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Re: Time Pedantry (was Re: [SLUG] Which bank doesn't use Linux servers?)
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- Subject: Re: Time Pedantry (was Re: [SLUG] Which bank doesn't use Linux servers?)
- From: Jamie Wilkinson <jaq@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 7 Apr 2010 11:51:36 +1000
On 1 April 2010 16:56, Daniel Pittman <daniel@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Nick Andrew <nick@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>> On Thu, Apr 01, 2010 at 03:39:00PM +1100, Daniel Pittman wrote:
>>> If it was my call, I would probably do the same thing. Way too many
>>> developers get simple things like "this day has no 2:30AM" or "this day has
>>> two 2:00AMs" wrong.
>> That's why Daylight Savings is fundamentally evil. Too much time data is
>> stored in non-canonical formats.
> ...but the real question is if we love or hate the GMT/UTC difference, and
*cough* :60 *cough*
> Also, do we hate the earthquake that changed the length of the day for messing
> with our time-keeping?
> (And, finally, for anyone who really wants to despair at the whole thing,
> I give you "The Long, Painful History of Time", which is the best write-up
> I know of about the engineering difficulties of the topic:
I for one am glad such pages exist. I wish the inventors of time_t had read it.