[LEAPSECS] Straw men

Rob Seaman seaman at noao.edu
Mon Jan 9 09:04:31 EST 2012

On Jan 9, 2012, at 6:36 AM, Ian Batten wrote:

> UTC has been redefined within living memory. One might suggest that good engineering would avoid assuming that a timescale which has been repeatedly redefined in both rate and phase won't be redefined again.

More straw. UTC has always meant Universal Time. Universal Time has always meant mean solar time, in particular a close analogue to GMT.

For the true complexity of the situation, see:


Rob Seaman
National Optical Astronomy Observatory

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