[LEAPSECS] Schedule for success

Rob Seaman seaman at noao.edu
Mon Dec 22 18:52:48 EST 2008

I guess the looming leap second is preying on everybody's mind :-)

By "whole enchilada", I meant the essence of the problem. Do you

When the calendar drifts far enough away for some future potentate to
decree that something must be done, what will be done is the insertion
(or omission) of an integral number of days in an intercalary event.
The mechanism is clear, the policy is lacking. The ITU proposal is
lacking not just guidance on policy for the equivalent clock issue,
but fails to even speculate on options for a mechanism.


> On Mon, 22 Dec 2008, Rob Seaman wrote:


>> The fact that the mean solar rate differs from the SI rate is the

>> whole

>> enchilada. I have to put the Christmas lights on the tree, but you

>> could

>> search leapsecs for "secular" and "periodic" to locate my screed on

>> this

>> topic.


> The mean length of year differs from the Gregorian calendar's average

> length. Should we switch to the French Revolutionary Calendar to

> prevent

> Christmas drifting away further and faster from the winter solstice?


> Tony.

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