[ntp:questions] Any actual damage?

Marc Brett marc at fordson.demon.co.uk
Sun Jan 1 09:14:51 UTC 2006

On Sat, 31 Dec 2005 23:31:25 -0800, Bruce Penrod <bmpenrod at comcast.net> wrote:
>If we're lucky, we'll get rid of the pesky things before there's another 
>Bruce Penrod
>EndRun Technologies

Be careful what you wish for, and all that.

It's clear from early reports that the leap second event didn't go smoothly
everywhere.  Eg. my Lidl weather station clock, synched to DCF77, didn't leap on
time and had to be manually kicked to listen for the new signal.  My home PCs
(Windows 98SE/Dimension 4 and IRIX 6.5.22/ntpd-4.1.1b at 1.829) didn't leap at
midnight, and neither, apparently, did my ISP's server (ntp.demon.co.uk, synched
to tock.usno.navy.mil), though by morning they all seemed OK.

How has this muddled leap into the new year affected systems in the real world?
Has real  money been lost?  Lives?  Has air traffic control had near misses?
GLONASS satellites gone south, as they did so mythically in 1997?

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