Computer clocks and Relativity
andre.kesteloot at verizon.net
Sat Feb 27 18:15:13 CST 2010
An acquaintance of mine owns a laptop running Windows XP.
He lives in Maryland, hence within same time-zone as mine in Virginia.
The little icon located at bottom right of his screen indicates the
actual real current time.
If he sends out an e-mail message, however, the msg will be dated
A msg that I send him at 1600H is marked, when he receives it, as being
dated earlier in time, i.e., at 15:34H, about 1/2 hour earlier than real
If he writes to me at 16:00H, it will be marked on my computer as having
been sent at 16:37H, or about 1/2 later than real time
Is this a --so far unexplained-- effect of special relativity ?
Confused in McLean
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