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Comment: Re:Weekly/Monthly Salary (Score 1) 1103

Ah, but you see many employees can't have a bank account. If your history with bounced checks is bad enough, no bank will ever open an account for you. Sad but true.

Excuse me if I sound like a troll, but checks are what my parents used in the early 1980s. How the hell are these still even present in the US today, let alone a dominant form of exchanging money?

Comment: Not git related (Score 5, Insightful) 192

by Rob Kaper (#43262513) Attached to: Too Perfect a Mirror

This is not a problem with git --mirror: rsync or any other mirroring tool would end up in the same situation.

It's up to the master to deliver the goods and upgrading a master should include performing a test run as well as making a backup prior to the real upgrade. This was a procedural failure, not a software failure. But good to hear disaster was averted.

Comment: Re:Sure... we believe you (Score 1) 389

by Rob Kaper (#43005707) Attached to: Islamists In Bangladesh Demand Murder of More Bloggers

From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves -- along with threats for failure to comply. This is occurring in:

False for The Netherlands. Yes, muslims like halal food and yes, they want it available. The food industry complies not because of threats, but mostly because 5% of the population is significant enough to cater to. It is no different from biologic food, vegetarian meals, etc. Now if one wouldn't be able to get bacon or pork anymore, that would be a problem, but the fact that aside dozens of non-halal choices there are also halal choices for sale is not an inorfinate influence.

Comment: Re:Before commenting, please remember... (Score 1) 389

by Rob Kaper (#43005631) Attached to: Islamists In Bangladesh Demand Murder of More Bloggers

The major difference is that when a Christian nutbag kills some people, in no part of the world is there a celebration in the streets. Whereas successful Islamic terrorism is in many places openly celebrated by whole communities passing out candy and cheering about how the murderers are heroes. It is intertwined with a culture of hatred and violence that is supported by communities.

Most of these celebrations are staged by interest groups. Also, many communities there are fed hatred through their governments and government-run media while having little to no alternative sources of information and no job or entertainment to keep them otherwise occupied. That is a problem, but I doubt religion is a major factor.

Comment: Re:More like 7-8 centuries (Score 4, Insightful) 389

by Rob Kaper (#43005467) Attached to: Islamists In Bangladesh Demand Murder of More Bloggers

But ya

Christianity grew up. It's not perfect, it still has plenty of crazies in various kinds, but by and large Christianity grew out of the crusades mentality. Islam by and large has not.

Islam in the western (read: prosperous) world mostly has. Almost all extremism has direct origins in countries with oppressive regimes or areas with so much poverty, corruption and inequalities that any person would find it hard to create a decent life under moderation. The average muslim in a decent environment does not resort to terrorism or hatred any more than the average non-muslim in such an environment.

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