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(BBC)   Aww crap, we're not gonna have to switch to metric time now are we?   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 214
    More: Interesting, Atomic Clock, optical lattices, International System of Units, Paris Observatory, microwaves, metric time  
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2013-07-10 09:48:15 AM  
I say we go with The Time Cube.
 
2013-07-10 10:23:20 AM  
Does anybody really know what time it is?
 
2013-07-10 10:43:57 AM  
Stardates
 
2013-07-10 11:04:09 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does anybody really know what time it is?


Four thir-TAY.

It's not late, naw, naw.

It's just a-earlAY earlAY
 
2013-07-10 11:04:12 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does anybody really know what time it is?


Bo knows
 
2013-07-10 11:10:50 AM  
The devices, called optical lattice clocks, lost just one second every 300 million years - making them three times as accurate as current atomic clocks.

I can't quite put my finger on why, but I don't think they tested that under real time conditions.  I think they're guessing.
 
2013-07-10 11:21:24 AM  
Yeah, why don't we mandate communism and the forcible serving of broccoli for every meal.
 
2013-07-10 11:22:42 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does anybody really know what time it is?


Twenty-five (or six) to four.
 
2013-07-10 11:22:59 AM  
As a proud American, I use only Mississippis to count time.
 
2013-07-10 11:22:59 AM  
The illusion of Time is the devil's second greatest trick.

Until you don't pick up your wife on time.
 
2013-07-10 11:23:12 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does anybody really know what time it is?


It's Q past amph.
 
2013-07-10 11:24:06 AM  
FTA: "The devices, called optical lattice clocks, lost just one second every 300 million years - making them three times as accurate as current atomic clocks. "

They tested this-- how?
 
2013-07-10 11:24:49 AM  
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2013-07-10 11:25:26 AM  
This sounds like a bunch of hooey.
 
2013-07-10 11:26:43 AM  
Like comment accompanying tale, Now you can tell how late your train really is -- or words to that effect.
Yay, got posting OK back after losing it furabit.
 
2013-07-10 11:27:41 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does anybody really know what time it is?


You might find  this interesting if you can find it on some website that has TV shows for download, or something.
 
2013-07-10 11:28:00 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does anybody really know what time it is?


Time is an illusion.  Lunchtime, doubly so.
 
2013-07-10 11:29:13 AM  

Donnchadha: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does anybody really know what time it is?

Four thir-TAY.

It's not late, naw, naw.

It's just a-earlAY earlAY


I'm not sure who I hate more - you for putting that song in my head, or myself for knowing what it was in the first place.
 
2013-07-10 11:29:16 AM  

Kimpak: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does anybody really know what time it is?

Time is an illusion.  Lunchtime, doubly so.


Oh, dammit!  I came here to say that!!
 
2013-07-10 11:29:25 AM  
Meh and I consider myself accurate if I get the right day of the week much less any finer tuned time keeping.
 
2013-07-10 11:29:55 AM  
Time Passages is the eighth studio album by Al Stewart.
 
2013-07-10 11:30:43 AM  

laulaja: Yay, got posting OK back after losing it furabit.


Did you hurt someone's feelings? I've had that happen.
 
2013-07-10 11:31:01 AM  
"What time is it?"

"12:80. No wait. Wait ... What comes after 12?"

"1."

"No, after 12!"
 
2013-07-10 11:32:15 AM  
America switched to the metric system in the mid 70s. At least that's what my teacher told me in the late 60s.
 
2013-07-10 11:32:38 AM  

boarch: FTA: "The devices, called optical lattice clocks, lost just one second every 300 million years - making them three times as accurate as current atomic clocks. "

They tested this-- how?


"As well as comparing the optical lattice clocks with our current atomic timekeepers, the researchers compared two optical clocks with each other. They found that they kept time in agreement, and were also very stable."
 
2013-07-10 11:32:45 AM  
img1.fark.net  The second is already an SI unit!
 
2013-07-10 11:32:49 AM  
I believe in coyotes, and time as an abstract.
 
2013-07-10 11:32:58 AM  
I would have no problem with metric time. It would make more sense than this 60/60/24 thing. Of course, current timekeeping makes far more sense than 8 oz in a cup, 2 cups in a quart, 4 quarts in a gallon... 12 inches in a foot, 5,280 feet in a mile, what the FARK is up with that? I think even metric sex would help, a base-10 number of thrusts before you're done... ;-P
 
2013-07-10 11:35:05 AM  
"For instance, if you have your wristwatch, and one day you are one second late, and one day one second early, then your clock is not stable. But it could still have good accuracy if over a million days the time is correct," Dr Lodewyck explained.

My watch syncs with the atomic time service in Denver. I farking love it... It's also solar, which is nice.
 
2013-07-10 11:35:29 AM  
ftfa:  Our current systems, called caesium fountains, expose clouds of caesium atoms to microwaves to get them to oscillate. But the the new ones use light to excite strontium atoms

 it has been a minute since my last science class, but isn't a microwave light too you tards ?
 
2013-07-10 11:36:28 AM  
damn, never mind.

/tard
 
2013-07-10 11:38:46 AM  
A time thread, and no Doctor Who references?

(Also came for Chicago and Spin Doctors... leaving 2/3 satisfied.)
 
2013-07-10 11:39:28 AM  

I_Am_Weasel: I think they're guessing.


No, as usual, they are not guessing.

Hint: They don't have to wait until the clock is off by a second to determine the rate of drift.
 
2013-07-10 11:39:42 AM  

Mimic_Octopus: ftfa:  Our current systems, called caesium fountains, expose clouds of caesium atoms to microwaves to get them to oscillate. But the the new ones use light to excite strontium atoms

 it has been a minute since my last science class, but isn't a microwave light too you tards ?


I'm guessing that they are using EM in the visible to human spectrum. The shorter wavelengths must (maybe) be the key.

/I'm building a gamma ray laser clock
 
2013-07-10 11:41:17 AM  
If it keeps getting later and later, how come it's early sometimes?
 
2013-07-10 11:42:01 AM  
i41.tinypic.com
 
2013-07-10 11:43:31 AM  
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2013-07-10 11:43:53 AM  

Mimic_Octopus: ftfa:  Our current systems, called caesium fountains, expose clouds of caesium atoms to microwaves to get them to oscillate. But the the new ones use light to excite strontium atoms

 it has been a minute since my last science class, but isn't a microwave light too you tards ?


Um, no? I'm pretty sure light just refers to the visible or near visible wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum. Both are on the same spectrum but microwaves aren't light.
 
2013-07-10 11:43:57 AM  
The devices, called optical lattice clocks, lost just one second every 300 million years - making them three times as accurate as current atomic clocks

Oh, well by all means.  Let's spend billions of tax of dollars converting over to this new clock.
 
2013-07-10 11:44:05 AM  
waitaminnut
Isn't that the device that they built to trap Pinhead with in that lame Hellraiser sequel?
 
2013-07-10 11:45:36 AM  

Teaser: [i41.tinypic.com image 700x662]


Actually for temperature, Fahrenheit is more precise. 180 units of measurement between freezing and boiling point, instead of 100. That really helps when I need to know if I should wear a sweater or not.
 
2013-07-10 11:46:47 AM  
I feel like I'll never get that atomic second back.
 
2013-07-10 11:48:41 AM  

lilbjorn: The devices, called optical lattice clocks, lost just one second every 300 million years - making them three times as accurate as current atomic clocks

Oh, well by all means.  Let's spend billions of tax of dollars converting over to this new clock.


Guess how I know you don't know how GPS works?

Hint: Maybe you don't care if you are off by a second after 300 million years, but you do care if you are off by a nanosecond after a minute.
 
2013-07-10 11:50:07 AM  
FTFA: "For instance, if you have your wristwatch, and one day you are one second late, and one day one second early, then your clock is not stable. But it could still have good accuracy if over a million days the time is correct," Dr Lodewyck explained.

Tom Coughlin approves.
 
2013-07-10 11:50:21 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does anybody really know what time it is?


It's time to get ill.
 
2013-07-10 11:51:09 AM  

ERNesbitt: A time thread, and no Doctor Who references?

(Also came for Chicago and Spin Doctors... leaving 2/3 satisfied.)


You were looking for Kool Moe Dee, I'm guessing.
 
2013-07-10 11:51:31 AM  
So when do we institute the metric week?
 
2013-07-10 11:51:55 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does anybody really know what time it is?


It's five o'clock somewhere.
 
2013-07-10 11:52:38 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Does anybody really know what time it is?


It keeps on slippin, slippin into the future.
 
2013-07-10 11:53:45 AM  
I like how they always seem to put blue lights in sciency apparatuses, as if that makes them more mysterious or something.
 
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