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Vote to Eliminate Leap Seconds

Anonymous Coward writes | more than 6 years ago

Moon 6

Mortimer.CA (666) writes "As mentionted on Slahdot previously, there is a proposal to remove leap seconds from UTC (nee 'Greenwich' time). It wil be put to a vote to ITU member states, and if 70% agree, the leap second will be eliminated by 2013. There is some debate as to whether this change is a good or bad idea. One philosophical point opponents make is that the 'official' time on Earth should match the time of the sun and heavens. People with appliances that blink '12:00' can probably ignore this issue."

6 comments

Fork the clock (1)

davidwr (791652) | more than 6 years ago | (#21400755)

Humans need the clock to match astronomical time.

For some scientific applications, leap seconds get in the way.

You can't have it both ways on the same clock.

So let's fork the clock.

Keep the "Earth Time" clock the way it is, with leap seconds added or subtracted as needed.

Create a "scientific clock" that measures time in seconds from "the beginning of the epoch." For simplicity, this "Scientific Time" can be measured in minutes, hours, days, months, and years as well, but over time it will drift from Earth Time. 1:23:45 AM December 1, 2419 A.D. Earth Time might be 1:23:27 AM December 1, 2419 A.D. Scientific Time thanks to the accumulated leap seconds.

Re:Fork the clock (1)

Detritus (11846) | more than 6 years ago | (#21408069)

It's called TAI [wikipedia.org], atomic time without all the leap seconds.

Re:Fork the clock (1)

Nutria (679911) | more than 6 years ago | (#21412147)

Referring to International Atomic Time as TAI just makes me want to go out and urinate on a frog.

UTC makes make have the same reaction.

Re:Fork the clock (1)

dwye (1127395) | more than 6 years ago | (#21412343)

Referring to International Atomic Time as TAI just makes me want to go out and urinate on a frog.

UTC makes make have the same reaction.

To be fair, they sometimes observe daylight savings time in Greenwich, England, so GMT might be the wrong thing to call it.

Re:Fork the clock (1)

Nutria (679911) | more than 6 years ago | (#21416293)

To be fair, they sometimes observe daylight savings time in Greenwich, England, so GMT might be the wrong thing to call it.

I must not have made my point clearly enough.

Referring to International Atomic Time with the Frenchified acronym "TAI". Same thing with CUT being referred to as UTC. It's the French trying to pretend that they are still relevant as anything but arms merchants.

Thank $DEITY that the CCITT had the sense to realize that English is the language of world commerce and science, and change it's name to ITU-T.
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