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

From: Steve Allen <sla_at_UCOLICK.ORG>
Date: Thu, 4 Aug 2005 19:39:05 -0700

On Thu 2005-08-04T19:30:49 -0700, Scott Moore hath writ:
> The point was for retorical argument only. Using TAI, or TAI synced
> reference as an internal timebase, any computer can calculate the solar
> time to far greater accuracies than one second.

The underlying problem here is that it is not possible to compute
"solar time".

The reason that we need leap seconds on an "as needed" basis is
that "solar time" must be measured by astronomers and geophysicists.

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