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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornblower View Post
    Testing the forum clock, just out of curiosity.
    The forum clock is about 8 minutes fast. I posted at 11:32 PM EDT according to my radio controlled clock, and the forum reported 11:40.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornblower View Post
    The forum clock is about 8 minutes fast. I posted at 11:32 PM EDT according to my radio controlled clock, and the forum reported 11:40.
    That's the same discrepancy as Chuck's May 12 post.
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    Trivial things that don't bug me: The forum clock!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Trivial things that don't bug me: The forum clock!
    Ditto.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    You know what fascinates me about this thread? That anyone cares if the forum clock is a few minutes off.
    The status of the forum clock is not even close to the top of the list of things at this board that people care about for reasons I cannot discern.

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    Hey! The clock's right!

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    The clock appears to be about a minute fast. I'm posting this at close to 8:35 AM according to my phone.

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    Two minutes now. I'm posting at 9:58 PM.

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    Four minutes.

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    Best we warn CERN not to use this forum's clock to run their experiments.
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    Actually, the forum clock is absolutely perfect, it is the rest of the Universe that's messed up.
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    On average, the clocks here and at ISF are just about right!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    Actually, the forum clock is absolutely perfect, it is the rest of the Universe that's messed up.
    That sound about right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    Actually, the forum clock is absolutely perfect, it is the rest of the Universe that's messed up.
    Hmm, if the forum clock were running slow, I would say it is moving at a high rate of velocity relative to us.

    I am having trouble coming up with a relativistic explanation for a forum clock that is running fast.
    A: "Things that are equal to the same are equal to each other"
    B: "The two sides of this triangle are things that are equal to the same"
    C: "If A and B are true, Z must be true"
    D: "If A and B and C are true, Z must be true"
    E: "If A and B and C and D are true, Z must be true"

    Therefore, Z: "The two sides of this triangle are equal to each other"

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    Quote Originally Posted by 21st Century Schizoid Man View Post
    Hmm, if the forum clock were running slow, I would say it is moving at a high rate of velocity relative to us.

    I am having trouble coming up with a relativistic explanation for a forum clock that is running fast.
    We're moving at a high rate of velocity relative to the forum's server?

    I think as the universe ages, time is slowing down, which can be observed whenever one is at work in a meeting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kpatz View Post
    We're moving at a high rate of velocity relative to the forum's server?
    In that case, shouldn't we see the forum clock slow down? And the forum should simultaneously see us slow down?

    Quote Originally Posted by kpatz View Post
    I think as the universe ages, time is slowing down, which can be observed whenever one is at work in a meeting.
    Could be a local effect.
    A: "Things that are equal to the same are equal to each other"
    B: "The two sides of this triangle are things that are equal to the same"
    C: "If A and B are true, Z must be true"
    D: "If A and B and C are true, Z must be true"
    E: "If A and B and C and D are true, Z must be true"

    Therefore, Z: "The two sides of this triangle are equal to each other"

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    Five minutes or so now.

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    Looks like it. But who the heck actually cares?
    Seriously, the forum clock accuracy is so trivial it doesn't even merit the "trivial things that bug me" thread.
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    All I can think of is a Mad magazine bit from the late 70's.
    Some guys from "the power plant" are discussing when they should go out on strike.
    One suggests doing it at 2:00 am.
    ... so everybody else's alarms don't work and they're all late for work.


    So, do not use the CQ forum clock to decide when to go to work.
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    I know that some people who are not neurotypical, like my brother, find "unimportant" things like this highly disruptive if they wind up (for a variety of reasons) dwelling on it. One way he deals with it is mentioning it or talking about it or reading about it. If this thread provides that sort of relief or someone in lieu of the board actually keeping the correct time, I have no problem with it.

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    Six minutes or so. We could gain a day every few decades.

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    Ten minutes now. I estimate about 3.4 seconds per day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck View Post
    Ten minutes now. I estimate about 3.4 seconds per day.
    Up to 10.5
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    3:29est

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    Im not sure if I mentioned this before, but I had this same issue with a home PC sometime in the 90s and did a fair amount of research on the issue. Basically, quartz crystal based clocks (which typically are used in computers) are fairly precise time keepers but not necessarily accurate. Unless they are carefully adjusted, they will often run a bit fast or a bit slow (too many or too few cycles per second) but they will be consistently fast or slow. It is possible to do a software correction that will improve things considerably by adding or subtracting cycles (like adding 10 for every 100,000 or whatever is needed), but it usually requires custom software. We dont see the issue as often these days because most machines regularly update from internet time standard sites based on atomic clocks. This one must be running without an internet correction.

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    Probably just needs a boot every so often

    just like me

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    Quote Originally Posted by grapes View Post
    Probably just needs a boot every so often

    just like me
    I usually wear two at a time.
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    I noticed in the past that the clock is correct after a system crash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck View Post
    I noticed in the past that the clock is correct after a system crash.
    Solution found!

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    Unlike the forum clock, my grandmother's clock in the guest room is right twice a day.

    I tried calling the repair guy but only left a message.
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