[LEAPSECS] Schedule for success

Poul-Henning Kamp phk at phk.freebsd.dk
Tue Dec 30 15:49:37 EST 2008

In message <Pine.BSO.4.58.0812301235420.19777 at www.blarfy.net>, blb8 at po.cwru.edu

>I certainly have no data to dispute Poul-Henning here regarding

>how ATC functions and the like, but one question that I haven't

>seen answered: Why do they use UTC is this problem is known?

Really quick counter-question:

What else would they have used ?

Slightly longer answer:

They, like everybody else, were sold the idea that UTC was the
international agreed master timescale, so of course they used it.

And today like every other major distributed computer network, they
get caught by this random "gottcha" like everybody else.


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