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Something truly awful is happening to the (not) speaking clock

VileReynard
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Something truly awful is happening to the (not) speaking clock

The Americans have been allowed to seize control of British Time
Listen to this - if you dare!
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/audio/2008/oct/23/tinker-bell-disney-speaking-clock

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timlake
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Re: Something truly awful is happening to the (not) speaking clock

They should use Tom Baker again like they did for a while if you texted a landline.  That was the source of much fun at uni!
geewizz
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Re: Something truly awful is happening to the (not) speaking clock

It's not even accurate!
pierre_pierre
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Must be West coast America time Cheesy Cheesy
techguy
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Re: Something truly awful is happening to the (not) speaking clock

It was great when Tom Baker was voice of BT's landline text service and they should put him on the speaking clock.
I remember reading geewizz that its used as the time reference for the Westminster clock tower (which most people mistakenly refer to as Big Ben) because it was based on the pulses from two Cesium beam atomic clocks.
Speaking of time, anyone know what became of the Greenwich Electronic Time (GET) Project?
pierre_pierre
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good old M$S seems the block, no comments since mid 2000
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t would seem that the problem only exists when the GeT system is run through a Microsoft IE browser, which ironically is also the most popular browser on the web. And that means that despite the best efforts of the members of the GeT project, it just isn't going to do the job in its current form. But whose fault is it, Microsoft's or GeT - who cares frankly. The point is that as ever the UK has so far failed in its mission to establish itself as a driving, thriving hub in the e-commerce space. But that doesn't make it a write-off.
VileReynard
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Re: Something truly awful is happening to the (not) speaking clock

I've never heard of GeT!
When my PC accesses a time server though it gets UCT - which is just a fancy name for GMT - isn't it?

techguy
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Re: Something truly awful is happening to the (not) speaking clock

GeT was launched with much fanfare on 1st January 2000 by our then PM Tony Blair who is of course now raking it in by advising banks and financial institutions (we should string him and GB up for the mess we are now in)
Anyway yes UTC is linked to GMT but the idea behind GeT was to place two Internet linked atomic clocks on the Greenwich Meridian so that it could be said that Greenwich was the centre of Internet time also but looks like it fell by the wayside.
pierre_pierre
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techguy
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One of those grand Millennium projects the gov spent our money on just like the Millennium White Elephant errr sorry dome.
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/Strat throws his mouse at the speakers Shocked
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geewizz
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[me=geewizz]calls the Animal Welfare Officer.[/me]
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Quote from: pierre_pierre
Must be West coast America time Cheesy Cheesy

Not necessarily, Disney World is on the East Coast Grin Grin
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BTW.....don't forget the clocks go back Sunday morning so all those running Dos 6.2...RTFM.
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Re: Something truly awful is happening to the (not) speaking clock

gee, strat, could messdos do time?  wow.