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Historical Dates

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Evidence suggests the 1899 transactions occurred as part of a global event centered around a deity associated with the lotus flower.
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Hahaha. Yep.
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An explanation, for those as puzzled as I was:

Unix-based systems traditionally represent timestamps as "seconds since 1970-01-01". If some program requires a modification timestamp for some file and no accurate value is available, it will commonly use the value 0 as a default. When other systems carefully preserve that value, it leads to files with 1970-01-01 timestamp.

Spreadsheets traditionally represent timestamps as "(fractional) days since 1900-01-01". In the same way, asking for a timestamp when no valid information is available will often get the value 0 as a default. Since businesses run on Excel, there's a lot of transaction records with a 0 timestamp in Excel spreadsheets out there.

One last wrinkle: The first wildly popular spreadsheet, Lotus 1-2-3, had a bug: it assumed that the year 1900 was a leap year, so it assumed 1900-02-29 existed, and so every date timestamp after that point was off by one. When Microsoft created Excel, they carefully reimplemented that bug for compatibility's sake, but if you're a historian looking at the data, you might reasonable assume that spreadsheets stored timestamps as "(fractional) days since 1899-12-31". If you're storing timestamps in some different format, it might not be obvious that those are zero dates - you might assume there's just a lot of transactions processed on that day.
martinbaum
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Staggeringly thorough, thank you!

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Meta

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Universe Price Tiers

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In Universe Pro®™ the laws of physics remain unchanged under time reversal, to maintain backward compatibility.
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How do I get Enterprise pricing
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gordol
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That'll be NCC1701 dollars.
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silberbaer
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I would gladly pay $49.95/month for optional aging and death, and bad things not happening.
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Nice!

Physics Safety Tip

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In general, avoid exposure to any temperatures, pressures, particle energies, or states of matter that physicists think are neat.
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Ha!
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How can there possibly be a teacher shortage?

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I don’t understand it. Can someone explain it to me?

Minnesota is rather disappointing.

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kazriko
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I imagine a lot of this is related to how well non-teachers are paid rather than how much teachers are paid. There's probably not a lot of high paying jobs in Wyoming for college graduates outside of working at the oil field.
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LeMadChef
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What the hell Colorado?!
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Unreliable Connection

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NEGATIVE REVIEWS MENTION: Unreliable internet. POSITIVE REVIEWS MENTION: Unreliable internet.
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New York
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ManBehindThePlan
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The last mile always ends up in feet
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