someguy3 ,

Hmmm now that I think about this a light year would be (should be) based on an average year, not what we observe in any given year.

365.2425 days. Different searches give different results but that’s what I’m going with.

EtzBetz ,

I would’ve said 365.25 days?


No, years divisible by 100 aren’t leap years, except if they’re also divisible by 400.

datelmd5sum ,

what is this, some sort of FizzBuzz calendar?

EtzBetz ,

Oh right, I had some programming exercise about this, way back.

someguy3 , (edited )

They skip leap years every now and then. And then skip the skip. Etc. The rotation of the earth around the sun and the spin of the earth on its axis simply don’t line up into a nice number.

EtzBetz ,

Oh okay. Yeah I only have that rule of “every 4 years” in my head. I did some other programming exercise way back where we had some other rule, but I was thinking that it would end up being the same.

psud ,

You’d be imprecise for civil timekeeping, but spot on for astronomy

The civil rule is it’s a leap year if the year is divisible by 4, unless it is also divisible by 100 unless it is also divisible by 400

We saw the rules play out in 2000 (at least those of us over 23 saw it) which is a year divisible by 100 and by 400 so it was a leap year

Yours (and astronomy’s) is Julian style “if it’s divisible by 4”

I prefer the newer calendars, where there is no good mental calculation for leap years - it’s a leap year when the computer says it’s a leap year

IHawkMike ,

I almost certainly won’t be alive for it, but it’s funny to think about how confused people are going to be when 2100 isn’t a leap year.

callyral , avatar

idk, it feels more intuitive for it to be based on the mode (most common) year length (365) instead of the average year length (365.2425).


The boring answer is that in physics a year is just defined as the time it takes for the Earth to orbit the sun, they don’t care about calendars and leap years

psud ,

I would think that the best time period to use for a light year is whatever year definition has been used to date

Now let’s work on the best second to use for the light second

Sibbo ,

Why not redefine lightyears to include a leap year every four years. Except when the number ends on 00, but only if it is not divisible by 400. Physics would be so much easier!

Kecessa , (edited )

Well it’s in fact easy to calculate…

To make it easier to visualize we’ll start with year 400. From year 400 to year 799 you’ve got a leap year every 4 years except for years 500, 600, 700 and including year 400, so that’s 25 leap years for the first century and 24 for the others.

So you’ve got 25 + (3x24) = 97 leap years

And 75 + (3 x 76) = 303 non leap years

(97 x 366) + (303 x 365) = 146097 days every 400 years which means a year is 365.2425 days long on average.

365.2425 x 24 = 8765.82 hours on average

8765.82 x 60 x 60 = 31 556 952 seconds per year on average

31 556 952 x 299 792 458 (speed of light per second) = a light year is 9460536207068016 meters long or 9460536207068.016 km long when adjusted to take leap years into consideration.

Sibbo ,

Okay, but now whenever you state one light year, it’s just a normal year. When you state four, it is three normal ones and one leap year. So four times one light year would not equal four light years.

Kecessa , (edited )

You asked for a lightyear adjusted based on leap years, I provided the number. It’s a bit more than 365 light days and a bit less than 366 light days, it’s closer to the real distance covered by light during the time the earth goes around the sun.

Edit: Don’t know why anyone would downvote me for providing what OP asked for in the first place, especially when their reply didn’t really make sense in the context…


Alt text lol

MidRomney ,

Just wondering, but do people actually find xkcd funny? Are these comics supposed to be funny?

Opafi ,

do people actually find xkcd funny?

Yes. And I should know, I’m a people.

metaStatic ,

get out, I'm people too. we should start a club.

Opafi ,

Peoplebros! Who’d have thought I’d meet another people here??

towerful ,

Bro, me too! I bet there are almost a dozen of us!

jballs ,

I’m a people.

Citation needed

noughtnaut , avatar

I don’t have an exact reference for you, but it sounds like a quote from Hawkeye (Alan Alda) from MASH.

jballs ,

Haha I wasn’t looking for a quote, I was just making the “citation needed” joke that XKCD throws into a lot of stuff.

Firefly7 , avatar

This one made me laugh. Most I just find to be novel, silly, or interesting, but a fair few are pretty funny to me.

umbraroze , avatar

It's a comic published multiple times a week. Common social etiquette is that if you find it funny (which is known to happen), you give it a grin or a mild chuckle or whatever, and then move on with your morning and, by extension, the rest of your life.

GlitterInfection ,

It falls often into sensible chuckle territory rather than stand-up comic material kind of funny.

Knock_Knock_Lemmy_In ,

Interesting you chose verbal delivery as being superior to drawn humor.

GlitterInfection ,

I didn’t make a judgement on either.

suction ,

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  • thepreciousboar ,

    Troll or not, this is the most ridicoulous take I’ve ever heard lol

    suction ,

    You must not leave your basement much

    BeigeAgenda , avatar

    How original 🙄

    thepreciousboar ,

    You can try insulting me as much as you want, your elementary school comeback is not going to land

    psud ,

    I see people like you, and I am reminded that Lemmy has nothing to dissuade those who chase the largest negative score.

    Not saying that’s what you’re doing, just that if you aren’t, you should consider it since you seem good at it

    suction ,

    The day I start caring for internet points I want to be shot on the spot, please. I know, hard concept to grasp for low-to-middle educated Japanese culture aficionados.

    johannesvanderwhales ,

    If you define nerds = everything I don’t like, then clearly nerds are the problem!

    sleen ,

    If not for nerds you wouldn’t be typing this paragraph due to the internet being non existent.

    suction ,

    Citation needed for „the people who invented the internet were 100% nerds“

    moriquende ,

    Citation needed for your entire previous comment lmao. Most nerds are actually really nice people and lean left politically.

    Aatube , avatar
    brbposting ,

    RIP Aaron

    King & nerd

    Should be here leading the fediverse today (or something better)

    Buddahriffic ,

    Al Gore was pretty nerdy, at least as depicted in the South Park documentaries.

    psud ,

    It really does feel mainstream to come up with tech specs for a new comms technology, not the sort of thing that nerds* might do /s

    Tim Burners-Lee** worked in particle accelerators. Total jock****.

    • People excessively interested in tech

    ** Inventor of HTML - the web

    **** I’m old. The world is divided into nerds and jocks per Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

    suction ,

    TIL the only non-Mainstream people are nerds

    ZDL , avatar

    You seem nice.

    BeigeAgenda , avatar

    I think it’s hilarious that you promote nerd bashing on a platform where the majority is working with IT, just look how often posts from Programmer Humor trend.

    suction ,

    Is it „bashing“ though to point out the well researched fact that the new right wing demagogues and fascists are finding a lot of sympathy from nerd circles ? The „manosphere“, gamers, Japanese culture afficionados (because alleged racial purity), 4chan trolls, etc.

    Just saying „that’s not all nerds“ isn’t doing a good job of convincing anyone that they’re a problem and they didn’t use to be one. Something has changed.

    BeigeAgenda , avatar

    What a depressing load of conspiracy nonsense you got hold of there. 🙄

    I really don’t want to get any links to pages that “prove” your point.

    Miaou ,

    I think your average afd voter is more likely to bully nerds than befriend them.

    Academia, the place where the woke idealogy is propped up by… Querdenker nerds? Lol give me a break

    Sage_the_Lawyer ,

    Fucking what?

    It is well documented that the more educated someone is, the more likely they are to vote for left-wing politics.…/a-wider-ideological-gap-between…

    Thus the right’s war on education. They want uneducated masses to inundate with propaganda, not critical thinkers.

    Also I think your definition of “nerd” is absurdly narrow. Dictionary says it’s someone who is either highly enthusiastic about a particular topic or someone who is boringly studious. That’s like, virtually everyone with a college degree. People tend to major in things they’re enthusiastic about. Or, if they’re just after the “best” diploma, they’re probably in the “boringly studious” category.

    You can be a nerd about anything, and I’d actually wager most people are a nerd about at least one thing. It’s not limited to the categories you arbitrarily selected to make your point (without any actual evidence presented, I might add).

    wrath_of_grunge , avatar


    not every joke is going to land with everyone. sometimes they're not even jokes, just pointing out absurdities.

    if they don't land with you, i wouldn't stress it. sometimes the humor is extremely nerdy. it's like the Far Side or Monty Python. it's not everyone's cup of tea, and that's OK.

    brbposting ,

    Wholesome reply 🥰

    NeatNit ,

    They’re hit or miss. This one is mildly amusing to me. It’s been going strong 3 comics a week for how many years now? Not all of them are good of course, some I consider just bad but I think most weeks have at least one good one.

    psud ,

    I would argue that nearly no one finds this one funny but many found this one funny

    The OP comic is less accessible than the empiricism one, so the target audience is smaller, some of the smaller audience comics required one knew Firefly, open source memes, and Corey Doctorow. When you’re in the target group the comics are especially hilarious

    Some have fallen flat for me until I looked up XKCD explained, since I have very low knowledge of pop culture. I wouldn’t say those aren’t funny, I say I don’t get them

    randomaccount43543 OP ,
    youngalfred ,

    there’s never been a “Papal starship”^[citation ^needed]

    nickhammes ,

    There hasn’t been a Papal starship yet. I’m pretty sure he could Christen one, or delegate that authority to the bishop of the moon, an actual thing that technically exists.

    wandermind ,
    Kusimulkku ,

    Clearly they don’t know about Hyperion books

    Frozengyro ,

    That was my first thought

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