Re: [LEAPSECS] preferred months for leap seconds

From: Markus Kuhn <Markus.Kuhn_at_CL.CAM.AC.UK>
Date: Sat, 09 Aug 2003 14:50:04 +0100

Steve Allen wrote on 2003-08-09 05:46 UTC:
> Also note the interesting content of this message from 1988
> This purports to explain why June leap seconds became preferred to
> December leap seconds.

The explanation given has all the hallmarks of someone having told a
joke, and someone else didn't get it and believed it was a true story.
Assuming "the French" refers to IERS, then all "they" have to do to
insert a leap second is to send out a Bulletin C, but that happens
already many months (typically siz) in advance. Therefore, nobody at
IERS has any reason to be "missing their New Year's Eve party year after
year" in order to insert a leap second, because all their work has
already been done half a year earlier.


Markus Kuhn, Computer Lab, Univ of Cambridge, GB | __oo_O..O_oo__
Received on Sat Aug 09 2003 - 06:50:18 PDT

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