Re: [LEAPSECS] UTC is doomed

From: Joseph S. Myers <jsm28_at_CAM.AC.UK>
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2003 17:49:49 +0100 (BST)

On Thu, 24 Apr 2003, Steve Allen wrote:

> If, within the window available before the DUT1 becomes noticeably
> large, the US were to attempt to legislate a change to TAI (or UTC
> without leap seconds) might the bill flounder if the new timescale
> were opposed with the epithet "French Time"? ("No thanks, we'll stick
> with our "Freedom Time".) Elsewhere, might certain fundamentalist

For a long time until France adopted UTC in 1978 its time was based on
"Paris mean time, retarded by 9 minutes and 21 seconds" (according to
Howse) rather than referring to Greenwich.

Joseph S. Myers
Received on Fri Apr 25 2003 - 09:59:57 PDT

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