top Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?
Actually, I still hear a rotary phone almost daily. Certainly a few times a week. At work I have a rotary dial that is used to select one of 20 phone systems' serial ports. Thanks to one of my predecessors, we have all of these digital phone systems' serial ports wired to one location, with an old phone-type selector to chose. Each spin of the rotary dial and you get a series of s from the selector as it moves to the next port.
It's kinda fun to think about, but I'll admit to REALLY looking forward to getting VoIP at work (finally!)
top Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life
Seems a lot of comments are focusing on how to actually do that 5-minute charge. Hardly anybody seems to have thought about the other aspects, especially the ultra-long life. If the batteries can last 20 years/10,000 charges/what ever, it seems to me this is a really good thing. I'd be just fine with a 1-hour charge, or even an overnight charge. Top off when I can, good to go.
top Michigan Builds Driverless Town For Testing Autonomous Cars
I am glad they picked a location that experiences Winter in all its harshness.
Sorry, Detroit is not Winter "in all it's harshness", unless you're specifically referring to all of the salt they put on the roads to dissolve your car over time. I lived in the Detroit area for a few years and would laugh at all of the complaining about the cold weather. Minneapolis/St. Paul got far colder in my mind. And this is just from south of the Canadian border. I'm sure they get much colder Up North.
top Millions of Smart TVs Vulnerable To 'Red Button' Attack
i.e. a 1MW transmitter used to infect a rather small area
Um, one megawatt could be used to hack a 'small area' like the entire United States. Perhaps you're thinking of a 1 mW (milliwatt) transmitter?
top Lawsuits Seek To Turn Chimpanzees Into Legal Persons
So long as we don't say "No" to them, we should be OK.
top VirtualBox 4.3 Comes With New Multi-Touch Support, Virtual Cam and More
I've actually had good luck with previous versions, actually. I have a USB-Serial adapter that I need to use for device management. The software, however, will not run on Windows 7 or higher. I've created an XP VM on the Win7 host that has pass through for the device. Works just fine.
I think I've done this for for a USB-HDD adapter as well. Works for the old laptop disks, for certain. I think for the SATA adapter as well. Haven't actually tried it for the normal ATA drives, but don't see why it wouldn't work. The HDD adapter has worked for both an XP VM and a Solaris 10 VM.
top 40-Million-Year-Old 'Walking Whale' Fossil Found In Peru
Similarly, that doesn't look like a
'baleen' whale, either. More like a toothed whale.
top Can Even Apple Make a Watch Insanely Smart?
I have to agree as far as the smartest post so far.
I was thinking about this over the weekend as I heard about all of these wonderful (planned/hoped-for) things in watches. They talked about joggers using heart rate monitors, etc. I was thinking that a simple blue tooth connection to the phone/hand device to send whatever telemetry. Let that device do the heavy lifting, then as GP said, send back whatever to the display as desired.
It really seems silly on so many levels to try to pack all of that into one little device on your wrist. If God had wanted us all to have Dick Tracy watches on our wrists, he would have made us all the size of the Hulk. Or something.
top NSA Still Funded To Spy On US Phone Records
Still is, last I heard.
about a year and a half ago
top Microsoft Is Sitting On Six Million Unsold Surface Tablets
So, roughly 6 tablets per
server? about a year and a half ago
top Google Demands Microsoft Pull YouTube App For WP8
Where's my pop corn for this one?
Sadly, though, probably won't be any fun to watch on our side. All corporate hiding in the back room stuff.
Ah well. The idea is nice, anyway.
about a year and a half ago
top California Law Would Require Companies To Disclose All Consumer Data Collected
The next step would naturally be to force the companies to correct the data that they have wrong. For example, one link mentioned a woman who lost a job because she was misidentified as having a criminal record.
Here's to hoping.
top Certificate Expiry Leads to Total Outage For Microsoft Azure Secured Storage
Um, so why is The Cloud(tm) such a good idea?
top IQ 'a Myth,' Study Says
So, wait. You mean we can't reduce a person's $VAR down to a single number? Color me surprised...
top New York Data Centers Battle Floods, Utility Outages
Information Technology is not important enough in the eyes of so many higher-ups. Until an unrelated complete campus power outage, our primary data center was situated immediately under the Men's restroom, complete with leaky pipes.
I'll just let that image soak in for a while...
top US Viewers Using Proxies To Watch BBC Olympic Coverage
NBC coverage has always sucked, in my opinion, even more so with Mr. Costas at the helm. When we lived in Detroit, my wife and I would watch CBC coverage from Windsor. Absolutely blew away anything from the States. One of the few reasons we miss the Detroit area. That and the regular water main breaks...
top New Mac Trojan Installs Silently, No Password Required
The backdoor component calls home to the IP address 188.8.131.52 every five minutes, awaiting instructions. The threat was created in a way that is intended to make reverse engineering more difficult...
However, blocking the threat is as simple as an ACL on your router...
top FDA Approves Self-Sanitizing Keyboard
Keyboards? No. However, I've heard of entire civilizations being wiped out due to lack of sanitized phones.
top How Doctors Die
According to the Bible, all who are in Heaven will at some point get new bodies. The Bible doesn't really say much of anything about what it's like in Heaven currently, especially as related to the questions you've asked. All of the following is pretty my my own thoughts. So far as I'm aware, nothing contradicts what the Bible says. Those who have better knowledge than me will likely chime in, if anyone's following this thread anymore.
So, here's what I currently believe: once my daughter and father-in-law died, they 'woke up' (for lack of a better phrase) in Heaven with bodies similar to what they had here on Earth. My best guess is that my father-in-law now has a body at least somewhat younger than when he was here, while my daughter has a body older than what she had here (really not certain on her body, though). In both cases, those bodies will be perfectly functioning. But I think there will still be a good age gap between the two. My daughter will be older and able to understand & speak whatever language is used in Heaven. If there were some way I could visit her, and still return to Earth after, I would be able to speak with her in whatever language; God would allow me to understand. I'd probably remember it as English, however. I have know idea what knowledge she would have now.
One final bit. The Bible talks about a new Heaven and a new Earth. These will be created at the end of time. Along with the new Heaven and Earth, I think God will give everyone that is in the current Heaven a completely new body, one which is our 'true' body, if you will. Again, I don't have a lot to go on here, just my best understanding of what the Bible and my own knowledge tell me. There is a book that was fairly recently published called "Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back" which I've read. So far as I can tell nothing in the book really contradicts what the Bible says. It gave me some of the ideas above, though some of the book I'm still trying to reconcile. Perhaps it will give you some hint of what Heaven could be like.
I hope this helps you, or at least answers some of your questions. Feel free to email/respond to this posting with more questions/comments. I'll try to monitor the thread over the next weeks for further postings.
top How Doctors Die
I feel the need to respond to this as a person that would be viewed as 'real religious'. I have had to deal with a similar situation twice in the last few years, once in my own home.
My father-in-law had been fighting a rare form of cancer for 10 years, and finally succumbed to it in January, 2009, after going down hill very fast in the last week or so of his life. As a family we chose to have home hospice come in and take care of him (and us) for the last few days of his life. We could have chosen to fight for him, but we knew it would be pointless and only cause him pain for what little time he had left. Instead he died peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family.
Last year, my wife and I found out that she was pregnant with our second child. At 20 weeks we found out the baby had a rare and fatal form of dwarfism. We could have chosen to go to a hospital with a NICU, so that when our daughter came they'd be able to whisk her away, put her under a heat lamp, put her on a ventilator, and perhaps extend her life for a few hours or days. Again, she would die in the end and we would not have been able to hold her for the whole time. Instead we went to our local hospital, with doctors and nurses who knew what was going on. We were able to hold her and love her for the 15 minutes we had with her while she was still alive.
In both cases, we chose to NOT go through extraordinary means to 'save' our family members. As Christians, we know that both of them were safe and will be in Heaven waiting for us. We miss them both, of course. But as educated, intelligent people, we knew that we couldn't save them here on Earth. We understood the pain they would go through if we tried. We also understood that we would feel pain and loss ourselves once they were no longer here.
I believe that those who choose to do that to their own family have not thought things through, or are in such a state that they are unable to. Or they don't want to deal with the coming pain of loss. Or they are so afraid of death themselves that they can't understand deal with it even in others. Or any number of other things. I don't think this has anything to do with whether somebody is 'religious' or not. It is a human thing.
Please do not assume that all Christians think as your one family branch did. There is a whole spectrum of people in any group. We are all human, and flawed.
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