[LEAPSECS] Cheating means more planning, not less

Poul-Henning Kamp phk at phk.freebsd.dk
Sun Dec 28 09:57:41 EST 2008

In message <0B4062CC-0E7E-407F-A856-37F9C74DC081 at noao.edu>, Rob Seaman writes:

>I wrote:


>>> The ITU has a responsibility to consider options with a long term

>>> future.


>Poul-Henning Kamp writes:


>> ITU has no such responsibility:

>1) An organization with a limited scope (telecommunications) should

>not control a standard with a much broader scope (timekeeping).

People should not kill, machines should not fail, intelligent
discourse should not use should in passive form.

50 years ago, I might have agreed with you (NB: cheap claim, I'm not
that old).

But in the networked global village of this age, I do not: timekeeping
is very much a telecoms issue.

In fact, that is why we even debate leap seconds now: They are a
bump in the digital road.


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