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

From: Scott Moore <samiam_at_MOORECAD.COM>
Date: Thu, 04 Aug 2005 19:37:30 -0700

Mark Calabretta wrote:

>On Thu 2005/08/04 08:18:55 +0200, Poul-Henning Kamp wrote
>in a message to: LEAPSECS_at_ROM.USNO.NAVY.MIL
>>Most if not all modern UNIXes already have the table of leapseconds.
>Without wishing to imply that the solution is so simple, your answer
>begs the question: what do you see as the principle difficulty in
>having systems use TAI internally and maintain a table of leap seconds
>for conversion to/from civil time?
>Mark Calabretta
Sounds like we are all agreeing that Unix keeps a fixed seconds count
similar to, if not syned with, TAI, in the idea that it is a fixed
count, from an epoch, without any variance for leap seconds, hours,
whatever, that is only useful to humans after its convertion to
"traditional" time.

The solution seems very fair to me, if computers are what UTC seconds
variance is "causing problems" for, then computers can shoulder the work
of fixing it.

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