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    This is why we can't have nice things....

    ...or more specifically, politics are why Casio can't build "world time" devices that will be accurate for years to come: North Korea's new time zone to break from 'imperialism' - BBC News

    "North Korea is to switch to a new time zone to mark its liberation from the Japanese at the end of World War Two, says state media.

    North Korea is currently in the same time zone as South Korea and Japan, which are nine hours ahead of GMT.
    But Pyongyang Time will see the clocks put back by 30 minutes on 15 August.
    State news agency KCNA said 'wicked Japanese imperialists' had 'deprived Korea of even its standard time' by changing the clocks during occupation.

    The entire Korean peninsula - then one country - was 8.5 hours ahead of GMT until Japan colonised it in 1910.

    There is no international body that approves a country's change of time zone as countries decide for themselves. In 2011, Samoa changed its time zone to the other side of the international dateline, losing one day, so as to make communication easier with neighbours Australia and New Zealand.

    And North Korea is not the only country that has created its own unique time zone.

    In 2007, Venezuela decided to turn its clocks back by half an hour as President Hugo Chavez wanted to have a 'more fair distribution of the sunrise' to residents.

    Venezuela is now the only country with a time zone 4.5 hours behind GMT."

    While I don't know of any Casio products that offer Pyongyang as a "home city," that news makes me wonder if South Korea will decide to return to their old time zone as well. If they do, THAT would make a lot of our watches "wrong" in the future.

    Think about this the next time DST rolls around and people here start complaining about having to manually adjust their watches' "world time" settings. Politics is also just one of the reasons why most of us will NEVER see one global time zone or the end of DST.
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    Re: This is why we can't have nice things....

    I will adjust as needed. It will take 30 sec.
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    Re: This is why we can't have nice things....

    so it's 30 min slower than Japan, but iin 1910 it was 30 min faster ? since the country is closed to the world, only Kim Young Un will be suffering for the first while, such as missing live broadcasting events...like NBA playoffs
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    Re: This is why we can't have nice things....

    Quote Originally Posted by casieko View Post
    I will adjust as needed. It will take 30 sec.
    It's going to take you a lot longer than 30 seconds, since you'll have to adjust your watch on at least 8 different days this autumn (and at least 7 different days in the spring) if you want your watch to be completely accurate world-wide: Daylight Saving Time Around the World 2015

    At least you won't be one of the people asking "hey, why didn't my watch automatically change the time for [city]?" this autumn, since we seem to get that question twice a year, EVERY year.

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    Re: This is why we can't have nice things....

    This is an outrage.
    I'm canceling all my plans to visit North Korea.


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    Re: This is why we can't have nice things....

    So what you are telling me is that my AE1200 just became a collectors item because of the pre North-Korea oppression world map?

    No? Well I guess I just have to change the LCD to reflect these changes.

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    Re: This is why we can't have nice things....

    Quote Originally Posted by pronstar View Post
    This is an outrage.
    I'm canceling all my plans to visit North Korea.


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    Re: This is why we can't have nice things....

    Come on, we waste lots of time in our life and we neglect, it is not a waste time to adjust your watch for example in 5 minutes!!
    The only solution for this, casio should add a feature to their watch to update their database but I think the new bluetooth watches have not this problem because the time database is in smart phone app and updating it, is so easy!!!

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    Very effective way to win a war!

    I guess I have to cancel my vacation plans for next week since no plane can land there anymore! Even Superman gets confused...



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    Re: This is why we can't have nice things....

    and Obama should take this seriously, very very seriously, like when they say they gonna nuke us in 1330 hours, we don't wanna be guessing whether it's Japan time or North Korea time - to intercept that rocket or strike first, do we ?
    i think the White House should be making a team of specialist just for this. Say 15 people for 3 shifts, 3-team-member for each shift, also need a few extras to fill in for vacation, a director and a secretary ....
    Which means we are looking at a millions budget, and we should thank Kim for creating more jobs for American people
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