FreeBSD handles leapsecond correctly

Wilko Bulte wb at
Mon Jan 2 14:32:02 PST 2006

On Mon, Jan 02, 2006 at 11:27:31PM +0100, Poul-Henning Kamp wrote..
> In message <20060102221948.EBE475D09 at>, "Kevin Oberman" writes:
> >Leap years are an artifact of a lousy calendar that has origins over 2
> >millennia ago. Many calendars have been proposed which fix this, but
> >calendar reform is simply not going to happen in our society, but leap
> >years are a known, non-varying and trivially calculable issue. No magic
> >and trivial to handle.
> Interestingly, the main reason why calendar reform is a no-talk
> issue seems to be that The Vatican owns the standardization area
> of calendars because they have written all (relevant) standards for
> the area in the past.
> According to one insider, none of the possible owners of a new
> calendar (ITU, ISO & BIPM) can bring it on themselves to ask the
> pope permission to take over the area.   (ISO has documented
> the current calendar, but go to some pains to make it clear
> that they didn't come up with it.)
> Considering that a merry band of brits are still fighting to get
> compensation for the 15 days they "lost" last time Brittain changed
> calendar, the political and legal fallout will probably galvanize
> the current calendar until something really drastic happens.

Like the earth starting to rotate in the other direction? :-P

Wilko Bulte				wilko at

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