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Re^2: Daylight saving time in my region should be...

by ikegami (Pope)
on Dec 01, 2011 at 23:30 UTC ( #941194=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Daylight saving time in my region should be...
in thread Daylight saving time in my region should be...

I don't think you've considered the ramifications of switch to UTC..

Take for example a company with offices across three time zones. "Our office hours are 9-5" would become "our office hours are 9-5, 10-6, 11-7 between these dates and 10-6, 11-7, 12-8 the rest of the time".

Then, consider the shift in operating hours of most establishments in the spring and fall. Even if you officially abolish time zones, they're still going to persist unofficially because the chaos that would be caused by leaving it up to each establishment to decide if and when to shift their hours is just too great.

They are still very useful.


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Re^3: Daylight saving time in my region should be...
by FloydATC (Hermit) on Dec 05, 2011 at 12:58 UTC
    Not at all. If we ALL switched to UTC then office hours would be the same all year round all over the world and you could call anyone from your office without having to wait for them to wake up and get to work. If only we weren't so addicted to sunlight...
    -- Time flies when you don't know what you're doing
      You're incorrectly equating switching to UTC to no longer tracking the sun with operating hours. The two concepts are orthogonal. One can still operate during daylight hours while only using UTC, and one can have no daylight savings hours without using UTC.
Re^3: Daylight saving time in my region should be...
by jdporter (Canon) on Dec 05, 2011 at 14:37 UTC
    "Our office hours are 9-5" would become "our office hours are 9-5, 10-6, 11-7 ..."

    I don't think so. You'd say "office hours are 9-7." The fact that some of your offices might be closed during that window is (presumably) irrelevant.

    I reckon we are the only monastery ever to have a dungeon stuffed with 16,000 zombies.

      What? How is it irrelevant to tell employees they need to be at work from 10-6 instead of 9-7?

        Umm... It would be irrelevant, because those employees always go to work at N .. N+8, and they go home and eat dinner at N+9, and go to bed and N+12, and so on. The actual numbers don't matter!

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