[LEAPSECS] The Battle of Flodden Field

Poul-Henning Kamp phk at phk.freebsd.dk
Fri Jan 7 09:37:23 EST 2011

In message <06BD6317-458B-4C30-A773-C23108DDCBC3 at noao.edu>, Rob Seaman writes:

As usual you try to fudge the fundamental facts to your point of view:

1. UTC is supposed to be universal, so that UTC=X is the same instant
everywhere, within our measuring ability.

2. There is no requirement that UTC must to have any relationship
to the precence or absence of sunlight on any particular piece
of rotating rock.

3. Timezones are how governments align legal time with sunlight as they
see fit.

And that is really all there is to it.

Even if they tried, no international standardisation effort could
ever dictate any government where the sun must be in the sky at
any particular legal time.

The ITU-R proposal reflects this.

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