Re: Debian was hacked: The Canterbury Distribution (howto write the date)
On 02/04/11 23:35, Aaron Toponce wrote:
> On Sat, Apr 02, 2011 at 02:23:31PM +1100, Scott Ferguson wrote:
>> Why not use the Debian standard??
^ It *was* a question, and I *was* soliciting an answer.
>> Reasoning - it's already been extensively debated *and* voted on, it's a
>> system already in place, it's the "Debian" way.
>> (Is there more than one (Debian standard)?)
^ Again I was asking a question.
>> >From :-
>> The date has the following format (compatible and with the same
>> semantics of RFC 2822 and RFC 5322):
>> day-of-week, dd month yyyy hh:mm:ss +zzzz
The above is a "selective" re-quoting of my original post - possibly the
cause of confusion.
The short form is ddmmyyyy - which I agree, is ambiguous. Whilst widely
practised, like the metric system. it's not universal. I suspect that's
why the ISO standard for an abreviated date format runs - left-to-right,
highest-to-lowest eg 20110401. An emminently sensible solution in many
> I'm not the one who typed the initial date of "04/01/11".
> Had the Debian
> standard of "Fri, 01 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0700" been used, there would have
> been no ambiguity, now would there?
Agreed - simply 1 April or April 1 (April Fool!) should have been
I don't know how others see posts from the debian-user list, perhaps
their method strips out or rewrites the date(?). While Freeman *did*
write the date USA style - the date of the post, shown in the post *is*
The way my mail appears, as a subscriber to the debian-user list (not
gmane or whatever), makes writing the current date into a post doubly
I suspect Liam's response was made in jest :-)
> Further, why do all that typing on a mailing list thread, when "2011-04-01"
> is, oh I don't know, _one_ _third_ the length, and still retains
> Heh. You can do things the short way or the long way. I'll take the short
Indeed (and agreed).
Perhaps even, "why type it at all if the mailing list date stamp makes
the process redundant?" :-D
(Please note that's not a criticism of your comments Aaron)
Now just imagine the trollfest/flamewar that *would* occur if the
Canterbury Distribution had been a reality instead of a brilliantly
orchestrated prank! (the result of half a dozen FOSS people getting
drunk at the Delirium Cafe in Brussels a couple of months ago??)
Tuttle? His name's Buttle.
There must be some mistake.
We don't make mistakes.
–That's bloody typical!
They've gone back to metric
without telling us.
"Brazil" - Terry Gilliam