[LEAPSECS] Consensus building?

Warner Losh imp at bsdimp.com
Wed Feb 2 17:43:39 EST 2011

On 02/02/2011 11:23, Michael Sokolov wrote:

> 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.

I live in the US, so there's absolutely no ambiguity.


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