[LEAPSECS] Another reason not to mess with UTC

Poul-Henning Kamp phk at phk.freebsd.dk
Mon Mar 1 08:21:11 EST 2010

In message <99A2C4D3-3C72-4C18-A1E1-F1B63E5D9C87 at noao.edu>, Rob Seaman writes:

>GPS is being built into critical infrastructure, [...]

Ohh, I don't disagree with that being patently stupid, without a
good backup system.

I just don't see it as having anything to do with UTC, and I think
that your attempt to use it as a crutch for your crusade for the
leap-second is just spin.

The backup system will have to be fully automatic, and therefore
can use any random timescale (like GPS and LORAN does) the designers
may choose, including a UTC without leap-seconds.

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