[LEAPSECS] a modest proposal

Rob Seaman seaman at noao.edu
Sun Feb 10 01:33:45 EST 2008


Don't you think Steve's plan - heck, any coherently expressed
suggestion - is worth a hearing? Must the integrated role timekeeping
plays in our society's systems be belabored? Any viable plan moving
forward is going to face challenges of communication, bureaucracy,
technology, standards, funding and so forth and so on.

The "to hell with leap seconds" notion is an attempt to sweep most of
that natural complexity under the table. There is no plan - viable or
otherwise. Rather, any competent system engineering management plan
would take all of the issues into account.

If you believe that solar time is merely a quaint oddment, the way to
make the case would be a trade-off study or formal risk analysis.
Sell a design, not a gimmick.

Rob Seaman
National Optical Astronomy Observatory

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