Re: [LEAPSECS] Schreiver AFB warns about leapsec

From: Tom Van Baak <>
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2005 17:09:48 -0800

> > While you're at it let's change when leaps occur; not
> > just at 23:59:59
> > ...
> I second this too, 23:59:59 is the worst time to
> insert a leap second, since failing to implement it
> leaves you with the wrong day (month and possibly
> year) at the very second it occurs.

Given the way Olympics are promoted these days,
as well as stadium naming rights, billboards, web
advertising, and google adwords, perhaps the ITU
can get commercial sponsorship for future scheduled
leap second events. Commercial interests have long
since claimed trademarks on otherwise free letters,
words, and symbols. So how about time itself?

The income could be applied as grants to those trying
to correctly implement and debug the growing global
list of time interconnected technologies. And no small
percent to astronomers so they have real-time precision
access to UT1. Everyone is happy. (If this happens I will
deny ever having suggested it).

"Coca-Cola is the official sponsor of the December 2005
leap second. The one second pause that refreshes."

"Panasonic is the official sponsor of the June 2007
leap second. Just slightly ahead of Earth time."


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Received on Tue Dec 20 2005 - 17:17:37 PST

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