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What time is it?

I'm not sure if this is a bug, so could someone please explain it to me?

Hovering over the username at the top of the page displays some stats and UTC time. The time appears to be 2 hours behind. I live in a GMT +2 time zone. So if my time is 12:20 on the site it displays as 10:20

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UTC time != GMT time != your time zone – George Duckett Nov 18 '11 at 10:28
@George UTC == GMT except on sub-second level. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coordinated_Universal_Time – Pëkka Nov 18 '11 at 10:29
@Pekka, sorry confused with GMT and BST. – George Duckett Nov 18 '11 at 10:30
@George yeah, I get those wrong all the time, too – Pëkka Nov 18 '11 at 10:30
@Pekka: According to that site GMT and UTC can be up to 0.9 seconds different. (yes i know i'm still wrong) – George Duckett Nov 18 '11 at 10:31
@George yeah, see my edit above :) – Pëkka Nov 18 '11 at 10:31

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It's not supposed to display the time in your timezone.

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ok but u didnt have to -1 – Denis Wessels Nov 18 '11 at 12:03
I didn't. Also, reputation works differently in meta: What does reputation mean on META and why? Is it different than SO/SF? – George Duckett Nov 18 '11 at 12:05
Now my weekend is ruined :-( – Denis Wessels Nov 18 '11 at 12:08
@DenysWessels why fret over the downvote? It hasn't even changed you rep (of 1)? – Shawn Chin Nov 18 '11 at 12:56

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