[LEAPSECS] a big week for leaps at SG7 and WP7A

Ian Batten igb at batten.eu.org
Wed Oct 1 18:31:25 EDT 2014

On 30 Sep 2014, at 15:05, Stephen Colebourne <scolebourne at joda.org> wrote:

> There was also incredulity that the smart people who they rely on to
> run complex machines like atomic clocks can't manage to get every NTP
> server in the world to send out the same piece of information that
> actually tells everyone it is a leap second. After all the process of
> updating NTP is best described as "some bloke sends out an email and
> everyone has to manually update their NTP servers". The participants
> expected this kind of stuff to be automated and just work, not for the
> smart people to be spending all their time trying to weasel out of
> fixing what we have and in the meantime destroying the notion of a
> solar day.

I too took part as an expert, and I'd concur that it seemed to be well-run,
fair and the public participants were extraordinarily patient and engaged.
If people think it wasn't, the onus is on them to show that they're right,
rather than just make "they would say that, wouldn't they?" assumptions.


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