Resetting Atomic Clocks - Submarine QOTW
Casual / Automatic Reset
The government's primary Atomic Clock NIST-F1 is located in Boulder, Colorado. NIST-F1 keeps time which neither gains or loses a second in more than 100 million years. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) transmits its time to the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in Paris, France. The Bureau averages the time scales from NIST-F1 and similar standards in other major nations, and calculates an average known as the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). NIST transmits the UTC time scale via radio (e.g. station WWVB) for government, industrial and consumers. Related clocks, watches and measuring devices are programmed to interpret and calibrate to such UTC transmissions. As long as your device(s) can receive the proper radio signal, it can update exactly to your selected time zone.
Political /Manual Reset
New START (for Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) replaced the Treaty of Moscow (SORT), which was due to expire in December 2012. In terms of name, it is a follow-up to the START I treaty, which expired in December 2009, the proposed START II treaty, which never entered into force, and the START III treaty, for which negotiations were never concluded.
The U.S. and Russia are considering further nuclear arms reductions. Specifically, some Russians see advantages to GIDT2A (guaranteed irreparable damage to any aggressor).
The lateest treaty places no limits on tactical systems, such as the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II.
Originally, the doomsday clock represented threat of global nuclear war; since 2007, however, it has been further politicized to reflect subjective climate-change and other frightful biological attempts to cow (extortion) the public toward paying higher taxes to prevent potentially irrevocable harm.
Submarine Question of the Week:
Who is the manufacturer of most of the U.S. Naval Observatory's atomic clocks?
ANSWER: Sunday, 29 JAN 2012 (subject to any interference from this)
Submarines are always silent and strange.