[LEAPSECS] Fwd: It just occurred to me...
seaman at noao.edu
Wed Jan 18 23:43:40 EST 2012
A new talking point from a long time listener, first time caller:
Begin forwarded message:
> From: "Seago, John"
> Subject: It just occurred to me...
> Date: January 18, 2012 6:39:05 PM MST
> It just occurred to me that, if the ITU votes to abolish leap seconds,
> some people may think that takes decision effect immediately and will
> not attempt to account for the June leap second (or subsequent ones up
> to 2018). So not only would one have to be aware of future leap
> seconds, but also one would need to be aware of when they would stop.
> Note that 460-7 says nothing about "old UTC" other than it stops in five
> years; however, the specification for "old UTC" 460-6 will be officially
> deprecated and inactive. This creates a 5-year nether-region of UTC
> definition that will almost certainly create more issues in the near
> term than had nothing happened at all.
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