[LEAPSECS] happy anniversary pips

Rob Seaman seaman at noao.edu
Tue Feb 11 12:12:00 EST 2014

Your definition of the word “cope” is different than mine. It would be a trivial change to permit leap seconds more frequently than monthly. Such won’t be needed for many centuries. Leap hours are an impractical rhetorical gimmick to dump the whole question (except the significant costs to many) on future generations.

For any new members of the list these issues have been discussed repeatedly in the past. The list archives are at:

http://six.pairlist.net/mailman/listinfo/leapsecs (since 2007)
http://www.ucolick.org/~sla/navyls/ (before 2007)


On Feb 11, 2014, at 10:04 AM, Tony Finch <dot at dotat.at> wrote:

> Rob Seaman <seaman at noao.edu> wrote:

>> On Feb 11, 2014, at 9:31 AM, Tony Finch <dot at dotat.at> wrote:


>>> Yes. And time zone adjustments will be able to keep civil time in sync

>>> with earth rotation for a much longer time than leap seconds :-)


>> Nonsense!


> Leap seconds can deal with a rate difference of at most 12s per year.

> Time zone changes can cope with rate differences of 3600 seconds per year.

> (Though it is an odd time zone that always falls back and never springs

> forward...)


> Tony.

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