[LEAPSECS] Straw men

Poul-Henning Kamp phk at phk.freebsd.dk
Mon Jan 9 14:42:49 EST 2012

In message <85FC73D9-2BFA-4B7D-816F-45E2EA73E847 at noao.edu>, Rob Seaman writes:

>Ian Batten wrote:


>It breaks applications that relied on something called "Coordinated

>Universal Time" to actually remain a type of Universal Time.

No, it only breaks those that relies on the DUT1 being <1s.

There may be many of them which are perfectly happy with DUT1 <1m or even <1h.

(One example of the latter are steered solar panels, which often run on
a local free-wheeling clock anyway)

It can easily be argued that if you need UT to better than 1s, you
should use one of IERS's UT products and you will have five years to
make the fix.

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