[LEAPSECS] civil-solar correlation with TI

M. Warner Losh imp at bsdimp.com
Sun Dec 28 11:50:15 EST 2008

In message: <E0B169D4-ACC0-4479-90CD-7097EDB48D0B at noao.edu>
Rob Seaman <seaman at noao.edu> writes:

: Poul-Henning Kamp wrote:


: > In addition to the Olsen database, the book "Calendrical

: > Calculations" is probably required.


: Good point.


: To count days and align international timelines using the current

: civil timescale, civilians (e.g., historians) need none of this.


: Under the ITU's plan to degrade UTC, civilians will need to hire

: experts like us to perform this simple task.

No need to hire experts.

A simple table needs no expert assistance. Historians who care,
which would likely be a vanishly small minority, can do the extra
swizzle. Since the volume of such calculations would be very small,
this doesn't seem to be a compelling argument.

Especially since time is already based on an atomic time scale. As
its rate of ticking continues to diverge from the earth, we will have
to abandon such synchronization.


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