• (nodebb)

    FRIST: WTF - "taking a summer break" - You are over a week early!!!!

  • Brian (unregistered) in reply to TheCPUWizard

    Well that all depends on how you define "summer". For most purposes, in the U.S. at least, summer runs from Memorial Day (end of May) to Labor Day (beginning of September). So by that reckoning the middle of June is a fine time for a summer break.

  • Paddy McPaddywack (unregistered) in reply to TheCPUWizard

    No, over six weeks late: here in Ireland summer begins on 1 May: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_calendar

  • Argle (unregistered)

    "... Just put one of our seniors on the project. They should know enough by now."

  • (nodebb)

    There are many valuable ways to define when summer begins. I'm not sure where the concept of starting(!) summer on the solstice came from, but it seems one of the less useful definitions.

    If you're looking for a definition with a fixed date, the meteorological definition might be your best choice: summer starts on June 1, fall starts on September 1, winter starts on December 1, and spring starts on March 2. Just kidding, March 1. The dates are very simple, they don't change from year to year, and the seasons are all about the same number of days which doesn't happen with the astronomical definition. Plus it's what meteorologists use.

  • ooOOooGa (unregistered) in reply to Argle

    That is entirely too accurate.

  • (nodebb)

    Oh, and since this post is about academia, we should note that the summer session for post-secondary education, at least here in Canada, starts in May.

  • (nodebb)

    In USA, summer starts later because here, we get late cold weather into April even, and then long Indian summer into October. This is different than other parts of the world; I know for a fact parts off Eurasia where it gets hot early and temperatures drop off early in September.

  • Ulli (unregistered)

    I wonder what is the content of those tables. Just a list of attending students or a simple count of remaining seats available?

  • (nodebb) in reply to Brian

    Well that all depends on how you define "summer".

    In Texas at least it's defined by the four seasons, December, January, February, and Summer.

  • (nodebb)

    They used toi handle this so simply, back in the day. If there were 30 seats in the class, they punched 30 punched cards with the class number. The cards were placed in trays on tables. You went to the table with the right range of class cards and asked for your class number. The guy sitting at the table would look through his trays and find the appropriate card. If there was one, he gave it to you. No cards? Too bad.

    Once you had all your class cards, you took your student enrollment card and your class cards to keypunch, where they punched your student number into all of your class cards. Then all got the cards were fed into a computer and, after a while, you got back your emrollment printout, complete with your class schedule.

  • Loren Pechtel (unregistered)

    Somebody's got an inefficient query so they are minimizing the size of the table to compensate.

  • markm (unregistered) in reply to Loren Pechtel

    I doubt that having to search 281 separate tables compensates for a slow search of one table.

  • Andrew Klossner (unregistered) in reply to BatConley

    My high school tried this, circa 1971. But imagine that you have obtained punch cards for five of your six classes, then find that there's no space left in the algebra class you have to take. You can get a card for that class in a different period, but now you have to reshuffle your schedule, which means returning cards to trays, and if any of those trays are empty it means somebody might not have been able to take that class but it's no longer full ...

  • (nodebb)

    so dope

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