New Decade Tweet
On the 31st December I caused chaos, uproar and great discussion on twitter with this one tweet! I got over 50 ReTweets (when you combine new style with the old style) and had deep discussions and arguments with about 15 people over this issue so I thought with such a controversial issue it is only fair to blog about it now and explain why 2011 is the start of ‘the next decade’ and not 2010!
Before I start I am going to clarify that there is no doubt that the 70s run from 1970 to 1979, the 80s from 1980 to 1989, the 90s from 1990 to 1999, and so forth however this naming of decades is what causes the confusion. Any 10 years are a decade, so in theory what is stated before is perfectly correct and is what is understood in common culture. I, however want to look at the technicalities and the decades in accordance with our calendar.
In most countries nowadays we use the Gregorian Calendar which is based upon the Julian Calendar. Both the Gregorian and Julian Calendar have no Year 0. This means that the first year in these calendars is 1AD and that 1BC is followed by 1AD. If the first year is 1AD then the 10th year is 10AD and so the second decade begins on 11AD. The simplest way to think about this is to think about counting to 10 – you start from 1 and stop at 10.
This in turn also means that the centuries and mileniums start in on years enidng with a 1 and not a 0 – as the common perception would have you beleive so the celebrations for the new Millenium, should have been in the year 2001!
So what exactly are you selling?
Xbox 360 Live Gold Membership Card for PlayStation 3 that looks like MotoGP 08. Something is not right on this Amazon fail; the title says “Xbox 360 Live Gold Membership Card (12 Month) (12 Month)” but the photo shows MotoGP 08 and even more confusing, the platform for this product is PlayStation 3!
I have always wondered if there would be a way of selling idle CPU time. I know you can donate (with things like Folding@Home) it but why would I waste my electricity for that? I might do it in the future when I build my new computer that will have more than enough CPU cycles to share but if I was getting paid for it I would be more than happy to leave an array of computers running all the time selling CPU time.
After a bit of research I could only find one service on the internet that offered this service, CPUShare. The way the site works is that you register and create a “Sell Order” or a “Buy Order” depending on your needs. I have not yet attempted t test the buying side of the site but when you create your sell order a a unique ISO file is created that is associated with your order. You can then download this and run it on your system as a LiveCD or within a Virtual Macehine (this allows it to be run while you are using the computer yourself and also means that it can be compatible with Linux, Windows and Macintosh – which all have virtual machine software available to them).
This sounded perfect for me so I gave it a whirl and guess how much I made? In 12 hours I made nothing! Not a penny! You know why? Because there was no one who wanted to buy my CPU time. There are many factors which my attribute to this: the fact the buyer must eb running Linux (unlikely), the fact most people have enough CPU time or wouldn’t think of buying it and the fact it might be cheaer for them to just buy a more powerful PC.
Although this would be great for those of us who wouldn’t mind leaving a computer running all the time and raising money in the process the current business models available do not provide what the market (if there even is a market) needs.
Now I have never read the book “Mein Kampf” by Adolf Hitler but the first thing that hit me when reading this article on TechCrunch was that the screen shot showed that the book was rated for ages 9+! To start with, are there seriously any 9 year olds with an iPhone? If there are then there are some serious problems in society; why on earth would a 9 year old require an iPhone? My second issue was that, from what I have heard about the contents of Mein Kampf, there are strong anti-semitist views which I would not deem acceptable for a 9 year old to be viewing! I don’t know if you agree, but that’s just my point of view on this.
Mein Kamf is suitable for those aged 9+?