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Comment Re:Chop Off Heads (Score 1) 600

I'm not "giving Islam a free pass". As I said, if current Islamists keep it up, their atrocities will overtake those committed by Christianity "soon", on a historical scale.

Also, you seem to reduce all my points to a contrast of the crusades vs. jihad. The crusades are just one of my points.

The "expert" video you link at is a bit ironic considering that in the middle ages, during Islamic expansion, Islam was in general way more tolerant, progressive and enlightened in the arts, sciences and treatment of other religions than we (christians) were. And yes, Islam expanded and there were wars. So? The Mongols also expanded via war. So did the Japanese, and the Nazis, and the Roman empire, and the Aztechs, and the Persians, and the Greeks, and the Chinese red army, and...
Powerful empires made wars and expanded. Religion is just one of many reasons to do so. Not sure what this has to do with anything.

Comment Re:Chop Off Heads (Score 1) 600

Caused? This was the religion of their time.

I don't understand what you mean by this.

Also your comment shows a poor understanding of other cultures and religious beliefs and how they were used to manipulate people.

Sure, the powerful will almost always use their power to shape their world, and religion is a nice means to move the masses. But I find it difficult to imagine any other religion having caused quite as much damage as Christianity, which in its basic form incites bad conscience for many human drives and that advocates repent and corporeal punishment, among other things. I mean, which other religion worships a bloody, crucified dead man that was practically tortured to death? I find many things about Christianity are inherently violent to the point of being macabre. Enter a cathedral in catholic Spain and you are likely to find carvings or paintings of martyrs and the violent ways in which they died, which is regarded as something worth of admiration. During mass you eat "the body of christ" and drink "the blood of christ". I mean... Jesus!

For sure, you also had guys like the Aztechs, which conducted blood rituals and sacrificed hundreds of captives to their gods in a single day. But Christianity also "wins" simply thanks to its scale and global reach. No other civilizations have had quite the influence and global impact as the christian ones.

Comment Re:Chop Off Heads (Score 1, Insightful) 600

Historically, it's very likely that Christianity has caused the most harm to human beings and humanity as a whole thus far.
If you think about the dark ages, witch hunts, torture during the inquisition, crusades, sanctions against unbelievers, such as expulsions and acquisitions of their assets, forced conversions, colonization, abuse and culture shock of natives...

Most of this bad Karma was accumulated in the early to late middle ages, until the age of enlightenment finally put a stop to most of it. Of course today you still have popes condemning contraceptives, abortion and other modern solutions to age old problems, which is still creating a considerable amount of hurt.
Then of course you also also have fundamentalist christians, such as the "God Hates Fags" nutjobs, dishing out a sizeable portion of distress to some people, even today.

I think Islam still has some catching up to do if it wants to reach christianity's accumulated level of harm. But I have to admit that current Islamists are trying pretty hard at the moment. If they go on like this, they might catch up in only a century or two.

Comment Re:A-10 for the Win (Score 1) 473

One of my memories of visiting the US during a school trip as a kid, was meeting an air force fighter pilot in the airport of Detroit. I was pretty excited to meet a real air force pilot, but unfortunately I blew it when he told me he flied a C-130 Hercules and my reaction to it was "Really? Isn't that an old plane?"

I could practically read his aggrieved expression from his eyes as he told me that it ain't that old.

For some reason, that's one of the most memorable moments of the trip. :)

Comment Re:Action Required !! (Score 1) 382

Until basic common sense measures like these happen, then we can rightly conclude this is just another "climate change hysteria" study. If the government doesn't believe in their own studies, then it is wrong to use them to force actions on others.

You expect government to act sensibly?

And you propose we ignore scientific studies until governments take action?

Sounds like a recipe for doom.

Comment Re:I'll believe it when I see it.... (Score 3, Insightful) 52

Yeah, if you're a regular on Slashdot, it seems like we've been finding a cure for cancer and HIV for the last 20 years or so. Also, we will have a space elavator, fusion energy, flying cars and Linux on the desktop in just 5 more years!.

I realize this is amazingly complex stuff and that research takes time... but I really do hope that scientists are not just fishing for a Nobel price, and performing endless theoretical research without ever thinking about practical applications.

Comment We already have a great tool (Score 3, Informative) 127

Plants... they consume CO2, which seems to be the big issue in climate change.

How about projects to plant more plants in cities globally? Like forcing coal-powered power plants to surround their plant with plants? Plan to plant more plants in your plants.

Comment Re:Preach it brother (Score 1) 57

most people will elect to play something from the past 15 years rather than something from 40 years ago.

If you only look at the last 15 years, you will miss some great games, like "El Grande", and of course the classic, "Settlers of Catan" which was released in 1995.

Jeez, time passes quickly.

Comment Re:Linus Torvalds Isn't Looking 10 Years Ahead (Score 1) 108

Its probably worth mentioning, that the US is also no longer the richest country in the world by total GDP, when measured by purchasing power parity (PPP). It has been overtaken by China this year.

It is only the richest country in the world by total, nominal GDP.


GDP (nominal)

Comment Re:Linus Torvalds Isn't Looking 10 Years Ahead (Score 1) 108

FYI, per capita, the US is not the richest country in the world. Its about 10th place.

And if you factor out the wealthiest 2%, which in the US own almost half the country, and only consider average Toms, then the US would probably rank around 25th place.

And if you factor out how the US likes to spend tax money producing F-35 instead of reinvesting it into the neediest parts of the populace via social programs and welfare, then the US would probably rank around 30th place.

Comment Re:Software error ... (Score 1) 234

No, no, no, no, no! The concept of garbage collecting is a reaction to poor coding practices and reliance on it is laziness.

Not really. The concept of garbage collection is a simple one - if an object is no longer referenced anywhere, free the memory.
This makes perfect sense and also frees the developers mind from making sure everything is always deallocated. Thereby eliminating a huge amount of potential errors, such as premature memory deallocation.

But what many novice programmers don't realize is that you must still manage your memory in a garbage collected environment. Objects that are no longer needed have to be removed from collections - all those references must be cleared so that the memory will be freed.

So I agree with the second part:

Software engineers responsible for real-time, public safety software should be capable of managing memory in their code!

Software production is assumed to be a line function, but it is run like a staff function. -- Paul Licker