[LEAPSECS] 2007-12-31 23:59:60 Z (sic)

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Tue Jan 1 21:32:44 EST 2008

Steve Allen scripsit:

> Bulletin C is *not* a workable system, it's a 19th century scheme,

> and the NTP servers of the world are hurting as a result.

Following the links suggests that the problem had to do with tier-0 clocks.
It looks like NTP should be modified to apply a Byzantine-generals algorithm
at each potential leap second to decide whether one is really happening or not.

> Whether or not you want to keep leap seconds, please update this

> scheme so that it conforms to 21st century notions of operational

> with better availability than the hpiers.obspm.fr webserver and

> verifiable and non-repudiable authoritative content.

Verifiable, fine. But non-repudiable? Do you actually suppose that
IERS will schedule a leap second and then announce that they never did
anything of the kind, such that it will be necessary to prove otherwise?
I doubt it.

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