Beefy Boxes and Bandwidth Generously Provided by pair Networks
Don't ask to ask, just ask
 
PerlMonks  

Re^11: Daylight saving time in my region should be...

by jdporter (Canon)
on Dec 07, 2011 at 03:06 UTC ( #942149=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^10: Daylight saving time in my region should be...
in thread Daylight saving time in my region should be...

Correct me if I'm wrong

Gladly. I think it comes down to the following:

  1. It eliminates ambiguity. 0900-1700 has exactly one meaning, globally.
  2. It eliminates the need to do timezone math. (I.e. They say they're open 9-5. What do I have to add/subtract to turn that into my time?)
Whether these differences are huge or minor, and for whom, will depend on various factors, but I believe that they'll be very significant much more than they'll be insignificant.

I think one test of whether the proposal would work is to look at how the scheme is already being used. There are organizations already who run exclusively on UTC. How do they fare?


Comment on Re^11: Daylight saving time in my region should be...
Re^12: Daylight saving time in my region should be...
by ikegami (Pope) on Dec 07, 2011 at 04:01 UTC

    This might not be improved much if at all under the above proposal, but it certainly wouldn't be any worse.

    You're now saying UTC would be way better (not merely "not any worse") in this case. And I agree in this specific case. "1400-2300 from dates X to Y, 1300-2200 the rest of the time" is a tad better than "9-5 Eastern".

    It comes down to how often one has to specify dates along with times. Of course, that stops being an issue if daylight tracking is also eliminated, but there are good arguments to track daylight.

    Note: Your argument rests on the premise that UTC eliminates math is true. It's not true unless you only deal with people who also live somewhere that abandoned time zones.

    Update: Added second and third paragraph.

      It's not true unless you only deal with people who also live somewhere that abandoned time zones.

      Well, right. This proposal (to eliminate timezones) would not be very effective unless the entire world went along with it.

Log In?
Username:
Password:

What's my password?
Create A New User
Node Status?
node history
Node Type: note [id://942149]
help
Chatterbox?
and the web crawler heard nothing...

How do I use this? | Other CB clients
Other Users?
Others drinking their drinks and smoking their pipes about the Monastery: (11)
As of 2014-08-22 07:05 GMT
Sections?
Information?
Find Nodes?
Leftovers?
    Voting Booth?

    The best computer themed movie is:











    Results (148 votes), past polls