Re: [LEAPSECS] a system that fails spectacularly

From: William Thompson <William.T.Thompson.1_at_GSFC.NASA.GOV>
Date: Wed, 07 Dec 2005 10:35:04 -0500

Steve Allen wrote:
> 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

I find particularly telling the statement, "It should be noted that users so far
have not reported this as a problem, not even in the busiest traffic areas."

> also reported by Canada

And also, "The problem is easily resolved with the enclosed software upgrade."

(By the way, note how the previous statement is garbled in the Canadian report
by the inclusion of too many negatives.)

> also reported by USCG
> Google is your friend.
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William Thompson
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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Greenbelt, MD  20771
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