[LEAPSECS] Skepticism

Rob Seaman seaman at noao.edu
Thu Dec 30 21:24:17 EST 2010

Post the proposal. This is an international standard, discussions should be public. "Key figures" should participate in this list, not run to ground.

"Perspective" is not a monopoly. Declaring that "we're going to break it now, but reserve the right to fix it later" is not a strong argument for immediate change.


On Dec 30, 2010, at 7:14 PM, Jonathan E. Hardis wrote:

> On Dec 30, 2010, at 7:49 PM, Greg Hennessy wrote:


>>> To repeat myself, the punch line is this: NO ONE is advocating a perpetual drift apart between atomic time and "universal" time (sundial time).


>> What do you base this on, since I think the ITU proposal is exactly that?


> The proposal is to end the system of leap seconds as established in 1972.


> The proposal does nothing to tie the hands of any authority (e.g., ITU, CGPM) for future changes that would synchronize atomic and solar time.


> My perspective comes from several private discussions with key figures involved with the ITU study.


> - Jonathan


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