Looks like the journos have figured out the downside … http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/08/08/daylight.saving.ap/index.html
The good news though: “Missiles won’t be launching”. I don’t know how they expect the unscrupulous to make a profit out of something if reputable news media aren’t going to scream hysterically about it for months in advance, in the style of The Great Y2K Fiasco. Ah, how fondly I recall the sweet satisfaction of waking up on January 1st 2000, having taken not a single precaution against the promised apocalypse, and finding everything working completely normally.
Anyway, this is a serious business in its own way: I recall being asked a few years ago to opine on a bid for a state system that was being converted to Oracle. The system defined funding for various state entities, and virtually the entire business logic was in effect defined by the state legislature. As such the funding model was vulnerable to change at any time, even retrospectively, and the only limit to the scope of change was the imagination of the state representatives and their advisors. For a fixed price contract and with existing staff already reeling from a series of recent changes it would have been a risk management nightmare. “Thumbs down” for that one.
CNN are reporting on imminent changes to daylight savings time.
“House and Senate negotiators on an energy bill agreed to begin daylight-saving time three weeks earlier, on the second Sunday in March, and extend it by one week to the first Sunday in November.
Lawmakers said they hoped to complete the energy legislation next week.”
I wonder how much bespoke code this is going to affect? I’m supposing that there will be some Oracle patches to deal with the required changes to TIMESTAMP WITH TIMEZONE, etc.
Here’s a search on the 10g documentation for “daylight savings time”, by the way.