On Jan 9, 2006, at 1:01 AM, Clive D.W. Feather wrote:
We go through such discontinuities twice a year in most years.
Only the uninteresting daylight saving jumps. UTC remains without discontinuities above the level of a leap second. If UTC weren't equivalent to what I call "civil time", the ITU wouldn't be making a fuss to change it.
Except that time zone shifting means you don't affect the UTC sequence.
Only because you would redefine UTC to be equivalent to TAI.
The proposal is simply to have this jump abolished, so that the UTC meridian starts drifting around the earth.
Glad to see somebody admit that this is one of the issues in play. Perhaps we might now bring the cartographic community inside the firewall and clue them into what is being proposed? Note again that the implications of this are not somehow to be embargoed for 600 years, but rather would apply immediately and at all times between. Rob