[ntp:questions] Purpose of a leap second file?

David E. Ross nobody at nowhere.invalid
Sun Mar 4 22:25:25 UTC 2012


On 3/4/12 8:32 AM, unruh wrote [in part]:
> On 2012-03-04, John Hasler <jhasler at newsguy.com> wrote [also in part]:
>>
>> Just as tzdata allows conversions between UTC and your local zone.  Thus
>> UTC is the Earth planetary zone as CST is my local zone within that
>> planetary zone.  While it is convenient to have solar noon occur at the
>> same time every day the planet is not a clock.
> 
> Well, actually it is a clock, and a pretty damn good one and for a long
> long time the only one anyone had. It is only
> in the past half century that our other clocks have achieved a better
> accuracy. 

See Isaac Asimov's "The Clock We Live On" (Collier Books, 1963).

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