Just a timely thought, or not...greenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
This may have been addressed in a prior post, but I have not found it in the archives. It is my understanding that most of the world operates on GMT (Greenwich Mean Time), particularly the Military, Telecommunications, Banking, Business, etc. Since local time lags UTC by 6 hours in (Standard time), wouldn't the 'Roll-over' occur at 00:00:01 UTC, which in my Central Time Zone would be 6:00:01 pm, a full 6 hours before midnight, CST?, or am I all wet? It wouldn't be the first time...:) hmmm, let's see, most of the world goes dark at the same time...a '10' for sure, with millions waiting for midnight, to pop the corks, light the fireworks, and party, party, party..... Can you say surprise? This would be interesting to watch from space, but getting home might be a problem.........FWIW and JMHO
Ray, in the Central Daylight (for now) time zone, also known as OKC, OK, waiting for whatever, just don't know when.....
-- Ray (email@example.com), October 22, 1999
NOT everything runs on UTC. Banks do NOT. MOST large corporations run on Local Time. Refieries run on local time. Manufacturing plants such as GM and Ford run on local time..... C'mon, use the noodle. If you got this from friends, there is an internal inconsistency in the statement.
-- Jes an ol self-thinkin footballer (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 22, 1999.
It doesn't matter so much what time you run on. It is what time your computer runs on. I understand there are three times that will effect the computer and embedded systems. One of these is GMT.
The idea that we will be immune from hurt, while watching New Zeeland tank, is absurd. Supposedly, New Zeeland's experience is supposed to give us some experience for last minute remediation during the magic window before roll over in America. If that were the case, New Zeeland would simply roll its clock back. I imagine some of New Zeeland's computers were made in California. Does this mean that they have California time wired in? Think about it.
-- marsh (email@example.com), October 22, 1999.
Doesn't New Zealand roll over about 8 or so hours BEFORE England??
-- Chuck, a night driver (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 22, 1999.
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Computer operating systems time is based on UTC date/time schema. A system utility handles the local time conversion for display.
That's why countries that do not abide the x-tian year (e.g., Israel) are vulnerable to Y2K "bug."
Regards, Bob Mangus
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-- Robert Mangus (email@example.com), October 22, 1999.