blowfishhootie wrote:I can't speak for other countries, but in the United States, the dates of daylight savings time have changed just twice in 25 years and are already scheduled by law to specific dates at least as far ahead as 2025, according to Wikipedia.
Fair enough. Not a problem for the US at the moment then (AU is terrible because DST is state-based). Nonetheless having govts able to regularly stuff with times is not a brilliant plan in the modern world.
Honestly I don't know why we don't just change opening hours for a few months instead of stuffing with the clocks themselves. Bah.
This would change absolutely nothing. If anything, it would make things more confusing: At least updating clocks can be largely automated (at least in parts of the world where digital clocks are the norm); you can't automate everybody knowing whether their bank opens at 9 or 10 at whatever time of year it happens to be. Automation with some minor glitches that you are overstating is better than no automation at all, where things like DST that effect absolutely everybody are concerned.
And there would be a million small problems this would trigger that you haven't taken into account: To name the first example that came to mind, TV programming would be all screwed up. Programming scheduled at 5 or 6 because that's when people are getting home from work (in the US at least) would have no audience half the year, ditto for news/talk programs scheduled for the 7-9 am period when people are getting up, getting ready for work, getting the kids ready for school, etc.
TV programming is quite fluid. I'm sure that they'd just reschedule to where the audiences were. For example smack bang in the middle of DST here in AU is the xmas break, and TV stations essentially give up entirely on regular programming over this period.
The thing is, 10am should always be 10am. 2am should always be 2am. If you have a system where 2am->2:59am repeats itself twice, or where you go straight from 1:59am to 3am, then you're doing it wrong. People are far easier to adjust. And yes, people are used to things opening or closing at different times, or at least cope with it, especially if everything does it simultaneously. How does this fundamentally differ from things getting confused and people turning up late/early around DST changes anyway?
Don't stuff with the time. People are more flexible.