[LEAPSECS] WP7A status and Re: clinical evidence about time and sun

John Hein jhein at timing.com
Thu Dec 18 13:47:31 EST 2008

John Cowan wrote at 11:15 -0500 on Dec 18, 2008:
> Rob Seaman scripsit:
> > Because the past remains with us, and the future requires planning.

In addition to what John Cowan said, I'd also point out that planning
is the one of the biggest issues with leap seconds.

In terms of planning for the future, if an application cares about
local time, not knowing whether a leap second is going to happen
outside a six month window can be a much larger problem than handling
sliding time zones that would happen much less frequently and, one
would think, with considerably more advance notice.

For those that are in favor of the current system of leap seconds, it
might be more effective to pretend that people don't have to plan for
the future than to remind them in the opening sentence.

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