The sad part of this entire discussion is that "docter_t" is the only one who picked up on the difference between bugs and the clock. The cicadas do not know anything about circadian rhythm, they just follow it and sing on solar time. Its only us dumb humans that try to move the sun.
It's that cicada rhythm that's the problem. If those darned insects would just quit with the drumming we could all get some rest! (Or maybe the copy editor is off his circadian rhythm thanks to the time change.)
Having grown up on a farm I can agree that DST had marginal value to farmers. But that is because farmers already lived and worked by the sun.
The need for DST was driven by the city folk who liked to sleep in longer and longer even though the sun was already up. DST just reset the clock so they were back in sync with the sun.
I say ditch standard time, get up with the sun.
I grew up on a dairy farm. The cows did not care one bit what the clock on the wall said, they wanted to be milked at the same time of the day based on the Sun.
I now have another problem, my alarm clock which is several years old has an automatic daylight savings time adjustment feature.
The problem is, it applies the old rules for determining when to adjust time. So, I now have to adjust the time of that clock even more frequently than one that never self-adjusted.
So, how many other embedded systems that apply the current rules would have to be changed if we abolished the time shifts due to daylight saving time?
At least we don't have any timezones that are offset by 30 minutes in the USA.
Here's one you all will really hate: Ditch Daylight Savings Time AND Time Zones! Put the whole country on GMT (properly called Coordinated Universal Time) and let the school districts set their own hours, whatever works out best for the students. I have found only one small benefit from the semi-annual time change - it requires me to test the batteries and adjust the clocks in the house.
Ditch DST ! The digits or hands on the clock hanging on the wall has no effect on the amount of sunlight that reaches a window on any given day. Maybe if a large grandfather clock is blocking the window. I do enjoy the Constant Standard Time most of Arizona follows. I was saddened to see Indiana and Mexico cave into the DST clock drill. If the governments of the world feel they need some make-busy task for the citizens. Have us all plant or water a tree twice a year.
As someone who likes to enjoy the sunshine, I'd much prefer we had DST in the winter and Double DST (or TRIPLE!) in the summer so I could enjoy the sun after work. I don't mind going to work in the dark, but I'd really like to come home and have a couple hours of sunshine to play outside.
Go one step further and eliminate the time zone in the age of globalisation. Here is what the late Arthur C. Clarke wrote in "3001: The Final Odyssey" - "One minor surprise had been that the whole world was now on Universal Time: the confusing patchwork of Time Zones had been swept away by the advent of global communications." GS.Sunatori@HyperInfo.CA