[LEAPSECS] Cheating means more planning, not less
M. Warner Losh
imp at bsdimp.com
Sun Dec 28 11:43:47 EST 2008
In message: <32626.1230451495 at critter.freebsd.dk>
"Poul-Henning Kamp" <phk at phk.freebsd.dk> writes:
: In message <alpine.LSU.2.00.0812272320490.23685 at hermes-1.csi.cam.ac.uk>, Tony F
: inch writes:
: >> DST is a trivial gimmick layered on standard time. Standard time is a
: >> global system layered on the mean solar day.
: >I don't think DST is trivial, nor is it a gimmick.
: In addition to what it was designed to, DST changes have taken on
: an unanticipated role of high-level low frequency public scheduling.
: Emperical evidence shows that fewer people miss their trains right
: after a DST change, even accounting for those who get it wrong by
: one hour.
: This indicates that DST changes actually make people adjust their
: At least in Denmark, the public safety administration is actively
: advocating using the DST change to test the residual current
: protection relay (RCCB), "since you have to set all the clocks anyway".
: We know from electricians purchases of new RCCBs that this advice
: is widely taken.
: I would keep DST, even if it confers no other benefits, simply because
: from a societal point of view, it is beneficial to have the populations
: almost undivided attention twice a year.
In the US, many fire departments have similar public safety
campaigns. Change your fire detector batteries when you change your
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