The Challenges of Time and Timezones Explored on Computerphile
Summary of my bookmarked videos from Nov 13th, 2017
- The Problem with Time & Timezones - Computerphile
Tom Scott's video on Computerphile tackles the complex problem of dealing with time and timezones in coding. He highlights the challenges programmers face when trying to account for various time differences and daylight saving changes around the world. From different time zones in different countries to historical calendar shifts and even leap seconds, managing time accurately becomes an incredibly intricate task. Tom emphasizes the importance of relying on existing open-source solutions and credits those who have tackled these issues before. He also mentions Google's "Leap Smear" approach to handle leap seconds, which involves stretching the additional second across an entire day.