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

David J Taylor david-taylor at blueyonder.co.not-this-bit.nor-this-part.uk.invalid
Wed Aug 10 07:31:36 UTC 2005


Thomas A. Horsley wrote:
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> 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?)


That is something which is suggested from time-to-time for the UK as well. 
The argument runs that, in the winter, having more light in the evening 
allows school children to get home more safely.  Don't ask me what happens 
in the darker morning...

David 





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