"Interesting", says Mark ShuttleWorth
"going into production Ubuntu" says Canonical,
"going away from Ubuntu" says I.
I guess the 21/6 rationale is that some people call it "the twenty-first of June." Those people are wrong. It is "June twenty-first," or if you prefer, "June twenty-one." Do those people call the time "the thirty-seventh of three p.m."? I think not.
Well, as far as I can see, the 6/21-rationale is only a result of how dates are read in the english language, and not in any other way "The Right Way", is it more rational to have your dates MM/DD/YYYY, than to have them DD/MM/YYYY, the first one is middle-endian and really weird, while the second one is a little-endian approach, that appreciates the fact that the month and year part to an increasing degree might be implicated.
I agree on YYYY/MM/DD being practical for sorting purposes, but DD/MM/YYYY is just as practical for reading fast. If you have YYYY/MM/DD, you'll have to read either right-to-left, or make some small mental adjustments for the order. When is knowing the year more important than the date of something? Mostly in historical discussions, where the date is often less important than the year (and in many cases, the year might be the best known part of a historical date), but with current events, the first thing you'd like to know, is the date (or perhaps the month if the timescale is a bit bigger), then the month, and then whether it will happen in the far future (some other year), or just simply this year.
What it comes down to for me, is that MM/DD/YYYY is a weird NUXI, somewhat of an abomination in the concept of writing down dates, either use little-endian dates, or big-endian dates. Quite a few languages even appreciate this, and pronounce dates DD/MM/YYYY. As an example, norwegians say "21. Juli 2010".
The argument for MM/DD becomes even worse when looking at how the clock is read, "Quarter Past Three", would imply writing time MM:HH, which is quite in line with writing little-endian dates...
stuck hunting for a crack online just so he could play the game he payed for.
Yeah, i hate when that happens... Wait, what? You had problems connecting for authentication, so you hunted ONLINE for cracks?
Apparently on Thursday (11/29) my hosting service provider bluehost received a request from a banking institute that "ISP 98" be removed.
On my web site on international finance law I had posted a couple of articles I had written and published the underlying laws. Laws is not 100 % accurate since in international finance, there are few conventions (that is government to government agreements to implement the same set of laws) but "international standard practices" (ISP), a set of rules agreed upon by banks and other interested parties, which everybody follows.
When asking bluehost today for technical support (Saturday), they asserted that bluehost's abuse department had contacted me.
Under the phone number on file I have not received any message from bluehost and since the last email I had received from bluehost dates from two weeks back, their technical staff suggested that bluehost had sent the email after they shut me down.
The banking institute never contacted me.
The shutdown means that I cannot access any of my several domains unconnected to the allegedly infringing site or receive email from them.
The request by the banking institute raises an interesting question whether international practices/customs can be copyrighted.