[LEAPSECS] Straw men

Tony Finch dot at dotat.at
Mon Jan 9 14:51:21 EST 2012

Rob Seaman <seaman at noao.edu> wrote:


> Currently the zone system is tied worldwide to an underlying mean solar

> time standard. The notion is to fragment this such that different

> localities will separately realize whatever synchronization they deem

> necessary. That is, a single common civil timescale is being replaced by

> a myriad of separate realizations.

No. The plan is to replace the underlying compromise/hybrid timescale with
a simple atomic one. There should be no fragmentation of the underlying
timescale, and there will continue to be a consensus realization of it. At
the moment different localities separately choose (and keep changing their
mind about) what offset to use from the underlying timescale, and that
will continue to be the case.

f.anthony.n.finch <dot at dotat.at> http://dotat.at/
Rockall, Malin, Hebrides: West or southwest 7 or gale 8, occasionally severe
gale 9 for a time in Rockall and Hebrides, decreasing 5 to 7 later. Very rough
or high. Occasional rain. Moderate, occasionally poor.

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