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1) Message boards : Number crunching : Transit of Mercury Across the Sun Challenge (Message 134796)
Posted 269 days ago by Odd-Rod
Regarding the transit, I look up and all I can see are clouds everywhere :(

Same here...
2) Message boards : Number crunching : Transit of Mercury Across the Sun Challenge (Message 134606)
Posted 274 days ago by Odd-Rod
We are halfway done!

Even better, we're only 40% done :)


Oops.

I'm really messing up these status reports. First of all, I forgot about the shift back to standard time and have been aiming for 2 PM local time instead of 1 PM local time.

And then I somehow decided that 4 days was halfway. :)


And you expect us to trust you with apps to determine primes? :D :D
At least we know you're human.
3) Message boards : Number crunching : 50 years First ARPANET Connection Challenge (Message 134096)
Posted 290 days ago by Odd-Rod

23:59:60 does not actually mean that.
23:59:60 is what you will see when a leap second is introduced on a system that understands them.


You are of course correct in that. This format is mentioned when talking about leap seconds.

Interestingly, I first realised that there is such a thing as 24:00 - in connection with leap seconds!
Many years ago (mid 80s) I was working for a national broadcaster. We received notification of an upcoming leap second, and were going to have to adjust our central clock. The wording was approximately as follows (exact date unknown, but the time info is what I'm referring to):

One second shall pass between 24:00 on 31 December 1985 and 00:00 on 1 Jan 1986.

I guess they didn't have the idea of 23:59:60 back then?
4) Message boards : Number crunching : 50 years First ARPANET Connection Challenge (Message 134063)
Posted 291 days ago by Odd-Rod
This is why we display the current UTC time on the front page! :)

Taking that wording strictly, then this:
received BEFORE 29th October 2019 00:00 UTC


means midnight at the beginning of 29th October. If that is not what is meant, then there are 2 ways of indicating midnight at the end of a day, depending on your googling results ;) :

24:00
23:59:60 Although I personally don't like this one!

5) Message boards : Number crunching : PrimeGrid Task Summary Generator (Message 130273)
Posted 424 days ago by Odd-Rod
Thanks for sharing!
6) Message boards : Problems and Help : Possibly pedantic perception of potentially problimatic parenthetical positioning (Message 128941)
Posted 471 days ago by Odd-Rod
Pity you spoiled the alliteration with the word "of"

Replace "of" by "pertaining" and you get it full of "p".
I'd still need to use "to" but it would add another "P" word.

"Not every word in a sentence must be alliterative. You can use prepositions, pronouns, and other parts of speech, and still maintain the overall, alliterative effect."
https://examples.yourdictionary.com/alliteration-examples.html


I'm glad you found a suitable rebuttal to my snide remark!
:)
7) Message boards : Problems and Help : Possibly pedantic perception of potentially problimatic parenthetical positioning (Message 128918)
Posted 472 days ago by Odd-Rod
Fair enough, I knew there was a chance it was done that way on purpose.
Debated whether or not to even ask about it until that thread title started forming in my head... couldn't let that one go to waste. :)


Great title!
Pity you spoiled the alliteration with the word "of"
:D :D
8) Message boards : Number crunching : Badges (Message 26946)
Posted 3588 days ago by Odd-Rod
Last chance to get your PSP Sieve badge!

Crunching exclusively to get one! I will only make bronze (hopefully!). Once the badge is earned, should I abort any WUs in my cache to give others a chance to get their badges?
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