[LEAPSECS] Leap seconds, precision time, and technical progress

Poul-Henning Kamp phk at phk.freebsd.dk
Sun Dec 26 16:35:43 EST 2010

In message <4D17A98A.7090104 at yahoo.com>, Michael Deckers writes:

> The astronomical phenomenon that is used for determining

> the phase of UTC is the rotation of the Earth, and this

> is no longer one of the "fundamental vehicles" for

> synchronization because it is (currently) neither

> constant nor predictable to a sufficient degree.

Nor is it, for that matter, "universal" in any relevant meaning
of the word.

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