Re: [LEAPSECS] The opportunity of leap seconds

From: John Cowan <cowan_at_CCIL.ORG>
Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2006 13:46:57 -0500

Poul-Henning Kamp scripsit:

> >By your logic, the U.S. Surgeon General should be a chiropractor.
> Once the US government tries to shoulder their national deficit
> that would undoubtedly be a good idea.

Chiropractors are by no means cheaper to hire than other doctors.
Nor are their treatments necessarily the worse because their theory
is crappy.

> Light of day and darkness of night already is, and for all relevant
> future can be, assured by governmental adjustments of the two functions
> government control in the formula:
> Civil Time(time) = UTC(time) +
> TimeZoneOffset(country, subdivision, time) +
> SeasonalOffset(country, subdivision, time)

Indeed. I did a quick look once at the number of secular changes to the
TimeZoneOffset function since the adoption of standard time in the
various countries; I may have posted the results here. If not,
I'll try to dig them up.

John Cowan
   There was an old man                Said with a laugh, "I
     From Peru, whose lim'ricks all      Cut them in half, the pay is
       Look'd like haiku.  He              Much better for two."
                                             --Emmet O'Brien
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