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Bothers me not at all
  2045 votes / 11%
Bothers me, but only slightly
  4915 votes / 27%
Bothers me quite a bit
  5231 votes / 28%
Bothers everyone around me as I rant and fume
  2888 votes / 15%
Strikes me as quite a good idea
  2154 votes / 11%
What is this 'Daylight Saving Time,' anyhow?
  828 votes / 4%
18061 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
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  • by ArcadeMan (2766669) on Sunday March 09, 2014 @11:16AM (#46439705)

    I had already organized a rally for this morning, but almost everyone arrived one hour late.

  • 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

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