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Leap Seconds May Be Eliminated

itwbennett (1594911) writes | more than 3 years ago

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "The International Telecommunications Union is seeking input through October on a potentially revised definition of Coordinated Universal Time that does not include leap seconds, an idea that has been under consideration for the past decade. Since their introduction in 1971, leap seconds have proved problematic for at least a few software programs. The leap second added on to the end of 2008, for instance, caused Oracle cluster software to reboot unexpectedly in some cases. Some computer professionals argue, however, that abolishing the leap second at this point will just cause another set of difficulties. The revision 'would cause more trouble than it naively claims to circumvent,' wrote programmer Rob Seaman, on the Leap Seconds mailing list."
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