Samsung Galaxy S Deals vs HTC Legend Deals ? Know and Select the Finest Deals

Samsung Galaxy S Deals vs HTC Legend Deals ? Know and Select the Finest Deals

When HTC Legend was released in the March, the world was struck with the legendary features of this great device. But it is not always possible in this fast growing technology of mobile industry that one single phone remains on top in its category for a very long time. The introduction of Samsung Galaxy S recently has created a tough competition for the HTC phone. The various features in both the devices are quite different that are providing the options for the users to chose the gadget of their choice after a tight comparison.

The Samsung Galaxy S wins the deals when you are talking about the display features of both these phones. The Legend has a 3.2 inches display providing the resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. But the Galaxy S got a bigger display of 4.0 inches with much higher resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. Another significant difference lies with the internal memories of these devices. The Galaxy S is having a choice of very large internal storage of 8GB or 16GB. While in Legend, the internal memory is of just 384MB.

The connectivity of the HTC Legend is tremendous and it is capable of providing great connection in all the GSM bands and HSDPA band environments. Whereas the Galaxy can provides the connectivity under the American version of HSDPA network also. The connection speed is quite strong with this gadget for all network providers. The difference lies with the installed processor also. The HTC Legend is having the fast speed Qualcomm MSM processor. But in Samsung Galaxy S contract phone, the processor is ARM cortex. With all these it can be concluded that both these phone are coming with great features under their category. But Samsung Galaxy S deals are getting a slight edge over HTC Legend because of its some features which are significantly better than the other phone.

Andrew wrote more article on  HTC Legend Deals and Mobile Phones

Samsung Galaxy S Deals vs HTC Legend Deals ? Know and Select the Finest Deals

Samsung Galaxy S Deals vs HTC Legend Deals ? Know and Select the Finest Deals

When HTC Legend was released in the March, the world was struck with the legendary features of this great device. But it is not always possible in this fast growing technology of mobile industry that one single phone remains on top in its category for a very long time. The introduction of Samsung Galaxy S recently has created a tough competition for the HTC phone. The various features in both the devices are quite different that are providing the options for the users to chose the gadget of their choice after a tight comparison.

The Samsung Galaxy S wins the deals when you are talking about the display features of both these phones. The Legend has a 3.2 inches display providing the resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. But the Galaxy S got a bigger display of 4.0 inches with much higher resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. Another significant difference lies with the internal memories of these devices. The Galaxy S is having a choice of very large internal storage of 8GB or 16GB. While in Legend, the internal memory is of just 384MB.

The connectivity of the HTC Legend is tremendous and it is capable of providing great connection in all the GSM bands and HSDPA band environments. Whereas the Galaxy can provides the connectivity under the American version of HSDPA network also. The connection speed is quite strong with this gadget for all network providers. The difference lies with the installed processor also. The HTC Legend is having the fast speed Qualcomm MSM processor. But in Samsung Galaxy S contract phone, the processor is ARM cortex. With all these it can be concluded that both these phone are coming with great features under their category. But Samsung Galaxy S deals are getting a slight edge over HTC Legend because of its some features which are significantly better than the other phone.

Andrew wrote more article on  HTC Legend Deals and Mobile Phones

Go Paparazzi with Nokia N87 12MP Camera Phone

Go Paparazzi with Nokia N87 12MP Camera Phone

Phone with the camera or camera with the phone, Nokia N87 12MP Camera-phone gives you the chance to become a photographer on your own.

I get a little confused and so will you, once you look at the Upcoming Mobile from Nokia. The giant of the mobile phone making throws rare surprises but when they throw it is worth catching. The Finnish mobile phone giants Nokia is ready to arrest those customers who like phones to be integrated with a high megapixel camera with Nokia N87 12MP camera phone.

Generally mobile phones come with an extent of 5MP camera but Nokia has enhanced the N87 with 12 MPs to penetrate into the market of high megapixel camera phones. It is not the end of all, the phone also consist of few other goodies in feature, as Nokia N87 12MP camera phone is mainly an entertainment device so it has some very good features of multimedia and other entertainment quotient along the 12 megapixel camera.

The device obviously sports a 12MP camera with the mechanism of capturing beautiful pictures. The Nokia N87 12MP camera phone includes Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash and Night mode capturing abilities with the camera to allow you to capture the best quality pictures which could have been possible only with a standard camera. The device runs on Symbian S60v5 OS (operating system) and powered by 600MHz ARM Cortex processor and 200MB RAM.

The device comes in two storage options of 16GB and 32GB in-built with the Camera phone to store videos, pictures and other documents. To make the most of the Nokia N87 12MP camera phone use the mini USB port of data exchange and sync it with your phone and the PC.

 

The Nokia N87 12MP camera phone produces 800 x 480 pixels images which you will rarely find in any other camera phone with a 3.7 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen for a better viewing. The phone provides a perfect output on viewing. The crystal clear screen of high resolution makes Nokia N87 12MP camera-phone a unique handset on all terms of photography.

Mark Bush is an expert author of Telecommunication industry and contributes his valuable thoughts for telecoms industry readers. Get Latest Updates on online phone shop, mobile phone deals, mobile phone shop, mobile phone offers, Cheap Mobile Phones, uk online phone shop & cheap mobile phones uk Free Gifts With Phones.

Archos With New Handheld Media Device Now With Internet, TV, and Media

Archos With New Handheld Media Device Now With Internet, TV, and Media

The new Archos 5 is the flagship model of the new range and has a high resolution screen making browsing the Web a dream and with a 5″ 800pixel wide resolution screen images are as clear and sharp as ever. It also means that you don’t need to zoom in and out on a web page like on the Apple iPhone for example as the whole width of the screen is displayed. With Adobe Flash 9 video support on board, you can also browse video-sharing sites such as YouTube with complete ease and speed.

Archos claim that with the ARM Cortex Superscalar microprocessor on board, Internet surfing is super fast and there is no page loading delays to be had. The Archos 5 is also the hub of all your communications, be they work or pleasure as on board there is also full email features, allowing you to send and reply, add attachments, manage accounts and keep in touch with all those important to you. Web TV and Web Radio is brought directly to the Archos 5 with no need to search as the most popular stations are found automatically for you. As long as Wi-Fi broadband is available the services and possibilities are endless.

A whole range of ‘Widgets’ are also on board ready for you to make use of such as a currency converter, weather forecast, note writer, unit converter, news reader, safe password and calculator. The Archos 5 will record TV programmes so you never miss your favourite shows and they can then be played back through your main TV. The Media Club allows you to choose movies and music options from a library of thousands. With the option of capacity between 60GB and 250GB, there is always plenty of room to store your favourite shows and music and with the new Archos operating system, you can listen to your tunes while surfing.

Nikki writes reviews and news on MP3 Players and TVs regularly for unbeatable.co.uk.

Russian Method To Build Muscle Fast

Russian Method To Build Muscle Fast

You may be asking yourself, “What is the Russian method for building muscle?”  The answers that you will find in this article may surprise you.

 

First off, let’s set the record straight.  The Russian method to build muscle fast is not about steroids.  In fact, it has nothing to do with anabolic agents such as steroids or human growth hormone (GH).  Instead, the methods laid out here deal with natural modalities that can be practiced by virtually anyone with varying degrees of experience and skill.  Let’s get started, shall we?

 

In 1947, the cold war broke out between the Soviet Republic and the Western world, the United State of America in particular.  During that time span (1947-1991), both Russia and the United States have contributed to exercise science in significantly different ways.

 

In the West, aerobic conditioning (with oxygen) was made top priority by the federal powers that be.  Americans wanted soldiers who could outlast their enemies on the field of battle.  Strength training research took a backseat to endurance research and that’s how it would be for four decades.  

 

The Soviets, on the other hand, saturated their efforts in anaerobic (without oxygen) research.  They wanted to unlock the secrets to strength and muscular power so that there soldiers could overwhelm their adversaries with unbridled force and quickness; endurance was an afterthought.

 

It’s only been in the last 15 years or so that the West has started to take an active interest in researching strength and power training.  However, the West will never be able to make up for the time that countries such as Russia have put into muscle training research and program design.  So instead of trying to forge a new and complex path for those of you who are trying to build muscle as fast as possible, we will simply take a page out of Russian research to find the answers we seek to build muscle fast.

 

When attempting to put on muscular body weight, you need to understand some basic principles of muscle physiology.  In this article, you will be introduced to one very important principle.

 

Principle 1: Adaptation To Stress

The body responds to repeated and abnormal stress by adapting.  Exploring Selye’s general adaptation syndrome or GAS principle, we can see that the body must first be broken down through a process known as “micro-trauma,” before it can be re-built to the point where the tissue is stronger and thicker than before. 
The nervous system will also adapt to a specific training regimen.  The frontal cortex of the brain needs to learn to streamline information between the nervous system itself (sensory intelligence) and the muscular system (motor intelligence).  In other words, the nervous system and the muscular system have to learn to work more efficiently with one another when performing certain exercises. 

 

When you can accomplish the aforementioned tasks, you’re on the right path to building muscle fast, or, at least faster than your competition!  Let’s take a look at an example of nervous system adaptation and muscular adaptation.

 

Nervous System Adaptation

Let’s take an exercise like the push up for instance.  Before worrying about trying to build up your chest, improve local muscular endurance, and perform maximum repetitions to failure, one should laser his or her focus on the performance of that specific movement – the technique or efficiency of form in every single repetition.  

 

Now this may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many overly eager exercisers there are out there who are looking to benefit immediately from working out.  They are so eager, in fact, that they focus less on the technical aspects of the movement and more on the “pump” that they create from high repetitions in the push up – we’re staying with the same example here.  However, if you took out a video camera and filmed their push up, they’d see themselves performing this movement with poor form.  Perhaps their hips are caved in; they’re not locking out their arms once they ascend to the top, et cetera. 

 

Break down each exercise that may be in your workout routine and try to perfect your technique.  It will help prevent injury and build more muscle in the long run because you’re able to train more frequently and intensely.

 

 

Muscular System Adaptation

Once the nervous system is adept at sending the right signals to the motor system (your muscles carry out the will of the nervous system), your muscles will fire with effortless ease.  Let’s take the same push up example that we used previously.  Now you are moving your body optimally throughout this exercise’s full range of movement (ROM).  You can manipulate your push ups by placing a weight plate on your upper back or simply by performing higher repetitions with strict form.  Let the growing begin!

 

 

 

SUMMARY

Hopefully, this article has served of some value for you and your muscle building needs.  Remember, to review and practice the techniques of each movement in your training program.  Once you get a kinesthetic feel for what’s taking place in each major joint while lifting, you will be ready to increase the intensity of the movement.

 

 

 

Matt Elam is a master level strength and fitness trainer in private practice.  Matt has helped over 200 clients shape their bodies into Greek gods and godesses.

If you are interested in finding an online training program that fits your needs, go to:

http://www.mattelamuniversity.com

ARM DS-5 – Debugging a Linux application on the Cortex-A8 Real Time System Model

Learn how to create a debug configuration for debugging ARM Linux applications, on the Cortex-A8 Real Time System Model included in DS-5. The model runs an example ARM Linux distribution included in DS-5 examples.

PARKINSON’S DISEASE & AYURVEDA

PARKINSON’S DISEASE & AYURVEDA

 

According to Ayurveda, most of the diseases of the vata system are essentially the conditions of degenerative diseases of the nervous system. The syndrome of Parkinsonism is commonly compared with Kampa vata (kampa literally means tremors). The syndrome was comprehensively described by James Parkinson in 1817 (An Essay on the Shaking Palsy), but the review of much early literature would show that syndrome strikingly similar to Parkinsonism were already known and were categorized among the vata diseases in Ayurveda.

 

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a heterogeneous and genetically complex disorder of largely unknown etiology. It is the second most common neurodegenerative disease in the general population. Approximately four million people worldwide are estimated to be living with Parkinson’s disease. Incidence of Parkinson’s increases with age, but an estimated four percent of people with PD are diagnosed before the age of 50.

 

The primary symptoms are the results of decreased stimulation of the motor cortex by the basal ganglia, normally caused by the insufficient formation and action of dopamine, which is produced in the dopaminergic neurons of the brain (specifically the substantia nigra). Four motor symptoms are considered cardinal in PD: tremor, rigidity, bradykinesia and postural instability. Other symptoms may include Gait and posture disturbances such as decreased arm swing, a forward-flexed posture and the use of small steps when walking, speech and swallowing disturbances, mask-like face expression or a small handwriting, depression etc.

 

Currently, there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease. Instead, therapy is directed at treating the symptoms that are most bothersome to an individual with Parkinson’s disease.  For this reason, there is no standard or “best” treatment for Parkinson’s disease that applies to every patient.

 

Ayurveda was found to be an effective treatment for patients with Parkinson’s disease. Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system of medicine. It has an integrated approach to the prevention and treatment of illness and tries to maintain or re-establish the harmony between the mind, body, and forces of nature.

 

A combination of Ayurvedic Panchakarma therapy along with the researched internal medicine can produce a tremendous effect. If patient is already on allopathic medication, these treatments can be combined with them. This treatment regime even proves effective in controlling the side effects of allopathic medications and is able to minimize the dosage of allopathic medications.

 

One of the best things with Ayurvedic treatment is- Ayurveda can effectively control the disease progression. An improvement in the quality of life of the patient is very much possible with Ayurveda.

 

If a patient can come in the initial stages before starting the allopathic medication, the results are wonderful.

 

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Lotto Nonsense?

Lotto Nonsense?

Lotto nonsense? By Mike L Anderson

I think it was at a church fete. I was around 12 years old. The game was darts. The board had red, green and white stripes. You could double your money if you landed on the correct stripe. I do not remember the bets. I do remember winning and winning big – for a kid, then. I began with coins and ended with notes. It was exhilarating. A small crowd gathered around and cheered me on. People love a winner.

Would you like to know the secret of my success? The trick is to choose the best game and strategy out of the many available. Consider national lotteries. Do they enable people to pass poverty by or do they pass poverty on? It is not enough to point out that they create millionaires and give to charity. To know what is going on, one has to see the big picture and for that one has to do the numbers.

Bad games

Consider the slot machine or so-called one-arm-bandit with its spinning wheels. Whether this is a good game or not turns on what is known as the “expected value.” It is a very important concept in gaming. Think of it as the long run average (Endnote 1). A game in which your total winnings equal your total losses has an expected value of zero and is called “a fair game.” Bandits are designed to give an average expected value of something less than 0. In the long run, players as a group will always lose. Casinos do actually want some to win – but only in the short term. Winning or seeing others win means you will come back to lose in the long term.

Long can be really long. I have written a freeware computer simulator to speed things up. It is called The Freudian Slot Machine (see the accompanying screenshot) and is available on my website (www.mikelanderson.com). Instead of pressing a button countless times, just one key press gets the computer to do thousands of bets per minute. You can watch your pile of money oscillate smaller and bigger and smaller and smaller and then vanish completely. It takes a few minutes to lose 1000 simulated bucks. To lose this amount of real bucks at a casino would take five or more hours of non-stop play (Endnote 2). The one-arm-bandit is a bad game. It is a supremely effective way to waste time and money – for the gambler.

For the casino, the slot machine is a supremely effective way to get money. A Las Vegas casino owner candidly put it this way, “When we put 50 machines in, I consider them 50 more mousetraps . You have to have a mousetrap to catch a mouse”(Endnote 3). Another Las Vegas owner said, “If you wanna make money in a casino, own one” (Endnote 4). Billionaire and owner of several casinos, Donald Trump, who knows a thing or two about making money, said, “Frankly, the idea of risking hard-earned money on the toss of the dice or the spin of the wheel seems slightly ludicrous to me personally” (Endnote 5).

Why don’t casinos design quick slot machines like my simulator? Human psychology. We remember the occasional win far better than innumerable losses (Endnote 6). They distribute the pain over time and we feel it less acutely. The trouble with slot machines is that the losses are not “human-sized.” Unlike a gun-toting bandit, the peril of the one-armed variety takes time and casinos go to a lot of trouble to sugarcoat the peril. Hurrah’s casinos track player’s losses and before they reach the predicted point at which the players will not return for more, a “luck ambassador” is sent to steer the players towards a pleasant diversion (Endnote 7). My simulator, in contrast, gives a quick whammy of reality. You only need to play it a couple of times to be put off slots machines for life.

Perhaps there is a better game out there?

Is the national lottery better or worse? Imagine a lottery that sells only four tickets at one buck each. The person with the winning ticket gets two bucks (the payoff). In this case there is a 0.25 probability of winning 2 bucks. On average a person can expected to receive (0.25 X 4) = 50c for every buck spent. The expected value is -50. This imaginary lottery is a waste of time and money.

In real lotteries, you get the same bad expected value ((Endnote 8). Real lotteries are also a waste of time and money. In fact, as bad as one-arm-bandits are, they have a far better expected value than state lotteries. People go for lotteries because all the attention (especially by advertisers) is focused on the payoff while nothing is said about the expected value. Indeed advertisers will encourage you to buy two tickets to double your chance of winning. How many appreciate that the poor expected value remains exactly the same? Lotteries are big on hype and small on mathematical explanation.

Professor of mathematics, Ian Stewart, says that the lottery “is a tribute to public innumeracy”(Endnote 9). A person playing Lotto every week can only expect to win the jackpot about once every quarter of a million years. The expected value is so low because the chance of winning is so low. For the South African National lottery the probability of winning the jackpot is about 1 in 14 million (Endnote 10). According to the National Safety Council, an American getting killed by lightening in a given year is more likely (about 1 chance in 6 million) (Endnote 11). If this is so, I hear someone ask, why do we hear so many reports about lottery winners and so few about lightning victims? Human psychology again. The former is of so much more interest to people than the latter(Endnote 12).

You do not have to wait a quarter of a million years to see the big picture. Download my freeware lottery simulator called Lotto Nonsense? In just a minute you can see the effect on your pocket of playing the lotto for ten years. It enables you to compare spending your money on a lotto ticket or putting it into an interest-bearing savings account instead. I have written another freeware lottery simulator called Lotto Loot? that tracks the effect of a lottery on a community. In this simulation you can manipulate many variables such as the propensity of people to play the lotto, the expected value, the number of balls and the size of the community. It demonstrates that Lotto players get poorer compared to those that save despite the occasional winners and despite being the recipients of the charity raised by the very lottery they played!

Unless they make a mistake, whatever the game of chance, the house or the bookmaker has the advantage over the player. This is why it has been said that, “A racehorse is an animal that can take several thousand people for a ride at the same time.” This is why journalist Jeffrey Bernard said, “In most betting shops you will see three windows marked “Bet Here,” but only one window with the legend “Pay Out”" (Endnote 13). And it is why Jack Yelton said, “There is a very easy way to return from a casino with a small fortune: go there with a large one.”

The worst game

From a Christian point of view, examining the payoff and the expected value is far too narrow. There are other more important things to consider. Take freedom for instance. Would winning a game give one more freedom? Dolores Macnamara won 77 million pounds on the Euromillions lottery. Death threats and kidnap plots have forced her and her children into hiding. All her children have been fitted with a personal alarm (Endnote 14).

Or consider being rich towards God. The trouble with winning the lottery is that many people have to lose money they need for you to win money you do not. And it is the very poorest that lose the highest proportion of their income. The National Prevalence study of gambling and problem gambling in South Africa for 2006 found that lowest income regular lottery players spent 7 percent of their income on the lottery compared to 1 percent for high-income regular lottery players (Endnote 15).

When governments promote both the Lotto and numeracy one has to ask whether they are innumerate themselves or simply wicked. God takes a very dim view of those that exploit the weak. “Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court, for the LORD will take up their case and will plunder those who plunder them” (Endnote 16). States are culpable before God for making losers out of their citizens through national lotteries. They may improve their coffers, but will lose far more. Perhaps they will inherit a bigger crime problem. One study found that pathological gamblers are three times more likely to have been incarcerated than non-gamblers (Endnote 17). Another compared crime rates in United States counties with and without casinos. The former showed dramatic increases in aggravated assaults, rapes, robberies and other crimes (Endnote 18). Or perhaps they will inherit more suicidal citizens. Reviewers of the evidence found that between 13% and 20% of pathological gamblers have attempted suicide (Endnote 19).

Just a minute I hear someone say. Scripture says, “The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD” (Endnote 20). And did not the disciples of Jesus cast lots? (Endnote 21). What if I prayed before I gambled? It is true that God is sovereign in all things including the goings on in casinos. It is also true that the ancients gambled. But God never instructs us to follow this example. To pray to win the lottery is to pray that others will lose. “Dear Lord, help me to break even. I need the money” would be a better prayer. But the best prayer is, “Lord enable me to spend my money wisely.”

From a Christian point of view, exploiting the weak is the worst possible game because not even death lets you off the hook. “Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment… .” (Endnote 22). The worst game to play is to let others lose money so that you can win. At best you end up rich towards men and poor towards God.

Why do we play bad games?

Biologists suspect that our propensity to gamble may be because has some adaptive value in a variable, natural environment (Endnote 23). Taking risks opens up new environments and new resources. The trouble is that propensities that are useful in a natural environment can be maladaptive in an artificial one. Being attracted to light works for moths on moonlit nights, but became suicidal after the invention of the candle. Humans are attracted to slot machines like moths to a flame and casino owners are taking advantage of it. Don’t get down on yourself if you have struggled with gambling. Instead, confess to God what needs to be confessed. Remember that Jesus died so that all your sins could be forgiven. Try to understand what it going on and look for a better game that rises above mere primal urges.

A better game – how to never lose

The reason for my little bit of success at gambling has little to do with skill or luck. It has to do with my having negligible opportunity to gamble in my formative years and early adulthood. I won because I did not gamble long enough to lose. An even better strategy is not to start. Since casinos and state lotteries do not provide a fair game, the claim that “winners know when to stop” and “you cannot win if you do not play” is more than misleading. It is a lotto nonsense. The wise motto is, “you cannot lose if you do not play”. The way to stop losing is to stop playing. There is a much better game out there.

The best game

From a Christian point of view the best game is to lose so that others can win. Jesus Christ lost His life so that we could win ours. His example reveals a deep and inspiring truth. To live for God and others is to really live. As He said, “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Endnote 24). You could do far worse than lose money from gambling – you could forfeit your soul. The trouble with gambling is that it denies the gospel. It focuses attention on self at the expense of others and for the here and now. How parochial are gambling diversions next to the grandeur of the gospel with its focus on God and others. Forget that piddly game called poker. How about joining a game that began in eternity? “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Endnote 25). Now that is a big game indeed!

Wait just a minute. If losing for others is such a good game, I should buy Lotto tickets because the National Lottery gives to good causes. By this argument, I should support tobacco companies because they give to charity. It is being softhearted and softheaded at the same time. One question to ask of a cause is whether and by how much the good outweighs the bad. It was in the context of giving (of oneself) that Jesus said, “Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves” (Endnote 26). It is best to play the best game strategically.

Let us apply this criterion to the Lotto. According to the National Lotteries Board website, for the current seven year license an average of only 30 percent of lottery ticket sales will be contributed to good causes (Endnote 27). This is not a very efficient way of giving. Furthermore, you will have given up your freedom to decide exactly on the causes to which to give. And you may not agree with what the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund considers the best causes. It gives a greater percentage to sport and recreation than it does to reconstruction and development. In 2007 it gave more than one and half million rand to the Castle Military Museum (Endnote 28). And through the jackpot you would be helping to give the few more money than they really need. Does this match your priorities? The National Lottery is not the best way to win money or to give it away.

But, I hear someone say, you have made gambling look like school homework whereas it is meant to be entertainment. It is about the thrill of the risk and the unexpected reward. Indeed, research has revealed that people engage in risky behaviour such as gambling to escape boredom (Endnote 29). The researchers suggest a better way of pursuing excitement – find something to live for. It works. I recall hearing about a novel social programme. They took felons and trained them in dangerous search and rescue operations. Instead of the excitement of a bank robbery, there was the excitement of rescuing people from a precipitous cliff. A former robber explained that he gets a better adrenalin rush now that he is helping people.

Gambling short-changes people. It is big on promise, but small on delivery. It is unlikely, but at best there is only a monetary reward that is left behind when we enter eternity. Many people do not see the big picture. They are like the soldiers who crucified Jesus – looking down at the lots they cast for His clothes instead of up at Him dying for them (Endnote 30). A far greater thing was happening than their little game. If you see the big picture, how about helping another that does not? How about persuading someone to serve Jesus rather than a slot machine? Explain that ultimately, gambling ruins whereas God restores lives. Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full ” (Endnote 31). Because it involves souls, serving Jesus is far bigger than the national lottery. Decisions taken for Him affect heaven and earth for now and eternity.

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(c) Mike L Anderson – PhD Philosophy of Evolutionary Biology (Wits University). Mike develops educational resources and software and plays Starcraft.

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Notes

1. Bluman, A.G. (2005) Probability Demystified. McGraw-Hill, New York, p. 83. Formally, the expected value is the sum of the product of probabilities of the outcomes and the value of the outcomes. Ashline, G. & J. Ellis-Monaghan (2004) The lottery: A dream come true or a tax on people who are bad at math? Primus XIV (4): 303-314.

2. This is with an expected value of -14. With a better expected value it would just take longer – assuming a negative expected value.

3. http://ffbookmarks.com/ betting_ quotes.htm

4. http://www.iht.com/articles/2000/11/ 18/booksam.2.t.php

5. Quoted in Goldberg, M.H. (1994) The complete book of greed. William Morrow * Co., New York, p.224.

6. Committee on the Social and Economic Impact of Pathological Gambling (1999) Pathological Gambling: A Critical Review National Academy Press, Washington, D.C., p. 244.

7. Ayres, I. (2007) Super Crunchers: How anything can be predicted. John Murray Publishers, London, pp. 30-31.

8. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lottery

9. Stewart, I. (1996) It Probably Won’t Be You,” Times Higher Education Supplement, April 12.

10. The probability of winning the 6 pick lottery can be calculated from the formula for combinations (nCr = n!/r!(n-r)!). With n=49 and r=6, nCr = 13,983,816.

11. http://www.nsc.org/research/odds.aspx

12. http://www.dartmouth.edu/~chance/ chance_news/recent_news/chance_news_12.03.html#item7

13. Quoted in Viner, B. (2008) The set of odds that all gamblers ignore. The Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/columnists/brian-viner/brian-viner-the-set-of-odds-that-all-gamblers-ignore-782516.html

14. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/ tm_objectid=16592986&method=full&siteid=94762&headline=lotto-millions-exclusive–the–77million-curse-name_page.html

15. The lowest income group earned less than R800/month. The highest income group earned more than R12000/month. http://www.responsiblegambling.co.za/media/user/documents/NRGP Prevalence Study 2006.pdf

16. Proverbs 22:22-23.

17. Grinols, E.L. (2000) Casino gambling causes crime. Policy Forum 13(2)1-4.

18. Grinols, E.L. & D. B. (2001) Mustard Measuring industry externalities: The curious case of casinos and crime. http://www.ncalg.org/Library/Studies and White Papers/Crime and Corruption/casinos_and_crime_grinols_mustard.pdf

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(c) Mike L Anderson – PhD Philosophy of Evolutionary Biology (Wits University). Mike develops educational resources and software and plays Starcraft. Website: http://www.mikelanderson.com

Besta 10″ Samsung ARM Cortex A8 Laptop prototype

Here’s a Smartbook based on the Samsung ARM Cortex A8 processor. it runs Windows CE 6. Made by manufacturer Besta. It seems pretty fast at browsing the web.

ARM Cortex A8 Review

cheaper then the iphone! and much cooler!