405)

From the New York Times [nytimes.com], Prof. Stephen Hawking has been pronounced dead at the hospital in the UK. More details coming shortly

Re:Breaking: Condition downgraded to "dead" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27648751)

That's not true. Stupid prankster.

Decades Lost (1)

kenp2002 (545495) | more than 4 years ago | (#27648481)

I fear his death would set us back decades. With the LHC going online his loss would potentially leave a a vaccume in the world of physics, astronomy, astrophysics, and mathmatics.

Black Holes research among other astronomical phenomena (high energy) could gain a wealth of information from the LHC's test results. Without him for those early few years guiding the new generation through the initial results, I fear they may flounder and miss important initial indicators on WHERE to look setting us back decades. I have learned over the years that experience is crucial in research. Fresh minds innovate and take risks, experience guides those innovators on where to start looking rather then randomly sifting through data, while effective, is time wasted.

"Better to walk the path for a life time then to spend a lifetime looking for the path. Even when wrong at least you went somewhere. Where is the path you ask? Ask someone walking it." - Me.

Re:Decades Lost (1)

PacoCheezdom (615361) | more than 4 years ago | (#27648903)

So is science about scientists, or about the new understandings of things which are generated?

Certainly, Professor Hawking has made significant contributions to physics and astronomy, and his ability to do so while his ability to communicate became increasingly handicapped has been an inspiration to people. However, no matter how brilliant or inspirational he is, he's just one man. If science really still is about expanding human knowledge dispassionately, then others who are just as experienced but lesser known can just as easily come forward and help to understand the implications of the LHC results just as well as Hawking.

Brief History of Time (1)

tpheiska (1145505) | more than 4 years ago | (#27648611)

Magnificent book. I got a copy when I was under 10 years old and read it, changed my life. I heard a great quote concerning it: "It is one of the most bought, least read books in the world that every owner claims to understand". I truly hope he pulls through.

P.S. I understood the book.

In the end Gravity and Time get us all (1)

Walter Wart (181556) | more than 4 years ago | (#27648793)

Dr. Hawking can at least have the satisfaction of knowing that he took as many of their secrets as any man in history.
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