April 1st, 2008 - pranksters joy

Will try and give some links to some good ones as they come through ... and so will a whole gaggle of Wikipedians (I hope - the April 1, 2008 page wasn't there at time of writing this)

INNOVATION MAY BE DETRIMENTAL TO BUSINESS - report I get via email that had me pondering the points until the very end. Nice work

Aha - here we go, good old Google Australia with their time jumping gDay™ with MATE™
The core technology that powers gDay™ is MATE™ (Machine Automated Temporal Extrapolation).

Using MATE’s™ machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques developed in Google’s Sydney offices, we can construct elements of the future.

Their "FAQ" is funny:
Q: Wait a second. I live in the US. Does this mean I’m now 2 days behind Australia?
A: Yes. Yes it does.

Q: Why is this section titled "frequently asked questions", when the product is barely released?
A: We used gDay™ to work out the questions that people would ask.

GMail also has a giggle with Gmail Custom Time™
How do I use it?
Just click "Set custom time" from the Compose view. Any email you send to the past appears in the proper chronological order in your recipient's inbox. You can opt for it to show up read or unread by selecting the appropriate option.

Is there a limit to how far back I can send email?
Yes. You'll only be able to send email back until April 1, 2004, the day we launched Gmail. If we were to let you send an email from Gmail before Gmail existed, well, that would be like hanging out with your parents before you were born -- crazy talk.

How does it work?
Gmail utilizes an e-flux capacitor to resolve issues of causality (see Grandfather Paradox).

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