Re: [LEAPSECS] Accommodating both camps

From: John Cowan <>
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2006 12:11:09 -0500

James Maynard scripsit:

> I wonder, though, whether those in the other camp would find it
> acceptable to have the standard time and frequency stations not only
> broadcast UTC and DUT1 (= UT1 - UTC, to 0.1 s resolution), but also to
> broadcast DTAI (= TAI - UTC, 1 s resolution)?

Speaking for myself only, the answer is no. It's still necessary to
interact with users and other parts of the landscape in local time,
even if it's possible to get the master time sync in TAI. I agree that a
more widespread distribution of TAI (probably best achieved by providing
better GPS systems that can output raw GPS time as well as UTC) is a
Good Thing. But it's the complications (both synchronic and diachronic)
of leap seconds in civil time that are the constant irritant.

That is my opinion, and it is further my opinion that leap seconds must
be destroyed: they are a menace to society.

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