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Leap Second

Postby maggot » Tue Dec 27, 2005 11:23 am

I read that a leap second will be added at the end of 2005 in order to resynchronise atomic clocks with the earth's rotation. A real geeky thing to do would be to sit and watch an atomic clock to see if the second hand or the display pauses one second before midnight.
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Re: Leap Second

Postby tafnut » Tue Dec 27, 2005 12:08 pm

maggot wrote:I read that a leap second will be added at the end of 2005 in order to resynchronise atomic clocks with the earth's rotation. A real geeky thing to do would be to sit and watch an atomic clock to see if the second hand or the display pauses one second before midnight.


man, this ALWAYS throws me off for a couple of days until my body adjusts to the new time.
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Postby slowcoach » Tue Dec 27, 2005 2:17 pm

Is this year going to go on forever?
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Postby eldrick » Tue Dec 27, 2005 2:33 pm

slowcoach wrote:Is this year going to go on forever?


yes

according to

zeno

you have to reach halfway of any journey before contempating the remainder of the journey, of which, you must of course reach halfway of, before contemplating the remainder :

for that extra 1s, you will first have to reach 0.5s of it & then reach 0.25s of the remainder & then reach 0.125s of the remainder & then 0.0625s of the remainder...

then logically, this year will last forever
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Positive leap seconds

Postby wineturtle » Wed Dec 28, 2005 2:18 pm

Since all leap seconds are positive we all truely live on borrowed time for a while. Just in case you are not confused enough I'll post a link that will explain everything>>>>
http://tf.nist.gov/service/its.htm
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Postby guru » Thu Dec 29, 2005 1:40 pm

Best explanation I've heard:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/stor ... Id=5072313


And those of you with Linux, watch out!(apparently)
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Postby Daisy » Thu Dec 29, 2005 2:19 pm

It could be worse. When they switched to the Gregorian calender they lept forward eleven days. Riots ensued with chants of "give us back our 11 days."
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Postby wineturtle » Thu Dec 29, 2005 10:51 pm

I've oft wondered how Gregorian Chants started :idea: Thanks Daisy
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