[LEAPSECS] WP7A status and Re: clinical evidence about time and sun
cowan at ccil.org
Thu Dec 18 23:45:55 EST 2008
Rob Seaman scripsit:
> >Why should mumans on Mars or the Moon, care about the rotation of
> >a rock they are not on when they want to time events ?
> Well, because they likely want to communicate with their families back
> on Earth, I suppose, but again you are making my point. What are you
> asserting here? That people living on Mars will clearly want to keep
> Martian time? I believe that completely. Martian civil time will
> clearly be mean solar time on Mars.
Ah, but will Lunar civil time be mean solar time on Luna?
> Ignore everything else we've ever discussed. The central issue with
> several of us is that the meaning of the UTC standard should not be
> changed. If a decision (ideally a calm, reasoned and publicly
> transparent decision) is made to relayer civil timekeeping on a clock
> without leap seconds, then don't call that clock "UTC".
As you know, I support that.
> How about calling it - say - GPS? The public already knows GPS,
> already owns devices that speak it, and already regards it as a brand
> name denoting high precision/accuracy timekeeping.
I think the public associates GPS with location rather than time.
> This is a misuse of the multiple meanings of the word "universal". My
> TV receives a cable channel called "Universal HD". Should I take them
> to court for misrepresentation? What about Universal Studios or a
> universal remote control?
The World Series does seem an egregiously stupid name, though.
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