[ntp:questions] Google and leap seconds

John Hasler jhasler at newsguy.com
Wed Sep 21 20:55:52 UTC 2011

Richard B. Gilbert writes:
> Too bad that the movements of of the planets, moons, etc. are not
> better behaved.  Lacking the powers of the divine we must work around
> the fact that the earth does not rotate exactly once in each
> twenty-four hours, and the fact that its revolution around the Sun is
> similarly messy, taking 365 days, six hours, and a few odd minutes and
> seconds which we account for (mostly) by declaring a "leap year" every
> four years.

A purely local problem which should be handled by localization tables,
not by jiggering the timestream.  Are you going to insert leap hours on

John Hasler 
jhasler at newsguy.com
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI USA

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