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Today Is EPOCH Day 15000

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the celebrate-round-numbers dept.

Unix 81

A great number of people wrote in to note that it's EPOCH Day 15000, so don't expect the post office to run, and I'm pretty sure the markets will be closed. And presumably your employer gave you a paid vacation day?

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Thanks Slashdot for your timelyness (5, Interesting)

suso (153703) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009176)

And if Slashdot would have accepted my story earlier that I tried posting a few times, you could have joined in on the countdown [day15000.com] and parties. Somehow, I knew that Slashdot would do this. Posting things after the fact.

Nevertheless, we had a pretty good party [day15000.com] in Bloomington last night with around 40 people, DJ, free pizza, cake and so on. We all had fun and it was a good social outing. Maybe someone will post a picture of our Epoch Day 15000 party cake. If I could get my phone out of this funky state its in I could post a video.

Official Day 15000 website [day15000.com]

Re:Thanks Slashdot for your timelyness (2)

suso (153703) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009246)

Hehe, slashdotting of that server is in progress. The load is at 37 and rising. It should come back.

Re:Thanks Slashdot for your timelyness (2)

suso (153703) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009344)

137. Way into swap. Trying to recover. And believe it or not but I tried to make the machine beefy enough to handle this. Underestimated.

Re:Thanks Slashdot for your timelyness (3, Insightful)

mbreitba (662883) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009402)

Static pages FTW.

Re:Thanks Slashdot for your timelyness (2)

Neil Hodges (960909) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009554)

I'd recommend either static pages (nginx) or a highly-scalable asynchronous dynamic web server (like Tornado).

Re:Thanks Slashdot for your timelyness (2)

Terrasque (796014) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009642)

An alternative could be a Varnish [varnish-cache.org] in front, with lets say... 1 hour cache for anon users?

Re:Thanks Slashdot for your timelyness (3, Funny)

memojuez (910304) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009770)

It went down hard

The URL gives you this message

Hello Slashdotters and your almight power of click. Thanks for coming to the site. If you can wait about 30 minutes, we'll have it back up.

BTW, we tried to plan for a Slashdotting as much as we could when we setup the server for the site. Apparently still not enough.

Re:Thanks Slashdot for your timelyness (2)

suso (153703) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009262)

Here we go, a picture of the cake. Nothing spectacular, but it was fun having it made and eating it.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kmakice/5389054539/ [flickr.com]

Re:Thanks Slashdot for your timelyness (2)

suso (153703) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009408)

Here is a video of the countdown

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDat2pZi07M [youtube.com]

Thanks Kevin Makice.

Re:Thanks Slashdot for your timelyness (4, Funny)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 3 years ago | (#35010154)

Hello Slashdotters and your almight power of click. Thanks for coming to the site. If you can wait about 30 minutes, we'll have it back up.

BTW, we tried to plan for a Slashdotting as much as we could when we setup the server for the site. Apparently still not enough.

I call BS. We all know nobody reads TFA. This post is a lie, just like the cake!

This explains it! (2)

goombah99 (560566) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009336)

Well obviously the Epoch switch delayed processing of your story. Moreover I suspect it also explains why the slashdot's look changed and now seems to be a broken interface, only showing some of the comments.

So that is why my fiancée came by! (1)

Suki I (1546431) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009404)

We usually don't have surprise dates on "school nights". I thought he just wanted to keep me away from the State of the Union Show so I would not be grumpy the rest of the week.

Re:Thanks Slashdot for your timelyness (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009454)

Nevertheless, we had a pretty good party [day15000.com] in Bloomington last night with around 40 people, DJ, free pizza, cake and so on. We all had fun and it was a good social outing

Oh, I can only imagine just how off the scale the geek-meter was for that one.

Good times, good times. ;-P

Re:Thanks Slashdot for your timelyness (2)

PatPending (953482) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009606)

In addition: if Slashdot had accepted your spelling of "epoch" (including in your sig) instead of using the acronym EPOCH, Slashdot might not have confused our European friends with the reference to the European Program On Climatology And Natural Hazards.

Re:Thanks Slashdot for your timelyness (1)

Straterra (1045994) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009696)

If I would have known about the party, I would have been there too.

Nice sysop response ... Re:Thanks Slashdot ... (1)

lawhack (637114) | more than 3 years ago | (#35011168)

Hats off to the classy approach to being swamped by /. linkage: http://twitpic.com/3tmjo6 [twitpic.com] Grace under pressure. Cheers!

Re:Thanks Slashdot for your timelyness (1)

digitalPhant0m (1424687) | more than 3 years ago | (#35014998)

Don't you mean you invited 38 nerds and a couple homely fat chick's to celebrate geek day?

See people, this is what happens when Comic Con or Star Trek Con aren't in town, and the local dungeon master is on vacation.

Aaaand... (-1, Troll)

Magada (741361) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009190)

Despite this all-important milestone in our lives, the new /. still sucks.

Re:Aaaand... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35009380)

"You'll get over it"

Re:Aaaand... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35009418)

Get thee back to Fark!

Re:Aaaand... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35009688)

Yo mamma is so fat, she sucks. Oh wait...

happy bday to me. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35009248)

And it's my birthday. If only I were 15 again... =/

Born on the Epoch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35010018)

Well at least on the day anyway... around 10 AM in the morning. Parents had hoped for a just-after-midnight birth on 1-1-1970, but that didn't happen.

Re:Born on the Epoch (1)

KlomDark (6370) | more than 3 years ago | (#35014794)

BORN on the EEEE-Pok!!

// Apologies to CCR

I congratulate your Epoch and raise it an Eon (1)

unity100 (970058) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009258)

By using "Appendages of Dawn", of course.

Of course my employer gave me a paid vacation day (4, Informative)

Nursie (632944) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009308)

It's Australia Day you insensitive clod!

So EPOCH day 15000 was marked with a trip to the beach, beer and a barbie.

Re:Of course my employer gave me a paid vacation d (3, Funny)

garyok (218493) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009588)

It's also Republic Day here in India too, celebrating them (I'm just visiting from London) finally ratifying their own constitution and throwing off the last of the laws imposed on them by the perfidious British oppressors. Having witnessed the independence of spirit and disdain for tyrannical rules most Indians exhibit on the road first-hand (like, you know, all driving the same way along a carriageway), I'm frankly amazed the Raj lasted longer than a day and a half.

Re:Of course my employer gave me a paid vacation d (1)

Darinbob (1142669) | more than 3 years ago | (#35012550)

Over here it's "stop wasting time on slashdot and get back to work!" day.

Re:Of course my employer gave me a paid vacation d (1)

laddiebuck (868690) | more than 3 years ago | (#35014954)

Actually most of the laws are still in place. I mean, the legal foundation of India was built during the Raj (as were the railways and goodness knows what else).

Re:Of course my employer gave me a paid vacation d (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009634)

Every day is a holiday somewhere in the world.

Today is also:

Duarte Day: Dominican Republic
Foundation Day: (Santos) Brazil
Republic Day: India

Earth Calendar for today [earthcalendar.net] .

Re:Of course my employer gave me a paid vacation d (1)

MikeDirnt69 (1105185) | more than 3 years ago | (#35010334)

Anonymous Coward Day: Cowardland

Re:Of course my employer gave me a paid vacation d (1)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 3 years ago | (#35015920)

no, there are days that are not holidays anywhere. For example, 30 January 2011, not a holiday anywhere. It happens to be an "awareness day", World Leprosy Day, but that doesn't count as a "holiday".

Re:Of course my employer gave me a paid vacation d (1, Troll)

decoy256 (1335427) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009964)

You celebrated by "having" an 8 inch not-quite-human-proportioned plastic doll? You aussies have strange traditions.

Re:Of course my employer gave me a paid vacation d (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35015610)

Go, ask our Aussie friend if he's wearing a thong :) (Jandel to us Kiwis, flip-flop I believe in North America)

Re:Of course my employer gave me a paid vacation d (1)

PRMan (959735) | more than 3 years ago | (#35011992)

It's Australia Day you insensitive clod!

So EPOCH day 15000 was marked with a trip to the beach, beer and a barbie.

You went to the beach with a tall, plastic blonde?

Re:Of course my employer gave me a paid vacation d (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35016910)

Maaaate!! yeah me too. And don't forget the fireworks, I bet no-one else had such a big bash for Epoch Day 15000.

Re:Of course my employer gave me a paid vacation d (1)

lazybeam (162300) | more than 3 years ago | (#35018344)

So yes, a paid holiday for us! Though the 27th is now almost over...

Whats the big deal? (5, Interesting)

rossdee (243626) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009378)

Whats so special about the number 15000 ? I could understand if it was 10000 or 100000 or, for more binary based folks 16383 or 16384, but 15000?

Re:Whats the big deal? (1)

eepok (545733) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009578)

Moreover, what's the reason for counting days from an arbitrary date?

Re:Whats the big deal? (4, Funny)

MightyYar (622222) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009928)

It's to fuck with future civilizations. Though, to be truly effective, you need an ominous and arbitrary end date as well.

It worked for the Mayans!

Re:End Date (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 3 years ago | (#35010812)

The Christians had Y2K, but nothing awful happened.

I'm a bit more frightened of the events leading up to the runup to 12-12-12 though.

(But does the Mayan ruckus count the calendar switch in the middle ages?)

Re:End Date (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35010944)

Uh, that applied to anyone using computer software that used the Christian dating system - nothing "religious" about it, just a convention.

And if a lot of us in IT had not been scrutinizing, testing, and modifying, Y2K would have been a major mess.

You're welcome.

RO

Re:End Date (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35023822)

You're clueless. Y2K wasn't a "Christian thing", and the Mayan calendar ending isn't on 12-12-12, it's on 12-20-12.

Re:Whats the big deal? (2)

lysdexia (897) | more than 3 years ago | (#35010792)

So when would you start counting?

Re:Whats the big deal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35009598)

By your logic we should only celebrate our 1st, 10th and 100th birthdays.

I'm waiting for Epoch Second 1300000000 (4, Funny)

ahecht (567934) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009646)

I'm waiting for Epoch Second 1300000000, which will be Sun, 13 Mar 2011 07:06:40 GMT

All those zeros will ease the pain of 2011 being the first year since 1977 that no one could make year-shaped glasses for new year's eve that actually allow you to see out of both eyes.

Re:I'm waiting for Epoch Second 1300000000 (1)

Jaxoreth (208176) | more than 3 years ago | (#35010486)

All those zeros will ease the pain of 2011 being the first year since 1977 that no one could make year-shaped glasses for new year's eve that actually allow you to see out of both eyes.

What about 2010? It has the same issues as 2011.

Re:I'm waiting for Epoch Second 1300000000 (1)

jmac_the_man (1612215) | more than 3 years ago | (#35010572)

The glasses have to connect, right? Put eye one hole in the zero and one in between the two 1's. With appropropriately large serifs, they can pull it off.

Re:I'm waiting for Epoch Second 1300000000 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35014698)

The glasses have to connect, right? Put eye one hole in the zero and one in between the two 1's. With appropropriately large serifs, they can pull it off.

And now my eyes are bleeding. Thanks a lot.

Re:Whats the big deal? (1)

Crudely_Indecent (739699) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009650)

It's not even a particularly interesting timestamp: 1296021600 = Jan. 26th, 2011 00:00:00

The real day to watch out for is Jan 19, 2038 03:14:07 GMT

Somehow, I doubt it will be a huge party.

Drum roll please (1)

jabberw0k (62554) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013198)

... it will be Back to the Future ...

$ date -d @2147483647 -u
Tue Jan 19 03:14:07 UTC 2038
$ date -d @2147483648 -u
date: invalid date `@2147483648'
$ # That's 2^31 ... which will wrap to the negative:
$ date -d @-2147483648 -u
Fri Dec 13 20:45:52 UTC 1901

... Thus leaving us in a time before motorcars and aeroplanes. Prophetic, perhaps.

Re:Drum roll please (1)

KlomDark (6370) | more than 3 years ago | (#35014844)

Bull shit - Doc Brown had two flying time machine cars (Even if he didn't realize it himself) back in 1888.

Not so prophetic.

Re:Whats the big deal? (2)

Terrasque (796014) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009674)

It's an excuse to party and have fun.

Like, "There's only Wednesday once a week, you know!" - Now, excuse me while I go out and celebrate this Wednesday :)

Re:Whats the big deal? (2)

Idbar (1034346) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009780)

Hey! it's 15! that's like... 1111 in binary. But... multiplied by a thousand, which makes it thousand times cooler!

Nah, I'm with you. I have no idea what's the significance of 15000, perhaps it's just a zodiac thing.

Re:Whats the big deal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35018186)

It's the first big milestone where you do more than change the oil.

Why celebrate according to the decimal system? (3, Informative)

TheEmptySet (1060334) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009396)

I'll be saving my champagne for Epoch day 16,384 (otherwise known as 2^14). A little under 4 years to go...

That's epic (1)

kmdrtako (1971832) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009586)

that is all

OP copied verbatim from (1)

rickb928 (945187) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009590)

Here... [techblogger.org]

Is CmdrTaco really as lazy as I am? That, my friends, is sad.

Re:OP copied verbatim from (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35009788)

I'm trying to decide if you're a troll or daft, still unsure. (Oh, btw, slashdot also copied this [techblogger.org] story!!!!111one)

Re:OP copied verbatim from (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35009860)

Read more that post on techblogger.org give credit to CmdrTaco as the original poster...

Re:OP copied verbatim from (1)

rickb928 (945187) | more than 3 years ago | (#35010880)

Pretty funny. It's recursive. I wonder where it started...

Darn (1)

grapeape (137008) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009626)

I totally forgot to buy cards to send out.

hooray! (2)

guero (135742) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009684)

echo $(( $( date +%s ) / 86400 ))

Re:hooray! (1)

TerraByte13 (629370) | more than 3 years ago | (#35011644)

Results in 15000 Ah! Now I get it THANKS!

EPOCH success? (4, Funny)

peter_gzowski (465076) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009694)

EPOCH fail! [xkcd.com]

Re:EPOCH success? (1)

PatPending (953482) | more than 3 years ago | (#35009956)

I fail to understand what this has to do with the European Program On Climatology And Natural Hazards.

4E 00 00 00 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35009808)

I'm waiting for epoch second 4E 00 00 00, which will be June 21, 2011 2:20:48am UTC....and even more significantly, epoch second 50 00 00 00 July 13, 2012 11:01:20 am UTC.

You did celebrate epoch second 40 00 00 00 which was Jan 10, 2004, 1:37:04pm UTC, didn't you?

They spelled my name wrong... (2)

eepok (545733) | more than 3 years ago | (#35010164)

It's spelled "e-e-p-o-k".

slashdotted (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35010626)

And no, I don't think I want to purchase web hosting from a hosting company that just proved they can't handle load.

our lifespans are @30,000 days (2)

peter303 (12292) | more than 3 years ago | (#35011028)

With 10K epochs at 27, 54 and 82 years. I had the luck of noting one of my epochs. It was sobering.

i posted about it early! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35011232)

just look at the related post! damn!

man you copy my story, this is not fair! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35011352)

Why o why, i posted this like 2 hours before, but you get the frontpage, i don't understand how this works, you even copied my title!!
barreraf@ar.ibm.com

RFC: Is it time to codify Epoch celebrations? (1)

svartbjorn (1900302) | more than 3 years ago | (#35011536)

RFC: Is it time to codify Epoch celebration traditions? What should they be? New Years eve has large parties, kissing someone at Midnight, Champagne, Time-Square, Dropping a large lit ball, Music, College Football Bowl Games,Rose Parade... So what is appropriate for Epoch day? First should major celebrations be a power of ten or a Power of Two? Since they come at less than one per years should the celebrations be bigger and more lavish? Come on Slashdotters, should we be honoring history? or should we ceremonially burn obsolete technologies instead of dropping the Ball? For instance we could have blown up a bunch of floppies instead of fireworks, Dropped a ball made of CD's instead of crystal.... Food: Pizza? Chinese, anything from the local take-out? Drink? Red Bull, Starbucks Parade: Floats made entirely of obsolete computer technology. Discuss

Wake me on 10-Nov-2014 (1)

drjoe1e6 (461358) | more than 3 years ago | (#35011682)

That will be Day 16384. Much more suitable for a geeky celebration.

Re:Wake me on 10-Nov-2014 (1)

KlomDark (6370) | more than 3 years ago | (#35014886)

2^15 day! Hurray!

===(0 0)===

I guess this is part of the new design (1)

rudy_wayne (414635) | more than 3 years ago | (#35011950)

Apparently the new design of Slashdot include even more pointless stories.

Bullocks (1)

formfeed (703859) | more than 3 years ago | (#35015934)

15000?
Wake me up for 16384!
That's when we gonna party!

The UNIX ERA (1)

WorBlux (1751716) | more than 3 years ago | (#35017100)

Someday EPOCH time will be the what CE dates are today, especially if we start colonizing other planets.

The Y10K problem (1)

idlehanz (1262698) | more than 3 years ago | (#35026356)

And you thought Y2K was a big deal.
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