[ntp:hackers] smearing the leap second

Harlan Stenn stenn at ntp.org
Fri Jul 10 20:22:02 UTC 2015


Warner Losh writes:
>> Trying to fix system problems by redefining UTC to lack leap seconds
>> is like making math easier by redefining Pi to be 3.
> 
> That=E2=80=99s a false analogy. UTC is an artificial construct designed
> for the convenience of humans, while pi is fundamental.

It's not that false.  Everything tastes more or less like chicken.

pi may be a fundamental *constant* but solar time is also
*fundamental*.  It's just not moving at a constant rate.

H


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