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« Reply #15 on: July 10, 2006, 01:13:21 AM »

Quote from: "Sumo Jo"
I'm so big I have my own timezone.



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« Reply #16 on: July 10, 2006, 10:55:30 PM »

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The whole time zone thing needs a change. It needs to be broken up into equal slices, not the garbage we have now..

Yeah, I agree. Why couldn't the whole world be on the same time? Does it matter that much whether it's not 12:00 noon when the sun is overhead? Suppose where you live that the sun was overhead at 4pm or 7am, would it really matter?

If we were all on the same time, instead of asking someone on the phone: "What time is it over there?", you might ask: "What time is sunset over there? Given this same time, when you took a plane trip somewhere and your plane leaves at 9am and arrives at 5pm, then you would know that the flight takes 8 hours.

Whereas now you have to figure out what the arrival time of 5pm means  to you, meaning that you have to know what timezone you are arriving into, as well as whether they are on daylight savings time, and adjust the time relative to yours so that you can figure out how long the flight is. Stupid isn't it?

When you get to your destination, instead of asking what time it is in order to reset your watch, you would need to ask what time dawn or sunset is, in order to adjust your sleeping and eating times, which you still have to do now anyway.

When you decide to call home, instead of figuring out what time it is at home, just look at your good old watch. For example, if it's 2pm, you need to know that people at home don't get up until 4 or 5pm.

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« Reply #17 on: July 11, 2006, 07:23:30 AM »

Just something you told me when we were discussing about the metric system: for most people, changing is difficult Wink
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« Reply #18 on: July 11, 2006, 09:56:46 AM »

@Moneo: I've never had an issue w/ time zones themself.... the DST is the only thing that's really weird....

But this is what I see when you explian that "better" way.. The way I look at a clock, is a way to locate yourself during the day....

example, I wake up at 6:30am, Normaly eat breakfast around 7:00-8:00am, lunch at 11:00am(or later, some days I might skip it), and so on.... and if I was to pack up and move to the UK, I'd like to keep the same numerical values to my daily pattern, w/o relearing what values equal to what time of the day....

Besides, to me it's faster to sort out time zones when chatting w/ someone overseas, west of me in the US, etc (I can look at my gaim buddy list, and know what time it is for all the ppl on there, w/o much thought).... And calculating this isn't that hard:

I leave at 4pm for the UK, 2 hour flight(est, just for example), 4+2=6 >> 6+5=11pm arivial time...

My two cents... If I made any since... :roll:
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« Reply #19 on: July 12, 2006, 08:38:10 PM »

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Just something you told me when we were discussing about the metric system: for most people, changing is difficult Wink

You're right. People don't like change. In this case, mostf people have no reason to change. In the U.S. for example, the vast majority of people never give timezones a second thought 'cause they hardly ever get away from home. A few who travel a lot, or have friends and relatives in different timezones, will think about timezones briefly.

So, my terrific idea about having the same time all over the world, would make 23/24 of the world have to change their timezones, which they wouldn't like. A friend once told me: "Your ideas are like a mountain stream: clear, cool, swift --- shallow and full of rocks."

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