[LEAPSECS] Toasting Unix timestamp 1234567890

Rob Seaman seaman at noao.edu
Sat Feb 14 12:50:42 EST 2009

Magnus Danielson wrote:

> It's like the leap second. I notice that they go by, but I actually

> spent the time seeing a good movie and find it in the logs afterwards.

That is kind of the point.

> Be careful not to act as a judge of what others actually meant, you

> yourself might have not fully understood what they meant,

Indeed. For instance, we have no clue what the ITU is really trying
to do. Since the ITU isn't bothering to justify their behavior with
things like plans and risk analyses, we're left to interpret tea leaves.

> The time_t is not as good time-scale as people imagine and this we

> need to know and deal with it.

I don't think anybody here imagines time_t to be very well designed.
There is nothing to disagree with in either your or Zefram's messages.

> The naiveness lies in the lack of experience of what to come from

> say firing the stun-gun and is mainly used in a concerned way.

Ah! That's what the ITU is trying to do!


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