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03:01 pm: leap second
breaking the long drought of leap seconds, the International Earth Rotation Service announced earlier this month there is to be an extra second on Saturday 31st December 2005, at midnight GMT. so it will go from 23:59:58 to 23:59:59 to 23:59:60 and then to 00:00:00 on new year's day.

many of us have wished for more time. what will you do with the extra second?

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From:lithiana
Date:July 30th, 2005 02:09 pm (UTC)
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"International Earth Rotation Service"? and here i was thinking the earth rotated all by itself...
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From:abigailb
Date:July 30th, 2005 02:11 pm (UTC)
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Hah, and I suppose you think continental drift just happens, too?

The IERS even has a website.
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From:lithiana
Date:July 30th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC)
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apparently, the US wants to stop the world turning remove leap seconds...
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From:danalkaelra
Date:July 30th, 2005 10:04 pm (UTC)
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So instead of telling programmers to write better software, they want to alter the measurement of time.

'it's not the program that's buggy it's your concept of reality'
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From:eldritchreality
Date:July 30th, 2005 11:49 pm (UTC)
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That's the ultimate in the: "it's not a bug, its a feature" line of argument.

I can see it now, "Our software is futureproofed, we run on mordern up to date time 2.0, not that outdated badly designed time 1.0 you're all working with."

"You need to get new metaphysics before you can run our software. Your previous model is 6 billion years old, don't you think it's time to upgrade? We can assure you, the model we prefer is 100% made in the US, and guaranteed until the end of time"

That's a point, have any soothsayers popped up and made comments about the "end of time" yet? They've got to be able to get some serious milage out of this.

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From:abigailb
Date:July 31st, 2005 08:38 am (UTC)
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I think it's the people who made minutes sometimes have 59 or 61 seconds who are altering the measurement of time. Obviously they've won, and this is just an attempt to try and restore the old measurement of time.
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From:reddragdiva
Date:July 30th, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC)
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New Year's Eve will go up to eleven!!
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From:nvivison
Date:July 30th, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC)
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Before i answer, just how much alcohol can someone drink in one second?
From:alexa_jay
Date:July 30th, 2005 10:59 pm (UTC)
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Funnily enough my first thoughts were alcohol-related.
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From:eldritchreality
Date:July 30th, 2005 11:51 pm (UTC)
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depends on whether having it surgically pumped into your bloodstream counts as drinking or not.
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From:lady_miamew
Date:July 31st, 2005 12:29 am (UTC)
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Hey now that sounds a damn fine idea :o)
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