Comment 40V Re: Ambiguity


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Ambiguity (Score: 1)

by on 2014-08-20 23:09 (#404)

I'm with a LOT of other people. I am currently under EDT, and the map and reality agree that I am -4 (until DST goes out of effect). But I answered -5. The full specification of my TZ ID is EST5EDT. Everybody thinks of it as 5 h behind Greenwich; hence conceptually it is 5 hr behind GMT or UTC "sort of" (i.e., the EST base spec is). I am OCD and perhaps overthink questions, but you are going to get other "wrong" votes. EST5EDT is a VERY popular TZ.

Re: Ambiguity (Score: 1)

by on 2014-08-21 00:30 (#405)

I prefer the "select a nearby city" method of selecting your timezone. The "GMT minus X" method is off by 1 hour for half the year. But if I select "America/Chicago", I know that I'll always get Central Time as defined by the current political tweaking. Those politicians seem to like to change when Daylight Saving Time starts a lot.
  • Eastern: America/New_York
  • Central: America/Chicago
  • Mountain: America/Denver
  • Pacific: America/Los_Angeles
  • British Time: Europe/London
  • Central Europe Time: Europe/Paris
  • Eastern Europe Time: Europe/Athens

Re: Ambiguity (Score: 1, Informative)

by Anonymous Coward on 2014-08-22 15:11 (#40H)

You'd probably need to throw in a special "Arizona" to the list, considering it's one of the few states that understand DST is a pointless exercise and refuse to change the clocks.


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2014-08-24 02:06 Interesting +1

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