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Re: [Xlog-discussion] GMT vs UTC

From: Leigh L. Klotz, Jr.
Subject: Re: [Xlog-discussion] GMT vs UTC
Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 10:05:16 -0700
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Interestingly, I've read that they're thinking of abandoning UTC and keeping only UT. As you can imagine, there's quite a bit of bureaucratic wrangling and discussion going on. Here's one reference: http://www.ucolick.org/~sla/leapsecs/onlinebib.html

The difference between the UTC and UT is due to the use of "leap seconds" to align the UTC time with the gradual slowing of Earth's spinning. With the increased reliance on time synchronization, the leap second events are being seen as potential hazards, much like mini-Y2K events. One worst-case scenario is an electrical utility company mistakenly generating out of phase, causing a partial or total electrical grid collapse. While such an event seems unlikely, the ITU member nations have begun to debate the advisability of creating the chances for them to occur. One proposal is to postpone the next leap second until it becomes a leap-minute, in a few hundred years. Another is to abandon UTC entirely. Maybe we should stick with the BBC and take the long view...


Daniel Schlieper wrote:
Dear Xlog developers,

would it be possible to change the time labels from GMT to UTC? Or is there a reason for using GMT?

GMT is so old fashioned. It doesn't even exist anymore! Only the BBC insist on using the abbreviation. For political reasons, I believe. But in reality, they use UTC, too.

You might think, what the heck, it makes no difference, but that is not true. Using UTC consitently would help newcomers to avoid confusion. There is also a point in using modern (ie not 19th century) terminology. Having said that, here in Britain, some people still measure their weight using stones...

73 de Daniel M0ERA, Oxted, Surrey.

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