IERS ponders reverse leapsecond...

Forrest Christian (List Account) lists at
Thu Aug 4 20:51:42 UTC 2022

Having at least a part of one foot in the global time and frequency
community I'd say that it seems that the consensus is building toward
eliminating leap seconds.

There was a vote planned in 2012 to do so after a straw poll showed that
most member countries was in favor to do so.   But in a typical committee
move they elected to study it more before making a decision.

Hopefully there will be some movement next year when they're scheduled to
discuss it again.    It's unfortunate that the first negative leap second
is likely to occur before then.

On Thu, Aug 4, 2022, 11:32 AM John Levine <johnl at> wrote:

> >> > General press loses its *mind*:
> No more than usual.  They're just rewriting this Facebook blog post:
> It appears that Forrest Christian (List Account) <lists at>
> said:
> >Personally I'd like to see the UTC timescale be fixed to the TAI timescale
> >with a fixed offset determined by whatever the offset is when they make
> the
> >change.
> That's what Facebook, Google, and AWS want, too.  Who knows, for once they
> might be right.
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