[LEAPSECS] Crunching Bulletin B numbers (POSIX time)

Tim Shepard shep at alum.mit.edu
Sat Feb 19 17:13:26 EST 2011


> this is why leap seconds announced ten years in advanced

> are important: they allow for a stand-alone machine, albeit

> one that only needs to have it's software upgraded once in

> ten years.

A stand alone machine is going to have its clock drift by more than a
few seconds over 10 years. Leap seconds are in the noise compared
to errors due to accumulated drift of standalone machines.

If it has a way of receiving a time signal to stay synchronized, then
it ought to have a way of receiving info about the leap seconds (if
they even matter).

-Tim Shepard
shep at alum.mit.edu

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