SOA settings

Warren Kumari warren at
Fri Feb 2 22:00:10 UTC 2018

On Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 3:31 PM, Dave Warren <dw at> wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 2, 2018, at 11:57, Warren Kumari wrote:
>> Hopefully Lewis knows / understand that we are just squabbling amongst
>> ourselves because we've know each other for a long time and this is in
>> good humor.
> Yes indeed :)
>> The actual values used are open to tuning, but in the original
>> posting, you, that was 15 seconds, and was *probably* a typo for 15
>> minutes. I personally always use seconds in my zonefiles, and avoid
>> the new fangled hours / weeks / syntax.
> I'm the exact other way around, I prefer content to be as human readable as possible, and in my experience most humans work better with smaller numbers including units (especially under stress/pressure).

What?! You mean you still think in archaic units like hours and laghu
and days and fortnights and similar?! Weird.... Do you measure length
in alen? Or kyndemil?

I use seconds for *everything* -- when pointy-haired boss types ask if
I'm actually working on a project (instead of, you know, snarking on
mailing lists) I tell them that I've put in "more than 2834 seconds in
the past 2 weeks alone". The arbitrary precision and large number
makes it sound like I've done way more than, you know, less than an

It only takes a few 2678400 seconds to get into this habit - if you
are having a hard time adjusting, I'd recommend Kris Allen's seminal
work -   [0] - this is
only the first in a planned series; IIRC, the next one will cover the
number of seconds needed to cook an egg to the desired yolk
consistency, and the following one, for some unknown reason, helps you
remember the gestation period of a muskrat.

> Each to their own, obviously.

P.S: You are welcome for the earworm.

I don't think the execution is relevant when it was obviously a bad
idea in the first place.
This is like putting rabid weasels in your pants, and later expressing
regret at having chosen those particular rabid weasels and that pair
of pants.

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