[LEAPSECS] The Debate over UTC and Leap Seconds

Poul-Henning Kamp phk at phk.freebsd.dk
Tue Aug 10 16:27:29 EDT 2010

In message <947E4E48-E880-4920-9E09-86F2B1911E24 at noao.edu>, Rob Seaman writes:

>What is remarkable is that the process that has been followed in the ITU =

>for the past ten-plus years has relentlessly pursued one and only one =

>option against steadfast dissent.

Well, you overlook the possibility that the dissent may sound a lot
louder to the people who voice it inside an echo-chamber :-)

Seen in the bigger picture of things, astronomy is not generally
considered as important as say, mobile telecommunication.

And there is a bias, justifiably so, to think that the astronomers
are smart enough to figure things out and make them work, whereas
Samuel B. Consumer is not.

So they probably did hear you, they just didn't attache the same
all-important weight to your argument as you did.


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