Uninstalling Ubuntu to re-install

Liam Proven lproven at gmail.com
Sat Oct 9 19:18:45 UTC 2010

On 9 October 2010 18:52, Li Li <lili_lilly at charter.net> wrote:
> On Sat, 2010-10-09 at 17:56 +0100, Alan Pope wrote:
>> On 8 October 2010 22:44, Tom H <tomh0665 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > Given how much Canonical/Ubuntu is into 10 at the moment, it's
>> > probably at 10 am/pm in one US time zone.
>> >
>> I hear they're aiming for 10:10 (UTC) 10/10/10.
>> Al.
> Bah.  Stupid superstitious numerology, done with a really crappy
> calender which Europe has imposed on the rest of us and sexagesimal time
> inherited from ancient Mesopotamia.  Using some round number in the UNIX
> era would at least be geeky.
> Why not just release it when it is ready (and not a moment sooner)?  It
> looks as if the /etc/issue perl fetches for my sig. already says 10.10.

/Au contraire./ The reason for 10/10/10 (US or American format) is
that 010101 in base 2 is 42 in base 10, and 42 is the answer to the
ultimate question of life, the universe and everything, as calculated
by Deep Thought in /The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy/ by Douglas

As such, the date is being celebrated by Adams geeks around the world:

I think a reference to a classic SF novel of the 1980s and an obscure
computer joke therein is pretty geeky, and base conversion from binary
to decimal (and octal and hex) is the very bread and butter of
computing and computer geekery.

It has nothing at all to do with numerology.


 - Liam "El P" P.
President (2004-2005), ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha, the Official Douglas Adams
Appreciation Society

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