IERS ponders reverse leapsecond...

Jay R. Ashworth jra at
Mon Aug 8 15:33:22 UTC 2022

Are the people involved in that consensus engineering types?

----- Original Message -----
> From: "Forrest Christian (List Account)" <lists at>
> To: "John Levine" <johnl at>
> Cc: "nanog list" <nanog at>
> Sent: Thursday, August 4, 2022 4:51:42 PM
> Subject: Re: IERS ponders reverse leapsecond...

> 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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