Posted Jul 2, 2012 17:22 UTC (Mon) by fest3er (guest, #60379)
Parent article: The leap second bug
Good Lord, I'm glad computers didn't exist in the 1700s when 2½ weeks were dropped; surely the universe would've imploded from the loss of all that time.
I don't understand the difficulty. Leap seconds, minutes, hours, days, years are simply adjustments to our perception of 'now' and should be handled in the same way as all other date conversion problems. Elapsed time is contiguous and constant*; our interpretation of elapsed time into 'when' is discontiguous where adjustments are concerned.
* Fairly constant in our gravity well. Time passes at a slightly different pace up in orbit.