# Bitcoin Forum

## Other => Off-topic => Topic started by: neptop on November 29, 2011, 10:05:37 AM

 Title: Measuring time in blocks Post by: neptop on November 29, 2011, 10:05:37 AM Since Bitcoin will bring the dawn of a new world making anything better I think we should start measuring the time in blocks. It would make everything a lot funnier and also more scientifically correct -everything is relative, time is relative, everything is based on quantums, so everything is random.So how many blocks is it until Christmas?Oh and the New Year's countdown would be much more exciting!Hmm, maybe I should build an Arduino based block clock. Title: Re: Measuring time in blocks Post by: elggawf on November 29, 2011, 07:10:26 PM Measuring time in the future is horrendously inaccurate, as while you can take a pretty good guess at what it'll be (indeed the purpose of difficulty is to estimate and regulate this) between hashing power leaving and joining the network and the fact that the process is, well, random... it's just not a good way to measure time.Measuring in the past is probably a lot more useful, because you have a globally agreed-upon timestamp. But what do you gain from it besides a little geeky fun and a lot of confusion? :P Title: Re: Measuring time in blocks Post by: neptop on December 02, 2011, 05:55:08 PM It was a pun about Bitcoin saving the world. Like "GPS wouldn't work anymore, so war would be harder and everyone will leave in piece." Title: Re: Measuring time in blocks Post by: 2112 on December 02, 2011, 11:38:36 PM Quote from: neptop on November 29, 2011, 10:05:37 AMSo how many blocks is it until Christmas?Why you insists on calling the unit of time "block"? There is an already existing officially sanctioned SI unit: "decaminute".  :) Title: Re: Measuring time in blocks Post by: neptop on December 03, 2011, 01:21:38 PM Because a decaminute is fixed, while a block is variable.Let's say it's dynamic, sounds even better. It adapts to a ten minute frame, but sometimes, when you like write a test in school or try to defuse a bomb you can have even more time, while home time might come earlier.And that are just examples on how a block based time system would make the world a better place! :)How do you think god created the word on seven days? There wasn't anything so blocks took a loooong time, you know? On the other hand he is god and therefor his computer can solve blocks like instantly, which explains why millenniums are nothing to him. See, it all makes sense?Blocks are something completely natural and self-adjusting, just like free markets.