[time-nuts] FW: Bulletin C number 30

Poul-Henning Kamp phk at phk.freebsd.dk
Tue Jul 5 12:52:42 EDT 2005

In message <20050705.185014.52960352.cfmd at bredband.net>, Magnus Danielson write

>> Ohh, how I wish I were in a position to tell POSIX: "Sorry, the
>> time_t definition is wrong (and useless), fix it now please!".
>OUPS! <quick Google search on POSIX time_t> BUT IT IS BROKEN!!!!
>However, the ISO C standard has it (more) right. 
>Now I learned something.
>Haven't this been discussed with the POSIX people?

"Yeah, we know, we know, but it's too late to fix it now..."  :-(

>> Heck, I would even love get the Danish parliament to fix the law
>> from 18mumble so it doesn't define legal time as "the mean solar
>> time of the observatory in Copenhagen".
>Some neighboring countries have aligned their normal and summer time as
>offsets to UTC in law, with the shift between them coordinated with the EC.
>Yes, you should have the Danish parlament moving in that direction.

The law has been "in preparation" ever since the meridian conference
in Washington 1873 (or thereabouts).

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