Episode 21: Dating

Show notes

  • sweemeng’s first REXX script - This is basically a Julian to Gregorian date converter.
  • Unix Time - a system for describing a point in time. It is the number of seconds that have elapsed since 00:00:00 Thursday, 1 January 1970,[2] Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), minus leap seconds.
  • Year 2038 problem - Some UNIX implementations cannot encode times after 03:14:07 UTC on 19 January 2038. Just like the Y2K problem, the Year 2038 problem is caused by insufficient capacity of the chosen storage unit.
  • Time in Malaysia - The local mean time in Kuala Lumpur was originally UTC+06:46:46. Peninsular Malaysia used this local mean time until 1 January 1901, when they changed to Singapore mean time UTC+06:55:25.
  • Japan’s millennium bug - Emperor’s 2019 exit will be first era change of information age, and switchover could be as big as Y2K say industry figures
  • Atomic clock - a clock device that uses an electron transition frequency in the microwave, optical, or ultraviolet region[2] of the electromagnetic spectrum of atoms as a frequency standard for its timekeeping element.
  • Atomic clocks make best measurement yet of relativity of time - Pacôme Delva of the Paris Observatory and his colleagues have used strontium clocks to test time dilation.
  • Radiocarbon dating - a method for determining the age of an object containing organic material by using the properties of radiocarbon, a radioactive isotope of carbon.
  • Parallax and Distance Measurement - Parallax is the apparent displacement of an object because of a change in the observer’s point of view.
  • Secretary problem - a problem that demonstrates a scenario involving optimal stopping theory.
  • Mathematical Way to Choose a Toilet - Toilets at musical festivals are notorious - but how many should you check before committing!?