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Minecraft To Officially Launch 11/11/11 235

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tekgoblin writes "Minecraft has currently sold about 2 million copies and it's still only in beta. However, the developers have just announced that the game will officially launch on 11/11/11. The date 11/11/11 was actually chosen because it falls on the same date as other various game releases, the most notable being Skyrim."
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Minecraft To Officially Launch 11/11/11

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  • by SIR_Taco (467460) on Thursday April 07, 2011 @11:14PM (#35753328) Homepage

    It seems Slashdot currently has currently first class editing :)

  • Which date? (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 07, 2011 @11:19PM (#35753354)

    Is that mm/dd/yy or dd/mm/yy?
    I wouldn't want to get my dates mixed up.

    • by ynp7 (1786468)

      Obviously it's yy/mm/dd! Were you raised by wolves or something?

    • Re:Which date? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Afforess (1310263) <afforess@gmail.com> on Thursday April 07, 2011 @11:37PM (#35753488) Journal
      I know you're joking but....

      I like the European date format. dd/mm/yy makes sense, since it goes from the smallest time frame (days), to the largest. The American format seems silly.

      - PS: I'm American.
      • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

        by Anonymous Coward
        YY/MM/DD is actually the one that makes the most sense. It's the only one that's automatically sorted by date, even by programs that don't recognize that it's a date format.
        • by Afforess (1310263)
          IMHO, dates should be easily human readable, not easily computer readable. Last I checked, computers served people, not the other way around.
          • by jhoegl (638955)
            But computers were made by humans... who serves who?
          • by PitaBred (632671)

            I still prefer reading them in that order. Broadest timescale to most precise.

          • by grim-one (1312413)
            Are you implying that YY/MM/DD is not easily human readable? I would suggest that's just because you've been trained to recognize other formats.
          • by GORby_ (101822)

            Well, to me, YYYY/MM/DD is the only format that is equally easy to understand for people all over the world. Without knowing where I'm from, it's almost impossible to know which date I'm talking about when I say something will happen on 09/11/2011. On the internet, this gets confusing rather quickly.

            The date format is the only one I'm aware of that's commonly used where the largest unit doesn't come first (in writing). Let's try that with two others:
            - time: 12 minutes and 13 seconds past 9 --> 13:12:9 fo

          • by Kentari (1265084)

            It's just a habit. I live in Europe but I use the yyyy/mm/dd for my photography collection exactly because it is always sorted correctly. As a result I read yyyy/mm/dd just as easily as dd/mm/yyyy, I only get confused with people use the irritating mm/dd/yyyy or some other variant.

            Just because you're not used to it doesn't mean it isn't "human readable".

          • by Jesus_666 (702802)
            YYYY-MM-DD is fairly human-readable. It adheres to how numbers usually work: Biggest component goes left. Yes, it's worse when written YY-MM-DD and even worse when written YY/MM/DD but that's just people being lazy. Having a four-digit year component should tell you everything you need to know about the order of the components.

            For the record, I'm from Germany where we use DD.MM.YY. For me, dot-separaton implies that ordering, dash-separation implies ISO 8601 ordering and slash-separation implies the weird
      • Re:Which date? (Score:5, Insightful)

        by internettoughguy (1478741) on Thursday April 07, 2011 @11:50PM (#35753572)

        I know you're joking but....

          I like the European date format. dd/mm/yy makes sense, since it goes from the smallest time frame (days), to the largest. The American format seems silly.

          - PS: I'm American.

        Agreed, but it would also make even more sense to do it big endian, that way it's in line with how we notate time ie; YYYY/MM/DD/hh/mm/ss.

        • Re:Which date? (Score:5, Insightful)

          by hoggoth (414195) on Friday April 08, 2011 @10:21AM (#35756986) Journal

          And YYYY/MM/DD sorts very nicely.

      • Actually, the date format used by most seems silly. Best Date format is yyyymmdd hh:mm:ss It doesn't need fixing for anything. You need to shorten it, you can cut off end bits as needed and it still is readable. You can take out all the punctuation that makes it readable and it is just as valid. You can strip bits easily. You can sort it.

        My $.02

        • This is still weird format. Using Unix time is much more rational. It is based on the SI unit of time, the second. It avoids the ugly mix of archaic Babylonian base sixty number system and decimal one.

          • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

            by Anonymous Coward

            Unix time isn't just rational. It's an integer!

          • Using Unix time is much more rational. It is based on the SI unit of time, the second.

            The UNIX timestamp is based on UTC. UTC [wikipedia.org] is based on atomic time plus an offset to keep the Prime Meridian facing the Sun every 86400 seconds. Earth days are slightly longer than 86400 seconds, and UTC is periodically adjusted to match the planet's actual rotation by adding leap seconds (e.g. 23:59:60) [wikipedia.org]. Such a leap second has the same UNIX time as the second after it. So yes, a split into day and second can be justified.

        • by dwater (72834)

          define 'most'....afaik yyyymmdd is used in China, for example...that's 1/5 of the population...I hear Japan uses that too, so that's ~1/5...

          ah, I see this has already been documented to some degree of accuracy : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Date_format_by_country [wikipedia.org] : DMY is 3200 vs YMD 1500

        • by baKanale (830108)

          The best part is that a list of dates in the YYYYMMDD format, when sorted alphabetically, is automatically sorted by date.

      • It does seem silly. I imagine it comes from the way we tell people dates. It's September 11th to most people in the US. Other countries tend to say the 11th of September. Us lazy Americans found out we could eliminate "the" and "of" and still communicate the date.
        • by mcvos (645701)

          You could even eliminate the 'th'. In Dutch, we say "11 september" (we even eleminated a capital there).

        • by Jesus_666 (702802)
          We Germans did it without reordering anything. We say it like "11th September".
      • by Hadlock (143607)

        While it makes sense, in the long run having the month first helps with planning things. Often things have a firm deadline by the month, but the actual day on which it is finished in the month is very flexible. For historical dates, except in rare instances, months are accurate enough to follow what happened so long ago (and often so are years). Being as specific as listing the day is pedantic in most cases, particularly after the fact.

      • by Tom (822)

        It is also a lot more useful for expansion.

        You know, in short-term scheduling, you need the day only. So you can write "on the 12." - but then when you need to be more specific, you simply expand that to "on the 12.5." - you add more detail as required, and you always add in the same way (at the end).

        It's logically consistent. Then again, maybe I just think so because I'm European.

      • by kikito (971480)

        The yyyy-mm-dd makes more sense because chronological order matches alphabetical order.
        And that's just convenient.

      • by jgtg32a (1173373)
        It really only seems silly when you are writing numbers down, but it is more natural when it comes to communication. When planning and talking about events the exact times usually aren't known or exact time frames aren't needed so we talk in larger time frames, months, if more information is needed we can then set an actual date. Years are tagged onto the end because they really aren't relevant most of the time, and the words next and last will cover most conversations.
      • by DarthVain (724186)

        I'm Canadian and I always use day, month, year.

        Of course we use mostly metric up here, maybe its another metric VS imperial thing...

      • by Fozzyuw (950608)

        I like using ISO formatting for dates YYYY-MM-DD. Then again, I'm a programmer.

        But I was curious about date formats. I knew Wikipedia would have some insight [wikipedia.org]. They have an interesting global map of color coded countries that use one of the 3 formats (Y/M/D, D/M/Y, or M/D/Y).


      • I like the European date format. dd/mm/yy makes sense, since it goes from the smallest time frame (days), to the largest. The American format seems silly.

        - PS: I'm American.

        While I completely agree with you on this one, I'm helpless when it comes to working with it. It's like customary vs. metric -- I can't think that way. Fahrenheit vs. Celsius, can't think that way. And yes, I think that logically Celsius makes far more sense.

        The only way around such bullshit is to just teach the right way with the kids a

    • by w0mprat (1317953) on Friday April 08, 2011 @12:49AM (#35753888)

      Is that mm/dd/yy or dd/mm/yy?
      I wouldn't want to get my dates mixed up.

      Huh? I thought 11/11/11 it was binary and I'd missed it by 1001 years and 11 months.

    • I'm disappointed with Slashdot. Every sane person writes dates in ISO 8601 format.
      YYYY-MM-DD.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_8601 [wikipedia.org]

  • by bmo (77928)

    They're going to release it on Veterans' Day (Armistice Day, Remembrance Day)

    This seems... odd.

    --
    BMO

    • by JanneM (7445)

      It's also the opening of Karnival in Germany, Singles Day in China and Pepero (Pocky rip-off) day in South Korea. Non e of which seem to produce much on an outcry.

      Could move it to the day before, but then you'd collide with Panama Independence day, Ataturk Rememberance day and the Heroe's day in Indonesia. And the day after is the death day of Cornelis Wreeswijk and Percival Lowell, and the Comoro islands joining the United Nations.

      Point being, you can't really pick any day without it being significant in s

      • by mcvos (645701)

        It's also the opening of Karnival in Germany, Singles Day in China and Pepero (Pocky rip-off) day in South Korea. Non e of which seem to produce much on an outcry.

        It's also Sint Maarten in the north of Netherland. How are kids supposed to be going around the neighbourhood singing songs for candy, knowing that a new game has just been released? Terribly insensitive.

    • I know! Why would they release it on corduroy day?
    • by Xest (935314)

      They did the same with Call of Duty: World at War, I don't have too much of a problem with Minecraft being released on that date as it's really unrelated to war, but I felt the CoD: WaW stunt was a bit tasteless, 11/11 isn't something that should be trivialised as a marketing stunt for a game about war as it's frankly disrespectful.

  • I would always enter 11/11/11 as the system date. (You would have to enter the date every time you restarted). I must have been psychic.

  • ...to reschedule the Skyrim release date. It'll be a disaster going up against the sheer awesome firepower of Minecraft!

    • I expect many fans of one game would enjoy the other. I'm more likely to buy Minecraft than Skyrim this year, but mostly because my desktop is old and feeble.

      By the way, last time I looked at the Minecraft site, it had sold over a million licenses. Isn't that a colossal success already?

  • Obligatory XKCD (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward

    http://xkcd.com/861/

  • Number two on top 10 Games, Number 3 on top 10 Gamefaqs message boards. Just below World of WarCraft in both cases. Good indication that "the people" like it a lot! Also generates tons of videos on YouTube. It is a phenomenon.
  • Also, is that whole thread-per-connection thing gonna be fixed before then? (Signs point to no, of course.)

    • by nedlohs (1335013)

      The alpha or the beta obviously.

    • by tepples (727027)

      is that whole thread-per-connection thing gonna be fixed before then?

      Without a proper select() that can wait for both events from sockets and events other than from sockets on Windows, what's the right way to handle multiple connections?

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