Re: [LEAPSECS] the legacy of ephemeris time

From: Poul-Henning Kamp <phk_at_PHK.FREEBSD.DK>
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2003 22:33:43 +0100

In message <>, Steve Allen writes:
>On Mon 2003-12-22T20:19:14 +0100, Poul-Henning Kamp hath writ:
>> Time and effort, such as the above, spent on pondering the inconvenience
>> potentially caused to civilizations a millenia, or even just a
>> century in the future, is at best wasted, at worst in the way of
>> our progress and the beneficial scratching of the current itch.
>Then the Gregorian calendar reform was pointless, as the goal for
>which it aimed will continue to be met for several more millennia.
>Obviously we should have just stayed with the Julian calendar.
>Curse that Pope, and those English MPs who voted for the change
>two centuries later. They were all thinking way too far ahead.

Wrong argument.

The calendar reforms have been about the number of days in years
and months and how we deal with the fractional bits.

What we are dicussing here is the length of a day, and how we deal
with the fractional bits.

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Received on Mon Dec 22 2003 - 13:34:05 PST

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