[LEAPSECS] What's the point?

Mark Calabretta mcalabre at atnf.csiro.au
Sun Feb 13 19:29:20 EST 2011

On Fri 2011/02/11 15:42:41 -0000, Tony Finch wrote
in a message to: Leap Second Discussion List <leapsecs at leapsecond.com>

>> >Also, the "quadratic catastrophe" argument is usually used in support of

>> >UTC.


>> Really? Can you provide references for that.


>See for example


>where Rob Seaman wrote "Civil timekeeping is cumulative. Tiny mistakes

>posing the problem will result in large and growing permanent errors."

You'd have to be a lawyer to be able to interpret that as an argument
for the "quadratic catastrophe" supporting UTC.

Mark Calabretta

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