EFF Wins Protection for Time Zone Database

Software engineers around the world depend on the time zone database to make sure that time-stamps for email and other files work correctly no matter where you are. However, last September, Astrolabe filed a lawsuit against Arthur David Olson and Paul Eggert – the researchers who coordinated the database’s development for decades – because the database includes information from an atlas in which Astrolabe claimed to own copyright. But facts – like what time the sun rises – are not copyrightable…

Posted 1858 days ago in Geek

New Rational Calendar Proposed

Time is eternal, but methods of tracking it are not — and so a Johns Hopkins University astronomer wants to replace leap years and floating dates with a sleek and standardized system for the world…

Posted 1914 days ago in Geek

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