IERS ponders reverse leapsecond...

Matthew Huff mhuff at
Wed Aug 3 15:33:09 UTC 2022


But it's hard enough to get developers to understand the need to code for 61 seconds in a minute, and now they would need to code for 59 seconds as well.

If time systems simply skewed the time so that 60 seconds actually just took 61 seconds or 59 seconds, there would be other issues, but coders wouldn't be involved.

-----Original Message-----
From: NANOG < at> On Behalf Of Stephane Bortzmeyer
Sent: Wednesday, August 3, 2022 11:19 AM
To: Jay Ashworth <jra at>
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Subject: Re: IERS ponders reverse leapsecond...

On Wed, Aug 03, 2022 at 11:09:25AM -0400,  Jay Ashworth <jra at> wrote  a message of 32 lines which said:

> General press loses its *mind*:

Indeed, they seem not to know what they write about. "atomic time – the universal way time is measured on Earth – may have to change" They don't even know the difference between TAI and UTC.

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