[LEAPSECS] the abbreviation UTC

mike cook michael.cook at sfr.fr
Thu Aug 18 14:53:17 EDT 2011

Le 18/08/2011 19:21, Warner Losh a écrit :


> On Aug 18, 2011, at 6:06 AM, Gerard Ashton wrote:

>> I would be most surprised if there is an actual written procedure that traffic officers must follow in setting their wristwatches and a specified grace period officers must allow before issuing a citation, but maybe the officers in the UK are better organized than the ones I've encountered in the USA.

> In any event, they'd write the time as '18:01' if free parking were over at six pm. That blank on the form likely would also say "On or about" to allow for minor variations in time. Any dispute between different time scales would fall into the legal doctrine of "difference without a distinction." If you are illegally parked at 18:01:00, it is just as illegal as being parked at 18:00:59.43.


> In a world where wrist watches (and cell towers) vary by minutes, sub-second variations are lost in the noise for this kind of thing. I wouldn't be surprised if you were right about the grace period too. "Well, your honor, I noticed the defendant's car was parked after hours, and I gave him an extra 15 minutes of time before writing the ticket just to be fair."


> Warner

Might work in the USofA but in the UK not so. When the UK converted to
metric weights, large numbers of shop owners were convicted and fined
for selling goods on a non existent weight scale (imperial pound and
ounces) instead of kilogrammes., even though the scales were accurate.

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