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Countdown timer is off by 1 interval

I've noticed a few times now that SO seems to have some issues is calculating time accurately:

From pm.stackexchange.com -

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Also, when the elections were running, at 6.01am (my time) it said "Election ends in 1 Hour", and I thought "spiffo!" so I came back promptly at 7.01am and it said "Election ends in 59 minutes", which means that the election actually finished in 2 hours time, and I should come back somewhere between 0.01 and 1 day later to see pm.stackexchange.com

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marked as duplicate by Adam Davis, Mark Henderson, Pops, Jeff Atwood Feb 14 '11 at 21:55

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This is a known issue discussed at length quite some time ago. I'll try to find it. It's unfortunate, but the imprecision is built into the system by design. – Adam Davis Feb 14 '11 at 3:33
possible duplicate of Countdown timer is off by one minute. (yay, I found it!) it's the same round up issue, but scaled up to days. – Adam Davis Feb 14 '11 at 3:35
@Pollyanna - thanks; I've been searching since you mentioned that and I couldn't find anything relevant. – Mark Henderson Feb 14 '11 at 3:40
Although the first issue is due to the issue jeff speaks of below, the second issues addressed by the above possible dupe. – Adam Davis Feb 14 '11 at 3:41
@Pollyanna - agreed – Mark Henderson Feb 14 '11 at 3:42

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This isn't really a bug, it just means the private-beta-to-public-beta transfer boundary fell on a weekend or some other non-business day when most people aren't working (including us).

So, you can read that as "real soon now, assuming a monday through friday business day occurs in the near future."

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Well... for pm.se then OK, but telling someone that an event (election) is happening in 1 hour is a problem when it's actully happening in 2, and that was a totally automated procedure I believe (because at 8.00am sharp the page changed to completed), and it wasn't on a Monday (I think. Ok it might have been a Monday, but that shouldn't matter in this scenario). – Mark Henderson Feb 14 '11 at 3:27
@far I still checked in a change for you, try it now – Jeff Atwood Feb 14 '11 at 5:23
thanks. I'll let you know if I see it again. – Mark Henderson Feb 14 '11 at 20:27

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