Irkutsk and Ulan-Ude didn't change time zone, same MSK+5. New Russia map without DST.

Philip Newton philip.newton at
Tue Apr 5 15:28:16 UTC 2011

On Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 17:22, David Patte <dpatte at> wrote:
> But if such a suggestion started to be considered seriously, the following
> three suggestions for further improvement immediately come to mind:
> 1) The first zone at the date line should be called zone 0:00, not tz 1.
> 2) To ease the conversion from longitudes, all geographic longitudes should
> then be moved, at the same time, to the dateline, measuring all longitudes
> as positive from 0, as is done for most other astronomical measurements.
> 3) Finally, we should also mandate that all world clocks start to measure
> time in arcseconds, arcminutes and degrees instead of seconds, minutes and
> hours to insure that no one has to divide by 15 ever again. :)
> Sounds like way too big a change for the very minimal advantage of having
> less negatively-number zones, though it might temporarily stimulate the
> economy for mapmakers, clock makers, gps vendors, geography teachers, and
> insurance companies, if that is the primary goal. :)

You'd also want to specify that the south pole is latitude 0 and the
north pole latitude 180, if you want to get rid of negative numbers on
maps and GPS devices.

Philip Newton <philip.newton at>

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