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    SubjectRe: Bug: Status/Summary of slashdot leap-second crash on new years 2008-2009
    2009/1/4 David Newall <davidn@davidnewall.com>:
    > david@lang.hm wrote:
    >> then new zoneinfo files need to be sent out every time there is a leap
    >> second (which from other posts on this thread is potentially every month)
    >
    > Not every few months, for goodness sake! Leap seconds aren't that
    > common!

    But they could be. Appearenly, there was a very long,
    multi-year lull, where no leap-seconds were required.
    Its not fully understood why, as they used to be common.
    Maybe its the melting glaciers :-)

    There *was* talk of eliminating them forever (so as to
    avoid this kind of bug, which affects banks, satellites,
    telecom equipment, etc.) but I guess they didn't do it.

    --linas


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