[LEAPSECS] How good could civil timekeeping be?

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Fri Feb 15 09:48:37 EST 2008

Rob Seaman scripsit:

> POSIX is indeed a facet of the world we've built. I might argue that

> better system engineering practices might have avoided its limitations

> :-) but we have to deal with the technology we've inherited.

Richard P. Gabriel's famous "The Rise of 'Worse Is Better'" essay
(online at http://www.jwz.org/doc/worse-is-better.html among other
places) may shed some light on just why Posix has become so popular.
For that matter, it may shed some light on the whole debate: leap-second
guys are from Cambridge, TI guys are from New Jersey.

I recommend those of you who haven't read it yet (who are more likely
to be from Cambridge and not know it) to do so. Ignore the parochial

Si hoc legere scis, nimium eruditionis habes.

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