[ntp:questions] A Suggestion For Abolishing the Leap Second

David L. Mills mills at udel.edu
Wed Jun 6 02:40:28 UTC 2007


I once asked a person knowledgeable with power generation economics who 
pays for the electricity during a leap second? He said "you do". Proof 
is left as an exercise for the student.


Casper H.S. Dik wrote:

> Rob van der Putten <rob at sput.nl> writes:
>>Whenever politicians decide to change the date on which summer time 
>>starts or ends, new timezone files are distributed and installed. So the 
>>infrastructure to deal with changes in the relationship between 
>>international and local time is already there.
> But it barely works as witnessed when the US changed the rules
> yet again; it caused Californian off-peak rates to shift an
> hour because the meters could not deal with the change
> (so the off-peak rate was charged for some of peak and vice
> versa)
>>And if the OS already deals with translation from and to local time, why 
>>can't it deal with leap seconds in a similar manner. It already adds a 
>>number of seconds to the international time anyway.
>>Having a fixed second length really is the cleanest way of doing things.
> Because the on-disk timestamp format cannot be retroactively changed.
> Casper

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