[LEAPSECS] Conversational caffeine

Poul-Henning Kamp phk at phk.freebsd.dk
Fri Jan 28 19:10:34 EST 2011

In message <BF5FA11D-5134-4953-86C3-C5F99A1F1BC3 at noao.edu>, Rob Seaman writes:

> - It is the attempt to pretend otherwise that is causing the friction.

If you want to boil it all the way down there, the friction started
when Harrisson built his 4th clock, and ever since astronomy has
lost relevance for timekeeping. Leap-seconds is the last fig-leaf
that still connects astronomy with timekeeping and thus a minority
of astronomers keep fighting a fight that most reasonable astronomers
have accepted as lost.

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