• Adjust Your Clocks, Leap Second to be add at Midnight GMT
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[Quote] Midnight will come later tonight as for the first time in three years an extra second is added to the official time set by atomic clocks. The "leap second" means the last minute of June will have 61 seconds in it. Leap seconds - and leap years - are added as basic ways to keep the clock in sync with the Earth and its seasons. However, there are concerns the extra second could cause problems for some computer systems because it has to be added manually.[/quote] A whole extra second in bed tonight for Europe. [url]http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-33313347[/url]
I can finally have an excuse for turning up late for work
Never heard anyone say '' really could've used that one extra second of sleep '', but alright every little thing counts
I'm too lazy to change every clock in my house so I welcome being one second late to everything. Also I read the title as "adjust your cocks" like 3 times before I read it right.
What isotope is used in atomic clocks? I thought they kept second-accurate time for much longer than three years.
Whoa this is a thing? I think i'm late with this.
[quote]However, there are concerns the extra second could cause problems for some computer systems because it has to be added manually.[/quote] Oh shit, it's Y2K15!
[QUOTE=OutspokenGolf;48086140]What isotope is used in atomic clocks? I thought they kept second-accurate time for much longer than three years.[/QUOTE] It's not about the the clocks, it's about how the speed of the Earth spinning around the Sun fluctuates. I'm sure there are more factors and reasons why these leap seconds exists.
[QUOTE=OutspokenGolf;48086140]What isotope is used in atomic clocks? I thought they kept second-accurate time for much longer than three years.[/QUOTE] [quote=the fucking article]Leap seconds - and leap years - are added as basic ways to keep the clock in sync with the Earth and its seasons.[/quote] has nothing to do with the accuracy of atomic clocks
I'm exactly twelve hours ahead of GMT, so this'll happen at noon for me. This means an entire extra second of lunch!
Awh man seriously? I only just got my sleep cycle back, and now they go and change the time.
I live to see Time Travel, what a world we live in.
[QUOTE=dedo678;48086136]I'm too lazy to change every clock in my house so I welcome being one second late to everything.[/QUOTE] Still mostly running on winter time.
One second? I don't see the point of changing it for that. It's like getting a penny at mac donalds.
[QUOTE=Arrows;48086488]One second? I don't see the point of changing it for that. It's like getting a penny at mac donalds.[/QUOTE] It's future-proofing. Earth's rotational period is pretty unstable, and every few years a second needs to be added to keep atomic time in line with real terrestrial time, lest the difference between the two times gets any longer. After all, in things like computing and banking, a second can mean everything.
[QUOTE=dedo678;48086136]I'm too lazy to change every clock in my house so I welcome being one second late to everything. Also I read the title as "adjust your cocks" like 3 times before I read it right.[/QUOTE] One second early, not late. :rolleye: [QUOTE=Arrows;48086488]One second? I don't see the point of changing it for that. It's like getting a penny at mac donalds.[/QUOTE] If we keep letting our clocks fall behind on Earth's rotation, we're gonna have the Julian calendar error once again. Because people didn't keep track of this, days were hours behind and seasons were a few months behind before the switch to Gregorian.
how to get one second worth of sleep: -blink
Heh, I don't need to do this. I have the cheapest possible digital thermometer that has a clock on it. I adjusted the clock yesterday and it's already a bit over 1 minute ahead of every other clock! How handy!
[QUOTE=Arrows;48086488]One second? I don't see the point of changing it for that. It's like getting a penny at mac donalds.[/QUOTE] And what happens if you keep getting pennies? Eventually you get a dollar. Same for this, eventually this becomes a minute, and then an hour, so without this adjustment clocks would be wrong in the future by big margins.
[QUOTE=Crhem van der B;48086158]It's not about the the clocks, it's about how the speed of the Earth spinning around the Sun fluctuates. I'm sure there are more factors and reasons why these leap seconds exists.[/QUOTE] Yeah, for one thing the rotation of the Earth is very gradually slowing down. And I mean VERY gradually.
[quote]Midnight will come later tonight as for the first time in three years an extra second is added to the official time set by atomic clocks.[/quote] Aw shit son, this kind of thing hasn't happened since a little while ago
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God damnit, I just resynced my watch.
Nice, that means it's the longest day of the year today! Suck it, Summer Solstice!
Well let's hope the trains have accomodated for this, cause here in Germany if they arrive 1 second later there's gonna be riots on the streets that will make the French uber protests look like a gay pride parade
[QUOTE=meharryp;48086156]Oh shit, it's Y2K15![/QUOTE] Well to be fair when it was done a few years back over 400 flights were cancelled in Australia after their check in system broke down.
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Most things will not be affected by this right? I know that Windows will just ignore it and then fix itself when it syncs up again with NTP the next time.
Oh man just over 15 minutes before our leap second. How are you guys going to spend it?
Damnit I missed the leap second :(
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