Re: [LEAPSECS] Consensus rather than compromise

From: John.Cowan <jcowan_at_REUTERSHEALTH.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2005 15:28:52 -0400

Rob Seaman scripsit:

> I did find it striking, however, that the public confusion being
> discussed was completely unconnected to issues of precision
> timekeeping such as leap seconds. Rather, the very definition of
> civil time was misunderstood, whether by Microsoft or by somebody
> else.

I think this greatly overstates the case. There was a mere misapplication
of labels involved, both in the case of the conference leader (who believes
that the name "GMT" refers to the LCT of the U.K.) and the anonymous Microsoft
programmer (who believes that British Summer Time should be called
"GMT Daylight Time").

With techies, I've generally found              John Cowan
If your arguments lose the first round
    Make it rhyme, make it scan       
    Then you generally can            
Make the same stupid point seem profound!           --Jonathan Robie
Received on Mon Aug 29 2005 - 12:30:36 PDT

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