Re: [LEAPSECS] RAS hits the news

From: Poul-Henning Kamp <>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 09:06:38 +0200

In message <>, Steve Allen writes:

>The inclusion of calendar year is an interesting addition to the
>original week-based scheme. The week-based scheme was perhaps chosen
>while noting that the week remained intact when Pope Gregory (and
>then, eventually, all the protestants) switched calendars.

I think you are far overestimating 1970 electronics :-) The week
based scheme was a compromise forced by number of bits available
and how much electronics could be dedicated to the task of receiving
the signals. For a long time the almanac was something you had to
manually enter into the receive (which is probably why almanacs are
still published by the GPS control segment people).

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