Saturday Meme #6 Explained: Oct 31 == Dec 25
12 October 2012
There's a well-known joke within the programming community that goes something like this:Q: Why do programmers confuse Christmas with Halloween?A: Because Oct 31 == Dec 25Halloween is observed globally on October 31st and Christmas is on December 25th. But why do programmers "confuse" the two dates (such as the programmer on Saturday Meme #6)
The answer is that the octal (base 8) representation of the decimal number 25, is 31. Therefore decimal 25 (Dec 25) equals octal 31 (Oct 31). Thus the "confusion"
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