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Monday, November 28, 2022

Leap-Second Gets a Considerable Pause

Surprising and oddly considerable pause in a natural measurement is agreed to.  Rarely see this kind an event.  Implications?  

Network-Crashing Leap Seconds to Be Abandoned by 2035, for at Least a Century   in Ars Technica, Kevin Purdy, November 22, 2022

Parties to the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) approved the cessation of the leap second for keeping Coordinated Universal Time starting in 2035, until at least 2135. Leap seconds have been used to bring Earth's rotation into alignment with atomic-precision timekeeping. In 2012 and 2017, they triggered multi-hour network blackouts at companies including Reddit, Qantas, and Cloudflare. Many companies implemented a version of "leap smearing" to smooth out a leap second addition into micro-seconds spread across the globe throughout a day. Engineers at Meta, a supporter of the change, said the 27 leap seconds that have been applied since their introduction in 1972 were "enough for the next millennium."  ... ' 

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