[LEAPSECS] UTC Redefinition Advanced

Poul-Henning Kamp phk at phk.freebsd.dk
Mon Oct 25 03:29:36 EDT 2010

In message <AANLkTinqg5-TKYAPi9nzhcEFcTNiNS8TQvw2SnWpLd1H at mail.gmail.com>, Sanj
eev Gupta writes:

>I am still opposed, in principle, to letting NTP time (for example) diverge

>from The One True Cosmic Time;

What "One True Cosmic Time" would that be ?

One where astronauts on Mars would have to monitor earths rotation in order
to add or remove spurious seconds to their timescale ?

Or one which, given a precise enough frequency standard and knowledge
about your relativistic whereabouts you can tell what time it is,
without caring what a particular and erratic piece of rock does in
another part of the cosmos ?


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