F-ckin Leap Seconds, how do they work?

Jimmy Hess mysidia at gmail.com
Thu Jul 5 03:39:17 UTC 2012

On 7/4/12, William Herrin <bill at herrin.us> wrote:

> IMO, leap seconds are a really bad idea. Let the vanishingly few
> people who care about a precision match against the solar day keep
> track of the deviation from clock time and let everybody else have a
> *simple* clock year after year. When the deviation increases to an
> hour every what, thousand years? Then you can do a big, well
> publicized correction where everybody is paying attention to making it
> work instead of being caught by surprise.

Instead of having leap seconds;   redraw the world timezone map,  so
that the boundaries of every time zone  are shifted by a distance in
feet that corresponds to one second;  and such that after a thousand
years and an  hour's  worth of  leap seconds,
the physical locations of the timezones will have shifted  just so
far,  that there is a 1 hour adjustment.  :)


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