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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Jogar the Barbarian Poor Ingressors (364 comments)

If approved and enforced, this would probably eliminate 90+% of Ingress agent activity.

about 3 months ago

Prefab Greenhouse + Ardunio Controls = Automated Agriculture (Video)

Jogar the Barbarian Re:Feedback on presentation (117 comments)

Apparently they did (or somebody important did)... the video is gone. :)

more than 2 years ago

I believe humanity will first achieve ...

Jogar the Barbarian Easy poll! Immortality. (637 comments)

Through salvation in Christ, we *already have* immortality. Depending on when the Second Coming is, you may have to go through that messy death thing first, but the destination is worth the trip!

more than 2 years ago

Research Promises Drastically Increased LiOn Capacity

Jogar the Barbarian Re:The magical ingredient (378 comments)

"This enabled them, on ten occasions, to reduce the time it takes to recharge the battery."

(if that's even true. Didn't RTFPA)

more than 3 years ago

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

Jogar the Barbarian This says it all: (1521 comments)

"Nobody does it better."--so true! Thanks for helping me feel like I really had my finger on the pulse of the IT world... and other worlds besides.

more than 3 years ago

ATMs That Dispense Gold Bars Coming To America

Jogar the Barbarian Re:35 bullion? (482 comments)

Good grief, Americans spend ~35 boullion dollars on health care products annually, and Europeans still think we're "dirty"? Have you even BEEN to London lately?

more than 4 years ago

Dog Eats Man's Toe and Saves His Life

Jogar the Barbarian Re:How drunk do you need to be... (207 comments)

If it was necrotic, he would have lost all feeling in the tissue. Same deal with destructive frostbite.

more than 4 years ago

Data Sorting World Record — 1 Terabyte, 1 Minute

Jogar the Barbarian Re:One other area... (129 comments)

Was the programming language LOGO?

more than 4 years ago

Building a Homemade Nuclear Reactor In NYC

Jogar the Barbarian Re:Neat (219 comments)

If it weren't for Alfred Molina, there'd be no reason at all to see that movie.

more than 4 years ago


Jogar the Barbarian Yeah! (3 comments)

I'm getting the D2 error too.

more than 4 years ago

Adobe May Change To Monthly Patch Cycle

Jogar the Barbarian Re:STUPID ACROREAD ICON (76 comments)

I hate that too! It seems like I'm deleting the Acrobat Reader icon and shortcut every other day. I've submitted a bug report to Adobe three times already about that.

more than 4 years ago

Beijing Sweetens Rubbish With Giant Deodorant Guns

Jogar the Barbarian Re:News at 11! (111 comments)

And California sends in Tommy Lee Jones to take care of Will Smith.

more than 4 years ago

Beijing Sweetens Rubbish With Giant Deodorant Guns

Jogar the Barbarian Re:Spray on reactants instead (111 comments)

You imply the methane is stinky; on the contrary, methane is odorless. The only reason you can smell natural gas (from your stove and whatnot) is because the utility companies put odorants in it. (one of which naturally occurs human mouths, helping to cause halitosis)

It is possible to harvest methane for storage and later consumption as an energy source.

You can expedite (and deodorize) decomposition by turning it from anaerobic into aerobic by mechanically churning the mass. Unfortunately, that greatly complicates the methane collection, if you were also going to do that. :-\

more than 4 years ago

In 2009, I've donated (or will donate) to charity ...

Jogar the Barbarian Re:36% Zilch? (at the time of the post) (596 comments)

You may not be considering the right charities. Not every charity is a hand out; some are a hand up (tired old idiom not intneded). E.g. at my church we recently morphed the Benevolence Ministry beyond simply a food bank, since there are plenty of churches in the area that already do that. Now we're focusing on, as you would say, solutions. Job counseling, psychological counseling, finding temporary homes for those in need or victims of domestic abuse, and most importantly, spiritual counseling. The objective is "complete healing", not just fixing symptoms. It's because of that focus that I'm perfectly fine with donating four digits annually.

more than 4 years ago

NASA Tests Flying Airbag

Jogar the Barbarian This is a great development (118 comments)

One of the main hindrances (the primary hindrance?) to adopting widespread flying cars or other airborne vehicles is safety, and helping to keep people from killing themselves in spectacularly Youtube-worthy ways. The development of an advanced "airbag" like this will really help accelerate the dawn of "highways in the sky", IMO. (Disclaimer: I work for NASA, albeit as an IT geek)

about 5 years ago

No Cheap Replacement For Hard Disks Before 2020

Jogar the Barbarian They are way underestimating. (346 comments)

I don't know where they're getting their numbers, but based on data I've been collecting for the past 5 years, theirs are way off. A 14 TB drive for $40 in 2020? My data says by 2020, $40 will buy you 342 TB.

more than 5 years ago



Senate Bill: Gaining Emergency Control of Net

Jogar the Barbarian Jogar the Barbarian writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jogar the Barbarian writes "U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, a democrat from West Virginia, has (re)introduced the bill S.773 which would allow the president to "declare a cybersecurity emergency" relating to "non-governmental" computer networks and do what's necessary to respond to the threat. Other sections of the proposal include a federal certification program for "cybersecurity professionals". From the article: "Representatives of other large Internet and telecommunications companies expressed concerns about the bill..." Yeah, no kidding!"




Jogar the Barbarian Jogar the Barbarian writes  |  more than 11 years ago This is interesting. There is no "religion" topic category. Does that mean nerds are not interested in religion? Or that religion doesn't matter?

I watched 20th Century Fox's "Anastasia" again the other day. You know, the one where Rasputin is a bloodthirsty maniac who becomes a magical ghoul. As I understand it, Rasputin was a Christian mystic possessed of a supernatural endurance, and had the ability to calm the hemmorhaging infirmity of the Czar's son when he was around. When his political enemies tried to have him assassinated, he survived being poisoned, shot, and stabbed, before finally succumbing to drowning in an icy river.

There seems to be as much myth as fact surrounding stories of Rasputin. I can't say for certain if the stories of his miraculous power are exaggerated, nor the stories of wanton hedonism. But I want to use him as a jumping board to talk about his feats of Christian mysticism in light of what we now call Pentecostalism. Pentecost, called "The Feast of Weeks" or "Feast of Firstfruits" is the second holiest Jewish holiday, and literally means "50 days". It occurred 50 days after the resurrection of Christ, and was the onset of the Holy Spirit upon the earth (as chronicled in Acts 2:1-11), the promised "Comforter", and the "Power" that Jesus warned his disciples to not leave Jerusalem without.

Today, Pentecostalism refers to the class of Christian denominations which embrace the "ecstatic gifts", the "moves of the spirit", "manifestations", as described in I Corinthians 12:8-10. We believe the gifts did not cease after the first century--a common belief held my non-Pentecostal denominations. The most common of the gifts is glossolalia--praying in tongues (which is a personal gift; the cousin of this, "speaking" in tongues, is a corporate gift in that it, when followed by the interpretation (which is a different gift), serves the same purpose as a prophecy (yet another gift): a message from God to the assembly).

Needless to say, this phenomenon is misunderstood, even feared by many. If Rasputin truly excerised these gifts, he was surely feared by those who couldn't understand how he could do what he did. Nevertheless, all the gifts are manifested for our good... either ourselves, or those around us. Granted, the employer of a gift may have idiosyncrasies and shortcomings (which in Rasputin's case may be a serious understatement), but the gift *itself* is pure, as it comes from God. That must not be understood. God continuously works out for what is best for us, even when it's not what we "want".

Although I enjoyed the movie, it still galls me that it paints Rasputin as such a diabolical villain. If being a Christian mystic makes one a villain, then watch out... my church is loaded with them!

If you're interested in more information, please check this out. Lots of good stuff there. That's not my church, though; this is.


Dagoth Ur, dead at last

Jogar the Barbarian Jogar the Barbarian writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Given that Bloodmoon, the second expansion disc for Morrowind is out, I figured I'd better get my butt in gear and finish the main quest, considering it's been over a year since I got the game!! My adventures in Vvardenfell were interrupted by Fallout Tactics, Warlords Battlecry 2, and Arcanum, in that order. Anyway, Dagoth Ur is no more. And now I wax poetic:

A greater foe Dagoth Ur had not seen
When I brought an end to the dreamers' dream
The Blight is gone
As well, Akulakhan
And the Nerevarine reigns supreme.

"What are you doing?!"
Heart of Lorkhan destroyed
Tribunal rescued.


Radeon 9700 Pro

Jogar the Barbarian Jogar the Barbarian writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I shelled out $400 and got a Radeon 9700 Pro All-in-Wonder a few months ago, for the specific purpose of running Morrowind at a decent frame rate and visibility range, and I ended up playing Warlords: Battlecry 2 all the time, which as you know is a 2D game. Then, I picked up Arcanum for $20 in DC, and I can't stop playing the thing. It is 2D as well. Ironic!


"Stay As Long As You Like..."

Jogar the Barbarian Jogar the Barbarian writes  |  more than 12 years ago "...it would be a PRIVILEGE to speak with you."

I'm on Morrowind like ugly on ... you! =)

Seriously, why don't you have this game yet? Baldur's Gate 2 was pretty good. I liked Planescape: Torment. But Morrowind... it raises the bar, my friend. Way. Raises. Bar.

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