• lordofduct (unregistered)


  • (nodebb)

    Very amusing selections, and well chosen. This, in particular, made me laugh: "Fortunately, real numbers are a continuum, so Anonymous has an infinite number of possible values to choose from."

  • (nodebb)

    Since the previous two comments didn't mention it, I figure other people can see the pictures. But there's no pictures displaying for me.

    Addendum 2016-05-20 09:09: Okay, I see it now. Punishment for using AdBlock.

  • Chris (unregistered)

    The image from the train reminds me the first digital wristwatch my mother had. A mechanical shock (e.g. dropping it from table to floor) made it switch to 100 base counting. That is every minute had 100 seconds and 100 minutes is one hour. Can't comment day length as I had to reset it...

  • (nodebb)

    Remy, have you ever considered using a spell checker? There are so many typos in this post that I won't even start pointing them out.

  • (nodebb) in reply to Chris

    Timeless. Maybe priceless, too, but definitely Timeless

  • markbark (unregistered)

    The Italian train schedule must be using embedded Excel spreadsheets rather than HTML tables. Excel tries to be ever so "helpful" by turning anything it thinks is a data into a date. Thus "1-7" is rendered as "July 7" "8-10" becomes "October 8" "11-15" becomes "November 15" (dunno why that one all of a sudden switches to MM-DD format)

  • (nodebb) in reply to markbark

    @Markbark Excel doesn't know what the fifteenth month is, so it figures you must be using a different date format. For this cell only, because that's how those unpredictable human persons think, so please try to keep up.

  • RichP (unregistered) in reply to markbark

    does Excel still try to be helpful and convert 1/4 or 1/2 to a fraction for you? even if you're in the middle of typing a date? Openoffice still does, one of my favorite bug-for-bug compatible "features".

  • Dr Mathemtics (unregistered)

    I like the "infinite number of points" in an interval of precisely zero.

    Basic arithmetic fail.

  • Carl Witthoft (google) in reply to Dr Mathemtics

    Hey, nobody said he had to pick a number from the reals . There's an infinite number of 8 + i*X to choose from. And don't even get me started on quaternions and octonians. Yes, those are real^H^H^H^H genuine items.

    Meanwhile, I call 'fake' on "error 104 trying to report error 104" because if it were real, it would either say " error 104 trying to reporterror 104 trying to reporterror 104 trying to reporterror 104 trying to reporterror 104 trying to reporterror 104 trying to report..." or throw an infinite number of error windows on the screen.

  • Dr Physics (unregistered)

    Every timelike displacement is a displacement purely through time, not through space, in some frame.

    Basic physics fail.

  • Zisch (unregistered) in reply to jkshapiro

    I admit, it's funny, though it's not really correct. Though you have an infinite number of real numbers between two DISTINCT real numbers, you won't have a single one between a real number and itself.

  • Carl Witthoft (google) in reply to Zisch

    But what if the real number in question is schizophrenic?

  • Nicholas "LB" Braden (github)

    Great job on this Error'd on such short notice :)

  • Mouse (unregistered)

    Maybe you don't have an infinite number of real numbers between a number and itself, but how about surreal numbers? A better choice, I think, than quaternians and octonians, since they form an ordered field, and therefore have a natural definition of "between".

  • (nodebb)

    So it can't be 8, then?

  • Diana (unregistered)

    Admin, if not okay please remove!

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  • (nodebb) in reply to markbark

    The "November 15" cell isn't the fifteenth day of the eleventh month: I think you'll find it is shorthand for "November 2015". There were some discussions on a cell that read "February 30"

  • RobyMcAndrew (unregistered) in reply to markbark

    I understand why "11-15" becomes "November 15", I'm more worried that "1-7" becomes 7th July. Do you have a vintage Pentium?

  • TimothyB (unregistered) in reply to RobyMcAndrew

    7th July? The picture shows "01-Jul" for me.

  • LucS (unregistered) in reply to RobyMcAndrew

    Roby, as it is an italian site, the date notation is European, being dd-mm, so 01-07 is july 1st

  • Nicole King (unregistered)

    There's nothing about the Italian Ferrovie dello Stato that surprises me. Distances in dates is not that remarkable for an organisation that invented the variable length kilometre. All features along a line (stations, level crossings, etc) are described as being at a given distance from a fixed point (usually the head of the line). As the path taken by the line changes (curves straightened, bridges built), these items will move relative to the fixed point as measured along the tracks. To avoid re-cataloguing everything, the variable-length kilometre was introduced. This is on a par with the British Rail 66-minute hour that accommodates an hourly service that requires more than an hour to repeat.

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