Re: [LEAPSECS] independence day

From: Poul-Henning Kamp <>
Date: Wed, 05 Jul 2006 06:04:16 +0000

In message <>, "M. Warner Losh" writes

>: That could sound like the drilling of a loophole :-)
>As has been pointed out in the past, the Secretary of Commerce has had
>the ability to define mean solar time to mean UTC (or something else,
>if they felt the urge)... I think this is just another attempt to
>keep their options open, like they have now...

Yes, and no, mean solar time is something you measure whereas UTC
is an international standard from a UN body which USA has ratified,
so it makes sense to "modify and interpret" mean solar time, but
not UTC.

But yes, likely as not, this is not a black helicopter job, but
rather sloppy or uninformed text-processing.


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