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Comment Re:"it was used for children's writing exercises" (Score 1) 235

This is a very ... complicated matter. Hopefully I speak somewhat clearly. Errr... type.

Not one will pass away "until all is accomplished." And to be honest, I'm not sure what exactly Jesus is referring to there, but it "accomplish" sounds rather similar to "fulfill." Perhaps Jesus is talking about what He came to accomplish? But at this point, He is still giving the Jews a chance to *not* reject Him. He's talking as if He is not going to die, as if He actually will be accepted as the Jewish Messiah by the Jews.

Also, it is important to see who He is talking to. In Luke, He's talking to the pharisees. Justifying their own faults (REAL faults, according to the actual law) while simultaneously trying to make sure everyone else kept not just the Law, but the traditions.

This is why the rest of the NT is important, understanding why Jesus came (super short version, He came to Israel as their Messiah under/in the Old Covenant; but He was rejected, and a New Covenant was made that was not specific to Israel... hence the rest of the NT). Under the old covenant with Israel, what Jesus said totally makes sense. You can't say you don't have to follow parts of the Law. Furthermore, you can't wiggle around it like the pharisees (hey, I didn't sin! I mean I was angry enough to WANT to kill my brother, but I didn't, so I'm innocent of the law!).

But, yes, that changed. Jesus was rejected. Jesus still fulfilled the law. Paul, in Romans, goes through great lengths to discuss this, going back to what the law was even there for to begin with. The author of Hebrews does, as well. Paul even mentions that the Jews rejected Jesus so that salvation would be extended to the gentiles. In other words, since the Jews rejected Jesus as Messiah, a new covenant was made that was NOT with Israel specifically, and thus all can come, and without going through the Old Covenant (hence the lack of circumcision being necessary, as Paul makes pretty clear in ... now I forget which epistle).

For a Jew living in the Old Covenant, to say that one of God's covenant laws was not necessary? Blasphemy, pretty much.

"Unchanging" does not refer to God's methods or actions, it refers to His character. Unchanging, faithful, true, those would all be very related words. It doesn't mean that how God acts or deals with men doesn't change. Clearly, that has changed, since Israel was not around since the beginning of time.

Comment Re:"it was used for children's writing exercises" (Score 1) 235

"Scare quotes" were because simply saying what they said (the words) and leaving it at that doesn't necessarily indicate what they meant by those words.

Paul said "that stinks." Paul "said" it, but Paul actually meant "that is an unfortunate turn of events," not "that is unpleasant to my olfactory nerves" (or whatever it is that transfers smells in the nose, I'm not actually sure if their nerves now that I think about it, heh).

Comment Re:They HAD this service? (Score 1) 50

Ha, yeah. I realize my usage is not at all similar to people who take a lot of photos. I don't have tons of [high res] pictures or ripped movies or anything like that... and the movies that I have, I have the DVDs for, so I just do local backups for those.

Most of my ... I don't recall how much, 150gb or so ... *is* photos (since we got a decent camera) and music, and it's growing, but we're not going to hit 1TB anytime soon. I have more stuff like games, the aforementioned ripped DVDs, ISOs, VMs, etc., but I don't have any reason to back that up other than locally, since it is all recoverable.

Comment Re:"it was used for children's writing exercises" (Score 1) 235

Also, Leviticus is not just Hebrew law, its Christian law too. Jesus said so many times himself. Unless, of course, you don't take everything Jesus said seriously.

[Citation needed]

Seriously, though... this is a very, very simplistic interpretation of what Jesus "said." For example, what exactly did Jesus mean when He said that He didn't "come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it." And, of course, if you take the NT to also be accurate, then you have to deal with all of Paul's writings on the law, which are ... voluminous. And enlightening, as Paul often wrote to non-Jews, whereas Jesus was talking to Jews. Rightly interpreting what Jesus said, and why, requires knowing who He was talking to, why He came... well, and more, heh. He didn't just randomly show up and start speaking nice morals to a global human audience.

Comment Re: Obligatory.. (Score 1) 235

I am a Christian, and have attended (and continue to) churches that preach from the Bible, and endeavor to study it and to rightly interpret it.

Also, just in case you aren't familiar with the abbreviations, OT = Old Testament and NT = New Testament :)

Referring to out-of-context passages in the Old Testament (e.g., Leviticus for things about homosexuality) seems pretty common... unfortunately. It is not treated very well, and, as you have noted, pretty much just cherry-picked to "prove" one's point. It's often referred to as proof-texting.

I don't know exactly what you meant, but if you were asking whether that is a good thing - I do not think it is. Israel was a specific nation, with a specific covenant by God; some of the laws appear to coincide with, shall we say, a more universal standard of right and wrong that God has. Others were clearly designed to simply set Israel, as a nation, apart from other nations (e.g., not wearing clothing with mixed fabrics, or many of the dietary restrictions).

In general, I side with non-Christians who criticize Christians for pulling out random OT passages when it suits them and not other ones. Those who criticize Christians for that do, in fact, have a valid point. Christians should not simply pick the parts they like from a law given specifically to Israel and pretend they apply universally to humanity.

Now, that said... I am also of the opinion that there are pretty clear statements in the NT on things like homosexuality (and other sexual sins). And, to be fair, there are parts of the OT that are *not* specific to Israel, even if they were written TO Israel. A lot of stuff in the prophecy books (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, etc.) has not been fulfilled. A lot of the Psalms, which are just songs, were written by Israelites (primarily David) but often talk about God in generic terms, not Israel-covenant-specific terms... though again, one has to be careful when trying to bring out an application for a New Testament Christian.

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Comment Re:They HAD this service? (Score 2) 50

I had heard of this, but at the time, I didn't like their cloud software... I dunno, it just didn't integrate well with my phone, Linux, Windows, etc. OneDrive actually has a lot better support. There's even a little service someone wrote to have it do filesystem sync stuff on Linux. I think I only pay like $2/mo for 200gb or something like that, which is all I need at the moment... backup everything of value to OneDrive, backup everything of super importance to Spideroak, and also use Google Photos / Music / Amazon Music for convenience.

Comment Re:"More Professional Than Ever" (Score 1) 316

All the things you're complaining about aren't problems, once you know your keyboard shortcuts better.

I didn't say I didn't get around the problems. But saying "it's not a problem if you know your keyboard shortcuts" is ... I dunno, sounds like a Linux-forums response ;) ha. But seriously, I use a lot of keyboard shortcuts.

indows alt-tabs through everything, which doesn't scale well with large numbers of windows. Mac alt-tabs through applications, and alt-backticks through windows within that application

Yes, I am aware that's how it works and that is how I use it. I prefer the Windows way of cycling through windows, actually. I believe Unity also uses something similar, though you can change the alt-tab behavior somewhere in settings. Mostly, it's annoying when switching back and forth from terminal windows and something else... constantly having to cmd-tab and then cmd-backtick (or cmd-left/right to change tabs). Minor whining point.

It's ironic that someone who wants to install Linux, which pretty much entirely consists of little plugin tools to make stuff happen, hasn't bothered to go looking for the little plugin tools that can customise OSX for you.

I haven't spent a lot of time looking, I'll admit that point.

My biggest "technical" complaint is the package management. Say you download a dmg. You install it (which mounts it, which is a little weird). Depending on how it works... you either get an installer (cool), or a big window that asks you to drag and oversized application icon to the oversized Applications folder. Kinda weird. It seems to kinda be the equivalent to script or .bin installers on Linux... which are equally annoying if they don't provide an easy way to uninstall. ;)

And now that I've installed it that way, the accepted way appears to be dragging the icon to the trash. Ok... but that only works if absolutely everything was contained in that single folder. Which may not be the case (e.g., application settings).

And overall, I just find it to be ... kinda clunky. Even Windows .exe distributions tend to be better than that, either with an included uninstaller or using the Windows uninstallation stuff.

Comment Re:Can't Subscribe (Score 1) 204

Er, or a few. 1 gbps ... it's tricky to actually get good wireless speeds that fast...

I would probably use a wired router and setup X acess points, each with their own SSID, for each neighbor. Each neighbor would probably be limited to what, 300mbps throughput or something around there?

I guess modern routers can try to push more using... I forget what, dual band or something where it uses both at the same time, something like that.

Comment Re:Microsoft broke my scanner once... (Score 1) 220

I can't quite tell what you're asking. Are you asking if I've used a Linux distro? Yes... a significant portion of my work career involved using (and sys admin stuff, too) SLES 9.x+ and RHEL 4.x+, in addition to AIX, HP-UX, Solaris, and Windows. I've personally run OpenSUSE, Ubuntu, Mint, Elementary, and Fedora. I currently have a Elementary on a laptop (personal use), in a VM (contract work), RHEL 6 and 7 in VMs (full time job), and use a MBP for work. Which I wish ran a Linux distro, but I can't. :)

As for the devices themselves ... most of the unrecognized issues I've run into, to be fair, are with wireless network dongles, and it was a while ago. I was joking. I haven't had trouble lately, though I didn't even try to get my Fujitsu ScanSnap s1300i (according to link, it's technically possible, but looks like too much of a pain).

But, due to some other software restrictions, I really haven't used Linux as my primary home computer for a while, so I haven't been exposed to trying to use too many USB devices lately.

In reality, I would guess that Linux is a better bet with older USB stuff that conformed to standards, Windows with newer (but Linux will probably work, too, either out of the box or with some effort).

Oh, in the past I'd also run into annoying issues with USB drives and caching if you forget to eject, which I never ran into with Windows (though I've heard it's theoretically possible to encounter it).

Comment Re:"More Professional Than Ever" (Score 2) 316

Except when they don't work. Which happens.

Or when your shiny new MBP (from work) suddenly stops working, and you reboot, and it just stops booting partway. With no explanation. Or console output (that I could find), of course.

Or when you want alt-tab to cycle through all windows, not just window groups. I guess I'm using it wrong?

Or when you double click to maximize, but it only maximizes vertically and leaves a gap on the right side. I guess I'm looking at it wrong.

I could go on. There are annoying quirks. Sure. the hardware is nice (and overpriced), the OS seems generically stable (about as stable as my Windows 10 desktop), and it's an ok UI. But I would actually much prefer a Linux distribution on well supported hardware. I have my eyes on the XPS 13" from Dell (for personal use/contract work).

And don't get me started on the ridiculous package management - well, the lack of it (I mean when installing something outside of the App Store). Or even the funny installation process to begin with... :)

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