Hugo Kornelis (3/11/2013)
Good question on a feature that, hopefully, nobody ever relies on anymore.
It always surpriseded me that anyone relied on it, except in early cobol programs where dates were strings and every byte counted.
After all, 64 bit time - often represented as microseconds since 1900-01-01T00:00:00.000000, but sometimes 32-bit date (days) and 32-bit time (microseconds - a serious waste of 3 bits there :hehe
- has been used in many languages since about 1968, so that string representations of dates were no longer a storage issue except for cobol programmers and those addicted to text strings for dates.
Minor issues: it looks like the distracter options for value 1 and value 2 have been switched, and there was only one answer option for value 4.
The switch of distractors maybe did no harm - it seems somewhat incredible, but to date 12% of people picked the distractor for value 1, apparently believing that a two digit year 49 could stand for a 4-digit year ending in 50, while only 9% picked the distractor for value 3 which required a far less bizarre mistake. But perhaps the craziest result is that 10% failed to get value 4 right although no wrong option was provided
, although that 5% could believe that two different values were both correct for value 1 is also rather surprising.