This time zone talk does illustrate another rather more serious issue, though...
As we progress through time we're expected to advance the state of the art. Everything engineered today is supposed to be better in every way than everything engineered, yesterday, last month, last century...
No one would think a car made exactly as new cars were made in the 1970s is acceptable. Remember those, that rusted-out in about 3 or 4 years? That killed their occupants in the most minor of collisions?
To advance the state of the art requires that a great deal more thought be put into things now before deciding to build. To some extent, things are codified (e.g., building codes) to make sure we don't repeat the mistakes of the past, but not really for commercial stuff.
It's expected that things get better and better.
And in general they have.
But there have been hiccups along the way. From the stuff of legend to everyday stuff, occasionally we humans demonstrate our natural, almost overwhelming tendency to do stupid work rather than good work.
Remember the wonder of cell phones? Everyone naturally assumed that they would work as well as a real, wired phone (heavily governed by law) and would just be wireless. In reality... When have you heard a conversation by someone on a phone where they didn't spend a lot of time asking people to repeat themselves, or outright talking about how bad the connection was? That technology has been "almost working" for how long now?
And now we have operating systems.
For a while, things seemed to get better and better.
For a while.
Edited by NoelC, 25 September 2014 - 03:41 PM.