Re: [LEAPSECS] Time after Time

From: John Cowan <>
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2005 13:37:33 -0500

Markus Kuhn scripsit:

> UTC currently certainly has *no* two 1-h leaps every year.

There seems to be persistent confusion on what is meant by the term
"leap hour". I understand it as a secular change to the various LCT offsets,
made either all at once (on 1 Jan 2600, say) or on an ad-lib basis.
You seem to be using it in the sense of a 1h secular change to universal
time (lower-case generic reference is intentional).

Can anyone quote chapter and verse from Torino to show exactly what was
meant? Or is the text in fact ambiguous?

> If you read, just one example, to deviate a bit from the overwhelmingly
> US/UK-centricism of this legal argument,

I keep talking about the Chinese example. Consider the city of Kashi,
population about 175,000. Its longitude is about 76 E, which means
that its LMT is about GMT+5. Its LCT, however, is Asia/Shanghai, or
UTC+8. If all those people can live with an LCT that is three hours
away from the sun, we can stand rather lower discrepancies just fine.

Don't be so humble.  You're not that great.             John Cowan
        --Golda Meir                          
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