Re: [LEAPSECS] 24:00 versus 00:00

From: John Cowan <cowan_at_CCIL.ORG>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2006 16:19:06 -0500

Ed Davies scripsit:

> If only the 24:00 for end of day notation wasn't in the way
> we could look at positive leap seconds as just being the
> result of deeming certain days to be a second longer than
> most and just use 24:00:00. We wouldn't have to muck with
> the lengths of any of the hours or minutes within that day.

That amounts to saying that some days have 24 hours, whereas others
have 25 hours, 24 of them being 3600 seconds long and the 25th being
1 second long. IMHO that is worse.

John Cowan
[T]here is a Darwinian explanation for the refusal to accept Darwin.
Given the very pessimistic conclusions about moral purpose to which his
theory drives us, and given the importance of a sense of moral purpose
in helping us cope with life, a refusal to believe Darwin's theory may
have important survival value. --Ian Johnston
Received on Thu Feb 16 2006 - 13:19:29 PST

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