Re: [LEAPSECS] Consensus rather than compromise

From: Steve Allen <sla_at_UCOLICK.ORG>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2005 22:54:16 -0700

On Wed 2005-08-31T22:57:42 -0400, John.Cowan hath writ:
> Fortunately, it's not that bad. All 365 current zones define
> their LCTs using a list of offsets from a common reference time.

The current effort to abolish leap seconds completely violates the
subject line of this thread. There is no consensus or compromise,
there is only fiat. We see at least the UK government unwilling to
support the change, and the official at the IERS who is accorded the
responsibility to call for leaps unwilling to support the change.

I ponder whether the current effort to redefine UTC might create a
fragmentation of practice which would violate "offsets from a common
reference time" and make the situation much uglier. It is not clear
whether the pressures of economics and trade can override tradition
and national pride.

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