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Isn't it Time for Metric Time?

timothy posted more than 12 years ago | from the and-esperanto dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 1717

xenocytekron writes: "Sure, our time system is ok, but does it make sense? Is it easy? Think about it: 60 seconds to a minute, 60 minutes to an hour, 25 hours to a day, all the way to 365 days to a year. Currently, all the world uses the Metric System except for the US. But what about Time? The solution is Metric Time, that is, a time system which uses Base-10 and Metric Standards. So what do you think: Is it Time, for Metric Time?"

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Pr0n K1ng (160688) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824754)

Hat Trick!

Get it in you!

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This_Is_ASDF (587337) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824759)

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The train isn't just running on time... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3824760)

It's running on METRIC TIME!

25 Hours in a day? (5, Funny)

JeanBaptiste (537955) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824761)

When did this happen? I have only been getting 24 and I sure could use an extra hour to sleep in.

Re:25 Hours in a day? (3, Informative)

SpatchMonkey (300000) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824840)

An extra hour would be nice, but sometimes it is just a few seconds more [navy.mil] .

time for metric time? (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3824762)

the US is backwards measuring still things in yards and pounds.

nope. (1)

pla (258480) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824763)

I've tried converting people to this in the past.
No one seems to like it, since the transition
from "normal" time takes too much work.

Yup! (2, Funny)

Ziviyr (95582) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824764)

Think about it: 60 seconds to a minute, 60 minutes to an hour, 25 hours to a day

Yeah, think about it.

Timothy needs metric time...

Re:Yup! (1)

Ziviyr (95582) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824789)

Come to think of it, so does xenocytekron.

I wouldn't expect much from someone with that nick anyways though. Musta pulled that handle out of a gas tank. :-)

25 Hours? (4, Funny)

Jester998 (156179) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824765)

"60 seconds to a minute, 60 minutes to an hour, 25 hours to a day"

Cool... Where do you live? I can use an extra hour of coding time every day... ;)

Re:25 Hours? (1)

anlprb (130123) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824824)

WOW, I guess my boss was finally right on something. There ARE more than 24 hours in a day. Darn, one more hour he will expect is his...

Re:25 Hours? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3824883)

and TC/IP Bind them...

And your commenting on someone else's fuck up - what the hell is TC/IP?

Re:25 Hours? (1)

FCAdcock (531678) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824826)

I only have basic time here at the house. I think the 25th hour came with the next package, but that was too expensive when I bought my time plan. Man, I could use that extra hour these days though. The wife and I sure could use an extra hour of "sleep" each night... hehe...

Re:25 Hours? (1, Interesting)

CarbonJackson (540580) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824834)

I'd mod this post up, but I can't. Can't even metamod. When I ask why, the people at /. just ignore me. Funny, ain't it?

Re:25 Hours? (3, Interesting)

pjdepasq (214609) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824842)

Obviously if we can't master 24 hours in a day, then me thinks we'd have a hard time switching to something new.

I think you'd see a lot of resistence to this idea, since everyone in the world (AFAIN) uses the current time system. The same can't be said about weights and measures.

Also, think of all the s/w that would have to be rewritten.... flight control systems, databases, operating systems, the list is endless! Yikes!

Re:25 Hours? (1)

WheelDweller (108946) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824885)

...must be a sysadmin. :)

Ummm is it just me? (0, Redundant)

John Paul Jones (151355) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824766)

Have I been working under a false assumption that a day is 24 hours long?

Wow. What could I have been doing in that other hour?

-JPJ

Relevant Simpsons quote... (5, Funny)

I Want GNU! (556631) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824769)

"The metric system is the tool of the devil! My car
gets forty rods to the hogshead and that's the way I likes it!" --Abe Simpson (Homer's dad)

Re:Relevant Simpsons quote... (1)

agent oranje (169160) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824818)

Oh, my knowledge fails me... but, remember the "geek utopia" episode? Skinner gets all of the trains to not only get in on time, but get in on metric time... "remember this time, 75 past 13 on april 42nd" or whatever it was :X

Sorry, butchered it. I'm still numb from boston's 4th.

Re:Relevant Simpsons quote... (5, Funny)

PowerBook2k (312576) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824835)

I bet I've got a better one!

"Not only are the trains now running on time, they're running on metric time! Remember this moment, people: 80 past 2 on April 47th!" --Principal Skinner
(Episode "They Saved Lisa's Brain")
[the one where Lisa joins Mensa]

Ummm (0, Redundant)

DCowern (182668) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824771)

Last time I checked there were 24 hours in a day...

Yes, and end timezones. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3824775)

It should be the same time everywhere in the world. Instead of adjusting clocks, we should adjust our schedules. Does it really matter if you go to work at 8 or if you go work at 13? No. It's just a number, really. When it comes time for daylight saving, just change your schedule, not your clock.

Re:Yes, and end timezones. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3824890)

Not really. Think about it: each time you go somewhere, you have to look in your tourist guide. "Let's see, normal breakfast hours here are 2am, lunch 5am, dinner 11am." You really think it's easier to adapt to funky hours than taking 10 secs to adjust your watch?

Slashdot sucks (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3824776)

25 hours? COME ON. Is it too much to expect that Slashdot editors read and intervene the most stupid inaccuracies submitted?

Sheesh.

Re:Slashdot sucks (2)

Restil (31903) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824832)

Of COURSE that's too much to ask.

We've been asking for it all along.

A lot of good its done :)

-Restil

Gone already?!? (1)

Wildside99 (61081) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824777)

The link appears to be slashdotted.. 2 minutes after the story was posted.

Re:Gone already?!? (5, Funny)

WIAKywbfatw (307557) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824810)

The link appears to be slashdotted.. 2 minutes after the story was posted.

Don't you mean 0.12 kiloseconds?

Re:Gone already?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3824822)

Is that metric time?

Re:Gone already?!? (2, Informative)

iamplasma (189832) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824877)

Then use the good old google cache - http://216.239.33.100/search?q=cache:r9MHgtv93-YC: zapatopi.net/metrictime.html+=en=UTF-8

dragonbitches - the motherfuckin' saga continues! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3824780)

Twenty elven bitches gettin' down
Suckin' on the dragon dick, fuckin' the whole town
Orcus and King Arthur bangin' the same ho
Evil and good don't matter when the dragoncum flow

Twenty elven bitches dancing 'round a circle
The sorceress gonna conjure up a sperm elemental
That dumbass bitch gates in old Saint Nick
He takes 'em all crusin' on Tenser's floating dick

Twenty elven bitches token' on a bong
Or maybe that's Elminster's big phat schlong
Whatever, nobody gives a fuck anyway
Only thing they care about is party all day

You know what I'm sayin'????

Maybe... (5, Funny)

adam613 (449819) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824781)

...if we could convince the article's web server that there were 25 hours a day, it would have an extra hour of CPU time and it wouldn't get slashdotted until AFTER some responses were posted.

Funny topic, (5, Interesting)

Paraplegic Vigilante (590364) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824782)

but it raises an interesting question, one that's been on my mind a lot lately.

When is the US going to officially switch to the SI unit system. I know it's taught in public schools, typically in science classes, but it isn't used in public places. If so many European countries can switch currencies without huge problems (so far), surely we can switch from our archaic units system! I don't understand why so many people are so vehemently against making the switch. Is it that hard to (re)learn?

Re:Funny topic, (0)

cliche (562037) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824801)

its not just re learning, theyd need to switch equiptment and stuf. for example, car companies would have to replace a lot of theyre equiptment to make cars with metric bolts. although i do think it would be nice to have a metreic system, i dont know how feasible it realy is. same problem with switching over to tcp/ip v7

Re:Funny topic, (2, Funny)

hdparm (575302) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824868)

same problem with switching over to tcp/ip v7

Wooo-hooo! Is that the version of IP protocol that's been secretly developed during 25th hour every day?

Am I just dumb or everybody here is drunk? Or, perhaps both?

Re:Funny topic, (1)

ShawnD (21638) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824879)

car companies would have to replace a lot of theyre equiptment to make cars with metric bolts.
1986 Chevy Cavalier - 100% metric fasteners, right down to the lugnuts. This was the Canadian version, but I think it was the same as the American one, except no catalytic convertor.

Re:Funny topic, (1)

Medevo (526922) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824830)

Making a fundamental change of MANY units at once is harder then currency changes, as it requires a lot more re-training in different areas. This change will cost time and money, so naturally people will resist the change.

Since we are talking about changing the way that people think about the world around them it will probability take a generation or two of Americans to have these changes be fully complete (excluding the science-people).

Overall I believe this would be a great step, as being a Canadian I was taught both systems until 7th grade (to be reverse compatible I suppose, in case we became the 51 state). This was quite a hindrance trying to unlearn the imperial system.

Medevo

Re:Funny topic, (5, Interesting)

inicom (81356) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824839)

The story I've always been told is that when President Carter tried to switch the US to the metric system, the aerospace companies stepped in and told him a couple things:

1) cost plus on government contracts is going to be a much bigger PLUS

2) it'll hurt US manufacturing by making it easier for those foreigners to sell their products here (without conversion to US measurements)

Re:Funny topic, (2, Insightful)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824847)

I've lived outside the US (Holland, Israel, Egypt, Germany), and while I'm literate with the metric system and use it in Drafting and science measurments, I don't see why the United States needs to transition any farther into the Metric System than it is already.

Baring a Constitutional Amendment, it won't happen.

I think people in the US don't want to switch because there is no advantage to a switch. Really, what would the point be? There are 260 million people happy with the current system, why should they switch?

Re:Funny topic, (3, Insightful)

laymil (14940) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824858)

The US has already tried to switch to the SI unit system. The previous attempt failed miserably: some people just don't want to switch, some people honestly just don't have the mental capacity to understand the difference between the two systems, and relearning a new system just isn't something that they can do. Also, the costs associated with converting to the SI system would be enormous. Paying to have thousands upon thousands of miles of road remarked with new signs would be prohibitively expensive. I think that since the schools have been teaching the metric system for years now, the deciding factor is in fact the infrastructure that has already been laid down.

Think about it: mile markers, X miles to [town name], speed limits - all of these signs would have to be replaced.

I wouldn't exactly call our units system archaic, its rather simple once you understand the basis - the human body as compared to the basis of the metric system (base 10 and something involving the earths core or some such).

As for the actual posting: if you mean metric as the SI system, 60 second minutes, 60 minute hours, 24 hours days, etc ARE SI time.

Re:Funny topic, (1)

norwoodites (226775) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824872)

It is used in some places in the US public.
Look at pop bottles.
Actually that is all where they are used in 2 litters pop bottles.

Re:Funny topic, (0)

propstoalldeadhomiez (444303) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824888)

It's expensive to change all the signs.. and to make the states go along the highways and roads and change all the speed limit signs and stuff to metric. And you have to convince the American people it's worth their tax dollars to do this and learn a new system. Everyone here knows what 55 mph is. How many will understand 80 kph or something? Very few. Is it worth it and will it pass with the current budget crunch? Probably not. I'm from Missouri. We're having to cut funding for colleges and for the elderly. How is it going to pass the state to spend a bunch of money going along every road in the state and changing the speed limit signs? It doesn't have a chance of getting done.

Metric time? blah! (0)

propstoalldeadhomiez (444303) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824784)

There's a reason for the 365 days in a year. A day is based on the sun rising and setting and a year is based on the Earth's revolution around the sun. It makes plenty of sense. It may not be powers of 10 but who cares? Sure, change the hours, minutes, and seconds as you see fit but who cares? And we do measure time in metric at some cases. Ever heard of milliseconds, microseconds, or nanoseconds? That's metric.

Time is Metric (0, Flamebait)

Wild Wizard (309461) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824786)

any person who has studied science (at least in a country that is all metric) will tell you that time is already metric.

come on now you can remember those equations from school?

already ./ed (4, Informative)

bohnsack (2301) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824787)

503 Service Temporarily Unavailable

Google cache is here [216.239.33.100]

Cost of conversion? (2, Redundant)

SimplyCosmic (15296) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824788)


Much like the previous article on changing US bills for the sake of convenience, I think the amount of work it would take to not only convert all the hardware and software out there, but getting people used to it, would outweigh the benefits for far too long.

Besides, Swatch's internet time has been around forever, and few besides the geeky have paid attention to it.

Re:Cost of conversion? (1)

Ziviyr (95582) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824815)

Besides, Swatch's internet time has been around forever, and few besides the geeky have paid attention to it.

But look at how efficient base-1000 time converts to binary!

Re:Cost of conversion? (1)

fo0bar (261207) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824861)

Besides, Swatch's internet time has been around forever, and few besides the geeky have paid attention to it.

No, I don't think even the geeks care about internet time.

Metric natural time (2)

Citizen of Earth (569446) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824790)

For the first step, we need to get some really big rocket engines so that we can make it so that the Earth only rotates 100 times in a year. Or 10 or 1000.

Re:Metric natural time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3824850)

I've often wanted to use giant rockets... but for a slightly different purpose. If we slow the rotation of the earth by 25% (6 hours), we'll have 30 hour days! Think about all the extra things you'd have time to do in each day.

The only thing that you'd give up is the last 25% of your years... and really, those are the worst part!

Re:Metric natural time (1)

Synocco (146481) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824856)

We just need move the Earth to a farther orbit around the sun, so we have years of 1000 days. Simple as pie.

Time for most interesting stories (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3824791)

I think it is time for more interesting stories on slashdot. These are getting lame......

Ob Google cache (2, Informative)

alienmole (15522) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824792)

Slashdotted already? Here's the Google cache [216.239.33.100] of the page.

Metric Time (2, Insightful)

FigBugDeux (257259) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824793)

So how do you divide 356 by 10? Or is a year now 1000 days?

i think time haw to relate to how long it takes the earth to go around the sun and how long it takes the earth to spin about... not like distance or wieght which really isn't based on anything... maybe the article covers this, but i can't get to it.

Re:Metric Time (1)

SpatchMonkey (300000) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824820)

If you define a year as an orbit of the earth around the sun, and a day as one full rotation of the earth, then a year is something daft like 365.254 days, not a nice whole number at all. And hence leap years to make up for the .254 over time.

Re:Metric Time (1)

norwoodites (226775) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824889)

It is less than 365.254 because the rules are that ever 4 years except year divisible by 100 except those divisible by 400.
It is more like 365.2425.

Metric Time Basis (2, Funny)

Mockery (170888) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824794)

Their base unit could be how long their server survived /.

/. ed (0)

thinkpenguin (583961) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824795)

well they are dowm in record time... maybe their server is as slow as mine (p83, 16meg ram)

and the other measurements? (5, Interesting)

ffsnjb (238634) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824796)

Do we suddenly change the measurement units for navigation also? 60:60:24 exists for a reason, and directly translates to measurements in navigation (latitude and longitude.) Sounds like a blast.

Re:and the other measurements? (1)

alienmole (15522) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824851)

60:60:24 exists for a reason

What reason is that? Afaik, it dates back 4000 years or more to the Sumerians or Babylonians and their base 6 number systems. Are you aware of any other reasons? I think today, the reasons are strictly "legacy".

Wow, that was fast. (1)

Kappelmeister (464986) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824797)

I wonder if it uses "time until Slashdotted" as the base unit.

Google Cache (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3824798)

http://216.239.39.100/search?q=cache:r9MHgtv93-YC: zapatopi.net/metrictime.html+Metric+Time=en=UTF-8

Yes, I am too lazy to make it a link.

503 Service Temporarily Unavailable (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3824800)

The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later.
That is such a cop-out. Let's get revenge by massively reloading their error page and show them the true power of the Slashdot effect.

Not so easy, hmmm (2)

ffatTony (63354) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824802)

... 0 minutes to an hour, 25 hours to a day, ...

Americans.....

Disclaimer: I too am an American, calm down.

what the (2)

bilbobuggins (535860) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824803)

25 hours to a day

ummmm.... ?
i think we found who stole the crack from the space shuttle...

Divisibility (1)

SpatchMonkey (300000) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824804)

Dividing time into steps of 60 and 24 makes sense, in a way, because these numbers are more easily divisible.

60 = 1*60 = 2*30 = 3*20 = 4*15 = 5*12 = 6*10
24 = 1*24 = 2*12 = 3*8 = 4*6
10 = 1*10 = 2*5

So we can split an hour or a minute up into halves, thirds, quarters, fifths and sixths and still have an integer number of hours or minutes. Similarly the day can be split in half or quartered and still have a whole number of hours.

Metric divisions can only be split into halves and fifths. I don't know about you, but when I say it's quarter to ten, I wouldn't want to see it represented as the fiddly non-integer 9.75.

Re:Divisibility (5, Insightful)

cornice (9801) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824841)

I agree. The metric system is great being base 10 and all but sometimes I wish we had evolved with 12 fingers just for this reason.

Re:Divisibility (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3824849)

That's an excellent point.

Time (2, Informative)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824806)

Yes, the current system of time makes sense.

The time system in current use is a standard that the SI has signed off on, so it is Metric Time.

Actually, there is absolutly no reason to revamp how the global standards for time keeping are operated.

Good page about time history.
http://physics.nist.gov/GenInt/Time/time .html

Here are Yahoo links to the page about alternative schemes.

http://dir.yahoo.com/Science/Measurements_and_Un it s/Time/Alternative_Schemes/

Oh yeah, like that's going to work (2, Flamebait)

Russ Steffen (263) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824807)

10 months to a year, 10 days to the month, 10 hours to the day. 10 minutes to the hour, 10 seconds to the minute. Might as well force pi to be 3 while you're at it. Or how about 10?

Weird (0)

Coke in a Can (577836) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824808)

The description from the Google cache [google.ca] is just plain bizzare. Of course, it could just be that I'm used to using regular time.

Forget Metric Time, I want STARDATES! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3824811)

47345.6 :-)

TV programs (2, Funny)

junkgrep (266550) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824813)

An interesting caveat in there about how metric hours wouldn't be very useful for evenly blocking out television programs of the length we are accustomed to. But which came first: is there something crucial about the 30/60 min timeslot (with ads), that is inherent to the human attention span? Or is it simply a case of people becoming accustomed to that length of time. If programs were generally 35 minutes instead of 30, or 70 instead of 60, I would guess that the depth of the narrative structures of most programs benefit greatly. Maybe there's a real psysiological limit for which that's pushing people's time too far, or maybe it's mere convention to keep tracking easier.

Personally, I think metric time would lead to exactly what it led to in France: lots and lots of public decapitations.

Re:TV programs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3824865)

In the very early days of TV, there some 15 minute programs.

Re:TV programs (2)

junkgrep (266550) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824891)

Today too: many of Cartoon Network's new shows are really two episodes. And it actually works very well for them, because it makes their work much tighter (of course, they don't have to worry too much about their shows making sense...)

Working under strict time constraints definately can lead to better work, so I'm not claiming that more time = better programs. But for some sorts of shows, it certainly COULD leave much more room for better programs.

yes, we need to fix the 25 hour day (0, Flamebait)

Myrmidon (649) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824814)

60 seconds to a minute, 60 minutes to an hour, 25 hours to a day, all the way to 365 days to a year
With your 25 hour day, it's no wonder you find time so confusing.

"Hey, two weeks ago it was really bright at 13 o'clock, but now it's dark!"

Metric Time Mirror. (1)

TorinEdge (194953) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824823)

Metric time site is down, try the wayback machine @
This Link [archive.org] .

I believe that it was Saturday Night Live... (2)

Dimensio (311070) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824827)

...but it might have been another comedy sketch show (and this was long ago) with a comedy skit about a conversion to "metric time", moving to a "100-hour day". While the "hour" would be altered by changes to the minutes and seconds, one "day" amounted to three sunrise/sunset periods.

Wish I could find an MPG of that. Wonder why no one else seems to remember it...

Actually, we should at least standardize... (5, Insightful)

RobinH (124750) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824828)

When I learned "metric" time in school, the idea was there was a set order that everything appeared in: biggest to smallest. Therefore, the time now is 2002 07 04 23:04. That still makes a lot of sense to me, compared with 7/4/02. It always confuses me - which is the month, and which is the day? Just to be sure, I've actually started spelling out the month like this: 4 JUL 2002. That way, there's no doubt.

Re:Actually, we should at least standardize... (1)

jstarr (164989) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824863)

ISO is standardized like that. It also has the benefit that sort routines don't need any extra coding to handle dates. However, just spelling it out works well enough for humans (as long as you use three-letter months).

Re:Actually, we should at least standardize... (2, Insightful)

SpatchMonkey (300000) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824866)

I know what you mean, the dd/mm/yy and mm/dd/yy confusion is just ridiculous.

What is the point of putting it in such an arbitrary order as month, day, year anyway?

Sounds like a SNL joke... (2, Funny)

cmcguinness (228476) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824833)

This sounds somewhat like the Saturday Night Live "Decibet" reform for the alphabet!

http://snltranscripts.jt.org/75/75rdecabet.phtml

In quite a few US jobs... (1)

Tink2000 (524407) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824836)

... time is already based on 100. Mostly in industrial markets, and because it is easier to calculate hourly pay that way.

base 60 makes more sense (2, Informative)

thoth_amon (560574) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824837)

...because 60 is evenly divisible by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10. So dividing the day into 60 hours, each of which contains 60 minutes, and each minute of which contains 60 seconds, would probably be more convenient.

More Simpsons- (2)

sean23007 (143364) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824838)

"Remember this date folks, 80 past 10 on April 40th, we have officially switched to metric time..."

What's the line, and when was the last time they played that episode?

Re:More Simpsons- (1)

Mad Man (166674) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824871)

Do you want the date of that episode in the current format, or the metric date?

standard time just works (-1, Troll)

thinkpenguin (583961) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824844)

our time system (actually number system based on 60 and 24) was created by the sumerians ages ago. it has worked for all modern civilizations. why change now? why is your system better than one proven by thousands and thousands of years? BECAUSE SADDAM HUSSEIN IS FROM MODERN DAY SUMERIA!

Time be time (3, Insightful)

Alpha State (89105) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824846)

60 seconds to a minute, 60 minutes to an hour, 25 hours to a day, all the way to 365 days to a year.

Yeah, we should really change it to 100 days per year, that would be much easier. The only time we may need a new time format is if we seriously get into space, and I can't see that happening in my lifetime.

Personally, I'd just be happy if people started writing dates and times in a common format, even if it's the USA's confusing mm/dd/yyyy version.

Re:Time be time (1)

Squarewav (241189) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824881)

not much you can do about days in a year unless you plan on speeding up the earths rotation around the sun so that its 100 days for a compleat cycle

funny catagory? (1)

cliche (562037) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824852)

im wondering why thats in the funny catagory, althoguh i have a feeling it might make more sense if the page wasnt slashdoted.... or maybe it was the 25 hours in a day thing..... :p

Well. (2)

mindstrm (20013) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824860)

The French tried to implement this a long time ago. It just didn't take.

It was just too much of an adjustment.

Seconds were okay... minutes were too short, hours were too long... things just didn't quite seem right.

Metric year (1)

darkmyst (590375) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824862)

Last I checked, the year had roughly 365 days in it. No matter how you look at it, every earth year is going to continue having approximately 365 days in it. That's not exactly metric friendly...

As far as I'm concerned, the way we keep time currently is fine. It's a world accepted standard that works and, quite frankly, I can't see any advantage to changing it.

Yes. (1, Flamebait)

whee (36911) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824867)

But I propose a switch to hexadecimal [intuitor.com] . While we're at it, let's switch the U.S. to Celsius, switch the U.S. to metric units, win the war on 'terrorism', save the whales, and assume pi is equal to 3.
Or, we could just not attempt to change things that have been established for centuries.

slashdotted (1)

dotgod (567913) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824869)

The following error came up when I tried to access the site. "Service Temporarily Unavailable The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later." Oh well, I'll try again at 25 o'clock. There should be less traffic then.

newer days (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3824875)

why stop at adjusting the seconds? how about evenly spaced months of 30 days a piece, with six day weeks, the last five or six days of the year a big holiday called "adjustment week"? Four day work weeks, two days off. No more need for Monday, Tuesday, etc, you'd have dayzed, dayone, daytwo, daythree, dayfour, dayfive, daysix (modulus of six), or name each day of the month its corresponding day, i.e. daythirty. This would require no adjustments to seconds, minutes, or hours (a system that works out nicely), but just to the days and months. Years remain the same time frame (365 or 366 days, inclusive of the leap year adjustments).

some links, Another Metric time link (1)

Medevo (526922) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824876)

Another Metric time link [decimaltime.org]

Decimal Time [hynes.net]

Digital Time [angelfire.com]

Medevo

Is it just me .... (2)

Bake (2609) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824884)

or will metric time make dates/timestamps become almost like dates/timestamps in Star Trek?

Swatch Time (2)

Tazzy531 (456079) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824894)

Remember a while back at the height of the Internet boom, Swatch tried to get everyone to accept Swatch Time [swatch.com]
How long is a Swatch .beat? In short, we have divided up the virtual and real day into 1000 ".beats". One Swatch beat is the equivalent of 1 minute 26.4 seconds. That means that 12 noon in the old time system is the equivalent of @500 Swatch .beats.


How is this possible? We are not just creating a new way of measuring time, we are also creating a new meridian in Biel, Switzerland, home of Swatch. Biel MeanTime (BMT) is the universal reference for Internet Time. A day in Internet Time begins at midnight BMT (@000 Swatch .beats) (Central European Wintertime). The meridian is marked for all to see on the façade of the Swatch International Headquarters on Jakob-Staempfli Street, Biel, Switzerland. So, it is the same time all over the world, be it night or day, the era of time zones has disappeared.
I guess it never really took off..

Been there, done that. (1)

qbed (207243) | more than 12 years ago | (#3824895)

This has been tried and died earlier (like the 19th century)... check your history. Standard measurements are one thing, but people think about time differently (which may explain a few difficulties with modern physics).

PS. there are 24 hours in a day (well closer than 25 anyway)

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