F-ckin Leap Seconds, how do they work?

Roy r.engehausen at gmail.com
Thu Jul 5 12:26:22 CDT 2012


On 7/5/2012 5:54 PM, Peter Lothberg wrote:
>> Rather than discussing the pros and cons of UTC and leap seconds, just
>> create your own time system.
>>
>> You could call it OpenTime.  OpenTime will use NTP servers where the
>> Stratum 1 servers are synced to some time standard that doesn't care
>> about leap seconds.  That way the consumer can chose to connect his
>> machines to UTC or OpenTime.
> And what do you do if "OpenTime" and "UTC" differs so that it matters?
>
> Do the fligt leave at 1200 UTC or 1200 OpenTime?
>
> ...

Lets see.  There have been nine leap seconds in 20 years.  So at the 
start of the next century the difference will probably be less than a minute

Remember OpenTime is only for people who want their system clocks to 
ignore leap seconds.  I don't include myself among the possible users of 
OpenTime.





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