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1,234,567,890 Seconds Since Unix Time Began

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the epoch-making dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 187

os2man was one of many readers to let us know that later on today, at 23:31:30 UTC (30 seconds after this story went live), the number of seconds since January 1st 1970 will be exactly 1234567890. January 1st, 1970 marks the start of the clock for the Unix operating system and many other operating systems. Here is a list of celebrations of the moment around the world.

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FIRST (5, Funny)

Mogget03 (917514) | more than 5 years ago | (#26850997)

first post of newepoch!

Re:FIRST (2, Informative)

__NR_kill (1018116) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851013)

technically it's a dupe.
http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/08/2043206 [slashdot.org]

Re:FIRST (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851577)

Linux just isn't ready for the desktop yet. It may be ready for the web servers that you nerds use to distribute your TRON fanzines and personal Dungeons and Dragons web-sights across the world wide web, but the average computer user isn't going to spend months learning how to use a CLI and then hours compiling packages so that they can get a workable graphic interface to check their mail with, especially not when they already have a Windows machine that does its job perfectly well and is backed by a major corporation, as opposed to Linux which is only supported by a few unemployed nerds living in their mother's basement somewhere. The last thing I want is a level 5 dwarf (haha) providing me my OS.

Re:FIRST (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851639)

Congratulations. You have successfully written the worst Slashdot troll in history. Truly you are an inspiration to us all that in a sea of craptastickness that is the Slashdot anonymous troll, that even your suckage stands out like a shining beacon. You are so lame that you even fail at failing to fail and you have set a new high bar in utter worthlessness. Amazing!

Re:FIRST (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851739)

You fail it. That post is a very old cut-and-paste troll.

Re:FIRST (1, Offtopic)

Phusion0 (665359) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851041)

I didn't hear any gun shots or fireworks-- what gives?

Re:FIRST (1)

0xdeadbeef (28836) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851121)

Really? I saw fireworks [coolepochcountdown.com] .

Re:FIRST (1)

lobiusmoop (305328) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851175)

So did I, while on the ##1234567890 channel, good clean geeky fun.

Re:FIRST (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851359)

Um, the epoch hasn't changed.

Woo hoo! (3, Funny)

Eternal Vigilance (573501) | more than 5 years ago | (#26850999)

Happy 1234567890, everyone!

Re:Woo hoo! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851153)

With deep regret, I must inform you that the 1234567890GET on 4chan has miserably failed.
Closest contestant : http://img.4chan.org/b/res/116943628.html [4chan.org]

Re:Woo hoo! (1)

Niris (1443675) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851319)

You broke rule #1 and #2 *glare* granted... this is /.

Re:Woo hoo! (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851453)

Rules were made up by newfags.

nth post (1)

necrognome (236545) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851003)

Congratulations!? :D

should we collect screenshots now? (2, Interesting)

daniel23 (605413) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851007)

dp@tui:~$ perl -e 'print time(),"\n";'
1234567890

Re:should we collect screenshots now? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851073)

I prefer(ed):

while true; do date "+%s"; sleep 1; done

Re:should we collect screenshots now? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851207)

Why not just `watch -n1 'date +%s'`?

Re:should we collect screenshots now? (1)

SIR_Taco (467460) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851095)

1234568297
damn it I missed it!

zomg zomg let's party like it was 1111111111 !1!!! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851019)

n/t

Re:zomg zomg let's party like it was 1111111111 !1 (1)

mkiwi (585287) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851759)

I've always wanted to say to Prince (queue Dave Chappelle accent):

1999 called- it wants its party back.

Yay! (1)

stygianguest (828258) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851021)

Happy 1234567890-day!

Can't be good (3, Funny)

nizo (81281) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851027)

First I find out today is Friday the 13th and now this. I'm surprised today isn't some cult's doomsday.

Re:Can't be good (5, Funny)

SIR_Taco (467460) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851115)

Doomsday?! No way man, we're celebrating with some blue kool-aid! It's the only way to

Have a nice Doomsday! (1)

fm6 (162816) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851471)

Doomsday cults are based on weird ambiguous predictions by lost civilizations [survive2012.com] , medieval seers [wikipedia.org] , or some crazy dude who just knows how to rant in an entertaining manner:

I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. Having turned, I saw seven golden lampstands.
And among the lampstands was one like a son of man, clothed with a robe reaching down to his feet, and with a golden sash around his chest.
His head and his hair were white as white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire.
His feet were like burnished brass, as if it had been refined in a furnace. His voice was like the voice of many waters.
He had seven stars in his right hand. Out of his mouth proceeded a sharp two-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining at its brightest.
When I saw him, I fell at his feet like a dead man. He laid his right hand on me, saying, "Don't be afraid. I am the first and the last, and the Living one. I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore."
 

Against competition like that, some silly pattern in a computer clock simply doesn't rate!

Exactly 1234567890 seconds? (5, Interesting)

aj50 (789101) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851049)

At 23:31:30 UTC, the number of seconds since January 1st 1970 will be exactly 1234567890.

Except it won't because unix time doesn't account for leap seconds [wikipedia.org]

Re:Exactly 1234567890 seconds? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851113)

+1, pedant.

Re:Exactly 1234567890 seconds? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851279)

The correct information [slashdot.org] was modded -1 the last time this topic came up, and the wrong information was perceived as +5 informative by the mods.

Re:Exactly 1234567890 seconds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851877)

And my (admittedly sarcastic) reply [slashdot.org] explaining why the +5 post was bullshit scored 0.

Which is exactly why you shouldn't trust Wikipedia. The truth is not a popularity contest.

Re:Exactly 1234567890 seconds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851227)

not accounting for leap seconds is exactly why it will be.

Re:Exactly 1234567890 seconds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851425)

There are 24 more seconds than 1234567890 between 1970-01-01, 00:00:00 UTC and 2009-02-13, 23:31:30 UTC. According to the POSIX standard, Unix time counts exactly 60 seconds per minute, 60 minutes per hour, and 24 hours per day. UTC is a timescale which is kept in sync with the slightly unpredictable motion of this planet. To that effect, 24 so-called leap seconds have been added to the last minute of 24 years since the inception of UTC. In Unix time, a leap second and the following second have the same time_t value, so they're effectively counted as one second.

Re:Exactly 1234567890 seconds? (1)

qubicpotato (1477231) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851347)

I was wondering who sits and works this stuff out but, someone actually considers leap seconds and I realise my first thought was irrelevant!

Holy smokes (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851051)

I think I just came

yup, your mother confirms it: I just gave you all a pearl necklace

Epoch win (4, Funny)

VMaN (164134) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851055)

EPOCH WIN

http://xkcd.com/376/ [xkcd.com]

What is everyone drinking? (2, Insightful)

Pathwalker (103) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851059)

I've got 15 year old Laphoraig here.

Re:What is everyone drinking? (1)

jae471 (1102461) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851239)

Jag bombs with all the other engineers. The countdown in the bar was quite funny.

Re:What is everyone drinking? (2, Funny)

vyruss000 (525644) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851727)

Wasn't it actually more of a countup? :>

Re:What is everyone drinking? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851325)

30 day old PBR.

Re:What is everyone drinking? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851533)

Coca-Cola. You feel free to kill your liver. I'm working on my pancreas.

Re:What is everyone drinking? (1)

Hogwash McFly (678207) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851553)

Leffe Blond, Lefee Brune, Hoegaarden. It was on offer at the supermarket. What else is your average lonely computer nerd going to drink?

Re:What is everyone drinking? (4, Funny)

isomeme (177414) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851621)

378,683,112 second old Glenfiddich for me.

Re:What is everyone drinking? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851719)

Caffe' Mauro homemade cappuccino...

Timing == Everything (5, Insightful)

slimey_limey (655670) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851061)

Isn't it a bit late to be posting the list of celebrations?

Wow (5, Funny)

Hogwash McFly (678207) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851063)

Happy sequential Unix time day.

I am spending it drinking alone on a Friday night and wishing I had a girlfriend. How are the rest of you guys celebrating?

Re:Wow (3, Informative)

ed.mps (1015669) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851129)

same here

Re:Wow (1)

Uthic (931553) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851167)

Same..well ok not drinking, but definitely the girlfriend part.

Re:Wow (1)

miro f (944325) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851659)

you think you have it bad? In Australia it's valentines day as well, just to rub salt into our wounds...

Re:Wow (3, Informative)

AaxelB (1034884) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851233)

I'll also be wishing I had a girlfriend, but while drinking with other people. Most of whom are couples. Meh.

Re:Wow (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851839)

Me, too. Just don't tell my wife!

(Just kidding, sweetheart! ;)

Re:Wow (1)

HeronBlademaster (1079477) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851383)

I'm recovering from a stomach flu. My pregnant wife is watching TV while I work up the energy to play a video game to take my mind off the nausea. Tomorrow, assuming I'm recovered enough, we have a pregnancy class thing to go to...

So not much celebrating here :(

Re:Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851825)

I'm recovering from a stomach flu. My pregnant wife is watching TV while I work up the energy to play a video game to take my mind off the nausea. Tomorrow, assuming I'm recovered enough, we have a pregnancy class thing to go to...

So not much celebrating here :(

"Boo hoo hoo, I'm feeling a little nauseated." You've got a wife and child on the way; you're not going to get much sympathy here mister.

Re:Wow (1)

fishthegeek (943099) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851389)

I'm married.... so BSG it is!

Re:Wow (0, Troll)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851491)

I am spending it drinking alone on a Friday night

I cant imagine why you don't ahve a girl friend.

You want a girlfriend you need to be social and meet some. I mean, drink alone all you want, but don't complain about.

Re:Wow (4, Funny)

Joe Jay Bee (1151309) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851493)

I spend every Friday night like that

Re:Wow (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851547)

I am spending it drinking alone on a Friday night and wishing I had a girlfriend. How are the rest of you guys celebrating?

I have a girlfriend, you insensitive clod!

Re:Wow (5, Funny)

Cerberus7 (66071) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851579)

I'm spending it drinking at home with my wife. Pretty much the same.

Also, thanks to her, I didn't get to actually see the numbers change at coolepochcountdown.com. I mean, ffs, I've had this page open for over an hour, watching the time countdown, and you wait until 10 seconds before the pivotal moment to ask me to do something, causing me to look away ever so briefly and miss it? ARGH!

Re:Wow (2, Funny)

Ren.Tamek (898017) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851755)

First date in years :). It's like the gods of unix (linus himself?) came down from the heavens and sorted it out for me.

Or maybe I just asked her out when we were drunk, one of the two.

Screen grab. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851069)

Here's a little screen shot to mark the occasion [realfx.com] .

Happy 23:31:30 UTC everyone! (Oddly a 13th Friday!)

Thanks Unix! (1)

HartDev (1155203) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851087)

I am just really glad that there are some options as far as Operating Systems go, I am writing a paper about FOSS and how we can use it in education and how much money it will save, but most importantly, how fast technology can advance without being hindered by anti-competitive business practices.

In other news... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851089)

Joss Whedons new series Dollhouse will start airing today. Will be friggin epoch :>

Re:In other news... (2, Insightful)

rk (6314) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851733)

I figure Fox will cancel it after 13 episodes, just like they did to him last time. I used to think Joss was smart, but here he is, back with Fox, with a TV show with an interesting premise, and they've got him on Friday night again.

If they do it to him again, I'll be disappointed, but I won't feel sorry for him this time.

Screen grab. (1)

thesolo (131008) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851097)

Here's a little screen shot to mark the occasion [realfx.com] .

Happy 23:31:30 UTC everyone! (Oddly a 13th Friday!)

(I swear I didn't check the AC box, weird.)

Re:Screen grab. (1)

joggle (594025) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851593)

Yea, happy 1234567890 everyone! Looking forward to the next one.

Let's see, that would be 12345678900 or 12345678901 right? Hmm, that works out to 2361/3/21 19:15:00 UTC. Err, maybe not. Variables using 32 bits to store the epoch time would have blown up before then anyway.

Re:Screen grab. (1)

assert(0) (913801) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851731)

The next one will be 2147483648, THAT will be worth celebrating. Patterns in base ten are kinda lame anyway.

Re:Screen grab. (1)

joggle (594025) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851841)

Well, if nothing else at least a lot of us should still be alive to see that one (2038/1/19 03:14:08 UTC). That's always a plus in my book.

Grumble... (1)

AvoidTheNoid (772246) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851105)

I was hoping the nice Debian people would celebrate it by releasing Lenny. Grumble.

Next stop. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851127)

Next party is at Fri Jul 13 12:01:20 2012 (GMT) when UNIX time will hit 0x50000000.

Re:Next stop. (1)

mangu (126918) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851451)

And what will be the Unix time at December 21st, 2012 11:11 UTC [greatdreams.com] ?

Re:Next stop. (1)

e9th (652576) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851599)

Time to party like it's 12.19.17.19.19?

Re:Next stop. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851855)

$ date +%s --date="Dec 21 11:11:00 UTC 2012"
1356088260

FUCK YEAH (1)

EvilBrak89 (966478) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851145)

Posting in a legendary discussion.

Decimal bias? (1)

Sybert42 (1309493) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851157)

The binary milestones are more interesting. They might have actual implications.

I missed it (4, Funny)

ChienAndalu (1293930) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851173)

I wrote a countdown script but then I got confused. Guess I have to wait for the 64-bit one :-(

I was so close... (5, Funny)

Paul Wolfe (463392) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851289)

> time.pl
1234567889 (Fri Feb 13 23:31:29 2009)
> timepl.
timepl.: Command not found.
> time.pl
1234567893 (Fri Feb 13 23:31:33 2009)

Stupid typo!

Re:I was so close... (4, Insightful)

HeronBlademaster (1079477) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851411)

Most of us use command recall. Let this be a lesson to you.

Re:I missed it (1)

russlar (1122455) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851601)

Guess I have to wait for the 64-bit one :-(

Good luck with that.

Slow news day... (0, Troll)

278MorkandMindy (922498) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851257)

...well expect for the fanboys..

So I don't get "trolled"

Imagine that many linux machines in a beowulf cluster!

Google (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851285)

The google logo was changed for a few minutes to celebrate it, did anyone get a screenshot?

Re:Google (2, Informative)

CaptCovert (868609) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851429)

Is this [google.com] what you're looking for?

numerology: factors of 1234567890 (4, Informative)

cats-paw (34890) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851345)

123456890 = 2 * 5 * 17 * 751 * 967

Aaargh ! If only it had been prime.

Oh, wait just 1 more second.

1234567891 is prime :-)

Re:numerology: factors of 1234567890 (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851417)

sorry to break it to you but the set of even primes is quite small.

Re:numerology: factors of 1234567890 (5, Funny)

FrangoAssado (561740) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851615)

sorry to break it to you but the set of even primes is quite small.

True, an even prime is really odd.

I want a day off! (1)

macraig (621737) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851391)

Eh, call me when they decide to make it a national holiday and give me the day off. Bah, humbug!

Aquarius (1)

waterford0069 (580760) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851393)

And just before the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. w00t!

Re:Aquarius (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851545)

Yeah, there are barely 600 years left.

Re:Aquarius (2, Informative)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851555)

Unfortunately, living in a basement makes it difficult to "let the sunshine in".

It looks like (4, Informative)

fishthegeek (943099) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851433)

Google got in on the action too.... here's the screen grab.

Google 1234567890 [snipurl.com]

Dr Who! (1)

sbeckstead (555647) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851439)

Hey I'm helping run a Dr. Who convention this weekend in Los Angeles, we have our own TARDIS. I'll celebrate it as many times as I want!

In case you wondered what is special (2, Funny)

Bromskloss (750445) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851457)

about the number in question, I might have found an explanation. Consider the sum, as n goes from zero to b-1, for some base b, of n*b^(b-n). For the case of b=10, which seems to have a special meaning to some people, the sum results in the celebrated number.

drinking game (1)

Dan667 (564390) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851465)

every time 0 = timestamp % 0; drink! May be a short night.

Fucking aspie slashdotters (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851515)

Linux the fucking penguin will be 18 years old this year and still won't be able to get laid. You may have got your silly pooboontoo mini laptops but you still can't out eXPerince the Vista of Seven!

a -1 mod won't fix your kernel recompiler.

Trolls, telling the Truth since Linus Torvalds was in nappies!

23:31:06 UTC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851583)

2009-02-13 23:31:06 UTC - 1970-01-01 00:00:00 UTC = 1234567890 seconds. 24 seconds later, Unix time was the same number. POSIX compliant Unix time doesn't have leap seconds, but UTC does.

epoch = 0x49999999 is on monday (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851587)

% date -ud @`hextodec 49999999`
Mon Feb 16 16:51:37 UTC 2009

And no, 0x50000000 isn't one second after that.

list of celebrations... (1)

mevets (322601) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851671)

more like places to avoid.

Happy Unbirthday (1)

Stickerboy (61554) | more than 5 years ago | (#26851705)

Congratulations on your 1001001100101100000001011010010 seconds, Unix!

first post !1 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851721)

Frist perst !!!

Oh, fuck. it's not summer yet ...

google front page (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851735)

google briefly changed their logo the below graphic:

http://www.google.com/logos/unix1234567890.gif

My unix age (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851743)

Cool, I was born in the first year of Unix! Seriously, I may be the Unix messiah! I'll start by commanding "We must learn to forgive our fellow Unix people for their transgressions.*"

* except for Darl McBride

2,000,000,000 = May 18 2033 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26851853)

As here [aelius.com] .

Linux will be on the desktop in 2033!

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