[LEAPSECS] What's the point?

Steve Allen sla at ucolick.org
Tue Feb 8 15:29:41 EST 2011

On Tue 2011-02-08T13:14:27 -0700, Warner Losh hath writ:

> I'd be willing to agree that "Coupling of Civil time to the earth is

> required." Coupling of the successor to UTC isn't required, or at least

> there's not consensus that it is required.

The broadcast time signals should be as uniform as is technologically
possible according to best current practices.

Most governments of the world are signatories to agreements which
state that Universal Time is a subdivision of the mean solar day which
ultimately produces the calendar. Unless those agreements are
explicitly terminated the notion of time continues to deserve input
from astronomical measurements.

We have the technical means to do both. The question is about the will.

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