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GNU Coreutils: Date input formats
Our units of temporal measurement, from seconds on up to months, are so complicated, asymmetrical and disjunctive so as to make coherent mental reckoning in time all but impossible. Indeed, had some tyrannical god contrived to enslave our minds to time, to make it all but impossible for us to escape subjection to sodden routines and unpleasant surprises, he could hardly have done better than handing down our present system. It is like a set of trapezoidal building blocks, with no vertical or horizontal surfaces, like a language in which the simplest thought demands ornate constructions, useless particles and lengthy circumlocutions. Unlike the more successful patterns of language and science, which enable us to face experience boldly or at least level-headedly, our system of temporal calculation silently and persistently encourages our terror of time.

… It is as though architects had to measure length in feet, width in meters and height in ells; as though basic instruction manuals demanded a knowledge of five different languages. It is no wonder then that we often look into our own immediate past or future, last Tuesday or a week from Sunday, with feelings of helpless confusion. …

—Robert Grudin, Time and the Art of Living.
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5 days ago by thcipriani
GNU Coreutils: Date input formats
"Our units of temporal measurement, from seconds on up to months, are so complicated, asymmetrical and disjunctive so as to make coherent mental reckoning in time all but impossible. Indeed, had some tyrannical god contrived to enslave our minds to time, to make it all but impossible for us to escape subjection to sodden routines and unpleasant surprises, he could hardly have done better than handing down our present system."
robert-grudin  timekeeping  gnu  coreutils  dates  date-math  units  measurement  warelogging  documentation  technical-writing 
5 days ago by brennen
GNU Taler
One-Click Cash Payments!
GNU Taler is an electronic payment system under development at Inria. We expect to make it operational in 2017. You can learn about Taler on this website, try the demo and look at our developer and API documentation.
gnu  finance  money  cryptocurrency  payment  cryptocurrencies 
5 days ago by wjy
GNU Taler
GNU Taler is an electronic payment system under development at Inria.
gnu  cryptocurrencies  money  finance 
6 days ago by dagh
Code Staging in GNU Guix
Guix is so cool... Too bad it's a GNU project
gnu  guix  guile  scheme  lisp  papers 
17 days ago by campbellr
GNU Make Book | No Starch Press
Besides the obvious uses, make is handy for LaTeX, both generating PDFs and cleaning up afterwards. Seems to me like it could be handy for automatic generation of barlists, cutlists, and invoices if you were to go back to rebar detailing. Could automate stats generation as well.
gnu  make  programming  clang 
17 days ago by brentfarwick
SECTIONS Command
Approachable documentation to the GNU ld linker script syntax and semantics. It doesn't always work for the RISC-V version, but it mostly seems correct.
gnu  ld 
22 days ago by kc5tja

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