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

From: John Cowan <jcowan_at_REUTERSHEALTH.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 10:34:44 -0500 (EST)

William Thompson scripsit:

> There's been a lot of talk in this forum about civil time, and what it will be
> like millenia from now. I find most of that talk rather silly. What tends to
> get ignored is that changes to the UTC time standard will make themselves felt
> in the astronomical and astronavigation community not in comfortably far away
> millenia, but in mere decades. It will affect not only professional
> observatories, but millions of amateurs who don't have the resources that
> professionals have access too.

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

Astronomers probably howled when it was proposed to split off the civil
month from the motion of the Moon, too. Civilization, however, survived.

Eric Raymond is the Margaret Mead               John Cowan
of the Open Source movement.          
        --Lloyd A. Conway,            
Received on Mon Jan 27 2003 - 07:35:00 PST

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