[LEAPSECS] What's the point?

Poul-Henning Kamp phk at phk.freebsd.dk
Wed Feb 9 14:11:36 EST 2011

In message <6D097A07-04EC-4ACE-AD99-4C647AB22F76 at noao.edu>, Rob Seaman writes:

>In context my statement was:


> "By comparison, a leap second is introduced by a central

>authority [...]

What "authority" would that be, and what powers would it have ?

Remember: it's called "a recommendation" for a good reason.

I don't need to remind you, that nobody would be surprised if the
vote fails in ITU-R and USA then throw the toys out of the pram
and declares that they will discontinue leap-seconds anyway.

Heck, we had casually mentioned to Fox News, at the right time in
the "patriotic fever" after 2001, that leap-seconds were "french"
they would have been gone for 9 years now already, unless somebody
at NIST were quick enough to rename them "freedom seconds"

Yeah, it wouldn't be pretty, but neither are engineering drawings
in two units of measurements.


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