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 19:30:49 -0700

Mark Calabretta wrote:

>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. Also,
>over the years the accumulated leap seconds will mount to something
>significant - a lot more than 24s. Therefore, I believe it would be
>best to implement procedures to handle this conversion correctly from
>the start. Anyway, I agree with your basic point that system time be
>maintained in TAI.
>Mark Calabretta
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.

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