[amsat-bb] Re: Was: Arecibo, now confusing math
nss at mwt.net
Fri Apr 23 07:35:37 PDT 2010
Or today is 2455310 in Julian day mode.
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On 4/23/2010 8:34 AM, tosca005 at umn.edu wrote:
> On Apr 23 2010, Nigel Gunn G8IFF/W8IFF wrote:
>> Perhaps we should stick to the unambiguous exponential/scientific notation.
>> Today's date is 2.01E3:4E0:2.3E1
>> On 23-Apr-10 11:50, Andrew Glasbrenner wrote:
>>> If you really want to bang your head against the wall at how man can't
>>> agree on anything, take a look at the concept of long and short scales:
> In many parts of the world, today's date would not be
> 2.01E3/4E0/2.3E1 but rather would be
> 4E0/2.3E1/2.01E3.2 or
> 2.3E1/4E0/2.01E3.2 or
> Of course, April 23, 2010 seems clearer than either:
> 2010/4/23 or
> 2010/23/4 or
> 23/4/2010 or
> 4/23/2010 ...
> (IMHO, 2010/23/04 makes most sense, since simple alphabetic sorting of such
> dates also comes out in chronological order, with the most significant
> digits referring to the biggest chunks - years - and the leas significant
> digits referring to the smallest chunks - days - but the leading zeros are
> also critical because you don't want October  sorting before March 
> and so it goes!)
> Face it, the human race can't agree on anything, except to disagree.
> 73 de W0JT
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