[LEAPSECS] BBC article

Michael Deckers michael.deckers at yahoo.com
Tue Nov 15 15:18:21 EST 2011

On 2011-11-15 16:44, Warner Losh wrote:

> It is disheartening that the middle ground remains unexplored. Most

> of the difficulty of the current system could be solved by

> allowing DUT1 to grow as large as 10s, but still keep it bounded.

But this "difficulty" never has been the concern of ITU-R!
Their concern very clearly is the non-monotonicity of UTC and
the proliferation of different ad hoc time scales invented to
overcome the discontinuity of UTC at leap seconds.

Changing the schedule of leap seconds would not reduce the
need for UTC-SLS, Google time, UTC[SOFA],..., nor the
number of schemes for mapping UTC values around leap seconds
to time_t values in the various UNIX flavors.

Michael Deckers.

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