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Comment Re:Obviously bullshit statement there (Score 3, Informative) 397

I used to work with a couple of NASA subcontractors who talked about when they would code by flipping 8 switches and then pressing a button to push that single byte of code into the computer.

That wasn't uncommon for early personal computers either. Try this in-browser simulations:

Kenbak-1 Emulator

MITS Altair Simulator

Comment Re:Great. Now prove it. (Score 0) 253

"Prove what was said in the papyrus can be done" was the challenge [...] are asking a different question "Prove they did it"

I said, rather explicitly

"It could possibly have been done this way" is not the same as "proved it can be done"

The papyrus said so....that's all you get from archaeology.

Yeah, I think I'll look elsewhere for insight in to archaeology. Reading doesn't seem to be your strong suit, and I doubt you could have made it through half a semester at your local community college.

Comment Re:Pffffft (Score 1) 235

I keep one in the house, one in each car, and one on my desk at work.

They're inexpensive, often less than $20, and could very well prove invaluable in an emergency.

It's the same reason you likely keep a first aid kit all of those places, like I do.

Of course, unlike the first aid kit, the hand-crank/solar radio doesn't require regular replacement. They're essentially a one-time cost. The one I have next to me is more than 10 years old and still works as well as the day I bought it. It just seems foolish not to make those a part of your normal emergency planning.

That doesn't mean you should give up your phone. After all, you can charge it with your emergency radio.

Submission + - The inexplicable case of conciousness locality and continuity ( 1

Artem Tashkinov writes: Ars has published a monumental article on beaming in Star Trek and its implications, and more importantly whether it's plausible or not to beam consciousness without killing us in the process. It seems possible in the Star Trek universe, however currently physicists find the idea absurd and unreal because there's no way you can transport matter and its quantum state without first destroying it and then recreating it perfectly due to Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle. The biggest conundrum of all is the fact that pretty much everyone understands that conciousness is a physical state of the brain, which features continuity as its primary principle, yet it surely seems like copying the said state produces a new person altogether which brings the problem of conciousness becoming local to one's skull and inseparable from gray matter which sounds a bit unscientific because it introduces the notion that there's something about our brain which cannot be described in terms of physics, almost like soul. This also brings another very difficult question: how do we know if we are the same person when we wake up in the morning or after we were put under during general anaesthesia?

What do slashdotters think about all of that?

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