Leap second tonight
nick at foobar.org
Mon Jan 5 16:57:38 CST 2009
Peter Beckman wrote:
> * GMT is used to imply UT1, but sometimes UTC, but really GMT is just
> massively confusing and you shouldn't use it, either in conversation
> or in your servers/routers, because nobody is really sure without
> reading a lot of documentation what GMT means for each
WET/WEST is a little more precise and less confusing than GMT/BST (or
IST if you're of a more celtic nature, although this confuses people
living on the Indian subcontinent) although in tz-land, GMT has a
specific and pretty consistent definition. But it is generally a bad
idea to use it. People get confused.
> * When writing code regarding dates and times, know that any year may
> have 366 days, and any minute may have 61 seconds.
Or 59 seconds in the case of a negative leap second.
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