[LEAPSECS] Longer horizon

Rob Seaman seaman at noao.edu
Tue Jul 10 13:17:41 EDT 2012


Your message seems snarkier (more "cranky, irritable") than mine. You speculate on what I do or don't understand, and on what I am or am not doing. All of these are irrelevant. I'm a big fan of FreeBSD and PHK's MD5 password hashing, but still disagree with his position on leap seconds :-)

There has been only one proposal on the table for thirteen years. The proposal is unacceptable. Its backers do not participate here, where we have discussed numerous alternatives. It isn't the astronomers (themselves mostly software professionals) who have been unwilling to consider the options. If this is a software issue it would help if software solutions were permitted to be discussed, and not be rejected out of hand. That said, the ITU proposal has precious little to do with software.


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