Re: [LEAPSECS] Stupid question from programmer: Why not just eliminate ALL UTC corrections ?

From: Poul-Henning Kamp <phk_at_HAVEN.FREEBSD.DK>
Date: Fri, 05 Aug 2005 07:40:24 +0200

In message <E1E0pWs-0004LT-00_at_grus.atnf.CSIRO.AU>, Mark Calabretta writes:
>On Wed 2005/08/03 22:48:35 MST, Scott Moore wrote
>in a message to: LEAPSECS_at_ROM.USNO.NAVY.MIL
>>The conversion to solar time is done for the user's benefit, and that
>>only needs to be accurate to the second, which is all leap second time
>>gave you in any case.
>Mostly, yes, but it's conceivable that there will be cases (legal/
>financial transactions, etc.) where the time needs to be recorded
>accurately - assuming that civil/legal time still runs on UTC.

Telecoms networks will probably run on a predictable timescale, as
telcos have some of the largest and longest living hardware investments

A telco time != civil time would not be acceptable to most
european regulatory entities.

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