Time changed... When will it end.

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  1. Robert Maxwell

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  2. SmoothieX

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  3. Melakon

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    I know farmers were never a big fan of it. They're in the fields when the sun comes up, regardless of what the clock says.
     
  4. tomalak301

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    Waking up early, I realized there is a reason why we need daylight saving time. It's what happens in the morning, not necessarily at night. I like that it stays light later in daylight time, but the week leading up to the roll back, it doesn't really get light in the morning until after 7:00 AM. Do we really want to go to work or school with it still being dark? I know I don't, and the light does help me wake up in the morning.
     
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    Changing the time kids go to school by an hour would be far more disruptive to people's lives than changing the clocks.
     
  6. Trekker4747

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    I dunno I'd rather it be dark in the morning than it getting dark before I've even eaten dinner.
     
  7. MacLeod

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    Well technically speaking we do have a global time and it was agreed a hundred plus years ago, UTC (aka GMT).
     
  8. Ar-Pharazon

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    The period of DST has changed since I was a kid, I remember going to the bus stop in the dark.

    And y'know, in the snow, uphill both ways, etc, etc.
     
  9. SmoothieX

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    That's one of the interesting thing about living at 48+ degrees latitude (Canadian border is 49) and on the western edge of the (central) time zone. In the winter, the sun doesn't come up until damn near 9. In the summer, you can read a newspaper outside at quarter to 11.
     
  10. MacLeod

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    As you say the further North or South you go from the equator the later the sunrises/sets.
     
  11. SmoothieX

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    I'm 50-60 miles as the crow flies from the Canadian border. It's hard to live in the continental US and be much further north than me. The closest major city to here is Winnipeg which isn't even in the same country.
     
  12. RandyS

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    Next time, watch where you're going.:bolian:
     
  13. iguana_tonante

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    Yeah, my city is around 45°, and I'm accustomed at going to work (and to school back then) when the sun isn't up yet, so all the hand wringing at having to wake up before sunrise doesn't move me much.

    Funnily enough, I often forget that the US is located at a lower latitude compared to Europe (or, looking at it from the opposite side, thanks to the Gulf stream Europe is much warmer than North America at the same latitude).

    New York is at the same latitude than Naples (100 miles South of Rome), and yet it snows heavily in winter. My city is at the same latitude of Minneapolis, and yet we enjoy a much warmer climate.
     
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    My personal schedule these days is such that time changes really have no impact on me. I'm already at work when the time change happens, so my sleep isn't affected at all. Last night I had to work for an extra hour. In the spring I'll get to cut my shift short by an hour.
     
  15. scotpens

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    I thought it was long established to be this place.

    That's never been an issue for me. In my neck of the woods, even during DST, the sun comes up at least an hour before I wake up in the morning.

    What physical problems? I've never had any.

    Standard time was originally instituted so the railroads could run on uniform schedules. Before standard time, every city, town and rural community set its clocks by the sun. Noon was whenever the sun was at its zenith, so the time could be different in places that were just a few miles apart.

    Are you saying you're not just in favor of abolishing Daylight Saving Time, but abolishing standard time altogether? That would certainly throw everything into a tizzy! :lol:
     
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  16. rhubarbodendron

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    running on local time everywhere would be a bit complicated, even in the computer age. But running a country on the same time 365 day a year would certainly be highly appreciated by most people.
    Not all of us are so lucky as to have the luxury to get up after sunrise (which in my part of the world is around 9 am in December/January; 3 hours after I usually start work). Those who have to switch often suffer for weeks under that lag.
    Personally, I take about 2 months to adjust to DST and about 1 week to switch back to regular time.

    But did you get payed for the extra hour?
     
  17. scotpens

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    That's basically what China does. All of the mainland is on a single clock, even though geographically it spans five time zones. And no daylight saving time.

    Link
     
  18. iguana_tonante

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    Not really "most" people. Just a few vocal guys.

    I call bullshit on that. Maybe it takes you 2 months because you spend the time moaning and grinding your teeth about it. If it takes you 8 weeks to adjust to 1 hour change, what will happen if you take a plane across the planet? Die from retroactive sleep deprivation?
     
  19. tomalak301

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    Does most of the world have Daylight Saving Time? I know the US and UK do but I was just curious how common this time change is.
     
  20. tomalak301

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    Found a pretty good site that answers this question:

    http://www.timeanddate.com/time/dst/2013.html