[ntp:questions] Leap second functional question
david at ex.djwhome.demon.co.uk.invalid
Wed Feb 20 22:42:28 UTC 2008
> You are asking for the impossible! Leap seconds keep time in synch with
That was the intention. I was pointing out that you can only use "true"
time to represent historic civil times, you cannot calculate the "true"
time of a future civil time beyond the first candidate leap second.
> the earth's rotation. The rate of rotation is subject to small
> variations. This is why leap seconds occur at irregular intervals and
> why it is possible to have a negative leap second, although I don't
> recall that we ever had one.
Exactly, which is why the question casts doubt on the use of "true"
time, which was my intention.
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