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Submission + - The end of time (zones)? 4

hairyfish writes: I have a question for the Slashdot community: Do we still need time zones?
Time zones are a relic of the past when different parts of the world were isolated, and 12pm was whenever the sun was directly above your specific location. Now in the Internet age, time is just an arbitrary number, and time zones are just unnecessary complexity. Why can't we scrap time zones altogether, and all just use UTC across the board?
So here on the eastern seaboard of Australia, lunchtime will now be at 2am, In New York it will be 4pm, and in Moscow it will be 8am. There'll be some pain with the initial changeover, but from then on it's all good.
Got a meeting with colleagues on the other side of the world? 4am means 4am for everyone. Got a flight landing at 3pm? 3pm now means 3pm for everyone.
For DST, you simply change your schedule rather than the clock (ie work and school starts an hour earlier during DST months).
No confusion ever again.
For someone whose work involves travel or communication across time zones this is the best idea I've ever heard. So why aren't we doing it?

The Sun Unleashes Coronal Mass Ejection At Earth 220

astroengine writes "Yesterday morning, at 08:55 UT, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory detected a C3-class flare erupt inside a sunspot cluster. 100,000 kilometers away, deep within the solar atmosphere (the corona), an extended magnetic field filled with cool plasma forming a dark ribbon across the face of the sun (a feature known as a 'filament') erupted at the exact same time. It seems very likely that both eruptions were connected after a powerful shock wave produced by the flare destabilized the filament, causing the eruption. A second solar observatory, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, then spotted a huge coronal mass ejection blast into space, straight in the direction of Earth. Solar physicists have calculated that this magnetic bubble filled with energetic particles should hit Earth on August 3, so look out for some intense aurorae — a solar storm is coming."

Comment To those who love hammers (Score 1) 799

Every problem looks like a nail.

(the Russians aren't the only ones: too many average 'Americans' will readily nod to a statement such as "We ought to just nuke the entire Middle East", etc.)

BUT... there is a point to this thinking. Sometimes a hammer does fix the problem... And it can be the smartest solution when time is of the essence.

Comment Re:Geezer Award (Score 1) 600

My opinion of Bradbury has dropped a notch or two.

I will grant him this: There is a lot of nonsense on the internet. But there has always been a shitload of nonsense on the shelves of your average library. No library, no matter how up to date, represents the end-all, be-all pinnacle of human knowledge and wisdom. A good proportion of it is valuable, timelessly relevant observation of the human condition, and good hard historical fact. But an equal or greater amount of it is mythical nonsense and hackjob bullshit fit for reading at the beach and little else.

In the end, the most important thing people people have to realize is that they need to learn how to THINK CRITICALLY and not accept things as fact simply because they were told to believe that it was fact or that it fits their previous assumptions. They need to be ready to admit that their previous assumptions were wrong and that they can change their minds when new and better information comes along and not feel threatened in some way.
And this applies equally to a book in the library, a news report on CNN or FoxNews, the pronouncements of a government (or the protesters against that government) or the statements on a webpage. Don't believe anything right away but think about it, chew on it, digest it, analyse it, compare it, test it, and then do it all again. No matter where it came from or where you found it.

The Internet

Submission + - The Pirate Bay About To Relaunch 3

kungfujesus writes: The Pirate Bay crew has been working on this secret project for quite some time now. Back in April they wrote a cryptic post on their blog announcing that something was coming. In a response to this announcement TPB admin Brokep told TorrentFreak: "The past, the present and the future. It's all the same, but one thing's for sure, we will radiate for weeks", today it became clear that he was referring to the resurrection of Suprnova. Article Here

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