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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.


Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents 611

Posted by samzenpus
from the path-most-traveled dept.
KindMind writes According to AP, Waze has caused trouble for LA residents by redirecting traffic from Interstate 405 to neighborhood side streets paralleling the interstate. From the article: "When the people whose houses hug the narrow warren of streets paralleling the busiest urban freeway in America began to see bumper-to-bumper traffic crawling by their homes a year or so ago, they were baffled. When word spread that the explosively popular new smartphone app Waze was sending many of those cars through their neighborhood in a quest to shave five minutes off a daily rush-hour commute, they were angry and ready to fight back. They would outsmart the app, some said, by using it to report phony car crashes and traffic jams on their streets that would keep the shortcut-seekers away. Months later, the cars are still there, and the people are still mad."

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.

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