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Coscott comments on Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, March 2015, chapter 121 - Less Wrong

2 Post author: Gondolinian 13 March 2015 07:01PM

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Comment author: Coscott 13 March 2015 11:39:47PM 8 points [-]

not in 2015 it isnt.

Comment author: Manfred 14 March 2015 12:49:19AM 1 point [-]

Ah, I see :)

Comment author: TrE 14 March 2015 04:56:55AM 6 points [-]

Although honestly, what kind of idiot had the idea to order the date mm/dd/yyyy?

Comment author: solipsist 14 March 2015 02:19:54PM 3 points [-]

It was the only way to make peace between the little and big endians.

Comment author: TobyBartels 15 March 2015 04:12:29AM 2 points [-]

This order (including the m/dd/yy abbreviation) was wisely chosen so that Super Pi Day would actually happen once a century. Without that reason, it's completely illogical, so there is no other possible explanation.

Comment author: Manfred 14 March 2015 05:22:45AM *  3 points [-]

It's from the most common spoken order. "March fourteenth, twenty-fifteen."

Comment author: lerjj 14 March 2015 11:34:07AM 5 points [-]

Are you sure that's right chronologically? Just because in the UK we use dd/mm/yy and we say "Fourteenth of March, twenty-fifteen".

Japan apparently uses yy/mm/dd which makes even more sense, but I have no idea how they pronounce their dates. Point being, I'm not sure which order things actually evolved in.

Comment author: Manfred 14 March 2015 02:10:02PM 1 point [-]

Nope, no idea, since our records of the spoken language of the past are bad and I'm lazy. Maybe written and spoken dates slowly co-evolved, since it does appear that the m/d/y trend only dates back to the 17th century or so.

Comment author: Dreaded_Anomaly 14 March 2015 02:51:43PM 1 point [-]

That order is based on the increasing size of the sets of possible values, of course.