[LEAPSECS] Parting the Red Sea
seaman at noao.edu
Wed Nov 3 00:15:55 EDT 2010
> What is the benefit of leap-seconds to non-astronomers ?
Leap-seconds are the means to an end.
Civil timekeeping - likely on this or any other planet - has a fundamental cadence synchronized to the mean synodic day.
It has been hypothesized that our Moon plays a significant role in making Earth habitable:
http://bit.ly/cEROKg (see p. 221)
One can thus speculate that all intelligent and timekeeping species (not necessarily the same thing) face the same problem of synchronizing interval time with time-of-day.
Some system requirements are simply facts of nature. An attempt to descope leap-seconds will inevitably result in unintended consequences. Any cure requires coherent system engineering.
The ITU has no authority over the tides.
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