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Comment The UK, Italiy, Ireland, Germany; the list goes on (Score 5, Interesting) 266

Actually, this is what did happen in the US. The church kept records of known child abusing priests, and did not report them to the police. The priests were simply moved to new locations, instead. This is why victims were later able to sue the church diocese, instead of just the priest. The church was guilty of hiding the crimes of the priests.

The same thing happened in the United Kingdom, Italy, Ireland, Germany, and a whole host of other countries. This is not a US problem, it's a world problem. The timing of the last pope stepping down was quite interesting...a week after an HBO documentary "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God" was released for general consumption, linking both the current Pope and his soon-to-be-sainted predecisor directly to the pedophile coverups and worse. In fact, Pope John-Paul II covered for his good pedophile friend up until he died and passed the mantle on to Ratzinger. I wonder if they'll make St. Pedo, I mean John-Paul II, the patron saint of children and knock the other guy aside?

One thing is sure, mothers will still be carting their kids off to the churches, never mind the danger to their offspring. That, more than anything, illustrates the power of indoctrination and denial.

Comment Re:like anything else.. (Score 1) 580

We could certainly do with a lot less people going around saying Math is hard. That's defeatist thinking. Math is easy!

I think we need more good history teachers too. I mean, look at all the replies you got, and how none of them appeared to recognize your reference.
For those not in the know: Feynman caught a lot of flak for saying that math is easy. He qualified it by noting that it's easy compared to life. That's hard. And I agree.

But I think a sizable portion of our population cannot grok mathematics or hard sciences- they don't seem to be wired to do so. To me, that's strange. But some cannot twist their head into understanding that the order of factors are irrelevant, that you don't have to rotate a map, what an imaginary number is, or that time is not a global phenomenon. I think we just have to accept that many people won't be able to understand certain things that's intuitive to others, even if they can be taught well enough to pass tests.

Comment Re:As someone who uses GNOME 3... (Score -1) 181

what they could have done was not had GNOME 3 as an option or had them as exclusive options.

And that would create a massive mess of dependencies in weirdest places, along with a burden of supporting software that can not even be built and tested while some other software is installed, thanks to name conflicts. No, after this kind of sabotage by the original developers, the code is for all practical purposes dead.

Gentoo actually supports old packages (or at least did for a long time), however dependencies and lack of active development make it at best suitable for transition. The problem is, there is nothing to move to in the first place, new versions of GNOME are not going to be usable for the foreseeable future.


Dropbox Wants To Replace Your Hard Disk 445

Barence writes "Dropbox has kicked off its first developer conference with the stated goal of replacing the hard disk. 'We are replacing the hard drive,' said Dropbox CEO Drew Houston. 'I don't mean that you're going to unscrew your MacBook and find a Dropbox inside, but the spiritual successor to the hard drive is what we're launching.' The new Dropbox Platform includes tools for developers that will allow them to use Dropbox to sync app data between devices. The company's new APIs will also make it easier for app developers to include plugins that save to Dropbox, or choose files stored in the service for use within apps."

Comment Re:but that old code had to fit into 80 columns an (Score 1) 345

Back then, there was FORTRAN with one letter variable names, and COBOL in which you could fall asleep before reading to the end of one.

No, COBOL names are limited to max 30 characters.. That's nothing compared to some of the java monstrosities I've seen.

And newer Fortran, like F90, has a limit of 31 characters, i.e. longer than COBOL.

Comment Re:(The Real) Murphy's Law strikes again! (Score 1) 323

If only they had labeled, with the arrow, the words "up", and put another arrow down, with the letters "dn" for "down", then none of this would have happened.

Unless, of course, somebody else had, for reasons that seemed excellent to them, decreed that this particular sub-assembly needed to be assembled upside down. At which point you need a careful worker to decide whether Up and Down mean assembly or launch orientation. This is wh nautical types use Port and Starboard instead of Left and Right for bits of the ship. Perhaps rocketeers need similar terms for nose and tail (Hot and Cold?).

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