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Steve has it right. The 24-hr clock is also known as military time. In twenty years of intimate involvement with the US Navy, I never saw a reference to 2400 hrs. It does not exist.
From: Steve Hudson [mailto:cruddy -at- optushome -dot- com -dot- au]
Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2002 04:13 AM
Subject: RE: 24-hour clock
Huh? I am ex-mil (Aus RAAF) background - there is NO 24:00.
23:59:59.9999. -> 00:00
00:00 is am, 12:00 is pm. They are the starting tick of their period. Have I
missed something here? Please state a published reference for your very
spurious claims. I have never, _ever_ seen a time reference given as 24h00.
Its almost l33t h4xx0r (r4p.
I don't deny gov using 12:01 am - that's a whole different kettle of fish
> I've never seen 0:00 used to represent a clock time
> I'd suggest Sunday 24h00 to Sunday 24h00. [HUH?]
> I think 24h00 is preferred in civilian usage to 24:00 or 2400
On more than one occasion I have told pure-civvy friends to meet me
somewhere at zero hundred hours and they haven't batted an eyelid - so it is
not just the mil heads that talk 24.
Again, to get around the 'page break' of day - contracts are starting to
specify (to get back to the original question) stuff like
Ze veek shalt been known to vun und all ast ze follwing defintion or ELSE:
12:00 AM on ze Munday thru to ze 23:59 on ze Sunday
23:59:59:997 is still in the minute of 23:59 so its covered. If it ticks to
00:00:00.000000 then THAT IS A NEW DAY. Not one digit bears ANY resemblance
to its immediate predecessor.
At 6:59. blah the 7 that follows is an increment of 6 - thus its the same
day. It's sequential. Enough - my pillow is far too tasty right now.
Steve Hudson, Word Heretic
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