[LEAPSECS] Actual versus legal duration makes programming hard

Poul-Henning Kamp phk at phk.freebsd.dk
Tue Jun 2 02:38:46 EDT 2015

In message <20150602063313.GA11299 at ucolick.org>, Steve Allen writes:

>UTC is not a technical standard, it is a political construct.
>That's why LORAN-C, GPS, Galileo, BeiDou, and the Indian satellite
>system chose to construct their own time scales rather than to use UTC.

UTC is very much a technical standard, written to solve the problem
of "what time did it happen" in international (and thus political)

The boiler-plate ass-covering you point to has always been there and
has nothing specifically to do with UTC.

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