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

Gerard Ashton ashtongj at comcast.net
Tue Sep 30 11:19:44 EDT 2014

Sorry, but I disagree with Tony Finch. The time period from June 30, 2012,
7:59:60 to June 30, 2012, 8:00:00, Eastern Daylight Time, did occur in the
United States and any end user requiring such precision was legally obliged
to observe it.

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From: LEAPSECS [mailto:leapsecs-bounces at leapsecond.com] On Behalf Of Michael
Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 10:27 AM
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Subject: Re: [LEAPSECS] a big week for leaps at SG7 and WP7A

Tony Finch <dot at dotat.at> wrote:

> And I seem to remember from reading the materials that they also 
> ignored the cultural damage that was done by the introduction of leap 
> seconds in the first place, breaking a multi-thousand-year tradition 
> of base 60 fractions, making all mechanical clocks obsolete, and so on.

Red herring, the problem you are describing only occurs if you feed the leap
seconds "raw" directly to end users, which one should NOT do; instead the
LSs need to be passed through a smoothing function like UTC-SLS or Leap
Smear before being presented to non-technical end users.

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