20130202, 07:55  #34 
Basketry That Evening!
"Bunslow the Bold"
Jun 2011
40<A<43 89<O<88
3·29·83 Posts 

20130211, 11:18  #35 
"Brian"
Jul 2007
The Netherlands
110011000110_{2} Posts 
Here in Europe we write today's date as 11/2/13.
11213 is the exponent of the 23rd Mersenne Prime. 
20130211, 11:39  #36 
Romulan Interpreter
"name field"
Jun 2011
Thailand
2×17×293 Posts 

20130211, 18:17  #37 
May 2004
New York City
5×7×11^{2} Posts 
The date 1/12/13 American style was posted one day late,
so we concede to the previous poster. How long until the next perfectly Mersenne date ...? 
20130211, 18:28  #38 
If I May
"Chris Halsall"
Sep 2002
Barbados
2·5,227 Posts 

20130211, 18:57  #39  
"Brian"
Jul 2007
The Netherlands
2·3·5·109 Posts 
Quote:
The number 11213 was actually in my mind because Hendrik Lenstra mentioned the number as his "favourite prime number" on a television show here a few days ago in which they were discussing GIMPS' new Mersenne Prime discovery. He said it was his favourite because it is the exponent of what was the largest known Mersenne Prime at the time when he was first studying number theory. He didn't note anything about today's date or January 12, though, and it was only when I had to write the date on something today that I made the connection. Yes, I prefer that method too. It makes ordering dates much simpler. But I think we need to allow some slack with writing dates if we're going to get much inspiration for this thread. 

20130211, 19:19  #40  
If I May
"Chris Halsall"
Sep 2002
Barbados
2·5,227 Posts 
Quote:
This next Valentine's day is going to be 2013.02.14. Or, 14.02.13. Or 14.13.02. Or 13.14.02. Or 13.02.14... The populous questioned the "year 2000 bug" where Cobol programmers had to "fix" the code where the year was only two digits. And billions of dollars were spent to prevent an error. Strangely, the humans who complained are still only using two digits for the year.... 

20130211, 19:23  #41 
Basketry That Evening!
"Bunslow the Bold"
Jun 2011
40<A<43 89<O<88
16065_{8} Posts 
That's because we "know what we mean". Computers don't. (It's one of the few differences left between true intelligence and raw computational power. Like the infamous "DWIMNWIS" Perl module.)

20130211, 19:39  #42  
If I May
"Chris Halsall"
Sep 2002
Barbados
28D6_{16} Posts 
Quote:
The receiver has the most work to do. As an aside, Shannon was only dealing with deterministic systems and messages through noisy channels. 

20130211, 20:51  #43 
"Kieren"
Jul 2011
In My Own Galaxy!
23656_{8} Posts 

20130211, 21:17  #44 
"Vincent"
Apr 2010
Over the rainbow
17·167 Posts 
lets change the title to
Meth, not even once (today) 
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