From today residents in Dunstable and Houghton Regis will be going to decimal time. There will be 100 new seconds in a new minute, 100 new minutes in a new hour, and just 10 new hours in a new day.
Local supermarkets Morrison, Tesco, Co-op and Nisa have all agreed to help people get used to the new time system, and assistants will be on big hand and little hand to help people make the change.
Scheme organiser, D'Aftasa Broosh explained, "The changes will be welcomed by people living near church clocks, and by spouses suffering their other half's cuckoo clocks, as they won't be chiming or cuckooing 24 times a day on the hour, instead that number will be reduced to 10."
Professor Abinga Al Larf said, "It's a problem when people want to add times up. If a tv programme started at 7.10pm and finished at 9.pm it's currently very difficult to work out how many minutes that is. In digital time it will be much easier. You'll just have to do a simple take way sum. 900 - 710 = 190 new minutes."
"The digital time converter app will be available on download from iTimes until 12noon. When the timely application has been downloaded, and a watch or clock has been passed over the applications software, the time changes will be made. TDC might output the time of arrival for each incoming pulse. Some applications wish to measure the time interval between two events rather than some notion of an absolute time. If time is measured by whole counts, then the resolution is limited to the clock period. For example, a 10 MHz clock has a resolution of 100 ns.
The dual-slope conversion can take a long time: a thousand or so clock ticks in the scheme described above. That limits how often a measurement can be made (dead time). Resolution of 1 ps with a 100 MHz (10 ns) clock requires a stretch ratio of 10,000 and implies a conversion time of 150 μs. To decrease the conversion time, the interpolator circuit can be used twice in a residual interpolator technique. The fast ramp is used initially as above to determine the time. The slow ramp is only at 1/100. The slow ramp will cross zero at some time during the clock period. When the ramp crosses zero, the fast ramp is turned on again to measure the crossing time (tresidual). Consequently, the time can be determined to 1 part in 10,000. "
The professor's wife, Effina, said, "We've made it very easy to understand."
"Typically people sleep for 8 hours so we don't need those hours. Those hours will be held in a new timebank. In digital electronics, hold time is the minimum amount of time that a data signal should be held steady after a clock event so that the data are reliably sampled in synchronous circuits such as flip-flops. School and work will start in the first new hour, a new hour later it will be time for lunch, then there will be another new hour's work or school in the afternoon. "
If successful, the new time system will be rolled out across the country. The South Bedfordshire area has been selected by the World Time Federation Authority Peoples Representatives In Longevity (WTF-APRIL) but don't be fooled into thinking you have to go along with it.
Published at 005.00.00.02.01.