14-02-2020, 11:41 #1 bazwraf Registered User   Join Date: Aug 2008 Posts: 800 Time to change Time Why aren't we using a Metric clock? We have 1/100ths of a second, and milliseconds, but we dont have 1/100ths of a minute or an hour. According to the Official System of Units, the base unit of time is 1 second. We also know that it takes 86,400 seconds for the earth to do a rotation of the earth (1 day). Therefore, in order to create a metric clock, I propose the following 1 day = 8.64 hours (or 864 minutes) 1 hour = 100 minutes 1 minute = 100 seconds Hmm, that's not ideal. How about we amend the base unit of time. 1 day = 10 hours 1 hour = 100 minutes 1 minute = 100 seconds In order to do this, each day would need 100,000 seconds Where are those extra 13,600 seconds going to come from you ask? Well we just need to change what a second is. Each second needs to become shorter. In fact, it will lose exactly 13.4% Imagine the benefits. A day of work will only take 4 hours. No need for AM and PM Anyone know who I can speak to, in order to get this implemented. I want to start a clock factory with the new times
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 14-02-2020, 11:49 #2 B.A._Baracus Registered User   Join Date: Jun 2012 Posts: 7,743 Time to change time? i'll just leave this here...
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14-02-2020, 11:55   #3
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 Originally Posted by bazwraf Anyone know who I can speak to, in order to get this implemented. I want to start a clock factory with the new times
Maybe someone from the medical profession for an initial referral.

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 14-02-2020, 12:21 #4 El Weirdo Registered User     Join Date: Feb 2008 Posts: 10,427
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 14-02-2020, 12:29 #5 seamus Dental Plan!     Join Date: Jul 2001 Posts: 61,493 Issues with Decimal time apparently came from the feeling that the hour was just too long or the minute too short. Our existing measurements weren't picked arbitrarily, they were developed over centuries. What became the norm was a balance between the right "feel" and mathematial elegance. The base-6 system for time is pretty elegant tbh, and not exactly a million miles away from metric. It's not like we have 23 seconds in a minute and 157 minutes in an hour, of which there are 11 in a day except on Wednesdays. Or something like that which the British would have come up with. Last edited by seamus; 14-02-2020 at 13:33.
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 14-02-2020, 12:40 #6 TheValeyard Registered User     Join Date: Mar 2018 Posts: 5,660 We dont have time for this.
 14-02-2020, 12:58 #7 Hande hoche! Registered User   Join Date: Apr 2008 Posts: 6,513 Was expecting it to be about time travel.
14-02-2020, 13:08   #8
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 Originally Posted by El Weirdo https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimal_time
Fantastic, the movement has already begun

 14-02-2020, 13:09 #9 TinyChancer Registered User     Join Date: Aug 2015 Posts: 553 I think it's the language with which we talk about time that shackles us. It's so difficult to describe anything outside of our conceptual framework, which itself is ingrained in temporal language. "Time is occurring all around us at all times." is a sentence which I just came up with to try and convey the fact that the universe isn't necessarily going about itself from past to present to future as it appears in our minds. We just perceive it that way because of the way the dimensions present themselves to us (ie three dimensional space, fourth dimensional time). And we think death is "at the end" of life, as this tragic "final" thing. As if life hasn't all occurred as well, for much longer.
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 14-02-2020, 13:15 #10 Ten of Swords Moderator     Join Date: Mar 2013 Posts: 2,793 In Ireland the responsibility of having everyone observe the correct time lies with the Department of Justice Bit weird but true nonetheless Start with them op, let us know how you get on
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14-02-2020, 14:22   #11
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 Originally Posted by Ten of Swords In Ireland the responsibility of having everyone observe the correct time lies with the Department of Justice Bit weird but true nonetheless Start with them op, let us know how you get on
Appreciate that, thanks.
I'll get working on my proposal this weekend. I'll set my alarm for 3:90.
Work on it for about 1.5hours (150minutes in new money)
And then work on designing some new watches.

It's all very exciting. I'm going to have the time of my life

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 14-02-2020, 15:18 #12 MrCostington Registered User     Join Date: Nov 2015 Posts: 487
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14-02-2020, 22:30   #14
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 Originally Posted by TinyChancer I think it's the language with which we talk about time that shackles us. It's so difficult to describe anything outside of our conceptual framework, which itself is ingrained in temporal language. "Time is occurring all around us at all times." is a sentence which I just came up with to try and convey the fact that the universe isn't necessarily going about itself from past to present to future as it appears in our minds. We just perceive it that way because of the way the dimensions present themselves to us (ie three dimensional space, fourth dimensional time). And we think death is "at the end" of life, as this tragic "final" thing. As if life hasn't all occurred as well, for much longer.
Arrival was a good film alright.

14-02-2020, 22:44   #15
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 Originally Posted by bazwraf Why aren't we using a Metric clock?
It was tried. Didn't go down well.

Decimal time was officially introduced on 22 September 1794

100 seconds in a minute
100 minutes in a hour
10 hours in a day

Until 7 April 1795 when people got tired of having recordings of The Voice end too early.