Portable general timestamp format, not 2038-limited

Peter J. Holzer hjp-usenet2 at hjp.at
Wed Jul 4 08:12:53 CEST 2007

On 2007-07-03 23:15, CBFalconer <cbfalconer at yahoo.com> wrote:
> "Peter J. Holzer" wrote:
>> Richard Heathfield <rjh at see.sig.invalid> wrote:
> ... snip ...
>>> In that case, the obvious choice is Greenwich Mean Time.  :-)
>> Hardly. That hasn't been in use for over 35 years (according to
>> Wikipedia).
> I am glad to see you depend on absolutely reliable sources.

Mostly I relied on my own memory (which is of course even less reliable
than Wikipedia). I checked Wikipedia for the date (Jan 1st 1972) when
GMT was replaced by UTC as the basis for civil time. Since that
coincided with my own recollection (sometime in the 1970's), I see no
reason to doubt it.

It is possible that the observatory at Greenwich still keeps and
announces GMT, but it has no practical importance anymore. Certainly
what everybody (except specialists in the field) means when they talk
about "GMT" is UTC.


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