This is exactly why I would propose a single timezone for the entire world. Time notation is just numbers, after all. Why we still attach importance to having 12pm appear at the middle of the day boggles my mind. Why can't we just have different parts of the world start at different sections of a day?
It's a crutch to enable a more convenient mental model for most people to relate to what time of day it is 'over there'. Otherwise, sure, there's no real point.
"office hours are 22-6 UTC" would be much simpler than "office hours are 9-5 EST. hmm ...is that european standard time, or east coast of the usa?"
death to timezones and daylight savings!
The reason we have time zones is because people started keeping time long before fast travel and communication made it necessary to consider what time it was on the other side of the mountain, let alone the world. The reason we keep them is because the status quo is hard to change.
Missing a phone call, WoW raid or whatever else I plan on the net by an hour is less forgiving.
Also, the lifestyle/local weirdness complaints towards the end are still relevant today. If Uncle Steve works the night shift I shouldn't call him at his solar noon whether there are timezones or not.
I concur with tvon that days of the week get very tricky without timezones, but I think the other complaints in that article are overblown.
Right now if I travel anywhere in the world I'll have a basic idea of when the sun rises and sets, when stores are open, hottest time of the day, when people are usually working, sleeping, etc.
Going with your argument, I would not only have to keep track of the sun set and rise shift but as well as the working hours in that particular part of the world. If I ever go there I have to learn the times of everything since they are completely different from where I live.
> I would not only have to keep track of the sun set and rise shift but as well as the working hours in that particular part of the world
The same issues exist currently when traveling. Instead of looking up the timezone offset, you would look up the sunrise offset. Any additional information (e.g. work schedule differences) are still a factor today; when visiting Spain you have to learn that dinners are late and siestas exist.
But this is not "my argument". While I think it would be an interesting experiment, I expect the transition costs of moving to a single global time to far outweigh any marginal efficiency gains for many, many years. What we have now is generally good enough (though if I had the power I would get rid of the sub-hour offsets and daylight savings time).
It's not just initially. Politicians around the world tend to temper with them continuously. (Same with public holidays.)
edit: Though the days of the week point I don't have an answer for. Religious holidays are easy, they would follow the old calendar, but I'm not sure how the days would work otherwise.
Well it turns out this particular guys subdivision was on a different time zone. He explained that the subdivision, being technically outside the city, voted to adopt the another time zone because the majority worked in a county with a differing time zone.
A significant portion of the area was employed by one of a few large mining/synfuel operations, which were headquartered an hour east in the capital, so they ran according to CST. Most employees wake up in one time zone, drive 5 minutes to work, spend the day in a different time zone, then switch back in the evening.
All the "stuff" you wanted or needed to do was also likely going to be in the capital city an hour east, so the constant math was bound to cause issues and consusion.
In 2010 the county voted to switch to CST . I think it was a good change, and it really made life easier for people who live there. I was certainly in favor of it. But at least that was at a _county_ level. A change at the subdivision level seems like it would cause more problems than it fixes.
I am most definitely not defending Russia's actions, but Crimea is nearly due south from Moscow.
Crimea (Sevastopol) is about 33.5°E. Naturally, this time zone change is part of the process employed by Russia to severe Crimea from Ukraine and attach it back to Russia.
St. Petersburg, or Leningrad as it seems to be going, is also on the same UTC+3 zone even though it is even further away to the west, with the "geographical" UTC+2 line (30°E) passing through the city.
Nice if you were asleep, not so nice if you were on watch...
New Zealand routinely goes to UTC+13 with the aid of daylight savings.
Our business team are in Germany, so we have three different time offsets between us over a year as daylight savings in both countries come and go.
It would be nice to get rid of time zones and daylight savings time. People are so slow to change. Who cares if the sun doesn't come up until 4 PM where you are at. Stores, schools, etc can just change what hours they are open.
That, and the missing UTF-8 locale, are among the most annoying defaults that I routinely encounter on newly ordered servers.
> South Australian Premier Jay Weatherhill reintroduced the time zone debate this spring
The linked article is from April 2015. Spring in Australia is September-November.
This concept of using weather seasons as terms of reference for periods of time, is ridiculous, and kind of reinforces the view that Americans can't think outside their own little world.
It made it a bit more convenient when I wanted to observe a particular cluster or nebula to know when to take my telescope outside.
Everything else...not so much.
This has an error - three of five mainland states and one territory observe daylight saving time (SA, VIC, NSW and ACT).
(Interestingly, I'm not sure if this is apocryphal or not: I thought it was Flo Bjelke-Peterson who said it, but I can't find a source.)
Are there any other fractional timezones?