Re: [LEAPSECS] a system that fails spectacularly

From: David Harper <>
Date: Fri, 09 Dec 2005 10:42:59 +0000

Clive D.W. Feather wrote:
> Steve Allen said:
>>> This became a long-running joke in the morris dance community. A few
>>> years back some English town councils decided to become ISO 9000
>>> compliant. That required them to ascertain that all of their
>>> sub-contractors were also compliant.
> Actually, it does nothing of the sort.

On the other hand, the idea of ISO 9000 compliant Morris dancers is a
very funny one. Presumably, they'd have to standardise the size of their
pig's bladders. There's a Monty Python sketch just waiting to be written.

I'm guessing that their level of ISO 9000 compliance falls in inverse
proportion to the amount of beer they drink. As does their likelihood of
observing leap seconds correctly.

David Harper

Dr David Harper
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute,  Hinxton,  Cambridge CB10 1SA,  England
Tel: 01223 834244 Fax: 494919
Received on Fri Dec 09 2005 - 02:43:46 PST

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