[time-nuts] The future of UTC
sar10538 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 15 15:23:58 UTC 2011
On 16 July 2011 03:14, Poul-Henning Kamp <phk at phk.freebsd.dk> wrote:
> In message <CACTjVNynr5Vhrj=E+gFUnGeBPa_u8__26BhjaMK2NV6UXGi2Sg at mail.gmail.com>
> , Steve Rooke writes:
>>> Nope, once they have scheduled a leap-second, it happens.
>>And if it's not needed?
> It is needed, otherwise they would not have scheduled it.
So, your saying they will predict all the wobbling, drift, internal
earth changes, etc and do this with any accuracy 20 years in advance,
when we have already seen significant variations in this.
> If they predict wrong all that happens is that DUT1 wanders a bit
> more around and they will have to catch up with it over the next
> couple of decades.
Given that straight-jacket, I suggest they schedule one every year
then they can add and subtract them willy nilly. Yes, New Years Day,
worldwide let's change the clock regardless. It would make it much
more fun for all of us to watch what happens. Yes, I'm game for that,
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