Re: [LEAPSECS] what should a time standard encompass?

From: Steve Allen <>
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 09:04:41 -0800

On Mon 2003-01-27T10:34:44 -0500, John Cowan hath writ:
> Then split off UTT (or what have you), which keeps the old UTC definition,
> and let civil time (outside the U.K. at least) conform to the new UTC
> definition.

Or, keep adding leap seconds to UTC, as it is now, and have everyone
who needs an unsegmented time use TAI. Having two kinds of TAI which
differ by less than a minute is pointless and will result in ridicule
from our posterity. This sort of proposal emphasizes the question:

Why is the status quo combined with aggressive time-user education
(and possibly new time distribution protocols) not the best solution
to the whatever is the perceived problem?

Before making any change to UTC the answer to this question should be
compellingly clear.

Steve Allen          UCO/Lick Observatory       Santa Cruz, CA 95064      Voice: +1 831 459 3046
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