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Comment: Re:No group "owns" any day on the calendar. (Score 4, Interesting) 681

by Bill_the_Engineer (#48689717) Attached to: Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

TBH, it doesn't matter, though you are incorrect on more than a few points: Saturnalia ends a few days prior to Christmas. Traditionally, Christmas begins on December 25th and lasts until Epiphany (January 8) - well outside of most pagan calendars, which centered around or ended on the Winter Solstice (Dec. 21).

You fudged the dates a bit. "Dies Natalis Solis Invicti" (Birthday of the unconquered Sun) was celebrated on Dec 25th. It was replaced by Christmas during the reign of Constantine.

Comment: Didn't change my default search engine... (Score 1) 237

by Bill_the_Engineer (#48506267) Attached to: Firefox 34 Arrives With Video Chat, Yahoo Search As Default

Just wanted to report my own anecdotal observation that after updating Firefox to 34, my default search engine remained set as "Google" and did not require me to change the setting.

I assume only users installing Firefox for the first time will get the "Yahoo" search setting.

The reason that every major university maintains a department of mathematics is that it's cheaper than institutionalizing all those people.