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Connecticut Groups Cancels Plan to Destroy Violent Games

srw Re:now they can concentrate on ignoring mentally i (350 comments)

...except for the recent shooting in Oregon, where the shooter turned his gun on himself after a civilian with concealed carry pointed his gun at the shooter. (and chose not to shoot due to people behind the shooter) Funny the news never reported it that way.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Forces Google To Degrade Android Features

srw Re:Kill Patents (498 comments)

I think you need to brush up on your reading comprehension skills. If, as requested by the AC poster, we travel back in time with him/her to a year ago... May 22, 2012 hasn't happened yet.

about 2 years ago
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Analytic Thinking Can Decrease Religious Belief

srw Re:Awesome Jedi Mind Trick (1258 comments)

Joseph married Mary and, presumably, would have adopted Jesus as his son. To the Jews that should be enough to establish his legal right to the throne. Gentiles wouldn't buy that argument, so another way is also established.

Why do we "need" two accounts? For that matter, why do we need four gospels? Each one records different events, has a different audience, and more generally, supports a different aspect of Jesus.

Matthew is written to the Jews. It makes a pile of "Old Testament" references without really explaining them. The Jews would have understood. Matthew establishes Jesus as the Messiah, which is also a Jewish thing. (The Gentiles may not understand, and probably wouldn't care.) Matthew, as a government official, may have been skilled in shorthand, explaining why his gospel contains the most direct quotations of Jesus. To re-iterate the genealogy point above, Matthew includes a genealogy that makes the most sense to a Jew, to establish the Messiahship of Jesus.

Mark contains at least 7 instances where a translation is given for an Aramaic term. His readership was probably not Jews. (Aramaic being the day-to-day language of the Jews at that time.) Also, he includes a number of Latinisms... Latin transliterations, and idioms. His audience is probably the Romans. Mark is short and fast paced. It's purpose is probably to document the ministry and passion of Jesus. (the crucifixion story, that is.) This gospel begins with John the Baptist baptizing Jesus (a genealogy, of sorts?) and ends abruptly with the resurrection.

Luke is a very carefully researched document written for a Gentile audience. It establishes the humanity of Jesus. The genealogy follows his bloodline and also goes back to Adam rather than stopping at Abraham as in Matthew. Some have suggested that Luke together with Acts was written as a defense document for Paul's trial in Rome. Romans are cast in a more positive light in Luke than in the other gospels.

John is easy because near the end he states the purpose of the book -- "that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God..." John focuses on the deity of Jesus. This is also reflected in the "genealogy" in the first verse: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (If you have trouble with "the Word" being Jesus skip down to verse 14: "and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us")

So, why four accounts? Each one provides a different viewpoint that can give us a more complete understanding of Jesus. It's basically the same as why a police officer would ask multiple witnesses for their accounts of a traffic accident... each one may have seen something different, and when you put them all together you get a better picture.

more than 2 years ago
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Analytic Thinking Can Decrease Religious Belief

srw Re:Awesome Jedi Mind Trick (1258 comments)

Look up Moses' ruling to the daughters of Zelophehad. If Mary had no brothers, it would allow her father's birthright to pass to her son.

more than 2 years ago
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Analytic Thinking Can Decrease Religious Belief

srw Re:Awesome Jedi Mind Trick (1258 comments)

I _have_ looked into it and you're right. A little analytical thinking can shed a lot of light on this so-called conflict. First, Matthew was written for a Jewish audience. Luke was written for a Gentile audience. The Jews would know that the Messiah needed to be a "son of David." (descendant) The genealogy in Matthew, therefore, traces Jesus' "legal" right to sit on the throne. That is, it traces the male line from David. The Gentiles would recognize, though, that if the story of a virgin conception is true, Joseph was NOT the father of Jesus. So, the line is traced through Jesus' mother instead. In addition to that, in Jeremiah 22:30, we learn that "no seed" of Jehoakim (Jechonias in Greek) will sit on the throne of David. So, the virgin birth is actually a clever end-run around this curse. And, if you think about it, John 1:1 provides yet another "Genealogy" of Jesus, in a way. The more I've analyzed scripture, the more I've discovered that, at the very least, it is very carefully and cleverly written.

more than 2 years ago
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You Are Not Mark Zuckerberg, So Stay In School

srw Re:College is not an investment (438 comments)

Exactly. And the reason for that is the public school system is completely staffed by academics. It's also the same reason they cut the shop budget.

more than 3 years ago
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CIA Drones May Have Used Illegal, Inaccurate Code

srw Re:ROFL (279 comments)

Yup. And Therac-25 turned out to be operator error.

Until later, when it became clear it was very badly designed software.

more than 3 years ago
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Google's CEO Warns Kids Will Have to Change Names to Escape "Cyber Past"

srw Re:Either that (706 comments)

OR, it could be that you took that way out of context and the "thing which he did" that displeased the LORD was failing to live up to his obligations under "levirate marriage."

more than 3 years ago
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Working Toward a Universal Power Brick For Laptops

srw Re:Well... (365 comments)

and the orange/green light on the plug that tells us at a glance whether or not the battery is charged.

Grrr... I know I'm in the minority, but I hate the orange/green light used on so many electronics. I'm red/green deficient and it falls EXACTLY in my dead zone. I really, honestly, can't tell the two colours apart... even if they're right beside each other.

about 4 years ago
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Working Toward a Universal Power Brick For Laptops

srw Re:good. (365 comments)

Firewire has better latency than USB2 and is better able to sustain it's specced data rate. That is why it is still used in professional video and audio applications. Oh, and we also use eSATA for the same reason. (Yes, I work in that industry.) Other than that, I think you're pretty much right on.

about 4 years ago
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TACO Extension for Firefox Forked After Proprietary Update

srw Re:Mambo? (139 comments)

Maybe you've heard of Joomla! ? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joomla which was basically my point. Today, if you think "Free CMS" you'll probably think "Joomla!" long before you think of Mambo, who mishandled the open-sourciness of an open/closed joint project.

more than 4 years ago
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TACO Extension for Firefox Forked After Proprietary Update

srw Re:GPL better exactly how? (139 comments)

Hmmm... does anyone remember Mambo?

more than 4 years ago
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Why Intel Wants To Network Your Clothes Dryer

srw Re:Now how about... (330 comments)

You could just buy all the same socks. Then you'll never notice when a sock goes missing. (at least until you start running low)

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Photos Lead To Cancellation of Quebec Woman's Insurance

srw Re:Well yes... (645 comments)

Yet another reason why private healthcare must be stopped. Curing people doesn't come into it - it's about keeping them sick enough to stay profitable.

What? Do you realize this story takes place in Canada? (The land of public health.) This story has nothing to do with healthcare. She won't have her "healthcare" cut off... It's her "income replacement" payments that were cut off. She could end up destitute in a cardboard box, but the medical system will still take care of her health.

more than 4 years ago
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MySQL Cofounder Says Oracle Should Sell Database To a Neutral 3d Party

srw Re:Maybe I'm missing something.. (207 comments)

So, that's why Mambo has such a huge mindshare in the CMS world?

more than 4 years ago
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RIAA Awarded $675,000 In Tenenbaum Trial

srw Re:bankrupt then what? (492 comments)

You don't have to die waiting for surgery in countries with socialised health care. .... The option to pay outright for the medical procedure is, I believe, always available.

Not in Canada. The only way you can pay for healthcare in Canada is to travel to the US. (Which is commonly done by people who can afford it... and some who can't.)

more than 4 years ago
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Vista Post-SP2 Is the Safest OS On the Planet

srw Re:What planet? (1010 comments)

Too late. Mars already has several copies of VxWorks in use or recently decommissioned.

more than 5 years ago
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Linux Supports More Devices Than Any Other OS

srw Re:No surprise here... (272 comments)

Nice selective quoting there. Yes, it works for me. That means, it _can_ work. Now, what flavour of kernel is he running... it's an attempt to HELP, not just "dude, it works for me, you must be doing something wrong." Perhaps he doesn't want it to work. Perhaps he has an axe to grind with Ubuntu. I can't help that.

Hey, since you're so smart, can you help me get my LS-20 scanner working on my Windows XP box?

more than 5 years ago

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