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What the Hell is UTC time?

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  • From wikipedia: “The International Telecommunication Union wanted Coordinated Universal Time to have a single abbreviation for all languages. English speakers and French speakers each wanted the initials of their respective languages’ terms to be used internationally: “CUT” for “co-ordinated universal time” and “TUC” for “temps universel coordonné”. This resulted in the final compromise of using UTC. ”

    Practically, it’s what used to be called “GMT” (Greenwich Mean Time).

    No it wasn’t the Vulcans, I believe it was the Mongoloids.

    Putting aside the “who invented it” question, UTC is very important because:

    * UTC is the time system used in aviation. Weather reports, flight plans, air traffic control clearances and maps.
    * UTC is designed to synchronize the clocks of many computers over the internet.
    * UTC is used for meetings on the internet.
    * UTC is used in international broadcasts, free-to-air satellite television and shortwave radio.

    But we Brits invented GMT. Not the French. Why should we compromise a standard to meet some French-speaking aviation requirement?

    We are being oppressed I tell ya! Oppressed we are!

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