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    Posted: November 15 2013 at 11:32
When you check for new posts, the first several lengths of time you can choose from are every two hours, from 2 to 16. Except you can't pick ten? Why not? I can view posts from the last 2 hours, posts from the last 6 hours, and posts from the last 16. But no ten? And what about 14? This is very troubling to me. Is this really the direction PA is going; inconsistencies everywhere? TOTAL ANARCHY?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote HolyMoly Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 15 2013 at 11:48
The number 10 presents bizarre coding issues because of its binary format.  And fourteen isn't a real number anyway.

edit:   since this is in the serious forum, I should add that I'm only kidding.


Edited by HolyMoly - November 15 2013 at 11:50
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 15 2013 at 12:34
The hour interval numbers  (1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 12, 16, 24) is a sequence of numbers that can be written as the product of factorials::

  1 = 1! 
  2 = 2!
  4 = 2! x 2!
  6 = 3!
  8 = 2! x 2! x 2!
12 = 2! x 3!
16 = 2! x 2! x 2! x 2!
24 = 2! x 2! x 3!

10 and 14 are not part of that sequence.

This has no significance, it's just one of those interesting mathematical curios.

The time-intervals approximate to a crude log-scale because this is how we perceive the passage of time - it also keeps the number of options in the drop-down to a minimum while still maintaining a degree of usability.... assuming that it ever actually works.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote chopper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 15 2013 at 13:07
Just go for 12, that will include the last 10.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Padraic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 15 2013 at 13:33
Don't worry man.  I've been here since 2006 and the forum still accuses me of spamming.
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