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Bothers me not at all
  2044 votes / 11%
Bothers me, but only slightly
  4912 votes / 27%
Bothers me quite a bit
  5230 votes / 28%
Bothers everyone around me as I rant and fume
  2884 votes / 15%
Strikes me as quite a good idea
  2153 votes / 11%
What is this 'Daylight Saving Time,' anyhow?
  828 votes / 4%
18051 total votes.
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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 09, 2014 @10:06AM (#46439369)

    I think we should standardize on UTC time everywhere. Forget timezones and 'Savings Time'. One time for all - would it really bother us if we had to wake up at 03:00 and it was daylight?

    • by zerosomething (1353609) on Sunday March 09, 2014 @11:33AM (#46439787) Homepage
      This is such a stupid Idea! Assume is't 12:00 UTC, you work in Moscow but need to contact someone in Chicago. Are the people in Chicago up and at work or should I wait a while? Now assume it's 4:00PM in Moscow, is anyone at work in Chicago? I guess I could be wrong but I think the mental calculation is easier.
    • by Smallpond (221300) on Sunday March 09, 2014 @11:55AM (#46439915) Homepage Journal

      I think we should standardize on UTC time everywhere. Forget timezones and 'Savings Time'. One time for all - would it really bother us if we had to wake up at 03:00 and it was daylight?

      We have standardized on UTC. We are just following the principle of separating View from Logic.

    • Everytime when I stay in Ürümqi [wikipedia.org], which is the most West 'capital' in P.R. of China and almost two times zones to the west of Beijing, I have a very had time adjusting to the fact that they use Beijing time and do everything two hours later. Working hours are 10 to 14 and 16 to 20. Dinner is around 20:30. I find myself being confused and having to substract two hours from the clock to know what time of the day it is. And also having experienced a change in currency (Dutch Guilders to Euro), I expec
    • by 93 Escort Wagon (326346) on Sunday March 09, 2014 @03:40PM (#46440919)

      If you - and everyone on Slashdot that agrees with you - didn't select "bothers everyone around me as I rant and fume"...

      You answered wrong.

    • by Hentai (165906) on Tuesday March 11, 2014 @11:24AM (#46454805) Homepage Journal

      You advocate a

      ( ) lunisolar ( ) atomic ( ) metric ( ) Luddite (x) overly simplistic
      approach to calendar reform. Your idea will not work. Here is why:

      ( ) solar years are real and the calendar year needs to sync with them
      (x) solar days are real and the calendar day needs to sync with them
      ( ) the solar year cannot be evenly divided into solar days
      ( ) the solar day cannot be evenly divided into SI seconds
      ( ) the length of the solar day is not constant

      ( ) the lunar month cannot be evenly divided into solar days
      ( ) the solar year cannot be evenly divided into lunar months
      ( ) having months of different lengths is irritating
      ( ) having months which vary in length from year to year is maddening
      ( ) having one or two days per year which are part of no month is stupid
      ( ) your name for the thirteenth month is questionable

      ( ) the lunar month cannot be evenly divided into seven-day weeks
      ( ) the solar year cannot be evenly divided into seven-day weeks
      ( ) every civilisation in the world is settled on a seven-day week
      ( ) having one or two days per year with no day of the week is asinine

      ( ) requiring people to manually adjust their clocks is idiotic
      ( ) local time should not be discontinuous
      ( ) local time should not go backwards
      ( ) people like to go to work/school at the same time every day all year round
      ( ) "daylight saving" doesn't

      ( ) UTC already solves that problem
      ( ) zoneinfo already solves that problem
      ( ) rearranging time zones yet again would make the zoneinfo database larger,
              not smaller
      (x) the date shouldn't change in the middle of the solar day
      (x) local "midnight" should be the middle of the local night
      ( ) I shouldn't need to adjust my wristwatch every few miles

      ( ) there needs to be a year 0 and negative year numbers
      ( ) no, we don't know what year the Big Bang happened
      ( ) years which count down instead of up are not very funny
      ( ) planetary-scale engineering is impractical
      ( ) not every part of the world has four recognisable seasons
      ( ) "sunrise" and "sunset" are meaningless terms at the poles
      ( ) the Earth is not, in fact, a cube
      ( ) high-tech applications need far more accuracy than your scheme allows
      ( ) leap seconds have been a fact of life for more than forty years
      ( ) leap seconds are more frequent than leap years
      ( ) TAI already solves that problem
      ( ) most of history can't be renumbered with atomic accuracy
      ( ) everybody in the world is already used to sexagesimal time divisions
      ( ) date formats need to be unambiguous
      ( ) abbreviated date formats should be possible and still unambiguous
      ( ) date arithmetic needs to be as easy as possible
      ( ) 13-digit numbers are difficult for humans to compare, even qualitatively
      Specifically, your plan fails to account for:

      (x) humans
      ( ) clocks
      ( ) computers
      ( ) the Moon
      ( ) the inconsistent rotational and orbital characteristics of Earth
      ( ) rational hatred for arbitrary change
      ( ) unpopularity of weird new month and day names
      ( ) total incompatibility with the SI second
      ( ) general relativity
      and the following philosophical objections may also apply:

      ( ) technically, our calendar is already atomic
      ( ) they tried that in France once and it didn't take
      ( ) nobody is about to renumber every event in history
      ( ) good luck trying to move the Fourth of July
      ( ) nobody cares what year you were born
      ( ) the history of calendar reform is horrifically complicated and no amount of
              further calendar reform can make it simpler
      Furthermore, this is what I think about you:

      ( ) sorry, but I don't think it would work
      ( ) this is a stupid idea, and you're a stupid person for suggesting it
      (x) please just shut up and fix your broken date/time code

  • by Carewolf (581105) on Sunday March 09, 2014 @10:59AM (#46439649) Homepage

    In theory it would be better if the clock didn't change and everyone just adjusted their schedules, but it is easier to change time itself than to deal with corporate bureacracy and feet draging.

    And who doesn't like more daytime?

  • I like DST but... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by antdude (79039) on Sunday March 09, 2014 @12:14PM (#46440025) Homepage Journal

    ... Can we keep it there forever? Stop changing it back and forth please.

  • ...We don't use Commie time schemes. It's Mountain Standard all year long.

  • ...when he proposed to tax shutters and wake people at sunrise by ringing bells and firing cannons. In his recounting, he had gone "home, and to bed, three or four hours after midnight, with my head full of the subject" (of artificial lighting), as well as probably a few bottles of French wine. The premise is that he is surprised that the sun comes up so early and doubtful that anyone gets up before noon ("it will be difficult to induce them to rise before noon").

    Translation here: http://www.webexhibits.or [webexhibits.org]

  • by NormHome (99305) on Sunday March 09, 2014 @03:10PM (#46440791)

    The change of time used to be a twice a year annoyance but since computers started to adjust themselves; cell phones sync time to whatever time server the carrier used and the wall and alarm clocks I have wirelessly sync to the radio time signal the only clocks I have to adjust manually are the microwave and the car. So not so annoying as it used to be.

    • by ve3oat (884827)
      You forgot about adjusting Yourself.
    • by AmiMoJo (196126) *

      By "computers" you mean "internet connected devices that receive updates". I develop firmware for data logging eqipment and our customers ask about implementing DST. We tell them it is impossible because the rules vary around the world and they keep changing them anyway, so even if we did it in five years time the rules might be wrong.

    • by sootman (158191)

      "Running around the house setting the clocks" is the LEAST annoying part of the change.

      • "Running around the house setting the clocks" is the LEAST annoying part of the change.

        Unless you do it when the time actually changes, at 2 AM.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    DST was a WW1 con-trick (at least in the UK) to "maximise" daylight working time for agricultural purposes. This sort of fiddling with the clock is pointless nowadays and we need to settle down to a standard time all year round. And there arises a problem - which standard do we use? In the UK, we could always stick to our local time, GMT. But there are othes who want to move to CET so that either mornings or evenings are "lighter" in winter (I can't remember which) and is a "Think of the Children" ploy

  • by issicus (2031176) on Sunday March 09, 2014 @05:52PM (#46441599)
    I saved up enough daylight savings to move somewhere it doesn't exist, Hawaii.
  • I miss daylight savings, at my latitude (Brisbane, Australia) in summer it gets light at 4:30 am. Install all the block out blinds you want, the birds still go nuts and early risers will be out making noise. I don't know why our state doesn't have it, slightly further south they do.

    • I miss daylight savings, at my latitude (Brisbane, Australia) in summer it gets light at 4:30 am. Install all the block out blinds you want, the birds still go nuts and early risers will be out making noise. I don't know why our state doesn't have it, slightly further south they do.

      Maybe your state realized that merely changing the wall clock isn't going to make the wretched birds shut up.

      • I miss daylight savings, at my latitude (Brisbane, Australia) in summer it gets light at 4:30 am. Install all the block out blinds you want, the birds still go nuts and early risers will be out making noise. I don't know why our state doesn't have it, slightly further south they do.

        Maybe your state realized that merely changing the wall clock isn't going to make the wretched birds shut up.

        Of course not - that's the general idea. You change the wall clock so that "normal" hours for people match the wildlife. He wouldn't be bitching if the birds started at 5:30 (which the clock would read if his state went on DST).

  • by Trogre (513942) on Sunday March 09, 2014 @10:29PM (#46442757) Homepage

    A lot of my work involves processing time series data as well as administering dual-boot workstations.

    Daylight savings time can eat flaming death.

  • Except for the Navjo Nation up in the NE corner of the State... we don't play the clock game. Just leave it where it is all year long.

    • by turp182 (1020263)

      I loved telecommuting from AZ to St. Louis, I'm an early persona and started half the year at 6AM, and then the other half at 5AM. Finishing work at 1:30 was awesome. It was funny that I never actually got away from the time changes.

  • I hear the rants, and I often find myself agreeing.

    However, I'm usually relieved when it happens.

    I work from 8am-7pm almost every day of the week. It's a relief in Spring to set the clock forward, because it increases the amount of daylight I experience on my own time. Makes a big difference to me.

    And I like sleeping in, so falling back in Autumn is kewl. :P

  • by Chrisq (894406) on Monday March 10, 2014 @04:30AM (#46443749)
    In the UK I think we would be better off keeping summer time all year round, or shifting all the time an hour forward all year round as the lighter later [lighterlater.org] campaign wants. It really doesn't matter so much in summer when the days are so long so either option would do for me.
    • by physburn (1095481)
      Keeping summer time all year round, would lead to it getting dark at 3pm on the winter solistice, that's crazy, want to leave work in the light at much as possible. In the summer its good we have BST, leads to saving on lighting as it doesn't get dark till later, but still wake up for work in the light most of the time. Forget the moaner, i think we have the right time system.
      • by Chrisq (894406)

        Keeping summer time all year round, would lead to it getting dark at 3pm on the winter solistice, that's crazy, want to leave work in the light at much as possible.

        Uhm no - you've got it the wrong way round. It would mean that its still light until 5 instead of 4 at the moment; you get an hour extra light in the evening and an hour less in the morning.

  • Changing hours twice a year disrupts circadian rythms and causes unnecessary fatigue, which exacerbates inattention and causes accidents and deaths. The whole thing is preposterous and should be scraped ASAP.

  • Twice a year, we keep switching by one whole hour...
    Why not change once and for all by 30 minutes to average the daylight gain/loss and call it a day?

  • Should change randomly every year to drive IT spending.
  • by BCW2 (168187)
    Daylight Saving time is a complete waste of time. It has never saved energy and has always been nothing more that a politcal "feel good" item. it sounds like you are doing something when nothing actually happens. Just screw around with everyones body clock and shorten their lives.
  • In a timezone, in a territory or state which observes DST changes, depending upon how far east (sooner the sun rises) or further west (later the sun sets) and what activities you engage in (out of doors - because inside, you could care less 'what bright thing in the sky? aaaahhhh it burns ussss!') you may view it differently.

    I Geocache. The change means more daylight time after work for running amok. Before the change I get most of the amok running done before work ('How come you come in to the office cov

  • by JustNiz (692889) on Monday March 10, 2014 @01:05PM (#46446671)

    I live in Arizona you insensitive clod.

Time sharing: The use of many people by the computer.

 



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