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Question: What do you think the 2000's will be remembered for?
The Decade of Paranoia - 8 (26.7%)
The Decade of Terror - 2 (6.7%)
The Decade of Climate Change Discussion - 1 (3.3%)
The Decade We Decayed - 3 (10%)
The Decade of Hope for the Future - 0 (0%)
The Decade the World Lost Hope - 0 (0%)
The Decade of One Hit Wonders - 0 (0%)
The Decade of Confusion - 1 (3.3%)
The Decade in Which We Failed - 1 (3.3%)
The Decade We Kept It Real - 0 (0%)
The Decade of Phonies - 0 (0%)
The Decade of Globalism - 1 (3.3%)
The Mortgaged Decade - 0 (0%)
The Undefined Decade - 3 (10%)
The Decade of the Young - 0 (0%)
The Decade of the Old - 0 (0%)
The Decade The World Came of Age - 0 (0%)
The Decade of Lowrider Jeans and Exposed Calvin Klein Underpants. - 0 (0%)
The Decade We Forgot the Poor - 1 (3.3%)
The Decade of Charity - 0 (0%)
The Decade of the Y Gen - 0 (0%)
The Decade In Which Love Waxed Cold - 0 (0%)
The Decade of Atheism - 0 (0%)
The Decade of Fundamentalism - 0 (0%)
Other (explain) - 9 (30%)
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« on: December 07, 2009, 11:21:33 PM »

As the 2000's draw to a close, what do you think this passing decade will be remembered for? This poll is the People's Choice for the by-line name of the decade we've just experienced.
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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2009, 11:23:35 PM »

Paranoia, from who's going to attack "us" next, will we have food on our table tomorrow, and is the Moscow Patriarchate scandalizing the faithful and endorsing Roman Catholicism by having some writings of Pope Benedict in a history book on Christian Europe.
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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2009, 11:33:02 PM »

I was really hoping that "the triumph of Orthodoxy" would be on that list! Wink
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2009, 11:34:31 PM »

The decade of nothing in particular...  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2009, 11:34:44 PM »

Could one of the moderators please edit the poll to allow those who haven't voted see the results? I think I checked the wrong box!
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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2009, 11:36:34 PM »

Several choices are vying for attention...

 Some bad for sure but the gates of hell will not prevail...
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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2009, 11:38:52 PM »

Could one of the moderators please edit the poll to allow those who haven't voted see the results? I think I checked the wrong box!

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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2009, 11:48:49 PM »

I'm going with paranoia or the one where we failed (meaning the USA).
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« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2009, 12:43:17 AM »

to be honest, these could describe other decades too.
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« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2009, 12:44:23 AM »

The Decade It All Came Unhinged.
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« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2009, 01:12:47 AM »

How about "yet another decade in the history of mankind."
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« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2009, 01:19:42 AM »

I got it...what really makes this decade different from others...increased power of the Media and Internet
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« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2009, 01:24:39 AM »

The Decade of Skinny Jeans, Unisexual hair styles and Movies based on books authored by Mormons.

(Yeah, I voted other).   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2009, 11:26:09 AM »

The Decade of all the above and more?
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« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2009, 11:58:45 AM »

As the 2000's draw to a close, what do you think this passing decade will be remembered for? This poll is the People's Choice for the by-line name of the decade we've just experienced.


The decade has another year to go.

People's Choice, eh?  Judging from what it topped the poll with, it seems that's People as in "People's Republic."
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« Reply #15 on: December 08, 2009, 12:05:15 PM »

As the 2000's draw to a close, what do you think this passing decade will be remembered for? This poll is the People's Choice for the by-line name of the decade we've just experienced.


The decade has another year to go.
Not usually. "The term usually refers to a period of ten years starting with 0 and ending in 9. For example, "the 1950s" refers to 1950 through to 1959 (inclusive)."

People's Choice, eh?  Judging from what it topped the poll with, it seems that's People as in "People's Republic."
What do you think the decade will be remembered for if anything?
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« Reply #16 on: December 08, 2009, 12:37:20 PM »

As the 2000's draw to a close, what do you think this passing decade will be remembered for? This poll is the People's Choice for the by-line name of the decade we've just experienced.


The decade has another year to go.
Not usually. "The term usually refers to a period of ten years starting with 0 and ending in 9. For example, "the 1950s" refers to 1950 through to 1959 (inclusive)."

I'm sorry. I should have specified "the Thinking Class."  How many people, when asked to count, start with zero?


People's Choice, eh?  Judging from what it topped the poll with, it seems that's People as in "People's Republic."
What do you think the decade will be remembered for if anything?
I voted for terror.
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« Reply #17 on: December 08, 2009, 01:05:51 PM »

What about the age of the internet? BTW, I'm curious...what do you actually call this decade? And what about the next, for that matter? I mean, like like when you say the 20's, 30's, etc.
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« Reply #18 on: December 08, 2009, 01:12:44 PM »

BTW, I'm curious...what do you actually call this decade? And what about the next, for that matter?
The first decade of last century was called "the Aughts". The second was the Teens.
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« Reply #19 on: December 08, 2009, 01:17:18 PM »

How many people, when asked to count, start with zero?

How many people believe that there is/was a "Year 0?"  Most go from 1 BC (or 1 BCE) to 1 AD (or 1 CE).
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« Reply #20 on: December 08, 2009, 01:18:28 PM »

BTW, I'm curious...what do you actually call this decade? And what about the next, for that matter?
The first decade of last century was called "the Aughts". The second was the Teens.

Wow, that's strange.
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« Reply #21 on: December 08, 2009, 01:21:21 PM »

I'm going with 'The Decade of Biology'

I think this decade will be be remembered for fundamental advances in the field of Modern Biology as the 1820's were for Mathematics, the 1920's were for physics, and the 1930's were for Computer Science.
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« Reply #22 on: December 08, 2009, 01:27:20 PM »

How many people, when asked to count, start with zero?

How many people believe that there is/was a "Year 0?" 
Astonomers, astrophysicists and in fact any scientist which uses the International Standard ISO 8601
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« Reply #23 on: December 08, 2009, 02:45:01 PM »

One of my favorite parts of Back to the Future: "Or witness the birth of Christ!" (he enters December 25, 0000) Cheesy

I'd say The Decade We Decayed.
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« Reply #24 on: December 08, 2009, 02:48:18 PM »

Astonomers, astrophysicists and in fact any scientist which uses the International Standard ISO 8601

Fascinating.  But this leads to the issue of numbering anything "BCE" between the ISO system and the rest of the world (i.e. history, art, anthropology, etc.).
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Astonomers, astrophysicists and in fact any scientist which uses the International Standard ISO 8601

Fascinating.  But this leads to the issue of numbering anything "BCE" between the ISO system and the rest of the world (i.e. history, art, anthropology, etc.).

But when you're talking in Millions or Billions of years ago, the issue of 2000 years is just signal noise.
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« Reply #26 on: December 08, 2009, 03:51:08 PM »


As the 2000's draw to a close, what do you think this passing decade will be remembered for? This poll is the People's Choice for the by-line name of the decade we've just experienced.



I chose “other”, none of the choices were unique to this decade. What amasses me about the end of any decade, (and this is the sixth one that I will see change over to a new one,  although I was not 10 until I was in my second decade),  is at the end of a  decade all the can’t-do-without consumer devices that one did not even know was needed at the beginning of the decade.
This time I think it is disposable cell phones, DVR’s, GPS’s, iPods, and touch-screen laptop PC’s.
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« Reply #27 on: December 08, 2009, 03:56:28 PM »

How many people, when asked to count, start with zero?

Programmers.  Tongue  Nothing screws up code like assuming an array starts at 1.  Wink
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« Reply #28 on: December 08, 2009, 03:58:47 PM »

Fascinating.  But this leads to the issue of numbering anything "BCE" between the ISO system and the rest of the world (i.e. history, art, anthropology, etc.).

But when you're talking in Millions or Billions of years ago, the issue of 2000 years is just signal noise.

True.  Or in this case, the issue of 1 year is a whisper in that noise Wink
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« Reply #29 on: December 08, 2009, 03:59:12 PM »

It's over ?
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« Reply #30 on: December 08, 2009, 03:59:31 PM »

How many people, when asked to count, start with zero?

Programmers.  Tongue  Nothing screws up code like assuming an array starts at 1.  Wink

This doesn't answer the question, since your statement assumes "programmers = people." Wink
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« Reply #31 on: December 08, 2009, 04:02:55 PM »

The decade of Apple!  aka the iDecade
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This doesn't answer the question, since your statement assumes "programmers = people." Wink

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« Reply #33 on: December 08, 2009, 04:09:22 PM »

Programmers  are just frugal, they do not want to waste a perfectly good number be skipping zero and starting with one.   (Numbers are not infinite to programmers, they often run out of them.)
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« Reply #34 on: December 08, 2009, 04:10:21 PM »

the decade of schmultz. I cooked with alot more schmultz in the last decade.
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Programmers  are just frugal, they do not want to waste a perfectly good number be skipping zero and starting with one.   (Numbers are not infinite to programmers, they often run out of them.)
It is more tradition now.  With memory no longer an issue in terms of allocation, and the changing of IEEE standards, outside of massive scientific computations, it is becoming harder and harder to run out of numbers.  The days of the standard 64 bit long integer are numbered, and the 128 bit double is now overtaking the 64 bit version (with 1024 bit ones being experimented with).
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« Reply #36 on: December 08, 2009, 05:16:40 PM »

Astonomers, astrophysicists and in fact any scientist which uses the International Standard ISO 8601

Fascinating.  But this leads to the issue of numbering anything "BCE" between the ISO system and the rest of the world (i.e. history, art, anthropology, etc.).
The year zero (0000) according to ISO8601 corresponds to the year 1BC-AD1 (a period of one year). So the correlation between ISO years and Gregorian years is:
ISO Year = Gregorian Year + 1
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Buddhist and Hindu Calendars all assume a year zero, which makes perfect sense. Time has to begin at zero whether your starting point is Creation, the Big Bang or the Incarnation. For example, if you were born in February AD1 and Christ was born in December, you would actually have been born one month prior to the Incarnation (i.e, in the era BC).
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« Reply #37 on: December 08, 2009, 05:34:58 PM »

Programmers  are just frugal, they do not want to waste a perfectly good number be skipping zero and starting with one.   (Numbers are not infinite to programmers, they often run out of them.)
It is more tradition now.  With memory no longer an issue in terms of allocation, and the changing of IEEE standards, outside of massive scientific computations, it is becoming harder and harder to run out of numbers.  The days of the standard 64 bit long integer are numbered, and the 128 bit double is now overtaking the 64 bit version (with 1024 bit ones being experimented with).

And even those won't be anywhere enough for large integer calculations. I can't count how many times I've had to use custom number formats in programmes. One extra number doesn't really help much, but starting with zero does simply the code (especially in being able to replace <= with <...both more elegant and computationally efficient).
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« Reply #38 on: December 08, 2009, 05:40:22 PM »

The Decade of Narcississtic Greed
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« Reply #39 on: December 08, 2009, 05:50:01 PM »

The Decade of Narcississtic Greed
Wasn't that the 80's...Yuppies, "Greed is good" and all that?
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« Reply #40 on: December 08, 2009, 05:58:38 PM »

The Decade of Narcississtic Greed
Wasn't that the 80's...Yuppies, "Greed is good" and all that?

I didn't recall persons from the 80's embezzling $65 Billion.

The "Yuppie" movement of the 1980's represented a maturation of those "free thinking" and "free loving" personas from the 1960's.

Perhaps the "Yuppies", emboldened by YouTube and social networking websites, wanted one more shot at their glory days at the expense of others.
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« Reply #41 on: December 08, 2009, 06:05:20 PM »

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Wasn't that the 80's...Yuppies, "Greed is good" and all that?

I didn't recall persons from the 80's embezzling $65 Billion.

The "Yuppie" movement of the 1980's represented a maturation of those "free thinking" and "free loving" personas from the 1960's.

Perhaps the "Yuppies", emboldened by YouTube and social networking websites, wanted one more shot at their glory days at the expense of others.
no, the 80's were the key party decade. Shocked
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« Reply #42 on: December 09, 2009, 11:37:44 AM »

The decade of cheese.
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« Reply #43 on: December 09, 2009, 08:11:06 PM »

The deckizzle.
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« Reply #44 on: December 09, 2009, 08:14:29 PM »

The deckizzle.

fo shizzle!  Grin
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« Reply #45 on: December 09, 2009, 08:15:20 PM »

The progessive decline of the average IQ.
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« Reply #46 on: December 09, 2009, 08:20:33 PM »

I sure hope the next decade is when we finally learn how to properly programme for multi-core processors.  The state it is in now is embarrassing.

And even those won't be anywhere enough for large integer calculations. I can't count how many times I've had to use custom number formats in programmes. One extra number doesn't really help much, but starting with zero does simply the code (especially in being able to replace <= with <...both more elegant and computationally efficient).

Thankfully you do it on your own.  Tongue  I've always found the computational sciences to be so needy when it comes to data structures.  laugh
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« Reply #47 on: December 09, 2009, 08:27:12 PM »

The progessive decline of the average IQ.

Not very catchy.  Oh, and ironically not a proper way of spelling "progressive." Wink
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« Reply #48 on: December 09, 2009, 08:29:14 PM »

The progessive decline of the average IQ.

Not very catchy.  Oh, and ironically not a proper way of spelling "progressive." Wink
LOL. Thanks Fr.
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