[LEAPSECS] What's the point?

Poul-Henning Kamp phk at phk.freebsd.dk
Wed Feb 9 03:35:54 EST 2011

In message <20110209001914.GP1479 at ucolick.org>, Steve Allen writes:

>On Tue 2011-02-08T17:03:31 -0700, Warner Losh hath writ:

>> NTP also does everything in UTC time


>No, NTP does not use UTC per se.

>The existing implementations make that specification misleading.

>Rather, NTP uses the internationally approved broadcast time scale.

>The implementations do not know the name of that time scale.

>Only the documentation knows that.

This is meaningless nonsense.

The transmitters which transmit "the internationally approved
broadcast time scales" don't know what they are transmitting
either, only their documentation does.

Poul-Henning Kamp | UNIX since Zilog Zeus 3.20
phk at FreeBSD.ORG | TCP/IP since RFC 956
FreeBSD committer | BSD since 4.3-tahoe
Never attribute to malice what can adequately be explained by incompetence.

More information about the LEAPSECS mailing list