freebsd-current Digest, Vol 127, Issue 4

John-Mark Gurney gurney_j at
Tue Jan 3 15:49:24 PST 2006

Carlos Amengual wrote this message on Tue, Jan 03, 2006 at 22:11 +0100:
> You are missing the sextants, and their users, which would be much more 
> complicated to "fix" than those telescopes. If leap seconds are dropped, 
> ships and planes are going to notice it sooner or later.

Having talked with a sextant user... leap seconds don't matter to
sextant users...  They have a book of times and possitions, and the
book is only good for a year or two... so needs to be reprinted, and
on reprints, they can take care of the leap second issue...

A second wrt sextants on the surface of the earth is about a quarter
of a mile, and the rest of the reading is less precise than that, so
even if you are a second off, you won't be that much further off course..

so, the only fix for a sextant is a new table of numbers...  don't
forget the tables HAVE to be updated for precisely the reason leap
seconds are inserted...

  John-Mark Gurney				Voice: +1 415 225 5579

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