[tz] Epic fail for DST fallback in hospital health records

Randal L. Schwartz merlyn at stonehenge.com
Mon Nov 5 21:56:12 UTC 2018

>>>>> "John" == John Wilcock <john at tradoc.fr> writes:

John> FWIW, VMS also has at least one parameter (namely how long it waits for the
John> user to enter the system time during boot if the time-of-year clock is
John> invalid) whose value is measured in microfortnights.

The explanation I heard for that is that it's a delay implemented by a
fast busy loop, because it's before all the clock mechanisms are set up.
And when they timed it out, it was "about a second", hence the obscure
time unit so nobody would complain.  Or rather, people would just

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