[ntp:questions] Leap second question

Stephen Yu syu at symmetricom.com
Wed Mar 20 19:28:04 UTC 2013


Not a perfect answer but a practical one. Thanks for explaining the rationale.

Regards,
Stephen

-----Original Message-----
From: Harlan Stenn [mailto:stenn at ntp.org] 
Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 12:00 PM
To: Stephen Yu
Cc: Chuck Swiger; questions at lists.ntp.org
Subject: Re: [ntp:questions] Leap second question

To date there has never been a deleted leap second and one is not expected.

It is arguable that we should code for this possibility in case one happens, and on the flip side of that we're introducing the potential for something else to break.

While some earthquakes could effectively "decrease" the diameter of the planet (and speed rotation a bit), a good number (most?) of them go the other way, slowing the rotation a bit.

H


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