[LEAPSECS] The ends we seek

Ian Batten igb at batten.eu.org
Fri Jan 20 18:51:52 EST 2012


> (I would note that the implications of this approach appear to mean

> that the +01:00 of Paris today, would eventually become +02:00, then

> +03:00 and so on to +infinity. A fairly written document would note

> that as being the case and indicate when in the future it would be a

> problem.)

So what? Given a long enough view, the maximum number of leap seconds in the current system (24 per year) will be insufficient to maintain both 86400 SI seconds per day and correct solar alignment. Yet further into the future, a leap second every midnight (which the current standard doesn't permit) won't be enough to maintain |DUT1|<1s. I don't see that being used as an argument against the status quo.


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