[time-nuts] 15 Seconds error...??

Jim Lux jimlux at earthlink.net
Tue Jan 17 00:24:10 EST 2012

On 1/16/12 6:58 PM, Magnus Danielson wrote:
> On 01/17/2012 03:18 AM, lists at lazygranch.com wrote:
>> I think the time jumps would be a problem for the GPS "customers".
>> Suppose I am computing speed by differential readings. The jump would
>> be an issue, especially if time went backwards.
>> File stamps. Stock timing. Similar problems.
> If you do not desire jumps, do not use UTC time but GPS time out of the
> receiver.

or TAI...

Jumping the internal time-scale would upset things, so a
> none-jumping time-scale is used. If an application requires a
> non-jumping time-scale, then use GPS time-scale for that application.

I just had an discussion last week with people who wrote a spec 
requiring GMT (copying an older spec that antedated UTC, I suspect). 
Subtle details of GMT vs UTC are lost on them.   When the leap second 
notice came out I asked what they were going to do (since the logs need 
to be monotonic and continuous).

For now, they'll use the hack of shutting down before UTC midnight on 30 
June and starting up later.

It turns out that most of the system actually uses TAI/GPS time and 
hence it isn't a problem, but it's technically non-compliant with the 
requirement for GMT.  So they're stuck:

1) admit the system does not meet the requirement and seek a waiver of 
the requirement
2) Change the requirement

Both are painful.

Life would be easier if they just said.. use TAI time.

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