time, calendar, datetime, etc

Skip Montanaro skip at pobox.com
Sat Aug 2 03:29:10 CEST 2003


>>>>> "Andrew" == Andrew Dalke <adalke at mindspring.com> writes:

    Andrew> So again I say, most people don't care that much about the time.

And when they do, it's for at most a few years into the past (taxes, tax
audits) and a few years forward (< 100 years, typically the expected
remainder of their own lifetime).  An astromer's view of time is extremely
different and extremely rare.  Given that, it's not hard to understand the
epoch year chosen by the people who developed the requirements for the
datetime module.

Maybe Jay Leno should have a "Jay Walking" where he asks people about the
adoption of the Gregorian calendar.  That would give you some idea about how
many people care about dates long ago.  ;-)

Skip





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