[LEAPSECS] Consensus building?

Michael Sokolov msokolov at ivan.Harhan.ORG
Wed Feb 2 13:23:32 EST 2011

Warner Losh <imp at bsdimp.com> wrote:

> If I have 180 days to pay a loan, I have to pay it by a certain time,

> UTC, on the 180th day or I'm in default. In this definition, the earth

> enters into it only to the extent that UTC varies from 86400s days

> during that interval. This might mean that it will be a little more or

> a little less than 180 solar days.

That's assuming that the loan agreement was signed in a jurisdiction
that uses UTC as the basis of its legal time. But what if it was in a
jurisdiction that uses mean solar time instead? I know, I know, you and
PHK will argue that it may be MST on paper but UTC in practice, but if
the stakes are high enough and some bad-ass lawyers get involved to
pursue it through the courts, the outcome is far from certain.


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