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    Awesome!
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    Indeed. But some random thoughts.

    Thought 1:
    Unfortunately time is pretty much a human arbitrary creation that isn't even the same across different cultures. Our local time is not only meaningless, but also certainly an invalid way or insufficient way to measure the passing of time. As our descendants in millions of years to come will certainly agree.

    Thought 2:
    Somewhere, something happened to someone that will make them believe it's true that dates with funny numbers are omens.
    The programmer’s wife tells him: “Run to the store and pick up a loaf of bread. If they have eggs, get a dozen.”
    The programmer comes home with 12 loaves of bread.


    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    nice timing, was the 20:10 a typo or were you telling us about the upcoming event (in military time)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mario F. View Post
    Thought 2:
    Somewhere, something happened to someone that will make them believe it's true that dates with funny numbers are omens.
    the parents of these three children will certainly agree with you on that
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    A Michigan couple shouldn't have too hard a time remembering their children's birthdays.

    After all, it's as easy as eight, nine, 10.

    Or more specifically, 8/8/8, 9/9/9 and 10/10/10.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ಠ_ಠ View Post
    nice timing, was the 20:10 a typo or were you telling us about the upcoming event (in military time)?
    Not everyone lives in Central Standard Time. ... and before you argue this point by suggesting that the time isn't very important, than perhaps recognize that there is a "most important" time zone on this planet and it was 20:10 in that time zone at the time of the original post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mario F. View Post
    Indeed. But some random thoughts.

    Thought 1:
    Unfortunately time is pretty much a human arbitrary creation that isn't even the same across different cultures. Our local time is not only meaningless, but also certainly an invalid way or insufficient way to measure the passing of time. As our descendants in millions of years to come will certainly agree.

    Thought 2:
    Somewhere, something happened to someone that will make them believe it's true that dates with funny numbers are omens.
    Time is also relative, since it goes faster or slower depending on speed or gravity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ಠ_ಠ View Post
    the parents of these three children will certainly agree with you on that
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    I used to hear lots of stories from my grandfather of the early 20th century. I was always fascinated by elders stories. Anyways, it's fun to see that journalism hasn't evolved in 100 years.
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    The programmer comes home with 12 loaves of bread.


    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    > As our descendants in millions of years to come will certainly agree.
    How so?
    We already use multiple frames of reference depending on the scale of time being discussed.

    65M years ago, when the dinosaurs bit the dust, no one discusses whether it happened to be Tuesday or Wednesday.

    Similarly at the other end of the spectrum, when you're debugging code and worring about relative timings measured in microseconds, the calendar day is similarly irrelevant to the problem.
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    I'm thinking more in terms of a human population widespread across one or several solar systems. It would become unwieldy to measure time in local time. Nobody else would know what we are talking about and large the number of conversions would boggle anyone's mind. I think eventually we will want to shift to a universal time to keep a common calendar based on a unit that wasn't defined by a single planet solar cycle.

    But yes, for other applications, a calendar has no use.
    The programmer’s wife tells him: “Run to the store and pick up a loaf of bread. If they have eggs, get a dozen.”
    The programmer comes home with 12 loaves of bread.


    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    Well I tend to work on "internet" time quite a lot

    For example, I say "good morning" to people the first time I see them during the "day", regardless of what the actual "time" is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mario F. View Post
    I'm thinking more in terms of a human population widespread across one or several solar systems. It would become unwieldy to measure time in local time. Nobody else would know what we are talking about and large the number of conversions would boggle anyone's mind. I think eventually we will want to shift to a universal time to keep a common calendar based on a unit that wasn't defined by a single planet solar cycle.

    But yes, for other applications, a calendar has no use.
    Feh... that's what STAR DATES are for, Mario. Didn't the USS Enterprise teach you anything about intergalactic lifestyle?
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