Re: [LEAPSECS] Equitable estoppel

From: Magnus Danielson <>
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2006 10:20:26 +0100 (CET)

From: Poul-Henning Kamp <phk_at_PHK.FREEBSD.DK>
Subject: Re: [LEAPSECS] Equitable estoppel
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2006 06:29:30 +0000
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> >The BIPM says
> >
> >that UTC gives an indication of mean solar time, which it can only do
> >using leap seconds.
> Steve,
> This is rubbish and you know it.
> UTC can give an indication of mean solartime with leap hours, leap
> minutes, leap-seconds or leap-microseconds, it's only a matter of
> precision.

What it should say is that you need some form of phase adjustment mechanism to
handle phase and frequency wabbles such as a leap second.

For the moment, if leap seconds is to be abbandoned, I would favour the leap
minute instead.

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