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by jpvlsmv
Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1189: "Voyager 1"
Replies: 119
Views: 53119

Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Scientifically it should be 2 Gis (2 gibiseconds ) but following the same format, maybe s2Gi? Pronounced "Stooghee" or "Stoojee"? Let the flame war commence. I usually call it Y232 (keeping the Y since all calendar-related computer problems have to begin with a Y, and dropping t...
by jpvlsmv
Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1189: "Voyager 1"
Replies: 119
Views: 53119

Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

What about when it was "farther out than the last planet" which either happened in 1985, when it was past Neptune; or 1989 when it was past Pluto; or 1985, since Pluto is no longer the last planet?
by jpvlsmv
Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1184: "Circumference Formula"
Replies: 102
Views: 37367

Re: 1184: "Circumference Formula"

I don't know which I hate more-- unreferenced footnotes or undereferenced2 footnotes.

--Joe
[1] i.e. this one.
by jpvlsmv
Wed Feb 27, 2013 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 98704

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

This might be in closer relation to spoken languages: In English you say d-th of m, evening in June, summer of 68. Unless, of course, the d is 1, 2, 3, 21, 22, 23, or 31, in which case it's ${d}st, ${d}nd or ${d}rd. Personally, I use [YY]YYMMDD[HHMM[SS.sss]] for anything digital, and dd MON yyyy fo...
by jpvlsmv
Fri Feb 01, 2013 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1168: "Tar"
Replies: 158
Views: 44491

Re: 1168: Tar

Without specifying a file path (either via the [-]f or a numeric option) tar will search in various system-dependant places for a tape drive. I remember an old version of a unix-like system that would by default open /dev/fd0 if you don't give it a parameter. Another looked for /dev/mt0, another was...

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