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FBI misled judge who signed warrant for seizure of $86M in cash

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Wow.
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Mozilla reaffirms that Firefox will continue to support current content blockers

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Historical Dates

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Evidence suggests the 1899 transactions occurred as part of a global event centered around a deity associated with the lotus flower.
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Hahaha. Yep.
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Screwtape
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An explanation, for those as puzzled as I was:

Unix-based systems traditionally represent timestamps as "seconds since 1970-01-01". If some program requires a modification timestamp for some file and no accurate value is available, it will commonly use the value 0 as a default. When other systems carefully preserve that value, it leads to files with 1970-01-01 timestamp.

Spreadsheets traditionally represent timestamps as "(fractional) days since 1900-01-01". In the same way, asking for a timestamp when no valid information is available will often get the value 0 as a default. Since businesses run on Excel, there's a lot of transaction records with a 0 timestamp in Excel spreadsheets out there.

One last wrinkle: The first wildly popular spreadsheet, Lotus 1-2-3, had a bug: it assumed that the year 1900 was a leap year, so it assumed 1900-02-29 existed, and so every date timestamp after that point was off by one. When Microsoft created Excel, they carefully reimplemented that bug for compatibility's sake, but if you're a historian looking at the data, you might reasonable assume that spreadsheets stored timestamps as "(fractional) days since 1899-12-31". If you're storing timestamps in some different format, it might not be obvious that those are zero dates - you might assume there's just a lot of transactions processed on that day.
martinbaum
9 hours ago
Staggeringly thorough, thank you!

Fly.io makes infrastructure easy (for us developers)

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The modern way for troubleshooting high Linux system load (2020)

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Taco Bell’s mouthwatering Beyond Meat steak will turn you into a plant-based believer

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Still not convinced that fake meat can replicate the real thing? Make a run for the border . . . or at least head to Dayton, Ohio.

By now it should be obvious to even the most skeptical and blood-lustful carnivore that plant-based meat products are impressively close to replicating the real thing. But if you’re still not sold on the ability of meatless substitutes to satisfy your cravings for animal flesh while also nudging you closer to a vegan diet, consider hopping on a plane to Dayton, Ohio, next month and grabbing a taste of Taco Bell’s new plant-based carne asada steak, courtesy of Beyond Meat.

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