On Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 2:36 PM, Chris Dolan <ch...@chrisdolan.net> wrote:
> Yes, just as I said: a constant offset between each of the proposed
No, because the offset is not constant. The delta between TAI and UTC
is currently 34 seconds. Two months ago it was 33 seconds. The next
time there's a leap second it will change again. And we can't
reliably predict when that will be.
time_t is indeed easiest to implement, but it doesn't have any way of
distinguishing 2008-12-31 23:59:60 UTC from 2009-01-01 00:00:00 UTC.
Better to use a basis that has all the information and then transform
the value into the lossier form on demand, I think.