[LEAPSECS] nails in the coffin of mean solar time

Poul-Henning Kamp phk at phk.freebsd.dk
Fri Jun 15 14:09:56 EDT 2007

In message <20070615163810.GA12093 at cox.net>, Greg Hennessy writes:

>> As I have said before: if astronomers played their hand wisely,

>> they'd say "We can live without leapseconds if you give us $N to

>> handle the transition", they might be able to get some nice

>> upgrades to instrumentation out of this.


>Doesn't that work in the other direction as well? Can't computer folk

>say "we can live with leapseconds if you give us $N to handle it?" You

>might get some nice upgrades to hardware out of this. . .

I suspect $N would be found to be quite a bit larger in that case,
which is why I'm sure the astronomers could get a really sweet deal.

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