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M. Warner Losh imp at bsdimp.com
Sat Dec 20 12:46:40 EST 2008

In message: <006D7A34-31D9-4492-9014-667C7B92612C at ucolick.org>
Steve Allen <sla at ucolick.org> writes:

: I want to know why I should give up the notion of civil time being

: based on mean solar time, for myself and for posterity.

Leap-seconds, as implement, are unworkable. You can see long messages
from me in the past enumerating the reasons relating to systems,
especially systems disconnected from the internet...

Leap-seconds, the concept, have a limited shelf life. Maybe only a
few thousands years. So there's nothing really to preserve. One day
they must be abandoned.

As soon as we fixed the length of a second based on atomic behavior
rather than as 1/86400th of a mean solar day, we really abandoned time
based on mean solar time. Leap seconds are at best a hack to paper
over this fundamental decision.


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