Re: [LEAPSECS] Proposal for a Smoothed Coordinated UniversalTime(UTS)

From: John Cowan <>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2000 16:23:54 -0400

Steve Allen wrote:

> Of course this is pretty much the disease that most systems running
> NTP currently have.

Not at all. Systems with NTP make smooth adjustments, applicable to
themselves alone, to a standard that uniformly ticks SI seconds.
The proposal would make the very length of the SI second depend on the date!
Consequently, the length of the meter would vary as well, since the
meter is defined as the distance light travels in 1/299,792,458 seconds.

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Received on Wed Oct 25 2000 - 13:32:55 PDT

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