[LEAPSECS] What's the point?
ashtongj at comcast.net
Mon Feb 14 19:30:03 EST 2011
This is not just a computing issue it is a time keeping issue. People
frequently apply time zones
to times mentally, so there should be an integer number of hours between
accepted basis for time and the civil time in any particular place.
Countries that ignore this will
suffer in international commerce, albeit to a tiny and unmeasurable degree.
On 2/14/2011 7:07 PM, Paul Sheer wrote:
>> Tony Finch wrote:
>>> Furthermore using timezones to keep civil time in sync with
>>> the sun leads to simpler software and it will work for over
>>> ten thousand years.
>> No. Breaking timezones on top of breaking UTC with the
>> apparent motivation of allowing TAI to be "suppressed" is
>> bad on top of bad on top of bad.
> You two,
> Have you looked at the Olson source?
> If anyone is to judge how "simple" it is to fiddle with timezones,
> they should first be thoroughly familiar with this C code.
> In any case, whatever solution ye'all come up with should not
> merely be In Principle. It should come as a patch on some real code.
> There is only one way to settle this debate:
> "CODE OFF!!!"
> I think what you will find is that there is no technical difference
> between moving leap seconds into TZ, and eliminating leap seconds and
> adjusting TZ.
> Perhaps it's just a matter of granularity.
> "The power of the Jedi-coder flows from the SOURCE."
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