[LEAPSECS] Bloomberg announced its smear

Tom Van Baak tvb at LeapSecond.com
Sat Sep 24 08:26:45 EDT 2016


> As I've been saying for years, what we need (desperately) is a
> standard for smearing, aka 86400 subdivision days.

But that's part of the charm in smearing -- that there's no one way to do it, and you're free to modify it as you wish.

> My preference is UTC-SLS, but I don't really care so long as it is an agreed standard.

UTC-SLS has always been a good example why an inflexible academic standard is a bad idea.

> I know that many find smearing offensive, but its timet o move on and
> get the standard written.
> Stephen

Smearing is fine. It's a practical solution to an intractable problem. But forcing everyone to implement it the exact same way misses the point. You can't create a standard for your favorite set of time applications and then try to force it upon everyone else's time applications.


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