[ntp:questions] Re: no more leap seconds?

Thomas A. Horsley tom.horsley at att.net
Wed Aug 10 01:55:19 UTC 2005


>Thanks for that. There have been 22 leap seconds over the last 33 years and
>we haven't crashed an airplane yet. Now, let's hear about the real reason.

And the same gummint that wants to eliminate leap seconds because of the
horrible potential for confusion and technological disaster has just voted
to screw up daylight savings time again, only this time there are millions
of copies of tens of thousands of products with built in ROMs that "just
know" when the US time change happens.

I suspect Americans are quite likely to die because some paramedic's WWV
alarm clock got him up an hour late and there weren't enough responders for
all the emergincies that morning. At least the odds of that seem much higher
than a leap second killing anyone (not to mention the increased odds of
traffic accidents from folks with messed up biological clocks because they
have daylight savings in the first place - if they really want to fix it,
why not just leave it on daylight time year round?)
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