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Cogs can think.

I'm a mere, tiny, insignificant cog in a whole clockwork of stupidity.
The little cog that wanted to break free, I am.

Insane Americans

Okay, I've officially lost faith in the USA ever becoming a sane country. Really, the US is so selfish, egocentric, power-hungry, it's just mind-blowing.

Read this.

Done?

Insane, isn't it? Especially the following contradiction pissed me off. First, the creator of the proposal says:

"Safety of life is an issue," said William Klepczynski, a senior analyst at the State Department in favor of the U.S. proposal, who asserts that programmers who ignore the need to add leap seconds present a "risk to air travel in the future" because a glitch might shut down traffic-control systems.


Then he goes on and says:

Eliminating leap seconds will make sextants and sundials slowly become inaccurate, but supporters say that's OK now that the satellite-supported GPS can give exact longitude and latitude bearings to anyone with a receiver. Sailors "don't navigate with the stars any longer," said Dr. McCarthy.


There is so much wrong here that I don't know where to begin. First off, the contradiction: he says that leap seconds *could* lead to deaths in the future but *only* if programmers of life-important systems don't account for leap seconds. So, discarding those seconds is a matter of life and death. Then, he says that sailors don't navigate by the use of the stars anymore, due to GPS. What, mr. scientist, if those GPS systems fail? What if the US shuts GPS down once again because of another war for oil? How are the sailors gonna get their asses back to dry land then? What about shipwrecking? What then? Can't the old-fashioned wway of navigating using the stars save those men's lives?

This contradiction also shows the utter ignorance and complete lack of reality of this American, as he assumes that everybody in the world is rich enough to buy GPS equipment. What about poor fishermen in Africa? Transport ships off of the coast of India? People that live near or in the Sahara desert? NOT EVERYONE LIVES IN WHITE FCUKING SUBURBIA AND HAS LOADS AND LOADS OF CASH, MR AMERICAN. Jesus fcuking Christ. The arrogance, the egoism, goddamnit it can make me so damn pissed off.

The system fo using leap seconds we have now *works*. There is absolutely no sane reasoning behind eliminating it other than passing on the control over time to the US.
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7:23 AM, by Blogger Tom

This is probably the most important part of the article:

Deep down, though, the opposition is more about philosophy than cost.

US argument: people are in danger of computer glitches resulting from these ad hoc 'changes in time'

Britain argument: people are in danger of human error resulting from 'drifting time'

What it comes down to is one system is in place, and another equally good system is being suggested. Some people like to keep things how they are, and some people like to adapt. It's just preference.

Navigators have always had to make extra calculations to correct for things like their latitude, season, etc. What is the big deal with keeping track of 'Earth time' when it would only be as much as an hour different from 'operational time' anyway?    



3:34 PM, by Blogger Chris

It is kind of odd proposal. We have our priorities screwed up here. You are worried about leap seconds? How about the fact that 12 kids a year are killed in gun related violence? Why don't you do something about that?

By the way, I was in the Navy and they still use sextants to nevigate by the stars, it's part of basic training, just in case something happens and the ship has to do without GPS.    



9:41 PM, by Anonymous Anonymous

I agree that America as a whole is screwed up the wazoo, but please don't put some of us in the same boat. Thanks.

-Rafn    



9:54 PM, by Blogger Thom Holwerda

Ha don't worry, I'm not talking about the American *people*, I'm talking about the american *government(s)*. I've been to the US (Austin, TX) a few years back, and have nothing but good memories of the friendlyness of the people.

Your governments however, Republican OR Democratic, simply suck butt.

Then again, my governments suyck butt too. They just suck a little less hard.    



12:50 AM, by Blogger Tom

Well that would be the difference between "I've officially lost faith in the USA ever becoming a sane country" and "I've officially lost faith in the USA ever creating a sane government" wouldn't it? :)    



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