Re: [LEAPSECS] Types of time

From: John Cowan <>
Date: Fri, 08 Sep 2000 13:55:20 -0400

Steve Allen wrote:

> Type 2: the systems that do need to communicate with something else.
> Type 2.1: those systems which don't care what time it is.
> Type 2.2: those systems which do care what time it is.
> Type 2.2.1: systems which are too simple to include a time
> protocol in their communications

"Too simple" is too simple. For lots and lots of systems, cost considerations
preclude the *kinds* of connectivity that would support a time protocol, but they
need to know what time it is still.

Embedded systems are the obvious candidates, especially those in hostile
environments like the ocean floor, the far reaches of the solar system,
and modern kitchens.

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Received on Fri Sep 08 2000 - 11:05:22 PDT

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