Author Topic: RIP Stephen Hawking  (Read 1805 times)

Offline Cavebear

Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #30 on: March 15, 2018, 06:04:59 PM »
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At least Hawking outlived Billy Graham. I sort on felt like celebrating when Graham went away.

LOL!  My first thought about hearing about Graham was "He was still alive?"  My second was "good riddance".  And I suppose that is how some theists think about Hawking and any other scientists...
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Offline Baruch

Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #31 on: March 15, 2018, 07:32:05 PM »
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Seeing the Christian retards gloating over the death of a great scientist on the various forums is pretty sad.  America seems to love the fruits of high technology but persecutes and hates the scientists who make it possible.   I can't wait for China to become the next world superpower.

They always were the superpower ... just study history.  The Europeans temporarily had more toys ... now those toys are made in China.

Americans perhaps would gloat.  Americans have always been low-brow.
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #32 on: March 15, 2018, 07:33:41 PM »
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At least Hawking outlived Billy Graham. I sort on felt like celebrating when Graham went away.

Billy Graham was too close to the powerful.  I never trust anyone like that.  Particularly if they are the powerful!

But will the science cardinals now meet, and elect the new Science Pope? ;-)
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #33 on: March 15, 2018, 07:37:25 PM »
Actually, it was You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login who was voted by his peers the smartest living physicist.
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #34 on: March 15, 2018, 07:45:18 PM »
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Actually, it was You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login who was voted by his peers the smartest living physicist.

I have read him and Hawking.  Physicists are easily impressed by hat tricks.  I am no longer impressed by physicists, living or dead.  Ask Dr Witten how M Theory is going.  It is about the same as declaring ... the best chess player, to be the smartest person (well they are in chess, if in nothing else).
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #35 on: March 16, 2018, 12:38:48 AM »
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I'm actually kind of surprised.  Why would anyone gloat about Hawking's death?  Did they confuse him with Richard Dawkins?
According to Dawkins, that did happen sometimes due to the broad similarity between their last names.  He says he's actually been asked where his wheelchair was...

Meanwhile, I offer: A Beer With Stephen Hawking
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Offline Shiranu

Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #36 on: March 16, 2018, 12:46:14 AM »
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According to Dawkins, that did happen sometimes due to the broad similarity between their last names.  He says he's actually been asked where his wheelchair was...

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That wouldn't surprise me in the least that people mistake the two.
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #37 on: March 16, 2018, 12:50:43 AM »
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Offline Cavebear

Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #38 on: March 17, 2018, 02:27:01 AM »
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A great image; a goddish type reaching HIGHER to offer Hawking wings of freedom and him declining...
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #39 on: March 17, 2018, 06:08:08 PM »
Some of these damned God-bothers make me angry:


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Offline Cavebear

Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #40 on: March 17, 2018, 09:58:55 PM »
I always liked the fact that his electronic voice was American and he thought that was funny, so he kept it.
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #41 on: March 17, 2018, 10:32:57 PM »
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I always liked the fact that his electronic voice was American and he thought that was funny, so he kept it.
He was offered new voices several times, but always refused.  He was so associated with that particular voice, he didn't want to change it.  It led to some problems later because the hardware and software were so out of date, almost no one knew how to support it anymore.  I seem to recall that it was DEC hardware, which pleases me immensely as I had long been a fan of DEC—the first computer I used extensively was a DEC VAX, and you always keep a soft spot in your heart for your first silicon.  :)
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Offline Munch

Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #42 on: March 17, 2018, 10:37:18 PM »
it was still amazing technology and amazing how precise he was using it

Offline Cavebear

Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #43 on: March 17, 2018, 10:44:40 PM »
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He was offered new voices several times, but always refused.  He was so associated with that particular voice, he didn't want to change it.  It led to some problems later because the hardware and software were so out of date, almost no one knew how to support it anymore.  I seem to recall that it was DEC hardware, which pleases me immensely as I had long been a fan of DEC—the first computer I used extensively was a DEC VAX, and you always keep a soft spot in your heart for your first silicon.  :)

I didn't know that, so thank you.  I can well imagine that almost any voice synthesizers would have loved to provide his voice closer to his original one, but I can also imagine how he came to own his "voice" and would be reluctant to change it.
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Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Reply #44 on: March 17, 2018, 10:56:35 PM »
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it was still amazing technology and amazing how precise he was using it
Around 2010 or so, long after DEC had been bought out and the vocoder tech spun off, Intel mounted a major effort to improve Hawking's system at the interface level, since changing the sound was not an option.  Over time, as he aged and the disease progressed, Hawking's 'typing rate' had degraded to about one or two words a minute; Intel was able to improve his predictive text system... but the DECtalk unit stayed, and the company that bought out DEC's TTS You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login.
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