Springing forward prematurely... March 11, 2009 5:29 AM   Subscribe

Tiny UK-centric bug/oversight: time in top right shows British Summer Time, but we don't put our clocks forward here until March 29th.
posted by altolinguistic to Bugs at 5:29 AM (31 comments total)

Your time setting is not a real timezone, just an offset from server time. I think you'll have to make do with US settings for DST and adjust manually as appropriate.
posted by ghost of a past number at 5:39 AM on March 11, 2009


Yep. Go to your profile and change the time offset to +7 for UK.
posted by vacapinta at 6:25 AM on March 11, 2009


Yeah, it's been like that for as long as I can remember. For a few weeks every year, MeFi timestamps make me veer up in my seat a few times, thinking such various thoughts as "Holy shit I'm late for work!" or "holy shit it's way past my bedtime!". This is often followed by a strong general apathy toward time itself, at which time the anomaly is usually resolved.

Much more worrying during this period is Wolf Blitzer appearing on my television at seemingly random intervals.

Also, you're less UK-centric than you think, altolinguistic: all of Europe (minus Iceland but including Turkey and western Russia) jumps at the same date. Also, Ireland has winter time, isn't that freaky?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 6:28 AM on March 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


Whoa. I never noticed that the time and date are there. Good morning!
posted by heyho at 6:33 AM on March 11, 2009 [2 favorites]


...then that hour we "lost" on Sunday must still be somewhere, probably sitting out in the Atlantic! I bet we could form a team and get out there and retrieve it! What say you all!
posted by not_on_display at 7:25 AM on March 11, 2009


Also, Ireland has winter time, isn't that freaky?

What do you mean?
posted by minifigs at 7:42 AM on March 11, 2009


I was hoping Obama would repeal the stupid Bush time change, but no go yet. Change your server offset time for three weeks, then back.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 8:00 AM on March 11, 2009


will do - in the grand scheme of things, this isn't exactly a problem, just thought I'd flag it up in case it effects anything else (obviously not).
posted by altolinguistic at 8:08 AM on March 11, 2009


that hour we "lost" on Sunday must still be somewhere, probably sitting out in the Atlantic! I bet we could form a team and get out there and retrieve it! What say you all!

Only if we can also look for the frisbee I lost when I was 9. I think it was orange.
posted by cowbellemoo at 8:22 AM on March 11, 2009


I was hoping Obama would repeal the stupid Bush time change, but no go yet. Change your server offset time for three weeks, then back.

You're using ColdFusion, right? Can't you just use LSTimeFormat to localise times, and let the libraries take care of the time zones? Or is it not that simple?
posted by Mike1024 at 9:04 AM on March 11, 2009


Or, you could, you know, just buy a watch.
posted by Hovercraft Eel at 9:15 AM on March 11, 2009


We're running on internet-time here. Your archaic hours, minutes, and seconds are meaningless!
posted by blue_beetle at 9:56 AM on March 11, 2009


Also, Ireland has winter time, isn't that freaky?

You think that's freaky? This is how the seasons work in Ireland. Autumn officially turns to Spring on the 1st February. Then, around about the second week of February we might have a day or two of snowfall - that's our winter. Spring returns and continues to be very rainy until our first summer which is usually a week in April and is marked by a few days of sunshine. Spring returns again with rain and slowly turns to autumn throughout May, June and July. Then the second part of Summer arrives in August or September and is marked by a week or so of sunshine. Autumn sets in with slightly less rain but colder temperatures - we may be lucky and have another day of winter sometime around November. Then autumn continues until the end of January when spring arrives again.

So, calling it winter time is just the Irish sense of humour, like the way we have a Met office that tries to forecast the amount of rain that will fall tomorrow.
posted by Elmore at 10:12 AM on March 11, 2009 [10 favorites]


It would be nice if MetaFilter had its clock set to UTC and supported real Zoneinfo files. That way people could put in their actual time zone and it would adjust properly with no confusion or fuss.
posted by zsazsa at 10:40 AM on March 11, 2009


Also, Ireland has winter time, isn't that freaky?

What do you mean?


September 6th to August 28th each year usually (with the possible exception of that week in June when all the school and college kids are doing exams)
posted by TwoWordReview at 11:31 AM on March 11, 2009


...or what Elmore said
posted by TwoWordReview at 11:33 AM on March 11, 2009


Is anyone else having trouble with the "My Ask" part of AskMe? It's not filtering categories for me anymore. I tried resetting my preferences but still nothing.
posted by CunningLinguist at 12:24 PM on March 11, 2009


You're using ColdFusion, right?

It takes a lot of energy to run the new server.
posted by lukemeister at 12:26 PM on March 11, 2009


It would be nice if MetaFilter had its clock set to UTC and supported real Zoneinfo files. That way people could put in their actual time zone and it would adjust properly with no confusion or fuss.

I am all for this.
posted by dunkadunc at 12:45 PM on March 11, 2009


Do Arizona people have this problem every time DST comes in? (No DST in AZ.)
posted by smackfu at 12:51 PM on March 11, 2009


So, everyone else saves daylight just so that the Arizonian daylight welfare queens can go ahead and just squander it?
posted by qvantamon at 1:05 PM on March 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


We're running on internet-time here.

Swatch Internet Time!
posted by odinsdream at 1:08 PM on March 11, 2009


meatafilter: Arizonian daylight welfare queens
posted by metastability at 1:16 PM on March 11, 2009


Buggers it up for China too. I'll be buzzing the MeFi server farm in a small boat and showing my arse in protest.
posted by Abiezer at 4:29 PM on March 11, 2009


What do you mean?

Ack, sorry for the long time AFK! I meant that when everyone in Europe goes to Summer Time/Sommerzeit/Heure_d'été/etc. Ireland goes to Irish "standard time", and when everyone switches back they go to "Winter Time". The procedure is the same as elsewhere, only the nomenclature is different. All this is IIRC, unless they changed it.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 6:51 PM on March 11, 2009


Hmm... you Europeans seems to have the right idea with this one. Today I can still remember that we're in DST, but a month from now I won't remember what time setting we're in.
posted by niles at 8:02 PM on March 11, 2009


you have summer in Britain?
posted by UbuRoivas at 4:27 AM on March 12, 2009


I meant that when everyone in Europe goes to Summer Time/Sommerzeit/Heure_d'été/etc. Ireland goes to Irish "standard time", and when everyone switches back they go to "Winter Time". The procedure is the same as elsewhere, only the nomenclature is different. All this is IIRC, unless they changed it.

I see, in my experience (Cork and Waterford) people call standard time Summer Time and the other one Winter Time. I'll have to keep an eye on what the papers call it when we change back though. I love reading outsider views of Ireland.
posted by minifigs at 7:34 AM on March 12, 2009


I see, in my experience (Cork and Waterford) people call standard time Summer Time and the other one Winter Time. I'll have to keep an eye on what the papers call it when we change back though. I love reading outsider views of Ireland.

Interesting. It might be just official nomenclature, or I might be misinformed. FWIW in Holland we just say "zomertijd" and "wintertijd", too.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 9:01 AM on March 12, 2009


It's all very well for you upside-down Northern Hemisphere types. For those of us who know which way is up, not only does Matt's server jump an hour on the wrong date, it jumps the wrong way.

I have never understood why the MeFi server doesn't run UTC internally.
posted by flabdablet's sock puppet at 2:00 PM on March 12, 2009 [2 favorites]


(No DST in AZ.)

Or Saskatchewan.
posted by timeistight at 11:58 PM on March 12, 2009


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