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The Next Three Days are the x86 Days

CmdrTaco posted more than 7 years ago | from the those-are-the-days dept.

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Pinky wrote in to note that "Today, tomorrow and the next day are the only days we'll get dates like this: 2/8/6 3/8/6 4/8/6 like the x86 computers :-)" And yes folks, in the August news cycle vortex, even this strikes my fancy. In recent years we've seen numerical giants like 3/1/4, 6/6/6 and 1/2/3, but now really, what do any of us have to look forward to? Is our future dull and meaningless without cool numbers in dates? Oh the humanity of it all ...

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what about the lucky sevens? (5, Funny)

metasecure (946666) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831195)

In Canada, where m/d/y is more common we already experienced this on February 8, March 8 and April 8, respectively.

Life is good living three steps ahead of the taco.

Personally I look forward to the lucky 7's, 7/7/7, a day where CmdrTaco and I can celebrate our slot machine winnings together.

Re:what about the lucky sevens? (2, Insightful)

Murodese (991864) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831210)

But would you rather a three-day celebratory holiday, or three one-dayers? :o

Re:what about the lucky sevens? (2, Funny)

metasecure (946666) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831229)

I don't think celebrating either will get me any action so...a moot point indeed =)

Re:what about the lucky sevens? (3, Insightful)

Moby Cock (771358) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831274)

I've lived in Canada my entire life, and everyone I know uses dd/mm/yy.

In fact, I recall being taught to do it that way in grade 2.

Re:what about the lucky sevens? (3, Interesting)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831316)

" I've lived in Canada my entire life, and everyone I know uses dd/mm/yy."

Ok...guess it is early...I was wondering what the hell planet these posts were from...

I looked at the date on my calendar and on my computer desktop, and it said 08/02/06...cobwebs cleared and I remembered that in other places, they switch the day and month around.

Just curious...how many places do it d/m/y vs. m/d/y. I'd never seen the d/m/y thing till a couple of years ago....

Re:what about the lucky sevens? (3, Interesting)

Red Alastor (742410) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831355)

Just curious...how many places do it d/m/y vs. m/d/y. I'd never seen the d/m/y thing till a couple of years ago....
Every place that speaks French use d/m/y. It's because it's the way it's naturally spoken in French : 2 août 2006.

Re:what about the lucky sevens? (2, Informative)

middlemen (765373) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831380)


just curious...how many places do it d/m/y vs. m/d/y. I'd never seen the d/m/y thing till a couple of years ago....
Most places follow dd/mm/yy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DD-MM-YY>. Only places with USA influence follow the mm/dd/yy format. India for example uses dd/mm/yy. And yes, if you did not know this until a couple of years ago, i am shocked. In India, they taught us this when we were kids in school.

Re:what about the lucky sevens? (3, Informative)

rastan_saga (992729) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831479)

Australia / New Zealand uses dd/mm/yy. Always got me, why America and other countries use mm/dd/yy. Why do you need to know the month first everytime you look at the date. Isn't the day of the month the most important thing you look at first, so it's written to the left first. Just seems logical, the day / month / then the year. It's in order :)

Re:what about the lucky sevens? (1)

Cyberax (705495) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831397)

Well, d/m/y is used in:
- Lots of European countries.
- Russia
- Japan
- China
- South Korea ...

Re:what about the lucky sevens? (1)

cHALiTO (101461) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831462)

Add to the list Argentina, and I guess also a fair number of other latin american countries ...

Re:what about the lucky sevens? (5, Informative)

yfkar (866011) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831449)

Dd/mm/yy seems to be far more common than mm/dd/yy.

Here's a list [wikipedia.org] of used date formats in various countries. Looks like Canada has them all. ;)

m/d/y (month, day, year) is used by:

* Canada (Although most official documents use the y-m-d format, the m/d/y format is also understood due to influences from the United States.)
* Federated States of Micronesia
* Palau
* Philippines (formerly d/m/y. May still be found in certain contexts)
* United States (Although Independence Day is often referred to as "the Fourth of July.")

Re:what about the lucky sevens? (1)

clickclickdrone (964164) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831454)

>Just curious...how many places do it d/m/y vs. m/d/y. I'd never seen
>the d/m/y thing till a couple of years ago....
Me too except in my case I'd never heard of m/d/y until a few years ago.

Re:what about the lucky sevens? (1)

Glen Ponda (599385) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831468)

...cobwebs cleared and I remembered that in other places, they switch the day and month around.

No, we don't have to switch them. They're already like that.

Re:what about the lucky sevens? (1)

BitterOak (537666) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831357)

I was born, raised, and live in Canada, and I use mm/dd/yy. I have lived in the States, and most people there also use mm/dd/yy. Is dd/mm/yy a European thing? I thought they use yyyy-mm-dd. Who uses dd/mm/yy?

Re:what about the lucky sevens? (1)

metasecure (946666) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831406)

I will cede the point that my bank cheques are dd/mm/yy. however, I do think it's entirely retarded.

Personally I support the yyyy-mm-dd because /no one/ in the world uses yyyy-dd-mm so it is impossible to get confused with this method.

Re:what about the lucky sevens? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15831413)

It is said that the last Harry Potter book will be released on 7/7/7. What could be more important?

Re:what about the lucky sevens? (1)

SamSim (630795) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831469)

This is like the famous "interesting numbers" problem. If you stretch your interest far enough, you can't get away from them at this time of the millennium. Personally, I was a big fan of 8:02pm on February 20th, 2002 (20:02 20/02/2002), which is a pattern which won't repeat for another 106 years - and after that, not until CE 3003. Rarity is a good thing.

It's funny. Laugh. (5, Funny)

linvir (970218) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831196)

Behold:
It's funny. Laugh.
Stay your flamethrower, thou saucy fellow. Nay, let us instead rejoice in the most accurate story in the history of this fine website.

Dear Fidel... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15831246)

Can you feel the flames lapping at your feet? See you soon, buddy!

Love,
Adolf, Joseph, and Mohammed

Re:It's funny. Laugh. (1)

Roody Blashes (975889) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831257)

Hmmm.... that last sentence is also probably the most insightful thing ever posted on this "fine website".

How fitting that the most accurate story and comment ever on Slashdot were both entirely pointless.

Re:It's funny. Laugh. (0, Offtopic)

andrewman327 (635952) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831289)

If you notice there is no "+1 Integrity" or even "+1 True"

Re:It's funny. Laugh. (1)

andrewman327 (635952) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831427)

I guess there is a "-1 Offtopic." Touche' mods.


I personally think that Intel and AMD are missing out on a great marketing ploy. Considering how close the competition is right now, they could gain publicity through some special event for the days.

Re: It's funny. Laugh. (offtopic) (1)

KURAAKU Deibiddo (740939) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831448)

Obviously Slashdot needs this addition to the source:

StephenColbert++;

Just think what can be added [youtube.com] to Wikipedia's Slashdot entry! @.~

Re:It's funny. Laugh. (1)

AcidLacedPenguiN (835552) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831415)

I must inform you that there is no need for the flamethrowers now, but they will be required tomorrow when the dupe hits the frontpage :P

Re:It's funny. Laugh. (1)

linvir (970218) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831460)

It won't be a dupe, it'll be an "update". It'll tell us that 4/8/6, 5/8/6 and 6/8/6 are coming up, and it'll even link back to this story to prove that it's really not a dupe.

Except.. (0, Redundant)

VirtualAdept (43699) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831202)

Unless of course you're live in a place that uses the MM/DD/YY scheme for recording dates. Then you already encountered these dates in February, March, and April.

Re:Except.. (2, Insightful)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831220)

Like the USA? I thought Slashdot was unappologetically US centric.

(insert "We don't use dates like that, you insensitive clod" comment here)

Re:Except.. (1, Funny)

jo_ham (604554) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831227)

We covered this story back then.

This is the obligatory dupe.

Re:Except.. (1)

fbjon (692006) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831388)

Actually, this is a dupe from way back in '86.

Re:Except.. (3, Funny)

linvir (970218) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831488)

Nuh-uh! They ran a story about this back in 6 too, but back then we were still pretty bummed about jesus' death, so we didn't really celebrate it much.

Re:Except.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15831237)

But then again, that scheme is so retarded, it boggles the mind that anyone can accept it without a lobotomy

Re:Except.. (1)

dfn5 (524972) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831241)

Unless of course you're live in a place that uses the MM/DD/YY scheme for recording dates. Then you already encountered these dates in February, March, and April.
You mean like in America? Nobody from there reads Slashdot.

Re:Except.. (1)

polar red (215081) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831261)

something i always found peculiar : generally the choice of format depends on language; in dutch you say something like this : 7 juli 2006, so we have DD/MM/YYYY ... english countries generally have MM/DD/YYYY. But this strikes me as odd; why wouldn't it have been based on ascending(smallest unit/day first) or descending(largest unit/year first) order ?

Re:Except.. (1)

MindStalker (22827) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831343)

Because we like to write the way we talk. English speakers prefer to say July 7th instead of 7th of July.

 

Re:Except.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15831391)

nah - that's *American* speakers.

Re:Except.. (1)

plumby (179557) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831491)

English speakers prefer to say July 7th instead of 7th of July
American English speakers might - I don't know anyone who says July 7th (maybe July the 7th though). Anyway, I say "half past six", but I wouldn't write that time down as 1/2 - 6 (or even 30:6).

MM/DD/YYYY as a numeric representation makes no logical sense. DD/MM/YYYY is small/medium/large date units, whereas MM/DD/YYYY is medium/small/large. Who orders things by putting the smallest unit of measurement in the middle? Do you write your time as hh:ss:mm?

Personally I prefer YYYY-MM-DD - large/medium/small as the largest digit (e.g., the millenium) is to the left as well - makes organising/sorting documents using their name much easier.

Re:Except.. (1)

Ollierose (202763) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831370)

England itself uses the more euro-centric dd/mm/yyyy format, for what thats worth. The only country I've heard use mm/dd/yyyy has been the US, although my experience certainly isn't comprehensive on the matter.

I think MM/DD/YY comes from the English way of speaking dates, which would be August 2nd, 2006 (although 2nd of August, 2006 is an equally common longhand form).

Oh, and another peeve here - it's not 6, its 06 or 2006. The year /6 was 2000 years ago, well before even the 8086 processors were released. Maybe in 6000 years, we can celebrate that anniversary. Even the Motorola 68000s seem a long way away on that scheme, never mind the Intel 80286.

Re:Except.. (1)

lovebyte (81275) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831400)

That's rich coming for a dutch person (if you are dutch!)! Dutch and Germans use this weird way for numbers. To say 86 (and thus stay on topic) you say in Dutch 6 and eighty. So for 286, you say two hundred six and eighty. If that's not confusing, what is? Oh yes, I know, the way Dutch and Germans say the time! for 5h30, you say "half six"!
Every culture has their idiosyncrasies.

Re:Except.. (1)

Hrodvitnir (101283) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831326)

Please... any place that uses that date format doesn't have the attention span to celebrate three related dates each a month apart.

Februrary, March and April (2, Insightful)

TobascoKid (82629) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831214)

"today, tomorrow and the next day are the only days we'll get dates like this: 2/8/6 3/8/6 4/8/6 like the x86 computers :-)"

That all depends on your locale settings - other people had thier x86 days several months back

Re:Februrary, March and April (1)

iamjoltman (883526) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831238)

Or even years back, ie 2/8/6 (2002/August/6), 3/8/6 (2003/August/6) and 4/8/6 (2004/August/6)

Re:Februrary, March and April (1)

KodeSlut (890122) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831280)

of course, here in sweden the year is written first, so these dates have been hit in 2002, 2003 and 2004 respectively.

Saturday (4, Funny)

The G (7787) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831219)

Instead of getting dates of their own, Saturday and subsequent days will be known as "Pentium", "Pentium II", "Pentium IV", "Pentium 5", "Pentium 6", and of course "Xeon".

Psht! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15831221)

A real nerd uses a logical date format - yyyy/mm/dd. What kind of a date format puts the 1st of February before the 2nd of January when sorted?

Re:Psht! (1)

sk8king (573108) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831248)

Some ISO standard that no one else seems to want to use. mm/dd/yyyy is just silly. Most significant to least significant makes the most sense by far.

YYYY-MM-DD hh:mm:ss is the way to go.

Re:Psht! (1)

digitrev (989335) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831250)

And people who write the way they talk use a MM/DD/YYYY format. But I agree with the coward, YYYY/MM/DD is a superior format when sorting dates.

Re:Psht! (1)

tolan-b (230077) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831294)

I think you're making some assumptions about how people talk ;)

I'm from the UK (dd/mm/yyyy) and I would say today's date like this: "The 2nd of August, 2006";

Unless of course one speaks hungarian (1)

szo (7842) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831418)

In this case one write and talk the same way: YYYY/MM/DD. And I'm sure there are plenty of other languages does that too.

Re:Psht! (1)

csplinter (734017) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831290)

What kind of date format puts the number your most unlikely to need first (the year) and the one you will most likely want to know last.

Re:Psht! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15831293)

I myself marked a special occasion recently: May 4th, 3:02:01 am of this year: 06/05/04:03:02:01

Re:Psht! (1)

struppi (576767) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831404)

Yes, of course, i usually use this date format too. But OTOH, when you use a date format which is quite common here in Austria (DD.MM.YYYY) there are pretty cool dates in the next few years like 20.07.2007, 20.08.2008, ...

Re:Psht! (1)

HaydnH (877214) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831424)

"A real nerd uses a logical date format - yyyy/mm/dd. What kind of a date format puts the 1st of February before the 2nd of January when sorted?

While I agree with the yyyy, mm & dd order, a real nerd doesn't use path seperators in dates! What kind of date format uses /'s?? =P

4/20 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15831256)

4/20 is always a good time of year.

Newsflash for Mr. Malda (1)

repruhsent (672799) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831260)

The discussion system sucks. It covers up like half of the fucking screen so you can't see anything. I suggest you use some time to completely rewrite it. That is all.

its not the only time (1)

iduno (834351) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831268)

by the way it will happen again in another 100 years. and who cares about MM/DD/YY ;-), only in america do you have everything backwards, the date, the side of the road you drive on, the light switches, the imperial system.

Re:its not the only time (1)

kernspaltung (975145) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831314)

What's wrong with our light switches?

Re:its not the only time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15831481)

>What's wrong with our light switches?

"Up" is on, "Down" is off.

In Europe, "Down" is on, and "Up" is off.

This is all by convention. It doesn't have to be that way, it's just what an electrician in each country will do by default.

And I think "Down" being off is smartest. The most likely position for a broken switch is down. And the most likely thing to happen to a light switch is to be accidentally toggled down. The preferrable thing is to turn off the power when faults and accidents happen.

Slashdot Captcha: "orgies" LOL

Advice to Taco (1)

dwalsh (87765) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831272)

what do any of us have to look forward to? Is our future dull and meaningless without cool numbers in dates? Oh the humanity of it all...


Take a vacation.

A slight oversight it would seem (4, Funny)

A Dafa Disciple (876967) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831279)

"today, tomorrow and the next day are the only days we'll get dates like this: 2/8/6 3/8/6 4/8/6"

Ummm... you mean this century right?

I'm still surprised this made the front page. I mean, I'm a geek, but even I think this is lame.

Bah -- ancient history (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15831282)

I think I bought my first IBM PC on August 0th, 1988 (8/0/88 for the numerically challenged).

we will always have 4/20 (1)

Bluude (822878) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831303)

For those of us who partake of the ganja, we will always have 4/20 once a year. The man can't take that away from us! Ok, some little bastards in columbine tried, but it is still the national pot holiday no matter what they did on that day.

e Day (1)

andphi (899406) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831305)

What about 2/8/8 (e Day)? Or 10/6/6 (Norman Conquest Day)? If pi gets a day, e should too.

Re:e Day (1)

mopslik (688435) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831371)

What about 2/8/8 (e Day)?

e=2.71828183, so this would have happened long ago, say 2/7/2 or 2/7/18.

SORRY! (1)

rockytriton (896444) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831320)

Eh, Sorry Pinky, but here in America, where these computers were born, we put the month first, so today is 8/2/6!

Re:SORRY! (5, Insightful)

Spad (470073) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831432)

Sorry, but here in Europe, where the current calendar system was invented, we put the day first, so today is 2/8/6!

Some more? (1)

Barny (103770) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831324)

Really 5/8/6 and 6/8/6 should be there, they were the designations on some of the "other brand" (then, amd and cyrix) CPUs, of course 8/08/6 should be noted too as should the year 4004... will anyone remember a humble lil adding machine then?

Re:Some more? (1)

Overzeetop (214511) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831484)

Sadly, 6/5/02 has already passed, as that was the computer I learned my first high level language (basic), low level language (assembly) and machine code on.

It may be awhile, but (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15831382)

Set your calendar for Opteron day: 8/6/64. Some of you young kids may still be around for that one.

Arbitrary Date Schemes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15831389)

If you're going to cut off the two most significant digits of the year field, why not just cut off the three most significant figures? For that matter, why not cut off the most significant digit of the day and month as well? Then you could have all the x86, 6-6-6, 1-2-3 dates that you wanted.

Well, those schemes aren't very useful without a lot of context, so why not make up new 'year 0's? For example, if you wanted next Tuesday (2006 August 08) to be 8-8-8, all you need to do is find some interesting event in 1998 and just say, "1998AD was so important, it's the new year 0 ACE". Then this year translates to year 8, and you're all set.

The Best Day Already Was... (5, Interesting)

Snowcap557 (883211) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831396)

I still remember 12:34 pm on May 6, 1978 as the best such thing of all time. It was 1234 on 5/6/78!

thank god (1)

Pliep (880962) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831429)

Thank god for this newsitem. I had been wondering the past few weeks why I visit Slashdot anyway.

I think you have too much time on your hands... (1)

citizenklaw (767566) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831441)

Please step away from the keyboard slowly. Go get a very stiff drink. Repeat often. Do not post on Slashdot until September.

only if you use a faggy date system (-1, Troll)

Gothmolly (148874) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831444)

If you use a real date system, then this is 8/2/06, which is nothing special. 3/8/06 on the other hand, was a revolutionary day.

More dates to come... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15831451)

It turns out that there are always more dates. Ignoring anniversaries and birthdays, there are some interesting dates still coming.
There is the 2038 32-bit seconds wrap around.
There is also March 14, 2015 = 3/14/15 (pi ~ 3.1415).

What about the 586? (4, Insightful)

eno2001 (527078) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831472)

The i586 DOES exist. Same as the i686. I don't care what Intel marketing pushed down people's throats, I still call them 586 and 686 systems. So does the Linux kernel...

Date formats (1)

Rik Sweeney (471717) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831475)

It's all well and good people saying the correct date format is yyyy-mm-dd, but how do people actually pronounce it?

I for one certainly don't say it's 2006, August the 2nd. I'd either say it's 2nd August 2006 or August 2nd 2006...

d/m/y? (5, Funny)

Digital Vomit (891734) | more than 7 years ago | (#15831493)

"today, tomorrow and the next day are the only days we'll get dates like this: 2/8/6 3/8/6 4/8/6 like the x86 computers :-)"

Has Y2K taught you nothing? Using a single digit to store the year? You are among programmers! Hang your head in shame!

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