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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Jabso, Dec 13, 2006.
Hey people what is the phone number that tells you "at the beep the time will be....". Thanks.
It used to last for minutes. Now you get it for 30 seconds. The probem?
When you go to set your watch you usually stop it with the second hand at 12. You ring up and wait for it to go "at the third stroke the time will be 11.54 preceisely". But if you ring up and it says "at the third stroke the time will be 11.54 and 10 seconds beeep beep beep", then it will cut out before it gets to where you need to be. So then you have to make another call - actually you have to keep calling until you get it so it passes the minute.
Dodgy money making sham.
Does it cost anything? Seems that every time you dial a number you get charged these days.
Are you my wife?
I won't be late home honey I promise.
What the hell. I haven't heard of this.... The computer sets the exact time anyway?!
Wow thats pretty cool, are there any other numbers like this?
I thought Telstra had closed it down?
Not surprised at all there.
I'm not sure if it's related to the time, but there's a neat little 'rejection' number floating around atm to give to those you never want to see again.
Yeah my mate told me about that one, its pretty funny. I heard some girl killed her self over, deadly serious.
I am just curious as to why anyone needs the EXACT time, anything within 5 mins or so is fine by me.
Because some people like accuracy?
I normally use this http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/time-zone/australia/time.htm
Because to some people, like me, time and time keeping is important.
More to the point:
When you have a clock/watch that is slow, it's not usually a case of it being consistently 5 minutes behind, but it getting more and more behind over time. So you set a clock today using 1194, then 6 months later it is 2 minutes behind, 1 year later it is 5 mins behind etc.
This is a problem for people like me. I don't like looking at my watch and not being sure how far behind it is. Some things are okay to be late to or thereabouts but somethings it's important to be punctual. That's why I always wear a quality watch that doesn't slow down.
If you run Windows it is easy to synchronise the toolbar time with the atomic clock time.
It is possible to get watches that automatically synchronise their time to an atomic clock. An example are the Casio Waveceptors.
That's pretty cool - except that it's Casio!
No more f***ing about with 1194 for me.
What the hell is this deal with atomic clocks anyway ?
The Doc Who TVM in 1996 (with Paul Mcgann) was complete and utter bollocks, but it deals with such a silly concept such as Berylium Atomic clocks and stuff, very kinda weird and confusing ...
It's always good to be on time and on schedule (not only for work purposes, but just as a courtesy, If I'm running late for some appointment, I always phone ahead and explain) but if you get obsessed of being right on time, on the dot, within a paramater of say 30 secs or stuff, that is bloody sad and pedantic IMHO>
So change it every few months - its not THAT hard.
To get the exact time, to the second, you could also use Teletext?
You obviously didn't get what I said. Did I ever say I had a problem resetting my watch? Go read it again and see if you get it.
If you compare an average mechanical watch (e.g. Rolexes) with an atomic clock you'll notice that they are off by about 15 seconds per month. This means that in one year they have the potential to go off by 3 minutes. In two years it's 6 minutes. Being 6 minutes late probably won't impress the boss.
Who's to say your boss won't suffer the same problem?
Mobile phone clocks are the most reliable. Just compare your time with the Windows Time Server or whatever it is...surely they can't be wrong?