[ntp:questions] Purpose of a leap second file?

John Hasler jhasler at newsguy.com
Sun Mar 4 17:15:57 UTC 2012

I wrote:
> [UTC] localizes TAI to this particular planet.

unruh writes:
> That makes it sound as if TAI is some God given time.

There being no god, nothing is god-given.

> It is not. It was developed and defined in the context of precisely
> this planet.

It is based on universal physical constants rather then on the motion of
a particular object.

> If there is a timekeeping species somewhere else in the universe, I
> promise you they will NOT use TAI.

They probably will use something similarly derived from physical
John Hasler 
jhasler at newsguy.com
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI USA

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