[LEAPSECS] Straw men
Tom Van Baak
tvb at LeapSecond.com
Wed Jan 11 13:35:39 EST 2012
> We can speculate contrary to fact on all sorts of things (those are the "straw men" of the subject line), but rather I
> think this talking point is fairly neutral, or cuts both ways.
Right. Isn't it refreshing to have neutral points every now and then? Not everything about leap seconds is polarizing.
Then again, I have no strong bias or stake in the outcome so I can afford to be neutral.
I've always found it interesting that nearly coincident with the invention of leap seconds mother earth decided it was
time to turn around.
I have an idea for you -- how to finance astronomers who need to update their equipment to use UT1 instead of UTC.
Foster massive public interest in the leap second issue, especially among students. Create a world-wide decades-running
lottery when exactly the next 7 leaps will be. "Betting on Mother Earth". "Leap Second Roulette". Hand out prizes in a
progression of $1M, $2M, ... $128M for correct succession of guesses. Over the next two decades use the lottery profit
to upgrade telescope applications to accept |DUT1| > 1s. And then celebrate the 7th (and final) leap.
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