[LEAPSECS] Schedule for success

Daniel R. Tobias dan at tobias.name
Tue Dec 30 18:45:08 EST 2008

On 30 Dec 2008 at 9:50, M. Warner Losh wrote:

> The reason to have standards is to lower costs, not to raise them.

> Leap seconds raise costs and have unproven benefits (eg, a low DUT1

> is a feature, but who really cares about that feature)?

And, if the standards were enacted after 1972, whoever promulgated
them knew, or should have known, that the UTC standard on which they
were basing their standards was one which included leap seconds. If
this fact was unacceptable to the cost-effectiveness of the proposed
standard, they should have chosen a different time scale as their
basis, as in fact GPS did when they chose to create a new time scale

It's the height of arrogance to expect the rest of the world to
change how it does things to suit some technical standard makers who
made a bad choice years ago that they don't want to continue living

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