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By Jim Waldo; Geoff Wyant; Ann Wollrath; Sam Kendall

Retrieved on 29 December 2016 from http://web.archive.org/web/20161230044518/http://www.cc.gatech.edu/classes/AY2010/cs4210_fall/papers/smli_tr-94-29.pdf

Abstract:
We argue that items that engage in a disbursed approach have to be handled in ways in which are
intrinsically various from gadgets that have interaction in a unmarried deal with house. those alterations are
required simply because disbursed structures require that the programmer pay attention to latency, have a dif-
ferent version of reminiscence entry, and take into consideration problems with concurrency and partial failure.
We glance at a quantity of allotted platforms that have tried to paper over the distinction
between neighborhood and distant gadgets, and convey that such structures fail to aid easy requirements
of robustness and reliability. those disasters were masked long ago by way of the small measurement of the
distributed platforms which have been equipped. within the enterprise-wide allotted structures foreseen in the
near destiny, although, the sort of protecting could be impossible.
We finish by means of discussing what's required of either systems-level and application-level program-
mers and architects if one is to take distribution heavily.

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And when individuals claim to have received communications from the next world, through mediums or through seeing visions or apparitions, how much weight can we attach to these claims, especially as the fact that we may want the departed to contact us can leave us very vulnerable to wishful thinking and self-deception? Mediumship, through which the majority of these contacts come, must obviously be approached with caution. Some mediums receive their communications in a state of trance, while others remain fully conscious and a very few are associated with the physical materialization of the deceased.

1. I saw about me those that had been dead for a long time … Then I seemed to rise up and out of my body and come down quietly on the floor … There seemed to be two of me, one on the bed and one beside the bed … I was gently told [by those who had died] what had happened. 2. I seemed to be lifted above the usual surroundings. I was … with those who had passed over recently … I was not conscious of any change or of anything abrupt … I knew I was not on earth because of the long-lost people around me.

The majority of those who report NDEs claim their experiences have removed any fear of death – they have died once and know what it is like. In his investigations Dr Michael Sabom found that 82 per cent of his NDE sample claimed to have been left with a reduced fear of death, while 77 per cent claimed an increased belief in an afterlife. By comparison, only 2 per cent of those in a sample of patients who had not had an NDE during their clinical death reported a reduction in their fear, and none reported increased belief in an afterlife.

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