It was a choice that set [Nepal's] clocks 10 minutes ahead of India, which at the time used the longitude that passed through Calcutta. When [India] switched their meridian to Hyderabad in 1971, [Nepal] officially had four degrees of separation, and presto, found ourselves a further five minutes ahead of the Indians."
"Argentina determines whether to observe daylight saving time on a year-by-year basis, and individual provinces may opt out of the federal decision. At present, Argentina does not observe daylight saving time."
The country is huge and could easily cover more than one timezone, I'd hazard a guess at political reasons based on that, but don't take me as an authority because I'm not
They could have settled for an easier time, considering the country stretches over quite a few longitudes. Don't know what was the logic here!
Go out, leave your desk and explore the world.
When I propose wacky, implausible ideas to friends like "a single world-wide time zone" or "replacing all writing with the international phonetic alphabet", the idea is to reduce things that make the technical debt for supporting the whole world enormous.
As it is, English programmers are frankly, most likely to make things that only work for English speakers. And then the technical debt of supporting Latin alphabets and US time zones and all the like multiply together. We should be thankful as much of the world adopted UTF8 and UTC as early as it did, but I don't envy anyone who has to work with systems that don't have good support for internationalization. Those people are in a terrible position, and with legacy systems, they might have to implement a terribly complex set of rules that are taken for granted by most people, and sometimes not even explicitly written down anywhere outside obscure papers on the topics.
Someone mentioned the current year in the Nepali calendar is 2071. So now you know, if you want to appropriately support customers in Nepal, you might want to support their calendar. But I don't know enough about Nepal to say whether or not anyone does. The Wikipedia page List of calendars is, frankly, a bit terrifying.
The fundamental problems of these fun cultural artifacts is the technical debt for old systems and the barrier to entry for new systems.
As someone who works with clients in different parts of the world I really do long for a single time zone that we can all share. In local life will 12 noon will always be the ~same time, but for business I don't care.
Usually I try to use UTC, but it's not always successful, and just trying to pin down a suitable time to speak to someone across timezones can be difficult.
However, "replacing all writing with the international phonetic alphabet" is a terrible idea
What if we could dissociate spoken language from written language? We could just use the 26 letters in English to write everything. This could allow Romanization of everything without those pesky accent marks.
Language is fluid and always changing, if you start to spell words using the IPA then you need variations for every different accent and you need to update the spelling as accents change over time.
Words have almost always been written down as they sound, but then the way that we say them changes. Some changes in written language happen, an obvious contemporary example being the differences between UK English and US English. But writing in IPA would mean that we need to update our written texts as our language change or it would mean that every person has to speak it the same way and in every location forever, and that you need to police it so people don't speak incorrectly.
The is not for fun facts. It is history and where people live.
Nobody wants one time zone, because nobody wants to wake up at 8pm and go to work and such things. That is the reason why we have time zones. You know what, computers are pretty good in crunching numbers. So it is an easy task for them to do time shifts based on time zones. My iPhone is pretty good with it. I didn't had to adjust anything, when I visited Nepal and India for the last 5 years.
The same is with languages. Just try to learn another human language and not a computer language. It is much more joy.
The problem with these things only people have, which never experienced the world, their diversity, their history. There are so much things to discover about the world and yourself while experiencing the world.
1.1/ Besides, we do have UTC. And people already use it for coordination of global events.
2/ Substituting writing system with IPA will break a lot of languages. Especially Chinese. English will branch out into dozen hardly interchangeable writing variants. With time it will get worse.
[The first day is the calendar day, the second is the solar day.]
I think that's the point he's complaining about: it's damn hard to build such a system because of the artificially induced complexity.
"When the sun lies neither east nor west of a particular point on the surface of the Earth."
At least, if you want "noon" to be something that happens everywhere on Earth.
A system where noon is regulated by a single, immutable equation describing the position of the Earth vis-à-vis the Sun would be much easier to implement.
Just wow man, you are taking lazyness to a whole new level.
I, personally, have pretty much no social life so it wouldn't affect me that much if we had to work nine hundred hours to seventeen hundred hours UTC while living in central time zone (UTC - 6:00).
I'd imagine we'd burn up a lot more fuel if everyone worked nights and slept days though. Also, I read somewhere that access to sunlight (or lack thereof) can alter people's emotional state.
It is an amazing country. Nepal is the "roof of the world".
How about the year where Shanghai had the same 5 minutes and 52 seconds twice:
Or the year where Germany had TWO hours worth of daylight savings time (hint: that happens to be Moscow time)?
I actually once had a production bug based on that, due to an overzealous sanity check in the Java Calendar class which considered all dates in Germany in the summer of 45 invalid...
By the way, there's another opportunity for oddity wrt. time: the change from summer to winter time and back can occur at different dates in different countries. And indeed, it does.
Numberphile made a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2Gne3UHKHs
Note the 5 3/4 for Nepal.
Why is there a little chunk of Greenland that's 3 hours offset from the rest of the country?
Wikipedia doesn't mention it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ittoqqortoormiit