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Old 02-22-12, 10:31 PM   #1
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Anyone else strongly prefer 24 hour clocks?

Or maybe we should revamp the system while we're at it and start with 100 hours in a day. It would take a bit to get used to, but I'd prefer something like that.

Digital alarm clocks usually let you use 24 hour time, and I don't get a watch unless it does. I haven't been able to find a radio / cd type of alarm clock that has the option.

And it would be nice to get rid of daylight savings time too. Russia opted out of it this year. Hope that spreads. Actually I think they opted out of standard time, and just kept the dst.

I've had a few times when I've mixed up am and pm, one of them about an hour ago. (Interrupted sleeping pattern, and sometimes conk out in the afternoon on my days off.)

Fortunately nothing too drastic has gone wrong because of them. It would be nice to have one source of errors straightened out.

Edit, I've also done a lot of shift work. and had one time when I started off to work in the pm when it should have been the am.

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Old 02-22-12, 10:39 PM   #2
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I am a fan of the 24 hour clock, as I type this at 20:39 hours.
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Old 02-22-12, 10:43 PM   #3
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Old 02-22-12, 11:31 PM   #4
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Old 02-22-12, 11:36 PM   #5
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Actually I prefer 24 hour clock, do like DST time thought, since I ride in the mornings.
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I dislike clocks in general, too demanding.
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About half the people I know were either in or related to people who are/were in the military. I personally prefer the 24 hour clock as it does away with one less variable when scheduling something.

I'm also in favor of abolishing the time change- pick one or the other.
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Old 02-23-12, 02:47 AM   #9
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No. I prefer 12h with PM or AM by it's side. Many companies like to use 24h, specially when run by ex military. IMHO it just complicate things. On global corporations you already have to calculate local time for a gazillion of cities every time you gotta call somebody or make an incident report. On those situations, a time stamp is nothing without a location. It's complicated enough. Throw in daylight saving time and you get a situation where no one know what time it is.
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"Strongly" prefer is a bit much. I like setting digital clocks to 24 hour time, think 24 hour analog clocks look stupid and I'm just fine on Zulu time.
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Old 02-23-12, 07:23 AM   #13
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24 hours in a day. Why would anyone count half way through, then start counting again?
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When the French adopted (and made mandatory under penalty of death) the metric system during the French Revolution, they tried to impose a metric clock and a metric calender. IIRC it was a ten hour day and a 100 day year.
Napoleon scrapped the clock and calender, because it did not work. Roosters still crowed at dawn and the seasons changed when it was their time.

You can blame the Romans for the am, pm business. Before clocks and watches became everyday items, the day was divided into two halves, before noon (ante meridian) and after noon (post meridian). Night, was just night.
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One of my friends does. He's weird. He always speaks the time in 24 hours, too. Always throws my wife for a loop.
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The 24 hour clock is ok, DST has to go. I simply hate it staying light out in the summer to almost 22:00.
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A lot of people who work in 24/7 occupations, such as the military or healthcare, are trained to use the 24 hour clock. I did not until I started working in emergency medical services, and had to start charting that way.
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Clocks should have two times on them. Almost late and late.
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I prefer true solar time, but the watches are pricy.
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I always set my digital watch/HR monitor to 24 hr time. Also the digital clock on a desk hygrometer I use at work. And on my computer. Having said that I am fine with an old-school analog watch dial. Rolex fans know that the Explorer II has an extra ostentatious (imo) hand to indicate AM/PM, ostensibly for spelunking, space travel, extended LSD trips and the like.

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I prefer the 24-hour clock. If we had to decimalize, I could learn to use the 'kilosecond' as a replacement for the hour and the 'centisecond' as a replacement for the minute... but I wouldn't like it, I think, and would probably always be doing conversions in my head.
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No. I prefer 12h with PM or AM by it's side. Many companies like to use 24h, specially when run by ex military. IMHO it just complicate things. On global corporations you already have to calculate local time for a gazillion of cities every time you gotta call somebody or make an incident report. On those situations, a time stamp is nothing without a location. It's complicated enough. Throw in daylight saving time and you get a situation where no one know what time it is.
24 hr time is, IMHO, much better when you are working on a global scale. Simplifies things, because you don't have to think about AM/PM when someone in Nepal says it is 1900. If they say it is 7, now that is confusing.
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About half the people I know were either in or related to people who are/were in the military. I personally prefer the 24 hour clock as it does away with one less variable when scheduling something.

I'm also in favor of abolishing the time change- pick one or the other.
I agree. It's one of those Murphy's Laws things. If it can go wrong it will sooner or later. It was extremely important for the military that communications about time were clear, and the 24 hour clock helped that.

I'm rather maxed out in my life. Enough things go wrong as it is. You can't do too much without something messing up. A 24 hour clock helps me too.

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24 hr time is, IMHO, much better when you are working on a global scale. Simplifies things, because you don't have to think about AM/PM when someone in Nepal says it is 1900. If they say it is 7, now that is confusing.
It is more simple. I've tried to make an airplane reservation with a company that didn't use the 24 hour clock. The agent I was on the phone with neglected to say AM of PM about 4 different times when giving me the connecting flights information. I had to ask for that each time. It is one more thing that can and does go wrong.
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seems like the 24 hour clocks should last twice as long as the 12 hour clocks.
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