Re: [LEAPSECS] a system that fails spectacularly

From: Brian Garrett <>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2005 12:40:22 -0800

----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Allen" <sla_at_UCOLICK.ORG>
Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2005 7:01 AM
Subject: Re: [LEAPSECS] a system that fails spectacularly

> On Wed 2005-12-07T06:59:39 -0700, Rob Seaman hath writ:
> > it seems that one of two things must be true. Either the fact that
> > the letter is dated December 5, 2005 indicates that they just now got
> > around to acting on the July, 2005 announcement of the upcoming leap
> > second - or, they acted upon this in a more timely fashion and
> > decided to embargo the announcement until the latest plausible moment
> > at which it would be possible for their lawyers to later argue timely
> > notification of their customers.
> ACR is not alone, see Saab, who announced much earlier
> also reported by Canada

And you've gotta love the interpretation of UTC as "Universal Time Code" in
the Canadian report. If they don't understand what UTC is, or at the very
least understand that their users are going to be confused by their
misleading use of the acronym, it's hardly a surprise that a leap second is
going to pull the rug off their code and expose the bugs they've swept
underneath it.

Brian Garrett
Received on Wed Dec 07 2005 - 12:41:05 PST

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