[time-nuts] UTR timescale draft spec
magnus at rubidium.dyndns.org
Sat Aug 6 09:36:13 UTC 2011
On 06/08/11 04:00, Michael Sokolov wrote:
> Hello again,
> I have just written up the formal spec for the UTR timescale which I'm
> seeking to implement on my "rubber duckie" timekeeping apparatus which I
> had discussed here earlier this week, and I have released the first
> draft for review:
> Hopefully it will clarify exactly what I am after and why I'm doing it.
> 0. Introduction
> The present specification outlines a low cost method for obtaining a
> timescale that satisfies the following requirements:
"low cost method" is a potential goal, skip statement here.
> * The timescale is continuously available in real time and provides a
> acceptable approximation of canonical mean solar time known as GMT.
GMT is no longer used, but you may use it as a popular name reference
for what is now known as UT1 or UT2 time-scales.
Skip "socially acceptable"
> * The reading of the timescale at any instant is expressible as a
> with all standard mathematical properties of a real number.
> time as a real number is a practical requirement for most everyday
> time as a subdivision of the calendar, and true mean solar time in
> of an abstract angle relative to the fictitious mean sun is most
> real number. This requirement rules out the 23:59:60 leap second
This has nothing to do with real numbers, so skip that reference.
Infact, what you tries to say is that you want a monotonic counting
mechanism, which timescales such as UTC does not provide upon leap seconds.
Shall I continue my review or have you got the criticism by now?
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