[ntp:questions] Re: GMT: UT1 vs UTC
Ian G Batten
I.G.Batten at batten.eu.org
Thu Oct 30 11:28:09 UTC 2003
In article <bnqrom$gti$1 at osl016lin.hda.hydro.com>,
Terje Mathisen <terje.mathisen at hda.hydro.com> wrote:
> Ian G Batten wrote:
> > Come the winter, for us in the UK date(1) reports:
> > Thu Oct 30 11:01:15 GMT 2003
> > when in fact for almost everyone's computers it's UTC, which is +/- 0.9s
> > from GMT. And the `Greenwich Time Signal' on the radio is UTC(GPS)
> > these days, too. Does anyone have a clock which actually ticks UT1?
> Why would you want one?
> Even in England/Great Britain GMT is just a local name for UTC these days.
It would be interesting to challenge your phone or electricity bill on
the basis that the rate changes were `wrong'. Legally I think GMT is
still UT1 --- the bill to redefine it as UTC didn't pass in 1997.
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